the strength is on your right so the ´A is likely to set
up declarer's king. Plus, where are the spades going
anyway? Is it really likely that dummy (the one with
the long trumps) has discards in declarer's hand?
(b) ™4: 10 marks. The stand-out lead, in my view.
You have been here before: partner has passed a lowlevel
take-out double for penalties so has good
trumps. This lead helps you to draw trumps and
also does not lead away from your high cards. If
partner was not prepared to see a trump lead here
he should not have passed. At the table partner had
™A-Q-10-7 and dummy ™K-J-9-8-x so partner was
charmed with this lead.
(c) tJ: 7 marks. If I wasn't going to lead a trump
this would be my choice, but it is nowhere near as
good as a trump and could still carve up the suit.
(d) ®A: 3 marks. Exactly the same arguments as in
(a) apply and exactly the same mark!
West North East South
Pass 2® Pass 2™1
Pass 3®2 Pass 3NT
1 Not forcing; 2 Invitational but not forcing
Choose from: (a) ´3; (b) ™J; (c) tK; (d) a club.
Both opponents have limited their hands and yet
opener has taken a shot at 3NT. Unless South is the
kind of player who always bids 3NT in these situ ations
('It is the same number of tricks, partner!'),
South ought to think the clubs are running. Sadly
you agree with South looking at your holding! It is
likely therefore that left to his own devices declarer
will come to enough tricks and hence I think you
need an active defence here.
(a) ´3: 6 marks. Fourth highest of your longest and
strongest. But for the reasons I give above I think
this is just likely to be too slow here. Unless partner
has very good spades and you are cashing the suit
out, declarer will likely arrive at nine tricks.
(b) ™J: 1 mark. Why are you leading declarer's suit?
No, I don't know either.
´ J 7 6 3 2
™ J 4
t K Q 5
® 5 4 2
August 2015 English Bridge
(c) tK: 10 marks. For the reasons given above I
think you need to play for a quick set. Plus, it is
fairly unlikely that either opponent has four dia monds,
so length with partner is a distinct possi bility.
At the table partner had tJ-x-x-x-x, but also
had the ®K so this was the winning lead.
(d) A club: 1 mark. Just like a heart, I can see no
reason why you would want to lead dummy's long