What card should I Lead, 4th trick? Pg 2
The reward for a correct play is extra points
All too often points are left on the table due to an incorrect lead on the 4th trick. Many teams, satisfied with making their point, give little thought to the possibility of making a second point.
On page 1 we showed how the wrong lead on 4th can cost a team a valuable point. In the example below we show choosing the correct lead and gaining that extra point could be the difference between a win and an 'almost win'.
Here the dealer is in the East seat. They've deal and have turned-up the queen of hearts. Both South and West passes. North has a strong hand and orders the dealer(E) to pick up the queen. The dealer discards the king of diamonds.
The maker's partner in South correctly leads the 10 of hearts. A non-trump lead by South would tell the partner he was void in trump. West plays the left, the maker(N) uses his right and East plays the queen that they picked up. The bidding team has their first trick. 4 trump have now been played.
NNow the maker(N) leads the ace of diamonds. West plays the 10 of clubs, South follows suit with the king and West also follows with the 10.
Next the maker(N) leads the ace of spades. Everyone follows suit and the ace walks the board. The bidding team has taken the first three tricks and now have made their point. Based on the information available to him, the maker now has to decide how to play the rest on the hand. Let's see, 4 trump have been played and clubs hasn't been led yet. South led a trump at the start of the hand they had followed suit on both of North's ace leads. West seat played the left on the first lead. It was most likely his only trump. East seat played the trump card that they picked up so it's likely they are also void. There are still trump unaccounted for. Yes, the ace is the boss trump but the 9 is almost certainly a guaranteed loser. The only way to make 2 points is if your partner(S) can take the 9. The maker correctly decides to leads the nine.
The bidder's partner makes use of his king of trump. The bidder holds the ace of trump for the last trick, and the team starts the game off with a 2 point lead.
A trump lead on forth would surely have cost the bidding team a point.
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