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Bridge 7/11
Your target is four, not three
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    Clement Stone, a businessman, philanthropist and self-help book author who died in 2002, said, "You, too, can determine what you want. You can decide on your major objectives, targets, aims and destination."
    At the bridge table, both sides know their target: the tricks needed to make or break the contract. Declarer normally has his eyes firmly set on his target, but many defenders take scant notice of theirs.
    Look at only the West hand. What would you lead against four hearts after the given auction?
    Once you have decided, look at the dummy also. Let's suppose you select the spade ace. How would you plan the defense after the other three players contribute low spades?
    I dislike leading suits bid by the opponents. I would probably have led a low club, giving away the contract immediately. (And it takes a diamond lead to defeat four spades.)
    You can see three defensive tricks: two spades and a spade ruff. But where is trick four? It might be a diamond, but here it has to be a club. If you cash both of your two top spades and give partner his ruff, though, declarer will win East's club shift on the board, draw trumps, and cash his two spades, discarding dummy's club loser.
    From the bidding, you know partner has a singleton spade. Give him a spade ruff at trick two, leading your spade two as a suit-preference signal for clubs. Assuming partner returns a club (not the diamond king), you will cash a club trick when in with your spade king.
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