Challenge 7X25 by Richard Pavlicek
Welcome to the Grand Canyon! It took Mother Nature millions of years to carve the natural wonder in Arizona, but this version took less than a month. You are playing in the finals of the Grand National Pairs and, incredibly, bid a grand slam on each of the first six boards. Talk about needing to take some tricks! See if you have what it takes to win in grand style.
In April of 2003 these six problems were presented as a contest, which had 732 entrants from 101 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately. As South simply choose your play from options A-F. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is Standard American (or as noted) and your opponents use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
Be sure to have a grand old time! And who knows? You might even win a valuable prize.*
*Grand prize is a concert grand piano, handcrafted in mahogany by Steinway and Sons (or Pavlicek and Son). Runners-up receivea trip to Grand Coolee Dam damn, thats cool! Winners must be at least 50 years old with living great-grandparents.
Oh, and one final tip: Dont worry about overtricks!
You win the J and cash the K, ready to claim. Oops! East pitches the 6. What next?
A. Win K-QB. Win K; AC. Win K; A; AD. Ruff heart; win K; A; AE. Ruff heart; win A; AF. Win A; A
1. splinter bid
A. Ruff club; win KB. Ruff club; win A; ruff diamondC. Pitch heart (win A); KD. Pitch heart (win A); A; ruff diamondE. Pitch diamond (win A); KF. Pitch diamond (win A); A; ruff diamond
You cant make this of course (goal is to go down only one). You ruff and lead a club.East wins the A and leads the 3 won in dummy (West pitches a club). Next?
A. Win the AB. Lead the 2C. Ruff club; ruff spade; run trumpsD. Ruff club; spade; club; run trumpsE. Ruff out all black cardsF. Ruff club; run the J
Partner almost fell out of his chair when you jumped twice. Your play?
A. Win A; A-K-Q; KB. Win A; A-K-Q; KC. Win A; A-K-Q; finesse JD. Win K; A-K-Q; A; KE. Win K; A-K-Q; KF. Win K; A-K-Q; K
Note: West is void in hearts.
If you play dummys 9 or J, East covers cheaply. Your play?
A. Win A; run heartsB. Win A; A-K-Q; run heartsC. Win K; A; run heartsD. Win K; run heartsE. Win K; A-K-Q; run heartsF. Win K; A-K-Q; A; run hearts
You lead a spade to queen (both follow low) then the J on which East plays the 10. Your play?
A. Overtake with KB. Win J; A; K; KC. Win J; A; KD. Win J; K; ruff diamondE. Win J; ruff diamondF. Win J; K
To see how you did click
© 2003 Richard Pavlicek