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The Well Reasoned Lead

The Well Reasoned Lead

By In 1st IMSA World Masters Championships On 15th May 2019


Many a deal turns on the opening lead. This board near the end of the last round looked as if it might have a significant role to play in whether Sweden or China would contest the final of the Women’s teams against Poland:

The Swedish pair use a lot of transfers in competition, so the double promised 4+Cuori.
East knew that North held the QuadriK and there appeared to be little point in leading a heart or a club, either of which might pick up partner’s holding. She went with the Picche10 and West won and tabled the Quadri10 for a very rapid 3 down, -300.

West missed a trick here when she failed to double 3Picche -a point she mentioned tome when we discussed the deal.
East led the QuadriJ and that cost 14 IMPs. It almost cost Sweden a place in the final!


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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.