The bidding goes:
Some players would lead a spade, and sometimes this would be right. On the other hand, declarer is likely to hold a double stop and you will probably be giving away an immediate trick. There is a fair case for trying a club, and it works well, for this was the full hand:
(As a matter of fact, the 8 might be a good choice, because in some circumstances it would reduce the danger of a block.)
Wolny, of Poland, playing against Svarc-Mouiel, did in fact find the club lead and pick up 100. At the other table West played in four hearts. It looks as though a spade lead may defeat this, but Romanski won with the ace, cashed two hearts, then played on diamonds, discarding the singleton club and losing just two hearts and a spade.
The good form they displayed on this deal helped the Poles to a dramatic lead of 65-19 after the first session of 16 boards.
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