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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
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.
Choose from: (a) ´3; (b) ™K; (c) t4; (d) ®A
´ 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.
´ A J 9 5 3
™ Q J 3
® K 6 4 3
South West North East
1´ 2t Pass
2´1 Pass 3® Pass
3NT All Pass
1 Good raise in diamonds