Challenge 7X01 by Richard Pavlicek
Its dusk, as you skim across the murky waters of Lake Erie in your yacht
then you see it. Out of the shadowy mist pops the surreal image of a ghost ship. Your heart pounds, as you doubt your senses, but your curiosity wont let you retreat. Instinctively, you cut your engines and drift cautiously along its port side. You listen
but hear nothing, so you tie up to the gangway and board.
Again you listen
and the only sound you hear is the creaking of the booms.
Removing your shoes to walk quietly, you make your way midship. Still nothing. Bravely, you walk down into the hold, past the captains quarters, through the galley, and come to a bulkhead door. Fear races through your mind as you summon your last ounce of courage
and open it.
Welcome, says the Captain. Your partner will be Patch, and the stakes are 10 dollars a point. Chicago. Fearful of what might happen if you refuse, you sit South as Patch deals. Surprisingly, you have a good run of cards and declare the first six deals. The bad news is the Captain (West) keeps eyeing Patch with an evil glare. You just know something is afoul and wonder if youll ever leave the ship alive. Oh well. Good bridge comes first.
In October 2002 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 662 entrants from 100 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately.
As South on each problem, just choose your play from options A-F. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale based on my judgment.
The evening fog has rolled in, so you may as well stay and give it a try. If you make it out alive, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include 13 Who you gonna call? GhostBusters T-shirts, and 666 tickets to the movie Ghost Ship. Employees and non-employees of PavCo Institute of the Paranormal are ineligible.
West next leads the 8 to Easts 10 and you ruff. You then cash the A and West drops the queen. What now?
You win the A and lead a diamond to the king (East plays the three and West the seven). What next?
You duck and West leads the 6, won in dummy, as East plays the seven. On the 10 East plays low. You?
You win the second club in dummy, then the A and Q; West (void) pitches 6, 5. What now?
East pauses a bit then leads the 2 (West will play the 6). Which spade do you win and what next?
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© 2002 Richard Pavlicek