Eddie Kantar
 

 

 

Double Dummy Problems

New problem added: 3/21/13

Most double dummy problems are so hard that the average reader usually doesn't even try to solve them. At least some of these are easier. Good luck.

#1    HARD TO IMAGINE   (A toughy) 

                                North  
                                 S. K742
                                 H. 8 
                                 D. 87532 
                                 C. 1098 

West                                               East
S. J53                                             S. AQ10
H. Q97653                                     H. J42 
D. AKQJ                                          D. 10964 
C. -                                                 C. 543 

                                South 
                                 S. 986
                                 H. AK10 
                                 D.  -
                                 C. AKQJ762 

South to make 5C after West leads the DA. 

SOLUTION to #1 

Ruff the diamond with the CA; over to  dummy using  the C6 and ruff a diamond with the CK. Continue with a club to dummy 7, ruff a third  diamond with the CQ and play the AK10 of hearts ruffing with dummy's last trump and ruff a fourth diamond with the CJ leaving your hand with the C2 and three small spades. 

Dummy has Kxx of spades and a high diamond and East has the C3 and the AQ10 of spades. Can you see it coming?  Toss  East in with the three of clubs, discarding a spade from dummy. East has to play the ace and a spade and dummy takes the last two tricks with the SK and a small diamond. 

#2     SEE IT? 

                                            North
                                            S. AK432
                                            H. 102
                                            D. A43
                                            C. K32

West                                                                                East 
S. J10                                                                           S. Q987 
H. 9876                                                                         H. 5
D. J109                                                                          D. KQ852
C. J987                                                                          C. Q106

                                            South
                                            S. 65
                                            H. AKQJ43
                                            D. 76
                                            C. A54

Contract:  6H     Opening lead:  DJ

SOLUTION to #2 

Win the DA and play the S. AK followed by a third spade upon which you discard your diamond.   East does best to return a club which you must win in your hand.    Now the ace and a heart to dummy's ten followed by a spade ruff high.   West's last two trumps are removed and you enter dummy with the CA to discard your losing club on the dummy's established spade.

#3   WHAT A LEAD!

                                            North
                                            S. Q 
                                            H. J54
                                            D. A1098765
                                            C. 82 

West                                                                          East
S. J1076                                                                   S. 9854   
H. AKQ102                                                                H. 98763 
D. QJ                                                                         D. K43           
C. A9                                                                         C. 3

                                            South 
                                            S. AK32
                                            H. -
                                            D. 2
                                            C. KQJ107654

Contract:  6C   Opening lead ace of clubs followed by the 9 of clubs.

SOLUTION to #3 

Cash three more clubs to reach this forced ending:

                                                North
                                                S.  Q  
                                                H.  J5
                                                D. A10987
                                                C. -

West                                                                           East                 
S. J1076                                                                    S. 9854     
H. AK                                                                         H. 9                         
D. QJ                                                                         D. K43      
C. -                                                                            C. -   

                                              South
                                              S. AK32
                                              H. -
                                              D. 2
                                              C. 654

When you play yet another club, discarding a diamond, West must discard a spade. A diamond discard allows to you cash the ace and run the ten through East; a heart discard allows you to cross to dummy with a spade and ruff a heart establishing the jack.    East discards a heart.

Cross to dummy with the SQ, ruff a heart, cash the  AK of spades leaving  this three card end position:

                                             North
                                             S. -
                                             H. J
                                             D. A10 
                                             C.  -

West                                                                              East
S.  -                                                                                 S.  9
H. A                                                                                H. -
D.  QJ                                                                             D. K4
C. - -                                                                               C. -

                                            South
                                            S.  3
                                            H.  -
                                            D.  2
                                            C. 4


When you play your last club, West must discard a diamond to protect the HA, dummy discards a heart and East must discard a diamond to protect  the S9.    Voila, both diamonds in dummy are now high.

#4  YOU CAN DO IT! 

