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You are East. The bidding went:

West  North East  South
                   P      2H*
3C     3H     4C    4H
All pass

Your partner, West, led the CA-C2-C9(reverse count)-CT, and then switched to the S8-S2-SA-SJ. What do you lead to the third trick?

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This Week in Bridge is looking at Defense in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas:

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"Defence, defence, defence. Making those -620s into +100s and -90s into +50s will transform your score sheet and your results." according to expert Paul Lavings. "Most players and partnerships put far too little time into their defence."

Paul delivered a talk at the NSW Bridge Association on Monday 11 April 2016 on this critical topic.

Try his defensive checklist to see what you can be doing to improve your defence:


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You are South and after this bidding sequence partner leads the DA. What do you play?

West  North East  South
                    1H     P
1S      X       3H     P
3S      P       4S     All pass