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CONTESTS 1-4

Contest #1
  North
A K Q 6 5
A 10 3
6 4
A 8 3
   
  South You
7 3
K Q J 5
A K 8 2
Q 5 2

West

pass
pass
pass

North
1
3
4
6

East
pass
pass
pass
all pass

South
2
4
5
  


Opening lead: Q

QUESTION

East follows with the 3 and you win the trick with the ace. What card do you play next?

a) 7 or 3
b)
K, Q orJ
c)
5
d)
K
e)
8 or 2
f)
Q
g)
5 or 2

SOLUTION

Contest #2
North Vic Mitchell
10 9 4 2
A J 9 8 3
3
A J 7

The late Victor Mitchell was a master strategist at the bridge table. What bid did he make on this hand to win 12 imps in a Vanderbilt team match? The auction began:

West

pass

North
pass
?

East
pass
 

South
1
 

QUESTION

Try your luck in guessing Vic's winning bid. Vic and his partner were using a natural Standard American system.

a) 2 Drury convention
b)
2 (natural, not forcing)
c)
2 (6-10)
d)
3 (forcing by a passed hand)
e)
3 (inviting game)
f)
4 (splinter)
g)
4 (splinter)

SOLUTION

Contest #3
North dealer
E-W vul
North Dummy
8 4 2
9 4 3
7 6 5 2
8 6 3
   
  North You
A K Q J 10
A 7 6 5 2
K Q
A

West

pass
pass
pass
all pass

North
pass
2
  3*
3
  

East
pass
pass
pass
pass
  

South
2
2
3
4
   

*second negative
Opening lead: K

QUESTION

OK, it's not the dummy of your dreams. What is your best play at trick two?

a) spade honor
b) ace of hearts
c) low heart
d) diamond king
e) diamond queen

SOLUTION

Contest #4
South dealer
None vul
North Dummy
K 9 6 4 3
A J 6 5
8
8 5 3
West You
10 8 5
3
A 7 5
Q J 10 7 6 4
 

South
1

West
3

North
4

East
all pass

Opening lead: Q

QUESTION

You are West. Partner wins the first trick with the ace of clubs and then cashes the king of clubs, South following with the 2 and 9. At trick three partner leads the jack of diamonds and South plays the 6. What will you do?

a) follow low in diamonds, leaving partner on play
b) overtake with the ace and lead a spade
c) overtake with the ace and lead a heart
d) overtake with the ace and lead a diamond
e) overtake with the ace and lead a club

SOLUTION


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