Michael Lawrence in Defense

Another Defensive Hand from the Software DEFENSE

South wins with the queen and leads a club, won by your ten. You lead another heart. South takes this with the king and then does a strange thing. He does not ruff a club in dummy. Unexpectedly, he draws another round of hearts, East following for the third time.

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Michael Lawrence in Defense

A Defensive Thought

Do you and your partner know for sure which card you would lead from the J93 when your partner opens the bidding in this suit? Does it make any difference if your suit is headed by the ten or nine or lower?

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Michael Lawrence in Defense

Another Defensive Thought

West ruffs. He goes to dummy with a trump, and ruffs another diamond. West now plays the ace and king of clubs and ruffs a club in dummy. Inevitably come the last three hearts.

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Michael Lawrence in Defense

A Defensive Hand from the Software DEFENSE

Defense is usually the last thing that a defender learns to be efficient at. It is much tougher than playing a dummy for a variety of reasons. When you are defending, there are many things you can do to help you find the best play. One of these things is to count.

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