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How should opener’s partner

deal with Landy interference?

Following a direct overcall of 2♣, regular makers of playing cards since 1824

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LEADS

PRIZEQ UI Z

QUIZ

partnerships should agree the meaning of

‘double’, a bid of 2™/2´ and a bid of ( 020 8661 8866

3™/3´. OPENING leads are often subjective and virtual-

It is sensible to play that doubling shows ly any opening lead can be successful some of the

some values (8+ points), and leads to time. However, bridge is in many ways a game of

percentages and therefore certain leads will gain

penalty doubles by both players thereafter.

more often than others. In each issue you will be

Common treatments of major-suit bids given three hands and the bidding on each, and

are to either play them all as natural, or to you are asked to choose your opening leads.

use 2™/2´ as stopper-asking bids, and Suggestions and markings will be in the next

jumps to 3™/3´ to show game-forcing issue. In each example you are on lead as West.

hands with a shortage in the bid suit and

at least 5-4 in the minors. W N E S

This charming twin-pack of Piatnik playing ´ A65 3NT*

cards (‘Romance & Roses’) is the prize on offer ™ K 10 7 6 4

What happens in our series of quizzes set by Paul Hackett.

End

if third hand bids after partner t Q J 10 4 *Solid minor with no more

There are three categories in our competi- ♣ 6 than one stop outside

makes a 2♣ overcall? tion: up to and including Master; up to and

including Regional Master; and those with

W N E S

If third hand (the opener’s partner) doubles higher ranking. Please indicate on the top left- ´ A Q 10 8 1´

the 2♣ overcall, the overcaller’s partner hand corner of the envelope, or in the e-mail ™ Q75 Pass 2t Pass 2™

can now pass to show clubs, make a natural subject line, the category for which you are t 6 Pass 3™* Pass 4™

entering. The first correct entry in each ♣ Q J 10 7 6

bid of 2t, or redouble to ask the overcaller category out of a hat will win the prize. End (*non forcing)

to bid his longer major. The meaning of The Editor’s decision is final.

higher bids can remain unchanged. Entries to the Editor, 23 Erleigh Road, W N E S

´ 10 4 2 1NT

If third hand bids a suit, then the over- Reading RG1 5LR, or e-mail elena@ebu.co.uk ™ J 10 9 7

caller’s partner can double for penalties or by June 20th 2010. Please make sure you Pass 3NT Dble End

t Q 10 8 7

make natural bids as before. include your full postal address even if ♣ 65

Here is an example of Landy in action: entering by e-mail.

´ KQ754 ´ AJ8 ANSWERS TO APRIL OPENING LEADS QUIZ

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QUIZ master Paul Hackett gives his views on tricks so a heart lead is out of the question. South

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the best leads, and marks them in order of merit. is likely to be short in clubs which makes a club

♣ K86 ♣ A53 lead unattractive. There is a case for leading the

W N E S ´A to have a look at dummy but safest is a trump

´ A K 10 4 lead even though it’s a singleton.

1♣

West North East South ™ 82 Pass 1´ Pass 1NT

1NT t 943 End W N E S

♣ AJ76 ´ 10 2♣

2♣1 Pass 2t2 Pass ™

Any diamond (10); ´A 98654 Pass 2t Pass 2´

2´ Pass 3´3 Pass (7); ™8 (5); ´4 (3); ♣6 (1). t 983 Pass 3t Pass 3™

4´ ♣ QJ86 Pass 3´ Pass 4♣

1 Majors Always difficult when the opponents have bid

your suits and have stopped at a low level. A club Pass 6NT Pass 7´

2 Asking for the longer major End

looks as if it is going round to the opener’s suit.

3 Invitational The fact that partner has not protected with 2™ ♣Q/8/6 (10); ´10 (9); a diamond (5); a heart (2).

suggests that he does not have reasonable hearts.

You might lead ´A to have a look at dummy. The This hand is from a Crockfords match and the

´4 could be a disaster. That leaves a diamond, opening lead made a huge difference. As it

In summary: proved at the table, a red-suit lead may give

which could well be partner’s suit anyway.

declarer a trick, whereas a black-suit lead is

• It is useful to have a bid which shows W N E S

unlikely to hurt partner. I prefer a club lead as

both majors when the opponents ´ A542 on the auction the ♣A might be missing.

1♣ Pass 1´ Dble

open 1NT. ™ KQ2 4´ 4NT1 Pass 5t

• The requirements for an overcall t

8

A Q 10 7 2

Dble End

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:

vary according to vulnerability and 1

Diamonds and hearts

position. Master: Hilton Stansfield,

t8 (10); ´A (7); low spade

• The overcaller’s partner makes a limit

(4); ♣A (3)

Bamford, Rochdale

Regional: Roy Edmunds,

bid with a known fit. With equal

length, he can bid 2t to ask about the You have made a very aggressive 4´ bid and Shotley Gate, Ipswich

overcaller’s longer major. r pushed the opponents to make a tough decision. Open: John Shaw,

It is almost certain that the ™A is with South and Codnor Park, Notts.

if we do not attack the suit we have two heart

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