Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem #3

from actual play, analysed by Hugh Darwen, 2004

DR7

 none

 K74

 AK862

 KQJ53

 

 

 AK98

 A63

 93

 A1086

South to make seven clubs. West leads the 7.

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Successful solvers to date:  Jean-Marc Bihl, Sebastian Nowacki, llhuii5614

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The grand slam was reached after high-level intervention in spades by East, who can be assumed to hold at least seven of that suit.  David Berkowitz made the grand slam and thereby won the International Bridge Press Association's Best Played Hand of The Year Award in 2001.  He discarded a heart from dummy at trick 1 and led a trump to the ♣J at trick 2, East showing out.  Luckily, both followed to two rounds of diamonds.  A third diamond was ruffed high.  The ♠A came next, West correctly discarding a heart.  There followed a spade ruff, the K, and another diamond ruffed high.  Now declarer advanced the ♣8, covered by West and North, and came back to hand on a heart, leaving North at trick 12 with ♣K-5 sitting over West's ♣7-4!

Your task is to find a better play than this award winning play, assuming only that East has at least seven spades.  If you send me a solution that doesn't make 100% sure of the contract (for I think there is no such solution), show me an East hand against which your play fails.  Also, tell me what you think the Difficulty Rating should be.  (I spent the best part of a week on my solution, so I'm hoping you'll say 8.)

Those who submit solutions that are as good as or better than mine will be awarded D.D. Master Points.

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Hugh Darwen, 2014

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