Double Dummy Corner

Competition Problem 37

composed by Steve Bloom

presented for solving in March, 2008

 DR4 ♠ 76 ♥ 432 ♦ AJ432 ♣ 1032 ♠ KQ53 ♥ AJ7 ♦ K105 ♣ A65 ♠ 108 ♥ Q1098 ♦ 9876 ♣ 987 ♠ AJ942 ♥ K65 ♦ Q ♣ KQJ4

South to make two clubs.  West leads the ♣A.

Successful solvers:  Rajeswar Tewari, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.  Only three solutions but none of these wanted a DR higher than 4.

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Solution

South drops an honour and West does best to continue clubs, South winning and leading the Q.

A.      If the Q holds, South plays a third club to North's 10 and finesses the 9 to endplay West.  Say West wins and returns the 7 (as good as anything).  Then South wins with the K and, most importantly, cashes the A before exiting on a heart.  West wins with the A and leads the J to East's Q, but East's fourth heart is allowed to hold so that North makes two diamond tricks.

B.      If West covers the Q, North wins and, resisting the temptation to cash the J, leads a spade, South finessing the 9.  West can do no better than win and play another club to North's 10.  South discards a heart on the J and then plays a spade to the J.  West has a safe exit this time on a diamond, but South ruffs and plays A and another spade.  West is endplayed and South scores the K as well as the long spade.  (Had North cashed the J at trick 3, West would have had an easy exit on the 10 at trick 5.)

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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