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We haven't had an opening lead problem, so let's make up for lost time with two of them

Both problems were faced by the same player in the same final of a World Open Teams championship.

 

1.

South
1094
K1032
AQ63
65
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

 

2.

South
7542
K9
KJ95
542
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

1.

North
QJ65
984
KJ92
102
South
1094
K1032
AQ63
65
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

 

At the table, South led a low diamond.  When the heart finesse lost, 3NT was one down.

 

Here is the link to the Bridge Winners poll:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lead-problem-2-52ervqcjmi/

South's choice: 2 votes, 3%

 

2.

North
KQ83
J1087
642
98
South
7542
K9
KJ95
542
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

 

At the table, South led a spade.

 

Here is the link to the Bridge Winners poll:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lead-problem-2-v1rzyhdt0n/

South's choice: 6 votes, 8%

 

The Bridge World:

... hand-after-hand it was almost uncanny, the way [the opening leader] picked out the killing (or if that wasn’t possible, the least costly) lead.

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