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5. Suppose you have the king and five small trumps, and your right-hand adversary plays the queen; in that case do not put on the king, be­cause it is an equal chance that your partner has the ace ; and suppose your adversary should have queen, knave, ten, and one small trump, it is also an equal wager that the ace lies single, either in your adversary's hand or your partner's ; in either of which cases it is bad play to put on your king ; but if the queen of trumps be led, and you have the king, with only two or three trumps, it is then best to put on the king, because it is good play to lead from the queen and one small trump only ; and should your partner have the knave, and your left-hand adversary hold the ace, your neg­lecting to put on the king loses a trick.
1.  Suppose the ten turned up, and that you have king, knave, nine, and two small trumps, with eight other cards of no value, and that it is proper to lead trumps: in that case, begin with the knave, in order to prevent the ten from making a trick ; and though it is but about 5 to 4 that your partner holds an honour, yet if that should fail, by finessing the nine on the return of trumps from your partner, you have the ten in your power.
2.  The nine being turned up, and you have ten, eight, and two small trumps, by leading the ten, it answers the same purpose.
3.  Make a wide difference between a lead of choice, and a forced lead of your partner's ; be­cause, in the first case, he is supposed to lead from his best suit, and finding you deficient in
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