# Problem 244 for May 2010

### Problem Corner by Patrick Jourdain

W
West
AJ93
A8732
4
A83
5
E
East
KQ82
4
A8732
742

#### Answer to Prize problem 244

This is a matter of sound technique and is symmetrical. You plan to make three outside aces and seven trump tricks and the best way of ensuring this is a cross-ruff where the first ruff of each red suit is with a small trump but the subsequent ruffs are all with big trumps. That guards against the danger that a defender with a red doubleton and the ten of trumps sitting behind the ruff is able to over-ruff and play a trump, reducing declarer to nine tricks. When you make the seventh ruff you don’t mind being over-ruffed as the middle trump in the other hand becomes a winner.

You get a small extra credit if you began with a diamond to the ace and a heart to the ace. On the rare occasion when the defender in front of the ace is void there are still layouts where you might succeed. (It is odd the defenders did not bid but if West opened One Heart and North had seven of them he would have to Pass.)

#### Non-prize problem for May 2010

West is in Three Notrumps. North leads a low spade won by dummy’s ten, a diamond to the king wins, the club nine is run to South’s ten, a spade through loses to North who clears the spades. How would you continue?

W
West
AQ2
K4
K853
9864
7
E
East
10
AQ93
Q764
AQ75