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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!

HHHHHH

West North East South

1™

Pass 2® Pass 2™1

Pass 3®2 Pass 3NT

All Pass

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.

Hand 3

´ J 7 6 3 2

™ J 4

t K Q 5

® 5 4 2

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(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

suit! r

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