Exercise 6H53   Main

# Out for the Count!

by Richard Pavlicek

 1. E-W Vul 7 2 Q 8 7 3 A K 6 2 7 6 3 WestPassPass North1 NT3 EastPassAll Pass SOUTH1 2 3 South K J 10 8 6 2 Q J 4 A 8 5 2

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

How many clubs did South begin with?

Who has the K?

 2. Both Vul A 4 A J 8 K Q J 9 4 K 10 3 WestPass NORTH1 4 EastPassAll Pass South3 4 South 9 6 2 K 7 6 2 A 8 5 A J 8

Partner leads the 4, won by ace (South plays the 10). The 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?

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 3. None Vul A Q 6 2 K Q 6 J 10 9 8 10 5 WestPassAll Pass NORTH1 2 EastPassPass South1 4 4 South J 3 A J 10 2 6 4 3 J 9 6 3

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

How many clubs did South begin with?

 4. E-W Vul Q J 10 6 5 J 10 5 4 A J 10 3 WestPassAll Pass North3 EastPass SOUTH1 4 4 South 9 7 4 A 3 K 8 6 J 7 6 5 4

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

Is it plausible for partner to have the K?

… the Q?

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 5. None Vul Q 5 Q 8 6 A 10 6 4 9 7 5 3 West1 All Pass North2 EASTPass2 South1 3 3 South A J 2 4 3 J 9 8 5 2 Q J 10

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

How many spades did South begin with?

Who has the K?

 6. N-S Vul 2 A 3 2 A K J 9 3 6 5 4 3 West2 Pass NORTH1 Pass6 EastPass4 All Pass South1 5 6 South A 10 8 3 7 5 Q 10 8 5 Q J 8

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

How many spades did South begin with?

Who has the K?