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Squeeze the Trigger


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

1. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

On which round do you win the D A? _____

What is your plan? _____

  1. Run the spades then the clubs
  2. Run the clubs then the spades
  3. Lead the H 10 and let it ride
2. 4 H South

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

How many top tricks? _____

How will you get one more trick easily? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

How would you begin? _____

  1. Duck a club
  2. Lead a diamond
  3. Cash one trump then lead a diamond
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S Q 3
H J 4 2
D 8 5 3 2
C A 10 4 3
Lead: H K-ATableTrumps split 3-2
S A K J 10 9 8
H 5 3
D K Q
C K 9 2

How many top tricks? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

After ruffing third heart, what will you lead? _____

What is your plan? _____

  1. Lead all your trumps
  2. Ruff one diamond then lead trumps
  3. Lead the C 2 and finesse the ten
4. 5 C South

S 9 6 3 2
H A 4 3
D A 10 7
C K 10 8
Lead: S KTableWest opened the bidding 1 S
S J
H J 6 2
D K Q 2
C A Q J 7 4 3

How many top tricks? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

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

What is your plan? _____

  1. Ruff one spade then lead trumps
  2. Ruff two spades then lead trumps
  3. Ruff three spades
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S A 3
H Q 4 3
D A Q J 6 5
C 10 4 2
Lead: C KTableTrumps split 2-1
S K Q 7 2
H A
D K 10 9 8 7
C A J 5

How many top tricks? _____

How will you get two more tricks easily? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

How would you begin? _____

  1. Duck the opening lead
  2. Win the C A and draw trumps
  3. Win the C A and cash the H A
6. 6 NT South

S A 7
H 9 7 3
D J 5 4 3
C A Q J 7
Lead: S JTableClubs split 3-2
S K Q 3
H A K 6 2
D A K
C K 6 4 3

How many top tricks? _____

What are your two threat cards? _____ _____

How many clubs can you afford to lead early? _____

What is your plan? _____

  1. Duck a heart
  2. Win the H A then duck a heart
  3. Win the H A-K then call Richard
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Answers

1.11
H 10D 10
2nd
A

2.9
D ruff
S 8C 8
B

3.8
D 8C 9
D K
B

4.10
S 9H J
No
B

5.10
H ruffs
S 7C 10
C

6.11
H 6D J
Three
A

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