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by Ron Klinger

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Problem

WEST-Dealer | NIL-Vulnerable

WestNorthEastSouth
1 PassPass2 NT (*)
Pass3 NTPassPass
Pass   

(*) Both minors

What would you lead as West from:

K J 10 5 3
A 10 3
A
K 6 4 2
N
WE
S

Solution

Which card should you lead against no-trumps from K-J-10-x-x? Standard is the jack, hoping to trap dummy's Q-x-x if partner has A-x or A-x-x. When you think partner might be short in the suit, fourth-highest can be better in case partner has Q-x. Leading the king to pin a singleton queen with partner or in dummy is better from a 6-card holding or from K-J-10-9-x.

This arose in a club duplicate:

West Deals
None Vul
A Q 2
Q 8 6 2
Q 9 8 3
A 10
K J 10 5 3
A 10 3
A
K 6 4 2
N
WE
S
8 7 6 4
9 7 5 4
10 6 4
J 5
9
K J
K J 7 5 2
Q 9 8 7 3

West began with the S5. Holding his breath, South played low in dummy and the S9 won. South proceeded to make 3NT, as there were still two spade stoppers and could afford to knock out both red aces.

Here was a case where leading the king was better (in case South began with the SQ singleton). Even the SJ or S10 would have done on the actual layout. Declarer was marked with spade shortage and so the honour card lead would minimize the risk of declarer winning a trick cheaply.



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