Competition Problem 94b
by F.Y Sing
South to lead at no-trumps. North-South to make six tricks.
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
South cashes the ♣A and watches Westís discard, which obviously canít be a spade.
A. If West discards a diamond, North throws the ♠8 and is entered on the ♥A. If West plays low, then that player is thrown in on a heart after the ♠A and ♦A have been cashed. If West instead drops the ♥K on this trick, then ♠A and ♠Q subject East to a squeeze in three suits.
B. If West discards a heart, North must also discard a heart! Now the ♥A, ♠A and ♠Q are cashed, South discarding diamonds. East discards a diamond on the ♠Q, coming down to three singletons, the ♥Q, ♦K and ♣K, while West has the master spade and ♦J4. West is thrown on the spade as South watches East discard. If it is a heart or a club, South discards a club or heart, respectively, and takes the last two tricks with the ♦A and the established heart or club winner. If instead East discards the ♦K, then South discards the ♦A and North takes the last two tricks with the ♦Q and ♠10.
Trap: If North discards a spade in line B, then the given ending will fail when East discards the ♦K, and if line A is followed instead, then West can drop the ♦J so that East takes the last three tricks with the ♥Q, ♣K, and ♦6.
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