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 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.
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.
Have a grand old time! And who knows? You might even win a valuable prize.* Oh, and one final tip: Dont worry about overtricks.
*Grand prize is a concert grand piano, handcrafted in mahogany and ivory by Steinway and Sons (or PavCo and Son). Runners-up receive free trips to Grand Coolee Dam damn, thats cool! Winners must be at least 18 years old, with living great-great-grandparents.
You win the J and cash the K, ready to claim. Oops. East pitches the 6. What now?
You ruff and lead a club; East wins the ace and leads the 3 (West pitches a club) won in dummy. Next?
Partner almost fell out of his chair when you jumped twice. (West is void in hearts.) Your play?
You must be in high-card heaven. (If you play the 9 at trick one, East plays the 10.) Your play?
At trick two you lead a spade to queen (both follow low) then the J and East plays the 10. Your play?
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© 2003 Richard Pavlicek