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The SABF’S first in­ter-club bridge day at­tracted 26 ta­bles from many of the reg­is­tered clubs last Sun­day. Win­ning the A-grade teams were Gra­ham Pellen, Phil Gal­lasch, Yadi and David Par­rott (SABA) ahead of Sue Lusk, Peter Chan, John Kikkert, Tony Lusk (SABA). The B-grade teams went to the Step-bridge team of John Puskas, Julie Sav­age, and Rita and Ray Jones, with a tie for sec­ond be­tween Jill Schus­ter, Eve Shillito, Di Fal­lon, Heather Lee (SABA), and Jill and Evan Al­lan­son, Jim Hayes and Rhonda Wal­lace (Barossa). In the pairs tour­na­ment, A-grade went to Mar­garet Wal­ters and Mark Fair­lamb (ABC) ahead of Garry Deaton and Paul Hud­son (SABA). The B-grade pairs saw Jill Schus­ter and Eve Shillito (SABA) win N/S ahead of Len Cook and Norma New­ton (ABC), whilst Jean Rich­mond and Frances Berry (SABA) won E/W ahead of Rita and Ray Jones (Step-bridge).

To­day’s hand from a lo­cal du­pli­cate shows how im­por­tant the lead can be. Af­ter East opens 1♣, South over­called 1♠. Many Wests chose to pass but should raise to 2♣ (crit­i­cal for the lead) and then what would you bid with North? I’d try 4♥ im­me­di­ately, but most tried a quiet 2♥, then bid 4♥ af­ter South re­bid their spades. When North did bid 4♥, most Easts chose to dou­ble 4♥ and South went back to 4♠, with only half be­ing dou­bled. What would you lead with West? I, like many, chose their sin­gle­ton heart. De­clarer won the ace, throw­ing a club, then played a di­a­mond to the ace and ruffed a di­a­mond. What would you play next? De­clarer tried a heart and ruffed this low. West over-ruffed and with a club and two trumps to come, down one was the re­sult. If de­clarer had ruffed with the ♠J, they would have been home, and even if they had tried the ♥J and thrown an­other club, it is likely they would make their con­tract. So, a club lead was needed to beat 4♠, and strangely 4♥ would also make un­less East can find a club lead!

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