Challenge 8Y09 by Richard Pavlicek
Apologies to Bud and Lou, but whos on lead is often the key to winning defense at bridge.
Test yourself on these six problems. As East, decide how you would signal on partners opening lead, or if you would overtake and lead next. In each case your side wins the first trick. Choose your defense from the options (A-F) listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is standard, and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
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Before you begin, I will answer an important question to improve your defense: Whos on lead? Yes!
South will play the 2. Your defense?
A. Overtake; lead 4B. Overtake; lead 5C. Overtake; lead 3D. Overtake; lead JE. Play the 7F. Play the 3
1. 4-card limit raise
South will play the 3. Your defense?
A. Overtake; lead 3B. Overtake; lead 2C. Overtake; win AD. Play the 10E. Play the 8F. Play the 4
South will play the 5. Your defense?
A. Overtake; win AB. Overtake; lead 10C. Overtake; lead 8D. Overtake; lead JE. Play the 7F. Play the 2
South will play the 4. Your defense?
A. Overtake; lead 6B. Overtake; lead QC. Overtake; lead 9D. Overtake; lead 4E. Overtake; lead JF. Play the 9
South will play the 6. Your defense?
A. Overtake; lead 9B. Overtake; lead 10C. Overtake; lead QD. Overtake; lead 4E. Play the 10F. Play the 2
A. Overtake; lead 5B. Overtake; lead KC. Overtake; lead JD. Overtake; lead 4E. Play the 7F. Play the 3
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Acknowledgments to Bud Abbott (1897-1974), Lou Costello (1906-59) and Whos On First?© 2007 Richard Pavlicek