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Fourth trick, Should I take it? Pg 6

In most hands, it is appropriate to take the fourth trick.


Last update on: May 16, 2021

As I said in the opening page, what you do on the fourth trick could determine the outcome of the hand. Will you make one point, two points, euchre your opponents, or euchre yourself. Different situations require vastly different plays. Still, there are some general guidelines.

A bower hasn't been played, why? Look at the example below:

Table Position
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West is the dealer and turns up the queen of diamonds. Everyone passes and the dealer picks the queen. This gives him a three trump, two-suited hand.

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North starts the hand by leading the ace of spades. East plays the jack, south shows void and West trumps in with the 10. The calling team has their first trick with one trump played.

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Having taken the first trick, West leads back the ace of hearts. North assumes that because the maker didn't lead the right, he doesn't have it. North decides to take a chance, split the left-king combination. He trumps in with the king and takes the trick. This gives the N/S team one trick. Two trump played.

As a side note, look at what would have happened if the maker had read our page on how to play the three trump two-suited hand with an off-suit ace. The correct lead should have been a trump.
Here is a link to that page.
E_ThreeTrumpTwoSuited-part-2.php

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North leads the jack of clubs. East follows suit with the queen and South plays the ace. West trumps in with the queen taking their second trick. Now three trump are played.

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North quickly reviews what he knows up to this point. The maker most likely doesn't have the right or he would have led it. East seat doesn't have it either or he would have over-trumped the king on the second trick. His partner(S) was the only one to follow the first heart lead. North trumps using the left. This leaves his partner in South the best chance ofholding the right and completing the euchre.

Now, look what happens North lets the trick go by and hopes South can take it. The bidders make their point. You and your partner are left sitting with both bowers.

Remember, maker never led the right; it was most likely because he didn't have it. In circumstances such as this, you have to consider the possibility that your partner may have it.



Suggested Further Reading:

What card should I play, 4th trick? Pg 1
Why is the fourth lead so important?

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

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

What card should I play, 4th trick? Pg 4
Your team has lost two tricks, now what?

What card should I play, 4th trick? Pg 5
There is where you need to help your partner.

What card should I play, 4th trick? Pg 6
Is it appropriate to take the 4th trick, maybe

What card should I play, 4th trick? Pg 7
Is it appropriate to take the 4th trick, maybe not.

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

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

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





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