Competition Problem 99b
by Julian Pottage
to make six clubs
against a black suit lead.
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Sebastian Nowacki, Radu Mihai, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.
A. If West leads the ♣K, North wins and leads the ♦K to South's ♦A and then ruffs the ♦Q! North leads a low spade and when East plays low South discards the ♥4 to throw West in for either a ruff and discard or a heart lead into the tenace.
B. If West leads the ♠10, South ruffs high and leads a high club to North's ♣A. A second spade is ruffed high and North's ♦K and a club are entries for two further spade ruffs high. South then cashes the ♦A and leads a club in this position:
(Alternatively, South could have ♣43 opposite North's ♣52.) Now, if West discards
1. the ♦10, then North plays low and wins the next club, on which West is one-suit squeezed. West does best to discard a middle heart but then the ♥8 is covered around the table and West has to lead into a split tenace.
2. the ♥5, then an immediate exit on a low heart endplays West for a heart lead or a ruff and discard.
3. the ♥10, then North overtakes the club and leads the ♥8, covered around the table. Again West is endplayed.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2013
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017