Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 40

composed by Steve Bloom

presented for solving in June, 2008

 

DR4

♠ Q10432

 876

 Q

♣ K832

♠ J98765

 J

 AKJ5

♣ 109

♠ none

 Q943

 10987

♣ J7654

♠ AK

 AK1052

 6432

♣ AQ

South to make three no-trumps.  West leads the K.

Successful solvers:  Ian Budden, Birol Güvenç, Vincent Labbé, Rajeswar Tewari, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.

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Solution

West does best to switch to a club.  South wins the A, AK, A, then exits with a low diamond, carefully preserving the 6; North discards a club.  West wins and leads another club.  North rises with the K and cashes the Q, squeezing East out of a diamond.  A heart to the 9 and 10 is followed by the 4, North discarding a heart if West plays low (in which case South will make two more heart tricks), otherwise a club (in which case either the 10 or 6 will make a trick in addition to the K).

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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