Double Dummy Corner

Competition Problem 110b

composed by Paolo Treossi
presented for solving in April 2014

 DR3 ♠ 10762 ♥ Q732 ♦ K2 ♣ A43 ♠ 9 ♥ J1098 ♦ QJ10987 ♣ K5 ♠ K43 ♥ K654 ♦ 6 ♣ 109876 ♠ AQJ85 ♥ A ♦ A543 ♣ QJ2

South to make six spades.  West leads the Q.

Successful solvers:  Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Bülent İyidoğan, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, F.Y. Sing, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden   Tables

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Solution

Declarer wins in hand with the A, cashes the A, then leads the Q, covered by the K and A.  North leads the 10, which East does best to duck.  South unblocks the 8 so that North remains on lead when East then ducks the 7.  South now ruffs a heart, cashes the A and J, then exits to East on the third club, giving this four card ending with East on lead:

 ♠ 7 ♥ Q7 ♦ K ♣ none ♠ none ♥ J10 ♦ J10 ♣ none ♠ none ♥ K6 ♦ none ♣ 109 ♠ Q ♥ none ♦ 543 ♣ none

A heart lead gives declarer a heart trick.  A club lead is ruffed by North, squeezing West: a diamond discard is followed by the K, a heart ruff and a good diamond, whereas a heart discard lets North establish the 7 by leading the Q, with the K for re-entry.

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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