Bridge Answer 3

Bridge Problem 3: Answer

 

North
spade8763
heartA743
diamond72
clubAQ3

 

West
spade5
heartQJ953
diamondQ1054
club1087

 

East
spadeKQJ1092
heart10
diamondJ96
clubJ96

 

South
spadeA4
heartK86
diamondAK83
clubK542

 

Dealer: East
Vul: Neither
E S W N
2spade DBL P 3heart
P 4club P 5club
P P P  
         
Opening lead: 5spade

 

South must win the spadeA, take two top trumps in dummy, cash the diamondAK and ruff a diamond, return to hand with the heart king, and draw the last round of trump (they break). Now a spade play puts East on lead with nothing but spades left (if East ducks the spade, declarer has 11 tricks). When East plays another spade, South discards a heart from hand. Now the next spade from East can be ruffed by South and West is squeezed, having to give declarer the game-going trick in one of the red suits.

No other way of rectifying the count for the squeeze will work. Ducking a heart to West before trumps are drawn allows East to get a heart ruff. Ducking a heart to West after trumps are drawn -- which means after the diamond ruff -- allows West to cash the fourth diamond or play a heart, eliminating the last entry to dummy.