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BRIDGE BITES  #26

      

 

INTRODUCING DR GOODLEAD

                                                                                                  Brian Gunnell

 

This week we feature a terrific opening lead, found in real life by John Brady of Jacksonville, FL (known to some as Dr Goodlead).  You are the doctorís Partner, sitting East.

 

♠ QJ96

J974

9

♣ K874

 

 

 

 

N-S Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1         1♠          2        Pass

4         Pass    Pass    Pass

 

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

86

T5432

♣ QJT963

 

West, the good doctor, leads the Spade Ten.  A strange-looking lead, donít you think?  Itís not fourth best, not top of a sequence.  Has the doctorís legendary common-sense deserted him?

 

While you are puzzling over that bizarre opening lead, Dummy plays the ♠Q and you gleefully ruff.  What next, Mr East?  West found a grand opening lead, and life would be even grander if only you could get back to Westís hand for a second ruff.  If that is to happen, West must have A or ♣A.  Any clues as to which?