# LEARNING CENTER

Larry's Bridge Quizzes
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Card Combinations

You don't have to memorize card combinations. You can work out how a suit should be played if you think about the missing cards and how the play might go. That said, this takes time. If you try to work out every card combination at the table, you'll find the director hovering nearby soon enough. So take the time to work on some combinations in quiz form so that you get better and faster at working out how to play combinations. Remember, there is no timer. You can even break out a deck of cards if it will help you envision various splits!

1) How many tricks am I trying to take?

2) Do I have entries to play this from either hand?

3) What will happen if the suit splits poorly?

In this quiz, We'll tell you the answers to 1 and 2. 3, you have to figure out yourself.

If you don't understand the why after reading the explanation, grab that deck of cards.

What is the right way to start the below combination for the maximum number of tricks. You have many entries to both hands.

 DUMMY  AJ92 DECLARER  765
Choose One:

Lead the A and then lead from declarer low towards the J

Lead the 7 from declarer and play low if LHO (Left Hand Opponent) plays low

Lead the 7 from declarer and play the 9 from dummy if LHO plays low

Lead the 7 from declarer and play the J from dummy if LHO plays low

Other

What is the best way to play the following combination for the most tricks? Assume that you want to use as few entries as possible.

 DUMMY  KQ104 DECLARER A765
Choose One:

Ace and then K

K and then Q

K and then low to the ace

Ace and then low to the 10

Other

What is the right way to start the below combination for the maximum number of tricks. You have many entries to both hands.

 DUMMY  Q5 DECLARER  AJ432
Choose One:

Lead the Q and play low if it's not covered

Lead the 2 from declarer's hand and play the Q if LHO plays low

Lead the ace and then play the Q

Other

What is the best way to play the following combination for the most tricks? Entries are not an issue.

 DUMMY  A4 DECLARER QJ852
Choose One:

Lead the ace and then low to the Q

Lead the Q and if LHO doesn't cover, play low

Other

What is the best way to play the following combination for the most tricks? You have many entries to both hands.

 DUMMY  AKJ1098 DECLARER 65
Choose One:

Play the A and then lead the 6 to the J.

Play the A and then the K

Lead low to the J and if it wins, play the A and K

Lead low to the J and then come back to declarer's hand to lead low to the 10.

Other