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OliverC

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Find Something Else!
« on: April 24, 2019, 09:34:27 PM »

Sometimes it really does pay to think outside the box a bit.


You pick up the following not very interesting collection:


!S J
!H J103
!D Q10987
!C 9532


The bidding went as follows:


West    North    East    You
1 !C       1 !S       No        No
2 !C       No         3NT      All Pass


So you're on lead against 3NT. What do you lead? If you're fingering the !S Jack then please STOP!
You really need to think about the bidding here. East clearly has a Spade Stack (nothing else explains his silence over 1 !S and then bursting into life with 3NT. The one thing you can 100% guarantee is that they are fully expecting and happy to cope with a Spade lead.


If not a Spade, what, then? In other circumstances I might have tried the !H Jack, still trying to find partner, but if we can get rich in Hearts partner might have found a 2 !H rebid over 2 !C. I've no outside entries for my Diamonds, but they remain the best bet. I tried the !D 10 at trick 1 and came up lucky when Dummy went down with


!S Q2
!H AK95
!D J65
!C AKJ10


Eszter was sat with !D AK43 and we rattled off 5 tricks. A Spade lead gives Declarer 11 tricks on top. Yes, he was banking on a Spade lead to give him a tempo. Okay, I was lucky to find Eszter with most of her strength in Diamonds, but in these sorts of circumstances, try not to do what Declarer is expecting and hoping for.


The full hand is attached below.
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Correct Hand attached - Oliver posted the wrong one :)
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 12:22:07 PM »

Correct Hand attached - Oliver posted the wrong one :)
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Re: Find Something Else!
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 02:09:06 PM »

:) Senior Moment

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