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Matchpoint Madness


As South, assume your side is nonvulnerable at matchpoint duplicate bridge.

1. 3 NT South

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

What is the normal contract? _____

What is the normal score if the club finesse loses? _____

On which round do you win the S A? _____

What is your best play? _____

  1. Cash your top tricks
  2. Lead H 3 to queen then finesse clubs
  3. Run the hearts then finesse clubs
2. 3 NT South

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

What is the normal contract? _____

What is the normal score if declarer leads clubs? _____

Do you win the first trick or duck? _____

What is your best play? _____

  1. Cash the top spades
  2. Lead the S 3 and finesse the jack
  3. Lead a club to the king
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S A K 2
H 10 8 4 2
D 9 5 3
C K 6 2
Lead: S JTable
S Q 7 3
H K
D A Q 4 2
C A Q J 10 9

What is the normal contract? _____

What is the normal score if declarer plays safe? _____

Do you win the S K or Q at trick one? _____

What is your best play? _____

  1. Cash your top tricks
  2. Lead the H 2 to the king
  3. Lead the D 3 and finesse the queen
4. 4 H South

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

What is the normal contract? _____

What is the normal score with normal suit breaks? _____

Is your contract better or worse? _____

What is your best play? _____

  1. Duck the opening lead
  2. Win the D K and draw trumps
  3. Win the D K and lead a spade
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S 7 5
H A Q 9 8 5
D 6 5 3
C 9 5 2
Lead: C 6TableEast plays C K
S A K Q J 8 3 2
H 3
D A 8 2
C A 3

What is the normal contract? _____

What is the normal score if declarer plays safe? _____

Do you win the first trick or duck? _____

What is your best play? _____

  1. Take your sure tricks
  2. Lead all the trumps; finesse H Q
  3. Lead all trumps; D A; finesse H Q
6. 6 C South

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

What is the normal contract? _____

What is the normal score if the club suit runs? _____

Is a finesse normal with 9 cards missing the queen? _____

What is your best play? _____

  1. Cash the C K then the C A
  2. Cash the C K then finesse the jack
  3. Cash the C A then lead the jack
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Answers

1.4 H
+450
1st
B

2.3 NT
-50
Win
C

3.3 NT
+400
S K
B

4.4 S
+450
Worse
A

5.4 S
+420
Duck
C

6.6 NT
+990
No
B

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