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West   North   East   South
pass     2♣      dbl*    2
pass    3NT     all pass

* Lead Directing - shows a strong club suit and demands a club lead.

You hold the South hand on this deal, which took place in a team-of-four event. The scoring is IMPs, where the objective is to make your contract and overtricks are insignificant. You open a 15-17 1NT, and end up in 3NT after East doubles partner's 2♣ Stayman bid to request a club lead.

West dutifully leads the ♣9, East overtakes this with the 10. From the lead directing double and West's opening lead, you know that East has the missing club honors. So you duck this trick, in an attempt to sever defensive communications. This maneuver succeeds, as East cashes the ♣A with West following with the ♣4, and then plays the ♣Q to trick 3, with West discarding the ♠10. How do you continue?

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Bridge Baron deal No: N4145-91436-65018-76104-02618-46632

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