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by Alan Mould

All of the June problems were about correctly interpreting partner’s final double.

In each case the opening lead is dependent on what partner is asking for. (New quiz: page 55.)

is also suit preference so you should lead the holding K-J-x and partner the ace, for

Hand 1

®10 asking for a heart back. example) but they are few and far between

´ 62

™ A87

(d) ®4: 7 marks. See above! Still, the lead and most likely this will simply confuse

t J4 would have worked, so it gets 7 marks. partner. It also again ignores the double.

® 10 8 6 4 3 2 (d) tA: 2 marks. This is an admission that

you have no clue what the double is. Unless

Hand 2

you play double as asking for neither suit

´ KJ652

West North East South

™ Q5

(very unusual!) all this will do is give away a

1´ t A62 tempo and most likely the contract.

Pass 2t Pass 3´ ® 532

Pass 4NT Pass 5™

Hand 3

Pass 6´ Dble All Pass

´ 72

West North East South

™ Q7532

Pick your lead out of: (a) ™A; (b) tJ; 1® t 862

(c) ®10; (d) ®4. 1´ Pass 2™ 2NT ® A64

Pass 3NT Dble All Pass

Partner’s is a classic Lightner double asking

for an unusual lead. Mostly (but not always) Pick your lead out of: (a) ´5; (b) ™Q; West North East South

partner will have a void, and wants you to (c) ™5; (d) tA. 1NT

try and find it. Pass 3NT Dble All Pass

(a) ™A: 6 marks. This is a ‘hedging your What would you normally have led without

bets’ lead. If you don’t know what partner a double? Surely your most likely lead is a Pick your lead out of: (a) ´7; (b) ™3;

wants, you can lead the ™A and hope that heart, the suit partner has bid. It is therefore (c) t8; (d) ®A.

the sight of dummy and/or partner’s signal useful to play doubles like this as asking you

may help you. This is sensible when you are to lead your suit, not partner’s. The marks Is partner sitting there with a flat 20 count?

genuinely unsure what to lead, but not here. have reflected this. Surely not! This double is again Lightner

(b) tJ: 3 marks. Sixty years ago this would (a) ´5: 10 marks. In line with the discussion asking you to find an unusual lead – partner

have been correct, as a Lightner double was above, this gets top marks. will have either a solid suit, or a good suit

a command to lead dummy’s suit. Long ago (b) ™Q: 6 marks. This is what you would and an entry.

it was realised that this was far too rigid and have led without the double so it ignores the (a) ´7: 10 marks. If partner has a good suit

partner should make an intelligent choice. implications of partner’s double. then it is most likely to be spades. This then

(c) ®10: 10 marks. The indicated lead. c) ™5: 3 marks. It is just about possible to must be the lead likely to get them down

Surely the most likely reason partner has find combinations where it is right to lead and gets the 10 marks.

doubled is a club void and is trying to get the low heart and have declarer finesse to (b) ™3: 3 marks. This is what you would

you to lead one. In these situations the lead your honour on the second round (declarer have probably led without the double. With

the double it must be rated as a poor lead.

Partner has asked you to do something

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: unusual and you have ignored the request.

(c) t8: 7 marks. If partner is asking for an

Master: James Bentley, Regional: Peter Breakell, unusual lead, this must be a runner. It is

Oxford London more likely, though, that partner has a

major rather than a minor since the oppo-

nents have not looked for a major-suit fit.

Open: Joe Angseesing, (d) ®A: 5 marks. This will certainly give

Cheltenham away a tempo and quite likely the contract.

It will only work if partner has a solid suit

as you will be able to switch at trick two.

Still, at least it takes some cognizance of

Sponsored by partner’s double, so is better than a heart

in my view. r

24 English Bridge August 2011


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