Main   Practice 6G01 by Richard Pavlicek  

Defensive Card Combinations


West

Pass
North
1 C
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
Board 1
None Vul
S K J 10 2
H 3 2
D A Q 2
C A K J 10
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 N
4 N
5 E
6 N
7 N
8 S
9 E
Lead
H Q
D 6!
S J
S 2
D 5
C A
S 10
C 4
D 4
2nd
2
7
5
A!
9
6
6
7
J
3rd
A
8!
3
7
10
2
Q
J
K
4th
8
Q
4
8
A
3
D 3
Q
2
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
5 3
5 4
S 8 4
H Q J 9 4
D K 10 8 3
C 8 7 3
TableS A 6 5
H A 7 6 5
D 6 5 4
C Q 9 6
Bidding
Defense
 
Rebid by opener
Active defense
Shift to safe suit
S Q 9 7 3
H K 10 8
D J 9 7
C 5 4 2
4 S by South6 top tricksWin the restdown 1 -50


West

2 NT
4 H
North

Pass
All Pass
East
1 H
3 NT
South
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 9 4
H 10 9 3
D A 8 6 5
C Q 10 3
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 N
8 S
Lead
S 3
H 4
C 4
H J?
C 6
C 2
D 5!
D 2
2nd
2
2
3
K
Q!
8
J?
4
3rd
Q
Q
J
A
A
9?
Q
A
4th
K
10!
5
3
7
10
3
K
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
5 1
5 2
5 3
S A 8 2
H A Q 8
D 7 4 3
C K 9 6 4
TableS K 10 5
H J 7 6 5 4
D K J
C A J 2
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Finessing technique
Create losing option
Play known card
S J 7 6 3
H K 2
D Q 10 9 2
C 8 7 5
4 H by East8 top tricksConcede high trumpdown 1 +50


West

1 S
3 S
North

Dbl
All Pass
East

2 S
South
1 C
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 2
H 10 8 5 4
D A 10 9 4
C 5 4 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 S
4 E
5 N
6 N
7 S
8 W
9 E
Lead
C 2
S 3
D 5!
D 2
S K!
C 5
D J
S 7
H J
2nd
8
2!
7
6
5
Q
S 6
D 10
K!
3rd
10
8
9!
Q
C 6
K
4
10
A
4th
A
A
K
A
4
3
3
C 7
4
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4
3 4
4 4
5 4
S Q 9 7 6 4 3
H A Q 9
D Q 7
C A 3
TableS J 10 8 5
H J 6 3
D K 3 2
C Q 9 8
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Negative double
Resp to suit overcall
Read suit layout
Shift to safe suit
S A
H K 7 2
D J 8 6 5
C K J 10 7 6
3 S by West6 top tricksLose 1 more trickdown 1 +100


West
Pass
Pass
North
1 NT
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
3 H
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 8 3
H K 6
D K 10 9 8 4
C A Q 9
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 W
4 S
5 N
6 S
7 S
Lead
D 3
S Q!
S 2!
C 3
C 9
C K
C J
2nd
5
3!
8
7
2
5
6
3rd
A
4
9
A
10
Q
D 8
4th
4
5
J
8
4
H 4
D 6
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
S A Q 10 2
H 9 3
D A J 2
C 7 6 5 4
TableS 9 7 4
H Q J 5 4
D Q 7 6 3
C 8 2
Bidding
Defense
 
Response to 1 NT
Read partner’s lead
Entrapment play
S J 6 5
H A 10 8 7 2
D 5
C K J 10 3
3 NT by North6 top tricksWin 3 more tricksdown 1 -100


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Practice 6G05 by Richard Pavlicek

Defensive Card Combinations II


West

1 H
2 C1
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
1 D
1 S
3 NT
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S Q 10 8 6
H K 3 2
D 9 7 4
C K Q 3
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 S
4 N
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 E
11 E
Lead
C 10
S 10!
S 4!
S 8
D 3
D 2
C 7!
D 5
D Q
D 8
H 8
2nd
4?
J
9
A
6
7
2
9
C 9
H 4
7
3rd
Q
K
Q
3
J
A
A
K
C 6
H 6
Q
4th
5
7
2
H 5
4
10
3
C 8
H 2
H 3!
K
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
7 3
7 4
S 9 7
H A Q 10 6 5
D J 5 2
C A 6 4
TableS A J 5 2
H 8
D A K Q 8 3
C J 7 5
Note 1
Bidding
Defense
 
fourth suit forcing
Opener’s third bid
Entrapment play
Avoid endplay
S K 4 3
H J 9 7 4
D 10 6
C 10 9 8 2
3 NT by East7 top tricksLose the restdown 2 +100


