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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

Master:Robin Squire, Open: Chris Shambrook,

London Reading,

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PROBLEM 1 comes from Manchester player and

international, Gary Hyett.

West North East South

1NT1 Pass

2®2 Pass 2™ Pass

Pass Dble Pass 2´

Pass 4´ All Pass

1 12-14; 2 Stayman

Choose from: (a) ´J; (b) a heart; (c) t2; (d) ®10.

We have run from 1NT before it gets ugly and have

survived. Now, how do we try and beat the

opposition game, given that we know they have 25

HCP as a minimum?

North seems to have a remarkably good hand, but

could not take any action after 2® Stayman as this

would have been lead-directing. Our problem is to

beat 4´. And if we are going to beat it, partner will

basically have to take the tricks as he holds the values.

Unfortunately declarer knows that as well which means

he won't be taking any finesses into partner's hand and

partner is ripe for endplays. How best to avoid this?

Hand 1

´ J 2

™ 9 3 2

t 10 8 4 2

® 10 9 8 3

(a) ´J: 1 mark. This lead is incredibly dangerous.

Imagine partner with Q-x-x, or even say K-x-x or

A-x-x and you could blow a trick in the suit. It may

or may not be a good idea to draw trumps, but it is

just too dangerous from this holding.

(b) a small ™: 10 marks. Since we are relatively

short in hearts this may well be a place to hunt for

tricks. At the table Gary chose to lead ™9 and was

heavily rewarded when dummy had A-Q-x and

partner K-J-10-x. This set up the two heart tricks

immediately. On a low heart lead declarer can just

duck, but it's still top marks.

(c) t2: 4 marks. Not as dangerous as a spade, but

nowhere near as good as the other two leads. You

have more length in this suit, so there will be, on

balance, fewer tricks to set up.

(d) ®10: 8 marks. If you are not going to lead a

heart then this is definitely second best. As you hold

sequential clubs you are very unlikely to blow a

trick, plus you may be able to hold the lead again

when dummy has something like A-Q-x and

partner K-J-x - something you cannot do in

diamonds.

HHHHHH

Hand 2

´ 8 7

™ K 7 6 2

t K Q 10 2

® 8 7 4

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