Main   Practice 6B01 by Richard Pavlicek  

Matchpoint Strategy


West

Pass
Pass
North
1 H
3 H
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
3 S
Board 1
None Vul
S 5
H A K Q 8 7 6 5
D K 8 4 2
C Q
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 N
4 W
5 N
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 N
10 N
11 N
Lead
C J
C 5
D 2!
H 4!
H K
H Q
H 8!
H 7
H 6!
D K!
S 5
2nd
2
H 5
7
A
J
C 10
S 3
C K
S 8
9
10
3rd
A
8
Q
2
C 4
S 4
C 6
S 6
D 5
C 7
4th
Q
3
A
9
3
10
S 2
D 3
D 6
10
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S Q 9 7 2
H 10 4 3
D A 10 6 3
C A 5
TableS 10 8 3
H J 2
D J 9 7
C K J 10 9 8
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Rebid by opener
Try for overtrick
Minimize risk
Shift to trumps
S A K J 6 4
H 9
D Q 5
C 7 6 4 3 2
4 H by North9 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 4 +420


West

2 NT
3 NT?
North

Pass
Pass
East
1 S
3 S
Pass?
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 8 5
H K 10 7 6 3
D K 7 6
C Q 8 2
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 N
4 W
5 E
6 E
7 W
Lead
H 6
H 2
H 3
C 3
C K
S 7
C A
2nd
4
J
D 4
2
6
3
Q
3rd
A
K
9
J!
5
J
D 9
4th
8
D 3
Q
4
8
5
9
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
S J 2
H Q J 8
D A Q 10 8
C A 7 5 3
TableS A K Q 10 9 7
H 4
D J 9 4 3
C K J
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Rebid by opener
Beat normal result
Normal contract is 4 S
Return proper card
S 6 4 3
H A 9 5 2
D 5 2
C 10 9 6 4
3 NT by West9 top tricksClaim the restmade 5 -460


West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 7 5
H J 4
D Q 8 6 5 2
C Q 6 5
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 N
5 S
Lead
C J
C 9
S 3
S 5
H 5!
2nd
5
6
Q
8
2?
3rd
8
K
K
10!
J
4th
4
S 2
6
C 2
7
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
S Q
H A 10 8 2
D 10 9 4
C J 10 9 3 2
TableS J 8 6
H 9 7 6 3
D J 7
C A K 8 7
Play
 
Restricted choice
Try to steal a trick
S A 10 9 4 3 2
H K Q 5
D A K 3
C 4
4 S by South8 top tricksWin the restmade 6 +480


West
1 S
3 NT
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 NT
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S Q 9 2
H K 9 8 7
D A 10 9 8
C 9 6
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 N
8 E
9 W
10 W
11 E
Lead
H 3
D 2!
D K
H 7!
H 2
H 9
D 10
C 4
C A
C 3
S 10
2nd
4
4
A
J
S 6
S 4!
J
2
9
S 2
5
3rd
K
Q
3
Q
8
5
H 6
Q
5
K
K!
4th
A
8!
S 3
10
D 6
S 7
5
6
8
10
9
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
7 4
S A K J 7 6
H 10 4
D K Q 5
C A Q 3
TableS 10 4
H A J
D J 7 6 3 2
C K 7 5 4
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
 
Rebid after 1 NT resp
Shun desperation play
Combine chances
Ducking play
Return proper card
S 8 5 3
H Q 6 5 3 2
D 4
C J 10 8 2
3 NT by East6 top tricksWin the restmade 3 -600


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Practice 6B05 by Richard Pavlicek

Matchpoint Strategy II


West

1 S
3 NT
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 D
3 D?
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S 10 8 5
H J 9 7 6 3
D 10 4 3
C 9 7
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 N
4 W
5 E
6 W
7 S
8 N
9 N
Lead
H 6
H 4
H 3
C 2
C 4
S 2!
H 5
H J
D 3
2nd
Q
8
D 6
7
6
5
D 2
D 8
A
3rd
K
9
10
A
J
K
7
C 8
5
4th
2
C 3
A
5
9
A
D 7
S 7
J
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
3 4
3 5
4 5
S Q J 7 2
H A 8 2
D J 2
C K J 10 2
TableS K 3
H Q
D A Q 9 8 7 6
C A Q 4 3
Play
 
 
Defense
Shun desperation play
Play for down 1 rather
than down 2
Continue proper card
S A 9 6 4
H K 10 5 4
D K 5
C 8 6 5
3 NT by West6 top tricksClaim the restdown 1 +50


