Competition Problem 37
composed by Steve Bloom
presented for solving in March, 2008
South to make two clubs. West leads the ♣A.
Successful solvers: Rajeswar Tewari, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden. Only three solutions but none of these wanted a DR higher than 4.
South drops an honour and West does best to continue clubs, South winning and leading the ♦Q.
A. If the ♦Q holds, South plays a third club to North's ♣10 and finesses the ♠9 to endplay West. Say West wins and returns the ♥7 (as good as anything). Then South wins with the ♥K and, most importantly, cashes the ♠A before exiting on a heart. West wins with the ♥A and leads the ♥J to East's ♥Q, but East's fourth heart is allowed to hold so that North makes two diamond tricks.
B. If West covers the ♦Q, North wins and, resisting the temptation to cash the ♦J, leads a spade, South finessing the ♠9. West can do no better than win and play another club to North's ♣10. South discards a heart on the ♦J and then plays a spade to the ♠J. West has a safe exit this time on a diamond, but South ruffs and plays ♠A and another spade. West is endplayed and South scores the ♥K as well as the long spade. (Had North cashed the ♦J at trick 3, West would have had an easy exit on the ♦10 at trick 5.)
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2007
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