Main   Practice 5E01 by Richard Pavlicek  

Balancing Bids & Doubles


West

Pass
3 H
North
1 S
Pass
All Pass
East
Pass
Dbl!
South
2 S
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S A 10 7 6 5
H Q 9 2
D Q J 9
C A 7
Trick
1 N
2 N
3 E
4 N
5 W
6 E
7 S
8 N
9 W
10 W
Lead
D Q
D 9
S 4
D J
C 3
S 9
C J
S 6
H A
H 7
2nd
4
A
3
8
7
K
5!
C 4
2
9
3rd
7
3
Q
K
Q
2
A
8
4
K!
4th
2
5
A
H 6
6
5
2
J
3
J
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
S Q J 2
H A 8 7 6
D 5 2
C K 8 5 3
TableS 9 4
H K 10 5 4
D A 8 4
C Q 9 4 2
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Balancing double
Down 1 is good result
(N-S make 2 S)
Placing enemy cards
Finessing technique
S K 8 3
H J 3
D K 10 7 6 3
C J 10 6
3 H by West4 top tricksLose 1 trump trickdown 1 +50


West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 NT!
East
1 H
Pass
South
Pass
2 NT
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 6 4 3
H K J 5
D A 8 2
C Q J 9 5
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 E
4 E
5 W
6 N
7 S
8 S
Lead
S K
S A
S 10
S 9
D J
C 5
C A
D 6!
2nd
2
J
D 4
H 4
A!
4
6
3
3rd
8
5
7
Q
Q
K
9
8
4th
3
4
6
D 2
5
2
8
K
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
1 4
2 4
3 4
3 5
S Q 8 7 5
H 2
D J 10 9 3
C 10 7 6 2
TableS A K 10 9
H Q 10 9 8 3
D K Q
C 8 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Balancing bid
Response to 1 NT
Count hand pattern
Throw-in play
S J 2
H A 7 6 4
D 7 6 5 4
C A K 3
2 NT by North7 top tricksEast is endplayedmade 2 +120


West

Pass
1 S
4 H
North

Pass
2 C
All Pass
East

Dbl!
2 H
South
1 D
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 4 3
H 5
D 9 7 5
C K 9 8 7 6 3
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 E
4 E
5 S
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 W
Lead
C Q
C J
S A!
S Q
H 4
S 6
H 3
H J
S 8
2nd
2
5
9
K
A
10
7
C 7
D 5
3rd
9
3
2
5
5
H Q
K
6
D 2
4th
10!
A
3
4
2
J
C 6
10
D 8
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
S 8 7 6 5 2
H A K J
D 10 6 3
C 5 2
TableS A Q
H Q 9 8 6 3 2
D K 4 2
C A 10
Bidding
 
Play
 
Balancing double
Rebid by doubler
Placing enemy cards
Holdup play
S K J 9
H 10 7 4
D A Q J 8
C Q J 4
4 H by East8 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 4 -620


West
1 S
Pass
North
Pass
3 H
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 H!
Board 4
Both Vul
S A Q 7 4 3
H J 10 7
D A 5 2
C 8 5
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 E
4 W
5 W
6 W
7 N
Lead
D Q
D 2
C 7
D J
C A
S 10
H J
2nd
A
K
9
5
8
A
2
3rd
9
4
J
8
2
2
A!
4th
3
10
5
6
10
5
K
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
2 4
3 4
S K 10 9 8 6
H K
D Q J 10
C A Q J 3
TableS J 2
H 6 5 3 2
D K 9 8
C 7 6 4 2
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
Balancing bid
Resp to suit overcall
Placing enemy cards
Attitude signal
S 5
H A Q 9 8 4
D 7 6 4 3
C K 10 9
3 H by South6 top tricksWin the restmade 3 +140


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Practice 5E05 by Richard Pavlicek

