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# Four Spades For Sure

by Richard Pavlicek

As South, assume you are declarer in 4 on each deal.
Can you find the surefire play to guarantee making your contract?

### Problem 1

 Total points A K 9 5 West North East South None vul K 6 4 1 Pass 1 A Q 9 Pass 4 Pass Pass K 9 2 Pass Lead: Q East plays 3 Q J 10 8 7 6 5 3 2 4 3 4 South A 4

 Your play? A. Win A, A-K-Q, 2 to kingB. Win A, A-K-Q, 3 to queenC. Win A, A-K-Q, 3 to nineD. Win A, A-K-Q, 4 to king

### Problem 2

 Total points A 3 2 West North East South None vul — 1 9 8 6 5 4 Pass 2 Pass 2 A K J 10 4 Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass Pass Pass Lead: 9 East plays 6 K Q J 10 4 A 8 5 4 3 2 4 South 3 2

 Your play? A. Win 10, ruff heart highB. Win 10, ruff heart lowC. Win 10, lead 2D. Win 10, finesse J

### Problem 3

 Total points K 10 8 7 4 West North East South Both vul A Q J 2 4 5 4 3 Pass Pass Pass K Lead: A A Q J 9 6 5 3 2 6 4 K 7 2 4 South —

 Your play? A. Ruff, finesse QB. Ruff, win K, 3 to kingC. Pitch a heartD. Pitch a diamond

## Explanations

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### Problem 1

You have 9 top tricks, and there is only one way to be sure of 10. Win the A and draw the missing trumps (three rounds if necessary). Lead a club to the king and ruff the last club in your hand.

Next lead a diamond and finesse the nine (unless West plays the 10 or jack, then finesse the queen). When East wins this trick he will be endplayed: A heart lead allows you to win the K; a diamond lead gives you a free finesse; or a club lead allows you to discard a heart and ruff in dummy.

### Problem 2

A number of plays might succeed in practice, but there is only one surefire technique. Win the spade lead in hand and immediately ruff a heart with the A (do not cash the A). Lead dummy’s last spade to your hand and draw all the enemy trumps.

Next lead a club and finesse the jack. If this loses you will have 10 guaranteed tricks: five spades, the A, a heart ruff, and three clubs. Note: If the club finesse works, do not repeat it (a clever East player might duck with the queen).

### Problem 3

Did you notice you have all 13 trumps? Even so, you are in danger of going down if the heart finesse loses and a diamond is returned through your king.

The lifetime guarantee: Discard a heart at trick one. West’s only safe return is a heart, but now you can hop up with dummy’s ace and lead the Q for a ruffing finesse (if East does not produce the king, discard a diamond). Even if West wins the K, your K cannot be led through and dummy’s J will be established for a discard.

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