Competition Problem 139b
by Paolo Treossi
South to make six no-trumps. West leads the ♣4.
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North wins the opening lead with the ♣J, South dropping the ♣10 (even though this doesn’t give North two more entries in the suit against best defence). North leads the ♦J. Whether or not East allows this to win, declarer wins two diamond tricks and the ♥A, then leads the ♣2. West tries to make things difficult by rising with the ♣Q, but North wins with the ♣A and plays the ♥Q on which South jettisons the ♣K, followed by the ♥J if the ♥Q wins.
A. If West plays the ♥K, North wins the return and plays any remaining winner. East is squeezed before South in spades and diamonds.
B. If West lets the ♥Q and ♥J win, then North’s ♣8 squeezes East without the count: a spade discard allows South to discard the diamond loser, take the spade finesse and then give up a trick in the suit, taking the last two tricks with the ♦8 and the established spade.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
Hugh Darwen, 2016