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