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Competition Problem 77

composed by Hugh Darwen
presented for solving in July, 2011

DR5

♠ A1065

 J2

 J10942

♣ KQ

♠ Q987

 6

 876

♣ 105432

♠ K

 Q874

 AKQ53

♣ AJ6

♠ J432

 AK10953

 none

♣ 987

South to make four hearts.  West leads the ♠7.

Successful solvers:  Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Sebastian Nowacki, Satyanarayana, Wim van der Zijden

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Solution

This is heavily based on a hand played at a bridge club in Reading, Massachusetts, in 2010, sent to me by Ken Bloom.

North must win the opening lead and immediately lead a club, which East does best to duck.  Next comes a high diamond, covered by East and ruffed by South with the 5.  A club follows to East’s A and East returns the suit.  North ruffs with the 2 and advances the J.  When this holds, South plays the 9 under it and North leads a second high diamond.  East covers and South discards a spade. 

A.      If East returns a trump, declarer draws trumps and sets up a spade trick.

B.      If East returns a low diamond, South discards a spade and North’s 9 wins the trick.  South ruffs a diamond with the 3 and exits on a spade.  Whether West wins this trick or East ruffs, South’s AK10 will take the last three tricks.

C.      If East returns the top diamond, South ruffs with the 10.  Three rounds of trumps now put East on play for a lead away from the 53 into North’s 94.

the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.

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