Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 139b

composed by Paolo Treossi
presented for solving in September 2016

DR2

♠ 32

 QJ10432

 J2

♣ AJ8

♠ none

 K9876

 109

♣ Q76543

♠ KJ10987

 5

 K7654

♣ 9

♠ AQ654

 A

 AQ83

♣ K102

South to make six no-trumps.  West leads the ♣4.

Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, A.V. Ramana Rao, Zoran Sibinović, F.Y. Sing, Andries van der Vegt, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden  Tables

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Solution

North wins the opening lead with the J, South dropping the 10 (even though this doesn’t give North two more entries in the suit against best defence).  North leads the J.  Whether or not East allows this to win, declarer wins two diamond tricks and the A, then leads the 2.  West tries to make things difficult by rising with the Q, but North wins with the A and plays the Q on which South jettisons the K, followed by the J if the Q wins.

A.      If West plays the K, North wins the return and plays any remaining winner.  East is squeezed before South in spades and diamonds.

B.      If West lets the Q and J win, then North’s 8 squeezes East without the count: a spade discard allows South to discard the diamond loser, take the spade finesse and then give up a trick in the suit, taking the last two tricks with the 8 and the established spade.

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