DECLARER PLAY PROBLEM #43

Rubber bridge
South dealer
Neither side vulnerable

 NORTH ♠ A K 5 4 ♥ — ♦ A K Q 4 ♣ A K 8 6 2 SOUTH ♠ 8 ♥ A K Q J 10 8 7 ♦ 7 2 ♣ 7 4 3
SOUTHWESTNORTHEAST
4 Pass5 Pass
7 PassPassPass

Plan the play.

### Solution

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

SAFE CROSSINGS. Declarer should search for the safest entry to the closed hand, in order to draw trumps. A ruff of the second spade, an early round of the shortest combined North-South side suit, is the best way. After East shows up with six trumps, declarer should leave himself with a major tenace in trumps (ten-eight, say), enter dummy with a club (if East can ruff, the contract cannot be made with any play), then lead a spade winner. If East ruffs, declarer can overruff, draw the last trump, and claim. If not, declarer discards a diamond and continues with diamond winners from dummy in a similar situation. If East keeps his trumps for the last two tricks, declarer ends with a coup position.

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

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