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Week 0207 : 10th June 2024

ACTIVE DEFENCE

A positive attempt by the defenders to defeat a contract by taking or establishing tricks, usually involving the risk of losing tricks. This is the opposite to a passive defence where the emphasis is on not giving tricks away but waiting for the declarer to lose tricks.

South plays in 4 and West leads the ♣J. Winning with the ace, East sees the danger that declarer intends to throw losers on dummy’s diamonds and so makes the active defence of switching to the ♠3. If West holds the ♠A, the defenders will be able to cash some spade tricks.

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