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Opening Leads against Notrump


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When the auction goes 1NT-3NT by the opponents, there isn't much imagination required. Choose your longest and strongest suit and usually lead the 4th-highest card in it. A few "what-ifs" 1) What if it is just about a "tie" for longest and strongest? With two 4-card suits or two 5-card suits, roughly of equivalent strength, prefer a major when in doubt. (Your opponents would usually look for or show a major if they had one). 2) What if you have a "sequence?" If 3 in a row (QJ10 or KQJ), lead top. If "almost" 3 in a row (such a KQ10 or QJ9), also lead top. Otherwise, tend to lead 4th best.

♠ QJ52  
♥ K76  
♦ 876  
♣ 543
 

As West, what is your opening lead?

South West North East
1NT Pass 3NT Pass
Pass  Pass    

 

 

 

Your Choice:

♠Q

♠2

♠8

♠5

♠ 85  
♥ Q8742  
♦ K9763  
♣ A
 

As West, what is your opening lead?

South West North East
1NT Pass 3NT Pass
Pass  Pass    
Your Choice:

♠8

♠4

♠6

♠A

♠ KJ62  
♥ A7653  
♦ J76  
♣ Q
 

As West, what is your opening lead?

South West North East
1NT Pass 3NT Pass
Pass  Pass    
Your Choice:

♠2

♠5

♠J

♠6

♠ J10873  
♥ 43  
♦ AK43  
♣ K2
 

As West, what is your opening lead?

South West North East
1NT Pass 3NT Pass
Pass  Pass    
Your Choice:

♠J

♠7

♠4

♠A

♠ KQJ10  
♥ 1098  
♦ A5432  
♣ 2
 

As West, what is your opening lead?

South West North East
1NT Pass 3NT Pass
Pass  Pass    
Your Choice:

♠K

♠10

♠10

♠3