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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

himself anyway.

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)

Hand 3

t2; (d) ®3. ™A; (c) tK; (d) ®8.

´ KQ3

™ 83

(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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