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bidding). So, what is best to try and beat this
(a) ´10: 1 mark. I do not see any case for leading
round into declarer's suit. The ´10 could also be a
useful card in defence.
(b) ™Q: 3 marks. Highly dangerous! Remember
dummy has four hearts. Think of layouts such as
K10xx opposite Axx to see that you have blown the
(c) a diamond: 10 marks. Giving as little away as
possible and letting declarer do their own work.
To be fair it is unlikely this contract is going off,
but this seems the best way to try.
(d) ®6: 3 marks. I do not like this at all. It is
dangerous to lead from suits like this when the
opposition have most of the high cards. Here
declarer has Qx in dummy opposite AK10x….
Nothing beats the hand but the passive diamond
lead holds declarer to their 11 top tricks.
Pairs Bonus: a diamond - 5 marks. Nothing would
persuade me to lead anything other than a
diamond at pairs.
We know nothing about North's hand, but South is
distributional. So, it is likely we need to grab our
tricks before the mice get at them. Forget about
passivity against pre-empts - get at your tricks!
(a) ´A: 9 marks. Close between this and the ™A. This
gives us control in hearts which may be important
in case we need to switch, but I just prefer:
(b) ™A: 10 marks. Best in my view as it allows us to
look at dummy. Depending on what comes down
it might be right to lead another one.
(c) t8: 5 marks. Well it could be right if we have to
set up diamond tricks fast or the even more
unlikely event that we have a diamond ruff, but
really it is between the two aces.
(d) a club: 1 mark. Way, way, too passive and the
fact you have length might see declarer pitching a
few losers on dummy's club winners while you
At the table either ace or, irritatingly, a club worked
as you have ´AK, ™A and ®A off the contract. A
diamond lead and it is bye bye to one of declarer's
Pairs Bonus: ™A - 5 marks. My views are
unchanged. Either ace for me but I still just prefer
the ™A r
Choose from: (a) ´A; (b) ™A; (c) t8; (d) a club.
´ A 10 7 6 4
™ A 6
t 8 2
® 9 8 7 4
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Phil was an Oxford graduate and professional
bridge player in the 1950s, winning the Gold Cup
and Tollemache (twice), followed by nine
Camrose appearances. He became a maths teacher
in Staffordshire and continued playing. Roger
Bryant, who co-opted Phil onto his Gold Cup
team, remembers him with great affection: 'Once I
wrote to the organising committee complaining
that my Midlands-based team kept getting drawn
away to distant parts of the country. 'Whoa, that's
a bad move,' said Phil, 'you've got to humour
them, you know.' Next week the draw for the next
round came through the post in a neatly typed
letter informing us that we were away to a team
from Edinburgh. And, handwritten on the
bottom, was: 'Thank you so much for your helpful
feedback.' 'I knew they'd get you,' said Phil, before
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