Balancing Bids & Doubles II


West

2 S
Pass
North
Pass
Pass
3 C
East
1 S
Pass
All Pass
South
Pass
2 NT!
Board 1
None Vul
S A 4 3
H K 9 8 3
D 5 4 3
C Q 7 4
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 N
4 S
5 W
6 N
7 S
8 E
9 E
10 S
Lead
S K
S 6
D 3!
D 2
H 2!
C 4
D 8
H Q
S Q
C A
2nd
5
10
6
J
K!
2
Q
J
C 5
8
3rd
7
J
K
4
5
J
5
6
9
7
4th
3
A
7
10
4
3
A
3
4
K
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
4 4
5 4
6 4
S J 9 7
H A 10 6 2
D Q J 7
C 10 8 3
TableS K Q 8 6 2
H Q 7 5
D A 10 6
C K 2
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
Balancing bid
Unusual notrump bid
Placing enemy cards
Try to fool declarer
S 10 5
H J 4
D K 9 8 2
C A J 9 6 5
3 C by North5 top tricksDraw trump, claimmade 3 +110


West

Pass
2 S!
North

2 H
All Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 8 3
H Q 6 3
D J 10 7 3
C K 10 7
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 E
4 W
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 E
Lead
H 3
S 10!
D 5
H 5
D K
D 6
H 8
D 8
2nd
K
5!
2
6
9
Q
Q
S 9
3rd
A
3
A
S 2
4
S 6
S 4
S J
4th
2
K
3
4
7
J
7
10
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
S A J 6 5
H 9 8 5 2
D A 4
C 8 6 3
TableS K 4 2
H K
D K 8 6 5
C J 9 5 4 2
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing bid
West’s four hearts make
spade fit very likely
Seven-card trump fit
Crossruff
Shift to trumps
S 10 9 7
H A J 10 7 4
D Q 9 2
C A Q
2 S by West4 top tricksWin 1 more trickmade 2 -110


West

Pass
2 NT
North

Pass
All Pass
East

1 NT!
South
1 D
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 7 6 5
H K 6 4
D 9 8 2
C 10 4 2
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 S
4 W
5 S
6 N
7 N
8 E
9 E
10 E
11 E
Lead
S K
S Q
S J
H Q
H 3!
S 10
D 9
H 10
C A
C K
H 8
2nd
2
4
A
4
J
C 9
K!
D 6
3
5
3rd
7
5
6
5
K
H 2
3
9
6
7
4th
3
9
C 8
A
7
8
4
6
2
4
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
2 5
3 5
4 5
5 5
S A 8 4 2
H Q J 9
D A 5 4
C J 7 6
TableS 9 3
H 10 8 7 5
D K J 7
C A K 9 8
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Balancing bid
Resp to 1 NT overcall
Positional squeeze
Attitude signal
Avoid endplay
S K Q J
H A 3 2
D Q 10 6 3
C Q 5 3
2 NT by East5 top tricksSouth is squeezedmade 2 -120


West
1 H
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 D
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Dbl!
2 NT
Board 4
Both Vul
S Q 2
H 6 4 3
D A J 8 6 5
C K 9 8
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 N
5 S
6 S
7 N
8 N
9 N
10 S
11 N
Lead
H K
H J
D Q!
C 8
D 9
D 4
D 8
D 6
C 9
C 4
H 6!
2nd
3
4
K
3
2
10
C 6
C 7
J
H 9
S 7
3rd
2
5
A
A
5
J
S 3
S 4
Q
K
10
4th
8
A!
3
2
7
C 5
S 8
C 10
H 7
S 6
Q
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S K J 8
H K Q J 9 7
D K 10 2
C 10 2
TableS 10 9 7 6
H 5 2
D 7 3
C J 7 6 5 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing double
Rebid by doubler
Avoidance finesse
Squeeze throw-in
When to cover honor
S A 5 4 3
H A 10 8
D Q 9 4
C A Q 4
3 NT by South6 top tricksWest is endplayedmade 5 +660


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Practice 5E09 by Richard Pavlicek

