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Intermediate and newcomer players - sharpen your game with this series of tutorials. You can browse the index by topic, or read them in order. Learn even more at ACBL's Learn page.







                                                              Brian Gunnell


Crime in London appeared to be taking a vacation, and so it seems was Sherlock Holmes when he found himself on opening lead at the Baker Street Bridge Club:


          ♠ A65                                Holmes   West      Watson      East 

          ♥ 92                                   Pass      1♣           Pass          1

          ♦ T95                                 Pass      1♠           Pass          1NT

          ♣ Q9654                           Pass       Pass     Pass


Letís eavesdrop on the post-mortem in Holmesí 221B bachelor quarters.  But before we do, put yourself in the shoes of the great detective and consider your opening lead.