Competition Problem 71
to make five clubs.
West leads the ♠Q.
Successful solvers: Bob Bignall, Steve Bloom, Abby Chiu, Mohammad Haikal, Sebastian Nowacki, Satyanarayana, Sylvain Schwartz, Rajeswar Tewari, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden
Promotion: Congratulations to composer Ian Budden who with this problem becomes my ninth Grandmaster Problemist, with 750 D.D. Master Points and 38 Star Points.
A. South wins with the ♠A, leads the ♦4 to the ♦A, then leads the ♣J which is ducked to the ♣Q. West returns:
(i) a diamond. South wins with the ♦Q, leads a heart for a finesse of the ♥Q, then draws the remaining trumps by leading the ♣10 from North, eventually taking a second heart finesse and disposing of a loser on the third heart.
(ii) a low heart. North wins with the ♥Q, and declarer plays four more rounds of trumps, leading the ♣10 from North. West discards three hearts and a diamond, and North and East each discard two spades. South then leads the last club. If West throws a diamond, North throws a spade, and declarer leads a low diamond to West’s bare ♦K to set up the ♦Q. So West does better to throw another heart. North now throws a diamond, and declarer continues by finessing the ♥10 and cashing the ♥A. East must retain a spade and so is reduced to one diamond. South throws his spade. North leads a diamond to the ♦Q and ♦K to set up the ♦8 for the eleventh trick.
Trap: If South leads a low club at trick 2, East overtakes West’s ♣Q to cash a spade.
B. The layout is as follows:
On the ♣Q North unblocks the ♣J and South plays low. West switches to the ♠Q (best). South wins, finesses ♥Q, and plays four more rounds of trumps, leading the ♣10 from North. West discards three hearts and a diamond, and North and East each discard two spades. South must not now cash the last club (as West can spare another diamond), but finesses ♥10, East discarding a diamond, and then cashes ♥A, throwing the ♠7 from hand (or a diamond if East throws a spade). If East discards a spade, North leads a spade to set up the last spade, with the ♦A as an entry. If instead East discards a diamond, declarer cashes ♦A and leads a diamond to the ♦Q and ♦K, making two more tricks with the last trump and the ♦8.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2011
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017