What do you lead on this one? Concluded.

September 4, 2009 at 7:34 am 8 comments

The question was, on the West hand, what would you lead after the following auction:

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

Cayne match
Board 24
Dealer West
Nil Vul

NORTH

sK9
h142
d1842
cKQJ973

WEST

s87642
h1A5
d1A63
c1065

EAST

sAQ5
h1Q109863
d1J95
c4

SOUTH

sJ103
h1KJ7
d1KQ107
cA82

What a fascinating array of comments (see yesterday’s post). There was lead a heart to keep partner happy. There was the perverted – from Ben – lead a heart to keep partner unhappy. I should have mentioned a partnership style of not being lousy. Is this not a perfectly acceptable 2H opening? Sartaj – please agree with me twice in a row. Then there was Richard’s nicely considered estimate of what the average North American would do. And Jonathan didn’t even see a problem.

My partner, David, tried the heart ace. He shifted to a spade, but too late, of course.

In the other room:

West….North…..East….South
Pass…..Pass……1H…..Pass
1S……..2C……..Dble….2H
2S……..3NT……Pass….Pass
Dble…..All Pass

Now a heart lead through the KJx beat 3NT comfortably by two tricks. Ouch.

We still won the match. David and I have had a great run. Four matches against Cayne over the last 4 weeks for 3 wins and a 3 IMP loss…Come back on Monday for a psyche or two.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jill  |  September 7, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    the auction sounds like an attacking lead is needed. it seems a bit optimisticto think a priori that wests spades are going to set up despite his 2 entries. with a known H fit, the H lead seems normal, even tho it didnt work in this case. in respect of partnership, when a decent pd sticks her neck out and makes a bid, u would need a clearcut rationale for not leading her suit. any other lead but the A of H risks knocking out pd’s side entry to enjoy her suit if it is set up.

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  • 2. Peter Gill  |  September 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Phil, are us chooks allowed to comment? I would open 1H at pairs, would open 1H or perhaps Pass at IMPs, the latter being my choice if my partner hates light intitial 1H openings (e.g. one of my sometime partners with intials MB). Whenever I have a limit raise in the other major, I find that 2M openings tend to capsize our side more than theirs in either the bidding or the play, which is my definition of an anti-percentage preempt.

    Peter Gill

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  • 3. Ben Thompson  |  September 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    What if the God of your choice doesn’t deal you an excellent heart stopper? What do you do over partner’s balancing 3C with your 14 bagger with one soft heart stopper? You bid 3NT of course and hope for the best.

    Lo and behold, they lead one of your mangy side suits, setting up your tricks instead of theirs.

    Perhaps partner should open 1H, allowing that their hand is more than just a marginal heart suit.

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    • 4. phil markey  |  September 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm

      “What do you do over partner’s balancing 3C with your 14 bagger with one soft heart stopper?”

      i try very hard to bid with such a hand initially but given i didnt i make sure i dont punish pard for re-opening – i dont bid 3nt when i know its a crap contract and we are currently going plus not vul

      of-course in my system the whole hand is an outrage – north would never pass (i like a weak 1nt opening with those) such that its even easier for south to pass in the given auction

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    • 5. Ben Thompson  |  September 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm

      Of course, you should bid 3NT against yourself, because you’ll get a spade lead. Unless you figure out that you’re bluffing yourself 🙂

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  • 6. sartaj  |  September 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “Is this not a perfectly acceptable 2H opening?”

    Not for me. 1H.
    Sorry to disappoint 🙂

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  • 7. phil markey  |  September 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    i think a spade is normal – i mean south bids this way with a penalty double of 2 hearts or if not that they should have an excellent heart stopper – if they dont have any of those they are a chook

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    • 8. Richard  |  September 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      I’m inclined to agree – I think. It would be easier if I knew for sure what a chook was, but I think I’m guessing right.

      Unfortunately, most days I seem to be playing both with and against chooks. And the other days, I’m probably the chook.

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