Competition Problem 100a
to lead and East-West to defeat South's contract of two spades
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Sebastian Nowacki, Radu Mihai
Promotion: Congratulations to Steve Bloom, who with this result becomes a Life Master Problemist, with 408 D.D. Master Points and 55 Start Points.
West must lead the ♥Q!
A. If South takes this with the ♥K, the best try is to lead a club, which West must cover. When North ducks this trick, West leads the ♥3. East makes two heart tricks, finessing, and exits on a club. North does best to win and lead a low spade, but East lets it ride and covers the next one, forcing South’s ♠A. South leads a high spade to North’s ♠Q but East wins and returns a club, ruffed by South. Even though North can now get the lead in spades South has no way of scoring a trick with the ♦K, thanks to East’s long club.
B. If South ducks, West must continue hearts and East must play low! Again declarer’s best chance is to give up a club trick, but this time East wins it to cash the ♥A. Play now reverts to line A as East exits on a club.
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