Competition Problem 118c
South to make six no-trumps. West leads the ♠5.
Successful solvers: Jean-Marc Bihl, Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Sze Guan, Wing-Kai Hon, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, F.Y. Sing, Andries van der Vegt, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden. Tables
On the opening lead North plays low, and South wins with the ♠A. South then cashes four rounds of diamonds, discarding the four heart honours from dummy, and follows with four rounds of hearts, on which dummy sheds four clubs. With four cards left, both defenders are reduced to two cards in spades and two in clubs. South leads the last heart.
A. West discards the ♣2. North discards a spade. South then leads the ♣3 to West’s (now) bare ♣A. West returns a spade to North’s ♠K and South makes the last trick with the ♣K.
B. West discards a spade. North discards a club. If East throws a spade, North will make two spade tricks, so East too must discard a club. Declarer then crosses to the ♠K and leads a club to the ♣Q, ♣K, and ♣A. West must concede the last trick to the ♣3.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
Hugh Darwen, 2015