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What to lead?

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JH wrote: North deals and passes. Partner (east) opens 1C. South bids 1NT, everyone passes. No-one is vulnerable. What is West's best lead from

S KQ93
H 4 
D T654
C J754

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Double dummy challenge

BC asked: One of my friends gives me a double dummy problem to solve. I tried and think it needs a squeeze positon to be reached but I failed to solve it. Will you kindly narrate the line of play. The four hands are:

          North 
          S K3
          H Q95
          D Q8532
          C KJ8
West                East
S J64               S Q10987
H J876              H KT3
D J64               D K
C T96               C Q753
          South
          S A52
          H A42
          D AT97
          C A42

Contract: 6 NT by South and West leads H6.

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How to bid these hands

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DC asked: How would you bid these two hands:

1. Opener holds S AQx H Kxx D Ax C KQxxx and partner holds S Jxxxxx H A D Kxx CJxx, and 
2. The opening bid was 1D and responder is holding S Qxxx H AK D AQJxx C xx?

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Options after a lead out of turn?

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JO wrote: I know there are 5 choices for a defender to make if there is a wrong lead but find directors seem to vary in their explanations. Is it possible for you to give these to me in very simple terms?  For an example - yesterday I was playing East and led out at the start of play when my partner, West should have made the lead to declarer who was South.

Both the director and South agreed that if South accepted the lead then play continued with South still playing the hand and therefore the lead was not made to dummy in the usual way. I always thought that if the lead was accepted by declarer then her hand went down as dummy and her partner North would play the game. I politely put my case but was told in no uncertain terms that I was incorrect. Thus I feel I need a lesson! Many thanks if you can give me a simplified answer.

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Bidding a strong 2 suiter

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DC asked: My friends and I would like to ask you about this hand we had: 

          NORTH
          S AKQxxx
          H Axxxxx
          D -
          C x
WEST                EAST
S xx                S Jxx
H xx                H x
D AQJxxxx           D xxx
C xx                C Qxxxxx
          SOUTH
          S xx
          H KQJ9
          D Kxx
          C AKJx

How should the bidding continue after North as dealer opens 1S and East passes?

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