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Clearly the opponents have lots of distribution and

the lead could be vital, so you had better get it right.

(a) ´3: 2 marks. I cannot see what this is going to

achieve. It more or less is only right if partner has

the ace or the KQ and declarer has a relevant

quick discard, which can only be on the heart ace.

(b) ™K: 6 marks. This has more sense to it, in that

at least you are setting up a trick, and it doesn't

need anything from partner to do so. It is what I

led at the table, but on reflection it is wrong. It

certainly was at the table as declarer had AJ10xx

opposite a void so you set up a ruffing finesse.

(c) t4: 1 mark. Newspaper articles are absolutely

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full of experts underleading kings against small

slams and grand slams, to force a guess on

declarer at trick one. And a very sound idea it can

be at the right time. But this is not the right time.

You have the ®A so declarer will be completely

forced to take the diamond finesse at trick one.

They may not fancy it, they may feel unhappy, but

take it they will. On this occasion it will be

disastrous as dummy had Axxxx and declarer Qx!

(d) ®A: 10 marks. I am quite sure this is actually

the right lead. It allows you to see the table and

judge what to do next. It is true that there are

positions where this lets the contract through, but

they are very few. Here, dummy hits with:

´A ™- tAxxxx ®Kxxxxxx

so it is obvious to play another trump and

declarer will drift slowly off.

Pairs Bonus: ®A - 5 marks. You do not get any

matchpoints for letting slams in at Pairs either, so

definitely the ®A again. Anyway, it might run

away if you don't cash it �.

by Alan Mould

T

his month I held problem one (and got it

wrong!) in a Gerard Faulkner Salver match.

Problem 2 was sent to me by reader Dave

Simmons and comes from a local duplicate, and

problem 3 came from Carles Acero. Showing the

wide readership of English Bridge, Carles is Catalan.

Hola Carles!

Choose from: (a) ´3; (b) ™K; (c) t4; (d) ®A

Hand 1

´ 10 6 4 3 2

™ K Q 7 3

t K 4

® A 8

South West North East

1´ 4NT1 Pass

6® All Pass

1 At least 6-5 in the minors, either way around

Choose from: (a) ´5; (b) ™Q; (c) t4; (d) ®3.

Hand 2

´ A J 9 5 3

™ Q J 3

t 4

® K 6 4 3

South West North East

1´ 2t Pass

2´1 Pass 3® Pass

3NT All Pass

1 Good raise in diamonds

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