Bridge Answer 1

Bridge Problem 1: Answer

 

North
spade 63
heart 4
diamond AQJ53
club Q7543

 

West
spade AQJ872
heart 75
diamond 987
club 86

 

East
spade 104
heart 863
diamond K1064
club J1092

 

South
spade K95
heart AKQJ1092
diamond 2
club AK

 

Dealer: West
Vul: North-South
W N E S
2spade¹ P 4spade² 5heart
P P P  
¹ Weak
² Preemptive
Opening lead: diamond9

 

Win the diamondA and play the diamondQ. If East doesn't cover, you have 11 tricks. Assuming East covers, ruff high, draw trumps, cash the clubA and clubK, and run the rest of the trumps. West has to hold on to three spades (or else East-West will have to let dummy score a minor suit winner at the end). But which three spades will West hold? This is the position at the tenth trick, before the lead of the last trump:

 

North
spade --
heart --
diamond J5
club Q7

 

West
spade AQJ8
heart --
diamond --
club --

 

East
spade 104
heart --
diamond 10
club J

 

South
spade K95
heart 2
diamond --
club --

 

West is caught in a single-suit squeeze. If West keeps the spadeAQJ, a low spade will force West to give you a trick with the spadeK. If West discards the spadeQ or spadeJ, South plays the spadeK and has to score the last trick with either the spade9 or one of dummy's winners.