Main   Exercise 6E41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Fun with Throw-Ins

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
None Vul
S A K 8 3 2
H 10 9 8
D 9 7 4
C 10 3
West

Pass
Pass
North

1 S
3 NT
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 C
2 NT
Lead: C 8 Table
 
 
 
S Q 5
H A 6 5
D A K 2
3 NT SouthC A Q 7 5 4

You put up dummy’s C 10 at trick one and it wins — not surprisingly when West’s lead is fourth-best.

How many sure tricks do you have?

Which suit contains a tenace holding?

Which opponent do you plan a throw-in against?

Which suit will you lead at trick two?

How many red-suit tricks would you like to duck?

What will be the last three cards in your hand?

Assuming East has spades stopped, which card will you lead from dummy?

Which card will you play from your hand?

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2.
Both Vul
S 9 5 2
H Q 6 4
D K 9 3
C A 9 7 6
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 D
East
1 S
3 H
South
2 D
5 D
Lead: S 8 Table
 
 
 
S K 10 3
H A 5 3
D A Q 8 7 6 5 2
5 D SouthC

East wins the S A and returns the S Q to your king as West follows with the S 4.

How many sure tricks do you have?

Which suit contains a tenace holding?

Which opponent do you plan a throw-in against?

What will you discard on dummy’s C A?

Is it necessary to ruff a club in your hand?

How many trumps will you lead (or ruff clubs with)?

Assuming you opt for the throw-in play, which card will you lead?

Afterthought: What is the best contract on this deal?

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3.
N-S Vul
S Q 3 2
H 7 6 2
D K Q J 8
C A 5 4
West

Pass
All Pass
North

4 NT
East
3 H
Pass
South
3 NT
6 NT
Lead: H 8 Table
 
 
 
S A K 7 4
H A Q
D A 10 3 2
6 NT SouthC Q J 9

East ducks and you win the H Q. You next lead the C Q, West plays the king and you win dummy’s ace.

How many sure tricks do you have?

Which suit contains a tenace holding?

Which opponent do you plan a throw-in against?

Which suit will you run first?

East follows once then pitches three hearts. Which card will you cash next?

West sheds a club. Which spade will you win first?

Which spade will you win next?

If both follow, which suit will you lead next?

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