Where can you find grand slams, doubles, squeeze plays and sacrifices? In bridge, of course, and also in baseball. These two great games share a number of common terms and analogies.
This is a defensive-play challenge for all bridge players. On each of the six problems, Slammin Sammy has overbid to a slam (no offense, Mr. Sosa) or if you prefer, Sammy 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!
You are the left fielder (West) on the first three problems and the right fielder (East) on the last three. Choose your lead at trick two from the options given. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is Standard American (except as noted) and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
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 autographed by Sammy Sosa and a bronzed batting helmet. Winners must be at least 18years of age and athletically well corked. Employees and non-employees of PavCo Sports Memorabilia are ineligible.
Batter up! Hey, batter, batter! The pitch is on the way
craaack! Its a deep fly ball
You run back, back, back
to the warning track
to the fence
Your next lead: Q 9 7 2 9 6
1. Jacoby transfer
Your next lead: 10 3 Q 8 A 2
1. limit raise
Your next lead: 3 10 4 A J 9
Your next lead: 10 5 2 3 Q 4
Your next lead: 2 3 4 Q 9 7
Your next lead: 5 4 A 2 10 3
Click to see how you did
Acknowledgments to Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball.© 2002 Richard Pavlicek