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Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould

Answers to April Problems

than diamonds – many Precision methods Hand 1 above) but here how on earth are you

Hand 1 require lots of hands with clubs to be opened going to get in to cash the long diamonds

´ 75 1t so don’t lead a club without good reason. even if you can set them up? Far more likely is

™ AJ62 Here you haven't got one and it would be my that you will just give away one of your few

t KJ853 fourth choice of suit to lead. assets that might actually make a trick!

® 64 (d) A club: 5 marks. This is very passive and

HHHHH could be right if that is what is required to

West North East South beat the hand. But with partner having all the

1t1 assets for our side, partner is liable to end up

Hand 2

Pass 1´ Pass 1NT2 having to give a trick away at some point

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anyway. I prefer to try and help partner set up

Pass 3NT All Pass ™ Q53

1 Precision, 11-15, at least two diamonds t J532

his suit.

2 11-13 balanced ® 8654

HHHHH

Again we have an auction with non-

standard methods. What do you lead? West North East South

Hand 3

1NT

Pick your lead out of: (a) ´7; (b) ™2; ´ Q 10 7 5

Pass 3NT All Pass

(c) t5; (d)®6. ™ K963

Pick your lead out of: (a) ´7; (b) ™3; t KJ

(a) ´7: 5 marks. Leading through dummy’s ® Q 10 3

(c) t2; (d) a club.

suit is not a bad idea and depends partially on

whether this is a hand on which we need to be (a) ´7: 10 marks. With such a weak hand, if

passive or active. Generally I prefer active leads you are going to beat this you need to find West North East South

against no-trumps. partner with a good hand and a suit to set up 1t Dble

(b) ™2: 6 marks. Trying to set up some tricks – preferably of five cards. The most likely five- Redble Pass Pass 1™

and an active lead. Dummy won’t have four card suit partner has is spades, so I would lead Dble All Pass

hearts but declarer might, so we should be a spade. It is close, though, between a spade

wary. and: Pick your lead out of: (a) ´5; (b) ™3;

(c) t5: 10 marks. This is definitely what I (b) ™3: 9 marks. This is another potentially (c) tK; (d) ®3.

would lead. Generally against a Precision good lead. The upside of this is that you have

diamond when the hand then bids no-trumps some help for partner if that is partner’s suit. (a) ´5: 2 marks. I can see no reason at all to

you shouldn’t think of it as an opening 1t bid The downside is that it is less likely that lead round into declarer’s presumed spade

– mentally think they have opened 1NT. What partner has five or more of them (simply suit. 2 marks for imagination.

would you lead then? A diamond – so lead one because you have one more). It’s close, in my (b) ™3: 10 marks. This is clear cut in my view

now. view. – so much so that if I wasn’t going to lead a

(d) ®6: 2 marks. Against Precision players you (c) t2: 2 marks. Fourth highest of our longest trump I wouldn’t have doubled. We have the

should actually be more wary of leading clubs and strongest, eh? Usually I am a fan (see majority of the points and honours in all the

suits. We want to stop declarer taking tricks

by ruffing. With this holding it is very unlikely

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: to cost a trump trick and even if it does, the

reduced number of ruffs should mean the

trick comes back again.

Master: James Bentley, Open: Keith Sharp, (c) tK: 7 marks. This would be my second

choice – aiming to cash diamond tricks and

Oxford Malmesbury promote my trumps by leading diamonds

through declarer. It needs a precise layout,

though, and is less likely than just leading

trumps to preserve all our high cards.

Sponsored by (d) ®3: 4 marks. Again I suppose it could

be right, but I see no particular reason to

lead it. r

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