How To Lead To A Double

The question of what lead should be made when the partner has doubled

is comparatively simple, although the answer depends materially upon

whether the double has been of a No-trump or a suit declaration. When a

No-trump has been doubled, the original lead should invariably be the

suit the doubler has declared. When the doubler has not made any

declaration, the suit the leader has called should be opened. When

neither the doubler nor the leader has declared, a case that rarely

occurs, the lead should be either the best Club or the highest card of

the leader's shortest suit, depending upon which of these two

conventions the doubler approves.

The theory of the advocates of the Club convention is that it is

important for the doubler of a No-trump to know exactly what suit will

be led, and that he is more apt to desire Clubs than any other, as the

other suits, being of greater value, are more likely to be bid. The

argument of the advocates of the high card of the short suit convention

is that it enables a double to be made with any long suit.

The Club convention is much safer, and is used by most conservative


In the event of there being any doubt what the lead should be, if the

leader be fortunate enough to hold an Ace, it is good policy for him to

lead it for the purpose of taking a look. The contents of the Dummy

will probably furnish the desired information.

When a suit declaration has been doubled, a singleton is always an

advantageous opening. The lead of a high card is also advisable for the

purpose of taking a look. If the leader be without either a singleton

or high-card lead, his partner's suit is unquestionably his wisest


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