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One from the Spingold Final
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This (approximately) was board 7 of the third quarter:

West
A53
J10
Jxxxx
QJx
North
84
KQ8xx
xx
K109x
East
10
A9xx
Qxx
Axxxx
South
KQJ9762
xx
AK10
x
D

Both Wests led J, covered by the K and A, against the routine 4.  I thought at the time that two rounds of spades would beat this, as declarer has 9 tricks and no obvious way to get a 10th (the commentators in my room thought so too).  In fact the contract can still be made against this defense (double dummy, at least), and it's quite interesting.  Have a go.

 

South runs a few trumps, arriving at:

North
Q8
xx
K10
South
2
x
AK10
x

In this position, East must hold 9x and Ax (lest South duck a club).  He has 2 more cards, but cannot have more than 2 diamonds, so we can now cash AK, forcing East down to exactly those 4 cards:

West
J
QJx
North
Q8
K10
East
9x
Ax
South
2
x
10
x
D

Now South plays Q and ruffs a heart, squeezing West down to a singleton Q (say).  After a to the Q, K, and A, dummy's 10 takes the last trick.

This is complicated enough that I don't know what to call it.  The last part is clearly a vise, but the preceding triple squeeze on East is necessary to get there (if you reach the 4-card ending above with East holding 9x Q A you lose).  I'm not sure exactly how a wombat is defined, but this might be one.  Perhaps Barry Rigal can help.

Oh yes, the table result.  Both Wests ducked the first spade, so declarer briskly ruffed a in dummy.  Just another dull push.

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