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Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould

Answers to February Problems

would give top marks to a spade, but this is an

Hand 1 Hand 2 example of how you need to alter your think-

´ 87 ´ 862 ing depending on what methods you are

™ AQ53 ™ K73 playing against. With dummy liable to hold

t A97 t AQ5 four or three clubs, this tips the balance to a

® KJ32 ® 10 9 5 4 club in my view. At the table it was a battle for

the seventh trick and either black suit worked.

West North East South

1NT Pass 2™1 3t West North East South HHHHH

Pass 4t 4´ 5t 1®1 Pass 1™

Dble All Pass Pass 1´2 Pass 1NT Hand 3

1 Transfer to spades All Pass ´ 74

1 Five-card majors, better minor

™ K52

Pick your lead out of: (a) ´8; (b) t7; 2 Any hand with four spades, so could be t A9732

(c) tA; (d) ®2. 4-3-3-3 for example ® 10 9 3

(a) ´8: 6 marks. Leading partner’s suit is Pick your lead out of: (a) a spade; (b) t5;

generally a good idea. However here I think (c) tA; (d) a club. West North East South

there is a much better plan so this does not get 1´

top marks. It would be my choice if I were not (a) A spade: 8 marks. As we saw not so long Pass 3´ Pass 4®

going to lead trumps though. ago, it is often right to lead dummy’s second Pass 4™ Pass 5®

(b) t7: 8 marks. The opposition are clearly suit on these kind of auctions. Here it may be

Pass 5™ Pass 5´

sacrificing and when they do that we want to dummy’s only suit but it is still a sensible lead.

All Pass

stop easy ruffs so particularly when we have all (b) t5: 2 marks. I am in general a big fan of

the other suits well covered a trump lead is leading the fourth suit against no-trumps Pick your lead out of: (a) a spade; (b) ™2;

indicated. So this gets 8 marks but is not as but here we have a particularly unattractive (c) tA; (d) t3.

good in my view as: holding to lead from. We also need seven

(c) tA: 10 marks. Partner will never have a tricks to beat this contract, so it is likely we (a) A spade: 3 marks. This will only be right

second trump to lead (unless the opponents will have time to get around to diamonds if if we need to cut down ruffs to beat 5´ and

have gone completely nuts), so you don’t need needs be. This lead will also block the suit if then probably only if we can get on lead to

to preserve communications. Get dummy’s it was right to lead them so if I was going to lead another trump, which is very unlikely.

trumps out as fast as possible. This will also lead a diamond I would lead: (b) ™2: 4 marks. This might scare declarer off

enable you to change tack should dummy (c) tA: 4 marks. For the reasons given above the heart finesse but, firstly, it won’t if that is

suggest that. I feel this is superior to a low diamond. what declarer needs to make the contract and,

(d) ®2: 2 marks. It could be right I suppose, (d) A club: 10 marks. Against an Acol auction secondly, it is quite unlikely that there is a

but I don’t see why it is necessary to speculate where dummy has virtually promised five heart finesse with LHO cue-bidding hearts

on this. clubs I would not advocate this lead and twice (at the table he had the stiff ace).

(c) tA: 8 marks. The opposition auction has

been very revealing (too revealing) and has

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: screamed that they do not have a diamond

control. Hence it is clear that you should lead

a diamond to cash your tricks there. So the

Master: Nick Goslett, Open: Danny Roth, tA is a good lead but even better is . . .

(d) t3: 10 marks. This was the lead found on

Hove, Chigwell, a similar auction by the late great John

Sussex Essex Armstrong. He knew because of the bidding

that partner had the tK so he led a low

diamond. Why? He was playing for the exact

holding that existed – partner had tK-x so

Sponsored by you needed the ruff to beat 5´. If you listen to

the auction, you know the underlead is

perfectly safe and gains in this case. r

24 English Bridge April 2013


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