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You pick up this nice 16-count and overcall 2.

West
A64
AJ764
AK32
3
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
3
4
?

Partner raises and RHO jumps to game. Do you double at matchpoints? at IMPs?

Either way, you are on lead. What do you lead? (Click NEXT PAGE to see what I did.)

West has a choice of leads between the singleton club or the A. I think the A is best. West has such a strong hand he does not want to make it easy for declarer by finessing partner’s clubs.

Suppose you double and lead a high diamond. Here is the dummy.

West
A64
AJ764
AK32
3
North
85
K8532
J104
765
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
3
4
X
P
P
P

Partner plays the 9 (upside down) and declarer plays the 5.

What do you play at trick two?

West
A64
AJ764
AK32
3
North
85
K8532
J104
765
East
7
Q109
9876
Q10982
South
KQJ10932
Q5
AKJ4
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
3
4
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

Did you find the spade shift? If you lead anything else declarer can play the Q and then use the 8 as an entry to take a pitch on the J and take a club finesse.

This is not an easy defense, but South knows that declarer has a heart void and therefore should play as safe as possible to not give up a trick.

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