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Larry's Bridge Quizzes
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Guessing

One of the best things about bridge is that even in situations where there is a "guess", there are usually good reasons to guess correctly.

Often there is explicit information from the auction (a bid) or maybe just inferential information from a pass (rather than an opening bid or overcall).

You won't be that lucky today, as we'll strip the situation down to bare bones. Even so, you should do better than 50% in all of these with a little bit of knowhow.

You are South.

The contract is 4. The lead is the 3. Your diamond holding is:

(Dummy)

K2

(Declarer)

J4

Which card do you play from dummy?

Choose One:

K

2

No way to guess

You are South.

The contract is 4. East wins trick 1 with the A and switches to the 3. You can not afford to lose two tricks in this suit (and setting up a diamond trick does not help you). Your diamond holding is:

(Dummy)

J62

(Declarer)

K4

Which card do you play from your hand?

Choose One:

4

K

Flip a coin

You are in a suit contract once again:

Dummy

KJ9

Declarer

86

. You must play this suit and need to only lose one trick. Either opponent will play low in second seat. What is your plan?

Choose One:

Lead towards dummy and play the 9

Lead towards dummy and play the J

Lead towards dummy and play the K

Other/This one must really be a guess

A full deal.

You are playing 4 after a 1-2-4 auction.

 DUMMY  A92 J43 9876 987 DECLARER (SOUTH)  K4 AK10987 AK 432

Choose One:

Win and play the A and K.

Win, lead a spade to dummy, and play the J, intending to take a finesse.

Win, cash the A, then lead a spade to dummy, and play the J, intending to take a finesse

Win, lead a spade to dummy, and play the J, intending to play the A and K.

Other

Another full deal. You are South. Auction was (unopposed, starting with North) 1 --1--2--4

 Dlr:N DUMMY  A987 K432 987 AJ Lead: 4 DECLARER  KQJ43 Q765 A2 98

Your opponents don't fall for any type of endplay maneuver here, so all you find out is that trumps are 2-2 and both opponents follow to 3 diamonds and two clubs. How will you attack the heart suit?

Choose One:

Low from hand to the K, then a low heart ducked

Low from dummy toward the Q, then a low heart ducked

Lead the Q, then a low heart

Other

This time it's a card combination with no context:

Dummy

AJ2

Declarer

K103

How should we guess this with no information?

Choose One:

Ace and then J

K and then 10

Low to the J

Low to the 10

Lead the J, play K if uncovered and finesse the other way

Lead the 10, play A if uncovered and finesse the other way

I quit

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