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As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 3 NT South

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

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

How many top tricks do you have? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

On which round will you win the D A? _____

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

2. 3 NT South

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

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

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

from your hand? _____

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

West cashes two hearts and then leads the jack of diamonds.

How many tricks can you win easily? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

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

How many diamonds do you plan to ruff? _____

4. 4 S South

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

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

How many tricks can you win easily? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

Which card do you plan to ruff? _____

Which hand will lead the last solid-suit winner? _____

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

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

How many spades do you plan to ruff? _____

How many hearts do you plan to ruff? _____

6. 6 NT South

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

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

On which round will you win the H A? _____

Which solid suit will you cash first? _____

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Answers

1.10
S 9H J
3rd
Yes

2.8
S QD 4
low S
any C

3.10
D 7C 10
D 2
two

4.10
H JD 3
C 6
North

5.11
H 7C J
two
one

6.11
H 10D 9
2nd
C 

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