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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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(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.

Hand 1

´ K J 9 6 5 4

™ Q J 10

t 4

® 10 9 4

South West North East

1´ Pass Pass Dble

All Pass

Choose from: (a) ´3; (b) a heart; (c) t5; (d) ®3.

Hand 2

´ Q 8 6 3

™ 7 6 3

t 5

® 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

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