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Competition Problem 143b

by Steve Bloom after Hugh Darwen
presented for solving in January 2017

DR2

♠ Q32

 A32

 9432

♣ 432

♠ K

 QJ109

 K8765

♣ K87

♠ J109

 K8765

 J10

♣ J109

♠ A87654

 4

 AQ

♣ AQ65

South to make four spades.  West leads the Q.

Successful solvers: Ian Budden, Leigh Matheson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Zoran Sibinović, Rajeswar Tewari, Andries van der Vegt, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden  Tables

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Solution

I hoped nobody would notice this problem's resemblance to Competition Problem 118b, from December 2014, but at least two solvers did.  Apologies to them.

After the A at trick one South must immediately ruff a heart and then lose a spade to West’s K.  South ruffs the heart return, cashes the A (optionally—this can be done later) and advances the Q.  Assuming West wins with the K and returns a diamond, the following ending is reached with South on lead:

♠ Q

 none

 94

♣ 432

♠ none

 10

 87

♣ K87

♠ J

 K8

 none

♣ J109

♠ 87

 none

 none

♣ AQ65

A spade to the Q wrings the 10 from West (if a club, then A and another establishes the suit), whereupon 9 and another diamond throws that player in for a lead away from the K.

Note: If West returns a heart instead of a diamond, this must be ruffed by South, not North.

See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.

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Date last modified: 11 March, 2017