West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 10 3 2
H 9 2
D 8 6 4 3
C A 6 3
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 S
4 E
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 S
9 N
Lead
D K
S K
D 5!
C K
D 4
S 6
D 6
S Q
S 3!
2nd
3
4
7
4
10
8
C 8
C 5
H 4?
3rd
2
2
8
2
S J
10
S 9
A
C 7
4th
A
5
9
A
J
7
Q
C J
C 9
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S 8 4
H J 10 5
D K Q J 7
C 10 9 5 2
TableS 7 5
H 8 7 6 4
D 10 9 2
C K Q J 8
Bidding
Play
 
Follow up major raise
Try for overtrick
Pseudo squeeze
S K Q J 9 6
H A K Q 3
D A 5
C 7 4
4 S by South10 top tricksWin the restmade 6 +680


West

1 S
All Pass
North

1 NT
East

Pass
South
Pass
3 NT?
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 9 8
H A Q 7 6 2
D K 10
C A 7 4
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 N
8 S
9 S
10 S
Lead
S 3
H A
H Q
H 6
D 2
D K
H 2
D A
D Q
C 2
2nd
2
8
9
10
4
7
D 8
S 6
S 7
Q
3rd
J
3
4
K
10!
3
5
C 4
S 8
A
4th
K
J
C 9
C 8
5
6
D J
9
C 3
6
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
S A Q J 7 6
H J
D J 6 4
C K Q 9 8
TableS 10 4 3
H 10 9 8
D 9 8 7 5
C 10 6 3
Bidding
Play
 
 
 
Choose defensive action
Create extra entry
Beat normal result
Normal contract is 4 H
making 5
S 5 2
H K 5 4 3
D A Q 3 2
C J 5 2
3 NT by North7 top tricksWin 1 more trickmade 5 +460


West
1 C
1 H
5 H
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
1 D
4 NT
6 NT
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 8 6 5
H 10 6 2
D 6 5 2
C A 9 8 5
Trick
1 S
2 W
3 E
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 E
8 E
9 E
Lead
S Q
C 3!
D A
D K
D Q
D J
D 10
S K
D 8
2nd
A
5
4
7
S 7
C 6
C Q
10
3rd
5
K!
3
9
C 4
C 7
C J
3
4th
4
2
2
5
6
S 6
C 8
8
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
S A 9 3
H A K 7 5
D 9 3
C J 7 4 3
TableS K 4 2
H Q 4
D A K Q J 10 8
C K 10
Bidding
Play
 
 
 
Blackwood convention
Deceptive play
Positional squeeze
If C K lost to ace South
might not return club
S Q J 10 7
H J 9 8 3
D 7 4
C Q 6 2
6 NT by East11 top tricksSouth is squeezedmade 7 -1470


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Practice 6B09 by Richard Pavlicek

Matchpoint Strategy III


West

Pass
North
Pass
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S Q 7
H K Q
D A J 7 5 4
C 10 5 4 3
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 N
4 S
5 S
6 E
7 W
8 W
9 W
10 S
11 S
12 S
Lead
H 6
H 9
C 3
C K
S 2!
H 2
H 8
H 7
D 10
C Q
S K
D 3
2nd
Q
4
9
S 5
6
10
C 5
D 5
7
S 8
10
2
3rd
A
5
A
4
Q
J
S 9
S J
6
10
7
A!
4th
3
K
2
7
A
D 4
S 3
S 4
K
8
D 8
Q
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
3 3
3 4
3 5
4 5
5 5
6 5
7 5
S 10 8 6 5
H J 8 7 6 5
D 10 9 2
C 2
TableS A J 9
H A 9 2
D Q 8 6
C J 9 8 7
Play
 
 
 
Shun desperation play
Beat normal result
Reject 18% make chance
to go down only 1
S K 4 3 2
H 10 4 3
D K 3
C A K Q 6
3 NT by South5 top tricksWin the last trickdown 1 -50


West

1 H
4 NT
6 H
North

Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 D
2 H?
5 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 10 8 7 4
H 7 3
D 7 2
C 10 8 4 3
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 W
7 E
8 E
Lead
S 7
H A
H 4
H 9
H J
C J
D J!
D 10
2nd
5
3
7
10
S 8
3
5
8
3rd
J
2
Q
K
C 2
K
3!
4
4th
K
5
6
S 4
8
5
2
7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
S K 6 3 2
H A K J 4
D K 4 3
C A J
TableS A 5
H Q 9 2
D A J 10 9 6
C K 6 2
Play
 
