Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 35

composed by Steve Bloom

presented for solving in January, 2008

 

DR2

♠ A

 K2

 Q87654

♣ K876

♠ K765

 none

 J10

♣ AQ95432

♠ J10

 Q109876543

 K9

♣ none

♠ Q98432

 AJ

 A32

♣ J10

South to make six diamonds.  West leads the J.

Successful solvers:  Robin Adey, Jean-Marc Bihl, Ian Budden, Birol Güvenç, Christopher Hext, Pravin Kashelkar, Derek Lu, Uscumlic Milan, Gautam Nandi, Steve Dunn, Steve Porter, Steve Rose, Rajeswar Tewari, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.

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Solution

North plays low.  If East does likewise, North wins a spade and throws East in on a second diamond.  East is endplayed and must either set up declarer's spades by leading that suit or allow declarer two entries in hearts.  Therefore East plays the K at trick 1.  After A, Q, and ♠A, South overtakes the K and leads the ♠Q.  North ruffs West's ♠K and exits with a heart.  East has to win and let South in on a heart ruff to score the good spades.

See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.

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