                                         North 
                                         S. J10 
                                         H. AQ54 
                                         D. 76
                                         C. A10987  

West                                                                    East
S. 654                                                                  S. 32          
H. KJ97                                                               H. 1032
D. AQ32                                                              D. 109854  
C. QJ                                                                   C. K32                     

                                        South
                                        S. AKQ987  
                                        H. 86
                                        D. KJ
                                        C. 654

Contract: 4S   Opening lead:  S5

SOLUTION to #4 

Win the opening lead in your hand, lead a heart to the queen, cash the HA and ruff a heart; reenter dummy with a spade, ruff dummy's last heart, and draw the last trump discarding a diamond (or a club) from dummy.    The stage is now set for playing the ace and a club.    If West wins, West has to lead a diamond from the  AQ.    If East overtakes to lead a diamond, you make an extra club trick.

#5  ANOTHER TOUGHIE

                                                North
                                                S. Q2
                                                H. K32
                                                D. A9832
                                                C. A32

West                                                                             East 
S. -                                                                                S. J10843
H. 987654                                                                     H. J10
D. -                                                                                D. 107654
C. J1098764                                                                  C. 5

                                            South
                                            S. AK9765
                                            H. AQ
                                            D. KQJ
                                            C. KQ

South to make 7S!  Opening lead:  CJ

SOLUTION to #5

Win the CA and lead a low spade. East does best to play the ten which you win with the king.    Continue with the KQ of diamonds and overtake the jack with dummy's ace to lead the D9.    East might as well cover which you ruff.    Now the AQ of hearts overtaken with dummy's king and a club pitched on the high D8. East and South are both down to four trump.    East has the J843 and you have the A976, dummy has the stiff queen.    The lead is in dummy and you lead a club or a heart.    East trumps low, you overtrump, return to dummy with the SQ and take the last two tricks with the A9 hovering over East's J8.  l

#6 TURNING THREE LOSERS INTO TWO

                                                    North
                                                    S. AKQ
                                                    H. 9876
                                                    D. K2
                                                    C. 10987

West                                                                            East
S. 876                                                                          S. 5432 
H. QJ10                                                                       H. 543
D. Q97                                                                         D. A
C. KJ43                                                                       C. AQ652

                                                    South
                                                    S. J109
                                                    H. AK2
                                                    D. J1086543
                                                    C. -

South to make  5D   Opening lead:  C3   East plays the A.

SOLUTION to #6

Ruff the opening lead and cross to dummy three times in spades to ruff dummy's three remaining clubs.    Now exit with the AK and a heart to West' s queen.    West remains with three trump as do you.    Dummy has two trump and a heart and East has the blank ace of diamonds along with a spade and a club.

West must lead a diamond which you duck to East's ace.    When East leads a black card you play the DJ.    West cannot take a trick with the guarded queen even though dummy has a stiff king; a smother play. 

#7:   WHERE'S THERE'S EIGHT THERE MUST BE NINE 

                                               North     
                                              S   KJ2 
                                              H. J10954 
                                              D.  84 
                                              C.  752  

West                                                                         East
S. 108753                                                                 S. Q
H. K85                                                                       H. Q6
D. Q2                                                                         D. KJ10763
C. AQ10                                                                     C. 8643 

                                              South
                                              S. A964
                                              H. A73
                                              D. A95
                                              C. KJ9

South to make 3NT against best defense.    The opening lead is the DQ.

SOLUTION to #7 

East overtakes the first diamond which South must duck and returns a club which West wins cheaply.    West exits with a diamond to South's ace. Dummy is entered with the SK and the HJ run to West's king. West does best to exit a heart and South reels off four heart tricks discarding a club and a diamond from his hand.

South remains with the A96 of spades and the blank CK.  West has the 1087 of spades and the blank ace of clubs. Dummy has the SJ of spades and two little clubs. Dummy is entered with the SJ and a club is led to West's bare ace who must lead a spade from the 10 into South's waiting A9.

