The Merrimac coup is named for the U.S. ship Merrimac, which Americans deliberately sank in the Spanish-American War. The ship was sunk in the harbor of Santiago de Cuba to block Spanish ships from entering. (Unlike in bridge, the actual blockade failed.)
East opens 1, but South reaches an ambitious
If East makes a passive return like a diamond, declarer can win, draw trumps, and take a ruffing finesse in clubs against East. Whenever East covers the
East has a more interesting alternative at trick 2, which is to lead the
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