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A clear map helps the declarer

China Daily | Updated: 2018-01-13 08:08

David Letterman quipped, "Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees."

This is my favorite defense deal that I use in classes. South ends in two spades, leaving East-West needing six tricks to defeat the contract. How can they do it?

In the auction, West would have done well to double again on the second round because East-West can make three diamonds with the trumps splitting 2-2. But that is far from clear-cut, especially at the prevailing unfavorable vulnerability - and would have ruined a good story.

A clear map helps the declarer

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