What do you lead? Continued

January 15, 2011 at 2:07 am 4 comments

You are on lead with the East hand against 6D, South launching into Roman Keycard en route, thus making him likely to hold second-round heart control….See yesterday’s post for a couple of comments on the possibilities here.

NORTH
Howe
sQ5
h1873
d1AKQ1086
cK9
WEST
Depasquale
sJ1094
h1Q5
d1J92
cQ743
EAST
Chua
s872
h1A9642
d17
cJ862
SOUTH
Ewart
sAK63
h1KJ10
d1543
cA105

As you can see, a low one is the only chance. Ben, I was with you and tried the ace. Well done Memphis Mojo who went for the low one, even though, as he says, partner never gets it.

Indeed, I rather recall a notorious example from the Brisbane Expo tournament – was that 1990 or thereabouts? Seamus Browne underled his ace against a slam and his partner was Zia who declined to put his queen in. So, yes, Memphis….it would appear you need some sort of genius partner to get this right!

Another opening lead tomorrow.

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What do you lead? Another lead

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. khokan  |  January 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

    The Brisbane Expo tournament was in 1988 and Seamus led a low heart from: J10xxxx Kx xx Axx against 6D by Martel/Stansby. Dummy had Kx J98x xx KQJxxx. Declarer’s hand was AQ A10 AKQJxxx xx. Zia did indeed fail to put up the HQ. Our team dropped 13 imps because we stayed out of slam at our table after LHO opened 2S and ROH raised to 3S, and I had the bid hand and bid 3NT. The beauty of Seamus’s lead is that declarer might have misguessed with Q10xx of hearts in dummy.

    I agree mostly with Michael Ware’s comments about the play and the case for forcing to slam over a 2D rebid. However, there are plenty of north hands that rebid 2D, which could make a slam (maybe even a grand slam) opposite the south hand. I would definitely bid slam over a 3D rebid. I think Kim made a big overbid, while Simon made a huge underbid. Imagine if Kim had a real 3D bid like Qx Ax AKJxxxx xx (a dead minimum)? My style would be to open a strong NT with the north hand.

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    • 2. cathyc  |  January 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you Khokan for knowing the facts of the case! I figured you’d remember the story….

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  • 3. cathyc  |  January 15, 2011 at 5:20 am

    True, yes, leaving hearts alone may work too though a club is also the end of the ballgame. Surely you can’t lead your singleton trump, and that leaves a spade, a highly unattractive lead after a spade bid by dummy, I would have thought….

    As for the auction, if you saw the hand where the man from Takapuna got us earlier, then you will see he was on a ride. On the other hand, don’t forget, they play a four card major system, strong NT system, which does have an impact on what rebidding minors means. Ie 1D and then 2D means something in a way it doesn’t in other natural systems.

    But just to show how different the evaluation was at each table, in the other room Kim Morrison rebid THREE diamonds and Simon Hinge settled for 3NT over that.

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  • 4. Michael Ware  |  January 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Just wanted to note that a non-heart lead will probably beat it. Declarer has to guess hearts to make, and I for one, would always guess a leader not to have an Ace by the time it came to trick 10/11 (or trick 2 if that’s your style).

    Can’t say I like the bidding much. North who has a whopper hand rebids 2D minimum, and South with balanced junk drives to slam? Most South’s wouldn’t even make a slam-try!

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