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My Trumps Never Break!


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 2 C× South

S A 8 6 3
H 9 7 6
D 8 5 4 3
C 4 3
Lead: D 10TableEast plays D 7
S K 4
H 4 3
D A 9 2
C A Q 10 8 6 2
N-S Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

Pass
Pass
East
1 D
Dbl
South
2 C
Pass

Which opponent has club length? _____

Does this suggest a trump coup, elopement, or endplay? _____

Do you win the first trick? _____

Which suit will you play immediately? _____

How many rounds of that suit will you lead? _____

Which card will you lead next? _____

East wins, cashes two diamonds and leads a high diamond. Your play? _____

How many trumps do you have left in hand? _____

How many of those do you expect to win? _____

How many total tricks will you win on this deal? _____

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S J 3 2
H Q 4 3
D 7 6 5 4
C A K 2
Lead: D JTableEast plays D Q
S A 5 4
H A K 7 6 5
D A K 3
C 4 3
E-W Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H

How many tricks do you have if hearts break 3-2? _____

Which opponent is more likely to have four hearts? _____

Does this suggest a trump coup, elopement, or endplay? _____

You win the D A and cash the H A (both follow). What do you lead next? _____

West shows out! What are your plays at trick four? _____ _____

at trick five? _____ _____

East discarded a club. What are your plays at trick six? _____ _____

at trick seven? _____ _____

What do lead next? _____

How many trumps (total) do you expect to win? _____

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S A K 9 8 7
H J 6 2
D A 9
C A K 5
Lead: H K-ATable
S
H Q 4
D K J 10 8 7 6 5
C Q 6 4 3
Both Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

5 D
East

Pass
South
4 D
Pass

What is the only remaining card you might lose to? _____

Does this suggest a trump coup, elopement, or endplay? _____

West leads a third heart to the jack (East follows). What do you play from your hand? _____

What are your plays at trick four? _____ _____

West shows out! You next throw a club on the S A and lead the D 9 which holds.

What are your plays at trick seven? _____ _____

at trick eight? _____ _____

at trick nine? _____ _____

at trick 10? _____ _____

Which card will you now lead from dummy? _____

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Answers

1.West
Endplay
Yes
S 
3
H 3
H 4
5
3
7

2.10
East
Elopement
H K
C 3C K
D 5D K
C 4C A
C 2H 5
D 3
5

3.D Q
Coup
D 5
D JD A
S 7D
C 4C K
S 8D
C 6C A
S K

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