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The Bath Coup is well known by now:
West leads the King and Declarer craftily ducks. Now if West continues he gives Declarer a second trick in the suit. The rule for East here, when holding Jxx, is to encourage with his higher spot card, hopefully that agreement will save West from the ignominy of the Bath Coup. The following deal has a twist on that, the so-called ďAnti-Bath Coup.
Against your 3NT contract West leads the ♥K. What are the dangers of taking your Ace immediately?