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What do you Know as Declarer?


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Taking full advantage of the auction when you are declarer is an important skill. It's easy to think that the shift from bidding to play ends all thoughts of bidding, but the information from the auction should be put to good use both as declarer and as a defender. 

 

Try getting the most out of the bidding in this quiz. 

You are South. Your hand is: 

♠ 872  
♥ KJ1032  
♦ A53  
♣ Q6
 

None vulnerable, the auction goes: 

WestNorthEastSouth
   1♠  Dbl  1♠
 1♠  2♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

Your jump to 4♠ is an overbid, but if you play support doubles, partner shows 4 hearts to raise here. 

The lead is the ♠Q. 

 

This is the dummy and your hand.  

 

Vul:None
Dlr: North

DUMMY

♠ K4
♥ A765
♦ K842
♣ A83

 

DECLARER

♠ 872
♥ KJ1032
♦ A53
♣ Q6

First question is easy. Who has the ♠A?

 

Choose One:

West

East

North

South

Other

You are South. Your hand is: 

♠ 872  
♥ KJ1032  
♦ A53  
♣ Q6
 

None vulnerable, the auction goes: 

WestNorthEastSouth
   1♠  Dbl  1♠
 1♠  2♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

The lead is the ♠Q. 

 

This is the dummy and your hand.  

 

Vul:None
Dlr: North

DUMMY

♠ K4
♥ A765
♦ K842
♣ A83

 

DECLARER

♠ 872
♥ KJ1032
♦ A53
♣ Q6

How should you play the heart suit? 

 

Choose One:

Play the ace and the king of hearts

Play the ace and then lead to the ♠KJ10, playing the ♠10 or J. 

Play the K and then lead the ♠

Duck a round of hearts

You are South. Your hand is: 

♠ 872  
♥ KJ1032  
♦ A53  
♣ Q6
 

None vulnerable, the auction goes: 

WestNorthEastSouth
   1♠  Dbl  1♠
 1♠  2♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

The lead is the ♠Q. 

 

This is the dummy and your hand.  

 

Vul:None
Dlr: North

DUMMY

♠ K4
♥ A765
♦ K842
♣ A83

 

DECLARER

♠ 872
♥ KJ1032
♦ A53
♣ Q6

How many losers do you have to deal with? 

Choose One:

2

3

4

5

6

7

You are South. Your hand is: 

♠ 872  
♥ KJ1032  
♦ A53  
♣ Q6
 

None vulnerable, the auction goes: 

WestNorthEastSouth
   1♠  Dbl  1♠
 1♠  2♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

The lead is the ♠Q. 

 

This is the dummy and your hand.  

 

Vul:None
Dlr: North

DUMMY

♠ K4
♥ A765
♦ K842
♣ A83

 

DECLARER

♠ 872
♥ KJ1032
♦ A53
♣ Q6

How should we get rid of our minor suit losers? 

 

 

Choose One:

Lead a club towards the Q. 

Play the diamonds to be 3-3

Lead the ♠Q

Run off a bunch of trumps and hope something good happens

Drop the losers on the floor and hope no one notices

You are South. Your hand is: 

♠ 872  
♥ KJ1032  
♦ A53  
♣ Q6
 

None vulnerable, the auction goes: 

WestNorthEastSouth
   1♠  Dbl  1♠
 1♠  2♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

The lead is the ♠Q. 

 

This is the dummy and your hand.  

 

Vul:None
Dlr: North

DUMMY

♠ K4
♥ A765
♦ K842
♣ A83

 

DECLARER

♠ 872
♥ KJ1032
♦ A53
♣ Q6

The defense starts with 3 rounds of spades (whether or not you play the ♠K at trick one). You ruff the third round in dummy. Now what?

 

Choose One:

Draw trump

Play a low diamond, ducking

Lead a club to the Q

I've forgotten my plan