Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Will He Lead the Right Suit?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Will He Lead the Right Suit?

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Lewis Grizzard, a writer and humorist, said, "Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."

The opening lead can make a big difference in the scenery -- the result -- at the bridge table.

This deal occurred near the end of last year's Polish Teams Championship. As described yesterday, at the first table, South opened three no-trump, showing a long, solid minor suit and no side ace, king or void; West overcalled four spades, and North jumped to seven clubs. After East doubled, North ran to seven no-trump. When West woodenly led the spade king, the grand slam made for plus 2,220.

The auction at the second table is given. Note West's imaginative -- crazy? -- four-heart overcall on his singleton. North, thinking he could probably defeat this contract, doubled for penalty. …

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