Here is another spectacular deal from the 2009 U.S. Team Trials. Do you want to get frustrated with another opening lead problem?If not, skip the next paragraph.
You hold : 7 4J 9 7 44 3J 10 8 5 3. Jeff Meckstroth opens 1 on your left. Eric Rodwell responds 1 and eventually drives to 6. Your partner doubles. Declarer redoubles. Your lead.
Well, if you get it wrong, you can always claim I didn't give all the details. This was the full deal:
A trump is the only lead to beat 6XX. At the table, a heart was led (there is that Lightner idea again--see the previous article in this series). Declarer was able to ruff one club in dummy and make 12 tricks for a score of ... 2070! A trump lead beats it one (400). Notice poor East's hand--hard to imagine the opponents have a slam!!
At the other three tables where this deal was played, North did not open. East opened a minor and South overcalled 4. This was passed back to East who doubled for takeout. Where the opening was 1, both West players passed the doubled and led a diamond--minus 1190 (making 6). At the table where the opening was a strong club, West also passed and didn't find a trump lead--minus 1190 again. However, one of those 1190's gained 13 Imps when compared to 2070. Wild happenings, indeed.