Opening Lead: K !
Many of my readers enjoy duplicate competition. Matchpoint duplicate is challenging; the strategies differ from rubber or party bridge.To improve their scores, duplicate players can try “Winning Duplicate Tactics” by David Bird, or “Matchpoints” by Kit Woolsey, a classic book recently updated. In today’s deal from “Matchpoints,” West leads the king of clubs against four spades. East wins the next club and gives West a club ruff, and West exits with a trump.
West’s remarkable lead has put South behind the eight ball. Other Wests will lead something else, and South can draw trumps and make an overtrick if a diamond finesse with the jack wins.
To get back to even, South must lead the jack of diamonds for a backward finesse. If East covers, South wins and returns a diamond to the nine. If West had the queen, South would go down, but he was slated for a matchpoint zero anyway.
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