Competition Problem 77
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
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.
© Hugh Darwen, 2011
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017