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Defensive Countdown


As East, fill in what you can determine about the number of tricks South can win and the shape of his hand (enter a “?” if inconclusive) then decide your next lead.

1. 3 NT South

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

West

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

Partner leads the S 2, dummy plays low, and your nine loses to the king. South returns the S 2 (partner plays the seven) to the jack and your ace.

South’s tricks: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

South’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

What do you lead next? _____

2. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
North
1 D
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S (AP)

Partner leads the H 4, and the play goes two, nine, ace. South cashes the S K-Q (partner follows with the five then the six) and leads the D 5 (partner plays the eight) to the jack and your queen.

South’s tricks: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

South’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

What do you lead next? _____

TopMain 3. 4 H South

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

West

Pass
North

4 H
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 H

Partner leads the S 3, and your king loses to the ace. South leads the C 4 (partner plays the six) to the queen and your ace.

South’s tricks: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

South’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

What do you lead next? _____

4. 4 S South

S A 6 3 2
H 10 6 5
D K 10
C A K J 9
TableS K J
H K 8 4 3
D A 8 7 3
C 6 5 4
E-W Vul

West

Pass
North
1 NT
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
3 S

Partner leads the D Q, covered by the king and your ace. You return a diamond which South ruffs. South leads the S 10 to the ace, then a spade to your king (partner follows up-the-line).

South’s tricks: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

South’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

What do you lead next? _____

TopMain 5. 3 NT South

S A 5 2
H Q 8 7 6 2
D 10 2
C A 8 3
TableS 9 6
H A J 9 3
D J 7 6 3
C K 9 7
E-W Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
2 C
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 D
1 S
3 NT (AP)

Partner leads the C J, dummy plays low, and you win the king as South follows with the two.

South’s tricks: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

South’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

What do you lead next? _____

6. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
North

4 S
East
1 D
All Pass
South
2 S

Partner leads the D 5. You win and return the D 6, and South’s king is ruffed with the S 4. Partner leads the H 5, won by the ace (South plays the nine); then the C J is led to your king (partner plays the eight).

South’s tricks: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

South’s shape: S _____ H _____ D _____ C _____

What do you lead next? _____

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Answers

1.23??
3235
D 3

2.6102
6313
H 5

3.1611
3631
H 3

4.4?04
5314
C 6

5.?0?3
4144
H 3

6.6102
6124
S 6

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