2020 Declarer Play #2 - Solution
Let us recap the problem:
After the heart Queen lead, you can count 7 spades, 2 hearts, 1 diamond and 1 club = 11 tricks. Your best shot is a squeeze against East (you will need him to hold KQ of diamonds as well as his 5 hearts). The solution is simple, but not for those who play too quickly to trick 1. Duck the lead! Now your count will be rectified. You will win any return and run winners (including the Ace of diamonds -- a Vienna coup) to reach this ending:
And when you cash the last trump, discarding a diamond from dummy, East is squeezed.
Did you find this hand too easy? Unworthy of the intro about Berlusconi's talents as a composer of problems?
Check out next week's article then. (Mr. H, at the comment section of this problem, gets style points for ducking the heart lead while playing the 7 of Hearts... saving the 2 for winning the last trick)