Bridge is primarily a game of language and logic. Of course, judgment and empathy play large roles, as does luck, at least in the short term. These puzzles feature language and logic. The idea is to deduce a significant amount of information from the bidding and opening lead.
4. You are South:
a. How many diamonds does North hold?
b. As South, you hold:
♠7 ♥10 8 4 3 2 ♦A K 8 4 ♣J 7 6.
What’s your call?
Partner’s opening lead is the ♥4.
Declarer plays dummy’s ♥3
a. Can you locate the missing heart honors?
b. What do play to trick one?
A relevant question is what N–S tend to open holding 3–3 in the minors — they answer 1♣.
East opens 1NT (15–17 high-card points), you overcall 2♠, and all pass. West leads the ♦J. You win your ace and cash a high spade, collecting
the 4 and 5, cross to the ♦K and lead a second spade. South follows with the 10.
a. What questions should you be asking?
b. Do you finesse or play for the drop?