Double Double Whammy, Part B
by Ted Muller
South to make 7♠
Opening lead: ♠10
This hand features the same unique combination of plays found in Part A of this
problem — a knockout squeeze that sets up an entry-shifting
squeeze. There is an additional wrinkle, in that west is subjected to two
different types of squeezes on successive tricks!
The opening lead must be taken by the spade jack this time. There is more flexibility in this layout, as dummy has a superfluous entry. The most elegant line is: club king; diamond to the king; club ace, pitching a heart; heart to the ace; diamond ace, pitching a heart. That leaves this position:
A heart is ruffed with the spade queen, and west feels the knockout punch.
Although his trump has no real material value, it needs to go away before the
next coup can function. Since a discard in a minor would enable that suit
to be established and cashed as trumps are drawn, west obliges by
with his ten of spades. Now the spade king is led, overtaken if west discards a
As in Part A, no choice of opening lead hinders the formation of a requisite
I hope that you have enjoyed my problem.