Double Dummy Corner

 

Competition Problem 146a

composed by Paolo Treossi

DR5

♠ 9852

 AQJ

 AK2

♣ 987

♠ 76

 K2

 J10987

♣ A1043

♠ QJ104

 1098

 Q65

♣ QJ6

♠ AK3

76543

 43

♣ K52

South to make four hearts.  West leads the J.

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Solution

North wins with the K and leads the 9, covered by the 10 and K.  The heart finesse is taken and trumps are drawn.  Next comes the 8, again covered by East and South, leaving North with a 52 minor tenace under East’s Q4.  South plays one more trump, North discarding a club.  East now has to find a discard in this position:

♠ 52

 none

 A2

♣ 98

♠ none

 none

 1098

♣ A104

♠ Q4

 none

 Q6

♣ QJ6

♠ 3

7

 4

♣ K52

A.      If East discards a spade, South cashes the last heart and North again discards a club.

1.       If East discards any club, South exits on a spade, establishing North’s 5.  Now either the clubs are blocked or, if East has discarded a high one, South’s 5 is a stopper; so defenders can make only two club tricks before letting North in on the A to score that spade winner.

2.       If East discards a diamond, South plays a diamond to the A and throws West in on a diamond.  Even if West makes two diamond tricks, South will come to the K.

B.      If East discards a low club, South again cashes the last trump and the play is similar to A.

C.      If East discards a high club, South plays a diamond to the A and North leads a club which goes to Q, K, and A.  South ruffs the diamond return and exits on the 2.  West wins with the 10 but then South's 5 beats Wests 4.

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