LESSON 28.3: SUIT TO LEAD AGAINST A SUIT CONTRACT

a)

Dealer: West

South

A K 5
Q 10 8 6
9 5 3
J 8 4

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
3
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

1
4
 

Lead of the K (K from A K x)

With four or more trumps, lead as you would against a notrump contract

b)

Dealer: West

South

J 10 9 7 5
8 6
Q 9 5
J 8 6

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
3
 

1
Pass
 

1
Pass
 

Lead of the 5 (3rd best under an honor)

Lead your partner's suit

c)

Dealer: West

South

K J 9 5 2
8 6
Q 9 5 3
J 8

South

West

North

East

 
1
Pass

1
2
Pass

Pass
2
Pass

1
3
 

Lead of the 5 (4th best under an honor)

Lead your own suit, especially when raised by your partner

d)

Dealer: West

South

A Q 9 5
8 6
Q J 10 5
J 8 5

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
3
 

Pass
Pass
 

1
Pass
 

Lead of the Q (Q from Q J 10)

Lead from a four-card or more suit headed by a solid honor sequence, especially ace-king (avoid leading from a four-card suit headed by a broken sequence or by a tenace or by only one honor card)

e)

Dealer: West

South

A Q 9 5 2
10 8 6
9
J 8 5 2

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
4
 

1
Pass
 

1
Pass
 

Lead of the 9 (singleton)

When hoping for a ruff (which requires enough trumps), lead from a singleton in partner's suit

f)

Dealer: West

South

A Q 9 5
10 8 6
J 8 7 5 2
9

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
4
 

1
Pass
 

1
Pass
 

Lead of the 9 (singleton)

Lead from a singleton or a doubleton in a suit not bid by your partner provided he made a positive call during the auction

g)

Dealer: West

South

Q 9 5 2
10 6
8 5 4 2
Q 9 4

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
4
 

Pass
Pass
 

1
Pass
 

Lead of the 2 or the 2 or the 10

When your side does not hold any good honor cards and does not expect a ruff:

- lead from a doubleton without an honor card

- or lead from a worthless three or four-card suit

- or lead from a three-card suit headed by two consecutive honors

(A K x K Q x Q J x J 10 x)

- or lead the trump suit with two small trumps, especially
   when dummy is expected to hold a short suit

- avoid leading a suit bid by the opponents, especially
   right-hand opponent

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