Winning Suit Contract Leads

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Authors:David Bird and Taf Anthias

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Winning Notrump Leadswas a ground-breaking and very well-received book that used the power of computers to determine which opening leads work best against a variety of auctions at notrump. Using enhanced software, the authors now turn their attention to suit contracts. They generate millions of random deals, retaining those that match the chosen auction, for example 1S-2S-4S. By playing these deals automatically against each of the 13 possible opening leads from a given hand, they are able to discover which lead is most likely to beat the contract (also the best lead at matchpoint pairs).
    The authors provide insightful commentary to each result, answering timeless questions such as:
  • When should I lead a trump?
  • When is a doubleton a good opening lead?
  • Should I lead differently against a partscore?
  • Should I make an aggressive or a passive lead?
  • Should I lead an ace against a small slam?
  • Which leads work best against a grand slam?
By using the number-crunching computer power available nowadays, there is no longer any need to rely on general opening-lead guidelines passed down by our ancestors. We think you will be surprised by many of the discoveries made during this investigation!

Paperback: 232 pages: 2012