 
Finessing technique
Better bid is 6 NT so play
diamonds abnormally
S J 9
H 10 8 6 5
D Q 8 5
C Q 9 7 5
6 H by West10 top tricksWin the restmade 7 -1010


West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

2 NT
3 H
East

Pass
Pass
South
Pass
3 D1
3 NT
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A Q 4 3
H Q 10 4
D A 9 8
C A K Q
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 N
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 S
10 S
11 S
Lead
D K
D 10
H Q
H 10!
C 4
C K
C Q
H 4
H 9
H 6
D 5!
2nd
3
4
5
7
5
10
H 8
J
S 8
C J
S 9
3rd
2
7
2
A
A
6
8
K
S 3
D 9
S 4
4th
8
A
3
C 3
2
7
9
S 6
D J
D 6
Q
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S J 10 9 8 6
H 3
D 7 2
C J 9 7 5 3
TableS K 7
H J 8 7 5
D K Q J 10 6
C 10 2
Note 1
Bidding
Play
 
 
 
Jacoby transfer bid
Choose best game
Beat normal result
Throw-in play
Try to judge S K lie
to beat 4 H bidders
S 5 2
H A K 9 6 2
D 5 4 3
C 8 6 4
3 NT by North8 top tricksEast is endplayedmade 5 +460


West
Pass
2 S
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 S
4 S
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 6 4 2
H 10 8 7
D J 10 7
C Q 10 9 5
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 E
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 E
9 E
10 E
11 W
Lead
H 2
S A
S K
C A!
C K
C 3
S J
S 10
S 8!
H 3
D 4
2nd
4!
5
D 9?
4
6
7
6
D 8
D Q
6
10
3rd
10
3
7
2
8
S 9
Q
D 3
H 5
K
2!
4th
J
2
4
5
9
10
C J
H 7
H 8
D 7
A
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
10 1
S J 9 7 3
H A K 5 4
D 6 4 3
C 8 2
TableS A K Q 10 8
H J 3
D K 5 2
C A K 3
Play
 
 
 
Try for overtrick
Delayed-duck squeeze
Trick 1 duck risky but
good MP opportunity
S 5
H Q 9 6 2
D A Q 9 8
C J 7 6 4
4 S by East9 top tricksWin the restmade 6 -680


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Practice 6B13 by Richard Pavlicek

Matchpoint Strategy IV


West

Pass
North
3 C
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
4 H
Board 1
None Vul
S J 8 3
H 5 4
D 8 5
C A K J 8 4 3
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 W
4 S
5 S
6 S
7 S
8 S
9 S
10 S
Lead
S K
S A
S 4
H A
H K
H Q
H J
H 9
H 8!
D A!
2nd
3
8
J
3
7
S 5
S 10
C 6
D 2
3
3rd
6
2
Q
4
5
C 3
C 4
D 5
D 8
C 8
4th
7
9
H 6
2
10
D 6
D 7
D 10
D Q
K
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S A K 10 5 4
H 7 3
D J 3 2
C 9 7 6
TableS Q 6 2
H 10 2
D K Q 10 7 6
C Q 10 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Choose weak opening
Response to preempt
Try for overtrick
Minimize risk
S 9 7
H A K Q J 9 8 6
D A 9 4
C 5
4 H by South10 top tricksWin 2 more tricksmade 4 +420


West

1 S
4 D
North

Pass
Pass
East
1 D
2 D?
5 D?
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 6
H K Q 4
D 8 6
C Q J 10 8 5 3
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 E
Lead
H J
D 2
D 4
S 3
D 7
S 10
2nd
2
3
8
2
C 3
5
3rd
4
Q
A
A
K
K!
4th
A
6
5
6
C 2
Q
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
S A K J 8 4
H 8 6 2
D Q 10 7 4
C K
TableS 10 9 3
H A 7 3
D A K J 9 2
C 9 4
Play
 
Beat normal result
Normal contract is 4 S
S 7 5 2
H J 10 9 5
D 5 3
C A 7 6 2
5 D by East8 top tricksLose 1 trickmade 6 -420


West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 NT
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
3 C
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A Q 2
H K 8
D 7 5
C K Q 10 5 4 2
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 E
4 S
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 N
9 N
10 N
11 N
Lead
S 10
H 2!
S 9
C 3
C 2
C 7
C 10
C 5
C 4
S A
H 8!
2nd
K
5
J
6
S 3
S 6
H 4
D 6
D 8
D 9
7
3rd
4
K
5
K
A
Q
9
D 3
H 3
H 10
D 4
4th
Q!
A
2
8
J
S 8
S 7
H 6
D 2
H 9!
Q
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S 7 6 5 4
H Q 9 6 5
D K J 2
C J 6
TableS 10 9 8 3
H A J 7 4
D 10 9 8 6
C 8
Play
 
