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Author: David Bird
An intermediate-level discussion of declarer play, this book focuses on the power of the trump suit. Its subjects include trump timing - should you draw all the defenders' trumps straight away, some of their trumps, or perhaps perform some other vital task first? - and situations where you need to unblock in the trump suit or to put a defender on lead with a trump. The reader will learn how to make maximum use of the entries provided by the trump suit, and how to perform a trump safety play or a trump avoidance play. Two other important topics are how to make your contract against a bad trump break and how you can survive a forcing attack on the long-trump holding.
Later chapters explain how to play contracts with fewer than eight trumps at your disposal, and also how to conjure extra tricks from the trump suit. Every couple of chapters or so, there is a 9-problem quiz section.
Paperback: 208 pages: March 2012