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Defending against two enterprising bidders
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East
J
98
KQJ104
A7652
South
974
AQ5
652
K1098
W
N
E
S
1
2NT
X
3
P
P
X
P
P
P

It is often best to lead trumps vs doubled three level contracts. So Partner leads the 4H. Your turn?

Well, I hope you remembered your coups and won the AH and switched to the KC. if West wraps 3HX, you will hate yourself, even worse if Declarer has a singleton QC. Wikipedia calls this a Merrimac coup; the Deschapelles is similar. Good to know; I lived for three years in Merrimack, NH. 

Next: 

East
AJ5
K9754
K852
3
South
K104
A10
J10
AQ10975
W
N
E
S
 
1
1
1
2
X
P
3
3
4
P
P
4
P
P
P

Partner leads the 2C to your A and you switch to the JT. Declarer takes the QD and AD; partner follows with the 6 and 9. Declarer leads a H to the K and your A. Over to you?

Well, that was easy. A spade switch led to two down. You could have done this at trick two, but better late than never.

Next:

West
2
KJ102
AK8
J8432
South
AK7543
Q953
4
97
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
X
2
P
3
X
P
4
P
5
P
P
P

You lead AS (A from AK). Partner plays the 9 and Declarer the 6. Your turn?

Did you imagine what two spade ruffs in Dummy would do for partner's Txxx in Ds, along with his AC? Did you go deeper and realize that Declarer might hold Qxx in Spades and play partner for the K? If so, you lead a low S and defeated your third tenuous contract. Partner held JT9 64 T753 AQT5.

If you missed this, well the middle hand was too easy (ha ha). If you got all three, you have had a good workout today.

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