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.
1. You and your partner bid as follows:
Your combined club holding is ♣J 4 2 in hand facing ♣Q 8 6 in dummy. The opening lead is a nonclub. What is the likeliest location of the missing club honors?
West, partner, leads the ♣2, fourth-best, and below is the club position:
Declarer calls for dummy’s ♣5.
a. What is South’s distribution?
b. Where are the missing club picture cards?
c. What do you play to trick one?
A relevant question is what N–S tend to open holding 3–3 in the minors — they answer 1♣.
How many diamonds is South likely to hold?