Main   Exercise 6A44 by Richard Pavlicek  

Count Me In!

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
Both Vul
S A K 7 4
H K 7 4 2
D K J 10 5
C 4
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Lead: H Q Table
 
 
 
S Q J 9 8 2
H 6
D 8 4
4 S SouthC K Q J 9 6

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 dummy?

2.
E-W Vul
S K 8
H 5 3 2
D A Q 10 4
C K 8 5 3
West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT
Lead: S 3 Table
 
 
 
S A 2
H A 10 7 4
D K 5 3
3 NT SouthC A 7 6 4

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.

What is West’s shape?

Do you Finesse for the D J or play to Drop it? (F D)

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3.
None Vul
S 5 4 3
H A K 10 3
D Q 4
C K 8 4 3
West

2 S
All Pass
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT
Lead: S K Table
 
 
 
S A 9 7 6
H 7 4
D A K 5 2
3 NT SouthC A 7 5

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.
None Vul
S 2
H A 8 4 2
D K 10 7 6 5
C Q 5 3
West

4 S
North

5 H
East
2 S
All Pass
South
3 H
Lead: S J Table
 
 
 
S K 9
H K Q 10 9 7 6
D A 8 3
5 H SouthC K 4

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.

What is East’s shape?

After drawing trumps, which card will you lead?

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5.
Both Vul
S A 7 2
H A 6 5 3
D J 5 4
C K J 10
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H
Lead: H 7 Table
 
 
 
S J 6 4
H K Q 10 8 2
D K
4 H SouthC A 9 8 2

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.
N-S Vul
S K 8 7 3
H K 6 5
D J 7 3
C J 9 4
West

2 NT
All Pass
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Lead: H 2 Table
 
 
 
S A J 9 6 5
H A J 4
D 10 6
4 S SouthC A K 3

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.

What is West’s shape?

Do you Finesse for the S Q or play to Drop it? (F D)

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© 2011 Richard Pavlicek