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Defense From the Bermuda Bowl
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North
K8732
Q
Q65
AK92
East
QJ5
532
AKJ8
Q83
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
P

Partner leads the 4, 3rd and 5th. What is your plan?

If partner's lead is from a 3-card holding, you can count 3 diamonds, and likely the ace of spades. So, you will need 2 trump tricks to defeat this contract.

If partner's hearts are strong enough to take 2 tricks on their own, there are unlikely to be many layouts where your play matters. What if they need a promotion?

You will need to get the dummy's Q off the table before you play the 13th diamond. Accordingly, Geoff Hampson returned a heart, and this was the full deal:

Greco
A64
K109
1074
J754
North
K8732
Q
Q65
AK92
Hampson
QJ5
532
AKJ8
Q83
South
109
AJ8764
932
106
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
P
D

Eric Greco won the king of hearts, cashed his ace of spades (to prevent declarer from pitching a stiff spade on the 13th diamond), and played a diamond back to Hampson, who duly played two more rounds of diamonds to defeat the contract.

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