August 2017 English Bridge
Why not take advantage of
Alan's expertise and send in
hands where the lead has foxed
you? If suitable, Alan would be
delighted to use them.
Choose from: (a) a spade; (b) ™K; (c) tK; (d) ®K.
(a) a spade: 10 marks. Again, a stand out lead in my
view. Either declarer or dummy is short of hearts. If
it is declarer it will not matter, but if it is dummy
then getting some trumps off the table will stop ruffs.
This was the BIG winner at the table as partner
turned up with ´A-x, ™J-x-x and more or less no
other high cards. Dummy had ´x-x-x and a
singleton heart. Two rounds of trumps held declarer
to nine tricks and almost a 100% score with the
Bridgemate littered with 170s, 620s, 790s, and 500s
from 4™ doubled by West.
(b) ™K: 7 marks. The 'reflex' lead, but nowhere near
as good as a trump for the reasons given above.
(c) tK: 4 marks. If not a trump, I cannot see why
you would want to lead this rather than a heart.
(d) ®K: 1 mark. This is a really wild lead! It more or
less needs partner to have the ®A for it to work. It is
´ A Q 10 5
™ 10 9 2
t K 7 5 2
® 3 2
SEND IN YOUR LEAD
South West North East
1NT1 All Pass
Choose from: (a) ´5; (b) ™10; (c) t2; (d) ®3.
This hand has similar themes to hand 1 (and
from a hand from the last issue) and therefore has
similar solutions. However, in this case I would
make the same lead at pairs or IMPs.
(a) ´5: 1 mark. Unless partner has the king this is
likely to give away a trick. There is almost always
time to get around to this suit later against 1NT.
(b) ™10: 10 marks. Easily the best lead in my view.
Very unlikely to give anything away and forces
declarer to do his/her own work.
(c) t2: 7 marks. Well if I wasn't going to lead a heart
this would be my choice.
(d) ®3: 3 marks. I really cannot see any case for this
when a heart is so much more attractive. Worse,
with these pips, partner might naively think you
have length and strength in the suit and return it
whenever in! r
Young players were on the top step of the podium
for both of the events at the Riviera Congress at
the end of June. London's Shahzaad Natt &
Stefano Tommasini (pictured with EBU Board
member, Rob Lawy), were winners of the Swiss
Pairs competition. Devon's Warner Solomon &
Alex Maddocks came second.
RIVIERA CONGRESS PAIRS
The winners of the Riviera Swiss Teams
competition were the all-Anoyrkatis team from
Devon, with juniors Sam and Theo teaming up
with Sally and Harry to take the title. A team
comprising Oxfordshire's Chris Cooper, Avon's
Michael Short and Gareth Evans &
Gloucestershire's John Atthey came second.
TEAMS - A FAMILY AFFAIR