South opened 2NT and showed his spades in response to a Stayman 32. Uninterested, North went back to 3NT which left West on lead.
Deciding that he would have to lead the suit sooner or later, and that a passive defence would not help, West led 48. It was not a success: dummy's ten won and without breathing hard, declarer came to ten tricks.
Can you see a more effective opening lead? A spade honour! It has all the qualities of the Charge of the Light Brigade, but it works. Effectively, with two side entries to hand, West would be hoping to find the ten either doubleton or singleton on his left instead of simply relying on his partner holding it - altogether not a bad bet!Reuse content