DECLARER PLAY PROBLEM #29

Rubber bridge
North dealer
Neither side vulnerable

 NORTH ♠ Q 6 2 ♥ A 7 4 3 ♦ J 10 6 ♣ A K 2 SOUTH ♠ A 10 ♥ Q 6 5 2 ♦ A K Q 9 7 5 4 ♣ —
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
1 Pass
2 Pass2 NTPass
3 Pass4 Pass
4 Pass5 Pass
6 PassPassPass

West leads the club jack.

Plan the play.

### Solution

 NORTH ♠ Q 6 2 ♥ A 7 4 3 ♦ J 10 6 ♣ A K 2 WEST ♠ J 9 8 7 ♥ K J 8 ♦ 3 ♣ J 10 9 7 4 EAST ♠ K 5 4 3 ♥ 10 9 ♦ 8 2 ♣ Q 8 6 5 3 SOUTH ♠ A 10 ♥ Q 6 5 2 ♦ A K Q 9 7 5 4 ♣ —

RUFF OUT A FOUR-FOUR SUIT. South has eleven top tricks. The best chance for the twelfth trick is to draw two rounds of trumps, then lead to a low heart from dummy towards the queen. If East has the heart king, the heart queen will produce a twelfth trick; if West captures the heart queen with the king, declarer can still make the contract if the heart suit divides three-two; South ruffs the third round of hearts in the closed hand and eventally discards the spade ten on dummy's fourth heart.

As a small technical improvement, declarer should ruff the opening lead, draw two trumps, and discard two hearts on dummy's top clubs before leading a low heart to the queen. If West's king of hearts is singleton, that defender will be forced to lead a spade or yield a sluff-ruff when on lead.

(Based on a deal and analysis from the 1964 National Industrial Recreation Association Par-Hand Bridge Tournament by William S. Root and Lawrence Rosler.)

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