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Hands of Count Alu-Card


Warning: If you count these hands after dark, be sure to bring along a wooden stake! Determine the most likely pattern of West’s hand, then decide your play.

1. 3 NT South

S A 8 6
H 10 3
D 10 5 3 2
C A Q 10 4
Lead: S 2TableEast plays S J
S K 3
H J 5 4 2
D A K Q 4
C K 3 2

You win the S K and cash two diamonds, West discarding a heart.

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

Your play in clubs? _____

  1. Win the queen, king, ace
  2. Win the queen, king, finesse the ten
  3. Win the queen then lead the ten
2. 4 H South

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

West

1 S
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H (AP)

You draw trumps (East held three). You cash your top clubs and West shows out on the third round.

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

Your play in diamonds? _____

  1. Win the ace then finesse the ten
  2. Win the king then finesse the jack
  3. Win the ace and king
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S 5 3
H A Q 3
D K J 10 9
C Q 6 5 4
Lead: S 2TableEast plays S 10
S A K
H K J 4 2
D A Q 8 2
C K 7 2

All follow to three hearts, and West shows out on the third diamond.

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

Your play in clubs? _____

  1. Lead the four to the king
  2. Lead the two to the queen
  3. Lead the king
4. 4 S South

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

West
2 H
All Pass
North
Dbl
East
4 H
South
4 S

East wins both top clubs then gives West a ruff; West leads a heart. All follow to two rounds of trumps.

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

Your play in diamonds? _____

  1. Win the ace then finesse the jack
  2. Win the king then run the jack
  3. Win the ace and king
TopMain 5. 3 NT South

S 5 4
H A 8 7 2
D J 10 4
C J 5 4 2
Lead: D 5TableEast wins D A
S A Q 9 8 7
H K 4
D K 2
C A K Q 10

East returns D 9 (West plays D 3). East discards a heart on third club.

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

What is your plan? _____

  1. Finesse the S Q
  2. Finesse the S 9
  3. Win the H K-A then lead a diamond
6. 4 S South

S 6 5 4 3
H Q 4 3
D Q 8 7
C K 7 2
Lead: H KTableEast plays H 2
S A K Q 9 8 7
H J
D A 5 4
C A 5 4
None Vul

West

4 H
North

Pass
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S (AP)

West shifts to the D 2; seven, nine, ace. West shows out on the second round of trumps.

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

What is your plan? _____

  1. Lead a diamond and duck it
  2. Win the C A-K then lead a club
  3. Win the C A and duck a club
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Answers

1.4414
B

2.5242
A

3.4324
A

4.3631
B

5.3253
C

6.1813
B

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