Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould
Answers to April Problems
nine major-suit cards, you are going to tricks before discards on the clubs are
need to find him with, say, a 5-4-1-3 shape coming. However, it can easily cost a trick,
for this to work. and is too dangerous in my opinion.
™ K J 10 3
® 87 HHHHH (d) ®5: 1 mark. Exactly why are you
leading this singleton? Unless the oppo-
nents have gone completely nuts, partner
West North East South has nothing at all, so how on earth will he
get in to give you a ruff?
Pass 1NT Pass 2™ t KQ73
Pass 2´ All Pass ® 5 HHHHH
Pick your lead out of: (a) a spade; (b) ™J;
(c) t4; (d) ®8. West North East South
´ J 10 9 2
1´ Dble Pass 2™
(a) A spade: 10 marks. Declarer has four Pass 3™ Pass 4™ t J 10 9 4
hearts and dummy prefers spades to All Pass ® J 10
hearts. With your hearts the last thing you
want to see is heart ruffs, so a course of Pick your lead out of: (a) ´A; (b) ™2;
teeth extraction is in order. (c) tK; (d) ®5. West North East South
(b)™J: 1 mark. It is almost impossible to (a) ´A: 2 marks. Essentially this is playing Pass 2™ 3t 3™
see how this can gain. partner for a singleton. But how likely is All Pass
that on this bidding?
(c) t4: 2 marks. Again it is very difficult Pick your lead out of: (a) ´J; (b) a heart;
to see how this can gain, particularly with (b) ™2: 10 marks. This gives nothing away (c) tJ; (d) ®J.
most of the strength on your right. and at the same time may cut down ruffs,
and is the indicated lead. I prefer this to (a) ´J: 6 marks. This combines safety with
(d) ®8: 7 marks. In my view, the only the ™A as you retain control. helping to set up tricks. On the other
realistic alternative to a trump. Partner has hand, partner did not double 2™, so may
some values, so you may be able to get a (c) tK: 6 marks. This lead will work if it is not have great spades.
ruff. However, with declarer having at least necessary to set up one or more diamond
(b) A heart: 4 marks. Yes, it might be a
good idea to lead trumps, but how many
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: times are you going to be able to do it? You
may well be removing partner’s valuable
Master: James Bentley, Regional: Bomi Kavarana, exit cards as well.
(c) tJ: 2 marks. It is rare you get shouted
at for leading partner’s suit, so this tends
to be a default lead. But does it make sense
Open: Nigel Osmer, here? Partner will have six diamonds
Ringmer, almost always, in which case no tricks can
East Sussex be set up.
(d) ®J: 10 marks. This would be my
choice. It combines at attempt to set up
Sponsored by tricks in partner’s hand with the oppor-
tunity of a ruff.
26 English Bridge June 2012 www.ebu.co.uk