What should I discard, Page 2

Save an Ace instead of trump?
* Answer: never! *

3rd seat is always a hard place to make a point. I have said this before, but every once in a while your opponents help you.

Look at the following example:

I'm sitting at the bottom in the South seat. The dealer sits in East position and turns-up the ten of diamonds. My partner in North is holding 3 diamonds and he orders the ten into the dealer's hand. They pick up the ten.

Table Position

Jack-jack call from 3rd

I have first lead with a complete junk hand (if I had a diamond that would be a compulsory lead!). I only see one possible way to help my partner (N). Lead a club and hope he can trump it

Jack-jack call from 3rd

Well, that did not work. West was void and they trumped in, both North and East had to follow suit.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

Next, West seat leads their ace of hearts. Every one followed suit except East and they threw off the queen of spades.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The opposition has two tricks. Now West makes the correct play by leading the ten of hearts. They are trying to lead through the bidder. If the play is successful, we are euchred.

Here's where the East makes a bad choice allowing us to make our point. They waste their ten of diamonds (trump) instead of discarding the non-trump ace of clubs. This allows my partner(N) to make both their trump good.

Remember, a trump always outranks any off suit ace.

All I can say is:"Thank you for the point!"

Suggested Further Reading:

What should I discard, page 1
What is the best card to discard?

What should I discard, page 2
Save an Ace instead of trump? * Answer: never! *

What should I discard, page 3
Holding 2 off suits, X-X-X plus X-X

Defending against a lone call, page 1
Can the call be stopped?

Legal Communication in euchre, page 1
Correct method of communicating with your partner

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