# Problem 257 for June 2011

### Problem Corner by Patrick Jourdain

South opens a constructive Two Hearts and West reaches Four Spades rather than the easy Three Notrumps. North leads the  Q and South overtakes with the king. How should West play?

W
West
AKJ106
A52
KQ3
65
Q
E
East
Q3
873
A542
K843

#### Answer to Prize problem 257

Assume South has six hearts and the ace of clubs. West must win the first heart, draw FOUR rounds of trumps and follow with three top diamonds ending in dummy. Assume South shows out on the second or third round. Now lead the fourth diamond.

If South keeps two clubs and two heart winners ruff the diamond and throw South in with a heart to lead a club at the end. If South keeps three heart winners and so has bared his club ace then ditch a losing heart on the diamond. North wins and does best to play another diamond if he can, but again you ditch a heart. Now North can only play a club which you duck to South’s now-bare ace, making a trump and a club at the end.

#### Non-prize problem for April 2011

W
West
AK853
Q
AK106
972
8
E
East
J74
A654
QJ8
K83

This deal comes from the 1997 Mixed Pairs in Tel Aviv when your reporter, Patrick Jourdain, partnered Pam Granovetter who was defending in the South seat. She held:

S
South
Q96
KJ10972
54
AQ

Declarer rattled off four rounds of diamonds throwing a club from dummy on the fourth round. If South ruffs declarer gets a club ruff as the tenth trick. But Granovetter refused to ruff, instead discarding hearts. Declarer now had to play a club. South won, drew dummy’s last trump, and the defence made three club tricks to defeat the game.

Declarer has to throw a heart on the fourth diamond and duck a couple of clubs to make the tenth trick. The club discard was a mirage.