Competition Problem 40
by Steve Bloom
South to make three no-trumps. West leads the ♦K.
Successful solvers: Ian Budden, Birol Güvenç, Vincent Labbé, Rajeswar Tewari, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.
West does best to switch to a club. South wins the ♣A, ♠AK, ♥A, then exits with a low diamond, carefully preserving the ♦6; North discards a club. West wins and leads another club. North rises with the ♣K and cashes the ♠Q, squeezing East out of a diamond. A heart to the ♥9 and ♥10 is followed by the ♦4, North discarding a heart if West plays low (in which case South will make two more heart tricks), otherwise a club (in which case either the ♠10 or ♦6 will make a trick in addition to the ♥K).
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: 03 June, 2019