This was board 16 of the final of the 1984 World Team Olympiad between Poland and France. You hold as South, with opponents vulnerable:

10 7 5 4 2 6 J 7 K 10 8 6

The bidding goes:

West North East South
Svarc? ? Mouiel? Wolny
1 Pass 2 2
Pass Pass 3 ll Pass

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:

6 Q 10 5 3 6 5 4 Q 7 4 3 J 8 3 A Q 9 8 7 4 2 J 9 Q 10 3 A K 9 8 2 J 9 5 2 10 7 5 4 2 6 J 7 10 8 6

(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.


Nikos Sarantakos sarant@village.uunet.lu


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