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The Tell-Tale Heart Bids

Not for the faint of heart!

Thump, thump. Oh, what to lead against these heart bids? Thump, thump… the sound grows louder as you finger one card after another. Thump, thump… the beat becomes deafening as a card finally hits the table! A great lead? Or a nightmare? To find out, enter its suit and rank. For example, if you would lead the D A, type DA.

Compare your choice with the two experts who faced the exact same situation in real life and led differently. Click “Score Me” at any time to see your running score. If you finish plus after 10 boards, you might even live to walk out of here!

Problem 1

IMPsBoth VulWest

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 D
2 NT
Pass
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 H
4 H


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

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2000 Olympiad Round of 16, Netherlands vs Iceland

4 H South S A Q 9
H A K J
D K 10 7 5 4
C 9 7
S 8 5 4 2
H 10 7
D A 8 2
C J 8 6 5
Table S K 10 3
H 6 4
D 9 6 3
C A K 10 3 2
West leadsS J 7 6
H Q 9 8 5 3 2
D Q J
C Q 4

Wubbo de Boer led the S 4. Down 1, +100.
Matthias Thorvaldsson led the C 6. Made 5, -650.

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Problem 2

IMPsE-W VulWest

Pass
North

Pass
East

Pass
South
4 H


S 7 6 5
H Q J 5
D 10 5 4
C 7 6 4 3
Table

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2000 Olympiad Qualifying, Poland vs Belgium

4 H South S K Q 9 8 3 2
H 6
D J 9 6
C A Q 10
S 7 6 5
H Q J 5
D 10 5 4
C 7 6 4 3
Table S A J 4
H 8 3
D A K 8
C J 9 8 5 2
West leadsS 10
H A K 10 9 7 4 2
D Q 7 3 2
C K

Jacek Pszczola led the S 6. Down 1, +50.
Philippe Coenraets led the C 6. Made 4, -420.

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Problem 3

IMPsE-W VulWest

Pass
Pass
North

3 H
Pass
East

Dbl
Pass
South
1 H
4 H


S 8 7 6
H 5 2
D K Q 8 7 3
C Q 7 6
Table

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2002 Rosenblum Quarterfinal, Kowalski vs Lavazza

4 H South S 9 5 3
H J 8 7 3
D J 9 5 4
C J 2
S 8 7 6
H 5 2
D K Q 8 7 3
C Q 7 6
Table S K Q J 2
H 9 6
D 10 6
C A K 10 9 3
West leadsS A 10 4
H A K Q 10 4
D A 2
C 8 5 4

Apolinary Kowalski led the S 7. Down 2, +100.
Giorgio Duboin led the D Q. Down 1, +50.

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Problem 4

IMPsN-S VulWest

2 D
Pass
North

2 H
East
1 D
Pass
South
1 H
Pass


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

Your lead against 2 H        


In real life…

2006 Vanderbilt Final, Chang vs Welland

2 H South S K 4 3
H K 5 3
D K 9 6 5
C Q 9 4
S A 9 6
H 9 8 7 2
D J 3 2
C A 8 6
Table S J 8 5 2
H Q
D A Q 10 7 4
C K 3 2
West leadsS Q 10 7
H A J 10 6 4
D 8
C J 10 7 5

Gunnar Hallberg led the D J. Down 1, +100.
Adam Zmudzinski led the H 2. Made 2, -110.

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Problem 5

IMPsE-W VulWest

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 H
Pass


S J 5 4
H K 3
D J 6 5 3
C K 10 8 5
Table

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2006 USBC Round of 16, Welland vs Meltzer

4 H South S A 10 8
H 7 5 2
D A 10 2
C Q J 9 6
S J 5 4
H K 3
D J 6 5 3
C K 10 8 5
Table S K 9 7 6 3
H 10 6
D Q 8 7
C A 4 2
West leadsS Q 2
H A Q J 9 8 4
D K 9 4
C 7 3

Jim Krekorian led the S 4. Down 1, +50.
Mark Feldman led the C 8. Made 4, -420.

