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Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould

Answers to December Problems

dummy does not have it, you know declarer

Hand 1 Hand 2 has and can switch. Similar plays occur when

´ Q763 ´ 65 you lead say the king (from K-Q) from a

™ Q 10 9 4 ™ A72 holding such as A-K-J-10. If partner has the

t KJ5 t K Q 10 9 4 queen he plays it. Hence tQ gets the top

® 97 ® 753 marks.

(d) a club: 1 mark. I can see no reason to

West North East South West North East South lead dummy’s suit on this auction and with

1™ Pass 1´ 1´ this holding.

Pass 2® Pass 3NT Pass 2® Pass 2NT


All Pass Pass 3NT All Pass

Pick your lead out of: (a) ´3; (b) ™10; Pick your lead out of: (a) ™2; (b) t K;

(c) t 5; (d) ®9. (c) tQ; (d) a club. Hand 3

´ KQ42

(a) ´3: 5 marks. Leading round into declarer’s (a) ™2: 4 marks. I suppose this could be ™ AQ863

bid suit from such a poor holding is unlikely correct but I really do not see why you are t K

to be successful. leading hearts when you have such an ® J72

(b) ™10: 5 marks. Similarly, leading from this attractive diamond holding and the ™A as

suit into dummy’s at least five-card suit is an entry.

West North East South

liable to help do declarer’s work. (b) tK: 8 marks. Surely we are all going to

1™ 2NT1 Dble2 3t

(c) t5: 3 marks. Generally it is right for lead a diamond with this holding, are we

obvious reasons to lead an unbid suit but here not? The problem comes as to what we do Pass Pass Dble3 All Pass

1 Minors; 2 Values; 3 Penalties

declarer has leapt to 3NT without fear and we when the opening trick goes, as it probably

have a particular unattractive holding to lead will, tK, low, low, low. The answer depends Pick your lead out of: (a) ´K; (b) ™A;

from – both short in the suit and with on who has the tJ which is why top marks (c) tK; (d) ®2.

honours that are probably poised over go to:

declarer. (c) tQ: 10 marks. It is normal practice these (a) ´K: 6 marks. This may set up a trick but

(d) ®9: 10 marks. This would be my choice. days that in no-trumps if partner leads an if that trick is there it is highly unlikely to

Without an attractive holding in the fourth honour promising the one below (so K from run away. It could also be setting up tricks

suit it is often right to lead dummy’s second K-Q, Q from Q-J etc,) and as partner you are for declarer. There is a greatly superior lead

suit in these sorts of auctions. Declarer has looking at that honour, you are expected to on the hand.

shown no interest and partner often has play it regardless of your holding. This solves (b) ™A: 2 marks. This will only work if it is

length and strength in the suit. At worst such the dilemma above: from K-Q-10-9 you lead necessary to give partner a ruff in hearts and

leads tend to be passive and that may be no the queen and if partner has the jack he plays that seems only necessary if partner has a

bad thing on this hand. it. So if partner doesn’t play the jack and singleton and dummy ™K-x(-x). This is an

unlikely combination and at other times it is

liable to cost a trick (when declarer has the


(c) tK: 10 marks. We have seen this theme

before. We have doubled the opponents with

Master: Alex Wiseman, Open: John Shaw, the majority of the values and they have

apparently found some degree of fit. We

Whitefield, Codnor Park, have to stop ruffs if we can and it is usually

right to lead trumps – and particularly so

Manchester Notts with singleton honours. Partner should be

delighted to see this card; if he isn’t, look

closely at his double!

(d) ®2: 1 mark. I can see no case for this lead

Sponsored by – setting up dummy’s suit and helping

declarer ruffing it good. 1 mark for curiosity

value. r

24 English Bridge February 2013


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