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by Richard Pavlicek

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Never mind. While your PavCo Club contract may be automatic, the following club contracts are not. Test your declarer play on these six problems at IMP scoring. But I must warn you: Play carefully! If you score below 50 percent, a \$15 “lame fee” will be added to your bill for the current month.

Decide how you would play each contract — without peeking at the solution, which follows.

Are you ready? Then see if you can play your way from 2 all the way to 7 !

## Problem 1

 IMPsE-W Vul K 3 2 8 6 2 8 6 5 3 6 4 3 WEST1 NTPass NorthPassPass EastPassPass South2 Lead: J East plays 5 2 South 8 6 5 4 A K 5 4 A K 8 7 2

### Solution below

 2 South K 3 2 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 8 6 2 1 W J 3 5 A 8 6 5 3 2 S 4! J 3 2 6 4 3 3 W 10 4 9 K A Q J 9 10 7 4 S 4 Q 2! 7 Q 10 4 J 9 7 3 5 W J K 10 5 A Q J 9 K 10 7 2 6 N 3 3 6 9 J 10 Q 9 5 7 W 9 5 K 2 8 6 5 4 8 S 8 A 6 Q A K 5 Win 4 more tricks 4 Lead: J A K 8 7 2

To get a spade ruff in dummy, diamonds must be led first to break communication, then West’s Q must be ducked.

## Problem 2

 IMPsBoth Vul A 7 5 K Q 4 2 7 6 5 6 4 2 WEST1 2 Pass NorthPassPass3 East1 PassAll Pass South2 Dbl Lead: 10 East plays 5 3 South 6 4 3 3 A 9 3 2 A K Q J 3

Trumps split normally (West led from 10-9 doubleton).

### Solution below

 3 South A 7 5 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th K Q 4 2 1 W 10 2 5 J 7 6 5 2 S A 9 4 7 6 4 2 3 S K 7 6 8 Q J 2 K 10 9 8 4 S Q! 2 2 10 A J 7 6 10 9 8 5 5 S 3! 8 5 5 K J 10 8 Q 4 6 S 3 6 K 8 10 9 8 7 5 7 N 7 4 2 10 6 4 3 8 W Q 7! 8 3 3 9 W J A 9 4 A 9 3 2 10 N 5 Q A J Lead: 10 A K Q J 3 11 S 3! K 6 9 Win the last trick

Only way to obtain an extra red-suit trick is to squeeze West before leading your heart. No defense can stop you.

## Problem 3

 IMPsNone Vul 8 6 5 4 10 5 4 8 2 A 8 7 5 West2 Dbl NorthPassAll Pass EAST1 3 South2 4 Lead: Q East plays 7 4 × South A 2 K A Q 9 7 6 5 Q J 10 2

Your overbid caught a welcome dummy. Now you have to over-play.

### Solution below

 4 × South 8 6 5 4 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 10 5 4 1 W Q 4 7 2 8 2 2 W 10 5 3 A A 8 7 5 3 S 2! 4 8 3 Q J 10 9 K 7 3 4 N 2 4 Q 3 J 8 2 A Q 9 7 6 3 5 S A J 8 10 J 3 K 10 4 6 S 5 2 5 K K 9 6 4 3 7 N 4 A K 8 A 2 8 E 3 10 J 5 K 9 S 9 9 A 6 A Q 9 7 6 5 10 N 6 K J 9 Lead: Q Q J 10 2 11 S 7 Lose 1 trump trick

Holdup is crucial, and only one trump can be led before diamonds. Even if West plays the 9, he cannot beat you.

## Problem 4

 IMPsN-S Vul 6 4 K J A 5 Q J 10 9 8 7 3 WestDblPass NorthRdbl5 East3 All Pass SOUTH1 Pass Lead: K East plays 3 5 South A Q 7 5 A 5 4 2 4 2 K 5 4

### Solution below

 5 South 6 4 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th K J 1 W K 5! 3 2 A 5 2 W 8 A 6 4 Q J 10 9 8 7 3 3 N Q 7 K! 2 K 10 3 2 J 9 8 4 S 2 6 J! 3 Q 8 6 10 9 7 3 5 N J 9 4 A K Q 8 J 10 9 7 6 3 Win the rest A 6 2 — A Q 7 5 A 5 4 2 4 2 Lead: K K 5 4

Holdup is crucial, and overtaking the first club lead is the only way to force an early entry to finesse the HJ.

## Problem 5

 IMPsNone Vul A Q 7 5 3 K 8 5 2 A 10 9 Q WestPass North6 EAST4 All Pass South5 Lead: 9 6 South 2 3 K 4 2 A K J 10 8 7 6 5

If you ruff the second heart with an honor, West pitches the 6.

### Solution below

 6 South A Q 7 5 3 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th K 8 5 2 1 W 9 K! A 3 A 10 9 2 E Q 10 6 2 Q 3 S 2! 6 A! 4 J 9 8 6 K 10 4 4 N 3 10 5 8 9 A Q J 10 7 6 4 5 S 6 2 Q 4 Q 8 7 6 J 5 3 6 N 5 K 7 9 9 4 3 2 — Draw trump, claim 2 3 K 4 2 Lead: 9 A K J 10 8 7 6 5

Ducking 9 would allow a killing club shift. If West had the K, no finesse would be needed (double squeeze).

## Problem 6

 IMPsE-W Vul Q 6 5 3 3 A Q 6 J 9 4 3 2 WestPassPassPassPassAll Pass North2 2 NT4 5 EastDbl1PassPassPass SOUTH2 2 3 4 NT7 Lead: 10 East plays 8 7 South A 2 A K Q 10 2 4 A K Q 8 7 1. lead-directing

### Solution below

 7 South Q 6 5 3 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 3 1 W 10 A 8 4 A Q 6 2 N 6! J Q! 9 J 9 4 3 2 3 S K 5 2 7 K 10 8 J 9 7 4 4 S 7 6 9 5 J 8 7 6 4 9 5 5 N Q K A 8 10 9 K J 8 7 5 3 2 6 S 8 10 J 3 10 6 5 — 7 N 4! 2 2 ? A 2 West is squeezed A K Q 10 2 4 Lead: 10 A K Q 8 7

Ruffing diamonds early allows you to succeed when hearts lie foul, whenever the hand with 5+ hearts has the K.

## Jonathan Mestel Wins!

These six problems were published in 2018 as a long-running contest, which is now closed. Congratulations to Jonathan Mestel (England) who was the first of three to submit perfect scores. Scoring was based on how many of the first eight plays on each problem matched my recommended plays, so the best possible score was 48 (8×6). Equivalent plays or transpositions were accepted as correct.

There were 47 participants, and only one attempt was allowed for each. Only those scoring 32 or higher are listed below. Ties are broken by the date and time of entry (earliest wins).

Honor Roll
RankNameLocationScore
1Jonathan MestelEngland48
2Perry GrootNetherlands48
3Sjaak SmetsersNetherlands48
4Ding-Hwa HsiehMissouri45
5Charles BlairIllinois45
6Wojciech PapugaPoland44
7John ReardonEngland44
8Carsten KofoedSweden35
9John LuskyOregon33

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