Competition Problem 35
composed by Steve Bloom
presented for solving in January, 2008
South to make six diamonds. West leads the ♦J.
Successful solvers: Robin Adey, Jean-Marc Bihl, Ian Budden, Birol Güvenç, Christopher Hext, Pravin Kashelkar, Derek Lu, Uscumlic Milan, Gautam Nandi, Steve Dunn, Steve Porter, Steve Rose, Rajeswar Tewari, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.
North plays low. If East does likewise, North wins a spade and throws East in on a second diamond. East is endplayed and must either set up declarer's spades by leading that suit or allow declarer two entries in hearts. Therefore East plays the ♦K at trick 1. After ♦A, ♦Q, and ♠A, South overtakes the ♥K and leads the ♠Q. North ruffs West's ♠K and exits with a heart. East has to win and let South in on a heart ruff to score the good spades.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2007
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017