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lead at the time be from the friend or foe; if from the first, the discard is intended to direct the partner, otherwise it is to mislead the opponent : when proficients throw away the best of a suit to a partner's winning card, it is intimating that they command the same [see pages 103 and 123, rules 2 and 6]; and should the second-best be thrown away, that is saying they do not possess any more ; if a low card be led before the next inferior one, that implies a weak suit, and the contrary when the lowest is played first; endeavour likewise to keep the command of your enemies' suits, but never those of your friend. [See pages 103, 104, rules 1, 2, 3 ; and page 148, maxim 1.]
Leading from single cards, without a strength of trumps, is hazardous, but often advantageous ; hazardous, for when a friend possesses the king guarded, he will lose it should the ace lie behind him, or should he win he may play trump, as be­lieving the single card to be from a strong suit, or the enemies may do so, as guessing at your views ; on the other hand, advantageous, as by so leading you may both preserve tenace in other suits, and perhaps make some small trumps. [See pages 92 and 156, rules 19 and 14.] Possessing tierce to a king, with others of the same suit, lead the knave ; holding ace-king, or king-queen, with either five or four more, play the highest, except in trumps, and then with four or less, lead the lowest; do the same in other suits when all the remaining trumps are with you and friend. Having an ace, or king of trumps, with sequence from ten down­wards, and queen or knave turned up on the left, lead the ten ; having ace, queen, knave, or ace, queen, ten and more, lead the ace. [See page 151, maxims 7 and 8.] With ace, queen, and ten, when the knave is turned up on the right, lead the queen ;
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