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Leads

You are on lead 25% of the time and can often be the difference between a top and a bottom in duplicate.

  • What suit?
  • What card from the suit?
  • Agressive or pasive lead?
  • How does the bidding help me with the lead?

It is not straightforward.

Here are two introductory articles from MrBridges on leads

https://www.mrbridge.co.uk/library/Opening_Leads_1.pdf

https://www.mrbridge.co.uk/library/Opening_Leads_2.pdf

 

Ron Klinger's 1 hour video on leads - dated look but good content.

https://youtu.be/QVg2X8zIWd0

 

A good discussion on options of passive or active leads in different situations.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/better-notrump-leads/

 

Standard Leads Lists

A table of standard leads against no trumps and suit contracts.

http://www.bridgebum.com/standard_leads.php

 

Bridgehand's list of leads.

http://www.bridgehands.com/O/Opening_Leads.htm

Their videos on lead's (from 4mins point)

http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog/?p=4060

 

EBU Convention card in word (*.doc) format that include standard leads. 

http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/convention-cards/benji-acol.doc

 

As always - agree with your partner lead expectations and responses.

Lead Directing Doubles (LDD)

The double of an artificial bid by the opposition can often lead to a safe or a lead that gives the defence a crucial additional trick. Make it easy for your partner.

Typical sequences are doubles of transfers or stayman over NT bids.

The normal requirements are 3 out of top 5 honours if a 5 card suit or 2 out of top 4 honours with a 6 card suit.

Here is a link to a good article from Larry Cohen on Lead Directing Doubles