Competition Problem 9
South to make six hearts. West leads the ♦10.
Successful solvers: Robin Adey, Bob Bignall, Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, "gabins", Helge Leonhardsen, Uscumlic Milan, Bircan Öztürk, Andrew Prothero, Lars-Håkan Wilhelmsson, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden
The diamond lead must be taken in North! South ruffs a spade and draws trumps, East discarding diamonds. North is entered on the ♣A to play ♠A and another spade. West has to win and return a spade, allowing North to dispose of the club loser while South ruffs. East, now down to ♦J-9-6 and ♣K-Q, is squeezed on this trick. A club discard allows declarer to ruff a club and return to the good clubs on the ♦A, whereas a diamond discard allows declarer to cash the ♦A and cross to the good diamonds on a club ruff.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2001
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017