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Leading from a Dog

Outside of a dog, bridge is a man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to play bridge.

As West on these 10 deals, you are on lead against 3 NT. Your hand may be a dog, but only a doggone fool would come unleashed. Choosing the best lead could win some tasty biscuits, I mean IMPs. Decide your lead, then compare your choice with two experts who faced the same situation in real life and led differently. For fun, keep track of your IMPs won and lost. If you’re plus after 10 boards, you get a treat. Bone appetit!

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

West
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT

S 8 6
H J 9 3 2
D Q 5 4 3
C A 10 2
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

1999 Spingold Final: Nickell vs Beatty

Both Vul
S 7 5 4
H 10 8 6
D 10 8
C K J 8 5 4
S 8 6
H J 9 3 2
D Q 5 4 3
C A 10 2
TableS K 10 9 3
H A Q 4
D 7 6 2
C 9 6 3
3 NT SouthS A Q J 2
H K 7 5
D A K J 9
C Q 7

Eisenberg of Beatty led the H 2 (down 2 +200) +13 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 8-6 H J-9-3 C 10-2 +13 IMPs.

Freeman of Nickell led the D 3 (made 3 -600) -13 IMPs.
Other losing leads: D Q-5-4 C A -13 IMPs.

To keep score, find the IMP result of your lead and keep a running total. If your lead is unlisted, it is mediocre (worse than the winners but better than the losers) so take a push (0 IMPs). Goal is to finish plus.

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Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT

S 8 7 6 3
H J 5 4
D J 4 3
C Q 6 3
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2003 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: Brazil vs Bulgaria

Both Vul
S Q 5 4
H Q 8
D K Q 8 6
C K J 7 2
S 8 7 6 3
H J 5 4
D J 4 3
C Q 6 3
TableS K 9 2
H K 9 6 2
D 9 7 2
C 10 8 4
3 NT SouthS A J 10
H A 10 7 3
D A 10 5
C A 9 5

Branco of Brazil led the S 8 (made 4 -630) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 7-6-3 D J-4-3 C Q-6-3 +2 IMPs.

Gunev of Bulgaria led the H 5 (made 6 -690) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H J-4 -2 IMPs.

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Problem 3

IMPs E-W Vul

West
Pass
All Pass
North
3 H
East
Pass
South
3 NT

S 9 5 3
H K
D 10 7 6 5 3
C A 10 6 5
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2005 USBC Semifinal: Robinson vs Welland

E-W Vul
S A 8 2
H J 10 9 8 7 5 3
D J
C J 2
S 9 5 3
H K
D 10 7 6 5 3
C A 10 6 5
TableS K Q 4
H 6 2
D A Q 9 8 4
C 9 8 3
3 NT SouthS J 10 7 6
H A Q 4
D K 2
C K Q 7 4

Zia of Welland led the D 7 (down 4 +200) +12 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 9-5-3 D 10-6-5-3 +12 IMPs.

Boyd of Robinson led the C 5 (made 3 -400) -12 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H K C A-10-6 -12 IMPs.

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Problem 4

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 C
2 NT

S 9 5 4
H K 4 2
D K 10 9 5
C J 9 6
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2005 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: Japan vs England

Both Vul
S J 10 6
H Q 7 6 5
D 7 4 2
C A 10 8
S 9 5 4
H K 4 2
D K 10 9 5
C J 9 6
TableS Q 8 2
H J 9 3
D Q J 8 3
C Q 5 2
3 NT SouthS A K 7 3
H A 10 8
D A 6
C K 7 4 3

Ju.Hackett of England led the D 10 (down 1 +100) +12 IMPs.
Other winning leads: D K-9-5 +12 IMPs.

Miyakuni of Japan led the S 4 (made 4 -630) -12 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 9-5 H K-4-2 C J-9-6 -12 IMPs.

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Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

West
3 C
All Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
3 NT

S K 9 8
H 5 2
D 9 5
C K J 10 6 5 4
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Round of 32: Fout vs Onstott

N-S Vul
S J 7 5 4
H J 8 7
D Q 8 6 2
C A 7
S K 9 8
H 5 2
D 9 5
C K J 10 6 5 4
TableS A 6 2
H Q 10 6 4 3
D 10 4 3
C 9 2
3 NT SouthS Q 10 3
H A K 9
D A K J 7
C Q 8 3

Ehlers of Fout led the C 10 (down 1 +100) +12 IMPs.
Other winning leads: C J-6-5-4 +12 IMPs.

