WHIST BYA.C.C- DONE RHYME

WHIST BYA.C.C- DONE RHYME
WHIST RULES
FOR LEADS
DONE IN RHYME
BYA.C.C- - -
WHIST RULES
FOR LEADS
IN
RHYME
A. C.
C
NEW-YORK
1888
Copyright, 1888,
By Anna
C. Clapp.
LC Control Numb
tmp96
02633
WHIST RULES FOR LEADS.
Holding king, with ace or queen,
First lead king, as
you have
seen.
Holding king, with queen and
Still
ace,
lead king, in the first place,
Then with queen pray follow
next,
So your partner's not perplexed,
But
rests assured the ace
Among
remains
the cards your hand retains.
With only king and queen, lead king,
Then fearlessly a low card swing.
Unless the ace should
When,
fall
on king,
naturally, the queen
's
the thing.
King, queen, knave and one small card,
First lead king
— now study hard]
—
King, queen, knave and two others,
First lead knave, like whist lovers,
To show you have not only
In this
your
suit,
Your second
Is
strength
but also length.
same three
lead from these
governed by your ^fs^,
Lead king, then knave
Or knave, then
king,
—
for see
—
in a suit of four.
when
it
numbers more.
With ace, queen, knave, lead the ace.
Then comes the queen next in place,
Unless
it is
another time
When
both strength and length combine,
When
lead the ace
And
at the last,
Holding
ace,
and then
the knave,
command you
queen, knave and
'11
save.
ten,
After ace, lead ten out then.
To force the king where'er he be,
And then make queen and knave, you
Now we come
to a favorite lead,
Adopting which you must succeed,
see.
With
Since
And
king, knave, ten, lead ten always,
it 's
if
been proved
For adverse ace will
But should queen
Continue
we know.
fall,
fall
And by and by you
on lead of
ten,
lead again,
now with
king ox jack
Showing number you
Now
really pays.
it
ten wins, then please play loWy
hold, or lack.
with the ten, knave, queen and king.
Always play
ten,
important thing
To win at once entire command,
Though ace lies in your partner's hand.
And by your
All that
second lead,
you hold,
for
we
'11
know
you can show,
By leading knave, queen
lies
As well as king, and long
with you
suit too
Or, leading queen, that you
're
;
not long,
But that you are unusually strong.*
But should ten win, then, in this case.
Follow with king, to force out ace
*
See Cavendish, i6th Edition, page
67.
;
)
And show you hold
Unless
it is
Oifive in suit,
And
all
the queen as well,
you wish
will
to tell
when
lead the queen,
know just what you mean.
more
In other words, to be
And
to repeat this
plain
once again,
Lead king or queen should ace not
Length deciding
And
whicli
queen or knave
\n forcing ace
— that
when you
by your
With queen, knave,
fall
's all
—
succeed
ten lead.
ten, or
knave, ten, nine,
Lead highest card, as sequence-sign.
And
if
numbers more,
the sequence
Follow with lowest of the four.
Or,
if
Take
your lead was one of
three,
care to let the next card be
The one
that tells
For that
is
if
the suit
is
long,
the burden of this song.*
* "With two high, indifferent cards, lead the higher it
you opened a suit of four the lower if you opened a
SUIT OF FIVE." (See '* American Leads in Whist Developments," by Cavendish.)
Cards are " indifferent" when by the lead of either it will
(In such a case the
become evident that one holds both.
;
lead of the lower card implies length.
6
;
With one honor, and
Lead the
cards
fourth best"
''
all
small,
— make high cards
But with four or more beside the
Lead the ace
For
if
you
at once, in
're
Some one
such a case
long in any
will
suit.
trump next time, sans
doute.
With two honors that do not touch.
Lead one of them out ? No not much
;
But lead
Or you
'*
''
fourth best" again,
to the foot"
Though, mark me,
To
I
fall
ace,
my
!
friend,
'm forced to send.
this does not refer
lead oi ace, let naught deter
You from
leading that, as you 've been taught.
Unless you are comparatively short.
The nine usually means
Unless
"weak
''
fourth best,"
lead"; so you can
Assured of three very good cards
In leading
rest
still
hand, to be played at will.
y^htn forced
to lead
from
The highest one pray
suit of three.
let it be,
7
T
by chance, you have
Unless,
Higher than knave,
when
a card
it 's
not hard
To see that, by only leading low,
You can play to win
as you must know
—
When
Lest you should ask
I
'11
!
forced to lead from suit of two,
tell
you now,
The higher
card
me what to
for
is
once and
forced to
do,
all,
fall,
And even when it is a case
Of holding only king and ace.
TRUMP LEADS.
In
managing trumps and how to lead,
all puzzle more than they need,
People
For
And
it 's
as simple as simple can be,
easily solved as the rule of three,
Merely requiring a
Just
how
little
to vary rules
thought
you
've
been taught.
For instance
—
in
trumps
**play a backward
game,"
Reserving
And
all
strength at
first in
the same,
giving a partner one chance at least
Of winning
a trick before he has ceased
To
follow the lead, for you cannot count
On
his
holding many,
Moreover, you
Embarrass
In
left
when^ow 've an amount.
may by leading low
who will not know
hand,
which of the hands the high cards
so will allow a trick to go by,
lie,
And
Enabling third hand to win, perchance,
With
A
a fourth-rate card,
partner,
who may
and thus entrance
be a bit avaricious
—
For to such souls, such tricks are delicious
It 's
To
!
only in trumps that you can afford
lead in this way,
and the high cards hoard
But then, as I 've said to you before,
Rely on your head, and " play to the score."
9
;
— —
!
And remember,
you
please,
For conquests like these,
're
not to yearn
when you
discern
Three very good cards within your hand.
For in such cases you
And your scheme
A
foe
upon
is
whom
Or,
if
suit as
you hold
Beside the ace,
Not
as
soon command.
destruction
So, to keep him from
Lead out the
'11
then to circumvent
if 't
many
you
's
sent
undue gain,
'11
were " plain."
as six,
make more
tricks
to lead low, as the chances are
None
of the rest can follow
you
far
;
So, count your cards, and, finding you hold
Seven
in suit,
In leading
your game must be bold.
trumps there
's
one exception.
One
that avoids
The
leader then rising superior
To
any deception,
strategy of hands inferior.
And showing partner from the first
No need to fear the enemy's worst,
Namely when holding ace, king and queen,
Or all four honors, let them be seen
:
By leading lowest, since
The trick quite as well
't
will secure
— this^ow
And
As
you have command,
must be in your hand.
the best trumps
Or leading queen
if first
least
^w in
first,
if
believe
is
knave
then, as
you know,
wishing to show
suit ; or, holding but four.
Then follow with ace
I
lead
ace, confusion to save.
Follow with king,
This
—
also proclaims that
all
And on this plan,
Then follow with
At
are sure
is
my
You knowing where
to
last
prove you 've no more.
injunction
to seek
more
C^
;
instruction.
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