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Problem 6

IMPsBoth VulWest

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

2 D
4 H
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
2 H
Pass


S 9 8 6 4 3
H 6 3
D J 7 4 3
C A 6
Table

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2006 USBC Round of 32, Fout vs Onstott

4 H South S A Q J
H A J 10 9 8 4
D 10 5
C 9 8
S 9 8 6 4 3
H 6 3
D J 7 4 3
C A 6
Table S 7 5
H 7 5 2
D K 6 2
C K Q 5 4 2
West leadsS K 10 2
H K Q
D A Q 9 8
C J 10 7 3

Will Ehlers led the C A. Made 4, -620.
Samuel Cohen led the D 4. Made 6, -680.

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Problem 7

IMPsN-S VulWest

Pass
Pass
North

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


S J 5 4
H K Q 10
D J 7 3
C K J 10 8
Table

Your lead against 3 H        


In real life…

2006 World Championship Round of 32, Mahaffey vs Orange

3 H South S Q 8 3
H J 6 4 3 2
D 9 8
C 5 3 2
S J 5 4
H K Q 10
D J 7 3
C K J 10 8
Table S 10 9 7
H 8 5
D A 10 6 4 2
C Q 9 6
West leadsS A K 6 2
H A 9 7
D K Q 5
C A 7 4

Mark Lair led the C J. Down 1, +100.
Sjoert Brink led the S 4. Made 3, -140.

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Problem 8

IMPsBoth VulWest

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 S
3 H
Pass
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 C
4 H


S Q J 10 9
H K 10
D K 8 6 3
C 10 7 6
Table

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2006 World Championship Round of 32, Orange vs Mahaffey

4 H South S A 7 5 4 3 2
H 9 6 2
D Q J 5
C K
S Q J 10 9
H K 10
D K 8 6 3
C 10 7 6
Table S K 8
H J 7 4
D 9 7 4
C A 9 5 3 2
West leadsS 6
H A Q 8 5 3
D A 10 2
C Q J 8 4

Sjoert Brink led the S Q. Down 1, +100.
Mark Lair led the D 6. Made 4, -620.

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Problem 9

IMPsBoth VulWest

Pass
North

Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 H


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

Your lead against 2 H        


In real life…

2008 USBC Semifinal, Strul vs Jacobs

2 H South S A 9 7 4
H 6
D A Q J 9
C K 5 3 2
S K J 10 8
H 9 8 2
D 4 2
C A Q J 9
Table S Q 2
H A 7 3
D K 8 7 6
C 10 8 7 6
West leadsS 6 5 3
H K Q J 10 5 4
D 10 5 3
C 4

Lew Stansby led the D 4. Made 2, -110.
Ralph Katz led the C Q. Made 4, -170.

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Problem 10

IMPsNone VulWest

Pass
Pass
North
Pass
2 H
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
4 H


S A 8 7 5
H 10 9 4 2
D K 3
C A 4 2
Table

Your lead against 4 H        


In real life…

2009 Spingold Quarterfinal, Meltzer vs Schermer

4 H South S 9 3
H A 6 3
D 8 4
C Q J 10 7 6 5
S A 8 7 5
H 10 9 4 2
D K 3
C A 4 2
Table S Q 6 4 2
H 5
D Q 10 6 2
C K 9 8 3
West leadsS K J 10
H K Q J 8 7
D A J 9 7 5
C

David Berkowitz led the H 4. Down 2, +100.
Jacob Morgan led the S A. Made 5, -650.

Results and IMP scores are determined from actual play, so the winning lead is not necessarily correct in theory nor proves anything. This is the way it happened! Scoring gives full credit (plus IMPs) to any lead that would have worked as well as the winning lead.

Guess what? I’m not in a dismembering mood today, so I let you live to reach the end of this. Now beat it — before I change my mind!

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© 2009 Richard Pavlicek
Credits to Edgar Allan Poe (pictured) 1809-49
and his short story The Tell-Tale Heart