Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould
Answers to December Problems
Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3
´ K J 10 9 8 7 3 ´ 10 5 2 ´ KQ842
™ A52 ™ AJ4 ™ K
t 84 t KQ6 t AJ54
® 6 ® Q532 ® 10 9 5
West North East South West North East South West North East South
3´ Pass Pass 3NT 1´ 1´ Dble Redble 2™
All Pass Pass 2´ All Pass Pass Pass Dble All Pass
Pick your lead out of: (a) ´J; (b) ´K; Pick your lead out of: (a) ´2; (b) ™4; Pick your lead out of: (a) ´K; (b) ™K;
(c) ™2; (d) t8. (c) tK; (d) ®2. (c) tA; (d) ®10 .
(a) ´J: 5 marks. You probably need to set (a) ´2: 10 marks. The auction has shown (a) ´K: 4 marks. Partner is usually short
up your suit to beat 3NT so leading spades that the opponents have limited values and in your suit when he redoubles but so is
seems right. However the ´J is inferior to that therefore partner has some values. If dummy. This is also liable to set up tricks
the . . . you are going to beat this you have to take in declarer’s hand. So unless it is necessary
(b) ´K: 10 marks. This wins when either all the tricks going to you and that means to give partner ruffs, this will not work out
partner or dummy has the singleton ´Q. not giving away easy tricks. Hence a passive well.
If declarer has the ´A-Q the lead does not lead is best. (b) ™K: 10 marks. It is almost always right
matter. (b) ™4: 1 mark. This seems extremely to lead trumps against low-level doubled
(c) ™2: 7 marks. If I wasn’t going to lead wild, particularly when most of the strength contracts, particularly when partner has
a spade, this would be my choice as it is on your right. trump length. This is no exception. Partner
needs least in partner’s hand to be (c) tK: 6 marks. This will not cost if will be delighted to see this card.
correct (a case can also be made for partner has the ace or the jack, but will do (c) tA: 2 marks. There seems to be no
leading the ace). so if the opposition have both. It is almost reason at all to make this speculative lead.
(d) t8: 2 marks. It could be right but it certainly unnecessary. (d) ®10: 6 marks. If you are not going to
will need a good suit and an entry in (d) ®2: 4 marks. This could cost a trick in lead the ™K then this would be my
partner’s hand, so needs a lot more than a a number of layouts and again is probably choice, leading through the strength in
heart lead. unnecessary. dummy. r
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:
Master: Barry Ransley, Regional: Roland Payne,
Open: John Cruickshank,
34 English Bridge February 2012 www.ebu.co.uk