Competition Problem 62
How do East and West defeat South's contract of two spades?
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Leigh Matheson, Rajeswar Tewari, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden
It is essential to attack Northís entries before Westís diamonds can be eliminated. Accordingly, West leads the ♥K. Declarerís only hope is to allow the ♥K to hold, dropping the ♥Q (or ♥10) from hand. The next heart lead must come from East to deny North two entries in the suit, so West switches to a diamond, East overtaking. South plays the ♥8 on Eastís heart return at trick 3, but West rises with the ♥J.
A similar defence prevails if North wins the first heart. Assuming South drops the ♥Q and North now leads a club, ducked round to West, East gets the lead in diamonds and the heart switch effects an avoidance play by the defence.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2010
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017