West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A Q 10 4 3
H 10 5 4
D A Q 4
C 6 5
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 N
4 S
5 E
6 N
7 N
8 W
9 S
10 N
11 W
Lead
C 4
S 2
S 3
C J!
D 6!
D A
D 4
H 2
S 8
H 5
H 8
2nd
5
6
7
7
7
2
3
4
C 8
3
10
3rd
Q
A
K
6
8
9
J
9!
Q
K
Q
4th
A
5
C 3
K
Q
5
K
J
C 2
A
7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
5 1
5 2
6 2
7 2
7 3
7 4
S 6
H A 8 2
D K 10 8 5
C 10 8 7 4 3
TableS 7 5
H Q 9 6 3
D 6 3 2
C K Q 9 2
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Ruff/discard endplay
Shift to safe suit
Finesse against dummy
S K J 9 8 2
H K J 7
D J 9 7
C A J
4 S by South7 top tricksClaim the restdown 1 -100


West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
East

Pass
South
1 D
2 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A 7 4 2
H Q 9 2
D 10 8 2
C Q 9 7
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 E
5 S
6 E
7 S
8 E
9 S
10 E
Lead
H J
C 7
S J
D J!
S 10
S 5!
C 6
C 5!
D 3
D K!
2nd
3
2
3
Q
6
8
10
S 9
6
A
3rd
8
K
2
5
4
C 4
Q
8
8
H 5
4th
Q
3
Q
2
K
7
A
9
9
10
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
3 2
4 2
4 3
5 3
5 4
6 4
S 6 3
H A 8 7 5
D 6 5
C J 10 8 4 3
TableS K Q 5
H J 10 4
D K J 9 7
C A 5 2
Bidding
Defense
 
 
 
Rebid by opener
Passive defense
Entrapment play
West’s H 8 marks North
with the H 9
S J 10 9 8
H K 6 3
D A Q 4 3
C K 6
2 S by North3 top tricksWin 1 more trickdown 1 -50


West
1 H
2 S
4 H
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
2 C
3 H
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S J 9 4
H 4 2
D Q 10 9 7 4
C K J 8
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 W
7 W
8 N
9 S
10 N
Lead
D 10
H 5
H 7
D 3!
S A
S K
S 2
C J!
C 7
C 8
2nd
A
3
4
K
4
9
J
Q
10
5
3rd
8
A
K
H 8
5
6
8
A
K
9
4th
2
2
6
4
3
Q!
10
2
4
3
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
6 1
6 2
6 3
6 4
S A K 7 2
H A Q 10 8 7
D 2
C 10 3 2
TableS 8 6 5
H K J 9 5
D A 3
C Q 6 5 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Rebid after 2-over-1
Elimination technique
Ruff/discard endplay
Avoid endplay
Entrapment play
S Q 10 3
H 6 3
D K J 8 6 5
C A 9 7
4 H by West8 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +100


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Practice 6G09 by Richard Pavlicek

Defensive Card Combinations III


West

Pass
North
Pass
2 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
Board 1
None Vul
S K 8 2
H 10 3 2
D 8 7 5 3
C A K 6
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 S
7 N
8 W
Lead
D 4
D K
C 3!
D 7
S A
S 6
H 10?
D 10
2nd
3
Q
8
H 4
10
Q
Q!
8
3rd
A
2
9
S 5
2
K
K
C 4
4th
J
5
K
6
3
4
A
S 7
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
5 3
S Q 10
H A 9 7
D 10 9 6 4 2
C Q 9 5
TableS J 4 3
H Q 8 6 4
D A K
C J 7 4 3
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
 
Third seat strategy
Elimination technique
Shift to safe suit
When to cover honor
East must not lead heart
S A 9 7 6 5
H K J 5
D Q J
C 10 8 2
2 S by South6 top tricksWin 2 more tricksdown 1 -50


West

2 C
3 NT
North

Pass
All Pass
East
1 NT
2 D
South
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 4
H A Q 10 3
D 8 6 2
C J 10 3 2
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 E
4 W
5 S
6 N
7 N
Lead
S 3
H Q!
C 9
D 10
H 8
H A
H 3
2nd
5
K?
5
2
7
9
D 9
3rd
A
4
K
3
10
6
D 5
4th
7
2
3
K
5
J
S 6
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4
2 5
S Q 10 6 5
H J 7 2
D 10 4
C A K 8 7
TableS K 7
H K 9 5
D A Q J 9 3
C Q 9 6
Bidding
Defense
 
