Challenge 7X09 by Richard Pavlicek
What would be sweeter than a friendly lead? Six of them! As declarer on each of these problems, you may think it is Christmas after seeing the first trick and in some cases you will need all the help you can get. But be careful! What first looks like a sugarplum might actually be a Greek gift.
In December 2002 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 637 entrants from 94 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately.
On each of the six problems, you are South, and all you have to do is choose your play from options A-F. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale based on my judgment.
If you happen to be a real sweet guy or gal, you might even win a valuable prize.* In the words of the Great One, How sweet it is
and a-way we go!
*Prizes include a lifetime supply of sugarplum pies and gingerbread. Winners must be at least 18 years of age. Employees of PavCo Plumming are ineligible. Prizes are void where prohibited by law, and anywhere else for that matter.
It seems partner was wise not to bid clubs. Your play?
After winning the 9 (get that smirk off your face), how do you play?
After winning the Q (thank you very much), how do you play?
At trick two East leads the J to your ace (West plays the two). On the K, West pitches the 4. What next?
At trick two West continues with the 6, East plays the jack and you win the king. How do you play?
Is the A lead a blessing? Or a Trojan horse? In order to justify partners negative double, how do you play?
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© 2003 Richard Pavlicek