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Win the spade lead with the ace and advance the ♦J! Caught unawares, very few Wests would be capable of playing low smoothly when they held the king. If West does play low, with no reaction, you will win with dummy’s ace, draw trumps, and throw the remaining diamond on the fourth round of spades. You can then take a guess in the heart suit, combining the chances in diamonds and hearts. Feigning strength to encourage a switch Playing in notrump, you will sometimes have the opportunity to play on a suit where you are completely bare.

Suppose he has ♣K6 or ♣K10. Fearing that you hold the jack, he may save you a trick by going in with the king. Nor will he be any better off if he thinks for a while, considering whether to play the king. You would then drop his king on the next round. East’s situation is all the more difficult because he will not have been expecting you to play a low club from dummy. If East places you with the jack, he may regard the suit as a lost cause even when he holds something like K-10-x. He may rise with the king, taking the opportunity to clear the defenders’ main suit.

Nor will he be any better off if he thinks for a while, considering whether to play the king. You would then drop his king on the next round. East’s situation is all the more difficult because he will not have been expecting you to play a low club from dummy. If East places you with the jack, he may regard the suit as a lost cause even when he holds something like K-10-x. He may rise with the king, taking the opportunity to clear the defenders’ main suit. Creating an imaginary loser Persuading a defender that he can defeat the contract by grabbing a winner can produce bushels of points.

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