Competition Problem 94a
South to make four spades. West leads the ♣2.
Successful solvers: Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Kukuh Indrayana, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden
Promotion: Sebastian Nowacki became an Expert Problemist (100 D.D. Master Points) with his solution to Competition Problem 92. Apologies to him for the delayed announcement.
"League Table" for 2012 (Wim van der Zijden has the best solving score, as Steve Bloom's score includes 12 for composing and Jean-Marc Bihl's includes 8 for composing)
Declarer aims to lose just three trump ricks, the run of the trumps eventually squeezing East in clubs and hearts. As West will be able to attack hearts twice and eliminate North’s entry in that suit, the ♣A must be preserved for the squeeze to work. South therefore wins the opening lead with the ♣K but is now rather short of entries to hand, needed for repeated trump leads. To avoid having to use up an entry for the second round of trumps, at trick 2 South leads a low spade! West wins with the ♠7 and leads a heart, but North rises with the ♥K and to lead a spade to South’s ♠9 and West’s ♠Q. West leads a second heart to South’s ♥K and declarer continues spades. West wins with the ♠A and exits on a diamond. North makes the ♦Q and ♦A and then leads the carefully preserved third diamond for South to ruff. The ♠KJ now draw West’s remaining trumps and squeeze East as planned at trick 11, South having the ♥4 and ♣4 opposite North’s ♣A8.
Trap: If South leads a high spade at trick 2, West ducks—of course!
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2012
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017