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Third and Fifth - A lead convention where the opening lead is either the third or fifth card down from the top card held by the opener (top of sequence leads take precedence).  Two methods are in use:
 
Variation

Meaning

Classic

Opener leads the third highest card when holding 3 or 4 cards in a suit, while leading the fifth card when holding 5 or more.

Modern

Opener leads the third highest card when holding an even number of cards, and the lowest from an odd number.  This is the prime feature of the Journalist Lead system.

 

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