Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 74

composed by Steve Bloom
presented for solving in April, 2011

DR3

♠ Q1042

 1032

 J32

♣ A103

♠ J9

 KJ987

 8

♣ K9654

♠ AK83

 Q6

 Q964

♣ 872

♠ 765

 A54

 AK1075

♣ QJ

South to make three no-trumps.  West leads a heart. 

Successful solvers:  Jean-Marc Bihl, Leigh Matheson, Sebastian Nowacki, Satyanarayana, Rajeswar Tewari, Wim van der Zijden

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Solution

A high heart would allow South to win the first trick and put East on play after finesses and two rounds in each minor suit, so West leads a low heart, on which North must play the 10.  East wins with the Q and continues the suit, South winning with the A.  South’s Q and J are both allowed to hold (best), whereupon South leads a spade to the 9, 10, and K.  East’s best return now is a club to North’s A, on which South takes care to discard a spade.  Next comes the J and however East plays the second round of spades will guarantee that South gets a second diamond finesse and the contract¾East either leads the suit and gives South four diamond tricks or lets North in on the 4.

Traps:

1.       If North fails to play the 10 at trick 1, then West stays on lead and switches to spades.

2.       If, in the above line, South discards a heart instead of a spade on the third club, then East covers the J and, on winning the second spade trick, underleads the 8 to put South on play with nothing but diamonds.  East thus makes a diamond and the 8.

3.       If South, after winning the first two club tricks in the above line, tries the 10 instead of a spade, it is allowed to hold!  A spade comes next but East wins and returns 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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