Bridge Problems

Bridge Problems

Constructed by Stephen R. Shalom

Thanks to Albert Shalom for helpful comments.

 

Problem 1 | Problem 2 | Problem 3
Problem 4 | Problem 5 | Problem 6
Problem 7 | Problem 8

 


 

Problem 1

 

North
spade 63
heart 4
diamond AQJ53
club Q7543

 

West
spade AQJ872
heart 75
diamond 987
club 86

 

East
spade 104
heart 863
diamond K1064
club J1092

 

South
spade K95
heart AKQJ1092
diamond 2
club AK

 

Dealer: West
Vul: North-South
W N E S
2spade¹ P 4spade² 5heart
P P P  
¹ Weak
² Preemptive
Opening lead: diamond9

You are sitting South and East’s non-vulnerable 4spade bid gives you a problem. Since your hand has about 15 high card points more than your usual, you decide it’s better to declare than defend and you take a stab at 5heart. On any lead other than a diamond there are eleven top tricks. So naturally, West leads a diamond, removing your entry to dummy. How can the contract be made?

 

 

 


 

Problem 2

North
spade 74
heart AJ1092
diamond J93
club 742

 

 

 

South
spade K9653
heart K5
diamond K5
club AKQJ
Dealer: West
Vul: North-South
W N E S
2diamond¹ P 3spade 3NT
P P P  
¹ Weak
Opening lead: club 3

From the bidding, South can place West with six diamonds to the ace and queen, and East with all the spades. The opening lead marks West with one, three, or four clubs. How can South guarantee the contract?

 

 


 

Problem 3

 

North
spade8763
heartA734
diamond72
clubAQ3

 

West
spade5
heartQJ953
diamondQ1054
club1087

 

East
spadeKQJ1092
heart10
diamondJ96
clubJ96

 

South
spadeA4
heartK86
diamondAK83
clubK542

 

Dealer: East
Vul: Neither
E S W N
2spade DBL P 3heart
P 4club P 5club
P P P  
         
Opening lead: 5spade

3NT would have been a lot easier. But don’t despair! South can still bring home the contract. How?

 

 


 

Problem 4

 

North
spade7632
heartKQ32
diamondJ54
club53

 

West
spadeJ10985
heart104
diamondA9
club9874

 

East
spadeKQ
heartJ987
diamondQ862
clubKJ6

 

South
spadeA4
heartA65
diamondK1073
clubAQ102

 

Dealer: East
Vul: North-South
E S W N
1NT¹ DBL 2spade DBL
P 2NT P 3NT
P P    
¹ Weak, 12-14 HCP
Opening lead: spadeJ

How can declarer make 3NT?

 

 


 

Problem 5

 

North
spadeAK6
heartQJ10973
diamond97
club53

 

West
spade9752
heart8642
diamond2
clubJ974

 

East
spadeQ83
heartK5
diamondAQ1086
clubK108

 

South
spadeJ104
heartA
diamondKJ543
clubAQ62

 

Dealer: East
Vul: Neither
E S W N
1diamond P P 2heart
P 3NT P P
P P    
Opening lead: diamond2

What should East’s plan be?

 

 


 

Problem 6

 

North
spadeKQJ2
heartJ4
diamondAJ8
clubQJ73

 

West
spade97
heart5
diamondQ4
clubAK1086542

 

East
spadeA8
heartKQ9762
diamondK653
club9

 

South
spade106543
heartA1083
diamond10972
club

 

Dealer: North
Vul: Both
N E S W
1NT¹ P 2club 4club
DBL P 4spade P
P DBL P P
P      
¹ 15-17 HCP

"Great!" moaned West. "I pushed the opponents into an unbeatable game."

"It’s worse than that," pointed out a tactless kibitzer. "You could have beaten the contract."

How?

 

 


 

Problem 7

 

North
spadeK
heartAQ
diamondAKQJ
club986543

 

 

 

 

 

South
spadeAQJ10
heartJ1098
diamond752
clubA2

 

Dealer: East
Vul: East-West
E S W N
P 1NT¹ P 6NT
P P P  
¹ Weak, 12-14 HCP.
Opening lead: 9spade

How should declarer play to make 6 no trump?

 

 


 

Problem 8

 

North
spadeAK
heartK985
diamondQJ10983
club6

 

West
spade 8643
heart 1032
diamond A7
club 9873

 

East
spade 752
heart AQJ7
diamond K2
club J542

 

South
spade QJ109
heart 64
diamond 654
club AKQ10

 

Dealer: South
Vul: Both
S W N E
1club P 1diamond P
1spade P 2heart P
2NT P 3NT P
P P    
Opening lead: club9

After the opening lead of the club9, with best play by both sides who will prevail, Declarer or Defense?