 
 
Deceptive play
Throw-in play
Accept risks to try for
most tricks
S K J
H 10 3 2
D A Q 4 3
C A 9 7 3
3 NT by North10 top tricksWest is endplayedmade 5 +460


West
1 H
3 H
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 S
4 H
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S A 6 5 4
H Q 9
D 10 7 5
C Q J 10 8
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 W
4 W
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 E
9 W
10 W
11 W
Lead
C Q
H A
H K
S J
D A
D 2
S 2!
D 6
H 10
H 5
H 4!
2nd
7
9
Q
4
4
K
5?
9
C 8
S 6
3rd
3
6
7
K!
3
H 2
9
H 3
S 7
S 10
4th
K
8
J
3
5
7
8
10
C 4
C 5
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
S Q J 2
H A K 10 5 4 3 2
D 3
C K 2
TableS K 10 9 7
H 7 6
D A 8 6 2
C A 9 7
Play
 
 
Try to steal a trick
Swindle North to duck
spades twice
S 8 3
H J 8
D K Q J 9 4
C 6 5 4 3
4 H by West9 top tricksNorth is squeezedmade 7 -710


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Practice 6B17 by Richard Pavlicek

Matchpoint Strategy V


West

Pass
Pass
North
2 NT
3 H
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
3 D1
3 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S A 10
H A Q 6
D A K 10 3
C K 8 6 3
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 W
5 N
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 S
10 S
11 N
12 E
Lead
H J
H 6
C 2
D 9
C K
C 6
H 5
C 8!
D Q
D 5
D 10
S 9
2nd
3
8
A
A
7
9
D 6
J
7
8
H 10
5!
3rd
2
K
3
2
S 3
H 4
Q
H 7
3
K
J
4th
A
S 4
5
4
4
10
9
Q
S 2
S 8
S 6
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S K 7 6 4
H 2
D 9 8 7 6
C A Q 10 4
TableS J 9 8 2
H J 10 9 8
D 2
C J 9 7 5
Note 1
Bidding
Play
 
 
 
Jacoby transfer bid
Opening 2 NT & response
Elimination technique
Try for overtrick
Infer S K West from lead
at Trick 4
S Q 5 3
H K 7 5 4 3
D Q J 5 4
C 2
4 H by North10 top tricksWin last 2 tricksmade 5 +450


West

2 H
3 NT
North

Pass
All Pass
East
1 H
3 H
South
1 S
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 8 6
H 8 7 5
D J 10 9 4
C Q J 8 3
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 S
4 W
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 E
9 E
10 W
Lead
S 8
S A
S J
H 2
H 6
H 4
C A
C K
H 10
D 5
2nd
2
9
Q
7
C 4
C 3
7
9
D 2
9
3rd
K
6
H 5
J
A
9
2
5
Q
A!
4th
3
4
7
3
8
C 6
8
J
D 4
8
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S Q 9 3
H A Q 4 2
D 7 6 5
C 10 5 2
TableS 7 4 2
H K J 10 9 6
D A Q 3
C A K
Play
 
 
Beat normal result
Normal 4 H will fail so
play safe
S A K J 10 5
H 3
D K 8 2
C 9 7 6 4
3 NT by West8 top tricksCash 1 more winnermade 3 -400


West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 NT
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 7 5
H A Q 9 8 5
D 6 5 3
C K 8 5
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 W
4 S
5 S
6 S
7 S
8 S
9 S
10 S
11 S
12 S
Lead
C Q
C J
C 6?
S K
S A
S J
S 9
S 8
S 3!
D A!
D K
H 3
2nd
5
8
K
4
Q
C 2
H 6
C 10
H 7
7
9
10
3rd
7
9
A
5
7
D 3
D 5
H 5
H 8
6
H 9
Q
4th
3
4
S 2
6
10
H 2
D 4
D 8
H 4
10
J
K
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
9 2
9 3
S Q 4
H 10 7 6
D Q 9 7
C Q J 10 6 2
TableS 10 6
H K J 4 2
D J 10 8 4
C A 9 7
Bidding
 
