What do you lead on this?

September 2, 2009 at 8:51 pm 4 comments

(comments on this will be suppressed until tomorrow)

Not vul vs vul you sit West and hold:

s87642
h1A5
d1A63
c1065

The auction proceeds:

West…….North…..East…..South
Pass……Pass……2H…….Pass
Pass……3C……..Pass…..3NT
All Pass

What do you lead?

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sartaj  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    toss a coin.

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  • 2. Richard  |  September 3, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    OK, I can speak for the staid Standard American pov, I think.

    I only see two choices – AH or a spade. The spade really only seems likely to beat the contract if the suit is distributed 5-3-3-2 (seems plausible) _and_ partner has real help in the suit (not likely). But the heart will only work if partner has a good suit for his pre-empt, meaning declarer is taking a flyer on one stopper, _and_ partner has an outside entry besides. So logically, even though the suit is so bad, a spade might be better if the 2H opening can be really random.

    But I know that if you present this hand to a thousand random Americans, 990+ of them will lead the AH. Opener’s suit is supposed to be a good 6-carder, and that means you are “only” taking a chance on finding an entry to cash the rest of the suit. Plus partner will be really miffed if you don’t lead his suit.

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  • 3. Jonathan Mestel  |  September 3, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Opposite a 3rd in favourable weak 2?

    I lead S7.

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  • 4. Ben Thompson  |  September 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I lead HA and then the other one. It’s important for partner to experience another one of the downsides of opening crappy pre-empts.

    Reply

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