Stayman convention
Shift to another suit
Entrapment play
S J 9 8 3 2
H 8 6 4
D K 7 5
C 5 4
3 NT by East4 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +50


West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
2 D
3 NT
East

Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Pass
2 C
2 NT
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A Q 3
H J 7 6
D A 10 9 5
C K Q 10
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 S
4 N
5 N
6 N
7 E
8 N
9 E
10 S
Lead
H 4
C 2!
D J
S A
S Q
D 10
C 9
H J
H 10
C 4
2nd
2
10
Q!
5
4
K
3
A
K
S 10!
3rd
Q
5
A
2
6
4
6
5
C J
K
4th
6
A
2
8
7!
3
Q
C 8
7
7
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
5 3
6 3
7 3
S K 10 8 7
H Q
D Q 8 7 3
C J 8 6 2
TableS 5 4
H A 10 9 4 3
D K 6 2
C 9 7 5
Bidding
Defense
 
 
 
Stayman convention
Shift to safe suit
Keep correct stopper
West must not lead a
spade or diamond
S J 9 6 2
H K 8 5 2
D J 4
C A 4 3
3 NT by North5 top tricksWin 1 more trickdown 1 -50


West
1 S
3 D
North
Pass
Pass
East
2 D
4 S
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 5 4
H J 10 9 2
D 9 7 5
C K 10 6 4
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 E
4 W
5 W
6 S
7 E
8 E
9 S
Lead
H J
C 9!
S 3
S K
D K
C 8
D Q!
D 3
C 3
2nd
Q
5
8
5
5
Q
4
S Q!
7
3rd
A
6!
A
9
2
K
6
J
10
4th
6
J
4
10
A
A
7
9
2
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
4 2
5 2
5 3
5 4
S A K 7 6 2
H 8 6
D K J 6
C Q 7 5
TableS J 9 3
H K Q
D Q 10 8 3 2
C A J 2
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Rebid after 2-over-1
Rebid by responder
Deceptive play
Shift to correct suit
Read suit layout
S Q 10 8
H A 7 5 4 3
D A 4
C 9 8 3
4 S by West5 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +100


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Practice 6G13 by Richard Pavlicek

Defensive Card Combinations IV


West

Pass
North
1 D
2 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
Board 1
None Vul
S 10 6 4 2
H 7 6 5 3
D A K Q
C A 3
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 W
4 W
5 E
Lead
H K
H 4
H Q
H 9
S 5!
2nd
3
8
6
7
7
3rd
A
10!
C 4
S A!
J
4th
2
5
J
D 4
2
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
0 5
S Q J 3
H K Q 10 9
D J 5 3
C 7 6 2
TableS A 5
H A 4
D 10 8 6 2
C J 10 9 5 4
Defense
 
Suit preference signal
Trump promotion
S K 9 8 7
H J 8 2
D 9 7 4
C K Q 8
2 S by South7 top tricksLose 1 trump trickdown 1 -50


West

3 H
North

Pass
East
1 H
4 H
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A J 9 4
H K Q 4
D 7 2
C J 10 4 3
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 W
4 E
5 N
Lead
S 2
D 2!
H J
H 3
S 4
2nd
K
5
4!
C 5
10
3rd
A
8
A
10
Q
4th
3
J
2
Q
5
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
2 3
S K 6 5
H J 10 9 5
D K Q J 6
C K 2
TableS 10 3
H A 8 7 6 3
D A 9 5
C A Q 7
Defense
 
Try to fool declarer
Do not cover honor
S Q 8 7 2
H 2
D 10 8 4 3
C 9 8 6 5
4 H by East10 top tricksConcede high trumpdown 1 +50


West

Pass
Pass
North

1 S
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
3 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 10 9 8
H K 7 4
D Q 7 3
C Q 9 7
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 E
4 E
5 W
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 N
Lead
H Q
C 2!
C K
C 5
C 8!
S 8
S 3
S 9
D 3
2nd
2
7
6
10
S 10
2
H 3
6
S J
3rd
A
J
3!
A
D 9!
A
K
7
10
4th
4
4
9
Q
D 8
4
5
D 2
4
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
1 4
2 4
3 4
4 4
4 5
S 4
H A 8 5 3
D 6 5 4 2
C A 8 3 2
TableS J 6 5 2
H Q J 10 9 6
D 9
C K J 5
Defense
 
