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What a Difference a Lead Makes

What a Difference a Lead Makes

By In 15th World Bridge Series, Articles On 25th September 2018

I know you have heard it many times before, but it’s worth repeating – according to Benito Garozzo, a player who always makes the right opening lead will win every honour the game has to offer. Here’s another example to add to the collection from the first session of the Rosenblum round of 32:

East led the FioriK and declarer won with dummy’s ace, ruffed a club, played a spade to the queen and when it held, ruffed another club. He overtook the Picche10 with dummy’s jack and West’s king was the only trick for the defence.
If East leads anything but a club, the timing is out and 6Picche should fail. Indeed, after a heart lead declarer can easily go more than one down.

West led the CuoriK and declarer won and played on trumps, scoring ten tricks.

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