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See if you can work this one out:

S 54
H K73
D A86
C AQ863

S A82
H A842
D K73
C 752

You, South are in 3NT, with East having bid spades, West dutifully leading one. How do you plan the play?

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How would you go about planning the play on this hand on a DK lead and East following with the D7?

S KJ952
H AQJ75
D A
C 43

S -
H 96
D T8652
C AKJT87

NORTH EAST  SOUTH  WEST
-     1H    2C     2D
2S    X     3C     -  
-     -

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How would you bid this hand (non-vulnerable against vulnerable) from the Swiss Pairs on Tuesday 18 July, after partner's 2S opening showing less than opening points and 5+ spades and 5+ of a minor suit?

Alternately, and possibly quite a different problem, how do you bid if partner managed a 1D opening?

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How do you bid this hand, as dealer and vulnerable against non-vulnerable?

S J732
H AQT975
D 3
C KJ

 

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Can you work out how to bring this hand home? (Hint: Check the bidding and pity the diamonds are blocked...)

Peter Hollands describes the play and the thinking behind it in this four minute video. Would you be able to do this at the table?

 

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You find yourself in 4S after opening 1C with no opponent bidding. The opening lead is the DQ. How do you plan the play? Does this change if the opponents double your 4S?

S 9763
H K5
D A865
C KJ7

S A842
H A94
D 3
C AQT62

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You partner deals and opens 1H. Your right hand opponent (RHO) comes in with 3D, described as preemptive. What do you bid with this hand?

S AKQ62
H 8
D AK64
C 763

S AJ962
H AK4
D 76
C KJ8

S 743
H 6
D K5
C AQT9642

WEST  NORTH   EAST   SOUTH (Dlr W, Vul nil)
1H    1NT     -      3NT
4D    -       4H     5C
All pass

West leads the queen of hearts against your five club contract. How do you plan the play?