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Finals Slam Opening Lead

East
AKQJ643
963
J97
W
N
E
S
4
4
P
P
5
P
P
5
P
P
6
X
P
P
P

What would you lead?   Read more for full story.

As often the case when your opponents bid a slam with you having bid one suit, they are covered in that suit.  It is very often winning to lead something else. Mike Kamil chose to lead a high spade rather than guess which minor suit to lead.  That timing gave up his chance to establish tricks.

 

Fleisher
1097
96
A10872
KQ2
Diamond
AKQJ108532
4
654
Kamil
AKQJ643
963
J97
Platnick
852
74
KQJ5
A1083
W
N
E
S
4
4
P
P
5
P
P
5
P
P
6
X
P
P
P
D
5
6X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
2
7
5
1
1
0
A
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1660
2
Hampson
1097
96
A10872
KQ2
Levin
AKQJ108532
4
654
Greco
AKQJ643
963
J97
Weinstein
852
74
KQJ5
A1083
W
N
E
S
4
4
5
X
P
5
P
P
6
6
X
P
P
P
D
5
6X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
4
3
0
0
1
7
2
J
2
2
0
2
K
5
9
A
2
0
3
Q
8
10
3
2
0
4
7
3
K
4
0
0
5
2
6
9
J
3
1
5
10 tricks claimed
E/W -300
6

In the other room as you see they avoided the tough lead problem by sacrificing in 6.  When the other table led wrong this decision earned them 16 IMPs.  The winning club lead would have won his side 14 imps for +500.  So this particular opening lead cost the Fleisher team 30 IMPS!!!

 

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