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Test Your Defense


As West, decide your defense on each deal.

1. 3 H South

S Q 7
H A 10 8
D K J 5
C A K 9 6 4
S A K 10 9 6 2
H 4 3
D 8 6 2
C 10 3
Table
None Vul

West
2 S
All Pass
North
Dbl
East
Pass
South
3 H

After opening a classic weak two-bid to apparently no avail, you find yourself on lead against a heart partscore. You lead the obvious S K, partner plays the eight, and South the four.

How many spades did partner probably start with? _____

Who has the S J? _____

Which card do you lead? _____

2. 4 S South

S A Q 10
H J 4
D A Q J 6
C A Q J 6
S 7 2
H A K Q 8 7 3
D 7 3 2
C 9 4
Table
None Vul

West
2 H
Pass
North
Dbl
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 S
4 S (AP)

You lead the H K, partner plays the two, and South the five; then the H A, partner plays the nine, and South the 10.

How many hearts did partner start with? _____

Is there any clue to which king (D or C) partner has? _____

Which card do you lead? _____

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S K Q 7 4
H A 3
D K J 9 5 3
C 10 4
S 3
H K 10 9 6 5
D A Q 6
C A J 5 3
Table
Both Vul

West
1 H
All Pass
North
Dbl
East
2 H
South
4 S

You lead the H 10 won in dummy, as partner plays the seven, and South the eight. Declarer leads the S 4 (partner plays the two) to his jack; then the D 4. You hop with the ace, and partner plays the eight.

How many diamonds did South probably start with? _____

Who has the H Q? _____

Which card do you lead? _____

4. 3 NT South

S A Q 2
H 10 7 4 3
D Q 8 5
C K J 8
S J 10 4
H Q 8 6 2
D K 6 2
C 10 9 4
Table
N-S Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT

You lead the H 2, partner plays the jack, and South wins the ace. South leads the C 5 to the king (partner plays the two); then the H 4 (partner discards the S 5) to his nine and your queen.

Who has the C Q? _____

Who has the S K? _____

Which card do you lead? _____

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S K 2
H 7 4
D K 7 3
C K Q J 10 9 4
S Q J 5
H A J 8 6 3
D Q 2
C A 7 5
Table
Both Vul

West
1 H
All Pass
North
2 C
East
Pass
South
3 NT

You lead the H 6 to partner’s nine and South’s king. Clubs are led and you duck twice as everyone follows. On the third club, partner discards the H 2, South the S 3, and you win your ace.

Who has the H Q? _____

Does partner have an ace? _____

Which card do you lead? _____

6. 3 NT South

S J 6 4
H K 7
D K Q 10 8 5 4
C K 4
S Q 7 5
H J 10 8
D A 6 3
C J 10 9 7
Table
E-W Vul

West

Pass
North
1 D
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT

You lead the C J, and the play goes four, five, queen. South leads the D 7 to the queen, then the D 4 (partner discards the H 2) to his jack. On the third diamond you win the ace, and partner pitches the C 6.

Who has the C A? _____

Who has the H A? _____

Which card do you lead? _____

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Answers

1.2
South
D 2

2.3
Yes
D 2

3.1
East
H 6

4.South
South
D 2

5.South
No
H A

6.South
South
S 5

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