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Witch Lead To Make!

Witchever hand you’re viewing, the cauldron is brewing;
Too many bad leads, and you too will be stewing.

For each of these 10 deals you’re the wicked witch of the West. 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’ll be spared from the brew!

Problem 1

IMPs Both Vul

West

Pass
North

Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT

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

Against 1 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Semifinal: Meltzer vs Ekeblad

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

Moss of Ekeblad led the D 9 (down 1 +100) +5 IMPs.
Other winning leads: D A-10-6 C Q-5 +5 IMPs.

Bramley of Meltzer led the S A (made 1 -90) -5 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S K-4-2 H J-8-3 -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.

Quit

Problem 2

IMPs N-S Vul

West

All Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
2 NT

S K 6 4 3
H J 6 3
D Q 9 3 2
C J 7
Table

Against 2 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 USBC Quarterfinal: Jacobs vs Cayne

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

Seamon of Cayne led the D 2 (down 1 +100) +6 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H J-6-3 D Q-9-3 +6 IMPs.

Zia of Jacobs led the S 3 (made 2 -120) -6 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S K-6-4 C J-7 -6 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 3

IMPs N-S Vul

West
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
2 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
3 NT

S J 8 7 2
H K 10 9 3
D J 8 2
C Q J
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2006 Spingold Round of 64: Apfel vs Schwartz

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

Krekorian of Schwartz led the H 9 (down 3 +300) +14 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S J-8-7-2 H 10 D J-8-2 C Q-J +14 IMPs.

T.Smith of Apfel led the H 3 (made 3 -600) -14 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H K -14 IMPs.

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Problem 4

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 D
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
2 NT

S K Q J 6 4
H A 3
D 7 3 2
C 7 3 2
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Semifinal: Deutsch vs Nickell

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

Baze of Deutsch led the C 7 (down 1 +50) +10 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S K-Q-J H A D 7-3-2 C 3-2 +10 IMPs.

Soloway of Nickell led the S 4 (made 3 -400) -10 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 6 H 3 -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 5

IMPs N-S Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

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

S Q 9 7 2
H K 10 5 3
D J 10 9 3
C K
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2007 USBC Quarterfinal: Meltzer vs Deutsch

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

Bates of Meltzer led the D 10 (down 2 +200) +13 IMPs.
Other winning leads: H 10-5-3 D J-9-3 C K +13 IMPs.

Cohler of Deutsch led the S 2 (made 3 -600) -13 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S Q-9-7 H K -13 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
East

Dbl
South
1 D
2 D

S J 7 2
H Q 4
D A 10 7 6 4
C 7 4 3
Table

Against 2 D, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2007 Spingold Semifinal: Ao vs Gromov

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

Gu of Ao led the C 3 (down 1 +50) +4 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S J-7-2 D A-7-6-4 C 7-4 +4 IMPs.

Gromov of Gromov led the H Q (made 2 -90) -4 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H 4 D 10 -4 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 7

IMPs E-W Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 C
1 S

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

Against 4 S, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2008 Vanderbilt Semifinal: Meltzer vs Poland

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

Gierulski of Poland led the D 9 (down 1 +50) +10 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S Q-10-9-6 H J-4-3 D 4-3 C Q-9 +10 IMPs.

Meltzer of Meltzer led the C 5 (made 4 -420) -10 IMPs.
Other losing leads: None -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 8

IMPs E-W Vul

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

S 8 7 6 3
H Q 7 3 2
D 9 7 6 4
C Q
Table

Against 3 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Semifinal: Welland vs Nickell

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

Meckstroth of Nickell led the D 7 (down 1 +50) +10 IMPs.
Other winning leads: D 9-6-4 +10 IMPs.

H.Weinstein of Welland led the S 7 (made 4 -430) -10 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S 8-6-3 H Q-7-3-2 C Q -10 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 9

IMPs None Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 C

S K 7 3
H Q 10 8 6 2
D A 6
C K 10 7
Table

Against 2 C, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Quarterfinal: Jacobs vs Nickell

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

Zia of Nickell led the S 3 (down 4 +200) +2 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S 7 H Q-10-8-6-2 D 6 +2 IMPs.

Weinstein of Jacobs led the C 7 (down 3 +150) -2 IMPs.
Other losing leads: S K D A C K-10 -2 IMPs.

Quit

Problem 10

IMPs None Vul

West

All Pass
North
Pass
East
Pass
South
1 NT

S Q 4
H K 7 2
D K Q 9 7 2
C Q 6 3
Table

Against 1 NT, what do you lead?









In Real Life

2009 USBC Round of 16B: Cohler vs Jacobs

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

Levin of Jacobs led the D Q (down 2 +100) +5 IMPs.
Other winning leads: S Q-4 H 7-2 D K C 6-3 +5 IMPs.

Mahaffey of Cohler led the D 7 (made 1 -90) -5 IMPs.
Other losing leads: H K D 9-2 C Q -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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