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Opening Lead Line

When leading a suit for the first time as a defender (the opening lead and subsequent leads), the correct card in the suit is given by the Lead Line:

  • Ace through Ten. These are the honour leads, showing the card immediately below and denying the card immediately above (although not necessarily higher cards than that) Eg: 
    • A K 5
    • Q J 6 2
    • K J 10 4
    • Q 10 9 4
  • Nine through Six/Five(ish).These are the “high for hate leads”, saying that you don’t want the suit led back to you. Eg:
    • 9 4 3 2
    • 8 5 4 2
    • 9 3*
    • 8 3 2 
  • Six/Five(ish) through two. These are the “low for like leads”, showing picture cards at the head of the suit (non-sequential ones, though, or you’d have led top of the sequence), Eg:
    • K J 5 2
    • Q 10 5 3
    • K  9 6 5
    • K 10 4

It should be said that leading from such broken/lone honour holdings is quite dangerous, so you wouldn’t necessarily choose such a suit (unless dummy was already tabled).

*Always lead top of a doubleton

 

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