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You are South in 6S after uncontested bidding. West leads the DJ on which dummy plays low and you win with the DA. You then clear trumps in three rounds with West discarding the H3.

How do you plan to make your slam?

See Klinger's answer below.

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After West opens 1H and both North and East pass, how do you bid this hand?

Some partnerships have a system for competing in the pass-out position where the opener's bid is followed by two passes. For the purpose of this challenge let's assume you have no such agreement with your partner.

 

Shows the problem

One might prefer better diamond spots for a 1NT overcall. But doubling is also dangerous; what would one do if partner advanced with 2C? At least 1NT accurately communicates the hand-type and strength.

At trick one, West leads the H9 and East puts up the HJ. When you lead the CK, it wins the trick.

How would you plan the play?

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
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?