Bridge Problem 1: Answer North 63 4 AQJ53 Q7543 West AQJ872 75 987 86 East 104 863 K1064 J1092 South K95 AKQJ1092 2 AK Dealer: WestVul: North-South W N E S 2¹ P 4² 5 P P P ¹ Weak ² Preemptive Opening lead: 9 Win the A and play the Q. If East doesn't cover, you have 11 tricks. Assuming East covers, ruff high, draw trumps, cash the A and K, 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 -- -- J5 Q7 West AQJ8 -- -- -- East 104 -- 10 J South K95 2 -- -- West is caught in a single-suit squeeze. If West keeps the AQJ, a low spade will force West to give you a trick with the K. If West discards the Q or J, South plays the K and has to score the last trick with either the 9 or one of dummy's winners.