Exercise 6B29 by Richard Pavlicek
As South, answer each question about the play. Assume you are playingin a matchpoint pairs event, and your opponents passed throughout.
How many top tricks?
What contract will most pairs reach?
Which opponent will they finesse for the Q?
What is the best play?
A. Cash the A-KB. Win the A then run the jackC. Lead the 10 and let it ride
Which two cards must East have to make legitimately?
How many more trumps will you lead right away?
A. Lead the 3 and finesse the tenB. Lead the 3 and finesse the queenC. Lead the 4 and play the king
Is there a better contract than yours? If so, what?
Which contract will most pairs reach?
A. Duck the heart lead to your jackB. Win the K and lead a clubC. Win the K and draw trumps
How many tricks can you easily gain by ruffing?
Will you win the first or second club lead? (1 2)
A. Draw trumps; ruff J in dummyB. Draw trumps; finesse the JC. Ruff out diamonds; lead all trumps
How many total tricks could you win if lucky?
Has either opponent shown longer hearts? If so, who?
A. Win the first heartB. Win the second heartC. Win the third heart
Is your contract Better or Worse? (B W)
A. Lead the J to your aceB. Lead the J and let it rideC. Win the A and lead a low diamond
© 2007 Richard Pavlicek