DECLARER PLAY PROBLEM #49

Rubber bridge
South dealer
East-West vulnerable

 NORTH ♠ A Q 9 6 5 ♥ A 3 ♦ J 6 ♣ Q 5 4 3 SOUTH ♠ J ♥ K 7 6 5 4 2 ♦ 8 7 3 2 ♣ K 7
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
PassPass1 Pass
1 NTPass2 Pass
2 PassPassPass

Plan the play.

### Solution

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

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. With only six likely tricks available outside of spades (an attempt to ruff a diamond in dummy will probably be defeated by defensive trump leads), declarer should try for two spade tricks by ducking the opening lead, expecting to lose his singleton jack to the king but later being able to lead the ace and queen of spades to win tricks or to drive out an opponent's high trump. The safest time to play the late rounds of spades is after cashing the king and ace of hearts, preventing an opponent short in trumps from ruffing a spade.

(Based on a deal and analysis from the 1965 National Intercollegiate Bridge Tournament by William S. Root, Lawrence Rosler and Jeff Rubens.)

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