Underlead to partner
Trump promotion
S A Q 7 3
H 2
D A K J 10 8
C 10 6 4
4 S by North9 top tricksWin the restdown 2 -100


West
1 NT
2 S
4 S
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
2 C
3 S
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 10 7 4
H Q 9 8 6 2
D Q 7 2
C J 2
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 S
4 E
5 W
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 E
Lead
H 6
H A
S 6!
S 3
S A
C 3
C 8
C 7
C 10
D 9
2nd
5
J
2
8
10
2
5
H 8
D 4
K!
3rd
K
2
7
K
5
K
A
Q
9
A
4th
4
7
J
4
H 3
4
J
6
H 9
2
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S A K 9 2
H J 4
D A J 3
C A 9 7 3
TableS Q J 5 3
H 7 5
D 9 8 6
C K Q 10 8
Defense
 
Passive defense
Read suit layout
S 8 6
H A K 10 3
D K 10 5 4
C 6 5 4
4 S by West8 top tricksLose 2 more tricksdown 1 +100


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Practice 6G17 by Richard Pavlicek

Killing Defense!


West

5 D
North
1 S
Dbl!
East
3 D
All Pass
South
3 S
Board 1
None Vul
S A Q J 9 6
H K 7 5
D 4 2
C A Q 3
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 W
4 S
Lead
S 2
S Q!
C J
H 3!
2nd
4
7
3!
Q
3rd
A
3
4
K
4th
5
D 3
K
2
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
S 4
H A Q 10
D Q 6 3
C J 10 9 8 7 2
TableS 8 7 5
H 9 4 2
D A K J 10 9 7
C 4
Bidding
Defense
 
Note
 
Combat sacrifice bid
Active defense
Attack dummy’s entry
5 D makes if defenders
miss any key play
S K 10 3 2
H J 8 6 3
D 8 5
C K 6 5
5 D× by East7 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +100


West

Pass
Pass
North

2 NT
6 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
Pass
4 NT
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 9 5 3
H A 7 2
D A K Q 7
C A 10
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 W
Lead
H 5
H 7?
H K
2nd
9
3
2
3rd
Q!
6
4
4th
A
10
8
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
S 8 7 6
H K Q 10
D 6 5 4
C 8 7 5 4
TableS Q 10 4
H 5 4 3
D 10 8 2
C J 9 6 3
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Opening 2 NT & response
Quantitative 4 NT
Try to fool declarer
Create losing option
S K J 2
H J 9 8 6
D J 9 3
C K Q 2
6 NT by North10 top tricksWin the restdown 1 -100


West

3 S
North

5 C!
East

5 S
South
3 C
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 6 3
H Q 9 8 7 2
D J
C A 8 3 2
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 W
4 N
5 S
Lead
D J
S J
S 4
C 2!
D 3
2nd
A
2
K
9
8
3rd
2
A!
7
K
S 6
4th
4
3
C J
5
5
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
2 2
2 3
S A Q 9 8 5 4
H K 5
D K 8 4
C Q 5
TableS J 10 7
H A J 10 3
D A Q 10 6 5
C 9
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Choose weak opening
Sacrifice bid
Shun finesse
Try for a ruff
Underlead to partner
S 2
H 6 4
D 9 7 3 2
C K J 10 7 6 4
5 S by West12 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +100


West
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
1 D
4 C
5 C
6 NT
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
4 NT
5 D
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 7 6
H K 4
D A K 10 9 8 2
C K 4
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 N
4 N
5 E
6 N
7 N
8 N
Lead
S Q
D J
D K
D 10
S 3!
D 9
D 8
D 2
2nd
6
5
7
Q
4
H 2
H 3
H 5!
3rd
2
A
4
6
10
S 5
C 3
4th
A
3
H 6
S 9
K
C 2
C 7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
S Q J 10 9
H J 8 7 6
D 5
C J 8 7 2
TableS 8 3 2
H Q 5 3 2
D Q 7 3
C Q 6 5
Play
Defense
 
 
Pseudo squeeze
Protect dummy’s suit
East must keep S 8 else
South can succeed
S A 5 4
H A 10 9
D J 6 4
C A 10 9 3
6 NT by South8 top tricksLose 1 more trickdown 1 -100


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