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LEADS

PRIZEQ U I Z

PRIZE LEADS QUIZ

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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

W N E S

Hand 1 Pass Pass 1♣

´ 53 Pass 1´ Pass 2NT

This charming twin-pack of Piatnik playing ™ 10 9 5 3 2 Pass 3♣ Pass 3´

cards (‘Van Gogh Iris’) is the prize on offer in t KQ5 Pass 3NT End

♣ 962 W N E S

our series of quizzes set by Paul Hackett. For Hand 3 1™ Pass 1NT

more information on the new Piatnik cards ´ A Q 10 6 Pass 3™ Pass 3NT

please visit www.gibsonsgames.co.uk. ™ 62 End

There are three categories in our competi- t A943

tion: up to and including Master; up to and ♣ 976

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higher ranking. Please indicate on the top left- Hand 2 1´ Dble Pass 2t

hand corner of the envelope, or in the e-mail ´ K8532 Pass 2´ Pass 2NT

subject line, the category for which you are ™ AJ2 Pass 3NT End

entering. The first correct entry in each t K93

category out of a hat will win the prize. ♣ Q 10

The Editor’s decision is final.

Entries to the Editor, 23 Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR, or e-mail elena@ebu.co.uk by October 20th, 2010.

Please make sure you include your full postal address even if entering by e-mail.

ANSWERS TO AUGUST OPENING LEADS QUIZ

W N E S ™A (10); t10 (9); ´J (5); t6/t4 (3). W N E S

Hand 1 1t Hand 3 2´

´ AKJ987 3♣ 3NT 4´ 5t This is a very close call between being aggressive ´ 76 Pass 2NT 3™ 4´

™ AJ865 5´ 6t End or passive. If declarer is 5-5, then there is a ™ Q 10 7 5 4 5™ 5´ End

t Void chance that he may be able to discard a losing t 10 6 5

♣ 95 heart on dummy’s diamonds and also the

3♣ = Both majors, ♣ 754 2´ = Weak, 5-10 points

constructive diamond lead may set up an extra trick. Similarly 2NT = Enquiry

the ™A could give the contract away, but equally 4´ = Maximum, with a

™A (10); ´A/´K (6); a club (1). may defeat it. With a natural trump trick a club singleton heart

should not be considered. The normal card to

This hand came from the invitation Slava Cup,

lead in diamonds would be the t10. ™Q (10); ™7/™5/™4 (7); a diamond (5); a club

held in Moscow. Since 3NT was natural it seems

(3); a spade (1).

highly likely that South is void in spades. If we

lead the ™A we have a double shot. Partner can It looks important to cash your heart trick,

encourage hearts if he has the king, or, if not, we CONGRATULATIONS therefore a heart lead appears to be the best

can try and cash our spade trick. Partner had the TO THE WINNERS: choice. However, we know that South has a

™K and a spade lead would be ruffed and a singleton heart and the strength is with

losing heart discarded on a club winner. Master: Marion Keeler, North. Therefore we should try and retain the

Lostock lead. Thus the ™Q gets top marks. The hand

W N E S came from the Portland Pairs and it needed

Hand 2 1´ Regional: David Lampert, West to be able to lead a diamond as the tK

´ J 10 9 4 Pass 1NT Pass 3♣ South Croydon was in dummy.

™ A Q 10 4 Pass 3´ Pass 4´

Open: Joe Angseesing,

I have marked up a diamond lead only

t 10 9 6 4 because, as it happens, it would have defeated

3♣ = Natural and game Cheltenham the contract, but it could just as well have been

♣ J

forcing a club lead that was needed.

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