Rule of 20February 14, 2017
Rule of 11February 14, 2017
The player to the left of the declarer makes the opening lead. Leads are hard because it’s the only time you have to play a card before seeing dummy so there’s always a bit of guesswork involved!
- Consider the auction. There will always be clues there.
- Leading partner’s suit won’t always work, but it will keep partner happy!
- Against notrump, aim to establish your long suit or partner’s long suit.
- Against a suit contract consider leading a short suit to try and get a ruff.
- Against a suit contract consider lead trumps to stop declarer from ruffing.
Which suit to lead
The auction will always give you clues about the missing cards and might well influence your choice of lead. If partner has bid, that will often solve your dilemma. If your suit has been bid by an opponent, it could be unwise to lead it
If partner hasn’t bid, it’s normally best to lead your longest suit against a notrump contract.
Against a suit contract, as well as the possibilty of establish tricks in your long suit, you also have the option of leading a short suit to try and score a ruff
- Top of a sequence of three or more
- 4th highest of longest and strongest suit
- Low card promising an honor
- Top of a doubleton
- High card from three or four small cards