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Competition Problem 100b

composed by Tim Bourke
presented for solving in June 2013

DR3

♠ A432

 AJ2

 76

♣ AK43

♠ Q65

 KQ1097

 AJ54

♣ 5

♠ none

 865

 1098

♣ QJ109876

♠ KJ10987

 43

 KQ32

♣ 2

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

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Solution

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:

♠ 4

 J2

 76

♣ A

♠ none

 K10

 AJ54

♣ none

♠ none

 86

 1098

♣ Q

♠ J

 4

 KQ32

♣ none

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.

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Date last modified: 11 March, 2017