Exercise 4V87 by Richard Pavlicek
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?
After winning the K, how do you play?
A. Lead the Q
B. Run the diamonds
C. Lead the J
From Wests lead, it looks like the K is offside. How do you play?
A. Win A; A; lead a spade
B. Win A; A; lead the K
C. Duck first spade to Easts king
You play low from dummy and take Easts Q with your king. What next?
A. Lead the 2
B. Finesse the J
C. Win the K-Q
East plays the 10 and you win the queen. What do you do next?
A. Lead the 5 to the king
B. Lead the K
C. Win Q; lead 2 to queen
This looks easy or is it? How do you play?
A. Win A; cash the A-K
B. Win A; finesse the J
C. Win K; lead the K
What a nice diamond suit! After carefully winning the K, what next?
A. Overtake K with A
B. Win K; lead the K
C. Win K; lead 2 to queen
© 2003 Richard Pavlicek