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Unusual Bidding and Play

Fill in the missing North-South bids and answer each question.

1. S 2WestNorthEastSouth
None VulH 5 2
D A K 4 3 21 SPass
C K J 9 7 4
 Table3 SPass
Lead: S K 
 All Pass
 
S A 10 8 4
H J 4 3
D Q 5
4 C SouthC 10 8 3 2

How many top tricks do you have?

How many spades is West likely to hold?

Will you cash the top diamonds right away to discard a heart?

With no enemy bidding, what is the proper way to play the club suit?

A. Lead up to the king

B. Lead the 10 and let it ride

C. Lead the jack and cry, “Help!”

Based on the bidding, who do you think has the C A?

How will you play clubs in this case? (A B C)

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2. S A 2WestNorthEastSouth
E-W VulH 7 4
D Q 10 8 6 31 H2 H
C K 8 7 6
 TablePassPass
Lead: H K 
 All Pass
 
S K 10 5 4 3
H Q 8 5
D 5
3 C SouthC A 5 3 2

Assuming a normal trump break, how many top tricks do you have?

What is your primary plan in the play?

A. Set up the spade suit

B. Set up the diamond suit

C. Ruff a heart

What is your secondary plan? (A B C)

At trick two West leads the C 10. Do you win the king or the ace?

Which card do you lead next?

Which card do you lead next?

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3. S 8WestNorthEastSouth
None VulH A Q 9 7 5
D K J 9 8 3
C 6 4
 Table1 CPass
Lead: S K 
 All Pass
 
S A 6 4 3
H 2
D A Q 10 2
5 D SouthC 8 7 5 3

How many top tricks do you have?

Based on the bidding, which opponent is more likely to hold the H K?

What is your plan in the play?

A. Set up the heart suit

B. Crossruff

C. Claim early before anyone notices

Will you take the heart finesse?

How many rounds of trump do you intend to lead?

Which will you ruff first: a spade in dummy or a heart in your hand?

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© 1996 Richard Pavlicek