The Impact of Opening Leads Against Notrump Contracts

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Author: Audrey Grant

The Impact of Opening Leads Against Notrump Contracts

How to take More Tricks on Defense

It's generally accepted that defense is the most difficult part of the game. Audreys latest book takes a look at defending against notrump contracts with a focus on the opening lead and how it impacts the subsequent defense.

    The book covers:
  • The oldest maxim, fourth highest from longest and strongestand why it has stood the test of time.
  • When to lead partners suitand which card to lead.
  • Why you should avoid leading the opponents suitand what to do if you cant.
  • What to lead from a sequenceand why it matters.
  • When to lead the top of nothing.
  • When its time to take the tricks and run.
  • There are 16 practice deals

The book is for the advancing player who wants to play better bridge and includes summaries and practice deals at the end of each chapter to help reinforce the concepts.


1. Oldest Maxim:

  • Fourth from Longest to Shortest
  • How the Defenders Take Tricks
  • Why Fourth Highest?
  • Summary
  • Practice Deals

2. The First two Exceptions:

  • Partner Bids During the Auction
  • Choosing the Card to Lead in Partner's Suit
  • Lead-Directing Doubles
  • The Opponents Bid a Suit During the Auction
  • Lead Through Strength and Up to Weakness
  • More on Entries
  • Summaries
  • Practice Deals

3. the Third Exception:

  • Leading from a Solid Sequence
  • Leading from a Broken Sequence
  • Leading from an Interior Sequence
  • Summary
  • Practice Deals

4. The Last Two Exceptions:

  • Top of Nothing
  • Defending Passively
  • Consider the Objective
  • Take the Tricks and Run
  • Summary
  • Practice Deals

Paperback: 118 pages: 2011