Puzzle 7F37   Main

# A Tale of Two Tens

by Richard Pavlicek

Looking at all four hands, can you make this 6 NT contract against any defense?

 6 NT SouthNone Vul 9 8 7 6 4 A K 7 9 8 7 6 5 WestPassPassPassPassAll Pass North2 3 4 5 NT EastPassPassPassPass SOUTH2 2 NT3 4 6 NT J 5 4 3 2 3 2 3 2 J 4 3 2 Q J 10 9 8 7 6 Q J 10 9 8 Q Lead: 3 A K 10 A K Q 5 6 5 4 A K 10

You have nine top tricks and can establish two more in clubs for 11. Since East must protect both red suits, you may be able to squeeze him for a 12th trick. Well, can you?

## Solution

A closer look reveals entry problems. West can duck the third club, forcing you to use a diamond entry; then, when West wins his club trick, a second diamond lead will remove a critical entry and kill the squeeze. Try it.

 6 NT South 9 8 7 6 4 A K 7 9 8 7 6 5 Trick1 W2 S3 S4 S5 W6 S7 S8 N9 N Lead 3 A 10! 10! 3 K 4 9 7 2nd623J422 10? 3rdQ56778K 5 4thAQ 6 8A 894 W-LW1W2W3L1W4W5W6W7 J 5 4 3 2 3 2 3 2 J 4 3 2 Q J 10 9 8 7 6 Q J 10 9 8 Q Lead: 3 A K 10 A K Q 5 6 5 4 A K 10

To succeed, you must keep control in both black suits. Win the opening lead, cash the A and lead the club ten. If West takes this, the squeeze functions easily, so assume he ducks. Next lead the spade ten. If West takes this, you now have the 9 as your 11th trick; and East can be squeezed no matter what West returns.

If West ducks the 10 as well, you have an extra club and spade in the bag, so you no longer need a squeeze. Simply unblock the K, cross to dummy and establish clubs for your 12th trick.

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