Playing against Sam Spade, you find yourself on lead against 10 straight spade contracts. Choose the best leads and you will win a priceless black bird, or at least a few falcon IMPs. Decide the card you would lead and enter its suit and rank. For example, if you would lead the A, type HA.
Compare your choice with the two experts who faced the exact same situation in real life and led differently. Click Score Me at any time to see your running score. If you finish plus after 10 boards, youre a falcon hero!
Your lead against 1 ×
1997 USBC Playoff, Nickell vs Katz
Nick Nickell led the 10. Down 2, +500.Ralph Katz led the A. Down 1, +200.
Your lead against 2
2000 USBC Semifinal, Jacobs vs Nickell
Howard Weinstein led the 5. Down 2, +100.Bob Hamman led the K. Down 1, +50.
2001 Bermuda Bowl Final, Norway vs USA
Geir Helgemo led the K. Down 2, +200.Alan Sontag led the 9. Made 2, -110.
Your lead against 3
2002 USBC Semifinal, Schwartz vs Welland
David Berkowitz led the 3. Down 1, +100.Fred Gitelman led the 7. Made 3, -140.
2004 Vanderbilt Final, Jacobs vs Schwartz
Alfredo Versace led the K. Down 2, +100.Steve Robinson led the 10. Made 2, -110.
2004 USBC Quarterfinal, Cayne vs Nickell
Sidney Lazard led the Q. Down 3, +300.Bob Hamman led the 2. Down 1, +100.
Your lead against 4
2004 Olympiad Quarterfinal, Ireland vs Netherlands
Hugh McGann led the K. Down 1, +50.Sjoert Brink led the 6. Made 4, -420.
2009 USBC Round of 16, Robinson vs Strul
Peter Boyd led the 6. Made 4, -620.Lew Stansby led the 4. Made 6, -680.
2009 Bermuda Bowl Final, USA2 vs Italy
Jeff Meckstroth led the 4. Made 4, -620.Giorgio Duboin led the 2. Made 6, -680.
2009 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying, Argentina vs Brazil
Carlos Pelligrini led the 10. Made 3, -140.Gabriel Chagas led the 3. Made 5, -200.
Results and IMP scores are determined from actual play, so the winning lead is not necessarily correct in theory nor proves anything. This is the way it happened! Scoring gives full credit (plus IMPs) to any lead that would have worked as well as the winning lead.
If you finished with plus IMPs, Im sorry to inform you: I just ran out of priceless black birds, so youll have to settle for a rubber ducky. No, wait! Im out of them too, so take your falcon IMPs and get out of here!
© 2009 Richard PavlicekCredits to Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and The Maltese FalconPhoto is Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in the 1941 film classic