DECLARER PLAY PROBLEM #47

Rubber bridge
West dealer
Neither side vulnerable

 NORTH ♠ Q 3 2 ♥ A 3 ♦ K 6 5 ♣ A 6 5 4 2 SOUTH ♠ A K J 10 8 5 ♥ 6 5 ♦ A 4 ♣ 10 8 3
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
Pass1 4
4 PassPassPass

Plan the play.

### Solution

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

BIDE YOUR TIME. The only likely danger to the contract is that East is void of clubs. To preserve the ace of clubs as a tenth trick against that eventuality, declarer should duck the first trick in dummy and keep ducking, four times if necessary, until he can ruff the fourth round of clubs in the closed hand. Later, the losing heart can be discarded on the ace of clubs.

(Based on a deal and analysis from the 1964 National Intercollegiate Bridge Tournament by William S. Root and Lawrence Rosler.)

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