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Movie Star

By In 1st IMSA World Masters Championships On 16th May 2019


In my club players who lead the king from Kx are credited with making a movie star lead – most of the time they end up with egg on their faces, but when it works, they make the headlines.

South led the Cuori6 and declarer won with dummy’s ace and played a spade for the jack, king and ace. She lost three tricks, +620.

South led the QuadriK!
Declarer won with the ace, crossed to dummy with a heart and played a spade for the jack, king and ace. South returned a diamond and North won and played a third diamond, promoting a trump which meant the FioriK was the setting trick.
Declarer could have made the contract by ducking the opening lead, or, after crossing to dummy with a heart by playing a second heart, pitching a diamond – a type of scissors coup. Whatever, South and Sweden would happily accept the 12 IMP swing.


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Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the free online publication A New Bridge Magazine. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.