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Notrump Planning


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As laid out in the book "Larry Teaches Declarer Play at Notrump" and the DVD, these are the 4 steps to plan (you must plan!) the play in notrump:
1) How many sure tricks do we have?
2) How might we get more tricks?
3) What is the Stopper Situation?
4) Can I afford to lose the lead; what happens if the bad guys get in?

In this quiz, some of those questions are asked.

How many sure tricks does declarer have on the layout below?

♠ KQJ
♥ A7432
♦ AQJ10
♣ 9
 
♠ 542
♥ KQ
♦ K876
♣ J1042
Choose One:

6

7

8

9

Using the same layout (below), which suits might produce extra tricks and how many?

♠ KQJ
♥ A7432
♦ AQJ10
♣ 9
 
♠ 542
♥ KQ
♦ K876
♣ J1082
Choose One:

Spades for 3 more, hearts for 2 more, clubs for 1 more.

Spades for 2 more, hearts for 1 more, clubs for 1 more.

Spades for 2 more, hearts for 1 or 2 more, clubs for 1 more.

None of the above

Again, with the layout from Question #1 and #2, let's assume you are in 3NT and they lead the ♠J. What is the stopper situation and can you afford to lose the lead?

♠ KQJ
♥ A7432
♦ AQJ10
♣ 9
 
♠ 542
♥ KQ
♦ K876
♣ J1082
Choose One:

You have every suit stopped, but can't afford to lose the lead.

You don't have every suit stopped, and can't afford to lose the lead.

You do have every suit stopped, but can't afford to lose the lead.

You do have every suit stopped, and you can afford to lose the lead.

With the same layout, you are still in 3NT with the ♠J lead. Based on your answers to questions 1-3, what is your plan?

♠ KQJ
♥ A7432
♦ AQJ10
♣ 9
 
♠ 542
♥ KQ
♦ K876
♣ J1082
Choose One:

Unblock the ♠KQ, cross in diamonds and try the ♠A to see if hearts split.

Unblock the ♠KQ, cash 4 diamonds ending in dummy, then play the ♠A.

Win the heart lead, and work on clubs.

Win the heart lead and play spades.