February 2018 English Bridge
spade ruff if you duck - and if you win you will not
have the communication to your long spades.
Note that after the queen of spades was ducked,
the defence were unable to attack diamonds
without giving you a second trick in the suit.
D A singleton is often a good lead against a
trump contract. Although it can sometimes
pick up the suit for declarer, if partner has a
fast entry, the ensuing ruff will frequently
compensate. Avoid leading a singleton if you
know that partner cannot have an entry (must
be short in points), or if you hold good or long
trumps yourself. In this situation, forcing
declarer's trumps may work out better.
D If the opponents pre-empt against you, you have
to be bold! The auction can be scarily high, but
remember that one of the main reasons to preempt
is to attempt to talk the opponents out of a
contract. One thing going in your favour is that
you will know plenty about the distribution and
high cards when you come to play the hand. r
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