WHAT CARD TO LEAD?

 
  TOP OF A SEQUENCE
Usually the safest and best lead. When you lead a Queen your partner knows that in most cases you have the Jack.  Playing a singleton honor (or even a doubleton honor) is usually a poor opening lead. (Unless partner bid the suit.)  A two card Sequence can be led against a suit contract but only a three card Sequence against No Trump. The three cards can be a Broken or an Interior Sequence. (see SEQUENCE.)

 Try not to get too upset if your    
 partner makes a bad opening lead.
 
TON
Top of Nothing. This tells partner that you have nothing higher than this card. By seeing Dummy and his hand he knows what honors Declarer has. Example: With H 8 5 4 lead the 8 H.

MUD
Middle Up Down.  When the suit is played again 
your partner will know the highest card you have 
in the suit and how many (3).
Example:  With S 9 4 2 lead the 4 S then the 9 S
When and where to use MUD or TON leads is by partnership agreement.

HIGH / LOW DOUBLETON
Try to ruff  the third round. Let partner know that you have two of the suit by playing a high card then a low card.  Similar to the Count Signal. High / Low shows an even number of cards. You can show the doubleton on opening lead or when partner or Declare play cards. Hope that your partner sees your cards and makes use of  the information. Example:  With D 7 3 play the 7 D. Later when you play the 3 D,  partner will  know that you started with a doubleton Diamond.

FOURTH BEST
If you have no sequences, and want to lead a suit headed     by an honor, then lead the fourth card from the top.  Example: With C Q 8 5 3 2 lead the 3 C. (see FOURTH BEST
      Why the Fourth Best?  If your partner knows that you lead Fourth Best he can get a count of the suit. If  you lead the 2 he will know you started with a four card suit. If you lead the 3 and he does not see the 2 then he will know that  you  probably started with a 5 card suit. 
      The lead of the Fourth Best also lets your partner use the Rule of Eleven which places the high cards in that suit. What is the Rule of Eleven? Eleven what?. . . .  To be continued. (see RULE OF 11)


 
RECOMENDATION:  Use TON against a No Trump contract; and MUD against a suit contract.

see TEST XI

 

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