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The Rule of One: When the opponents have just one trump outstanding which is higher than yours, normally leave it out. Why waste two of your trumps to lose the trick to a trump which will win anyway.
The Rule of One Position is very powerful. If you won’t have to lose the lead in another suit, try to reach a Rule of One position.
♠ K 5 4
♠ A 7 6 3 2
♠ 8 5 4
♠ A 7 6 3 2
In (A), play out ♠K and ♠A. Assuming the five missing spades are splitting 3-2 (68%), there’ll be one higher spade outstanding. Leave it out.
In (B), you should duck the first spade. On regaining the lead, you can play ♠A and (assuming a 3-2 split) you’ve reached the Rule of One Position. Note if you’d erroneously have led out ♠A and another, the defence could have won and led a third spade, removing two of your spades (including dummy’s last).