Play
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Rebid by opener
Try for overtrick
Minimize risk
S A K J 9 8 3 2
H 3
D A K 2
C 4 3
4 S by South9 top tricksWin the last trickmade 4 +420


West
1 C
1 NT
4 H
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 S
3 H
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 9 8 2
H Q 7
D 10 9 6
C K J 6 4 2
Trick
1 S
2 W
3 W
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 W
9 E
10 S
Lead
D K
H A
H 4
S K
S A
S 4!
C A
C 7
S J
D Q
2nd
A
7
Q
6
5
C 5?
2
K
H J
7
3rd
6
2
K
3
7
10
3
H 8
D 4
9
4th
2
3
9
2
8
9
8
10
C 4
3
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
8 1
8 2
S 10 7 3
H A 6 5 4
D A 7 4
C A 9 7
TableS A K Q J 4
H K 10 8 2
D 8 3 2
C 3
Play
 
 
Deceptive play
Swindle South to discard
on third spade
S 6 5
H J 9 3
D K Q J 5
C Q 10 8 5
4 H by East10 top tricksWin the restmade 5 -650


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Practice 6B21 by Richard Pavlicek

Matchpoint Strategy VI


West

Pass
All Pass
North
Pass
2 H
East
1 D
Pass
South
Dbl
4 H
Board 1
None Vul
S K 8 2
H 10 9 7 6 5 4
D K
C K 9 2
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 N
4 S
5 S
6 S
7 N
8 S
9 N
10 N
11 N
Lead
S Q
S 10
H 10
H A
C A
C 5
C 9
H 8
H 7
H 6
H 5
2nd
3
4
Q
J
3
4
10
D 5
C Q
D Q
3rd
5
9
K
4
2
K
H 3
9
D 2
D 4
4th
8!
K
2
D 3
6
7
8
D J
D 6
D 7
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S 9 5
H J 2
D 10 9 7 6 5
C J 8 4 3
TableS Q J 10 7
H Q
D A Q J 3
C Q 10 7 6
Bidding
Play
 
Resp to takeout double
Deceptive play
Duck to retain entry
S A 6 4 3
H A K 8 3
D 8 4 2
C A 5
4 H by North10 top tricksEast is squeezedmade 6 +480


West

1 S
4 S
North

Pass
All Pass
East
1 D
2 S
South
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 10 9 7 6
H J 10 8 6 2
D J 8
C Q 8
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 N
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 E
8 W
9 W
10 W
11 W
Lead
H J
D 2
S 10
D 4
H 7
S J
C 4
S A
S Q
H K
D 5
2nd
A
6
K
10
2
8
2
7
9
6
H 8
3rd
5
3!
5
K
S 2
4
A
C 5
C 10
C J
A
4th
3
8
3
J
4
6
8
C 6
H 9
Q
Q
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
10 1
S A Q 4 3
H K 7 3
D K 5 3
C A 7 3
TableS K J 2
H A
D A 9 7 4 2
C J 10 5 4
Bidding
Play
 
 
Rebid by opener
Beat normal result
Duck to retain entry
Normal contract is 3 NT
S 8 5
H Q 9 5 4
D Q 10 6
C K 9 6 2
4 S by West9 top tricksDummy is goodmade 6 -480


West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 NT
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 7 2
H 8 7 4 3
D K 2
C A K 9 8 7
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 E
4 S
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 S
9 N
10 N
11 N
Lead
D 4
D A
D 7
C Q
C 10!
H 4
H A!
C 5
C A
C 9
S 2
2nd
2
8
J
2
4
2
J
6
H 10
S 8
9
3rd
Q
3
5
7
K
K
7
8
S 3
H 9
Q
4th
6
K
H 3
3
S 5
5
6
S 6
J
D 9
K
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
8 3
S K J
H J 5
D 10 9 5 4 3
C J 6 4 2
TableS 10 9 8 6 5
H Q 10 6 2
D A Q 7
C 3
Bidding
Play
 
Stayman convention
Unblocking play
Try for overtrick
S A Q 4 3
H A K 9
D J 8 6
C Q 10 5
3 NT by South6 top tricksWin the last trickmade 3 +400


