Someone comes up to you and gives you an opening lead problem. This is your hand:
♠9 7 5 ♥A 7 6 ♦9 2 ♣Q J 8 5 2
What do you lead? You can make a case for just about anything, but it would be nice to know the bidding and the contract. To satisfy that need, I am giving you four different auctions. You are West. No one is vulnerable.
|2♥||3♠ (1)||All Pass|
Are these choices always going to work? Mostly they will, but when they don’t, you should accept it. Of the points made in these four hands, the one about not leading aces is the big one.
Just remember this helpful acronym, IYLAAYWOLWYSHL: “If you lead an ace, you will often learn what you should have led.” Write it on your convention card under opening leads. You will get a lot of odd looks, if nothing else.