Paul Cronin

If there weren’t two kinds of luck….

You’re in 5C, with a perilous heart holding of  Jxx in dummy, and Qxx in hand.

LHO, after bidding diamonds, makes the opening lead of the heart K. RHO can’t possibly have a doubleton heart, as that would give LHO 5 hearts, which he certainly can’t have after ovecalling diamonds. The bridge gods have indeed smiled on you!

But now comes a small heart to the ace on your right, and a heart back, which is trumped by LHO with the only trump he has in his hand. Down one – but don’t feel too badly – maybe the lead of the K from Kx  blind will be standard at every other table. Or maybe not!   


Lurpoa BegijnApril 5th, 2012 at 9:57 am

was it Zia who found that lead ? must be…
Indeed, world-class !

paul croninApril 6th, 2012 at 4:35 am

Hello Lurpoa,

Actually, it wasn’t Zia, but you are close. It was his sister, Zio, who was also heard to remark in the conversation about the hand after the game “Well, what else can you lead but the King when you’re playing upside down leads?”


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