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
(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.
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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
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: ™K).
(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
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