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West North East South

4™

All Pass

Choose from: (a) ´5; (b) ™K/™7; (c) a diamond; (d) ®A.

This problem was sent to me by Leicestershire

player and team-mate Paul Bowyer.

(a) ´5: 10 marks. It is a myth that you should lead

passively against pre-empts to avoid giving away

tricks. What is much more likely is that declarer will

take quick discards on dummy's high cards. In

general it is right to lead aggressively against preempts,

so for me it is a choice between the black

suits. I choose a spade as that needs less from

partner to be right (essentially the ace or queen and

it is probably OK, whereas a club needs partner to

hold the king really).

(b) ™K/™7: 1 mark. Really? For what purpose might

I ask? 1 mark for novelty value.

(c) A diamond: 4 marks. For all the reasons given

above, this would not be my choice. Still it is better

than a heart!

(d) ®A: 7 marks. Again for all the reasons given

above this is my second choice, but I do prefer a

spade. At the table declarer was 1-8-1-3 with the ®K

and dummy had the tA-K so a spade it had to be to

Hand 1

´ K 10 9 5 2

™ K 7

t 9 8 3

® A 5 2

beat it (Paul Bowyer, needless to say, found this

lead).

HHHHHH

West North East South

3™ 6t

All Pass

Pick your lead out of: (a) ´3; (b) ™8; (c) t2; (d) ®6.

This problem was sent to me by Manchester player

and sometimes partner Rodney Lighton. Declarer

has a very good hand and is clearly expecting to

make this contract. We have a wholly unexpected

trump trick which is good but nothing else at all, so

we need to find partner with a trick. What is the best

chance of this?

(a) ´3: 9 marks. Could be right if partner has

something juicy in spades. However, with our

length and partner needing enough for a trick,

declarer may well be short in the suit. This suggests

both (i) that there may not be a trick here and (ii) if

there is, it may not run away. Hence I just prefer a

club.

(b) ™8: 7 marks. I think this is against the odds. It

seems as if declarer is not worried about the heart

suit and so it seems unlikely this is the correct lead.

Hand 2

´ J 8 5 3 2

™ 8 6

t J 5 3 2

® 6 5

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