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A Well Planned Defence With Feri Zöld

We played this hand with Feri Zöld, many times Hungarian Champion, my former regular partner, against Cayne and Garozzo in a BBO Star match. Although we did well in this hand and during the whole match, at the end they could be happy to reach a 20 IMPS victory against us.

Partner opened as North in non vulnerable 2 (babymulty, weak two in  or , can be 5 cards). Cayne doubled it in the vulnerable, showing either take out double to a spade weak two, or any strong hand, and my cards were AJ97, 4, J94, 98763.

I bid 2♥ as pass or correct, Garozzo as West doubled it, Zöld's 2♠ was natural, and Cayne now jumped to 4 in East.

My 4 sacrifize was almost obligatory. After 2 passes, Cayne opened with 5, not alerted. Garozzo said 5, and we all passed.

I had to lead. Before that, I had to make a plan.

Considering, that we play aggressive pre-emptives and I have only 1 defensive trick, I couldn't hope, that we make 3 natural tricks against the contract.

So our only chance seemed to give some club ruffs to Zöld, with the hope that Cayne has a lot of clubs.

But which card should we lead? I leaded the seven of clubs , using third and 5th, to try to deceive declarer about who has shortness in club.

It can be very important, and declarer can imagine either HX7X in clubs at me, or a shortness, but he can hardly imagine the complete club distribution, if partner has singleton club.

After my 7 lead the following cards came to the dummy:

West
K5
A10853
Q1065
102
South
AJ97
4
J94
98763

Cayne put the ten of clubs from the dummy, and won partner's Queen with the Ace, and played the Queen of hearts to partner's King.

Zöld played a small spade, I won it with the Ace, and played the six of clubs, which was ruffed by Zöld for one down.

In this hand, it was all the same, which club was the opening lead, because Zöld had 3 hearts, so the declarer had no chance after the club lead.

The conclusion of the hand is, that we have to make a well working plan before making opening lead, because after it, we may be very late. For example, if I find partner's short clun only after leading the Ace of spades, it would have been too late, because there wouldn't have been entrace to my hand.

Another thing to consider: we couldn't make success in this hand, if Zöld wouldn't have opened with an agressive weak two with a 5 card suit in the 1st position.

The complete distribution was:

West
K5
A10953
Q1065
102
North
Q10642
K87
8732
Q
East
83
QJ62
AK
AKJ54
South
AJ97
4
J94
98763
W
N
E
S
2
X
2
X
2
4
4
P
P
5
P
5
P
P
P
D
5 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

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