For most this game is far too complex to do everything right every time.So if one develops basic fundamentals it will become easier to play and become more successful for you.The problem is that we all want to better the basics and yet we don't even know why? the basics exsist.
For example lead an ace in a grand,fairly basic fundamental strategy and yet we often like to change that plan.Its a strong move and often wins the game for you.
So before you ever change that move you should be asking why that move exsists, and even what happens when that strategy is applied.This is how I do it
First of all what do I want to happened when I lead the ace. the theory behind this,is that if I lead the ace the player will trump and then 1 of the only 4 trump will be gone.OK then it stands to reason if I have 2 aces in my hand,I should lead the longer ace(meaning where I have more of) because my goal here is to make the player trump and my chances are far better if I have 4 of that suit than 2 of that suit. so if I lead the blank ace my chances of make the player trump are slim, defeating the purpose.Now if my partner bid 22 and I have the blank ace of spades my chances increase again,if my partners bid was true and he has 4 or more spades we will have accomplished the same results but as a team.
If I don't have an ace what are my options ,well ofcourse play my longest suit in hopes that I hit the suit in which the player has to trump,or set up my hand that next time I lead I can play a suit that the player will have to trump,so a suit with 10,k,8,9 would be good because next time I have to lead I can lead the 10 to make the player trump.
The concept is to make the player trump,if not this trick the next one,the 4 jacks have to come out somehow. ok in that case if I have the top2 jacks,I could lead them and that would suck out jacks too. YES
Ok if I have ace,10 king,8 could I lead the king ,maybe, definitely not from behind, because after you partner doesn't put any points in the player will not trump(what is the goal).what about the 10,again YES even better the player has to trump as they can't take the chance that your partner has the ace and the 10 may be as good as an ace only 1 point difference. it also tells your partner who has the ace.
You see how things make sense when you know what the reasoning is behind the strategy.
Lets do another one
Put the player in the middle meaning when you lead the player that has the game has to play a card and then your partner plays a card after .Reasoning for this is ,that the player is never to sure of the trick ,your partner still gets to react after the player,this leaves the player guessing and it gives your partner the power of making the right move .Your partner can smear ,finesse ,trump slough . When you see whats happening you are more than likely to make the right move. So the theory here is more of making the game easy for your partner,so that they can make the right moves. If you and your partner are always guessing the chances of making mistakes are inevitable.
So when I get the player in the middle I want to lead A) some thing that keeps the player in the middle B) something that tell my partner how to react C) confuses the player,therefore it is best to make tricks in this position YES, It is good to play a long suit apposed to a short suit in this position YES, Its important to play a card which tells my partner something YES. Is it good to let my partner make the next trick or to set up his cards.Maybe, It is much better to have the lead and know something than it is to guess in the lead,or hope your partner has a certain card. Middle hand is the guesser in both defence and offence. the lead causes the guessing and shouldn't guess himself.So lead strong or sneaky YES or with a plan or explanation YES.
So what is a bad lead in Forehand with the player in the middle? that why you put the player in the middle because there are very few bad leads.If you strengthen the players side suit,thats a bad lead,if you put the player in the lead without making them trump or having a followup plan that's bad,and if you card tells your partner nothing that's bad.EXample leading 9 from a suit of k,9. this has no reason and tell your partner nothing and there is no followup trick.The only hope you have is that its so bad you might fool the player,its what we call the hopeless move,you just gave up positioning and strength and even hope of winning this game.at least lead the king ,so that your partner might have the ace or you protect his 10.
Now if you do this with all the basic fundamental strategies,then you will be able to put in your own twist and have a explanation to why you altered a good basic move.
Because when it comes down to it basics are still the key.Its just why?
Here try it with a few other Basics;
Long opponent short suit lead ,short opponent long lead
Finnesse the player not your partner
wreck your ten not your partners
when in doubt throw in a picture
seen the ace and 10 don't do it again
Play back what your partner ask for
Don't discard suits of 3
The big cards die on the table
Put the player in the middle
If you don't know which card to smear don't smear either
playing under the ace
Where theirs one blank 10 theres another
lead aces in grand
lead 8's in null
lead pictures in colour games
He who throws off looses
Totally lost lead diamonds (this one still baffles me)
Trump are the key to this game
There are a few more and if anyone knows of some good basic sayings please add them. I have explained a few more here throughout the forum, but I encourage you to analyze them yourself and get the real feel of Why? Basic and How in the end the basic player will come out ahead.