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Competition Problem 16

composed by Ben Sholomo
presented for solving in June 2006

DR4

♠ AJ9

 1054

 A94

♣ A1095

♠ 32

 K8

 QJ108

♣ QJ643

♠ Q654

 J962

 K765

♣ 2

♠ K1087

 AQ73

 32

♣ K87

South to make five spades.  West leads the ♠3.

Successful solvers:  Robin Adey, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Helge Leonhardsen, Leigh Matheson, Bircan ztrk, Danil de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Yunfeng Zhu, Wim van der Zijden.

Promotion: Steve Bloom became a Problemist after solving Problem 15 and now has 55 master points.

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Solution

North wins with the J and South comes to hand on the 10 to play a low heart towards North's 10.  Suppose West wins with the Kit makes little difference if East wins itand leads a diamond.  North wins and leads the 10 to J and Q.  North is re-entered on a spade so that South can finesse the 7.  North discards the 9 and 10 on South's A and K, which force West to come down to three clubs and a diamond.  South leads the 7, followed by another club if the 7 wins.  Upon winning the A, North exits with the 4.  If East plays the K, North's 9 is the eleventh trick, otherwise West has to concede the last trick or tricks to South in clubs.

See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.

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Hugh Darwen, 2006

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