"Weekly Press and Referee."
PERCEPTION PROBLEM. (Answer.) The following is the arrangement of the remaining cards and the-play;— Trick VI.
Trick I.—East having a good supporting card at the head of a short suit of clubs leads it in preference to opening his long suit. South, having queen and one other only covers the knave, forcing West to win with the ace.
Trick ll.—West having bat one club left, returns it at once, which shows that he is probably weak in trumps and has no plain suit with a strong sequence. The fall of the cards shows that North has all the remaining clubs.
Trick lll.—North leads trumps to protect his clubs.
Trick IV.—The fall of the cards marks King of Trumps with North, the eighth and sixth with East, the four and two with South, West has no more. North having led from three trumps must have a card of re-entry in either diamonds or hearts or both. East having had four trumps originally can have no re-entry card or he would have ojened his long suit first. His long suit is probably headed by a tenace or is headed by a_ single honour or king, queen and he evidently wishes to be led up to rather than be obliged to lead away from it. Trick V.—South, having ace, king, queen and at least two others, hearts, perceives that East's suit is probably diamonds and that North's re-entry card must be either the ace of diamonds or the king guarded. He therefore lead 3 the queen of hearts to enable North to count the hands and also to endeavour to foroe East once if possible. The fall shows that East mnst have the knave or no more hearts, and consequently must have at least five diamonds. If North's re-entry card is the king of diamonds guarded he can have no more hearts; West consequently has five hearts and four diamonds or five diamonds and four hearts (according to the number of trumps in Souths hand). ■ If South now leads a small trump, North will win with the king and lead clubs, forcing East's last tramp, but East 'will lead a heart on the chance of West having the nine and North Trill never get in to make bis clubs if he has the king of diamonds guarded. Souths better coarse is to go on with hearts and force one of East's trumps first. East must then lead diamonds and North will get in on the second round at least, draw East's last trump and make the cluba.
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WHIST., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897
WHIST. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897
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