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Curio 7 - "Right-Sided Spades"

composed by Leigh Matheson (2011)

♠ 5432

 432

 A65432

♣ none

♠ none

 none

 KQJ109

♣ AKQJ10987




♠ AKQJ9

 KJ976

 8

♣ 65

♠ 10876

 AQ1085

 7

♣ 432

The contract is four spades by North-South.

This was the winner in a competition devised by Richard Pavlicek (see here) investigating the maximum difference in the number of tricks available to a partnership in a suit contract, depending on who is the declarer.  Here South as declarer makes nine tricks on a club lead ruffed in dummy but North can't make any tricks at all when East, on lead, draws trumps and leads a club.  So the "right-sided difference" is nine.

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