Bridge Challenge #23 (S528c)
From Chapter 3 - "Dummy Play", page 40
From the book Card Play Technique
do you take the trick?
2. The Jack of Clubs is led against Four Spades by West. South overtakes with the King, and follows with the Ace and Queen of Clubs.
What card do you play on the Queen
of Clubs (trick three)?
3. A trump is opened against Four Heart by West.
What should be the first three tricks?
4. The deuce of Clubs is opened against Five Diamonds by West.
What do you play at trick two?
5. The Queen of Hearts is led against Four Spades by West.
ten tricks will you make, assuming that
6. The Jack of trumps is opened against Two Diamonds by West.
What cards do you play to: A. the
first two tricks; B. the next three tricks?
7. You are West in Two Hearts. North leads the deuce of Spades.
card do you lead from dummy at the second trick?
1. A. In dummy.
2. A small Heart. The Heart is a probable loser anyway. But you cannot afford to ruff high, in case the Spades break 4-1. Still less can you afford to ruff small and to be over-ruffed.
3. One trump (taken in declarer's hand), the Ace of Diamonds, and the Ace of Clubs. The hand must be played on a cross ruff. That is why dummy's deuce of trumps must be used at the first opportunity, leaving three trumps that cannot be over-ruffed. The Ace of Clubs must be cashed quickly to avoid the danger of a ruff in the end game. By then defenders may have had the opportunity to discard their Clubs.
4. A trump. The catch is that there is no catch. Declarer can count eleven winners, so long as a Club is not ruffed. There is no need to ruff a Heart in dummy and every reason to draw trumps before allowing the defense to come in.
5. A. The King of Hearts; the Club
and Diamond Aces; and seven trumps.
6. A. Ace and King of trumps.
7. A. A Spade.
Without the partial dummy reversal,
the contract may fail against a bad trump break, for declarer needs four
winners out of his six trumps.
These are seven examples from the
book "Card Play Techniques". Buy the book,