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On defense, sometimes a little white lie is necessary in order to point Partner in the right direction. No more clues, hereís your problem:
South West North East
1♥ 2♣ 2♦ Pass
2♥ Pass 4♥ Pass
You are sitting East, trying to beat 4♥. Partner leads the ♣A. Where can you find four defensive tricks? Assuming that West has the Ace-King of Clubs, it seems more than likely that Declarer has the ♠A and the ♥A for that opening bid, so at first glance it may appear that the best the defense can do is to take its two Club tricks and the ♦A. That's not enough! Any ideas for an extra trick? OK, now that youíve solved the problem, let us proceed ...