Competition Problem 16
by Ben Sholomo
South to make five spades. West leads the ♠3.
Successful solvers: Robin Adey, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Helge Leonhardsen, Leigh Matheson, Bircan Öztürk, Daniël 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.
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 ♥K—it makes little difference if East wins it—and 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.
© Hugh Darwen, 2006
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017