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107. Thursday - November 25, 1999 : CRAZY EIGHTS

Dealer: East
Vul: All

North

A 8 5 4 3
6 5 4 3 2
A K 10

 

West

East

 

K Q J 7
A 7
J 9 6 5 4
3 2

10 9 6
Q J 10 9
3 2
7 6 5 4

 

South

 

2
K 8
Q 8 7
A K Q J 10 9 8

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
4
6

 
Pass
Pass
End

1
2
4
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

This is a play-or-defend puzzle. The question is: can South make six clubs against any defense?

Hint: To get you started, West must lead a diamond. Otherwise, declarer could establish dummy's long spade by negotiating three diamond entries to dummy. take it from there.

SOLUTION

Dealer: East
Vul: All

North

A 8 5 4
6 5
A

 

West

East

 

K Q J
A 7
J 9
-

10 9 6
Q J 10 9
-
-

 

South

 

2
K 8
8
10 9 8

South can make six clubs. The first crucial play goes against the grain of normal technique: the diamond lead must be won in dummy with the king (or ace), then a second diamond is won with the queen. It is impossible to succeed if you win the Q first.

South leads four rounds of clubs to reduce everyone to seven cards in the diagram. Next comes the 10, throwing a spade from North (East throws a heart); then:

1. If West throws a spade, win the A, ruff a spade, and lead your last trump. West must throw a diamond else you can duck a heart. North throws a heart, and so does East. When you cross to the A, East is caught in a vice squeeze: he must discard a heart to protect the 8, then a heart lead will establish the 8 as your 12th trick.

2. If West throws a diamond, lead another club, throwing a spade from North (West throws a spade, East a heart). Next lead the 8, your last trump, then:

a) If West throws a spade, throw a heart from North. Win the A and A to bring about the same vice squeeze against East.

b) If West throws his last diamond, jettison the A from North! Now lead the good 8. West must throw a spade (else you can duck a heart) and the vice squeeze appears once again.

3. If West discards a heart, just duck a heart.

Note that in all variations, West was forced to hold on to the A-7.



Bridge Today, Nov-Dec 1994, Richard Pavlicek, p. 34

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