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West North East South

Pass 5® All Pass

Choose from: (a) a spade; (b) a heart; (c) tA; (d) ®5.

THIS problem was sent to me by Manchester player

and friend Alan Jones and my thanks to him for the

hand. Against high level contracts bid like this there

is plenty of distribution around and so the aim is

often to cash our winners before the mice get at

them. Thus there is one lead that is a stand out on

this hand.

(a) A spade: 5 marks. If partner has good spades

and you need to lead through dummy, then this

could be right.

(b) A heart: 4 marks. For the same reasons as above

this could be right. However, as you have one more

heart than spade, the opposition are slightly more

likely to be short and hence you are slightly less

likely to be cashing many tricks in the suit. Hence

the slightly lower mark.

(c) tA: 10 marks. The standout lead in my view.

You are cashing a trick (at least, you hope so!) and a

look at dummy and partner's card should give you

the right idea of what to do. Note that against high

Hand 1

´ 7 6 5

™ 10 8 7 6

t A Q 8 3 2

® 5

level contracts, when you are quite likely to lead an

ace without a king (as here), partner should give an

attitude signal regardless of whether you usually

play attitude or count signals.

(d) ®5: 3 marks. Well, yes, it could be right, I

suppose, but only if dummy is going to ruff

something and has sufficiently few trumps that

leading one matters. That is far less likely than

declarer just drawing trumps and throwing some

losers away on dummy's high cards.

HHHHHH

West North East South

1® 1´ Pass

3´1 Dble Pass 4™

All Pass

1 Pre-emptive

Pick your lead out of: (a) ´4; (b) ´K; (c) a heart; (d)

t2.

(a) ´4: 4 marks. North is short in spades and N/S

have found a heart fit. This lead will only work if it

is necessary to force the North hand. But this seems

highly unlikely to be right. More likely, you will just

be doing declarer's work for him, allowing spade

Hand 2

´ K J 7 4

™ 8 7 3 2

t 2

® 8 6 4 3

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