Balancing Bids & Doubles III


West

Pass
3 D
North
1 H
Pass
All Pass
East
Pass
Dbl!
South
2 H
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S A 8 3
H A Q 7 6 5
D 6 5
C K 7 5
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 S
4 E
5 N
6 N
7 S
8 E
9 E
Lead
D 5
C 6
D 2
C 2
H A
H 6
D J
C Q
C 4
2nd
7
5
3
3
2
4
4
9
S 2
3rd
8
J
6
10
9
K
H 5
8
H J
4th
9
A
10
K
8
10
A
7
S 3
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4
3 4
4 4
5 4
S K 6
H J 10 8
D K Q 9 4 3
C 10 8 6
TableS Q 10 5 4
H 4 2
D A 10 7
C Q J 4 2
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing double
Down 1 is good result
(N-S make 2 H)
Delay drawing trumps
Set up dummy’s suit
Leading trumps
S J 9 7 2
H K 9 3
D J 8 2
C A 9 3
3 D by West5 top tricksLose 1 more trickdown 1 +50


West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
2 H
4 H
East
1 D
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Pass
2 C
3 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 8
H K 10 7 6
D K 4 2
C A 8 6 2
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 N
4 S
5 N
6 S
7 S
8 N
9 S
10 N
Lead
H 3
C Q
C 2
S 3
C 6
S K
S 6
C 8
S 9
H 10!
2nd
8
3
J
2
K
5
7
D 10
J
J
3rd
2
A
H 9
A
H A
8
H 7
H Q
H K!
D 3
4th
6
10
4
4
5
10
Q
7
D 9
4
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
9 1
S J 7 5 2
H 4 2
D J 7
C 9 7 5 4 3
TableS Q 10 4
H J 5 3
D A Q 10 9
C K J 10
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing bid
Stayman convention
Crossruff
Throw-in play
Leading trumps
S K 9 6 3
H A Q 9 8
D 8 6 5 3
C Q
4 H by North7 top tricksE endplayed, lose 2made 4 +620


West

Pass
2 C
3 NT
North

Pass
Pass
All Pass
East

Dbl!
2 NT
South
1 S
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S Q 9 2
H 9 8 2
D 7 6 5
C J 10 6 5
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 W
Lead
S 7
C 3!
C 9
D J
C 8
C 2
D K
C 7
D 10
2nd
3
H 7
10
4
6
J
3
D 7
H 2
3rd
Q
Q
K
Q
4
A
A
H 3
H 10
4th
K
5
H 6
5
S 5
S 8
6
S J
8
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
S 6 3
H 5 4
D A Q 10 2
C Q 9 8 7 2
TableS K 10 4
H Q J 10 3
D K J
C A K 4 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing double
Rebid by doubler
Finessing technique
Overtaking play
Protect dummy’s suit
S A J 8 7 5
H A K 7 6
D 9 8 4 3
C
3 NT by East7 top tricksLose the restmade 3 -600


West
1 S
Pass
All Pass
North
Pass
2 NT!
East
2 S
Pass
South
Pass
3 C
Board 4
Both Vul
S 7 5 3
H A 2
D A 10 3 2
C K 9 4 2
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 E
4 S
5 N
6 W
7 W
8 N
Lead
S K
S J
S 8
C 5
C 2
C A
H 10
C 9!
2nd
3
5
C 3
7
J
4
A
3rd
10
A
6
K
6
D 4
5
4th
2
4
7
10
Q
8
4
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
2 3
2 4
3 4
S K Q J 9 6
H 10 9 3
D J 6
C A Q 7
TableS A 10 8
H J 8 7 5
D Q 8 7 4
C J 10
Bidding
 
Play
Balancing bid
Unusual notrump bid
Positional squeeze
S 4 2
H K Q 6 4
D K 9 5
C 8 6 5 3
3 C by South6 top tricksEast is squeezedmade 3 +110


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Practice 5E13 by Richard Pavlicek