#8 YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL

                                                    North
                                                    S. A Q 8 6
                                                    H. -
                                                    D. A 10 4
                                                    C. Q J 10 9 3 2

 West                                                                                East
S. 9 5 3 2                                                                          S. -
H. Q J 10 9 3                                                                     H. 5 4
D. Q 8 6 3                                                                         D. K J 9 7 5 2
C. -                                                                                    C. 8 7 6 5 4

                                                    South
                                                    S. K J 10 7 4
                                                    H. A K 8 7 6 2
                                                    D. -
                                                    C. A K

Contract 7S
Opening lead: HQ

SOLUTION to #8 


Discard a club from dummy at trick one (key play), cash a second heart discarding another club, lead the SJ to the SQ and ruff a low diamond with a high honor, say the ten.    Next lead the S4 to the 6, ruff the D10 with the SK and lead the S7 to the eight.    You are now ready for the grand unblock.    Play the SA and the DA discarding the AK of clubs from your hand.    Dummy remains with the C QJ109 for the last four tricks.    Applause.

If you discard a diamond from dummy at trick one, or neglect to ruff both diamonds high, you wind up with egg on your face.

#9 CAN YOU FIND THE ENTRY?


                                   North
                                  S. J
                                  H. A K 2
                                  D. A 9 4 3
                                  C. K J 10 8 7

West                                                   East
S. 10 5 4 3                                          S. Q 8 7 2
H. 10 9 8 7                                          H. 6
D. J 8 7 6                                             D. Q 10
C. 5                                                      C.Q 9 6 4 3 2

                                 South (you)
                                  S. A K 9 6
                                  H. Q J 5 4 3
                                  D. K 5 2
                                  C. A

Contract:  South to make 7H

Opening lead: H10

SOLUTION to #9 

Win the opening lead in dummy and play the SJ which East must cover and you take the trick with the ace.    Next, lead the S9 which West must cover and you ruff low in dummy.    Cash dummy's remaining heart, cross to the CA and play your three remaining hearts.    As you lead your last heart this is the six card end position:

                                 North
                                  S.
                                  H.
                                  D. A 9 4
                                  C. K J 10
West                                                    East
S. 5 4                                                   S. 8 7
H.                                                         H.
D. J 8 7 6                                              D. Q 10
C.                                                         C. Q 9

                                     South
                                      S. K 6
                                      H. 3
                                      D. K 5 2
                                      C.

West discards a diamond (or a spade), dummy discards a club and East is squeezed in three suits.    If East discards a spade, the S6 is your thirteenth trick.    If East discards a club, cash a high spade, discarding a diamond and takes the last four tricks with the AK of diamonds and the KJ of clubs.    Finally, if East discards the D10, cash the SK discarding a club, and play the king and a diamond to the nine.

#10 LOOKING FOR #12

                                     North
                                      S. A 8 2
                                      H. Q 6 5
                                      D. A 4 3
                                      C. Q 9 6 2

West                                                           East
S. 10 9 4                                                     S. K Q J 7 6 5
H. -                                                              H. J 10 2
D. Q J 9 7 5                                                  D. 2
C. A 10 8 7 5                                               C. J 4 3


                                          South
                                          S. 3
                                          H. A K 9 8 7 4 3
                                          D. K 10 8 6 
                                          C. K

South to make 6H against best defense.   West leads the S10.


SOLUTION to #10 

Win the SA and lead a club to the king at trick two.   If West wins and gets out with the DQ (best), win the king, draw trump ending in dummy, discard a diamond on the queen of clubs, ruff a club, and play all of your trump.   The last trump squeezes West in the minors.

If West ducks the king of clubs, draw trump ending in dummy and lead a low club discarding a diamond. If a diamond or a spade is returned, win in your hand and play all of your remaining trump once again squeezing West in the minors.

#11   ANOTHER 6H CONTRACT


                                      North
                                      S. A J 10 6
                                      H. K Q 5 4
                                      D. K Q
                                      C. A K J

West                                                         East
S  9 8 7 5                                                 S. K Q 4 3 2
H. J 10 3                                                  H. 2
D. 10 9 8 7 6                                           D. A 5 4
C. 10                                                        C. Q 4 3 2

                                        South
                                         S.-
                                         H. A 9 8 7 6
                                         D. J 3 2
                                         C. 9 8 7 6 5

South to make 6H against best defense after West leads the D10 and East wins the ace and returns a diamond. 

