Challenge 7V89 by Richard Pavlicek
Where can you find grand slams, doubles, squeeze plays and sacrifices? In bridge, of course, and in baseball as well. These games share a number of common terms and analogies. On each of these six problems, Slammin Sammy (no offense, Mr. Sosa) has overbid to a slam, or if you prefer, has hit a deep fly ball. Will you catch it? Or will it clear the fence for a home run? All the balls can be caught! That is, each slam can be defeated.
This is a defensive-play challenge for all bridge players. You are the left fielder (West) on the first three problems and the right fielder (East) on the last three. All you have to do is choose your lead at trick two from the options given. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale, based on my judgment.
In August 2002 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 638 entrants from 103 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately. If youre a Golden Glover, you might even win a valuable prize!*
*Prizes include six outfielders mitts, personally autographed by Sammy Sosa (or Sammy Pavlicek) and a bronzed batting helmet. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and well corked. Employees and non-employees of PavCo Sports Memorabilia are ineligible.
Batter up! Pitch is on the way
craaack! Its a deep fly ball and you run back, back, back to the warning track
to the fence
You lead the Q (dummy plays low), partner plays the five and South the three.
Your next lead: Q 9 7 2 9 6
You lead the K, partner plays the seven and South the 10.
Your next lead: 10 3 Q 8 A 2
You lead the K, partner plays the three and South the two.
Your next lead: 3 10 4 A J 9
Partner leads the 6, you win the ace, and South plays the king.
Your next lead: 10 5 2 3 Q 4
Partner leads the J, you win the ace, and South plays the queen.
Your next lead: 2 3 4 Q 9 7
Partner leads the J, you win the king, and South plays the queen.
Your next lead: 5 4 A 2 10 3
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Acknowledgments to Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball.© 2002 Richard Pavlicek