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How does Smith affect your leads?

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Posted 2012-May-05, 02:02

From a comment in another thread. How does having Smith or Reverse Smith in your arsenal affect the leads you make?
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Posted 2012-May-05, 02:59

View PostBende, on 2012-May-05, 02:02, said:

From a comment in another thread. How does having Smith or Reverse Smith in your arsenal affect the leads you make?


it affects my leads in two ways: One, playing smith against suit contracts means that I will always lead a count card, even from 3 small, trusting that I can give a negative smith later to deny a good holding/suggest a switch. Two, I am more likely to lead passively in NT if I feel its right, as I can discourage partner from pounding away at my crap suit/encourage a switch.
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Posted 2012-May-05, 03:36

Not at all. I just try to make the lead that's objectively best. I assume that whatever signals we've agreed to play, in combination with partner's bridge skills, will enable us to solve any defensive problems that occur.
... that would still not be conclusive proof, before someone wants to explain that to me as well as if I was a 5 year-old. - gwnn
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