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Competition Problem 135b

composed by Paolo Treossi
presented for solving in May 2016

DR2

♠ KJ103

 AK82

 Q105

♣ K7

♠ 987

 QJ7

 J98432

♣ A

♠ Q654

 6543

 K

♣ J1098

♠ A2

 109

 A76

♣ Q65432

South to make six no-trumps.  West leads the 4.

Successful solvers:  Tadikonda Appaji Prasad, Alexander Baranovitch, Steve Bloom, Marc Bonnet, Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Prahalad Rajkumar, Raghu Rajkumar, A.V. Ramana Rao, Zoran Sibinović, F.Y. Sing, Andries van der Vegt, Daniel de Lind van Wijngaarden, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden.      Tables

Promotion:  Congratulations to Zoran Sibinović for achieving the Expert Problemist norm.

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Solution

South wins with the A and leads the 10, which West must cover.  North wins and leads the J.  Assume East ducks.  Then South comes to hand on the A and leads the 9.  Again West must cover and North cashes all the major suit winners to arrive at this:

♠ 10

 2

 Q10

♣ K7

♠ none

 none

 J9843

♣ A

♠ Q

 6

 none

♣ J1098

♠ none

 none

 76

♣ Q654

North leads the K and finesses on the diamond return to score two diamond tricks and subject East to a squeeze that repeats on a major suit discard and otherwise gives South two long club winners.

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Hugh Darwen, 2016
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