Main   Exercise 6H41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Test Your Defense

As West, decide your defense on each deal.

1.
None Vul
S Q 7
H A 10 8
D K J 5
C A K 9 6 4
West
2 S
Pass
North
Dbl
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
3 H
S A K 10 9 6 2
H 4 3
D 8 6 2
C 10 3
Table3 H South

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.
None Vul
S A Q 10
H J 4
D A Q J 6
C A Q J 6
West
2 H
Pass
All Pass
North
Dbl
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 S
4 S
S 7 2
H A K Q 8 7 3
D 7 3 2
C 9 4
Table4 S South

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.

Who has the H 6?

Is there any clue which suit partner wants led?

Which card do you lead?

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3.
Both Vul
S K Q 7 4
H A 3
D K J 9 5 3
C 10 4
West
1 H
Pass
North
Dbl
Pass
East
2 H
Pass
South
4 S
S 3
H K 10 9 6 5
D A Q 6
C A J 5 3
Table4 S South

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.
N-S Vul
S A Q 2
H 10 7 4 3
D Q 8 5
C K J 8
West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
S J 10 4
H Q 8 6 2
D K 6 2
C 10 9 4
Table3 NT South

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

Who do you think has the C Q?

… the S K?

Which card do you lead?

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5.
Both Vul
S K 2
H 7 4
D K 7 3
C K Q J 10 9 4
West
1 H
Pass
North
2 C
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
3 NT
S Q J 5
H A J 8 6 3
D Q 2
C A 7 5
Table3 NT South

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.

How many hearts did partner probably start with?

Who has the H Q?

Which card do you lead?

6.
E-W Vul
S J 6 4
H K 7
D K Q 10 8 5 4
C K 4
West

Pass
North
1 D
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
S Q 7 5
H J 10 8
D A 6 3
C J 10 9 7
Table3 NT South

You lead the C J; four, five, queen. South leads the D 7 to the queen, then the D 4 (partner discards H 2) to his jack. You win the third diamond (partner discards C 6).

Who do you think has the C A?

… the H A?

Which card do you lead?

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek