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DEFENSIVE PROBLEM #19

Rubber bridge
East dealer
Both sides vulnerable

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

West leads the diamond ace: king, seven, three. West continues with the diamond queen; dummy ruffs with the heart queen.

### Solution

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

A WAITING GAME. With the advantage of discarding after the dummy, East should not throw a spade or a club until dummy does. A premature black-suit discard gives declarer a twelfth trick. The correct defense is to underruff at trick two and hope for a black-suit trick later. (This hope depends on West's guarding the third round of clubs, as in the diagram.)

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

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