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Count Me In!


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 4 S South

S A K 7 4
H K 7 4 2
D K J 10 5
C 4
Lead: H QTable
S Q J 9 8 2
H 6
D 8 4
C K Q J 9 6
Both Vul

West

Pass
North
1 D
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S (AP)

You play low from dummy and the H Q wins. Surprisingly, West shifts to the D 7 at trick two.

Which diamond do you play from the dummy? _____

2. 3 NT South

S K 8
H 5 3 2
D A Q 10 4
C K 8 5 3
Lead: S 3Table
S A 2
H A 10 7 4
D K 5 3
C A 7 6 4
E-W Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT

East plays the S 10 and you win the ace. You next lead a club to the king (both follow) then a club to the ace, on which West pitches a heart.

West’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

Will you finesse or play to drop the D J? (F or D) _____

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S 5 4 3
H A K 10 3
D Q 4
C K 8 4 3
Lead: S KTable
S A 9 7 6
H 7 4
D A K 5 2
C A 7 5
None Vul

West

2 S
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT (AP)

You allow West to win the first two tricks with spade honors, as East (void in spades) pitches two hearts.

How many hearts do you think East began with? _____

4. 5 H South

S 2
H A 8 4 2
D K 10 7 6 5
C Q 5 3
Lead: S JTable
S K 9
H K Q 10 9 7 6
D A 8 3
C K 4
None Vul

West

4 S
North

5 H
East
2 S
All Pass
South
3 H

East wins the S A and shifts to the D 9, which goes to the jack and king. You next lead a heart to the king, on which West pitches a club.

East’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

After drawing trumps, which card will you lead? _____

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S A 7 2
H A 6 5 3
D J 5 4
C K J 10
Lead: H 7Table
S J 6 4
H K Q 10 8 2
D K
C A 9 8 2
Both Vul

West

Pass
North

3 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H (AP)

You capture East’s H 9 with your 10. You next lead the H K, on which West plays the jack and East the four.

Which opponent will you finesse for the C Q? _____

6. 4 S South

S K 8 7 3
H K 6 5
D J 7 3
C J 9 4
Lead: H 2Table
S A J 9 6 5
H A J 4
D 10 6
C A K 3
N-S Vul

West

2 NT
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S (AP)

You capture East’s H Q with your ace and lead a spade to the king (both follow). On the next spade East plays the 10.

West’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

Will you finesse or play to drop the S Q? (F or D) _____

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Answers

1.D K

2.4441
F

3.6

4.6313
C 4

5.West

6.2155
D

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© 2013 Richard Pavlicek