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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.
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?