# ACBL Bridge Beat #82: The Vaniva Problem

This, one of the most famous of all double dummy problems, was composed by Sidney Lenz in 1928 in a contest promoted by Vaniva Shaving Cream.

 ♠ 5 ♥ 8 5 ♦ A K 7 ♣ A K 8 6 5 4 2 ♠ K 10 7 ♠ 8 6 4 3 2 ♥ 9 ♥ Q 6 3 2 ♦ Q 10 8 3 ♦ J 6 2 ♣ Q J 10 9 7 ♣ 3 ♠ A Q J 9 ♥ A K J 10 7 4 ♦ 9 5 4 ♣ —

South is to make 7 after the lead of the ♣Q. Scroll down to see the solution.

Solution:

North wins the first trick, South discarding a diamond. North leads the other top club.

If East trumps, South overruffs and cashes the ♠A, North ruffs out West’s best spade, and one trump finesse captures East’s queen.

If East sheds a spade, South ruffs and cashes the ♠A, North ruffs out West’s best spade, and South wins the trump finesse and his remaining spades. North wins a top diamond and South ruffs a club. North wins another diamond and coups East’s trumps.

If East sheds a diamond, South sheds a spade and finesses trumps. North wins a top diamond and South finesses and runs all his trumps to triple squeeze West.

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