Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould
Answers to June Problems
(d) ®8: 10 marks. I see no reason not to
Hand 1 Hand 2 lead what is in front of my face. The easiest
´ K4 ´ 53 way to beat this hand (and which needs
™ Q95 ™ A Q 10 9 7 5 3 2 least in partner’s hand) is to take club ruffs,
t J542 t K6 so I lead my singleton. It is also pretty safe
® KJ43 ® 8 as I am unlikely to give declarer anything
he couldn’t and wouldn’t have done for
West North East South West North East South
1´ 4™ Dble1 Pass 4´
Pass 1NT Pass 2® All Pass HHHHH
All Pass 1 Take-out
Pick your lead out of: (a) ´K; (b) ™5; (c) Pick your lead out of: (a) a spade; (b)
t2; (d) ®3. ™A; (c) tK; (d) ®8.
(a) ´K: 1 mark. All I can say is why? One (a) A spade: 5 marks. It could be right if it t A9843
mark for optimism. is necessary to cut down the ruffs, but that ® K52
seems fairly unlikely on the bidding.
(b) ™5: 7 marks. It seems reasonable to
attack an unbid suit to try and set up (b) ™A: 4 marks. It needs a very precise lie West North East South
tricks, so this would be my second choice. of the cards for this to be correct, 1NT 2®1 Dble2 2™
(c) t2: 4 marks. In general, leads from essentially needing partner to have at most Pass Pass Dble3 All Pass
J-x-x-x are not great and here it is too a singleton and both opponents at least 1 Majors; 2 Values; 3 Penalties.
liable to be slow and/or potentially give a two hearts each. Still, if the opponents do
trick away to be particularly valuable. have ™K-x opposite ™x-x you may need Pick your lead out of: (a) ´K; (b) a heart;
the ruff to beat the contract. (c) tA; (d) ®2.
(d) ®3: 10 marks. This is my choice. It is
almost always right to lead trumps against (c) tK: 1 mark. This is a desperate lead
(a) ´K: 1 mark. This would be my fourth
these sort of sequences in order to cut and needs partner to hold the ace or the
choice. It cannot be right to help the
down the ruffs. Even if this lead is into the tQ-J. It will lose far more often than it
opponents set up their suit or set up the
®A-Q, it is unlikely to cost a trick and gains, and the auction does not call for
cross-ruff by leading it.
even if it does, it may come back again. such speculation.
(b) A heart: 10 marks. You have the
balance of the high cards and partner’s
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: double shows a decent trump holding. It is
almost always right in such circumstances
Master: Rupert Timpson, Regional: Michael Kaye, to lead trumps so that partner can draw
Chadlington, Kintbury, trumps and stop the ruffs.
Oxon Berkshire (c) tA: 4 marks. This could be right if it is
necessary to take ruffs to beat the contract,
Open: Danny Roth, but is more or less playing partner for a
Chigwell, singleton diamond, which is very unlikely.
Essex Also, you have no quick entry.
(d) ®2: 6 marks. It could be right if you
have to set up tricks in this particular suit,
Sponsored by but declarer may well have length and
strength there. Partner’s doubles did not
show clubs. r
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