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posted on 7-10-2002 at 06:12 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Leading

As a general rule it is best to lead low in order to avoid taking unexpected tricks. However there are lots of exceptions to this rule.

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posted on 7-10-2002 at 07:22 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Last is Best

It is usually not advantageous to have the lead. The ideal position is to play last. A lead of trump is good if it is done with a purpose in mind. A small trump may be led to force out other trumps. A high trump may be led to win a trick or to force out Wizards or higher trumps.
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posted on 7-10-2002 at 07:25 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Lead depends on Overbid or Underbid

The particular lead depends on whether the player is attempting to set up a trick or trying to unload a card. This in turn is often determined by whether the number of tricks called for by the table is over or under the number of tricks available.
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posted on 7-10-2002 at 08:34 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Preserve W & J (usually)

Its best to keep your options open and your opponents guessing so Wizards and Jesters should generally not be led. It is usually better to save W&J for crisis situations which often arise during the end game. Of course there are situations where the lead of a J or W is the best play.
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posted on 7-10-2002 at 08:39 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Get Answers Early

Often a hand will contain cards of dubious value that may or may not win a trick. It is usually wise to find out early in a round whether such cards will win or lose so that adjustments can be made if necessary. For example holding a singleton Jack of Spades, it may be prudent to lead the jack early in the game rather than be surprised later when it wins a trick. If the Jack lead does win it is usually possible to fluff-off one of your expected winners.
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