A Fun Double Dummy Problem
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After our afternoon duplicate, it's common for a group of my friends to adjourn to a local watering hole to review our disasters. Usually, we try to skip over the "every finesse was onside so we should've bid 7" double dummy analysis, but this hand was a good example of "every finesse was offsides AND the hand discards AFTER the hand with threat cards" hand. So we took a look to figure out what sort of squeeze was going on.

West
A2
AKJ
QJ5
AK1094
North
8763
104
632
7632
East
QJ105
Q632
A97
Q5
South
K94
9875
K1084
J8
D

How do you make 7 NT. A hint from deep finesse- 7NT only makes if played by East.

After staring at it for a long time, sipping frustratedly from a second beer- we stumbled on a solution. And then my friend said, "wait, what about on a club lead?" It was back to the drawing board.

Solutions on next page. Make sure you see how to make it on a club lead in addition to any other position.

Our first solution:

Win the lead and cash hearts, cross to dummy with the Q of clubs. Lead the Q of Spades (okay, one finesse was onsides), South has to duck. Now cashing the Q of hearts pitching a diamond from hand. now run clubs.

ending in this position

West
A
QJ
4
North
876
3
East
J105
A
South
K9
K10
D

On the final club (pitching a spade from dummy), South must pitch away from one of the protected kings, you cash the Ace in that suit, and use the other ace as an entry.

On a club lead, things get fun.

Win in dummy, take a spade finesse (ducked, of course) and cash only the A and K of hearts before running clubs. The ending will look like this:

West
A
J
QJ5
4
North
876
632
East
J105
Q6
A
South
K9
98
K10
D

Now on the last club, you pitch a spade as before and South is triply squeezed, and whichever threat they pitch, they get squeezed again. If they pitch a heart, now you overtake the Jack of hearts cash Q and 6 of hearts, forcing them back to the same 3 card ending. If they pitch a pointed suit, you cash the H J before entering dummy and cash your winners.