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BRIDGE BITES  #61

      

 

A THOUGHTFUL LEAD

                                                                      Brian Gunnell

 

You are West, soon to be on opening lead, and you hold:

            752

            AQ93

            854

            K43

 

The auction goes as follows:

            None Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1NT      Pass     2♣        Pass

            2         Pass     2NT      Pass

            3NT      Pass    Pass    Pass

 

In No Trump Opening Leads 101 we are taught to lead “fourth best from our longest and strongest”, and that’s good advice as far as it goes.  But it’s just a starting point and, of course, there are numerous exceptions.  Do you have any thoughts about why a Heart lead might not be a good idea on this occasion?