Defending against a lone call, page 4


Saving the correct card




Look at this hand


Table Position
Wrong lead into lone - 1

The dealer sits in the South position, has dealt and turned up a queen of hearts. Picking the queen he called alone. West led the queen of spades. East followed suit with the 10. The maker(S) then trumped in with the queen.



Wrong lead into lone - 2

Now the maker(S) leads the right. East follows suit with the 9 and West throws off the jack of spades.



Wrong lead into lone - 3

The maker(S), knowing the left may be out against him, leads the ace of clubs. This is a safety play that could draw out remaining trump. He still holds 1 trump as a way to get back into the hand. As it turned out, the ace was good thus securing his point. Now he's thinking it's time to complete the lone.



Wrong lead into lone - 3

West had different idea. Because the maker played the ace of clubs earlier in the hand the chances were good that he still held another club. (Remember, lones are often called with 3 trump plus an Ace-x off-suit). Knowing that his queen was the boss club he scraps the ace of diamonds. It was the correct move and the lone was foiled.




How would you have played this? Would you have given up the ace?




Suggested Further Reading:

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

Defending against a lone call, page 2
The problem with leading a single ace into a lone

Defending against a lone call, page 3
Stopping a 3rd seat lone call

Defending against a lone call, page 4
Saving the correct card

When should you call alone?
What is the minimum hand needed?

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









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