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Some problems from the Spingold SemiFinals

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A declarer play problem use the next button, which diamond do you play at trick two? (wait for the hands to load ....)

Helgemo
K85
J53
J9
Q10976
Levin
963
A6
Q106543
52
Helness
J104
KQ97
K7
AK84
Weinstein
AQ72
10842
A82
J3
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
61
1NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
3
A
9
1
1
0
3
2

 

An opening lead problem. Wait to hit the next button until you have decided. Would it make a difference if partner did not double 2?

Helgemo
K5
Q108
QJ83
Q743
Levin
A83
4
109752
10865
Helness
Q97
K972
AK64
AK
Weinstein
J10642
AJ653
J92
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
2
2
X
P
P
3
P
3N
P
P
P
D
59
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
5
A
7
1
1
0
8
9
2
K
0
1
1
Q
2
4
3
0
1
2
J
5
6
5
0
1
3
3
7
K
6
2
1
4
K
A
8
4
3
2
4
11 tricks claimed
E/W +460
6

Conventional wisdom is to lead fourth best if you don't have three honors or close to that (e.g.J108), particularly in situations where declarer might have four. However if partner has three and the suit is 3-2 in the opponents hands, leading high often works better. Nunes chose to lead the jack without a double of 2 and beat this contract. Zia also led the six, but Lauria played the king from dummy so went down for a push in their match.

Back to the first problem. Playing for split aces works. Perhaps easier to do when the opponents did not come in at a cheaper level as in the other match. Two out of the three declarers in 1NT got it right.

Martel
K85
J53
J9
Q10976
Fantoni
963
A6
Q106543
52
Stansby
J104
KQ97
K7
AK84
Nunes
AQ72
10842
A82
J3
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
61
1NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
3
A
7
1
1
0
3
7
A
9
3
2
0
8
J
Q
K
2
2
1
A
3
6
2
2
2
2
9 tricks claimed
E/W +150
4

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