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Competition Problem 118b

composed by Hugh Darwen
(presented for solving in December, 2014)

DR2

♠ QJ10

 A32

 J432

♣ 432

♠ K

 QJ109

 K10987

♣ K87

♠ 432

 K8765

 65

♣ J109

♠ A98765

 4

 AQ

♣ AQ65

South to make five spades.  West leads the Q.

Successful solvers:  Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Sze Guan, Wing-Kai Hon, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Andries van der Vegt, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.      Tables

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Solution

After the A at trick one South must immediately ruff a heart.  The order of play to the next four tricks is not precise (sorry about that!) but must involve two rounds of spades, another heart ruff by South and a lead of the Q.  Assuming West wins with the K and returns a diamond, the following ending is reached with South on lead:

♠ Q

 none

 J4

♣ 432

♠ none

 none

 1098

♣ K87

♠ 4

 K8

 none

♣ J109

♠ 98

 none

 none

♣ AQ65

A spade to the Q wrings a diamond from West (if a club, then A and another establishes the suit), whereupon J and another diamond throws that player in for a lead away from the K.

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