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44 - December 2023

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1.

♠832
QJ1072
A875
♣2

WNES
1♠
Pass3♠Pass4♠

Discover the right lead

♣2: Don’t try to think about this too much by asking yourself any questions and just put your singleton Club on the table. This is the most effective lead in the long term, especially as you have every right to expect entries in partner’s hand.

COUNT
YOUR POINTS

♣2
Q

10
7

2.

♠86
982
AK73
♣8542

WNES
1♣1♠2
Pass4

Discover the right lead

A: In order to see the dummy and find the winning defense, lead the Ace of Diamonds. Leading partner’s suit does not seem urgent.

COUNT
YOUR POINTS

A
♠8

10
5

3.

♠K2
9754
8753
♣K105

WNES
1Pass1♠
Pass3♠Pass4♠

Discover the right lead

♣5: Your analysis of the auction allows you to infer that dummy has a hand with 15-17HCP and long Diamonds. With nothing in Diamonds and the prospect of the Ace of Spades sitting behind your King, an aggressive lead is called for. Lead the 5 of Clubs, this is the suit in which you have the best chance of getting tricks.

COUNT
YOUR POINTS

♣5
7
5

10
6
3

4.

♠A84
K103
Q10853
♣74

WNES
1Pass1♠
Pass2♣Pass2
Pass2♠Pass4♠

Discover the right lead

♣7: North has described an interesting 3-5-1- 4. Two leads are tempting: a trump to prevent the Diamond ruff or a Club to set up tricks and try to get a ruff yourself. Go for a Club as your King of Hearts third should have you worried.

COUNT
YOUR POINTS

♣7
♠4
3

10
8
3

5.

♠84
Q32
Q10632
♣854

WNES
144♠
56♠Dble

Discover the right lead

6: Partner’s Double after a pre-empt indicates a void somewhere, it’s a Lightner Double. Therefore, you must lead a Diamond and give preference with the card you choose. The 6 is a neutral card and indicates that you do not have any big honor in Clubs.

COUNT
YOUR POINTS

6
2
♣5

10
8
4

6.

♠AQ764
87
KQ10
♣764

WNES
1
1♠DblePass1NT
Pass2♠DblePass
Pass4

Discover the right lead

♠4: Your partner’s Double of 2♠ indicates a big honor in that suit. Therefore, it’s best to lead a small Spade in order not to block the suit and to take everything that can be cashed.

COUNT
YOUR POINTS

♠4
♠A
K

10
7
4

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Baptiste Combescure

This young bridge player of 29 has won three bronze medals in World Championships in 2012, 2014 and 2017. Raised in a family of bridge players, he was able to quickly find his place in the bridge world by becoming a five-time French champion. You can find some of his analyses of deals on the blog.

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