Daily Problem 3802 – A loss of diamonds
20 Jul

East dealer : East-West vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- --- Pass 1
Pass 1 Pass 3
Pass 3 Pass 3NT
Pass 6 All pass  

 

What would you lead as West from:


A 10 9 5
J 4
A Q 6 3
6 5 4

19 Jul

West opens 1NT, 15-18. How would you plan the bidding as East with:


---
9 8
A 10 7 6 4 3
K Q 8 5 4

The opponents are silent.

 

18 Jul

East dealer : North-South vulnerable

  • North
  • J 3
  • 8 7 6
  • K 8 7 3 2
  • 10 9 5
  • East
  • K 6
  • J 10 9 5 2
  • A 9 6
  • Q 7 4
West
North
East
South
--- --- Pass 1
Dble 3 (1) 4 5
Pass Pass Dble All pass
       

(1) Pre-emptive raise.

West leads the Q. How should East defend?

 

17 Jul

East dealer : North-South vulnerable

  • North
  • A K 8 6 5
  • J 8 4 3 2
  • K 6 5
  • ---
  • South
  • 4
  • A Q 6 5
  • 9 4
  • A K Q 9 7 5

 

With no opposition bidding, South is in 6 7 lead. How would you plan the play?

 

16 Jul

Dealer North : East-West vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- 1 Pass 1
Pass 2 All pass  

 

What would you lead as West from:


A K J 6
8 6 5 3
A
J 6 5 2

15 Jul

Dealer North : North-South vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- Pass Pass 1
3 Pass Pass 3NT
All pass      

 

What would you lead as West from:


K 9
Q J 9 8 4 3 2
4 2
8 3

14 Jul

Dealer North : Both vulnerable

  • North
  • K J 10 9
  • 8 5
  • K J 7 6 2
  • Q 5
  • West
  • 5 3 2
  • 3
  • A K 9 7 4
  • A 10 9 8

 

West
North
East
South
--- Pass Pass 1
2 Dble (1) Pass 5
Pass Pass Pass  

 

(1) 4+ spades, 6+ points

West leads the K: queen – jack – six. What should West play at trick 3?

 

13 Jul

Dealer South : Nil vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- --- --- 4
Pass Pass ?  

What action do you take as East with:


A K 9 6 5
---
K 9 8 5
Q J 9 2

The basic choices are 4 in a 5-3 spade fit. The advantages of double far outweigh the one disadvantage.

Part 2: The problem continues:

Dealer South : Nil vulnerable

  • North
  • Q 10 8 3 2
  • 9
  • J 10 3
  • A 8 5 3
  • East
  • A K 9 6 5
  • ---
  • K 9 8 5
  • Q J 9 2

 

West
North
East
South
--- --- --- 4
Pass Pass Dble All pass
       

 

West leads the J: queen – king – four. How should East continue?

 

12 Jul

Dealer East : East-West vulnerable

  • North
  • K 10 2
  • A 6 4
  • A J 9 8 5 3 2
  • ---
  • South
  • 5 4
  • Q 10 9 8 7 5 2
  • ---
  • K 8 6 3

 

West
North
East
South
--- --- 1 4
4 5 Pas Pass
Dlbe All pass    

 

West leads the 6. What do you discard? What is your plan?

 

11 Jul

West dealer : Both vulnerable

West
North
East
South
1 1 ?  

 

What would you do as East with:


9 3 2
10 9 6 4
5 3
A K Q 6

There is no good action for East. The hand is too weak for 2 and bidding 1NT with no stopper in the opposition suit is risky, too. You could pass, of course, but if South also passes and West re-opens with a double, what will you do then. The action with least risk, in my view, is 1NT and hope partner can produce at least one honour.

I chose a riskier move, 1 , showing four or more spades. I survived this little frolic and the bidding went like this:

 

West
North
East
South
1 1 1 ? Pass
1NT Pass Pass 2 (1)
All pass      

 

(1) Natural, long spades

West leads the K and this is what you see:

 

  • North
  • 7 5
  • A Q J 7
  • A 10 9 7
  • 10 8 7
  • East
  • 9 3 2
  • 10 9 6 4
  • 5 3
  • A K Q 6

 

Declarer plays the A from dummy.

What card do you play on that?

Against 2 K and this is what you see:

 

  • North
  • 7 5
  • A Q J 7
  • A 10 9 7
  • 10 8 7
  • East
  • 9 3 2
  • 10 9 6 4
  • 5 3
  • A K Q 6

 

Declarer plays the A from dummy.

What card do you play on that?

You should discourage the diamonds, since you much prefer a club switch. Play the 5 if you play reverse signals, high-hate.

Declarer follows with the 2: seven – queen – three.

How do you plan the defence from here?

 

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