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Journalist Leads - An opening lead system against opponent's Notrump contract.

Lead

Meaning

Ace

3+ honor long suit, asking partner to unblock; otherwise, play high if even and low if odd count

King

Shows A K or K Q combination

Queen

Shows Q J 10 or K Q 10 9 sequence, asking partner to unblock

Jack

Denies a higher ranking honor (Jack Denies)

Ten

Promising at least Ace, King, or Queen.

Nine

From 10 9, denying a higher honor

Spot

Second highest or highest, discouraging suit continuation

Lowest

Implies a long suit, encouraging suit continuation.
See Third and Fifth leads.

 

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