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(a) ´6: 1 mark. Sometimes it is right to lead trumps
when you have lots of them, and particularly
when you have a load of small trumps and the
bidding shows the opposition have a fit (Xmas
Quiz, December 2017). The situation could not be
more different here. You know you are leading
into declarer's spade honours.
(b) ™Q: 4 marks. This is a very seductive lead, but it
is wrong! There is such a thing as having too
many trumps on a hand, and this is a classic
example. Your aim should be to try and reduce
your trumps as fast as possible. At the table the
™Q was led and dummy hit with
´x, ™Axxx, txxxx, ®Axxx.
Declarer won the ™K, play ®A and a ruff, ™A and
a ® ruff and exited with a heart which you won.
You played your diamond (too late!), ruffed
partner's diamond winner perforce and led a
trump into declarer's AQ10. Declarer exited with
another diamond which you ruffed and led into
declarer's trumps again for an overtrick! Which is
why the right lead is ….
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:
Master: Nick Goslett Open: Dave Simmons
(c)t4: 10 marks. At the table partner had tAKQ10
and played three rounds allowing you to pitch
two clubs then a ruff meant that you now had to
come to a heart and two trumps for a breathless
one off. But note that the lead would have been
right even if partner's diamonds had not been so
good - you just have to get some of these trumps
out of the way.
(d) ®10: 4 marks. Also seductive, and also wrong
for the reasons given. These kinds of hands are
not about forcing declarer. Declarer will be
delighted to make as many small trumps as they can.
Pairs Bonus: t4-5 marks. I see no reason to
change the lead in the Pairs game. 1´ doubled
and making will not score well at Pairs either!
by Alan Mould
Choose from: (a) ´6; (b) ™Q; (c) t4; (d) ®10.
´ K J 9 6 5 4
™ Q J 10
® 10 9 4
South West North East
1´ Pass Pass Dble
Choose from: (a) ´3; (b) a heart; (c) t5; (d) ®3.
´ Q 8 6 3
™ 7 6 3
® Q 6 4 3 2
South West North East
1NT1 Pass 4NT2 Pass
6NT All Pass
1 12-14, 2 Quantitative - asking partner to bid
6NT with a maximum hand
We have been here before recently. This contract
has been bid on power rather than long suits and
the aim is not to give away cheap tricks, and to lead
as safely as possible.
(a) ´3: 4 marks.This is not safe or even close to it.
REMEMBER THE NEW PAIRS BONUS INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER