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

1. 3 H South

S A 10 8 2
H K Q 10 4
D K 7
C 8 5 4
Lead: C KTable
S K J 5
H A J 8 7 5
D J 9 3
C J 7
None Vul

West



Pass

All Pass
North

_____

_____
East

Pass

Pass
South

_____

_____

East overtakes the C K with the ace and returns the C 6 to your jack and West’s queen. At trick three West shifts to the D 4.

How many clubs did West probably start with? _____

Who likely has the D Q? _____

Which diamond do you play from dummy? _____

Which opponent is likely to have longer spades? _____

How will you play spades? _____

  1. Cash the S K-A then lead a third spade
  2. Win the S A then lead the two and finesse the jack
  3. Win the S K then run the jack through West
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S K 10 9 3
H 8 5 4 3
D 10 3
C K 6 4
Lead: D ATable
S A Q J 7 6 2
H A K 6
D 6
C A J 7
N-S Vul

West



2 NT*

Pass
North



_____

_____
East



5 D

All Pass
South

_____

_____

*Unusual for minors

West next leads the D 5 to East’s king which you ruff. You lead a spade to the king (both follow) and a spade to the ace, on which West pitches the D 4.

Based on the bidding, how are the enemy diamonds probably divided? _____

How many clubs did West probably start with? _____

…how many hearts? _____

Who probably has C Q? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the H A-K, C A-K then lead a club
  2. Win the H A-K, C A-K then lead a heart
  3. Give up a heart; if the hearts do not break, try the club finesse
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S K Q 8 4 2
H Q 2
D A 9 8 3
C 7 2
Lead: D KTable
S A 3
H A K 7 6 5 4 3
D J 10 5
C A
N-S Vul

West



Pass

5 C

All Pass
North



_____

_____
East



3 C

Pass
South

_____

_____

_____

You win the D A and East plays the six. You next lead the H 2 to your king, on which West annoyingly shows out, pitching a club.

At least, how many clubs did East start with? _____

What is the chance (%) that spades will break 3-3? _____

Which opponent will have the spade length? _____

Who has the D Q? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the S A-K-Q to discard a diamond
  2. Win the S A-K and ruff a spade to establish the long spade
  3. Win the H Q, C A, H A, then give East his trump trick
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Answers

1.1 C1 H
2 H3 H
6
East
D K
East
B

2.1 S
3 S5 H
5 S
5-5
5
2
West
A

3.1 H
1 S4 H
5 H6 H
6
Zero
West
West
C

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