LESSON 37.6: JOURNALIST LEAD OF AN HONOR AGAINST NOTRUMP

a) Each lead of an honor has a special meaning

   - the lead of a jack denies a higher-ranking honor

   - the lead of a ten promises the ace, the king or the queen

   - the lead of a nine promises the ten or no higher-ranking honor or a doubleton (lead the eight from 9 8 7)

   - the lead of an ace shows A K J x x or A K Q 10 x or A K 10 9 x

   - the lead of a king shows A K or K Q

   - the lead of a queen shows Q J 10 or K Q 10 9 and requests unblocking the jack when held

b) Journalist leads eliminate the ambiguity of leading from the top of inner sequences (lead of the jack from K J 10 9)

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