Balancing Bids & Doubles IV


West

Pass
2 S
North
1 H
Pass
All Pass
East
Pass
Dbl
South
2 H
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S A Q 10
H A Q 10 6 4
D J 9 4
C 9 5
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 N
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 S
9 N
10 N
11 W
Lead
C 9
S 2
C 5
D K
D Q
D 3
D 7!
H 3
H Q
H 10
S 7
2nd
2
Q
A
2
8
10
H 4
K
7
9
A
3rd
8
3
6
5
6
A
C 10
A
8
J
4
4th
K
8
3
4
9
J
S K
5
2
S 6
C 7
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
5 2
5 3
5 4
6 4
6 5
S 9 7 6 2
H K 2
D A 7 6 5
C K 4 3
TableS J 5 4 3
H 9 7 5
D K Q 3
C A 10 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Competitive auction
Reopening double
Draw trumps early
Obtain early discard
Choose lead at suit
Attitude signal
S K 8
H J 8 3
D 10 8 2
C Q J 8 7 6
2 S by West6 top tricksWin the restmade 2 -110


West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

Dbl
2 H
East
1 D
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 S
4 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 2
H K Q J 9 8
D Q 3
C K 9 7 4
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 S
10 N
Lead
D K
D A
D 9
C 4
C 3
C 7
H 7
S 2
S 6
C 9
2nd
2
6
7
5
6
Q
2
9
4
D 10
3rd
4
5
J
A
K
H 6
K
K
A
H 10
4th
3
Q
H 8
2
10
8
3!
3
J
J
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S 10 7 5 4 3
H 2
D J 5 4
C J 8 6 2
TableS J 9
H A 5 4 3
D A K 10 9
C Q 10 5
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
Balancing double
Rebid by doubler
Ruff in short hand
When to win trump ace
S K Q 8 6
H 10 7 6
D 8 7 6 2
C A 3
4 H by North9 top tricksConcede high trumpmade 4 +620


West

Pass
2 NT!
North

2 S
Pass
East

Pass
3 D
South
1 S
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 10 6
H Q 9 8 7
D 4 2
C Q 9 5 3
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 E
4 W
5 W
6 S
7 S
8 E
9 W
10 E
11 E
Lead
H J
H K
H 4
C A
C 2
D A
D 3
H 5
C 8
D 10
H 6
2nd
2
10
S 5
5
3
Q!
7
C 7
9
5
3rd
9
3
D J
4
J
2
4
D K
D 9
S 2
4th
A
7
8
6
K
6
8
Q
S 8
S 6
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S 7 4 2
H 3 2
D K Q J 7
C A 10 8 2
TableS Q 3
H A K 6 5 4
D 10 9 8 6
C J 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Competitive auction
Unusual notrump bid
Establish side suit
Unblocking play
Shift to trumps
S A J 9 8 5
H J 10
D A 5 3
C K 7 6
3 D by East6 top tricksLose last 2 tricksmade 3 -110


West
1 S
Pass
North
Pass
2 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 4 3
H 10 9 6
D K 9 2
C A J 9 6
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 W
4 E
5 E
6 S
7 S
8 N
9 N
10 N
11 N
Lead
H K
H A
H J
H 7
D J
C K
C 2
C J
S K
D K!
S 3
2nd
6
9
10
D 3
A
3
Q
8
7
5
D 8
3rd
8
5
Q!
S 5
4
6
A
5
2
7
8!
4th
2
3
4
D 2
9
4
7
D 6
6
Q
9
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
1 4
2 4
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
6 5
S Q 10 9 6 5
H A K J
D Q 6 4
C Q 3
TableS 7
H Q 8 7 5
D J 10 8 5
C 10 8 7 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Balancing bid
Resp to 1 NT overcall
Finessing technique
Throw-in play
Choose lead at notrump
Attitude signal
S A J 8 2
H 4 3 2
D A 7 3
C K 5 2
2 NT by South6 top tricksWest is endplayedmade 2 +120


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Practice 5E17 by Richard Pavlicek

