NEVER lead trump on defense, page 3


In 1st seat holding 3 trump, opponents call


Trump was not led, Result is a successful call




Because Hardwood Euchre game site gives me the option to review games I have played, a lot of my time is spent doing so. It's a great way see how other play and maybe learn a new trick or two. It's also nice be able to look at the hands to see how I may have played them in a better way. While reviewing I'm also looking for examples to use on this site. From time to time I come across a concept that I've talked about but need to show examples. When possible I also like to present an example where the hand was played correctly and incorrectly. To my surprise, I came upon both correct and incorrect examples in the same game. The first was shown in the prior example and the one came 3 hands latter.


The hand below is already in progress. As we continue to view this game, the dealer (N) deals and turns up an ace of diamonds. The East seat is thinking about a euchre if it is picked-up, maybe a possible second round lone call in hearts if turned down. They and everyone else passes and dealer picks up the ace.


Table Position

What to do when holding 3 trump

Now that the dealer/maker (N) has named trump, East seat attempts to euchre him. He starts by trying to make his ace of hearts good. Unfortunately for his team he doesn't understand the potential value of a lead trump. This lead allows South to make use of their only trump. West has to follow suit and maker(N) throws off a king of spades. 1 trump has been played and the bidding team has their first trick.


What to do when holding 3 trump

Now South leads the 10 of clubs. West follows suit and the maker (N) plays the ace. East takes the trick with the trump 10. 2 trump have been played and now each team has 1 trick.


What to do when holding 3 trump

Now East leads the left. South throws off the 10 of spades. West plays the queen. North takes the trick with the right. That's their second trick and the bidding team still holds the boss ace of trump for the third trick. This gives them their point.


Now let's go back and see what would have happened if East had lead the middle trump, the king of diamonds? South would have to follow suit by playing the nine, West would play the queen and the maker most likely have played the ace of trump. Next the maker would probably play the singleton ace of clubs. West could then trump in with the ten. Now if they lead the ace of hearts the maker would have had little choice but to trump-in with the right. This would leave East seat with all the boss cards. This would have given the East/West team 2 points for 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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