Rock star

Hi all

I feel like a rock star. People were almost fighting to attend my second class on bridge at UC Berkeley. I don’t know how many students tried to sign up (almost 40 or so), but we were limited to only 24 lucky students. Even one of the professors tried to catch a glimpse of me.

Back to earth.

Here’s a double dummy problem Dennis showed me (years ago). In a week or so, if nobody has posted the answer in the comments, I’ll post it there myself. Until then, good luck!

South Dealer
All Vul
North
K32
432
Q32
Q432
West
T987
8
JT98
J987
East
AQJ654
JT9
7
K65
South
AKQ765
AK654
AT

South declares 6, West leads the Ten.

2 thoughts on “Rock star

  1. OK let’s see if this works. We have 2 losers in the hand, a and a .

    Ruff the lead in hand and cash the top two (let’s assume West discards a ; nothing seems better). Next, cash the top ending in dummy. If East ruffs any of these, he is forced to concede a trick to dummy on any return. This takes care of the loser, and the loser will be handled using the last trump in dummy (which also ensures the dummy is accessible). So the only remaining loser is a ruffed and the contract is home.

    So, East cannot ruff any of the first three . Note that West must keep at least two , or our loser vanishes. We have just arrived in dummy with the Queen and continue by ruffing a . We then lead a small from the hand and discard the last from dummy. Whoever wins this trick is forced to play either or ; if our loser there vanishes directly, if the ruff and sluff takes care of it. After this we have the communication to draw the remaining trump and take the rest of the tricks.

  2. On the nose!

    On a side note, I took the liberty to insert symbols in your comment. From now on my faithful commenters can use a “:” followed by a capital S, H, D or C in their comments to insert the corresponding symbol.

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