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Problem 1
    S KQx    
    H A97x    
    D QJxx    
    C Ax    
S x     S xxx
H KQ8x     H 10x
D AKxxx     D xxx
C Qxx     C KJxxx
    S AJxxxx    
    H Jxx    
    D x    
    C xxx    

Contract 4S by South would you rather play or defend?
Solution 1  

Problem 2
S AT9xx
H Axx
D Ax
C Jxx

H Kxxx
D xx
Dealer South how do you bid these 2 hands to 6C?

Solution 2  

Problem 3
    S KQx
    H Axxx
    D 10x
    C AJ98
S J10xx    
H KJ10x  sq  
D J    
C Q10xx    
North    South
1H          3NT

3NT is described as a balanced raise to 4H.  You lead a low Spade, declarer wins with the King, partner showing an odd number, and plays Ace and another Heart, partner following once and then discarding a Diamond.  Plan the defence.

Solution 3  

Problem 4
S Txx
H Tx
D QJ9xx
S Kx
D Axx
C Axxx

You play 3NT from the South hand on a small heart lead.  The Ten holds the trick in dummy and when you play the Queen of Diamonds it is covered by the King, you win with the Ace.  What now?

Solution 4  

Problem 5
S xx
H xx
D Axxx
C AKxxx
S KJT9xxx
H x
D Kxx
C xx

East opens 4H and you bravely bid 4S ending the auction.  West leads a heart and East plays a second heart, you ruff while West completes a peter.  Which minor should you cross to dummy with to lead a Spade?  Thanks to Jill Roe of Bramhall Bridge club for this hand.

Solution 5  

Problem 6
 S  8xxx 

 H  Kx

 D  Kxxx

 C  Axx

S   KJxx 

H   J9

D   xx

C   Jxxxx
West    North    East    South
2H        Pass      Pass    3D
Pass      3H        Pass    3NT
All pass

Partner leads the 7 of Hearts, declarer plays the King from dummy.

a)    What do you play to this trick?
b)    When declarer plays a small Spade from dummy at trick 2 what do you play and why?

(From a Pachabo qualifying match - thanks to Gary Hyett)

Solution 6  

Problem 7





H   8

D   AQJ10752

C   A1064
West    North    East    South
               1S         2D       2H
Dble(1)  2N        Dble     3H
Dble(2)  All pass

(1) Penalty (this was in 1959)
(2)  More penalty

Partner leads the diamond 3 declarer plays low from dummy and you win the trick, declarer following.

What do you switch to? (from the 1959 European, Great Britain v Lebanon) . See also History section.

Solution 7  

Problem 8
 H  AK64
 D  J108653
 C  4

Non-vul against vul. - Partner deals and opens 1NT.  What do you bid,  needing a game swing on this hand to win the competition?  (The re-dealt final hand of Crockford's 1965, see History section).

Solution 8  

Problem 9
S 7654
H 54
D K43
C K654

S AK32
H AK32
D A2
C A32

South plays 6S on the 9 of Hearts lead, East following suit.  What are the East West hands for this contract to make and how does the play go?
Thanks to Paul Lamford for sending me this problem.

Solution 9

Problem 10
H J954
D 106
C 98652
S K10653
C A7

You play 6S from the South hand on the Queen of Clubs lead, East playing the King.  What are the East West hands for this contract to succeed?
Thanks to Boris Ewart for this problem, a minor adaptation of a deal that occurred at Besses' Bridge Club.

Solution 10  

Problem 11
S QJ873
H AQJ107
D 106
C 4
H K6
D AQ83
C AQ106

You play 7S from the South hand (after a transfer sequence) on the Spade 2 lead.  What is the best line for the contract?

Solution 11  

Problem 12

S Qx
H AKQ10xxxx
D Ax

S Axx
H Jx
D K10x
C Qxxxx

From a Manchester Bridge Club duplicate Oct 2005.  Craig Fisher reached 6NT from the South hand on a Heart lead.  This is a fine contract with 12 top tricks, but this is duplicate, so the overtrick is worth a matchpoint or two.  How do you play it?  

Solution 12  

Problem 13
    S K9x    
    H KQxxxx
    C Kxxx    
S Jxx     S AQx
H 10xxx     H AJx
D 10xxxx     D xx
C x     C Q109xx
    S 10xxx    
    D AKQJ9x    
    C AJx    

Contract 3NT by South would you rather play or defend?
Warning - this problem is very difficult.

Solution 13  

Problem 14
A Christmas Story
By Paul Lamford
Dealer South, Game All

S J32
H K983
D A865

S A1087
H A2
D K102
C 9432

a) At the Woodenhead Christmas Social I reached 6NT by South. At the social an extra rule comes into play after the auction.  It might be “the opening lead will be made at random”, or “dummy plays its own cards without prompting”. A slip indicates the rule. This time it was that “the partner of a person who wins a trick will lead to the next one”. West led the queen of clubs and East played the seven. How did I make my contract?

b) Lo and behold, a few weeks later, at the New Year Social (another special slip event) my partner and I picked up these identical hands, and again we reached 6NT by South! This time I was disappointed to find that the “special slip” indicated that aces had become low and twos had become high, so that all cards were in reverse rank, but I still managed to make my contract. Again West led the queen of clubs and East played the seven. How should I play?

Curious hand, observed the Owl. 6NT cannot be made without the special rules. Is that true?

Problem 15
S 10762
D QJ42
C J2

S AK954
H 102
D K85
C K84
Play 4S on a heart lead (you have a trump loser)

Solution 15