DEFENDING AGAINST A NO-TRUMP CONTRACT
1. If partner has bid a suit lead it;
– top card of a DOUBLETON (eg. 9 7 – lead the 9)—(Q 5 lead Q)
– top of touching honours (E.g., Q, J, 10 4) lead the Q, followed by J, then the 10 etc.)
– no sequence in P’s suit lead low – 4th from longest & strongest
2. If Partner did not bid vs no trump contract :
—lead “top of touching honours” from a 4 card suit or longer suit in your hand.
There are three types of sequences as follows:
A- Regular sequence:
Q J 10 x — always & forever (I promise) lead the “TOP CARD – the Queen!!! Now partner knows you have 3 high cards that touch —the Queen followed by the Jack and ten and maybe a couple of small cards!!!
Guideline: With a “REGULAR SEQUENCE” always lead the TOP OF TOUCHING!
B- Broken Sequence
Q J 9 x x – two “touching high cards that touch with a break” —-notice if you lead the “9” – declarer can win the first trick with the 10!!!!!!!
Guideline: With a “BROKEN SEQUENCE” treat as if it were a “regular sequence” and lead the HIGHEST CARD—the queen from Q J 9 —the TOP OF TOUCHING!
K J 10 x x – a sequence of two or more cards that touch the “J 10” with a “higher-ranking” card in the suit!
If you led the King, Declarer could win the Ace and still hold the Queen!
Guideline: With an ‘INTERIOR SEQUENCE” (K J 10 X X) lead the TOP of the touching honours”—lead the J!
3. With no sequence:
lead 4th from longest and strongest (with a choice of suits lead the stronger or the unbid suit)
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