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LEADS

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OPENING leads are often subjective and virtually any

opening lead can be successful some of the time. However,

bridge is in many ways a game of percentages and therefore

certain leads will gain more often than others. In each issue

you will be given three hands and the bidding on each, and

you are asked to choose your opening leads. Suggestions

and markings will be in the next issue. In each example you

are on lead as West.

Paul Hackett

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our series of quizzes set by Paul Hackett. ´ A K 10 4 1♣

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Diamonds and hearts

ANSWERS TO FEBRUARY OPENING LEADS QUIZ

QUIZ master Paul Hackett gives his views on A spade (10); ™J (8); tA (7); a club (1). W N E S

the best leads, and marks them in order of merit. Hand 3 1t Pass 2♣

A club looks the least likely as it could easily cost ´ K 10 9 7 Pass 2™ Pass 3♣

W N E S a trick. The tA is very attractive, as it might give ™ 763 Pass 4♣ Pass 4´

Hand 1 you the chance to decide what to switch to; on t 87642 Pass 4NT1 Pass 5♣2

1™ Pass 2™ 2´

´ A76 the negative side, you might lose the tempo. The ♣ 2 Pass 5t3 Pass 7♣4

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t 3 it may cost a trick. A spade is unlikely to cost and 1

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♣ QJ97 ♣Q (10); t3 (7); ´6 (5);

could also set up tricks in partner’s hand. 2

Three key cards including the ♣K

´A (3); any heart – except In the 2009 Seniors World Championships, 3

Do you have the ♣Q?

™Q (1). John Holland led a spade and was rewarded 4

Yes, and extras!

Although partner has supported your suit, there when he found partner with ´A-K doubleton ™3/™6 (10); ™7 (9); t4/t2 (6); t8/t7/t6 (5);

is no reason why he must have the ™K, so a heart and opponents’ spades 3-3. Gunnar Hallberg put ´7 (2); ♣2 (1).

is not logical. It looks unlikely that you need to John back in with the tA for two down. In the

attack trumps and declarer may well have entry other room a heart was led, so declarer was able A club lead might pick up J-10-x-x with partner.

problems to dummy to play trumps if partner to draw trumps and discard a singleton dia- A spade lead from the ´K round to the ´A looks

had a spade honour, so you should not lead mond on the third round of hearts, and lead up unlikely to gain. A diamond lead looks safe. A

spades. The t3 may well look to partner as if you to the ´Q-J-x to make his contract. heart lead through dummy might well force

are leading from an honour, and with spade declarer to make an early decision as to whether

control you may well be able to switch to a to take a finesse, and might knock out an entry to

diamond if necessary. Leading from the club dummy. As to which exact card to lead, the key

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: point is to give partner count in suits, so he

holding may well produce tricks, and is only

wrong if dummy holds H-10-x. knows what to keep. The lead of top from three

Master: Simon Batten, small is not recommended, and most pairs play

Worcester MUD (middle-up-down) or third. From five

Hand 2 W N E S

small, best is to lead fourth highest (or fifth, if

Pass 1NT1 Regional: PC Brooks,

´ 10 6 5 4 2 playing third and fifth leads).

Pass 2´2 Pass 3♣ Epsom

™ J 10 4 3 In the 2009 Bermuda Bowl 80% of players led

Pass 4t3 Pass 5♣

t A 10 Open: Julian Lang, a heart and so beat the contract. On any other

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♣ 10 7 Colchester lead 7♣ makes, as declarer has time to take the

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15-17; 2 Transfer to clubs; safety play in diamonds (partner had the bare

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