The biggest story in bridge in recent weeks has been the cheating verdict against Michael Elinescu and Entscho Wladow. They are both medical professionals and were known around the traps as the “German doctors”. They were found guilty of cheating in the world championship in Bali last year. When suspicions were raised, the authorities covertly filmed them to gain evidence. They cheated by coughing. During the auction, the number of coughs showed which suit they were short in and they also used the cough code to ask for particular leads. The German team was stripped of their gold medal in the seniors event but the rest of the team were explicitly cleared by the WBF. The pair were banned from playing together in WBF events for life and banned individually for 10 years. It is not clear if there is going to be an appeal. Today’s hand has a 100 percent safe line of play but it is hard to find. The auction was difficult for South after the 4S preemptive raise. With only three apparent losers, South took the push to 5H and received a spade lead. Before reading on, you might like to see if you can find the sure trick line for 11 tricks. At the table, declarer trumped the spade, played a trump to the jack, ruffed the last spade and drew the last trump. When ace, king and another club failed to set up a third club trick, the last club was ruffed and declarer lost two diamonds. If you don’t ruff the club then the king and jack of diamonds will be in the other hands so two clubs and one diamond will be lost. With extra trumps, it looks right to try an elimination play but not the obvious one. After ruffing the lead, draw trumps and cash the ace and king of clubs. Now play a trump to dummy and lead the last spade discarding a club. If East wins and returns a club, discard a diamond. If West has the QC, the other diamond will be discarded on the JC. If West wins and leads a club just cover his card and again discard both small diamonds. Try all the minor suit layouts to see that this line is 100 percent.