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Spades tips and Strategies part 3 buckeye_4_ever_1970     10/28/2003 14:47

Try to lead a non-spade suit your partner is void in or what your partner led. If you see your partner plays a high card in a suit (second to boss) without any apparent reason to play it (such as bags or played to force the player after him to play high), lead that suit. Your partner is either is void in the suit or has boss. One common convention is for a player to play high in a suit to signal to their partner that they are short in that suit.

If you have three non-spade aces don't lead them one after another. Lead the two that are either likely to get trumped or the two suits you want your partner to lead to you. The reason for this is, if you lead all your aces you have taken yourself out of the hand and probably won't have any chance of getting the lead back.

Don't lead short suited Aces. If you wait, one of your opponents may lead the suit allowing you or your partner to take the suit with a lower card. This opens you up to being able to trump the King the third time the suit is played.

If you have the Ace and Queen in a suit and u want to try to set, there are few ways to get them both to count. The best way is to wait and try and get the person on your left to lead the suit. Then you can play the Queen and comeback with the Ace. Another way is to lead the Queen and hope the person on your left has the King and is afraid to play it. Another way is to wait for your partner or your right to lead the suit and hope the person on your right has the King. If the person on your right plays the King, you can take the trick with the Ace and come back and take the following trick with the Queen. If the person on your right does not play the King, you can play the Queen and take the trick and comeback with the Ace and taking the following trick

LEADING HIGH: Queen in a suit in which you know probably won't go around three times is a good lead. This forces the ace out if your partner counted the king. If your partner has the Ace, it gives them the option of throwing off and letting the queen go (do not recommend this if the suit may only go once or twice). Another option if you have the Queen is to lead low. If the person follows you does not play the Ace, then you partner will be forced to play the King, but you can make up the trick with your Queen. This also gives you a better chance of getting the Queen to take a trick, if the suit goes around three times. The worst lead you can make is not to have led high enough and force your partner to have to play the King and have it fall to the Ace.

If you know the person on your right is holding the King in a suit and the person on your left is void in the suit, you can lead the suit. What usually happens is the partner trumps their partner's King. What you want to avoid happening is having your partner or the player on your right leading the suit. This is an excellent lead if you know your partner is void in the suit too.

Don't lead spades unless:
1.Your partner has their bid or you can cover their bid.
You know your partner bid high spades. Not leading spades might just give your opponents a chance to set you by trumping with lower spades.
2.Either one or both of your opponents are void in any non-spade suit you could lead.
3.If you're trying to sluff and have nothing better to sluff in.
4.One way you can set your opponent is if you are two suited (spades being one of the suits.) You can run spades and make your other suit good. (be very careful that you do not set yourself by setting your partners bid in the process).
5.If your partner first led spades and is going for a set.
6.When trying to set a nil.

Always avoid either leading the 13th card of a suit or a suit that you have all the rest of.

End of part 3



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