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 Subj:   9 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.   The Bridge Cartoon comes from For Bridge Players
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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.
 . 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. Bidding was:

SOUTH (dealer)  WEST          NORTH         EAST

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.
.....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 by West.  South plays the King
and West wins.  What cards should declarer play to:  A. trick two;
B. trick three; C. trick four; D. trick 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

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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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #26 (S540c)
From Chapter 6 - "Defence", page 69

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1.
 West Q J 10 X 10 X X X X A J X X West Pass Pass North 2 Diamonds 4 Hearts East Pass All Pass South 1 Heart 2 Hearts

What card do you lead against Four Hearts?

2.
 West x x x x x A x x x x x A x West Pass Pass North 1 NT 3 NT Pass East Pass Pass Pass South 3 Spades 4 Hearts

What card do you lead against Four Hearts?

3.
 . K J x x x x x A Q x x x x A x x x x x x K x Q x x x
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 West Pass Pass Pass North 2 Diamonds 3 Hearts Pass East Pass Pass Pass South 1 Heart 2 NT 4 Hearts

West opens the ten of Spades and dummy plays low.  What card should East play?

4.
 . K J x x x x x A Q x x x x A x x A x K Q 10 9 x x x x
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 West Pass Pass Pass North 2 Diamonds 3 Hearts Pass East Pass Pass Pass South 1 Heart 2 NT 4 Hearts

Same contract, same bidding, and same lead as in Problem #3 above.
The dummy is also the same.
A. Should East win the first trick?
B. What line of defense should he adopt?
C. Assuming the bidding to be correct, is declarer likely to
make his contract?

5.
 . A K Q x x x x J x x A Q J x x x.. 10 x x. A K Q x K x x..
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 West Pass Pass North 1 Spade 2 NT Pass East Pass Pass Pass South 2 Heart 4 Hearts

West leads three top Diamonds to which all follow.
What should he play at trick four?

6.
 . x x J x K Q J 10   x x x x x A x........ A Q x x x x x x x x.... Q..........
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 West Pass North 3 Diamonds Pass East Pass Pass South 4 Spades

West opens the Ace of Hearts on which declarer drops the King.
What should West play at trick two?

7.
 . x x x J 9 x x x A Q J x x Q x x J x x x x x x x x
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 West Pass Pass North 2 Clubs 4 Spades East Pass All Pass South 1 Spade 3 Spades 4 Hearts

West leads the King of Hearts, followed by the Queen and the deuce.
Declarer plays the nine from dummy.  What card should East play?

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

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #27 (S541c)
From Chapter 7 - "Dummy Play", page 88

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1.
 . A x x A x Q J x x K x x x K x x x K x A 10 9 Q J 10 x

West, who had opened the bidding with Three Hearts, leads the Queen of Hearts against Three No-Trumps.
A. Where do you take the trick?
B. What card do you play to the second trick?

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

West leads a small Spade against Three No-Trumps by South and East plays the Jack.  What card should South play?

3.
 . x x x A J 10 9 x A x x K x K Q x K x x K x x x A x x

Same lead and contract as in Problem 2.
A. Sitting South, do you win the first trick?
B. What do you do when you gain the lead?

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

What card do you play from dummy to the first trick?

5. West leads a Heart against Three No-Trump and East plays the Queen.

 . K J x x _ A J 10 x x Q 8 x x A x A K 4 3 2 Q 9 x K 10 9

A. Do you hold up or not?
B. What card do you play after winning your first trick?

6. The contract is Two No-Trump.

 . A x x x x A J 9 7 4 2 x x .. J 10 x A x x K 8 6 5 K J 9

West leads a Heart in response to his partner's bid.  What card do you play from your hand when you gain the lead.

Figure out a strategy and then click 'HERE' for Victor's solution.
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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #28 (S542c)
From Chapter 8 - "Defence", page 108

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1. The bidding was:
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 West Pass North 3 NT East All Pass South 1 NT
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 A. B. C. D. E. F. Spades K J 10 9 x K J 10 x A 7 6 4 2 A J 10 9 x A Q 10 x A K J x x Hearts Q x x Q x x Q x x K J 10 9 x x x x x x Diamonds J x x x Q J 10 x Q J 9 x x Q J 10 x Q x x Clubs x x x x x x x x x x x

2. Bidding as above.  West opens the Queen of Hearts.

 . K x x x x x Q x x x x A x J x x A x x x x Q J x x x
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What do you play, sitting East?

3. Bidding as above.  West opens the Jack of Hearts.

 . K x x 9 8 Q x x x A x J x x A 7 2 K x Q J x x x
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A. What should East play to the first trick?
B. What do you suppose is West's holding in Hearts?

4. Bidding
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 West Pass North 1 Diamond 3 NT East 1 Spade All Pass South 2 NT
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 . 9 2 A Q x K Q J x Q J x x A 10 8 7 3 J 10 x x x x A x
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A. What card should East play to the first trick?
B. If West continues with the Queen of Spades, what
card should East play to the second Trick?

5. The bidding was:
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 West Pass North 3 NT East All Pass South 1 NT
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 . A 6 10 x x x A J x x J x x Q 9 5 Q x x Q 10 x K 9 x x
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What card should East play?

6. Bidding:
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 West Pass Pass North 1 Diamonds 3 NT East Pass All Pass South 1 Club 1 NT

 . A K 4 Q x A x x x x x x x Q 10 2 A J 10 9 x K x x x x
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What card should East play to the first trick?

7. The bidding was:
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 West Pass North 3 NT East All Pass South 1 NT
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West leads the four of Diamonds and declarer plays the five from dummy.

 . J x x A J x Q J 5 K x x x K 10 x Q 10 x K 8 7 J x x x
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A. What should East play?
B. Assuming that West led a true card, what is declarer's
most likely honour holding in Diamonds?

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

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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #29 (S543c)
From Chapter 9 - "Dummy Play", page 129

South plays the Ace of Spades.
 . K x x...... A K Q 10... _.......... A K x x x x J 10 9 x x A K Q x x x x x

1A. Can any defense or distribution defeat the contract?
1B. Which tricks will declarer win in his hand, and
which tricks will he win in dummy?

2. North leads a small Club against West's Three No-Trumps.
South plays the King on dummy's nine.
 . A K....... K J 10 8 2 A K 9 5... A 2....... J 10 9 8 7 3 6 4 3 2 Q 10 9

2A. Assuming that neither defender has a void or singleton
in any suit, can declarer make certain of his contract?
2B. In what order should declarer play the first six cards
from his hand?

3. North opens the five of Hearts against West's Three No-Trumps.
 . A x.... 9 7 6 4 A K x x A Q x.. K J x A 2 x x x x K x x x

3A. What card should declarer play from dummy
to the first trick?
3B. What can declarer infer about South's holding in Hearts?

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

North leads the Queen of Hearts against Three No-Trumps by West
4A. What card should declarer play from his hand
to the first trick?
4B. What card should he play when he takes the lead?
4C. On what will the contract depend?

5.
 . A K x.. Q J x.. A Q 9 x K Q x.. x x x A K x K 8 x x A J x

After a Three Spades opening from North, East-West reached
Six No-Trumps.  How should declarer play the Diamonds?

6. The contract and the East-West hands are as in #5,  But
this time South who opened the bidding with Three Spades.
How should declarer play the diamonds?

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

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