Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 62

composed by Hugh Darwen
presented for solving in April, 2010

DR2

♠ 932

 A97

 K876

♣ 1098

♠ K108

 KJ62

 J10

♣ AQ76

♠ 7

 543

 AQ9432

♣ J32

♠ AQJ654

 Q108

 5

♣ K54

How do East and West defeat South's contract of two spades?

Successful solvers:  Steve Bloom, Leigh Matheson, Rajeswar Tewari, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden

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Solution

It is essential to attack Northís entries before Westís diamonds can be eliminated.  Accordingly, West leads the K.  Declarerís only hope is to allow the K to hold, dropping the Q (or 10) from hand.  The next heart lead must come from East to deny North two entries in the suit, so West switches to a diamond, East overtaking.  South plays the 8 on Eastís heart return at trick 3, but West rises with the J.

A similar defence prevails if North wins the first heart.  Assuming South drops the Q and North now leads a club, ducked round to West, East gets the lead in diamonds and the heart switch effects an avoidance play by the defence.

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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Date last modified: 11 March, 2017