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Who’s On Lead? Yes!

No, I want to know his name. Who! The player on lead. What’s his name? No! What is declarer. Enough silliness. Instead of Who, it will be you on lead. Decide your opening 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 win! If you’re minus, Who wins. I don’t know. Third place.

Problem 1

IMPs N-S Vul

West

All Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
1 NT

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

Against 1 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

1998 Spingold Final: Baze vs Nickell

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

Soloway of Nickell led the S 2 (down 1 +100) +5 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 10-9-7 +5 IMPs.

Whitman of Baze led the H 3 (made 1 -90) -5 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H A-J-9 D 9-6 C A-5-2 -5 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 E-W Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
2 D

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

Against 2 D, what do you lead?









In Real Life

1999 Bermuda Bowl Semifinal: Norway vs Brazil

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

Helness of Norway led the C 6 (down 1 +50) +4 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H A-8 C 8-7-2 +4 IMPs.

Janz of Brazil led the S J (made 3 -110) -4 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 10-9-3 D K-J-5 -4 IMPs.

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Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

West

1 H
All Pass
North

Dbl
East

Pass
South
Pass
1 S

S 10 9
H A 9 7 6 3
D A 4 3
C K Q 5
Table

Against 1 S, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2000 Olympiad Playoff: England vs USA

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

H.Weinstein of USA led the C K (down 1 +100) +6 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H A D A C Q-5 +6 IMPs.

Hallberg of England led the S 10 (made 3 -140) -6 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 9 H 9-7-6-3 D 4-3 -6 IMPs.

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Problem 4

IMPs None Vul

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

S Q 9 8 3
H A K 9 4
D 9 4
C Q 7 3
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2000 Olympiad Semifinal: Poland vs USA

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

Zmudzinski of Poland led the H A (down 3 +150) +11 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H K C Q-7-3 +11 IMPs.

H.Weinstein of USA led the S 3 (made 3 -400) -11 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S Q-9-8 H 9-4 D 9-4 -11 IMPs.

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Problem 5

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
East

Pass
South
1 D
2 D

S Q 5 4
H K 8 5
D A Q 2
C J 8 7 6
Table

Against 2 D, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2000 Olympiad Qualifying: Iceland vs China

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

Jorgensen of Iceland led the C 7 (down 1 +50) +4 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H K-8-5 D A C J-8-6 +4 IMPs.

W.Wang of China led the S Q (made 3 -110) -4 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 5-4 D Q-2 -4 IMPs.

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Problem 6

IMPs None Vul

West

Pass
North

Pass
East

Pass
South
5 C

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

Against 5 C, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2001 Spingold Round of 16: Brachman vs Schwartz

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

Zia of Schwartz led the C A (down 2 +100) +11 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 9-6-2 +11 IMPs.

Greco of Brachman led the D 5 (made 5 -400) -11 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H 10-5-4-3 D Q-10 C Q-3 -11 IMPs.

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Problem 7

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
North

Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT

S 10 7 3
H J 9 8 3
D A K 9 4
C A 8
Table

Against 1 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2002 USBC Final: Nickell vs Schwartz

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

Berkowitz of Schwartz led the H 3 (down 1 +50) +4 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H J-9-8 C A-8 +4 IMPs.

Freeman of Nickell led the D A (made 1 -90) -4 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 10-7-3 D K-9-4 -4 IMPs.

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Problem 8

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
2 D
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
2 C

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

Against 2 D, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2003 Bermuda Bowl Final: USA1 vs Italy

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

Versace of Italy led the H Q (made 3 -110) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S A-9-4-2 H 2 D J-10 C Q-10-3 +2 IMPs.

Nickell of USA1 led the D 5 (made 6 -170) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: D 6 -2 IMPs.

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Problem 9

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT

S A 9 3
H Q 7
D Q 9 7 2
C 9 8 5 4
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2003 Bermuda Bowl Quarterfinal: Bulgaria vs Norway

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

Karaivanov of Bulgaria led the C 4 (made 3 -600) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: C 9-8-5 +2 IMPs.

Groetheim of Norway led the S 3 (made 5 -660) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S A-9 H Q-7 D Q-9-7-2 -2 IMPs.

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Problem 10

IMPs E-W Vul

West
Pass
All Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
1 NT

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

Against 1 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2005 USBC Semifinal: Schwartz vs Ekeblad

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

Berkowitz of Schwartz led the D 8 (down 2 +100) +5 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H J-3 D 9-5-3 +5 IMPs.

Rubin of Ekeblad led the S A (made 1 -90) -5 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S K-8-3 C Q-10-6 -5 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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Acknowledgments to Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First?
© 2009 Richard Pavlicek