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Leading a king

STANDARD ENGLISH

against no-trumps

EVERY opening lead you make carries a

message. The lead of an ace, as we saw in the West holds East has East plays

last issue, asks partner to signal if he likes ™A K J 10 8 ™Q 9 4 ™Q

your lead. Sometimes you will hold a really ™K Q 10 9 7 ™J 4 2 ™J

Sandra Landy

good suit, with enough potential winners to ™A K Q 10 ™J 4 2 ™J

beat 3NT. With A-K-Q-J-10, it doesn’t ™K Q J 10 9 ™A 3 ™A

matter what you lead – you can start with ™A K J 10 8 ™7 2 ™7

What do you lead?

the ten if you want to! But often your suit

™A K J 10 8 ™7 6 2 ™2

has fewer top honours, say A-K-J-10-9 or

™A K J 10 8 ™7 6 4 2 ™6

A-K-J-4-3-2 or K-Q-10-9-2. Hand 1 Hand 2

You hold: ´ 532 ´ 53

HHHHH ™ A K J 10 2 ™ A K 10 2

´ 872 Diamonds offer the t 10 5 t 10 8 5

™ 962 best chance of beating Now cover up the East and South hands ® J 10 9 ® J 10 9 2

t A K J 10 9 3NT. You lead the tA, below before testing yourself on the dia-

® 75 dummy has t8-4-2. grammed deal. South opens 2NT, raised to Hand 3 Hand 4

Does partner have the 3NT. West leads the king of diamonds; ´ 8742 ´ 82

tQ? If not, how many East plays the two of diamonds. What ™ AK32 ™ A Q J 10 8

diamonds does partner hold? If partner should West do at trick two? t 10 5 t 10 5

has length, maybe the tQ is doubleton in ® 865 ® 8654

declarer’s hand. If partner doesn’t have the

tQ and/or diamond length, we want to Game All. Dealer South. Hand 5

play another suit, hoping that partner gains ´ K96 ´ 82

the lead and plays a diamond through ™ J73 ™ A K J 10

declarer’s holding. Then if declarer has the t 943 t 10 5

tQ and only two small diamonds, we can ® Q 10 6 4 ® Q J 10 9 4

cash our winners. ´ 872 ´ 10 5 4

™ 962 N ™ Q 10 5 4

W E

t A K J 10 8 S t 762 1. Lead ™K and watch what goes down

The king lead shows good high hon- ® 75 ® K93 in dummy and the card partner plays.

ours and asks partner to signal indi- ´ AQJ3 2. Lead the ™A or ®J. Your hearts are

cating his holding. It asks partner to ™ AK8 not good enough to ask partner to

play any honour card he holds (unless t Q5 unblock. Lead the ace asking partner

he can clearly see that doing so will ® AJ82 to encourage with length, but not to

cost a trick.). Without an honour, he unblock the queen. But it may be

will play high-low to show a double- better to lead ®J and hope to set up a

ton or his lowest card with three. East has played the t2, showing one or club winner with your ™A as an entry

NOTE that this agreement does not three diamonds and denying the tQ, so to cash it.

apply if partner has opened or over- West plays the tA hoping that partner’s 3. If you lead hearts, it should be the ™2.

called with the suit led. signal shows three and therefore South’s If you lead a spade, it should be the

queen is doubleton. If East has only one ´7, second highest from a bad suit.

diamond, tough, South has been given a 4. Lead the ™Q – top of an internal

Of course, if you don’t want partner to diamond trick! sequence. Hope partner gets the lead

‘unblock’ (i.e. play his honour card), then do Put the tQ in the East hand instead of and returns your suit.

not lead the king: from K-Q-9-4-2 lead the ™Q, and East would play the tQ from 5. Lead the ™K and watch the cards

the four if no unblock is required; from any diamond holding. played. Partner may have the queen

A-K-9-4-2, lead the king for an unblock or and will play it. The queen might be

the ace for an attitude signal. HHHHH doubleton in dummy so you can cash

On all of the following hands West leads four hearts. If neither, switch to the

the ™K; what card should East play? Cover On the following hands the bidding has ®Q and hope partner gets in to play a

up the answers in the table before replying. gone 1NT by South and 3NT by North. heart through declarer. r

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