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Subj:   5 More Bridge Challenges
 

From the book Card Play Technique
              by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener
              Published in 1985 by
              Faber and Faber

See if you can find optimum line of play.
 

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 #1 - Dummy Play Chapter 1
 #2 - Defence Chapter 2
 #3 - Dummy Play Chapter 3
 #4 - Defense Chapter 4
 #5 - Dummy Play Chapter 5

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #21 (S526c)
          From Chapter 1 - "Dummy Play", page 18

Assuming adequate entries, how do you play?

1. A x x opposite Q J x x in dummy to make three tricks.

2. Same as above, but no side entry to your hand.

3. Q x x opposite K 10 x to make two tricks.

4. A 4 3 2 opposite Q 10 9 8 to make three tricks.

5. A 4 3 2 opposite Q 10 6 5 to make three tricks.

6. Q 9 8 opposite 10 7 4 to make one trick.
 

Figure out a strategy and then click 'HERE' for Victor's solution.
 

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #22 (S527c)
          From Chapter 2 - "Defence", page 28

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1.
(Dummy)
Q J 9 8
(You)
 K 10

The Queen is led.  Do you cover?

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2.
(Dummy)
Q J 9 8
(You)
 K 10 x

Same led.  Do you cover?

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3.
(Dummy)
Q J 4 2
(You)
 K 5

Same led.  Do you cover?

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4.
(Dummy)
A 6 5 3
(You)
 Q 9 2

South leads the Jack.  Do you cover?

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5.
(Dummy)
A J 6
(You) 
 K 10 8 2

Queen led.  Do you cover?

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6.
(Dummy)
J 10 2
 
 (You)
 Q 9 4

The Jack is led.  Do you cover?

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7.
(Dummy)
J 10 8
 
(You)
 Q 9

Same led.  Do you cover?

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8.
(Dummy)
A K 10 9 3
 (You) 
 Q J 5 2

South Declarer, leads the four.  What card do you play?
 

Figure out a strategy and then click 'HERE' for Victor's solution.
 
 

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #23 (S528c)
          From Chapter 3 - "Dummy Play", page 40

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1. North leads the ten of Diamonds against Three Spades by West.
.  
A x x x
K Q x x
A Q x..
x x....
x x x x
x
K x x x
A x x x

     A. Where do you take the trick?
     B. What card do you play at trick two?
 

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.
.  
A K Q x x
A x x....
K x x....
x x......
J x x
K x x
A Q x x
x x x

What card do you play on the Queen of Clubs (trick three)?
 

3. A trump is opened against Four Heart by West.
.  
_.........
K J 10 9 7
A x x x x.
Q x x.....
J x x x
A Q 8 2
x
A x x x

What should be the first three tricks?
 

4. The deuce of Clubs is opened against Five Diamonds by West.
.  
x x......
A x x....
K Q J x x
K J x....
A x x
x x
10 x x
A Q x x x

What do you play at trick two?
 

5. The Queen of Hearts is led against Four Spades by West.
.  
A K Q 8
K......
x x x x
x x x x
J 10 9
A x x x x x
A x x
A

     A. Which ten tricks will you make, assuming that
        neither defender has a void in any suit?
     B. Which ten tricks would you expect to make on a trump lead?
 

6. The Jack of trumps is opened against Two Diamonds by West.
.  
Q x......
x x......
A x x x x
A Q x x..
10 x x
J 10 x x
K x x
K x x

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.
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x..........
A J x x x x
x x x......
A J x......
A x x x
x x
A K x
x x x x

     A. What card do you lead from dummy at the second trick?
     B. Which eight tricks do you expect to make?
 

Figure out a strategy and then click 'HERE' for Victor's solution.
 
 
 

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #24 (S529c)
          From Chapter 4 - "Defence", page 54

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1.
. 4 3
x x x
A K x
A Q J x x
K 9 7....
x x......
J x x x x
x x x....

South is in Four Spades.  East has bid Hearts and West leads the top of his doubleton.  East plays the King, Ace, and Queen of Hearts.  Declarer ruffs the third round with the Jack of Spades.  What should West do?
 

2. Same bidding and play as in #1.
 
. A x x
x x x
A K x
A Q J x
K 9 7....
x x......
J x x x x
x x x....

What should West do at trick three?
 

3.
. x x
x x x
A K Q
K Q J x x
K 10 x.
10 x...
x x x x
x x x x

South is in Two Spades.  East has bid Hearts and West leads the ten to his partner's King.  East plays the Ace of Clubs and continues with the Ace and Queen of Hearts.  Declarer ruffs with the Jack.  What should West do?
 

4.
. x
x x x
Q 10 x x
A K x x x
K J 9 8
K x x..
x x....
Q J 9 x

West opens a small trump against Four Hearts.  Declarer wins with the Jack in his hand and plays the Queen of Spades.  Should West cover?
 

5. Biddlig was: 

     SOUTH (dealer)  WEST          NORTH         EAST
     One Spade       Two Clubs     Two Spades    Three Clubs 
     Four Spades     Pass          Pass          Pass

Sitting West, what do you lead from:
.....A.  A K x....................B.  K x x
........ Q x x....................... Q x x
........ x x......................... Q x
........ A K J x x................... A K J x x
 

6. South, dealer, opens Four Hearts and all passed.
What do you lead from:
.....A.  Q 10 x....................B.  Q 10 x
........ Q 10 x x..................... Q J 10 x
........ x............................ x
........ A Q x x x.................... A Q J x x
 
 

Figure out a strategy and then click 'HERE' for Victor's solution.
 

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #25 (S530c)
          From Chapter 5 - "Dummy Play", page 56

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1.
.  
x x.........
K x.........
A K Q J 10 x
A x x.......
A K x x x
A x x
x x
x x x

A trump is opened against Six Diamonds.  After drawing trumps, which card will you play from your hand?  What card will you play from dummy?
 

2.
.  
Q J 10 x x
K J.......
J x x.....
A x x.....
x x x
x x x
A K 10 9 x
K x

Against Three Spades, opponents lead the Ace, King, and a small trump.  No more trumps are out?
     A. How do you play the Diamonds?
     B. How do you play the Diamonds if the contract is Four Spades?
 

3.
.  
A x x x
A x x..
A x....
K x x x
x x x x
K x x
K x x x
A x

A Club is opened against Four Spades.  What card do you play from your hand, and from dummy, to trick two?
 

4.
.  
A K Q J x
x x x x..
J x x....
x........
x x
A K x
K Q 10 9 x x
x x

The Ace, then the King of Clubs are led against Four Spades.
     A. What card should declarer play to the second trick?
     B. What should declarer lead when he wins his first trick?
 

5.
.  
A K Q J x
A x x x x
Q x......
x........
10 x x
Q
A J
A x x x x x x

A Heart is opened against Six Spades bt West.  South plays the King and West wins.  What cards should declarer play to:  A. trick two; B. thrick three;
C. trick four; D. thrick five?
 

6.
.  
A K Q x x
x x......
A x......
Q 10 x x.
10 x
x x x
K Q J x x
A x x

The contract is Four Spades.  Opponents lead the three top Hearts.
     A. Should declarer ruff the third Heart?
     B. What card should declarer play when he wins his first trick?
 

Figure out a strategy and then click 'HERE' for Victor's solution.
 
 

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I've only shown a few examples from the book "Card Play Techniques".  Buy the book, read it, and rereat it a dozen times.  It will improve your bridge game.

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