Play Bridge | 23 10 2017 | Hand 10 | ♠7543 ♥Q8 ♦K63 ♣A982
October 23, 2017
Play Bridge | 23 10 2017 | Hand 4 | ♠K852 ♥762 ♦AT853 ♣4
October 23, 2017

Poll: What can we learn from partner’s lead?

, 20 - Hand 1

In this second video in our series on opening leads, Graeme and Bajir analyze partner’s peculiar lead of the heart Queen. Why is he leading this when he clearly doesn’t have the Jack? Take a look at the hand to see if you can figure it out. When you’ll do, you’ll be all set to defend the contract!

32 Comments

  1. Partner leads the Q and then East plays his only , a Jack… what can this tell us?


    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

    • cahalf says:

      It cannot be a singleton or west would have 6 hearts and would have been happy to defend. It cannot be a tripleton or partner would have led small and declarer would not have sufficient stoppers for his bid. He cannot have 4 for the same reason and he might compete with 4 hearts to the Queen. It cannot be a sequence since the Jack is in the dummy.

  2. unixman says:

    @graeme it is a probable doubleton or singleton given the J1H shows up on the table. It is OK to lead a doubleton against NT High Low when your partner has bid the suit. I don’t like the options on the pole as I feel none of them reflects what the lead told me…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

    • unixman says:

      ever come back and read what you typed and go you dum dum 🙂 Of course if Partner has a double the J is dropped under the Q I have 5 that I perfectly described so 5 (mine) 2 Partner 1 East naturally means west has 5

  3. newtz2001 says:

    Great defence partner! Got them 1 light 😀
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  4. jlpurdie says:

    Top board to start the night-Yahoo. Maybe I should stop playing now.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  5. redsquirrel says:

    Didn’t want to defend 1NT so bid 2H made and top of board, nice start to my day! Not sure why W kept leading hearts at me, meant I made the 8H and got my contract.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  6. paddy1 says:

    Omg why did partner bid 2d
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 P 1 P
    1N 2 P P
    P

    • graeme says:

      Your double shows length in the unbid suits, @paddy1. Why not simply bid 1H and tell your partner where your goodies are?

      • eristdoof says:

        @graeme But many play X when overcalling with an opening hand; it is very common to have 3 cards in opener’s suit and 2 in a side suit. If partner bids a short suit, then you are free then to mention the poor suit. The problem here is that North passes the first time round allowing the opponents to mention all 3 other suits at the 1 level. If north is weak enough to pass after the double he shouldn’t come in one round later

        • graeme says:

          Many do, @eristdoof, but I really don’t think it’s a good idea. You have hearts. tell your partner that. If you double you’re asking your partner to choose a suit, any suit. Perhaps North shouldn’t come in later but if you tempt him he’s going to speak up at some point. 🙂

  7. ijohn says:

    Didnt fancy opps 1 NT so bid 2H as a sacrifice. Contract made and i got number 1 spot. Well pleased

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  8. nevillet says:

    They made two (2)…. I need to plane better…!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  9. pne2nw says:

    West in 1NT: made 7 tricks
    double dummy shows max tricks:
    C 9 by W, 8 by E
    D 7 by W, 6 by E
    H 7 by EW
    S 8 by EW
    NT 8 by EW
    If South bids 2H, West should double for penalties. Against ANY lead and best play, South goes two off for -300.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  10. jbrown says:

    Loved the video, you guys are great together
    Well explained.Thank you
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  11. ted80 says:

    Same as @ijohn.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  12. kinderconnie says:

    @graeme thanks for the video it was very helpful
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  13. shiningstar says:

    2H down 1, thought it may be a good sacrifice.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  14. sjstern says:

    Can’t play w partner who passes twice the bids andrebids a miner with 5 pts
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 P 1 P
    1N 2 P 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  15. debdaniels says:

    Congrats to top– a few tries before I made 2H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  16. judyjunkin says:

    First time I stopped bidding after W bid 1 NT. Set them 1. Second time, I bid 2 H and we made it. I got a #1 rank! Must have done something right for a change.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  17. lesorcan says:

    I feel your pain, Rocky25.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  18. jbrown says:

    I just love you guys together,
    You make me laugh.
    Another great video.
    Thank you

  19. donharris says:

    What do we play on round 3, after we have taken the 2nd heart trick, with the king?

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  20. holley says:

    Made 7 tricks. Figured W had 5 H.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

  21. We played in 2 hearts going down 1.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  22. Played again & made the contract. Wish there were scores for replays….
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  23. margotbarton says:

    Like don I want to know what should have switched to after 2rounds of hearts. When I played west made 1NT and when I tried 2hearts I went 1light%uD83D%uDE22
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  24. megs says:

    I thought the Q hearts lead was to unblock lower value cards, as I had over called hearts (with at least two of the top honours). That let me make 3 hearts instead of two if partner had led low. As it turned out it was only a doubleton.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N P P P

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