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Competition Problem 170b

composed by Stefan Ralescu

DR3

♠ AQ2

 Q7543

 8732

♣ 2

♠ K109

 J2

 QJ5

♣ KQ1098

♠ 8765

 K96

 A96

♣ 543

♠ J43

 A108

 K104

♣ AJ76

South to make four hearts.  West leads the ♣K.

Successful solvers:  Steve Bloom, Steve McVea, Sebastian Nowacki, A.V. Ramana Rao, Zoran Sibinović, Rajeswar Tewari, Andries van der Vegt, Wim van der Zijden

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Solution

Declarer aims to set up North’s long diamond and also throw West in when that player has only black cards left and is forced to concede a trick to one of South’s jacks.  To that end, declarer must win the first trick and immediately advance the 10!

A.      If West wins with the Q or J, the only safe return is another diamond.  If East ducks, South wins with the K and returns the suit.  When East gets in with the A and returns (best) a club, North ruffs and leads the Q.  East does best to cover this but now the A and another heart puts West on play with the J, thus achieving the stated aim.

B.      If West plays low and East wins with the A, declarer has additional options, such as throwing West in on the third diamond for a damaging lead in any of the other three suits.

C.      So best is for East to overtake West’s J or Q and return a club, ruffed by North, whose 87 now become important.  One of those cards is led for an avoidance play against East, who must not be permitted to lead another club.  If East covers, South wins and West has no safe return on winning the third diamond.  Better, then, is for East to play low, forcing South to do the same (otherwise West drops the remaining honour under the K so that East’s 9 wins the third round).  Winning the second diamond, West now has a safe exit in that suit but is soon back in again when North is entered on a spade finesse to lead the Q as in line A.

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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