An­other Lead

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Open­ing Lead: ?

West se­lected the six of spades as part­ner's nine-spot dis­lodged the king. De­clarer drove out the ace of hearts but East swiftly cashed two spades hold­ing de­clarer to ten tricks, N-S +430.

The spade lead had been an ef­fec­tive choice since South will romp home with eleven tricks ver­sus any other be­gin­ning.

West could rule out a heart, a club or a di­a­mond as an open­ing shot. The auc­tion dis­closed that North held a four-card spade suit but this se­lec­tion was likely to find part­ner with length and pos­si­bly strength. It could also be ef­fec­tive by not pre­sent­ing de­clarer with a gift. South's re­solve to re­bid 2NT (18-19 HCP) was some­what sur­pris­ing. A jump shift to two hearts would ac­cu­rately de­scribe his length in the rounded suits and re­veal 19+ HCP. North would then be­come de­clarer in the ninet­rick game when he judges to re­bid NT. In this sce­nario, we can sur­mise that East is very un­likely to start with a spade, a lead that will cede a trick when de­clarer owns the king. North will have an easy time record­ing eleven tricks, los­ing only the ma­jor suit aces.

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