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Last updated : Jan 25, 2016 11:54 AST
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enlightenedWhen making the OPENING LEAD, Eddie Kantar says...

  • Lead a trump when you have strength in declarer's first-bid suit and they wind up in his second-bid suit.
  • With long trumps, try to force declarer by leading a long suit.
  • Short-suit leads are most attractive when you have an early trump entry and will not be ruffing with natural trump tricks.
  • Make an attacking lead if you fear your tricks may disappear on dummy's long suit.

surpriseAvoid underleading Aces on opening lead.

Last updated : Jan 16, 2016 19:13 AST
Declarer Play with Jo Ann Lynds

Wests Leads the  10. 

1.  Is this the time to lose your losers early?

2.  If East has the  K and West has the ♣ A, how many tricks do you expect to lose?

3.  If the opponents trumps divide 3-1, how many rounds of trumps will you draw immediately?

 

Answer #1:    Absolutely not.  If you play second hand low, East will win the  Q and fire back the ♣ Q, and you will lose the first four tricks before you get started.

Answer #2:   Five.  Three clubs, one diamond and one heart and there is nothing you are able to do about it.

Answer #3:   Only one!  If West has the  K, you want to win 4 heart tricks so you can discard a loser on the fourth heart.  This will require 3 finesses.  The necessary three entries are your ♠ AKQ as long as you use each one to finesse.  It would be a shame to find West with the  K, and not be able to take the finesses because you wasted your entries.

Therefore, the drawing of trumps must be postponed.  Because the opponents are not likely to ruff anything, this is not a problem.  Now that you've finished planning, you're ready to play.

Win the diamond lead and lead a spade to your ace.  Take the heart finesse.  It wins.  All right.  You lead a second trump to your king as West shows out.  Ignore East's last trump and take a second heart finesse.  When the finesse wins, it is easy to return to your hand with the ♠ Q, which draws the last trump.  You're now in your hand to take a third winning heart finesse.  Cash the  A and discard your last diamond.

Because the ♣ A is offside, you will lose three club tricks but the rest are yours.

A successful finesse is always nice, but good timing is the name of the game.

Hand courtesy of Declarer Play the Bergen Way by Marty Bergen.

 

Last updated : Jan 16, 2016 18:07 AST
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Calendar
Mon February 8, 2016
Interclub Championship, Stratified Pairs
7: 00 PM
Director: Bob Dorland
Tue February 9, 2016
Tuesday Stratified Pairs $3.00
1:00 PM
Director: Andrew Endendijk
Wed February 10, 2016
Open Pairs, Wednesday afternoon bridge $2.00
1:00 PM
Director: Lorne Cock, Lydia Fox
Results
Thu February 4, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7: 00 PM
Director: Andrew Endendijk
Wed February 3, 2016
Open Pairs, Wednesday afternoon bridge $2.00
1:00 PM
Director: Fox
Tue February 2, 2016
Tuesday Stratified Pairs $3.00
1:00 PM
Director: Andrew Endendijk