SOLUTION to #11 

Play three rounds of trump ending in your hand and play the DJ discarding a club. East has to make two discards on the hearts.   East cannot afford to discard a club because you can set up the club suit with just one ruff in dummy.    Therefore, East does best to discard a spade and a diamond.    However on the jack of diamonds, East must discard again.   This time East is squeezed.   If East discards a club, cash the ace-king of clubs, ruff a spade back to your hand and ruff a club setting up your remaining clubs.   You don't even need dummy's ace of spades!    If East discards a spade on the DJ reducing to KQx, use your club entries to ruff two spades in your hand setting up dummy's jack of spades for the 12th trick.
 

#12    DON'T COME HOME LAME ON THIS ONE  (This is repeat of #4  Sorry. If you didn't make it then, maybe you can make it this time!                            

 

                          North
                           S. J10
                           H. AQ54
                           D. 76
                           C. A10987

West                                        East
S. 654                                      S. 32
H. KJ97                                    H. 1032
D. AQ32                                   D. 109854
C. QJ                                        C. K32

                           South
                            S. AKQ987
                            H. 86
                            D. KJ
                            C. 654

Contract 4S     Opening lead:  S4 

SOLUTION to #12 

Win the opening lead in your hand, take the heart finesse, cash the ace and ruff a heart. Return to dummy with a spade and ruff dummy's last heart. Now draw the last trump and lead a club to the ace and a second club. If West wins the trick, he must lead a diamond reducing your losers to three; two clubs and one diamond. If East overtakes the second club with the king to return a diamond, it costs East a club trick to do so and you still make your contract losing two diamonds but only one club. 

#13  The Dentist's Coup    

                        North 
                        S. AK86
                        H. AKQ43
                        D. A 
                        C. AJ2 

West                                      East 
S. Q1075                               S. -
H. J9                                      H. 1082
D. J532                                  D. KQ109874
C. K108                                 C. 965

                        South (you)
                        S. J9432
                        H. 765
                        D. 6
                        C. Q743

Contract:  6S by South  Opening lead: D2 

SOLUTION to #13

Win the DA (nice play), cash the AK of hearts stripping West of hearts, and exit dummy with the S8 to West's 10. West does best to lead a diamond which you ruff in your hand while discarding the C2 from dummy. Now the SJ from your hand. If West covers, draw trump ending in your hand with the S9 and take the club finesse. If West plays low, play low from dummy, take the club finesse, draw trump and get on to the next hand. 

#14  TIM BOURKE (AUSTRALIA) SPECIAL

                         North 
                         S. 87
                         H. 7 
                         D. Q87432 
                         C. 10852 

West                                     East 
S. 10954                              S. KQJ632 
H. 43                                     H. 8652 
D. AJ9                                  D. 106 
C. J973                                C. 4  
                          South 
                          S. A 
                          H. AKQJ109 
                          D. K5 
                          C. AKQ6

Contract: 6H     West leads the S10  

SOLUTION to #14

Win the SA, cash five rounds of hearts and ONE club, leaving: 

                            North 
                            S. - 
                            H. - 
                            D. Q87 
                            C. 1085  
West                                           East 
S. -                                              S. KQJ6 
H. -                                              H. - 
D. AJ9                                          D. 106 
C. J97                                          C. -  
                            South 
                            S. - 
                            H. 9 
                            D. K5 
                            C. KQ6 

When you play the H9, West must discard a diamond as you discard a club from dummy. Now the DK which West must duck. When you play a second diamond, West must win and lead away from the CJ. 

Had you cashed two rounds of clubs before leading the last heart, you would not make the hand. You would have to discard a club from dummy leaving the ten bare. Now West can win the second diamond and exit with the CJ securing the C9 as the setting trick. 


If West reduces to one spade, two diamonds and three clubs. Play the DK before the last trump which West must duck. Now the last heart forces West to discard a spade and a diamond exit forces West to win and lead away from the CJ.

