Competition Problem 105b
by Wim van der Zijden
South to make four hearts. West leads the ♠K.
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Dick Yuen
Declarer wins with the ♠A and immediately finesses the ♣10, losing to Eastís ♣A. To create any difficulty East must return a trump honour, taken by Southís ♥A as North pays high to preserve the ♥2. A spade is ruffed high and followed by three rounds of clubs, South discarding two diamonds and ruffing the third in case West has kept the ♣7 and East, who must be kept off lead at this stage, the ♣8. The cards now lie like this, with South on lead having lost one trick:
The ♦J is run round to Eastís ♦Q and East must play ♥Q and another heart to prevent the cross-ruff. North plays high under the ♥Q and West, having already perforce discarded two diamonds, is caught in a ruffing seesaw squeeze (also known as an entry-shifting squeeze). If West discards a spade, North plays the ♥2 and ruffs a spade so that Southís diamond ruff and spade winner take the last two tricks. If West instead discards another diamond, North overtakes and leads the ♦K to set up a trick for the ♦6 with a spade ruff as entry.
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