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Smith Echo Situation

West
K974
J92
A98
875
South
832
876
10754
AJ4
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P

 

North is declarer in 1NT (15-17), East leads the 5 (4th best leads), 2, K, A.   

Trick 2:  3,2,A,????

E/W are playing standard Smith Echo (High card encourages spades).

Do you play the 8 hoping partner leads the Q if they get in before you?  

Do you play the 7 planning to decide if  is led from dummy at trick 3?

Do you play the 5 hoping that partner will work out to lead the correct red suit or lead the Q should they get in before you do?

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Does the play of the 8 at trick 2 promise the J or can length be the asset?   Most Smith examples I see on-line only deal with touching honors, not length.    

 

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful responses,

John

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