Exercise 6C53   Main

# Squeeze the Trigger

by Richard Pavlicek

As South, answer each question about the play. Assume you are playing in a
matchpoint pairs event, and your opponents did not bid unless stated.

 1. None Vul K J 9 4 A K 2 10 4 2 A 5 2 Lead: K A Q 5 10 4 3 A 5 3 3 NT South K Q J 4

How many top tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

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

A. Run the spades then the clubs
B. Run the clubs then the spades
C. Lead the 10 and let it ride

 2. None Vul K 8 4 3 10 4 3 4 3 A 5 4 3 Lead: J Trumps split 3-2 A A K Q J 9 J 5 2 4 South K 8 6 2

How many top tricks?

In which suit can you gain a trick by ruffing?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

How would you begin?

A. Duck a club
C. Cash one trump then lead a diamond

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 3. None Vul Q 3 J 4 2 8 5 3 2 A 10 4 3 Lead: K West continues with A, Q A K J 10 9 8 5 3 K Q 4 South K 9 2

How many top tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

After ruffing third heart, what will you lead?

B. Ruff one diamond then lead trumps
C. Lead the 2 and finesse the ten

 4. None Vul 9 6 3 2 A 4 3 A 10 7 K 10 8 Lead: K West opened the bidding 1 J J 6 2 K Q 2 5 South A Q J 7 4 3

How many top tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

West leads K at trick two. Do you win the ace?

A. Ruff one spade then finish trumps
B. Ruff two spades then finish trumps

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 5. None Vul A 3 Q 4 3 A Q J 6 5 10 4 2 Lead: K Trumps split 2-1 K Q 7 2 A K 10 9 8 7 6 South A J 5

How many top tricks?

Which suit provides two more tricks by ruffing?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

How would you begin?

B. Win the A and draw trumps
C. Win the A and cash the A

 6. None Vul A 7 9 7 3 J 5 4 3 A Q J 7 Lead: J Clubs split 3-2 K Q 3 A K 6 2 A K 6 NT South K 6 4 3

How many top tricks?

Which cards are your threats? (suit order)

How many clubs can you afford to lead early?