Challenge 7X73 by Richard Pavlicek
Never to be outdone by the many award shows these days, Ive decided to start my own. Forget the silly Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes or whatever, and say hello to the PavCo Awards honoring ineptitude at the bridge table. Ive won a few myself over the years, but I wont be greedy; I wish to share this glory with the many other deserving people around the world.
This years PavCo in the worst leading man category goes to your partner, West, on these six problems. As East, your goal is to recover from the bad start by choosing your next lead from the choices listed. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale, based on my judgment.
In April of 2004 these problems were presented as a contest with 908 entrants from 115 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include two gleaming statuettes (13½ inches high, 8½ pounds) handcrafted in 24K gold, and 50 tickets to The Lord of the Rings: PavCo Returns. Employees of PavCo Oscar Heists are ineligible. Prizes void where prohibited by law, or wherever such prohibitions do not exist.
Well, are you ready to face the man with the not-so-golden arm? Then plop yourself down in the East chair. It might boost your morale if you close your eyes on the opening lead; but after that debacle, partner will be on your side. See if you can find the best defense.
Partner leads the 4, ducked to your 10 and Souths queen. At trick two South leads the 5 (partner plays 3) to the jack and your queen.
Your next lead: 4 Q J 3 9 2
Partner leads the K (you play 7) to the ace. South leads the A and Q (partner plays 4 then 5) to your king as dummy pitches hearts.
Your next lead: J 9 6 A Q 3
Partner leads the 4; jack, ace, ruff (with 6). South next leads the Q (partner plays 2) to your ace.
Your next lead: 3 K 5 J 8 2
Partner leads the 3; four, five, nine. Believe it! South then leads the Q (partner plays 5) to your ace.
Your next lead: 2 7 9 2 Q 10
Partner leads the Q, won by Souths ace. South then leads the 4 (partner plays 5) to Norths jack and your queen.
Your next lead: 10 10 7 6 Q 4
Partner leads the A, ruffed with the 3. South next leads the 5 (partner plays 9). Your defense? (Choose one letter A-F)
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© 2004 Richard Pavlicek