Inferences: Clues from Partner's Lead Part 2

Players love to lead an Ace if they hold AK in a suit. It seems the safest thing to do. Almost the same (though not so safe) is to lead the K from KQ, to promote a trick early.
So when you’re putting together a picture of what’s in partner’s hand from what they lead, assume this. So, it follows that if partner doesn’t lead one of these combinations of cards in a suit that hasn’t been bid, it’s because they don’t have that.


  • Partner will tend to lead their best suit, even if they didn’t make a bid

  • The most popular lead is A from AK any time that person is on lead

  • KQ in an unseen suit is a popular lead too, as it will promote a trick later

  • So, when partner leads another suit, and dummy comes down with, say, three little cards in that suit, assume partner doesn’t have the two top honours (AK)

  • Either the top two honours (AK) in that suit will be divided or declarer will hold them both

Lesson Hands

Now it’s your turn to put this lesson into practice. Play each of the bridge hands and then watch the review videos for additional tips and an example on how to approach the hand.

Lesson Quiz

The quiz below may not work properly on some mobile devices. If you are having trouble using it, please click here to open the quiz in its own window.

What’s next?

Looking for more? You can play unlimited hands online against the computer, or access more lessons from the Online School of Bridge Lesson Library.
Below are some recent lessons you may wish to complete or review.