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Bridge

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♥
♦
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By Phillip Alder

there are rules for partner's suit

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: Both
North
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♠4
♥ Q 10 9
♦ 10 6 5 2
♣ A K 10 9 8
West
♠63
♥753
♦AJ8
♣76432

East
♠52
♥AKJ82
♦Q743
♣QJ

South
♠ A K Q J 10 9 8 7
♥64
♦K9
♣5
South

West

4♠

Pass

North
Pass
Pass

East
1♥
Pass

Opening lead: ??
Whatever the contract, if partner has bid a suit, you should lead it
unless you have a very good reason
not to. But which card should you
select? Look at the West hand. You
are defending against four spades,
partner having opened one heart.
Which heart would you lead?
If you have a doubleton, lead
the higher. With three to an honor,
lead the lowest. However, what do
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you pick from three low cards? This
is the best method: If you have not
supported, lead your lowest. But
if you have supported (so partner
knows you have length), lead the
highest to deny an honor in the suit.
Today’s deal shows why this
agreement is so important. If West
leads the heart seven, East will win
with the jack and cash the ace.
When he sees partner drop the five,
East will think that West has just
completed an echo, playing highlow from a doubleton. East will try
to cash the heart king, but South
will ruff, draw trumps and run the
clubs for an overtrick.
However, if West leads the
heart three, East, after taking two
tricks in the suit, will know that
his partner, not South, has the
remaining heart. East will shift to
the diamond three (low from length
guaranteeing an honor in an unbid
suit), and the defenders will take the
first four tricks.
From three-card or longer suits
containing no honor, lead top of
nothing unless it is partner’s suit
and you have not supported.
P.S. From three low cards,
some players lead MUD: middle, up,
down. In my view, stay clean and
avoid MUD.

Thurs., 4/29

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