# The World’s Smallest Double Dummy Problem

 North ♠ Q 8 ♥ — ♦ — ♣ 7 West ♠ J 2 ♥ A ♦ — ♣ — East ♠ K 10 ♥ — ♦ A ♣ — West ♠ A 3 ♥ — ♦ — ♣ A

By Mike Lawrence

Thirty years ago, I was reading an old bridge book by Sidney Lenz. Half way through the book, I came upon the following bridge problem. As you can see, it has just three tricks remaining. With so few possible variations, you should solve it in seconds. Right?

Let’s see.

South is in a spade contract and he is on lead. He needs two tricks. How can South get them?

This oldie but goodie has caused some eyes to blink.

The answer will appear in a few moments.

Still coming.

Shortly,

Almost there,

Here it is.

With only three cards to consider, it is easy to find the solution. Here is the analysis for each of South’s three cards.

The ace of clubs.

You can’t lead that. West will ruff and East will be left with another defensive spade trick.

If you lead the ace of spades and then the ace of clubs, West ruffs and East takes the last trick with the king of spades.