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Notrump Insight

As declarer in notrump, do you have the insight to make the winning plays? Test yourself on these six problems! (Or at least vote for the pictured solution that would make America great again.) Assume the scoring is IMPs, and your opponents are top-notch experts — not to be confused with “BBO world-class,” which can be a notch above hopeless.

For each problem enter eight cards (e.g., S2) in the order you would play them to Tricks 1-4. Routine early plays, if any, are already entered. Unless noted otherwise: (1) Assume both opponents follow suit; second hand low, third or fourth hand to their best advantage. (2) If an opponent is on lead, assume the suit they led previously is continued for the quiz, though it might not be in actual play.

Are you ready? Then go to it like a bat out of Hell.


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

Pass
All Pass
North
1 C
Pass
East
1 S
2 H
South
1 NT
2 NT
Lead: S 7Table If you play low from dummy, East plays the S 10
2 NT South S Q 9 4
H K 8 7
D Q 10 6 5 4
C K 4

Plays
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2. N-S Vul S 6 5
H A Q 10
D J 10 4
C Q 10 6 3 2
West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
Lead: S 4Table East plays the S 10
3 NT South S A Q 7
H K J 7 6
D A 5 3
C K 5 4

Plays
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  2
  3
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3. E-W Vul S K 2
H 8 4 3
D 9 7 6 3 2
C 7 4 3
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 D
3 NT
East

Pass
All Pass
South
2 C
2 NT
Lead: C QTable
East overtakes with the C K
If you duck twice, East sheds a spade on third club
3 NT South S A Q 7 6
H A Q 10 2
D A K
C A 6 2

Plays
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4. Both Vul S Q 10 4 2
H 10 9
D Q 6 4 2
C 7 6 4
West
1 H
Pass
North
Pass
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 NT
Lead: H 7Table
East plays the H Q
If you duck twice, West exits with a spade
2 NT South S A K J
H K 5 4 3
D A 9 5
C K Q 3

Plays
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  2
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5. None Vul S A 4 3
H Q 10 4
D 9 7 2
C 6 5 4 3
West
1 C
Pass
North
Pass
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
Lead: S KTable
East plays the S 9 and West continues with S Q
If you duck twice, West shifts to the C Q
3 NT South S 8 7
H A 6 2
D A K J 10 5
C A K 8

Plays
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6. E-W Vul S A 7 6 4
H J
D A K 7 5 4
C A 4 3
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 D
6 NT
East

Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 H
3 H
Lead: C KTable
6 NT South S K Q
H A K Q 10 9
D 10 6 3
C 10 8 6

Plays
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  3
  4



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