Card Play (Defence)


  1. Don’t play a card without a reason
  2. Don’t lead an unsupported Ace unless it’s a singleton
  3. Don’t lead away from an Ace
  4. AK is a good lead
  5. Lead a singleton
  6. High/low shows a doubleton
  7. Lead partners suit (not in NT if you have only a singleton)
  8. Lead Ace of long suit if opposition are likely to be short
  9. In a slam, take your winners early
  10. Lead a low card to promise an honour
  11. Lead top of a sequence
  12. In NT, lead the 4th highest of the longest suit (rule of 11)
  13. Keep playing the lead suit to unblock winning tricks
  14. In NT lead the unbid major
  15. In NT lead dummy’s second suit
  16. Return partners lead
  17. If the suit which is led has no hope, then switch
  18. Cover an honour with an honour
  19. Promote low honours
  20. Lead into weakness in dummy
  21. Don’t lead to a winner in dummy and allow a discard
  22. Draw trumps in declarers long trump hand
  23. Look out for signals and play as a team
  24. A low lead means you like the suit. A high lead means you hate the suit
  25. A high response means like, a low response means hate (or reverse)
  26. Long suits in dummy can be used for discards. Take your winners early
  27. Short suits in dummy give ruffing chances, lead trumps
  28. Where do you want the lead from?
  29. If partner leads an Ace and then another suit, the Ace is a singleton