Main   Exercise 6C41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Freshly Squeezed

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
None Vul
S A K 9 6 5 2
H A K
D 9 3
C Q 4 3
Lead: D 6 Table
 
 
 
S 4 3
H J 3 2
D A 4 2
3 NT SouthC A K J 10 9

The ideal contract is 7 C (or realistically, 6 C) but it’s too late to get there now.

How many top tricks do you have?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

On which round do you win the D A? (1 2 3)

Will you cash the H A-K before running clubs?

2.
None Vul
S A 5 2
H 9 4 3
D K 9 7
C Q J 4 3
Lead: H Q Table
 
 
 
S Q 4
H 7 6 5
D A Q 4 2
3 NT SouthC A K 10 9

West has H Q-J-10-8 and the opponents take the first four heart tricks.

How many top tricks do you have?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

On the fourth heart, what will you discard from dummy?

…from your hand?

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3.
None Vul
S 7 4 3 2
H 10 5
D A 7 5 2
C K 3 2
Lead: H K Table
 
 
 
S A K Q J 9 8
H J 4 2
D 3
4 S SouthC A 10 4

West cashes two hearts and then shifts to the D J.

How many tricks can you win easily?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

After winning the D A, what do you lead next?

How many diamonds do you plan to ruff?

4.
N-S Vul
S K J 10 5
H A J 9
D 9 7
C 6 4 3 2
Lead: C K Table
 
 
 
S A Q 6 4 3
H 5 4
D A K Q 3
4 S SouthC 10 5

West leads three top clubs (East following up the line) and you ruff small.

How many tricks can you win easily?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

Which suit do you plan to ruff?

Which hand will lead the last trump winner?

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5.
None Vul
S Q 9 3
H A K
D A 10 9 8 6
C J 4 3
Lead: S K Table
 
 
 
S J
H 7 5 4 2
D K Q J 7
6 D SouthC A K 6 2

At trick two West shifts to the C 10 and you win with the king.

How many tricks can you win easily?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

How many spades do you plan to ruff?

How many hearts do you plan to ruff?

6.
E-W Vul
S A K Q 10 9
H A 10 7 4
D J 3
C Q 5
Lead: H K Table
 
 
 
S J
H 8 6 3
D A K 9 7 6 4
6 NT SouthC A K 3

A safer contract would be 6 D… but on a good day you get a club lead in 6 NT.

How many top tricks do you have?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

On which round do you win the H A? (1 2)

Which black suit will you cash first?

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© 2014 Richard Pavlicek