What do I lead against a suit contract?
Leads Against Suit contracts
When defending against a suit contract, there are many considerations. Should you lead trumps? Should you play for a ruff? Should you give partner a ruff?
- lead the top of three card or more honor sequences. This is the first lead taught for beginning bridge players and it's almost always a safe and an attacking lead.
- lead your partner's suit if your partner has bid unless you can find a very good reason not to... partner will love you.
- Lead the top from a doubleton even an honor doubleton if it is in partner's suit
- lead your 4th highest card from your longest and strongest suit a safe but non aggressive lead
- do not lead trumps if you have four or more of them - you want to lead side suits so that declarer must ruff in his hand then you will have more trumps than declarer
Example: Against 2♠ South should make an attacking lead with the K ♥ helping the defense to develop winners in hearts before declarer can discard his heart losers