#15  TRICKY, TRICKY, TRICKY

                         North

                         S. AJ10

                         H. 10654

                         D. KQ

                         C. QJ92

West                                         East
S. Q654                                     S. 2

H. K8                                         H. QJ972

D. A1082                                   D. 9763

C. 874                                       C. K105

                        South

                        S. K9873

                        H. A3
                        D. J54

                        C. A63

Contract 4S   Opening lead:  HK

SOLUTION to #15

Win the second heart, lead a spade to the ten and exit dummy with the DK. West does best to win and exit a diamond to the queen. Next, the CQ from dummy which East ducks, say. It doesn't matter. You enter your hand with the CA, discard a heart on the DJ, repeat the spade finesse and ruff dummy's last heart with the SK before exiting your hand with a club to East's ten.

Everyone remains with two cards. Dummy has the SA and a club, East a diamond and a heart, you have the S98 and West, the Q6 of spades. When East leads a red card you ruff with the eight. If West overtrumps with the queen, you overtrump with dummy's ace and your S9 takes the tenth trick. If East underruffs, the SA takes the 10th trick. A smother play.

#16  LEGENDARY HAND

                               North

                               S. A432

                               H. A107654

                               D. A75

                               C. -

              West                                East

              S. 6                                  S. -

              H. 982                              H. QJ3

              D. 2                                  D. KQ1096

              C. KJ1098432                   C. AQ765

                               

                                 South

                                 S. KQJ109875

                                 H. K

                                 D. J843

                                 C. - 

South to make 6S. The opening lead is the D2.  

SOLUTION to #16

The idea is to set up the hearts to pitch diamonds, but dummy "appears" to be one entry short. You must win the opening lead in dummy, cross to the HK and lead the S5. When West produces the S6, play low from dummy!  West remains with hearts and clubs. If a heart is returned it is easy enough to set up the heart suit with one ruff using the SA as the reentry. Ditto if a club is returned, ruff in dummy, discarding a diamond, discard another diamond on the HA, ruff a heart and enter dummy with the SA to shed your last diamond on an established heart. Hand played by Henri Svarc of france.

#17  KILLING LEAD?

                                    North

                                    S. K109

                                    H. 107432

                                    D. 2

                                    C. AKQ3

                 West                                 East       

                 S. 64                                 S. 8532

                 H. AQJ86                           H. K95

                 D. KQ                                D. J853

                 C. 10872                          C. J9

                                   South

                                   S. AQJ7

                                   H. -

                                   D. A109764

                                   C. 652

Contract: 4S   Opening lead: Four of spades

SOLUTION to #17

Win the lead in dummy, ruff a heart, cross to a club, ruff a heart, back to a club, ruff a heart, play the DA and ruff a diamond and cash the SK. Don't look now but you have taken the first nine tricks and this is what is left:

                                       North

                                       S -

                                       H 107                                      

                                       D. -

                                       C. Q3

                     West                            East

                     S.                                 S. 85

                     H. AQ                           H.  -

                     D. -                              D. J8

                     C. 108                         C. -

                                      South

                                      S. -

                                      H. -

                                      D. 1097

                                      C. 6

North plays the CQ, East ruffs but must concede the tenth trick to South's D10. Without the (&*%$#) trump lead, of course, there are 10 easy tricks on a crossruff.

 

 

#18   TRICKY

This one comes from the Italian monthly Bridge d'Italia 

                                       North

                                       S. AK

                                       H. AK

                                       D. 65432

                                       C. Q532

                  West                                East

                  S. Q975                            S. 10432

                  H. Q1076                          H. 932

                  D.                                      D. 10987

                  C. AKJ109                          C. 87

                                      South

                                      S. J86

                                      H. J854

                                      D. AKQJ

                                      C. 64

YOUR CONTRACT IS 5D  AND THE OPENING LEAD IS THE KING-ACE-JACK OF CLUBS.  

 

Solution to #18

You must play the CQ (you can't afford to ruff unless East's ruffs). East ruffs and you overruff. Cash the AK of both major suits, return to your hand with a diamond, ruff a heart and play your last diamond in this forced three card ending.

