Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 82b

composed by Sebastian Nowacki

DR1

♠ 92

 9532

 8

♣ none

♠ 8

 none

 none

♣ 876542

♠ 73

 86

 653

♣ none

♠ 54

 7

 742

♣ 9

North is on lead at no-trumps. North-South to make 6 tricks.

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Successful solvers:  Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Ian McGarrett, Pavel Střķ˛, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden

Solution

North cashes the 8.  If West discards a club, North follows with the ♠2 to West’s ♠8 and then the forced club to South’s ♣9, North discarding the ♠9 either now or on the 7, catches East in a repeated squeeze.  If West instead discards the ♠8, North plays 9 and another heart so that East must either concede two spade tricks or let South make two minor suit winners in addition to North’s ♠9.

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