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Competition Problem 153b

composed by Hugh Darwen
presented for solving in December 2017

DR3

♠ KQJ92

 none

 K8432

♣ 1098

♠ A754

 10432

 Q6

♣ 654

♠ none

 K98765

 A97

♣ QJ32

♠ 10863

 AQJ

 J105

♣ AK7

South to make five spades.  West leads the ♠A, then the ♠4.

Successful solvers:  Steve Bloom, Ian Budden, Steve McVea, Radu Mihai, Sebastian Nowacki, Zoran Sibinović, F.Y. Sing, Sze Guan Tan, Rajeswar Tewari, Andries van der Vegt, Dick Yuen, Wim van der Zijden

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Solution

North plays the K, then the 2, South the 3 then the 6.  North ruffs high the J and leads a club, covered by East and South.  North ruffs high the Q and leads another club, covered again by East and South.  The 10 and 8 follow, North discarding a club, East two clubs (best).  The winning 7 at last wrings a heart from East, allowing South to cash the A and lead the J for two tricks in that suit—if the J is covered by the Q, K, and A, East then has to lead away from the 97 into  split tenace.

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: 12 June, 2018