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Unusual Notrump Bids


West

5 D!
All Pass
North
1 S
Pass
East
2 NT
Pass
South
4 S
Dbl
Board 1
None Vul
S K Q 10 9 6
H K J 10 7
D 9 8
C A 6
Trick
1 N
2 N
3 S
4 W
5 S
6 E
7 N
8 E
9 W
10 E
11 E
Lead
S K
S 10
H 8
C 2
H 9
C 4
H K
C 5
D 4
D Q
C 8
2nd
3
H 3
A
6
2
7
D 3
9
8
10
K
3rd
7
A
7
10
10
3
Q
D K!
A
5
D 6
4th
2
4
6
J
D 2
A
4
S 6
7
9
S 9
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
1 3
2 3
2 4
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
7 4
S 5 4 2
H A 5 4 2
D K 6 5 4
C 3 2
TableS 3
H 6 3
D A Q J 3 2
C Q 10 8 5 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Unusual notrump bid
Sacrifice bid
Delay drawing trumps
Set up dummy’s suit
Force dummy to ruff
S A J 8 7
H Q 9 8
D 10 7
C K J 9 7
5 D× by West6 top tricksDummy is gooddown 2 +300


West

Pass
North

3 C!
East
1 H
All Pass
South
2 NT
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A Q J 7 4
H K 9 5 4 3
D 2
C J 4
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 S
4 N
5 E
6 S
7 W
8 N
9 S
10 E
11 N
Lead
C 2
D A
D 4
H 3
H J
C 10
S 5
S Q
C 8!
S 8
H 5!
2nd
K!
7
9
A
C 6
Q
A
K
9
D 5
7
3rd
3
2
C J
Q
2
S 4
3
C 7
S 7!
9
D 6
4th
4
3
Q
6
4
5
2
6
A
J
S 10
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
6 2
6 3
7 3
7 4
S 10 9 6 5
H 6 2
D J 10 9 7
C Q 9 3
TableS K 8 3
H A J 10 8 7
D Q 3
C A 5 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Unusual notrump bid
Simple preference bid
Placing enemy cards
Timing the play
Choose lead at suit
S 2
H Q
D A K 8 6 5 4
C K 10 8 7 6
3 C by North5 top tricksEast is endplayedmade 3 +110


West

Pass
2 NT!
North

2 S
Pass
East

Pass
3 D
South
1 S
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S Q 10 9
H K 10 2
D 5 4 2
C J 10 8 6
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 N
4 N
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 S
9 W
10 E
Lead
S K
S 3!
S 9!
H 2?
C K!
C 4
C 3
D 3
C 5
H 3
2nd
7
J
8
A
9
Q
10
8
J
9
3rd
10!
Q
6
5
2
A
D J
2
D Q
D 9
4th
4
5
H 4!
J
6
8
D K
6
S 2
10
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
S J 7
H J 4
D A 10 9 8
C A 7 5 3 2
TableS 8 5 4
H A 8 7 6 3
D Q J 6
C K 4
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Defense
Balancing bid
Unusual notrump bid
Trump at trick 4 defeats
Avoid tap; shed loser
Set up dummy’s suit
Underlead to partner
S A K 6 3 2
H Q 9 5
D K 7 3
C Q 9
3 D by East6 top tricksDraw trump, claimmade 3 -110


West
1 C
Pass
North
2 NT
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
4 H!
Board 4
Both Vul
S 4
H J 10 9 8 4
D A K J 8 7
C 5 4
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 W
4 S
5 N
6 N
7 W
8 N
9 S
10 S
11 S
Lead
C K
C A
S Q
S 2!
H J
H 10
D 4
H 4
S K
S 10
S 3
2nd
4
5
4
8
2
Q
A
C 8
J
C 3
C 7
3rd
2
6
5
H 8!
6
K
3
7
D 7
D 8
D J
4th
J
Q
A
6
3
A
5
5
7
9
C 9
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
7 3
8 3
S Q J 8
H A 5 3
D 4 2
C A K 10 7 3
TableS 9 7 6 5
H Q 2
D Q 6 3
C 9 8 6 2
Bidding
Play
 
