Challenge 7X89 by Richard Pavlicek
The torch goes on! Keep your eyes on Athens this month and you may witness the Modern Hexathlon. This inaugural event for both men and women combines traditional disciplines of track and field (javelin throw, long jump and marathon) with aquatics (200-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle and high diving). In all respects, a superb test of athletics as well as a treat for spectators. I know Ill be glued to my TV set.
The Modern Hexathlon also relates well to bridge, as these six problems illustrate. You wont find any bridge competition in Athens* so this will be your only opportunity to ascend the Olympic podium. As South, simply choose your play from the choices listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale, based on my judgment.
*Bridge, of course, is a winter sport or so the World Bridge Federation tried to sell us several years ago. For an insight, see my February 2002 challenge Leading for the Gold.
In August 2004 these problems were presented as a contest with 871 entrants from 121 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include a 24K gold Olympic torch and five interlocking rings. Winners must be at least 18 years of age, and may be required to submit a urine sample for drug testing at PavCo Labs. Greek citizens and foreigners are ineligible.
Well, the opening ceremonies are over, so grab your javelin and move up to the starting line. Get a running start, and aim for the distance!
IMPs, N-S Vul
As South, how do you play?
IMPs, Both Vul
After such a clever bid, how do you play?
How do you play? (Trumps split 3-3)
IMPs, None Vul
West next leads the 3 to Easts ace. Your play? (If you lead clubs, West has Q-3.)
At trick two East leads the 6 (West plays 8) to the queen. Your play? (West has a blank Q.)
You ran out of bids, so how do you play?
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© 2004 Richard Pavlicek