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The Asian Age - - Coffee- Break - PHILLIP ALDER

A. N. Ony­mous once said, “An ex­pert is one who knows more and more about less and less.”

But that is why she or he is an ex­pert — spe­cial­i­sa­tion. When you are the de­clarer at the bridge ta­ble, though, the more you know about one de­fender’s hand, the more you can de­duce about the other’s.

In to­day’s deal, South is pushed into five di­a­monds. West starts the de­fense with his two top spades. Af­ter ruff­ing the sec­ond on the board, how should South con­tinue?

West’s jump to four spades promised a good eight- card suit and some 6- 10 high- card points. Now North had an awk­ward de­ci­sion. Dou­bling and tak­ing the money ( as­sum­ing South passed, which he pre­sum­ably

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