Euchre Quiz – What Should You Lead?

The dealer has picked up the Ace of Hearts. What is your best lead?

Nine of Spades King of Spades Queen of Diamonds Ten of Hearts King of Hearts

 

Answer

The Queen of Diamonds!

First of all, the K and 10 should be quickly eliminated from consideration, because you should not lead trump into your opponent’s order. This is stated in the Sixth Commandment of Euchre.

Leading 9 in hopes that you could someday play the K and squeeze out a trick is a long shot. Your opponents could easily win a trick and lead another spade to allow the other player to Trump In. You will be force to follow suit, when you would rather play a trump.

Leading the K is an inferior version of the 9 lead. The K has slim chances of making it around the table, and the 9 is a poor squeeze card.

Leading the Q creates a void in diamonds. This maximizes your chances to Trump In if your opponents leads a club or another diamond. If you win a trick, you can still play the 9 and hope to squeeze the K.