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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

hugely anti-percentage.

Hand 3

´ A Q 10 5

™ 10 9 2

t K 7 5 2

® 3 2

SEND IN YOUR LEAD

CONUNDRUMS

South West North East

1NT1 All Pass

1 12-14

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

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