Balancing Bids & Doubles V


West

Pass
North
1 S
Pass
East
Pass
3 D!
South
2 S
All Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S K Q 10 7 6
H K 7 6
D A 5 2
C Q 6
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 S
4 N
5 W
6 S
7 W
8 N
9 N
10 E
11 E
12 E
Lead
S 3
D 2!
D 3
D 5
C 3
S 9
C 8
S K
H 6
D Q
D J
C 4
2nd
J!
9
6
7
6
A
Q
8
A
H 10
H Q
5
3rd
Q
K
A
S 5
7
6
J!
H 2
9
H 8
H J
9!
4th
2
4
10
8
10
4
2
H 3
5
S 7
H 7
S 10
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
1 4
2 4
2 5
2 6
3 6
4 6
5 6
6 6
S A J
H J 8 5 3
D 8 6 4
C A 9 8 3
TableS 8 4 2
H A 4
D Q J 10 9 7
C J 7 4
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Balancing bid
Holdup play
Unblocking play
Shift to trumps
S 9 5 3
H Q 10 9 2
D K 3
C K 10 5 2
3 D by East6 top tricksWin the last trickdown 2 +100


West

Pass
North

2 NT
East
1 H
All Pass
South
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 6 4
H A K 5 3
D K J
C A 10 3 2
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 E
4 N
5 N
6 E
7 E
8 W
Lead
H 6
D K
S K
D J
H 3
S Q
S 2
S 9
2nd
J
A
3
H 4
Q
8
10
C 2
3rd
D 2
4
7
6
2
5
J
H 7
4th
K!
3
A!
5
D 7
4
6
C 6
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
3 3
3 4
3 5
S J 9 7 5
H
D 9 8 7 5 3 2
C J 5 4
TableS K Q 2
H Q 8 7 6 4
D A
C K Q 8 7
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Balancing bid
Preserve entry
Shun holdup play
Attitude signal
S 10 8 3
H J 10 9 2
D Q 10 6 4
C 9 6
2 NT by North5 top tricksWin the restmade 2 +120


West

Pass
2 S!
North

Pass
All Pass
East

Dbl
South
1 D
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 9 8 7
H 8 6 2
D Q 10 2
C Q 10 5
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 W
4 N
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 E
Lead
S 10
D A
D 3
S 9
H 3
H 4
H 7
D 6
H J
2nd
2
2
10
A
10
6
9
Q
Q
3rd
6
5
7
C 3
A
K
S 4
S 5
S J
4th
K
4
9
3
2
5
8
J
C 5
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S K J 4 3
H A 4
D A 8 6 3
C 9 4 2
TableS A Q 5 2
H K J 7 3
D 7 5
C 8 7 6
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing double
Resp to takeout double
Crossruff
Timing the play
Leading trumps
S 6
H Q 10 9 5
D K J 9 4
C A K J 3
2 S by West7 top tricksWin the high trumpmade 3 -140


West
1 H
Pass
North
Pass
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 S!
Board 4
Both Vul
S Q 5
H A 8 5 3
D J 8 2
C K 9 7 4
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 E
4 S
5 W
6 S
7 W
8 S
9 S
10 N
11 S
Lead
H K
D 2!
H 7
D 4
H Q
D 5
H J
S A
C 2
C 4
D 6
2nd
A
9
S 3
Q
5
A
8
6
10
8
H 9
3rd
6
3
2
8
10
J
C 3
5
K
A
S Q
4th
4
7
3
10
S 7
K
S 9
2
5
6
S 4
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
7 3
8 3
S 6
H K Q J 9 2
D A Q 7
C Q J 10 6
TableS 10 8 4 2
H 10 7 6
D K 10 9
C 8 5 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing bid
Good jump overcall
Delay drawing trumps
Establish side suit
Make declarer ruff
S A K J 9 7 3
H 4
D 6 5 4 3
C A 2
4 S by South9 top tricksClaim the restmade 4 +620


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