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Yes and I sent you a private message.
July 19
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Just because you get a trick eventually it doesn't mean playing T at T1 didn't cost you tempo.

I just located the hand on BBO and turned GIB ON. With 8 lead, if you play the T it says the contract makes and if you play the K it's down one.
July 19
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Without the third trick how can declarer come to Nine ? He has 3, 2, 2 let's say. If he plays on s himself he only makes one trick in the suit, so that's only 8. No, he does and will make the third trick. But he'll do that later in the hand when it's useful for him but not for the defense.

Declarer makes three tricks regardless of the you play at T1. It's just that you gain tempo by winning the trick and lose it if you don't.

How you make use of the tempo is a different issue. On this hand a switch is more compelling than a switch.
July 19
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A high Spade is not a ridiculous lead by any means. On this hand it makes it hard for partner to come up with the winning defense as there's a legitimate alternative.
As for your comments it's hard to when they're serious and when they are not. The only thing I know is that they are always meant to be contrarian.
July 18
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If you play Smith it looks it shouldn't happen, as opening leader has no reason not encourage Heart continuation.
July 18
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How can you lead suit preference from xxx and not be mistaken for leading 4th best from a suit with interest ?
July 18
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I'd have probably switched to a myself, but that doesn't work on this lay-out.

Partner had 8xx AT42 xx Kxxx. A switch beats the hand, as does an original lead and continuation.

Edit: fix typo
July 18
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How can West judge how weak South's hand is ? Does South's pass over 3 limit his hand in any way ? Partner could have bid 3 without the K presumably. If South hand that card, would he have doubled 3 and raised partner's 3M bid to game ?
July 16
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In Steven's example declarer has xxx in which means partner led a from 98xx when he had AKTx ?
July 15
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I don't quite understand when you say “will depend on your methods”. Can you give us an example of what specialized methods people have for opening leads against 3nt after a fairly routine 1-1M-1nt-3nt sequence ?

I don't understand why switching to a when declarer has Kx (not KT) is fatal. Fatal to declarer or defense ?
July 14
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Isn't that common knowledge that you should think of what next to play before you grab the first trick ? Did I imply anything to the contrary in my post ?
July 14
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Steve,

Your agreements aside, when partner makes a passive lead, he's doing so consciously that an aggressive lead might damage to his side. While a passive lead concedes tempo to the declarer it's a balance between tempo and safety of lead. But after the opening lead you have to have a plan to establish 5 tricks for defense or foil declarer's plan for 9. I don't see how ducking the does either of that. See my comment below for how ducking the can make defense really for hard for partner.
July 14
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If you play the T at T1 and declarer wins and plays a toward dummy, partner has to go up with the King and switch to s, otherwise the hand is over when he has Kit's construct above. Is it easier for you to switch to a looking at AJxxx or for partner looking at Kxx ?
July 14
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Kit,

Is there any reason to play the T in case partner is leading from 98xx or J98 as some have suggested ?
July 13
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Chris,

I have no idea why you are so sure that grabbing K forces you to play a low back. If you look at the poll results you will notice that there're some good players, although a small minority who did choose a switch.
July 13
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Everyone knows that 4th best leads work out poorly quite often. But my question is more specific. Why do you think that would have blown the defense on this hand if partner did indeed have ATxx and led one instead of a passive ?
July 13
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Oh, by that you mean you would have played the T or 7 at T1 ? I wanted to eliminate some of the outright losing options. But if you want to play either of those cards we can assume that to be covered by ‘other’.
July 13
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Kieran,

Why does 4th best from ATxx blow the suit or the defense on this hand ?
July 13
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No, this pair seems to have their values for their bids. Rarely find them deviating too much in 1st and 2nd chair especially at unfavorable vulnerability.
July 13
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Right, J does look like something you should consider. Added that option now. Thanks.

You may not need to find partner with the K. Txx will do fine. If declarer plays the King from his hand, partner should be able to get in soon and lead back a .
July 13
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