Main   Exercise 6H53 by Richard Pavlicek  

Out for the Count!

As East, answer each question about the defense on each deal.

1.
E-W Vul
S 7 2
H Q 8 7 3
D A K 6 2
C 7 6 3
West

Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
3 H
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
2 H
3 H SouthTable S K J 10 8
H 6 2
D Q J 4
C A 8 5 2

Partner leads the C 4 to your ace, as South follows with the 10.

How many clubs did South begin with?

Who has the C K?

Which card do you lead?

2.
Both Vul
S A 4
H A J 8
D K Q J 9 4
C K 10 3
West

Pass
North
1 D
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
3 S
4 S SouthTable S 9 6 2
H K 7 6 2
D A 8 5
C A J 8

Partner leads the H 4, won by ace (South plays the 10). The D K is led to your ace, as South plays the 10, and partner the two.

How many diamonds did South begin with?

How many hearts?

Which card do you lead?

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3.
None Vul
S A Q 6 2
H K Q 6
D J 10 9 8
C 10 5
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
2 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
4 S SouthTable S J 3
H A J 10 2
D 6 4 3
C J 9 6 3

Partner leads the C 2, and the play goes 10, jack, ace. South leads the S 10 (partner plays the five) and runs it to your jack.

How many clubs did South begin with?

How many spades?

Which card do you lead?

4.
E-W Vul
S Q J 10 6 5
H J 10 5 4
D A J 10
C 3
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H
4 H SouthTable S 9 7 4
H A 3
D K 8 6
C J 7 6 5 4

Partner leads the C K, won by South’s ace. South leads the H 6 (partner plays the two) to the jack and your ace.

Is it plausible for partner to have the H K?

… the H Q?

Which card do you lead?

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5.
None Vul
S Q 5
H Q 8 6
D A 10 6 4
C 9 7 5 3
West

1 S
All Pass
North

2 H
East
Pass
2 S
South
1 H
3 H
3 H SouthTable S A J 2
H 4 3
D J 9 8 5 2
C Q J 10

Partner leads the S 4, dummy plays low, and your jack wins as South follows with the nine.

How many spades did South begin with?

Who has the S K?

Which card do you lead?

6.
N-S Vul
S 2
H A 3 2
D A K J 9 3
C 6 5 4 3
West

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

Partner leads the S 7 to your ace, as South follows with the five.

How many spades did South begin with?

Who has the S K?

Which card do you lead?

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek