Coffin's Collection: No. 256
by W.H. Whitfeld, 1896
known as "The Whitfeld Eight", also "The Emperor Problem"
Possibly the earliest problem in my entire collection.
Coffin relates how the end position arose four years later in a game of whist,
when the South player, one Charles M. Clay, was able to work out how the
remaining cards must lie and recognised the ending as identical to that of the
famous Whitfeld problem. Clay asked the other players to lay their cards
face down on the table, saying that if he would be allowed to nominate his
partner's cards as well as his own, he would make the rest. He was and he
to lead with spades trumps. North-South to make all eight tricks.
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Successful solvers to
date: Dick Yuen, Yunfeng Zhu,
Hugh Darwen, 2006
Date last modified: 17 April, 2017