OPENING LEADS PART 1 

 

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AGAINST A SUIT CONTRACT
w  Top of a Sequence of two or more honors. A sequence is a set of cards that numerically follow one another. Examples: 9, 8, 7: this is a 3 card sequence. Ace, King: this is a 2 card sequence. 

w  If you do not have a sequence then lead Fourth Best in a suit with an honor. Example: with Q 9 7 5 2 lead the 5. Fourth from the top.

w  If partner bid a suit, then lead the suit that partner bid.

When you are Dummy, you have a chance to relax and partake in some liquid refreshment. But not too much, you might have to play the next round.

 

Oh. . . opening leads.
AGAINST A NO TRUMP CONTRACT
w  Top of a three card sequence.
With K Q J 5 2  lead the King.

w  Fourth Best in a suit with an honor.

w  If partner bid a suit, then lead the suit that partner bid.

w  See Broken Sequence or Internal Sequence)
 
 

LEADS TO AVOID
Avoid leading from these combinations
(if not partner’s bid suit or if not trump):
        A Q J
        A J 10
        K J 10
        A X X
 
 

OPENING LEAD PHILOSOPHIES
w  First do no harm - do not give up a trick

w  Most of the time Opening Leads are passive

w  If no Devine Inspiration pick the card closest to the thumb (Rule of Thumb)

w  Review the bidding; look at your hand; and pay close attention to the color of  the opponent’s dress or shirt


 
 
 

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