                                             North

                                             S. -

                                             H. -

                                             D. 65

                                             C. 5

                          West                           East                                              

                          S. Q                             S. 104

                          H. Q                             H. -

                          D. -                              D. 10

                          C. 10                           C. -

                                           South 

                                           S. J

                                           H. J

                                           D. J 

                                           C. -

On the last diamond West is squeezed in three suits. Whichever card he gives up, gives South his 11th trick in that suit.

Note: If East discards a heart at trick three, South discards a heart and arrives at the same ending.            

#19   YOUR GRANDMOTHER COULD MAKE 4NT 

                                          North

                                          S. AKQ9

                                          H. 954

                                          D. AKJ

                                         C.  975

                        

                      West                                East

                      S. 2                                  S. J108543

                      H. AQ108732                    H. 6

                      D. 7654                            D.  2

                      C.  3                                 C.  QJ1082

                                         South 

                                         S. 76

                                         H. KJ

                                         D. Q10983

                                         C. AK64

After West preempts in hearts you wind up in 3NT and West cleverly leads the D7.  The good news is that you have 10 top tricks. The bad news is that you are playing in a tournament and overtricks can be crucial. Your job is to make 5NT! 

Solution:  Win the DK, underplaying the D8 and cash the SA and the CA stipping West of black cards, and the DK and overtake the DJ retaining the D3. Now comes the big play: exit with the D3 forcing West to win the trick. At this point North has to lead a heart. 

Diagram A.  West leads the ace and a heart leading to:

                                           North

                                          S. KQ9

                                          H.

                                          D. -

                                          C. 97

                       West                               East

                        S. -                                 S. J108

                        H. Q10873                      H. -

                        D. -                                 D. -

                        C. -                                 C. QJ

                                           South

                                           S. 7

                                           H. -

                                           D. 10

                                          C.  K64        

     

South leads the D10, discarding a club from the table, and East is squeezed in the blacks. The diamond trick that South has conceded has come back in the form of a heart trick and now the count has been rectified for a squeeze. 

Diagram B. West exits with a low heart leading to: 

                                           North

                                           S. KQ9

                                           H. 9

                                           D. -

                                           C. 97

                       West                             East

                        S.  -                              S. J108

                        H. AQ10873                  H. -

                        D. -                               D. -

                        C. -                               C. QJ10

                                           South

                                            S. 7 

                                            H. K

                                            D. 10

                                            C. K64

South leads the D10 discarding a heart from dummy and East must part with a club. South now ducks a club and takes the rest. Once again 11 tricks.  Give yourself a triple gold star if you came up with this one!

   

#20 If I Ever Saw Three Losers

                                          North

                                          S. K75

                                          H. 73

                                          D. 8642

                                          C. A632

                   West                                      East

                   S. Q1098                                S. -  

                   H. J108                                    H. 96542

                   D. J7                                        D. Q1095

                   C. Q1085                                 C.  KJ97

                                        South

                                        S. AJ6432

                                        H. AKQ

                                        D. AK3

                                        C. 4

Your contract is 'only' 6S.  The opening lead is the HJ   Good luck. 

Solution.  Win the opening lead (nice play), cross to the CA and ruff a club. Play two more hearts ruffing the third in dummy, ruff another club, ross to the SK, ruff another club, and finally, cash the AK and exit a diamond.  Don't look now, but West, trump flush, has to trump East's winning diamond and lead a spade smack into your AJ for your 11th and 12th tricks. You play so beautifully.

   

 #21  There must be a way

                                           

                                           North

                                            S. K2

                                            H. AQ3

                                            D. A64

                                            C. A6543 

                   West                                          East

                    S. Q10863                                 S. J9754

                     H. J109                                     H. 8

                     D. K109                                     D. Q87

                     C. J7                                          C. Q1098 

                                           South

                                           S. A

                                            H. K76542

                                            D. J532

                                            C. K2


You are in 6H and West leads the HJ.   You can do it!

