Competition Problem 64
South to make three spades. West leads the ♠2.
Successful solvers: Vincent Labbé, Rajeswar Tewari, Wim van der Zijden. Several solvers tried ducking a diamond at trick 2 but this fails when West returns the suit and then ducks the first club. Others overlooked the possibility that West might cash the ♦K before leading the top club, ruffed by North.
I hope nobody recognised this one. W.H. Whitfeld's problems started to appear in print in 1880, so it might not be the oldest problem in my entire collection.
South wins with the ♠J and leads the ♣K, which West does best to duck. North is entered on diamond to the ♦A to play a club, South covering East's card. West wins and to avoid having to make too many damaging leads cashes the ♦K before leading the top club, ruffed by North. South comes to hand on the ♠A and this is now the position:
North discards the ♦7 on the ♣Q and the best East can do is to ruff and lead the ♦10, covered by South, ruffed by West, and overruffed by North. South comes to hand on the ♥A and leads a diamond winner. East ruffs but has to lead into North's heart tenace.
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