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As South, assume you are declarer at matchpoint duplicate bridge, with no enemy bidding.

1. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks do you have? _____

How many total tricks if the diamonds run? _____

How many if both clubs and diamonds run? _____

On which round will you win the H A? _____

2. 4 S South

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

Assuming 3-2 trumps, how many top tricks? _____

What is the most tricks you could win? _____

What is the normal and proper contract? _____

What is the most tricks that contract could win? _____

Will you finesse for the queen of spades? _____

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

Counting a diamond, how many top tricks? _____

Which suit offers the only chance to make your bid? _____

Would you rate that chance good, fair or poor? _____

Which suit will you lead after winning the D Q? _____

4. 6 D South

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

Counting two spade ruffs, how many sure tricks? _____

Which suit offers a chance for an overtrick? _____

Will you try to establish the long club in dummy? _____

Which card will you lead after winning the C A? _____

If you try the heart finesse, on which trick will it be? _____

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

How many top tricks do you have? _____

What contract will most pairs be playing in? _____

How will that contract fare if the club finesse loses? _____

Do you plan to take the club finesse? _____

6. 4 H South

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

How many top tricks do you have? _____

Which suit offers a chance for an overtrick? _____

With best defense, can you make any overtricks? _____

What is your best play at trick one? _____

If your plan succeeds, how many tricks will you win? _____

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Answers

1.7
9
13
1st

2.10
11
4 H
13
No

3.6
C 
Poor
H 

4.12
H 
No
S A
12th

5.9
6 S
Down 1
No

6.10
D 
No
Duck
12

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