February 2015 English Bridge
NEW LEADS QUIZ: PAGE 27
NEW LEADS QUIZ: PAGE 27
ruffs before trumps are drawn and clubs run.
Remember that your holdings in both these suits are
rather ominous, suggesting that any honours part ner
does have are short and will drop easily.
(b) ´K: 5 marks. Slightly better in that you can
probably hold the lead with this and should know
what to do at trick two. However, there is only one
major chance of beating the contract and this is not
(c) ™3: 6 marks. I actually prefer this to any spade.
It is possible that leading trumps at all oppor tunities
(i.e. when you get in with a spade) may
mean that declarer cannot ruff enough spades to
come to ten tricks and your heart length may just
prove enough of an irritation. This requires some
very specific holdings in the other hands, though.
Surely the most likely way to beat the contract is:
(d) t2: 10 marks. You have a weak hand with a
singleton, so why not lead it and hope for some
ruffs? Pretty much all you need for this is partner to
hold two aces.
West North East South
Pass 3NT All Pass
Choose from: (a) ´3; (b) a heart; (c) t5; (d) ®10.
These auctions are always difficult to lead against
because you don't know whether it is right to be
active (dummy coming down with a long minor) or
passive (dummy coming down with a flat 12-13
count). This is yet another reason why experts tend
to avoid invitational sequences if possible.
(a) ´3: 10 marks. Well, I am a big fan of fourth
highest so that gets the 10 marks from me. However,
many experts would strongly disagree with me and
would consider this a poor lead. They would lead . . .
(b) A heart: 9 marks. A passive lead, hoping to give
nothing away with an outside shot at hitting
partner's suit. The hope is that not giving tricks
away will mean the contract will go off naturally.
Also if partner has (say) ´A-x-x-x, that is still only
four tricks, so you need one more. When partner
´ K J 7 3
™ 8 7 5
t K J 8 5
® 10 6
wins his trick, he may be able to work out that a
switch to spades is necessary.
(c) t5: 6 marks. Considerably worse than either
major in my view, simply because North has shown
no interest in the majors and therefore is bound to
have length in the minors.
(d) ®10: 2 marks. This lead, attempting to find
partner's suit and/or be passive is the worst of all
leads and is actually quite dangerous. Firstly, as
stated above, dummy is liable to have length in the
minors, and secondly you could easily carve up the
combined partnership holding by leading the ten.
Think of dummy coming down with ®K-J-x-x and
partner having ®Q-x-x, for example. r
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