Robert, There is an error in the bidding. I'm pretty sure that North or South bid 4 Hearts, but did East raise Clubs? The lead seems to imply it. If East did bid Clubs, it matters a lot whether he (or she) bid 3 or 4. Argh! Yes, you are absolutely correct; the auction is indeed messed up. Here is the actual auction. North East South West Pass 1H 2C 4H Pass Pass Pass If the bidding was 1H 2C 4H All pass, East definitely should have bid 5 Clubs. No excuse at this vulnerability. I don't pay a lot of attention to "the Law of Total Tricks," but it gives the same answer in this case. Actually, with West's bid of 2C showing 5 and East holding only 4, the Law of Total Tricks (LOTT) would limit East to 3C. Over 4H, nothing doing. There is a habit I've developed, from hard won experience. If passing puts you on lead, you should have a good lead picked out. No good lead? Think about bidding. Notice that in this case West should start thinking about a lead against a Heart contract at his first turn to call. That's always good advice.Of course, the textbook lead on this hand is the 6 of clubs (4th best of the longest suit) -- and I don't see anything in the West hand or the auction that would suggest a different lead. Norm.
North East South West Pass 1H 2C 4H Pass Pass Pass
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