Competition Problem 146b
by Paolo Treossi
South to make six no-trumps. West leads the ♣3.
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Johnson, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Zoran Sibinović, Rajeswar Tewari, Wim van der Zijden. Tables
South wins, crosses on a heart and plays four rounds of spades to arrive at this ending, in which South will continue spades, West throwing hearts and North throwing clubs:
On the next spade North throws a club and the squeeze starts on East.
A. If East discards a heart and a diamond, the ♣A then squeezes West in front of North. A heart discard gives North two heart tricks and a diamond discard lets declarer establish two diamond tricks for North.
B. If East discards two diamonds, the ♣A, North discarding the ♥3, again squeezes West. A diamond discard gives North two tricks as before, whereas a heart discard allows North to score the ♥A and lead the ♦3 to the ♦K and ♦A so that North’s ♦Q6 tenace takes the last two tricks.
C. If East discards two hearts, West and North both discard diamonds on the ♣A and South cashes the ♥J. Although the ♥A is stranded, the lead of the ♦K guarantees North an entry to make it—via a diamond to West if the ♦K holds.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
Hugh Darwen, 2017