52 English Bridge August 2017 www.ebu.co.uk
nusually for me, all the hands last issue
were using pairs scoring (ie matchpoints)
so I hope you took this into account when
deciding on your opening lead . . .
to give away a cheap trick - very expensive at pairs.
Partner has all the entries and s/he can lead
through declarer's heart holding when in.
(c) ™Q: 1 mark. Often it is right to lead the ace or
queen from this kind of holding as it enables you
to see the dummy and decide what to do. The idea
here is to try and pin ™J-x on the dummy. But
these kind of leads generally work best when you
have the entries, not partner. Here ™J-x is
irrelevant as partner will be on lead to push a heart
through declarer's king. And what if the holding is
™J-x-x in dummy and ™K-x in declarer's hand?
(d) ®10: 10 marks. Not even close IMHO (as my
marking suggests). This is extremely safe, and also
starts to set up your long cards in the suit.
So Dave, if I had been playing against you, you
would have been in with a chance for a good score.
However, Smith Peters should have been able to sort
this out and get the hearts going in time (see Neil
Rosen's articles on Smith Peters, goo.gl/izgUBY and
goo.gl/Qba3MM - Feb & April 2015).
´ 8 6
™ A Q 10 6 5
® 10 9 8 5 3
Choose from: (a) ´8; (b) ™6; (c) ™Q; (d) ®10.
This hand was sent to me by reader Dave
Simmons and comes from a local duplicate. Dave
had the ™6 fished out against him and the
opposition took five heart tricks (East having
™K-9-x) and two spade tricks for a very good score
for them. He asked if he had been unlucky and what
I would recommend. Well . . .
(a) ´8: 5 marks. I cannot see why you would want to
lead this suit when you have so many better leads
available. It is hardly as if it is safe! Dummy is likely
to be entryless and imagine partner having (say)
(b) ™6: 2 marks. This is what I would instantly lead
against 3NT at IMPs (and maybe at pairs as well)
as it has easily the best chance of beating the
contract, but wild horses would not get a heart out
of me against 2NT at pairs. It is just far too likely
´ 6 5
™ K Q 9 5 3 2
t K Q 5
® K 6
Answers to June's Problems
Prize Leads Quiz Answers by Alan Mould
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS:
Master: Christopher Dee Open: Michael Kaye
South West North East
2NT All Pass
South West North East
1´ 2™ 2´ 3™
3´ All Pass