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By Arlene Port


Two Parter!

#1. You are South – IMP’s, E/W Vul Your hand is: 

S          5
H         Q 9 6 5 2
D         ----
C          Q J 7 6 4 3 2

The bidding is:

NorthEast SouthWest

*bid 7 with solid spades. What do you bid? 

#2 IMP’s, none vulnerable, you are south Your hand is:

S          A3
H         10 9 4
D         5
C          K976432

The bidding is:

NorthEast SouthWest
PASS6HAll Pass 

 *2 key cards, no heart queen.  What do you lead?

Jim Bachelder: Part A - I pass for now and intend to Lightner Double when 7 spades comes around to me.
Part B - I am leading the ace of spades and hope that the club scores later. There's those who will lead a low club, hoping that partner might produce the Q and build a trick, however, I have 9 HCPs and since they stopped in 6, it seems as though they may be off the trump Q, which rates to be partner's only card, so, the club lead is likely to blow a trick.

Ernie Retetagos: #1- Pass, then double and hope partner finds a diamond lead.
#2- Ace of spades. A club lead shoots at a small target.

Mary Paulone Carns Part 1.  6D The lead will almost certainly beat 6S (if partner has a spade trick) or 7S (if he doesn't).  Just hope my partner can take a joke.  I won't be well positioned if he bids 7D when they stop in 6S.  Nor will I be happy if they realize what 's going on and a makeable 6 or 7 NT.
 Part 2.  Heart 10.  Partner doesn't have any keycards, the SK or the HQ.  If lefty is playing real bridge, he has either a stiff club or the Ace.  Leading my stiff won't get me far since partner doesn't have an entry.  So I'm hoping not to give anything away and that either I have a trick in clubs or partner has a trick in diamonds (or even spades) to go with my Spade A.  I'll feel foolish if partner has a club void, but I've been wrong before.

Steve Nolan: 1.    Pass.   I haven't got a way of describing my distribution or finding out partner's.   I'll get another bid, and can make a Lightner double against 7S or bid 7C against 6S in the next round.     2.    Spade Ace.   Anything's a guess and declarer is going to play me for this ace anyway

Asim Ulke: 1- I pass throughout and hope that the opponents play a spade contract rather than NT and partner leads a diamond. Any bid by me might warn the opponents out of spades. #2- I lead the H4. I think the opponents will need some roughs. Diamond suit is probably breaking badly

Gail Carns: 1. 6D I hope partner doesn't bid 7 #2. SA

Richard Katz: #1 6D. If they stop at 6 spades, figuring opponents will probably get a ruff, I will pass. If they bid seven, I will also pass, disregarding the option of taking a sacrifice in 7clubs if they stop in 6. #2. 9H. This is a very common lead. If the suit is split AKxx opposite Jxxx, they might go up with the jack and hope to finesse on the way back for the 10.

Pat Katz: #1. 6D. Pat wants' a diamond lead, so she is bidding 6D.

Stanley Ruskin: Part 1 – 6 Diamonds -  Since I wasn’t planning to let them play 6 spades and anticipated playing 7 clubs, I bid 6 diamonds on the way so my partner would know what to lead against 7 spades it they bid it. Also, in a more subtle way, since partner knows that a diamond lead against 6 spades would produce 1 trick, he would also have some options against 6 spades such a doubling if he had another guaranteed trick (which I doubt since the opponents must have all of the controls). Part 2 – 4 of hearts. this is the safest lead since you really don’t know much about the opponents hands other than West probably has 2nd round control of spades. You have  spade trick and in this case, instead of developing a 2nd trick, you want too avoid giving them a trick with your lead. The spade ace is not a good lead; nor is the singleton diamond or a club away from the king.

Bruce Keidan:1. 6d. So much for their spade grand. And if doubled, redouble. And if partner does not pull the redouble, get a new partner. 2. Spade 3...or left shoe, whichever is closer.

Richard Finberg: Part 1.  6C, potential sacrifice, then X of 6S or 7S, to cancel club bid for diamond ruff. While tempting to just bid 6D for lead, too much risk of ending up at 7DX by well-intentioned partner. Part 2.  Low club.  If there is a C loser, it will probably go on dummy's S suit, or declarer's D suit.  May set up C trick or give a ruff.   

PJ Prabu: #1 6D. Lead directing. I can run to 7C if doubled. East's bidding may be based on a long, strong D suit and hence a lead directing double may not fetch a D lead. #2 C6. Hope pard has the CQ. My second choice is a small H.

Herb Sachs: 6C I want to be in this auction because maybe we have a save and this is the only way to do it. I will double 7 spades and partner will hopefully come up with a diamond lead.
Part#2: I lead AS— Restricted choice. I wouldn’t lead anything else. I can’t be convinced to lead a club, diamond or a heart. I feel this is the only option I have.

Bill Holt: #1) I am passing at this point.  I don't know that we can beat 6S even on a D lead and bidding 6d is a little too cute - maybe partner can beat 6S.  If they get to 7, though, I'll double and partner should find the diamond lead as that is undoubtedly his longest suit. #2) Ace of Spades  Declarer has extras and that could be a long D suit for discards.  Perhaps they are off a trump trick to beat it.

Trudy Cohn: On the first hand, I bid 6 clubs inviting partner to sacrifice if they stop at 6 spades. One the second hand, I will lead a trump. I don't know where declarer is going to put his diamonds . Dummy probably has five hearts and four spades and perhaps a singleton club.

Auxiliary Experts:

Paul Rosenberg: #1—6D—Paul wants his partner to lead a diamond so he can ruff. #2—A spades , followed by a heart. . Leading the 9 of hearts might work to deceive opponents into misplaying trump.

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