Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 58

composed by Luigi Caroli, Paolo Treossi, and Carlo Alberto Magri
presented for solving in December 2009

DR7

♠ 8

 AJ843

 J8432

♣ 82

♠ A7532

 Q2

 K9

♣ Q963

♠ J96

 109765

 A76

♣ 107

♠ KQ104

 K

 Q105

♣ AKJ54

South to make three no-trumps when West leads (a) the ♣3, (b) the 2.

Successful solvers:  Rajeswar Tewari, Wim van der Zijden

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Solution

(a)     When West leads the 3, South wins with the J and advances the Q, which is allowed to hold (best).  Now comes the K.

A.      If West plays the 2, the K wins.  Next comes the ♠K, which also wins, East dropping the ♠9.  This is followed by a diamond to West’s K.  West exits with a club to South’s ♣K (so the four kings have won four consecutive tricks!).  South now leads the ♠Q.

1.       If West wins and East plays low, then East will eventually be thrown in and forced to let North win two heart tricks.

2.       If West ducks and East drops the J, then South plays A and another club and West is endplayed.

3.       If West wins and East drops the J, West tries the Q but that is allowed to hold.  Now South makes the A and 10 and exits on a diamond so that North’s A and long diamond take the last two tricks.

B.      If West drops the Q, North overtakes with the A and cashes the J, South discarding the ♠4.  After a diamond to West’s K declarer comes to nine tricks quite easily.

(b)     When West leads the 2, South wins and this time advances the 10!  When West ducks, North overtakes with the J so that when East also ducks North can cash two heart tricks, South discarding clubs.  West does best to discard a spade, but in that case South finesses the 10.  Whether West wins or ducks, that player will eventually be thrown in to lead away from the Q.

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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