Ted's Bridge World Problems

Minor Nuisance

by George Coffin


South leads the J.
East to make 7NT against any distribution and defense.

East wins the K and plays off the A-K and the A-K.  If either suit splits 3-2, school is out.  If both minors break badly, then:

If the minors are in the same hand, declarer arranges to play off the major-suit winners, and that defender will be squeezed in the minors.  Declarer could humor himself by discarding a club from east and a diamond from west, effecting a criss-cross squeeze.

If the minors are in opposite hands, the Q and Q are played off.  Then the A and two rounds of spades, discarding minors, will squeeze whoever holds the long hearts.

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