# Bridge Problem 249 for October 2010

### Problem Corner by Patrick Jourdain

How should West play Three Notrumps? North, who as dealer, opened 1, showing five, leads a diamond.

W
West
QJ732
AKQ
83
Q54
5
E
East
654
J102
AKQJ10
J10

#### Answer to Prize problem 249

Assume North has the missing honours and less than four hearts. If declarer plays a club at once North wins and plays a second diamond. The run of the diamonds squeezes West in front of North.

Instead, declarer should cash precisely one heart and then play a club. North wins and plays a second diamond. The difference is that now declarer can run the diamonds throwing two big hearts from hand and follow with the J. Five cards remain and the number of spades North holds is known.

Suppose North has three spades. Then, without cashing the last heart, East exits with a club. North can win and exit to either hand but is then endplayed with a spade. If North keeps only two spades East can cash the third heart throwing a spade from hand and come to a club trick later.

#### Non-prize problem for October 2010 (Make that September!)

How should West play Four Spades? North leads a heart to South’s ace, the jack of hearts wins the next trick and then the defence force a trump off dummy.

W
West
KJ93
Q76
A7
10963
3
E
East
A1062
102
KQJ10952