DEFENSIVE PROBLEM #25

Rubber bridge
East dealer
East-West vulnerable

 NORTH (dummy)♠ K 9 8 7 ♥ J 4 ♦ A Q 10 2 ♣ 6 5 3 EAST (you) ♠ A 6 5 3 ♥ 10 8 2 ♦ 5 3 ♣ 9 8 7 2
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
Pass
1 NTPass2 Pass
2 Pass4 (All Pass)

Club king, three, seven, four.

Club ace, five, deuce, jack.

Club queen, six, eight, spade four.

### Solution

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

HOLD THAT TIGER. Assuming South started with four spades (if he had five, there is nothing to be done), once declarer has been forced to use up a trump by the third club lead, East can ensure two trump tricks by holding up the ace of trumps on the first two rounds of spades. Then, should declarer play a third round of trumps, East can win and force out the last North-South trump with another club lead. If, instead, declarer plays on the red suits, East can ruff the third round of diamonds.

(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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