West
Pass
3 C
3 NT
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
2 NT
3 D
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 10 8 6
H K J 2
D A 9 7 3
C 7 6 4
Trick
1 S
2 W
3 E
4 E
5 W
6 W
7 E
8 E
9 E
10 E
Lead
S 4
D 2!
C A
C 3
S K
C 5
C J
C 9
C 8
S A
2nd
Q
3
10
S 3
8
7
S 7
H 4
S 9
H 9
3rd
6
K
2
K
2
Q
H 5
H 6
D 5
D 8
4th
J!
4
4
6
5
H 3
D 7
S 10
H 2
D A!
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
S K Q
H Q 8 6 5
D 10 8 5 2
C K 5 2
TableS A J 2
H A 7
D K 6
C A Q J 9 8 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Opening 2 NT & response
Stayman convention
Deceptive play
Try for overtrick
Avoid endplay
S 9 7 5 4 3
H 10 9 4 3
D Q J 4
C 10
3 NT by East10 top tricksWin 1 more trickmade 5 -660


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Practice 6B25 by Richard Pavlicek

Matchpoint Strategy VII


West

Pass
North
1 NT
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
3 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S Q 9 5
H A Q J 8
D 9 4
C A Q 3 2
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 N
4 S
5 N
6 N
7 N
8 S
9 S
10 S
Lead
D 6
H 4
C 2
S 2!
C A
C Q
D 9
D A
C 8
C 6
2nd
8
Q
9
7?
10
J
2
S 6
S 10
3rd
K
2
K
Q
4
5
J
S 5
3
4th
4
6
7
4
H 3
D 3
5
7
S 8
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S A 10 7 6
H K 10 5 4 3
D K 5 3
C 7
TableS J 8 4
H 9 2
D Q 10 7 6 2
C J 10 9
Play
 
Try to steal a trick
Automatic squeeze
S K 3 2
H 7 6
D A J 8
C K 8 6 5 4
3 NT by North5 top tricksWest is squeezedmade 6 +490


West

3 D
North

Pass
East
1 D
3 NT
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S K 8 6 5 2
H 10 7
D J 5
C Q 10 7 3
Trick
1 S
2 W
3 S
4 W
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 S
11 E
Lead
H 5
S 3!
H 4
D 2
D 3
D 4
D 6
D 7
S Q
C 9
H Q
2nd
K
2
A
5
C 2
S 5
C 6
S 6
A
4
9
3rd
7
10
10
A
K
Q
9
8
4
7
3
4th
8!
J
2
10
J
H 6
C 3
S 7?
8
A
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
7 2
8 2
S 4 3
H A K 3
D K 9 7 4 2
C K J 4
TableS Q 10 9
H Q 8 2
D A Q 8 6 3
C A 5
Play
 
 
Deceptive play
Accept risks to try for
most tricks
S A J 7
H J 9 6 5 4
D 10
C 9 8 6 2
3 NT by East10 top tricksNorth is squeezedmade 5 -460


West

2 H
3 H
4 H
North

Pass
Pass
All Pass
East

2 S
3 S
South
1 S
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 9
H 8 4
D 9 8 7 5
C Q 9 8 7 6 5
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 S
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 W
Lead
S 9
H 3
H 6
S 2!
C 3
D Q
S 6
C J
S 8
H J
2nd
A
2
8
4
6
4
10
8
K
3rd
3
Q
10
7
2
5
H 7
H 5
H 9
4th
J!
4
C 4
C 5
10
A
C 7
K
D 7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S J 7
H A Q J 9 7 6
D K 6 4
C J 3
TableS A Q 8 6 2
H K 10 5 3
D A 3 2
C 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
 
Cue-bid general force
Cue-bid to show fit
Deceptive play
Swindle South to expect
singleton S J
S K 10 5 4 3
H 2
D Q J 10
C A K 10 4
4 H by West9 top tricksWin the restmade 6 -680


West
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
Pass
2 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 NT!
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 3 2
H 7 3 2
D A 7 6 3 2
C Q 6
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 S
4 S
5 N
6 S
7 S
8 S
9 S
10 S
11 S
Lead
C 8
H 2!
S Q
S 4
H 3
S A
S 10
S 9
S 7
H A
C K!
2nd
Q
5
5
6
6
J
C 7
C 9
H 10
C J
A
3rd
5
Q
2
K
J
3
D 2
D 3
C 6
7
D 6
4th
2
4
8
C 3
9
C 4
C 10
D J
H 8
K
D 4
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
10 1
S J 6 5
H 10 9 4
D K 8
C A J 9 8 7
TableS 8
H K 8 6 5
D J 10 9 4
C 10 5 4 3
Bidding
Play
 
Follow up major raise
Try for overtrick
Squeeze throw-in
S A Q 10 9 7 4
H A Q J
D Q 5
C K 2
3 NT by South8 top tricksWest is endplayedmade 6 +690


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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek