Competition Problem 135b
by Paolo Treossi
South to make six no-trumps. West leads the ♦4.
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South wins with the ♦A and leads the ♥10, which West must cover. North wins and leads the ♠J. Assume East ducks. Then South comes to hand on the ♠A and leads the ♥9. Again West must cover and North cashes all the major suit winners to arrive at this:
North leads the ♣K and finesses on the diamond return to score two diamond tricks and subject East to a squeeze that repeats on a major suit discard and otherwise gives South two long club winners.
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Hugh Darwen, 2016