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BRIDGE BITES  #4

 

 

WAKE-UP CALL

                                               Brian Gunnell

 

On defense, when leading a suit, we follow certain conventions such as “top of a sequence” or “fourth best”, all the better to help Partner figure out what is going on.  But, once in a while, we lie.  Consider this deal:

                                                    Both Vulnerable

                                                    South  West   North  East

                                                    Pass   1♠        3       3♠

                                                    4        4♠       Pass   Pass

                                                    Pass

 

         North

 

Declarer    Dummy

 

           You

♠ J87

65

K973

♣ KQ62

♠ 643

A43

T8642

♣ A7

 

 

North’s 3 showed a weak hand and a long suit (typically seven of them, occasionally only six).  It’s a preemptive bid designed to disrupt the enemy auction.  Nonetheless, E-W breeze into a 4 contract and Partner (North) leads the Heart Two, which you win with the Ace, Declarer following with the Eight.  Does anything seem odd about Partner’s opening lead?