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A well selected opening lead

There are some hands, where the opening leads are much more important, than in other hands. And it can also happen, that we should lead differently, than we are agreed with our partner.

 

No one is in vulnerable, our RHO opens 2, showing constructive 2suiter hand with spades and a 5 card minor. We pass, LHO bids 2NT, asking his partner about his hand. RHO bids 3H, showing good hand with clubs. We double, to help partner, if LHO bids 3NT, but he bids after long hesitation 4.

We have the following hand in our hand:

A9754, K10875, J , 106

The first good question is to double or not, but experienced players rather pass, in case of LHO may have thought about going to slam.

Now, we have to select our opening lead carefully.

We may think about leading diamond, because dummy and also our partner will have diamond suit.

We eventually also may lead the 4 of spades, in order to avoid club ruffs, but it is very dangerous, because we can give a trick with it, and we can give up the tempo if declarer should be tapped.

The best lead is surely the heart suit, in order to try to tap the declarer.

But which one?

The agreed lead is five of hearts, but will it be good?

It is often so, that when declarer has a two-suiter hand, he has shortness in in his hand. In this case, he will have nothing in heart, so we can't give trick to the declarer, if we lead the King of hearts.

There is another good reason, that if we win this trick, we can see the dummy, and we can plan the defense, using this information.

There is another reason of leading the King: declarer can have a singleton honour in heart, but it is almost impossible, that it will be the Ace.

That case surely the King of heart is the best lead, so as it happened in this hand:

West
Q6
A32
A8753
K97
North
2
J964
KQ1094
Q54
East
KJ1083
Q
62
AJ832
South
A9754
K10875
J
106
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
3
X
4
P
P
P
D
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

As we can see, if we lead small heart, declarer can play small heart from the dummy, without costs, to run the 1st trick to his Queen, because later he can discard his losing diamond to the Ace of hearts later. Playing so, he makes an overtrick, because he wins the Queen of hearts.

The contract was tapped out, declarer made 9 tricks, and it was a great score, because most of the pairs scored 11 tricks in spades or 10 in NT game contracts.

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