Competition Problem #1
South to make three spades. West leads the ♣ J.
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I think this is possibly the most difficult problem I have ever composed, though I have to admit that the idea was mostly DeepFinesse's! It started life as a random deal in which I found some interesting points in DF's analysis. If you send me a correct solution you will certainly be awarded the maximum 8 DD Master Points (and therefore 2 Star Points). I assume that solutions are arrived at without the aid of computer programs like DeepFinesse.
Vincent Labbé's improvement was in the spade suit. In the previous version East had the singleton ♠J opposite West's ♠A1098.
Successful solvers of 2000 version: Andy Prothero, Michael Palitsch, Leslie Cass, Jean-Marc Bihl, Ahmet Rifat Şahin, Bircan Öztürk, Sebastian Nowacki ...
... and of 2008 version: Peter Li (October 2013)
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Date last modified: 10 April, 2017