What card should I Lead, 4th trick? Pg 4

Actually we are talking about the 3rd trick here

There is a rare third type of hand

There is a third type of hand where an incorrect lead on the third trick will often be an invitation for a euchre. While this hand does not come up very often, it is important to be able to recognize it and know what to do when it does appear. In this hand, you lose the first two tricks to your opponents, so it is imperative that you take the next three tricks.

Look at the example below:

Table Position
Jack-jack call from 3rd

Dealer(N) sits at the top of the screen. East seat passes and South orders the ace of hearts into their partner's(N) hand. The dealer(N) discards the king of diamonds.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

East leads the ace of clubs and it walks the board. The opponents have taken the first trick.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

East now tries to lead through the maker by playing the jack of spades. The maker(S) plays the ace of spades. West trumps in with the king and the North has to follow suit with the queen. The opponents now have the first two tricks.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

East, hoping for a euchre, leads the ten of diamonds. North takes the trick using the ace of trump. The bidding team has their first trick and needs the next two as well.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

It is here where you have to realize that, because your partner(N) ordered you and has yet to take a trick, they must still be holding something in their hand. The fact that only two trump have fallen may be a clue as to what. Leading trump is the correct choice. Leading the king of spades would result in a disaster for your team.

Any time your partner has ordered you and your team has lost the first two tricks, and you get in the lead, you must play a trump in order to pass control of the hand back to your partner.

Suggested Further Reading:

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Why is the fourth lead so important?

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 2
The reward for a correct play is extra points

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 3
Sometimes a trump lead on the 4th trick is correct

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 4
There is a rare third type of hand - 3rd lead

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