Unusual notrump bid
Combine chances
Unblocking play
S A K 10 3 2
H K 7 6
D 10 9 5
C Q J
4 H by South7 top tricksDummy is goodmade 4 +620


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Practice 5U05 by Richard Pavlicek

Unusual Predicaments


West

Pass
5 C
North
1 S
Pass
Dbl
East
2 NT
4 NT!
All Pass
South
4 S
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S A K 10 9 8
H A 6
D Q 2
C Q 4 3 2
Trick
1 N
2 N
3 E
4 E
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 W
11 E
Lead
S K
S 8
D A
D K!
D 6
H 5!
D 7
H 7!
D 8!
H 8
D 9!
2nd
3
C 5
4
5
10
A
J
S 10
S 6
C 2
S 7
3rd
Q
2
3
H 4
C 8
C 6
C 9!
C 7
C K
C 10
H 9
4th
4
5
2
Q
S 9!
2
H 6!
3
S A
J
C 3
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 5 4
H Q 10 9 8 7 5 4
D 3
C K 9 8
TableS 3
H
D A K 9 8 7 6
C A J 10 7 6 5
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Unusual notrump bid
Crossruff
Trump endplay
Do not overruff
S Q J 7 6 2
H K J 3 2
D J 10 5 4
C
5 C× by West7 top tricksNorth is endplayedmade 5 -550


West

Pass
North

3 H!
East
1 C
All Pass
South
2 NT
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A Q 8 7 4
H 8 7 2
D 5 3
C K 7 5
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 W
4 N
5 S
6 S
7 W
8 N
Lead
H A!
H 4
H 5
D 3
D A
D 6
S 3!
S 7
2nd
9
10
8
2
10
J
A
10
3rd
3
K
C 2
K
5
S 4
6
H J
4th
2
7
6
9
Q!
4
2
5
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
4 3
5 3
S J 9 5 3
H K 5 3
D J 10 9
C Q 4 3
TableS K 10 6
H A 4
D Q 4 2
C A 10 9 6 2
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Unusual notrump bid
Set up dummy’s suit
Choose lead at suit
Unblocking play
S 2
H Q J 10 9 6
D A K 8 7 6
C J 8
3 H by North6 top tricksLose 2 more tricksdown 1 -100


West

Pass
5 C
North

4 S
Pass
East

4 NT!
5 D
South
1 S
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S Q J 9 4 3
H J 10 6 2
D 3
C 10 9 7
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 E
4 E
5 E
6 W
7 E
Lead
S K
S 6
H A!
H K
H 5
C 2
H 8
2nd
7
8
7
Q
S 2
7
S 10
3rd
Q
J
3
4
D 5
A!
D J
4th
5
D 7
2
6
10
J
J
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
S 8 7
H 4 3
D Q J 5
C 8 6 5 4 3 2
TableS 5
H A K 9 8 5
D A K 10 9 7
C A Q
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Weak jump raise
Unusual notrump bid
Establish side suit
Shun finesse
Make declarer ruff
S A K 10 6 2
H Q 7
D 8 6 4 2
C K J
5 D by East8 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 5 -600


West
2 H
Pass
North
4 NT
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
5 C!
Board 4
Both Vul
S 3
H 3
D A K 7 6 5 4
C A Q J 9 3
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 N
4 N
5 N
6 S
7 S
8 N
9 S
10 N
11 S
Lead
H A
H 4
D A
D K
D 4
S A
S 6
D 5
H 9
D 6
S 10
2nd
3
C 3
8
10
J
7
9
Q
10
S K
C 4
3rd
Q
2
2
S 5
C 8
3
C J
C 7
C Q
C 10
D 7!
4th
5
7
3
9
S 2
4
Q
H 6
J
H 8
C 5
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 9 7 2
H A K 10 8 6 4
D 9 3
C 4 2
TableS K Q 4
H Q J 2
D Q J 10 8
C K 6 5
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Combat weak two-bid
Unusual notrump bid
Crossruff
Trump endplay
Force dummy to ruff
S A J 10 8 6 5
H 9 7 5
D 2
C 10 8 7
5 C by South7 top tricksEast is endplayedmade 5 +600


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