Opening Lead: Q
When I watched today’s deal in a penny game, Cy the Cynic was West. North-South got to four spades when North underbid (his three spades was invitational) and South overbid (he had no extra values).Cy led the queen of hearts, and East took the ace and led a trump. South drew trumps and led a diamond. East won and returned a heart. South led another diamond, setting up two club discards. Making four.
Cy and East then engaged in a debate:
“Lead a club at the second trick, hoping I have the jack,” the Cynic snapped. “We need a club trick before declarer uses the diamonds.”
“You need to keep an open mind,” East said.
“Some open minds should be closed for repairs,” Cy retorted.
Who was right?
Really, nobody. As the cards lay, East could win out by leading a club at Trick Two, but if South had only two hearts, six minor-suit cards and the jack of clubs, a club switch would be disastrous. Sometimes no “correct” defense exists, only a winning defense.
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