Prize Leads Quiz by Alan Mould
Answers to June Problems
HHHHH (c) tJ: 3 marks. Can this really be the right
Hand 1 lead? Unless the opposition cannot count,
´ J5 partner does not have the tA and so to set
™ K Q J 10 7 4 2 Hand 2 up a trick you need partner to have bid 5t
t 74 ´ Void with only three and you need them 3-2-2
® 84 ™ A 10 9 2 around the table. All very unlikely.
t J 10 8 7 4 2
(d) A club: 2 marks. In my view this is just
West North East South too likely to be North’s second suit to make
3™ Dble 4® 4´ it a viable option.
West North East South
Pick your lead out of: (a) a spade; (b) ™K; 1´ HHHHH
(c) t7; (d) ®8. 3t 4NT 5t 5™1
Pass 6´ All Pass
(a) A spade: 3 marks. This will only be 1 Two ‘aces’, no trump queen Hand 3
right if declarer needs to take a lot of ruffs. ´ KJ9642
It may work but is heavily odds-against in Pick your lead out of: (a) ™A; (b) ™2; ™ Q52
my opinion. (c) tJ; (d) a club.
(b) ™K: 7 marks. Nobody can criticise you
for leading from a K-Q-J combination – (a) ™A: 9 marks. North has bid very
until now! This more or less needs the strongly and clearly thinks they can make West North East South
hearts 2-2-2 around the table for it to 6´. Thus you will need to cash two tricks 2´1
matter and so, while it is probably safe, you quickly, or cash a trick and hope for another Pass Pass Dble All Pass
have a much better lead available. one. Hence the ™A gets good marks and 1 Weak
(c) t7: 1 mark. This is just insulting you can decide what to do after seeing dum-
partner, who did not bid 4® to see you lead my. It is not quite as good however as . . . Pick your lead out of: (a) a spade; (b) ™2;
a diamond. (c) t2; (d) ®3.
(b) ™2: 10 marks. Either North has taken a
(d) ®8: 10 marks. The indicated lead. flyer with two or more low hearts or North
Partner has bid clubs and even if you do not will have the king, so a low heart to try and (a) A spade: 1 mark. Why are you leading
play that as lead directional, surely it is the induce a misguess seems a good shot. I do around into declarer’s trumps allowing
right lead. Here partner had made a very not lead the ten as I do not want partner declarer to make cheap trump tricks?
good bid on ´ Qx ™ xxx t xxxx ® AKJx. ducking the queen. At the table any heart (b) ™2: 4 marks. Usually you want to try
Dummy had Q-x-x-x of clubs so four would work as North had indeed taken a and set up tricks. But here there are more
rounds of clubs promoted a trump trick flyer on ´ KQJx ™ xx t x ® AKQJxx and important concerns. At the table declarer
and was the only way to beat the contract. partner had the K-Q! had a singleton heart and was able to ruff
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS: (c) t2: 10 marks. The auction has gone
very well for you but you must be careful.
There is such a thing as too many trumps.
Master: Nick Goslett, Open: Graham Sadie, If you become trump bound, you will end
Hove London up ruffing partner’s winners and leading
into declarer’s trump tenaces. It is vital you
reduce your trump length, so the singleton
lead it is.
(d) ®3: 6 marks. This suffers from the
Sponsored by same problems as the heart lead, but not as
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