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# Send Declarer Packing

by Richard Pavlicek

As West, decide your opening lead and subsequent defense on each deal.
Assume South opened 1 , North raised to 2 , and South bid 4 .

 1. A 6 2 8 3 2 A 7 6 5 4 3 2 K J 5 9 7 6 K 10 9 A J 10 9 4 South

Partner plays the 10 and South wins the king. South leads the Q and lets you win the king as partner plays the two.

Who do you think has the diamond jack?

 2. A 7 6 5 Q J 2 J 5 4 2 5 4 8 4 10 4 K 10 9 7 3 A Q 9 6 4 South

North wins, partner plays the queen, and South the two.

Who has the K?

At trick two North leads the 4 and the play goes: two, jack, queen.

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 3. K 4 3 J 10 2 K 7 2 Q J 5 4 Q J 10 9 7 4 Q J 9 6 5 4 3 4 South

North plays low, partner wins the ace, and South plays the six. Partner leads the 2 and South plays the eight.

Which card do you play on this trick?

In which suit might partner have another ace?

 4. A Q 8 3 J 10 8 3 8 5 3 7 5 J 6 4 9 2 K J 9 A K 9 6 4 4 South

North plays low, partner plays the queen, and South the two.

Partner wins the 10 and shifts to the 7; queen, king, three.

Do you think partner has the A or 10?

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 5. A 10 6 4 10 9 3 K 4 3 2 5 2 J 2 J 7 2 Q J 9 7 K 10 7 4 4 South

North plays low, partner plays the 6, and South the eight.

Who do you think has the diamond ace?

What would be the worst suit to lead now?

 6. J 4 A Q 9 Q 3 2 8 7 6 5 4 Q 10 8 7 3 10 6 2 J 4 K Q 2 4 South

North plays the jack, partner the king, and South the ace. South wins the A then leads the J (partner plays up-the-line).

How many clubs do you think South started with?