Main   Challenge 7V57 by Richard Pavlicek  

Do You Hear What I Hear?

“Said the night wind to the little lamb.”

Listen carefully and you may hear a message in the air that will help you solve these six defensive problems. Do you hear what I hear? Sharpen your senses, tune out the background noise, and let the night wind be your mentor. All lambs, er, bridge players are invited to try this challenge.

As West or East, just choose your next lead from the options given. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale based on my judgment.

In December of 2001 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 522 entrants from 89 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately.

Bidding is standard, and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference, see my outline of Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts, so don’t expect any sheepish declarer play.

The night wind is calling. Are you listening? Be a good shepherd boy and pay attention, as the answer is usually nearby if you see it — or hear it. If you do well, the Mighty King will be proud, and you might win a valuable prize.*

*Prizes include a Lamborghini Countach and four bottles of Lambrusco wine. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and ovine genealogy. Employees of PavCo Lambskin Sportswear are ineligible. TopMain

Problem 1

Matchpoints None Vul

West
You

Pass
Pass
North


1 S
4 H
East


Pass
All Pass
South

1 H
2 H

4 H South
S A K 7 3
H Q J 4
D K 3 2
C 9 6 4
S Q 10 5
H 10 8 2
D Q J 9
C A J 7 3
Table

Trick
1. W
Lead
D Q
2nd
2
3rd
4
4th
8

Your next lead:  SHDDCC 3 TopMain

Problem 2

IMPs Both Vul

West
You

Dbl
Pass
North


2 NT
4 S
East


Pass
All Pass
South

2 S
3 D*
*feature

4 S South
S A Q 9
H A J 7
D K 6 5 3
C 6 5 3
S
H K 10 8 4
D Q 10 9 7
C A K 10 8 2
Table

Trick
1. W
Lead
C K
2nd
3
3rd
Q
4th
4

Your next lead:  HH 10  HD 10  CC 8 TopMain

Problem 3

Matchpoints None Vul

West
You

Pass
Pass
Pass
North


2 D
3 C
3 NT
East


Pass
Pass
Pass
South

1 S
2 NT*
3 H
6 NT (AP)
*12-14 or 18-19

6 NT South
S 3
H 9 2
D A K 9 5 2
C A 10 8 6 3
S 10 6 4
H Q 7 5 3
D Q 10 8
C Q J 5
Table

Trick
1. W
2. S
3. S
Lead
H 3
C K
C 2
2nd
9
5
J
3rd
10
3
6
4th
A
9
4

Your next lead:  S 10  HHDDC Q TopMain

Problem 4

IMPs N-S Vul

West


Pass
Pass
North


1 S
3 NT
East
You
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South

1 D
2 NT

3 NT South
S 10 8 5 2
H J 6 3
D A J 10 6
C 8 2
TableS J 9 7 3
H 10 2
D K 5 2
C Q 9 6 4

Trick
1. W
2. S
3. N
Lead
H 4
D 4
D 10
2nd
3
7
K
3rd
10
J
8
4th
Q
2
Q

Your next lead:  SHDCCC 4 TopMain

Problem 5

Matchpoints Both Vul

West


Pass
North


4 H
East
You

All Pass
South

2 H

4 H South
S A K 10 9 5
H J 10
D A 3
C A J 6 3
TableS Q J 7 6 3 2
H A 5
D Q J
C K 10 4

Trick
1. W
2. N
Lead
S 8
D 3
2nd
A
Q
3rd
3
4
4th
4
2

Your next lead:  SSHHDC 4 TopMain

Problem 6

IMPs E-W Vul

West


Pass
Pass
North


2 C
3 NT
East
You

Pass
All Pass
South

1 NT*
2 H
*12-14

3 NT South
S K Q 9 8
H K Q
D 10 9 4
C Q 10 9 2
TableS 6 4 2
H 10 8 7 4
D A K 8 5
C K J

Trick
1. W
Lead
C 5
2nd
2
3rd
J
4th
3

Your next lead:  SHHDDC K

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Credits to Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, composers of Do You Hear What I Hear?
© 2001 Richard Pavlicek