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 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!
Your lead against 4
2000 Olympiad Round of 16, Netherlands vs Iceland
Wubbo de Boer led the 4. Down 1, +100.Matthias Thorvaldsson led the 6. Made 5, -650.
2000 Olympiad Qualifying, Poland vs Belgium
Jacek Pszczola led the 6. Down 1, +50.Philippe Coenraets led the 6. Made 4, -420.
2002 Rosenblum Quarterfinal, Kowalski vs Lavazza
Apolinary Kowalski led the 7. Down 2, +100.Giorgio Duboin led the Q. Down 1, +50.
Your lead against 2
2006 Vanderbilt Final, Chang vs Welland
Gunnar Hallberg led the J. Down 1, +100.Adam Zmudzinski led the 2. Made 2, -110.
2006 USBC Round of 16, Welland vs Meltzer
Jim Krekorian led the 4. Down 1, +50.Mark Feldman led the 8. Made 4, -420.
2006 USBC Round of 32, Fout vs Onstott
Will Ehlers led the A. Made 4, -620.Samuel Cohen led the 4. Made 6, -680.
Your lead against 3
2006 World Championship Round of 32, Mahaffey vs Orange
Mark Lair led the J. Down 1, +100.Sjoert Brink led the 4. Made 3, -140.
2006 World Championship Round of 32, Orange vs Mahaffey
Sjoert Brink led the Q. Down 1, +100.Mark Lair led the 6. Made 4, -620.
2008 USBC Semifinal, Strul vs Jacobs
Lew Stansby led the 4. Made 2, -110.Ralph Katz led the Q. Made 4, -170.
2009 Spingold Quarterfinal, Meltzer vs Schermer
David Berkowitz led the 4. Down 2, +100.Jacob Morgan led the 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? Im 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!
© 2009 Richard PavlicekCredits to Edgar Allan Poe (pictured) 1809-49and his short story The Tell-Tale Heart