Competition Problem 48
composed by Hugh Darwen
presented for solving in February, 2009
South to make two hearts against the lead of any diamond.
Successful solvers: Steve Bloom, Rajeswar Tewari, Dick Yuen.
A. If West leads an honour, North wins and leads a heart, South winning as cheaply as possible. Declarer exits on a diamond to East, who is endplayed. A middle heart is best, but declarer can win and either throw East back in with a heart or simply run the ♣Q round to East, win the club return, ruff a club with the ♥4 and play ♥A and ♥5, keeping the ♥2 to throw under East's ♥3 so that North gets the ♠K and an established club.
B. If West leads a low diamond, North plays the ♦10, East winning and returning the suit. North wins and leads a heart, South winning as cheaply as possible. Now declarer must run the ♣Q round to East, who returns the suit to North's §A. South ruffs a club with the ♥4 and exits to East on the ♥5.
1. If East returns a heart, perhaps cashing the ♠A first, South (in either case) wins as cheaply as possible, cashes the top heart, and exits again to East on the ♥2, carefully preserved as in A. Thus North makes the ♠K and an established club.
2. If East plays ♠A and another spade, North wins and South ruffs a spade with the ♥2. East's last three cards are all trumps, so that player has to ruff the diamond exit and give declarer another trump finesse at trick 12.
See the solution to Competition Problem #4 for the recommended tabular format if you prefer not to write in English prose.
© Hugh Darwen, 2007
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017