Double Dummy Corner


Problem 2

composed by Andrew Prothero, 1999


♠ KJ7



♣ J109

♠ 10965



♣ 8

♠ A4



♣ AQ65

♠ Q832



♣ K7432

South to make five no-trumps. West leads the 10.

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Successful solvers to date: Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Rose, Michael Schreiber, Wang Gengliang with K.Y. Chen, Tsuo Chung-Ching, Mauro Fiorentini, Wim van der Zijden, Rajeswar Tewari, Derek Wang, Paul Below

This was the last problem to be presented as a solving competition in Bridge Magazine, where it appeared in December, 2000.  Solvers were invited to answer this question: "Why does Hugh Darwen think this is a very nice problem to end the series?".

The answer lies in my penchant for certain finer points concerning the aesthetical qualities of double dummy problems.  The solution to Andy Prothero's masterpiece involves two distinct seesaw squeezes with spades as the squeeze suit.  In one of them South must overtake North's J when East discards a diamond; in the other, South must do the opposite and play low when East discards a diamond!  I have never before seen the likes of such a "seesaw of seesaws", so to speak.

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