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Make It on Ice!


On each of these 3 NT contracts, assume you are playing rubber bridge or IMPs. West leads a spade as shown, and your only goal is to make your contract. Only one play (A, B or C) will guarantee nine tricks. Can you find it?

1. 3 NT South

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

After winning the S K, how do you play? _____

  1. Lead the H Q
  2. Run the diamonds
  3. Lead the C J
2. 3 NT South

S A 4 3
H A
D K Q 9 2
C A Q 5 4 3
Lead: S 9Table
S Q J 10
H K Q J 10 2
D 5 4 3
C 7 2

From West’s lead, it looks like the S K is offside. How do you play? _____

  1. Win S A; H A; lead a spade
  2. Win S A; H A; lead the D K
  3. Duck first spade to East’s king
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S 10 6
H A K J 4
D A 8 6 5 4
C A K
Lead: S 4Table
S K 9 8 2
H 9 7 3
D K Q
C J 9 3 2

You play low from dummy and take East’s S Q with your king. What next? _____

  1. Lead the S 2
  2. Finesse the H J
  3. Win the D K-Q
4. 3 NT South

S 4
H K 4 2
D 7 5 4 3 2
C A Q J 10
Lead: S 6Table
S A Q J
H Q J 7 5
D K Q J
C K 3 2

East plays the S 10 and you win the queen. What do you do next? _____

  1. Lead the H 5 to the king
  2. Lead the D K
  3. Win C Q; lead H 2 to queen
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S K Q 5 4
H J 6 3
D A K J 10 9
C K
Lead: S JTable
S A 2
H A 10 2
D 6 3 2
C J 10 9 8 2

This looks easy — or is it? How do you play? _____

  1. Win S A; cash the D A-K
  2. Win S A; finesse the D J
  3. Win S K; lead the C K
6. 3 NT South

S Q 2
H 3 2
D A Q 10 9 8 7
C Q 6 3
Lead: S 10Table
S A K 5
H A Q 8 4
D K
C K 9 7 4 2

What a nice diamond suit! After carefully winning the S K, what next? _____

  1. Overtake D K with D A
  2. Win D K; lead the C K
  3. Win D K; lead C 2 to queen
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Answers

1.A

2.B

3.A

4.C

5.C

6.A

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