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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

Hand 1

need to find him with, say, a 5-4-1-3 shape coming. However, it can easily cost a trick,

´ 972

for this to work. and is too dangerous in my opinion.

™ K J 10 3

t AQ64

® 87 HHHHH (d) ®5: 1 mark. Exactly why are you

leading this singleton? Unless the oppo-

nents have gone completely nuts, partner

Hand 2

West North East South has nothing at all, so how on earth will he

´ AQJ74

™ A52

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;

Hand 3

(c) t4; (d) ®8. West North East South

´ J 10 9 2

1´ Dble Pass 2™

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(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

1™

(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.

Oxford Tadworth,

(c) tJ: 2 marks. It is rare you get shouted

Surrey

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.

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