Double Dummy Corner

Competition Problem 109b

composed by Stefan Ralescu and Hugh Darwen
presented for solving in March 2014

 DR3 ♠ K43 ♥ 762 ♦ AK ♣ QJ1098 ♠ Q65 ♥ KJ1098 ♦ J10987 ♣ none ♠ J987 ♥ Q54 ♦ 65 ♣ K765 ♠ A102 ♥ A3 ♦ Q432 ♣ A432

South to make six no-trumps.  West leads the J.

Successful solvers:  Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Freda Fong, Bülent İyidoğan, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Andries van der Vegt, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Dyah Yulianto, Wim van der Zijden   Tables

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Solution

North makes a diamond and three club tricks, East doing better to play low on the clubs, on which West throws hearts; then South wins the fourth club, West discarding a diamond, and the A (in either order) to give the following ending:

 ♠ K43 ♥ 76 ♦ A ♣ 8 ♠ Q65 ♥ J ♦ 1098 ♣ none ♠ J987 ♥ Q5 ♦ 6 ♣ none ♠ A102 ♥ 3 ♦ Q43 ♣ none

(We assume West keeps a lower heart, though as it happens East cannot afford to overtake the J anyway.)  Declarer crosses to the A to cash the last club, discarding the 3.  East has a spare spade at this stage but West is squeezed in three suits: a diamond discard gives two more diamond tricks, while the J discard makes North’s 76 equals against the Q5.  So West discards a spade.  North now exits on a heart.  East has to play low, so South discards a diamond and West wins. West exits on a diamond—a spade from Q6 doubleton would give declarer three spade tricks—but North discards a spade and East is squeezed in the major suits.

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