Challenge 7V73 by Richard Pavlicek
Much of the battle in the card play as declarer is to keep your ship afloat. Defenders are like icebergs lurking in the night; if you dont stay alert, theyll rock your keel and deep-six the contract. One can only wonder that if contract bridge had been invented 90 years ago, history might have been rewritten on that fateful night in April. Are you ready to play bridge? Or shall we just save time and man the lifeboats?
In April of 2002 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 687 entrants from 101 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately. As South on each of the six problem, choose your play from options A-F. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale based on my judgment.
So take over the helm for some rough waters ahead. If you can make it back to port, youre a hero. But thats only the tip of the iceberg. Do it full steam ahead, and you might win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include a completely restored 23-foot propeller blade and a barnacled keg of 96-year-old Champagne. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and a direct descendant of an RMS Titanic passenger (First Class only). Employees of PavCo Maritime Salvage are ineligible.
Your play? (If you duck the first trick, West leads the Q and East plays the 3.)
At trick two East leads the 6, West plays the eight, and you ruff low in dummy. Your play?
OK, so you bid a lot. Now shut up and select your play:
You ruff the first trick and lead a diamond to the queen, both following. Your play?
You ruff the first trick and cash the A; West follows with the five and East the nine. Your play?
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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek