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.
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 such prohibitions do not exist.
You couldnt bid 2 due to a silly convention, and it seems partner guessed wrong to pass. Your play?
Partner tables the usual void opposite your preempt. You pitch a spade from dummy and win the king. Next?
West continues A-J (East follows). You ruff then lead a club to the eight, and East pitches a diamond. Next?
At trick two West leads the 2, and you capture Easts jack with your king. How do you continue?
West seems to have found the killing lead, preventing two diamond ruffs. How will you handle this?
When you lead trumps, East follows once then discards 6 and 3. Your play?
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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek