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Beat the Field


As South, answer each question about the play. Assume you are playing in a matchpoint pair event, and your opponents passed throughout.

1. 4 H South

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

How many top tricks? _____

What contract will most pairs reach? _____

Which opponent will they finesse for the H Q? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the H A-K
  2. Win the H A then run the jack
  3. Lead the H 10 and let it ride
2. 4 H South

S 10 6 3
H K Q J 10 9 8
D Q 4
C 5 3
Lead: H 6TableHearts split 3-1
S J 5 4
H A 3 2
D K J 5
C A Q 10 4

How many top tricks? _____

Which cards must East have to make your bid? _____

How many trumps will you lead right away? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the C 3 and finesse the ten
  2. Lead the C 3 and finesse the queen
  3. Lead the D 4 and play the king
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S K 7 2
H A K 4
D A 4 3
C J 6 5 3
Lead: H 3Table
S A Q J 9 8
H J 5
D K Q 7
C 10 7 2

How many top tricks? _____

Is there a better contract than yours? If so, what? _____

Which contract will most pairs will reach? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck the heart lead to your jack
  2. Win the H K and lead a club
  3. Win the H K and draw trumps
4. 4 S South

S A K J 3 2
H 4 2
D 6 4 3
C A 6 2
Lead: C QTable
S Q 8 7 6 5
H A K J
D A
C 7 5 4 3

How many top tricks? _____

How many tricks can you easily make by ruffing? _____

Will you win the first or second club lead? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Draw trumps; ruff H J in dummy
  2. Draw trumps; finesse the H J
  3. Ruff out diamonds; lead all trumps
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S A K 5 4
H 4 2
D 3 2
C A J 8 7 4
Lead: H QTableEast plays H 7
S 6 3 2
H A 8 6
D A K Q 7
C K 10 2

How many top tricks? _____

How many total tricks might you win if lucky? _____

Which opponent, if any, has shown longer hearts? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the first heart
  2. Win the second heart
  3. Win the third heart
6. 6 D South

S K 9 3
H 8 5
D J 10 8 6 5
C A 5 4
Lead: S 8TableEast plays S 4
S A Q J 10 2
H A
D A Q 9 7
C J 10 2

How many top tricks? _____

What contract will most pairs reach? _____

Which contract is better, yours or theirs? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the D J to your ace
  2. Lead the D J and let it ride
  3. Win the H A and lead a low diamond
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Answers

1.9
3 NT
East
C

2.7
C K-J
None
C

3.10
3 NT
4 S
A

4.9
2
2nd
C

5.8
12
Neither
B

6.11
4 S
Yours
A

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