Double Dummy Corner


Competition Problem 82a

composed by Sebastian Nowacki


♠ 2



♣ none

♠ 7



♣ 6

♠ none



♣ J5

♠ none



♣ A7

East is on lead at no-trumps. North-South to make 5 tricks.

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Successful solvers:  Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Pavel Stříž, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.  I've raised the DR to 2 because two solvers missed the need to squeeze East.


East leads the 2, taken by the J.  South cashes the ♣A and leads the 8, covered by the 9 and 10.  North exits on the ♠2, triple-squeezing East.  If East discards a minor suit card, South discards from the other minor suit and wins the last two tricks with the 7 and the established minor suit winner.  If East instead discards a heart, South does the same so that North’s A4 tenace takes the last two tricks.

See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.