Solution:  Win the HK, cash the SA, cross to the HA, discard a club on the SK, and ruff a club low. Back to the HQ, drawing West's last trump and now the CA, discarding a diamond, and a second club ruff setting up dummy's fifth club. Cross to the DA and pitch a diamond on the established fifth club. When the smoke clears you have lost one diamond trick and have made your slam by setting up dummy's fifth club without allowing West to use one of his trumps to overtrump any club ruff. 


#22   Terrible trump break

                                          North

                                          S. 7532

                                          H. J2

                                          D. 8642

                                         C. A75

               West                                          East

               S. J8                                          S. Q10964

               H. A7654                                   H.  -

               D. AK93                                     D. QJ105

               C. 106                                       C. J983

                                       South

                                        S. AK

                                        H. KQ10983

                                        D. 7

                                        C. KQ42


The contract is 4H.   The opponents begin with two rounds of diamonds. 


That terrible trump break does not bode well for you. If you start to draw trumps, West wins the ace and plays third diamond forcing you again. Now West has more trumps than you and you are destined to be limited to nine tricks: five hearts, two spades and two clubs. West will trump the third club with the outstanding trump and have a diamond to cash.

What you have to do after ruffing the diamond at trick two is cash the AK of spades and then the AK of clubs and then a low club! The opponents have no answer.  If East wins the club and continues with a diamond,  trump, and then trump your winning CQ with the HJ.  Your 10th trick.


#23      What kind of a question is this?                          


                                     North 
                                     S. 87542
                                     H. KJ
                                     D. 973
                                     C. Q102 
             West                                       East
             S. J63                                     S. 9  
             H. 987652                               H. AQ
             D. AQ10                                  D. 6542
             C. 5                                         C. AKJ764
                                   S. AKQ10
                                   H. 1043
                                   D. KJ8
                                   C. 983 

You are playing 4S doubled and redoubled with a low club lead. How do you like your chances?  No, silly, you are not South, you are West. Now how do you like your chances. You can do it!

Win the DJ and take two more high clubs pitching hearts. Now a diamond to the 10, a heart to the Q, cash the HA and now a diamond to the queen followed by the DA and a heart ruff with the S9. Don't look now but you have taken the first nine tricks and the lead is in the dummy where three clubs and a diamond reside. You have the J63 of spades and a heart, and East is looking at the AKQ10 of spades. When you lead a minor suit card from dummy, East cannot prevent you from taking your 10th trick with the SJ.

A spade is the only lead that would have defeated the contract, but even so it is difficult to see how East-West arrived at this contract. I guess all this we hear about how important it is to have a strong trump fit has to be taken with a grain of salt.   

ONE   FROM  MIKE   (LAWRENCE) 

                                      North

                                      S. -

                                      H. KQJ76

                                      D. AK10543

                                      C. J2

               West                                            East 

               S. K2                                             S. QJ4

               H. 109832                                     H. A52

               D. J9876                                        D. Q2

               C. A                                                C. Q10987

 

                                         South

                                         S. A10987653

                                         H. -

                                         D. -

                                         C. K6543 

 

South plays 4S.  West leads the H10,  you cover with the jack and East plays the ace. Take it from here.

 

Solution:  Ruff with a middle spade (keep that S3!) and play the ace and a middle spade (keep that S3!)

If West plays low and wins the king. The best he can do is cash the CA, but then has to get out with a red card allowing you to discard your remaining four clubs.  West has to unblock the SK.

Say West unblocks and East plays low. East wins two spades, but it does West no good to unblock the CA. If he does, you take the rest.  If he does not unblock the CA, East can no  better than lead a club leading to the same result, West having to lead a red card. 

 

East does best to unblock an honor at trick two (after West has unblockded).  You lead a middle spade to East who now gets out with the  S4.  If you haven't kept the S3, you must win the trick and now  West unblocks the CA you are stuck in your hand with four club losers!   If you have  kep tthe S3, you can underplay the S4 allowing ast to win the trick. Now the defense can only take one more club trick. If West unblocks the CA, you have the rest.                          ​

 

                                             
                       

 


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