Main   Exercise 6J41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Four Ducks in a Pond

As West or East, decide your play to the crucial trick. If you win the trick,
state your next lead; otherwise enter “N” for your lead.

1.
E-W Vul
S 2
H A 3
D K 7 6 5 3
C K Q J 3 2
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
3 C
East
1 S
Pass
South
2 NT
3 NT
S 7 5 3
H 8 6 5 4
D A 10 8
C 7 6 4
Table3 NT South

You lead the S 7 and the play goes two, nine, queen. South leads the D J.

Your play and lead?

2.
Both Vul
S A 8 2
H 6 3
D K J 9 7 3
C K J 3
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
4 H
S Q 5 4
H J 5
D A 10 8 4 2
C 10 9 8
Table4 H South

You lead the C 10 and the play goes jack, queen, ace. South leads the D 5.

Your play and lead?

3.
None Vul
S Q J 5 2
H 10 9 8
D 7 3
C A Q 5 3
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 H
4 H
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 H
3 H
S A 9 4
H Q 3 2
D J 10 9 5 2
C 10 7
Table4 H South

You lead the D J and the play goes three, six, ace. South leads the S 3.

Your play and lead?

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4.
E-W Vul
S 8 7 6 4
H Q J
D Q 7
C K 8 7 3 2
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
S J 5
H K 8 6 2
D K J 3
C Q J 10 9
Table4 S South

You lead the C Q and the play goes two, five, ace. South leads the H 3.

Your play and lead?

5.
N-S Vul
S A K 8
H 7 2
D J 7 3
C K Q 8 7 6
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 C
2 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
S 7 6 2
H Q J 10 4
D A Q 4
C A 10 2
Table4 S South

You lead the H Q and the play goes two, three, ace. South leads the C 3.

Your play and lead?

6.
Both Vul
S 3
H J 9 8 3
D A 9 6 4
C K 7 6 5
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
4 H
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 H
4 H SouthTable S A Q 6 2
H 5 4
D J 10 8 3
C J 9 4

West leads the H 2 and the play goes nine, four, six. The S 3 is led from dummy.

Your play and lead?

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

Pass
North

3 NT
East

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

West leads the S 5 and the play goes jack, two, three. The C 3 is led from dummy.

Your play and lead?

8.
N-S Vul
S Q 4
H A Q 8
D 8 7 6 4
C J 9 4 2
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 NT
East

Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT
3 NT SouthTable S K 10 9 8
H 6 2
D A K 3
C 8 7 6 5

West leads the H 3 and the play goes ace, two, four. The D 4 is led from dummy.

Your play and lead?

9.
Both Vul
S Q 9 8 2
H A 9 7 4 3
D 3
C A 8 7
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 H
3 S
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 D
1 S
4 S
4 S SouthTable S A 7 4
H Q 6 5 2
D A 7 5 4
C 5 3

West leads the C Q and the play goes ace, three, two. The D 3 is led from dummy.

Your play and lead?

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek