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an embarrasment of trumps
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No, not the collective name for a group of presidents but an actual Bridge play problem.

 

North
Q10642
64
AK10
K65
South
KJ3
AQJ1052
8
QJ8
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
2NT
P
3
4
P
P
P

 North's pass after the xfer interefence is alerted (shows a doubleton).

West leads the 5; you win with the Ace and take a succesful heart finesse.

You lead a small club, West pops up with the ace and leads a second diamond which you win discarding a spade.

You now take  a second heart finesse and West shows out.

Can you still make 11 tricks?

This is the current position: 

West
Ax
xxx
xxx
North
Q10642
10
K6
East
xxx
K7
Jx
x
South
KJ
AQ52
QJ
D

We lead the K and West again rises with the Ace before leading a small diamond, East contributes the J and we ruff. 

What is our plan from here: 

West
x
xx
xxx
North
Q1064
K6
East
xx
K7
x
x
South
J
AQ5
QJ
D

 

We can cross in spades (all follow) and then keep leading spades until East ruffs in, we then overruff and claim.

But there is a problem, what is it?

West
x
xx
xxx
North
Q1064
K6
East
xx
K7
x
x
South
J
AQ5
QJ
D

A competent East will know we have 3 hearts left so they don't need to ruff in; they simply wait until we have to ruff and endplay ourself!

Our third heart is actually a problem for us, an embarassment of riches. So we need to get rid of it!

We must cross in spades and immediately ruff a spade to bring about a trump reduction; so that our length in hearts matches that of our rho.

We now cross in clubs and continue to run the spades, East is now helpless. If they ruff in we overruff and claim. If they don't we end up with a 2 card position; lead in dummy and our AQ sitting over their K7.

Note that we must ruff the spade immediately; if we delay then East will discard their club and we can no longer get back to dummy. 

The full hand: 

West
A9
3
Q9754
A10943
North
Q10642
64
AK10
K65
East
875
K987
J632
72
South
KJ3
AQJ1052
8
QJ8
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
2NT
P
3
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

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