Competition Problem 127b
South to make five no-trumps. West leads the ♥K.
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Wing-Kai Hon, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Zoran Sibinović, F.Y. Sing, Andries van der Vegt, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden Tables
Promotion: With this result F.Y. Sing is promoted to Problemist.
South wins with the ♥A, cashes the ♣Q, and leads the ♠J. West must cover to prevent an easy throw-in on East—East makes two tricks in the minor suits but then leads away from the ♠10 into North’s ♠Q8. So North’s ♠A wins trick 3 and is followed by a top club on which South discards the potentially blocking ♠9. Three rounds of diamonds now put East on play in this position:
A. If East leads a spade, North wins two spade tricks and the ♦5, South having discarded the ♦9. East, now down to a spade winner and ♣J9, is thrown in on the spade.
B. If East leads a club, North wins two club tricks and the ♦5, South again having discarded the ♦9. If East throws the ♠3 North exits in the ♠4. So East throws a middle spade, but North exits on the ♠8, pinning the ♠5. East wins with the ♠10 but has to lead away from ♠63 into ♠Q4.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
Hugh Darwen, 2015