Challenge 7V81 by Richard Pavlicek
Club contracts are rare, not only because the club suit is lowest ranked and easily outbid, but because it is the victim of larceny. Clubs are continually being appropriated by convention creators. Messrs. Stayman, Gerber, Drury, Landy, etc., may be regarded as great pioneers of the game, but in reality they were just thieves. I want my clubs back! And so it will be on this occasion.
In June of 2002 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 566 entrants from 97 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.
Bidding is Standard American (or as noted) and your opponents use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
So get out of that club chair and start clubbing. Theres no time for dinner; if you need food for thought grab a club sandwich. And if youre a club-elite player, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include 25 cases of club soda and a 10-year membership in the club of your choice.Winners must be at least 18 years of age. Employees of Club PavCo are ineligible.Prizes are void where prohibited by law or where no such prohibitions exist.
You couldnt bid 2 because of a silly convention. Your play?
A. Win first diamond; lead 2 to jackB. Win first diamond; lead 2 to jackC. Win first diamond; lead 5D. Win first diamond; lead 10E. Win second diamond; lead 2 to jackF. Win second diamond; lead 10
You pitch a spade from dummy and win the king. What next?
A. Win A; ruff spade; lead QB. Win A; lead 2C. Lead 3 and finesse the 10D. Lead the JE. Lead the QF. Lead the Q
West continues A-J (East follows). You ruff then lead a club to the eight, and East pitches a diamond. Next?
A. Win A-K; lead 2 to kingB. Win A-K; ruff a diamondC. Win A; lead 2 to kingD. Win A; ruff a diamondE. Lead 2 to kingF. Ruff a diamond
West shifts to the 2, and you capture Easts jack with your king. What next?
A. Win A; ruff spade; win AB. Win A; ruff spade; duck a diamondC. Win A; ruff spade; win AD. Win A; lead Q to pitch diamondE. Win A; lead 3F. Duck a diamond
West found a great lead, preventing two diamond ruffs. How will you handle this?
A. Win J; ruff spade; lead 3B. Win J; ruff spade; duck a diamondC. Win J; ruff spade; win AD. Win 10; lead 3E. Win 10; duck a diamondF. Win 10; A; lead 2
A. Win A; A; ruff spade; win QB. Win A; Q-J-10; AC. Win A; Q-J-10; duck a heartD. Win Q; A; ruff spade; win QE. Win Q; Q-J-10; duck a spadeF. Win Q; Q-J-10; duck a heart
Note: When you lead trumps, East follows once then discards the 6 and 3.
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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek