Daily Problem 4364 - Desperate Times
18 Jan

West dealer; both vulnerable

West North East South
2 * Dble** Pass 3NT
Pass Pass Pass

*weak two
**takeout double

What would you lead as South from:

A Q 9 7 5 4
J 10 4
7 6 2
3

17 Jan

North dealer; N-S vulnerable

West North East South
- - - 1 * 2 ** 2NT***
4 ?

*Artificial, strong

**weak with hearts and spades
***natural, forcing to game


What should North do with:
A K 3
Q 5
A K
K J 9 4 3 2

16 Jan

West dealer; both vulnerable

West North East South
Pass Pass Pass 1
Pass 1 Pass 2NT
Pass 3NT All Pass

What would you lead as West from:


J 10 9 5
Q 6 5 4 3
8
J 10 2

15 Jan

North dealer; both vulnerable

West North East South
- - - 1 - - - 2 *
Pass 2 Pass 5
Pass 5 Pass 5
Pass 6 Pass 7
Pass Pass Dble** ?

*forcing to game
**Asks for a spade lead


5 = Exclusion Blackwood, asking for key cards for spades outside clubs;
5 = 3 key cards and no extra king.


What would you do now as South with:
Q 9 7
A K Q J 10 9 7
K 10 3
- - -

14 Jan

South dealer; North-South vulnerable

West North East South
- - - - - - - - - 1NT
Pass 2 * Pass ?

*Transfer to hearts

What would you bid as South with:


K 7 6 5
A Q 4 3
A Q 3
10 4

13 Jan

What would you do as South with:

 

 

29 Dec

What would you do as West with:

 

 

28 Dec

West leads the 2, fourth-highest. East takes the K and returns the 4 to West’s A. West comes back with the 3, which South wins. Plan the play.

27 Dec

What would you do as West with:

 

 

26 Dec

West leads the A against 4 and South ruffs. South plays the 3: king – ace – five, ruffs the 8 to hand and leads another spade. Which cards should West have played?

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