Competition Problem 100b
by Tim Bourke
South to make six spades. West leads the ♣5.
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Leigh Matheson, ML, Sebastian Nowacki, Radu Mihai, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden
North wins the first trick and leads a low club for South to ruff with the ♠K. South plays spades until West covers. When North captures the ♠Q South immediately ruffs the remaining low club and draws West’s remaining trumps, if any. North is entered on a heart to the ♥Q and ♥A to give the following ending:
South discards the ♥4 on North’s ♣A and West is squeezed out of a diamond. A diamond to the ♦Q follows. West does best to play the ♦J on this trick but South follows with the ♦K. West takes this trick but is fixed: a diamond return, ruffed by North, gives South the last two with a heart ruff and the long diamond, whereas a heart lead sets up North’s ♥J with a diamond ruff as entry if need be.
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: 03 June, 2019