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that, and not being strong enough in trumps, and not daring to force you, he then plays his next best suit, which demonstrates that he is weak in trumps; but should he persevere, by playing off his first lead, judge him strong in trumps, and play your game accordingly.
4.  Nothing is more pernicious than to change often, because in every new suit you run the risk of giving your adversary the tenace ; and, there­fore, though you lead from a suit of which you have the queen, ten, and three small ones, and your partner puts on the nine only, in that case, if you should happen to be weak in trumps, and have no tolerable suit to lead from, it is best to pursue the lead of that suit by playing your queen, which leaves it in your partner's option whether he will trump or not, in case he has no more of that suit; but in your second lead, if you should happen to have the queen or knave, with one small card only of any other suit, it would be better to lead from your queen or knave, it being 5 to 2 that your partner has one honour at least in it.
5.  When you have ace, king, and one small card of any suit, with four trumps ; if your right-hand adversary lead that suit, pass it, because it is an equal wager that your partner has a better card in it than the third hand; if so, you gain a trick ; if otherwise, as you have four trumps, you may not lose, because you probably will have the long trump.
1. In case you are weak in trumps, and it does not appear your partner is strong in them, be
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