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Defense -- Overall Strategy


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The big decision/choice on defense is whether to be aggressive or passive. Should I bang down an ace and make a high-risk, attacking play? Or, should I just get out of my own way and let declarer do her own dirty work. Usually, the latter approach is best, but there are many exceptions. The topic is covered in the book Larry Teaches Defense and the video.

With only your side vulnerable, South opens 2♠ and North raises to 4♠. You, West, lead the ♠Q which declarer wins with the ace (partner playing the 5). Declarer plays a low diamond from his hand and your 9 wins (partner plays the 2). Now what?

Vul:South
Dir: Both
♠ AQ2
♥ K432
♦ 65
♣ AK53
 
♠ 4
♥ QJ109
♦ KJ109
♣ QJ107
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♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
  ♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
 
South opens 2♠ and North raises to 4♠. You, West, lead the ♠Q which declarer wins with the king (partner playing the 5). Declarer plays a low diamond from his hand and your 9 wins (partner plays the 2). Now what? - See more at: https://www.larryco.com/bridge-quiz/detail/38#sthash.HcPJXypG.dpuf
South opens 2♠ and North raises to 4♠. You, West, lead the ♠Q which declarer wins with the king (partner playing the 5). Declarer plays a low diamond from his hand and your 9 wins (partner plays the 2). Now what? - See more at: https://www.larryco.com/bridge-quiz/detail/38#sthash.HcPJXypG.dpuf
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You are East. The auction starts 1♠ on your left and 2♠ (natural, GF) on your right. Declarer rebids 2♠ (showing at least 6). RHO jumps to 4♠ and that is the final contract. Your partner, West, leads the ♠Q to declarer's ace. Declarer plays the ♠10 to the 5 and 8. You win your ♠K. What next?

Vul:
Dir:
♠ A97
♥ 543
♦ Q96
♣ AQJ8
 
♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
  ♠ 632
♥ 876
♦ KJ87
♣ K96
  ♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
 
Choose One:

♠

♠

♠

♠

Vul:
Dir:
♠ A97
♥ 543
♦ Q96
♣ AQ86
 
♠
♥
♦
♣
  ♠ 632
♥ 987
♦ KJ5
♣ KJ94
  ♠
♥
♦
♣
 

 You are East. The auction starts 1♠ on your left and 2♠ (natural, GF) on your right. Declarer rebids 2♠ (showing at least 6). RHO jumps to 4♠ and that is the final contract. Your partner, West, leads the ♠K to declarer's ace. Declarer plays the ♠2 to the 10 and Q. You win your ♠K. What next?

Choose One:

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♠

♠

♠

South opens 2♠ and North raises to 4♠. West leads the ♠Q. What is your plan? Assume you win the ♠A, declarer following with the 6. What next?

Vul:
Dir:
♠ KQ4
♥ AJ96
♦ 75
♣ KQJ10
 
♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
  ♠ 63
♥ K102
♦ A832
♣ 9632
  ♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
 
Choose One:

♠

♠

♠

♠

South opens 1♠ raised to 2♠ and everybody passes. You, West, lead the ♠A and it goes 3,6,2. What do you play to the next trick?

Vul:Both
Dir: South
♠ KQ4
♥ 543
♦ K92
♣ J974
 
♠ 832
♥ AK10
♦ J106
♣ Q1082
  ♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
  ♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
 
Choose One:

♠

♠

♠

♠