NEVER lead trump on defense, page 2


In 1st seat holding 3 trump, opponents call


Trump was led, Resulting in a euchre





While I said there were no real general guidelines, there is one exception. That would be a hand where you in sit 1st seat, the dealer has named trump and you hold 3 of the named suit. This is a situation where a trump lead is called for. Why? Because if you hold 3 trump chances are the maker also holds 3. It would not be wise to lead your top trump as this may allow the dealer to control the remaining trump. A lead of your center trump works best. Assuming the maker will need to use a trump to take an off suit ace this may leave you in a position to control the balance of the hand. The vast majority of times this lead will result the bidding team being euchred.


Below is one such example


Table Position

1st seat holding 3 trump

The dealer sits in the East position and has turned-up the jack of spades. Everyone else passes, the dealer picks-up the jack and discards a junk 9 of clubs.


1st seat holding 3 trump

South was hoping the dealer (E) would turn down the jack, but that was not to be. So instead he thinks about trying for a euchre. A trump lead may just do the trick. Let's start things off with the king of trump. East plays the 10, North throws off a 10 of diamonds and the dealer/maker(E) takes the trick with the ace. They have their first trick and 3 trump have been played.


1st seat holding 3 trump

Now the maker (E) leads the king of diamonds, He's trying to set his hand up for an end play. South avoids the trap and wisely just rids his hand of a useless queen of hearts. West has to follow suit and North takes the trick with the ace. Now both teams have 1 trick.


1st seat holding 3 trump

Next North leads the ace of hearts. The maker (E) has to follow suit. Again South throws off. Also holding a heart, West has no choice but to follow suit. The ace is good and gives North/South 2 tricks. Now, no matter what the maker does, he's euchred.


Now look at what may have happened with a different first lead. Let's say it was the king of clubs. East would have taken it, and maybe lead back the 10 of clubs. If the maker had trumped in they would have made a point. OK, how 'bout leading the queen of hearts. Yes this too would have resulted in a euchre. But until the hand is played out, no one would know what cards are where. The trump lead gives you the best chance of the euchre.




Suggested Further Reading:

What Card should I Lead? page 1
Help me understand what card to lead

What Card should I Lead? page 2
The proper use of a double lead

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 1
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

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 1
Until you learn when is the correct time

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 2
example, cards properly played

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 3
example, cards NOT properly played

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 4
Until you learn when is the correct time

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 5
Unless you hold 2 trump, 2 green aces

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 6
Unless you hold 1 trump, 2 green aces

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 7
A combination of three techniques are used

Defending against a 'lone' call - 1
Use the proper lead to stop call










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