

Problem 2 composed by Andrew Prothero, 1999
South to make five notrumps. West leads the ♠10. This was the last problem to be presented as a solving competition in Bridge Magazine, where it appeared in December, 2000. Solvers were invited to answer this question: "Why does Hugh Darwen think this is a very nice problem to end the series?". The answer lies in my penchant for certain finer points concerning the aesthetical qualities of double dummy problems. The solution to Andy Prothero's masterpiece involves two distinct seesaw squeezes with spades as the squeeze suit. In one of them South must overtake North's ♠J when East discards a diamond; in the other, South must do the opposite and play low when East discards a diamond! I have never before seen the likes of such a "seesaw of seesaws", so to speak.
© Hugh Darwen, 2001 Date last modified: 21 January, 2019