S.Cohen of Onstott led the H 5 (made 4 -630) -12 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S K-9-8 H 2 D 9-5 C K -12 IMPs.

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Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT

S 10 8 4 2
H J 7 6
D 9 8 5 3
C 6 3
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2007 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal: Netherlands vs Norway

None Vul
S 9 7 5
H 8 4
D A J 2
C Q J 9 8 4
S 10 8 4 2
H J 7 6
D 9 8 5 3
C 6 3
TableS A Q 6 3
H A 9 5 2
D 10
C A 10 7 5
3 NT SouthS K J
H K Q 10 3
D K Q 7 6 4
C K 2

Bakkeren of Netherlands led the S 4 (down 1 +50) +10 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 10-8-2 +10 IMPs.

Brogeland of Norway led the C 6 (made 4 -430) -10 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H J-7-6 D 9-8-5-3 C 3 -10 IMPs.

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Problem 7

IMPs N-S Vul

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 H
3 NT
East
1 D
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 S

S 10 8 7 5
H J 10 9 5
D 8 7
C A 7 3
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2007 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying: USA1 vs Argentina

N-S Vul
S K J 9 4 2
H Q 4
D 9 4
C K 10 5 2
S 10 8 7 5
H J 10 9 5
D 8 7
C A 7 3
TableS 6 3
H K 8 6
D A Q 6 5 2
C 9 6 4
3 NT SouthS A Q
H A 7 3 2
D K J 10 3
C Q J 8

Pellegrini of Argentina led the H J (down 1 +100) +13 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H 10-9-5 +13 IMPs.

Zia of USA1 led the D 8 (made 5 -660) -13 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 10-8-7-5 D 7 C A-7-3 -13 IMPs.

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Problem 8

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT

S 8 5 4 3
H J 10 2
D Q 10 9 3
C K 10
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2008 Spingold Round of 32: Ivatury vs Gromov

Both Vul
S 10 7 2
H K 8
D A 5 4 2
C A J 8 7
S 8 5 4 3
H J 10 2
D Q 10 9 3
C K 10
TableS A 9 6
H Q 7 6 5 3
D
C 9 6 5 4 3
3 NT SouthS K Q J
H A 9 4
D K J 8 7 6
C Q 2

Gromov of Gromov led the H J (down 1 +100) +13 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 8-5-4-3 H 10-2 +13 IMPs.

Drijver of Ivatury led the D 10 (made 5 -660) -13 IMPs.
Other losing leads: D Q-9-3 C K-10 -13 IMPs.

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Problem 9

IMPs None Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 C
1 NT

S J 10
H Q 8 2
D J 9 8 7
C J 9 8 4
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2009 Vanderbilt Quarterfinal: Katz vs Pszczola

None Vul
S K 7 6
H A 10 9 5
D A 4 2
C Q 10 5
S J 10
H Q 8 2
D J 9 8 7
C J 9 8 4
TableS 8 5 4 3 2
H K 7 4
D K 5 3
C A 6
3 NT SouthS A Q 9
H J 6 3
D Q 10 6
C K 7 3 2

Levin of Katz led the S J (down 2 +100) +11 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 10 +11 IMPs.

Cohler of Pszczola led the D 9 (made 3 -400) -11 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H Q-8-2 D J-8-7 C J-9-8-4 -11 IMPs.

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Problem 10

IMPs None Vul

West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 D
2 NT
East

1 S
Pass
South
Pass
1 NT
3 NT

S 10 7
H Q J 8 7
D 9 5 2
C 8 7 5 2
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Playoff: Fleisher vs Nickell

None Vul
S 6 3
H K 2
D A J 10 7 4 3
C K Q J
S 10 7
H Q J 8 7
D 9 5 2
C 8 7 5 2
TableS A J 8 5 4
H A 9 6 5
D 8
C A 9 6
3 NT SouthS K Q 9 2
H 10 4 3
D K Q 6
C 10 4 3

Meckstroth of Nickell led the H J (down 2 +100) +11 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H Q-8-7 +11 IMPs.

Fleisher of Fleisher led the S 10 (made 4 -430) -11 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 7 D 9-5-2 C 8-7-5-2 -11 IMPs.

Winning leads are determined from the actual deal and are not necessarily correct in theory or the long run. To qualify as an “other winning lead” it must fare at least as well as the actual winning lead if both are judged on a double-dummy basis. Similarly, “other losing leads” fare at least as badly as the actual losing lead. Results and IMP scores are from actual play, not double-dummy.

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