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How’s Your Timing?


As South, answer each question. Assume you are playing matchpoint duplicate bridge.

1. 1 NT South

S K 6 2
H A 7 5 4 3
D 6 2
C 7 6 5
Lead: S 3Table
S A Q 4
H 6 2
D J 7 5 4 3
C A K 8

(No enemy bidding)

What is your chance (%) to win three heart tricks? _____

…two diamond tricks? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead a diamond
  2. Play the H A and another heart
  3. Duck a heart
2. 2 S South

S 3 2
H 8 5 4
D 9 8 7 4 2
C A 4 2
Lead: H KTable
S A K 8 7 6 5
H A 7
D 3
C K Q 7 6
None Vul

West

Dbl
All Pass
North

Pass
East

2 H
South
1 S
2 S

Do you win the first trick? _____

After winning the H A, which card do you lead? _____

What will you do next? _____

  1. Duck the first round of trumps
  2. Win C K-A then lead the C 4
  3. Win S K-A then lead another spade
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S J 7 2
H J 10 9
D J 5 2
C A Q J 7
Lead: H 5TableEast plays H 4
S 10 6 5
H A Q 3
D A K 3
C K 10 6 2

(No enemy bidding)

Who has the H K? _____

Do your prospects appear good, fair or poor? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the H J and lead the D J
  2. Win the H J and run the clubs
  3. Win H Q, C J then lead the S 2
4. 4 S South

S A J 10
H 8 6 5 2
D K 3 2
C 9 8 2
Lead: D QTable
S K Q 9 8 7
H A K 4
D A 5
C 7 6 5
N-S Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 S
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
3 S

What is the best contract? _____

Which suit provides your only hope for a 10th trick? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the D A and duck a heart
  2. Win the D A and lead a club
  3. Duck the opening lead
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S 9 7
H A 2
D Q J 8 5 3 2
C 8 6 4
Lead: C KTableWest continues C A-10
S A Q J 10 8
H K 9 6 4 3
D 4
C Q J

(No enemy bidding)

How will the missing hearts usually divide? _____

…the missing spades? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Discard the D 4
  2. Ruff and lead the D 4 to the jack
  3. Ruff, play H A-K and ruff a heart
6. 3 H South

S 10 8 7 3
H 5 4 3
D K 4
C 8 6 4 2
Lead: S 2TableEast wins S A and leads C 5
S J
H A 9 8 7 6 2
D A 10 6 3
C A 3
N-S Vul

West

2 S
Dbl
North

Pass
3 H
East
1 S
Pass
All Pass
South
2 H
3 D

Assuming normal defense, who has the S Q? _____

Do you win the first club? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck the first round of trumps
  2. Win D K-A and ruff a diamond
  3. Win H A, D K-A and ruff a diamond
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Answers

1.36%
36%
A

2.No
D 3
B

3.West
Poor
C

4.3 NT
Heart
C

5.4-2
4-2
A

6.East
No
B

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