Sixteen years ago on a visit to Luxor, Egypt, I recall seeing the above warning (translated from hieroglyphs) in the antechamber of the tomb of Tutankhamen. Could this ancient curse reveal the true origin of bridge? Who knows, as I might be mistaken about the whole thing. Maybe I heard it on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson as Karnak, the Magnificent.
This is a defensive-play challenge for all bridge players. On each of the six problems you, West, are the opening leader and begin by leading a king (what else). All you have to do is choose your next lead from the choices listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is Standard American, and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
In June of 2003 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 752 entrants from 106 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include a gold sarcophagus and nine tana leaves. Winners must be at least 18 years old and descendants of Princess Ananka.Employees of PavCo Pyramid Schemes and their immediate family are ineligible.
So what are you waiting for? Get out your shovel and enter the tomb. But watch your footing, and beware the Curse of Karnak!
Your next lead: A 9 2 6 K 8
Your next lead: A 5 K 3 9 4
1. artificial checkback
Your next lead: 10 2 J A J 7
Your next lead: A 3 5 J Q 6
Your next lead: 4 A 3 Q 5 2
Your next lead: 6 8 Q 9 Q 5
Click to see how you did
© 2003 Richard Pavlicek