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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: Jan 28, 2019

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
Jack-jack call from 3rd

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.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

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.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

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

As a side note, look at what would have happened if our page on how to play the three trump two-suited hand with an off-suit ace had been read. Here the correct lead was the middle trump.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

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.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

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 holding the right for the last trick 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 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

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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