Plan your play as South playing 6H after an uncontested auction and a SQ opening lead:

Those who attended Derrick Browne's pre-session talk before the Swiss Pairs on Tuesday 24 April may have an advantage. 


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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?

declarer play challenge

Try this declarer play challenge from Ron Klinger - taken from the 2018 Summer Festival of Bridge Bulletin 14 Jan.

Plan the play in a teams event. If you duck the opening lead, West switches to the S9. Trumps are 2-2.

Try to plan it out fully as if you were at the table before playing to the first trick - or clicking the Read More link.

S AJ962
D 76

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?

S J963
H AT753
D T94

S AQT852
H Q9
D 6
C KQ42

1D   -     -    2S
3D   3S    -    4S
All pass

West starts with two top diamonds against your contract of four spades. You run the second round and lead a club to dummy's jack. East wins and returns the eight of hearts, on which you play the nine, West the jack, and dummy the ace. How should you continue?

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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

S A842
H A94
D 3

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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?