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        tricks, by finessing East out of his guarded ♦J. Trick One went ♦7, ♦4, ♦J, ♦A,
        where upon declarer drew trumps and played ♦10 and over to ♦KQ, discarding
        ♥4. He now had the luxury of leading towards his ♣K for the overtrick. This did
        not materialise with West holding ♣A over ♣K, but the game was made.
        What should have happened . . .
               West immediately eliminates a club lead (leading away from an ace,
        against a suit contract, is bottom of the heap; here you can see that it promotes
        declarer’s ♣K). But he prefers a heart to the top of a doubleton diamond. ♥3 goes
        to ♥2, ♥10 (note that there is no reason for East to play ♥K, as he knows West
        cannot hold ♥A; indeed it is imperative that he keeps ♥K, to prevent dummy’s ♥J
        from being promoted). Declarer wins ♥A, cashes ♠AK, then follows with ♦A and
        over to ♦KQ. ♦J does not appear and now, with just three diamond tricks, declarer
        is left leading to ♣K for his game. When ♣K loses to ♣A, he is down one, losing
        two clubs and two hearts.
        If you remember one thing...
               Beware the top of a doubleton lead. It often helps declarer to set up a

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