Challenge 8X09 by Richard Pavlicek
Yes, thats a pretty Christmas song except maybe the line Make the yuletide gay, which could use an update. Regardless of faith, however, I think we all agree there is too much hatred in the world today. Too many heavy hearts. The solution may be for people to lighten up a little; laugh at the enemy instead of killing them. Live and let live.
While the world crisis is difficult to change, being light with your heart(s) is sure to help with these defensive problems. In each case, partner leads the K and you hold the ace. Do you signal? Or overtake? (In all cases South follows with the 4.) As East, choose your defense from the options listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is Standard American (or as noted) and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
In December 2004 these problems were presented as a contest with 1040 entrants from 116 locations around the world. 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 fully decorated 20-ft. scotch pine, and a case of figgy pudding (if I ever figure out what that is). Winners must beat least 18 years of age, named Nicholas, and be ordained Catholic saints. Employees of Saint PavCo Inc. are ineligible.
Are you ready to hang a shining star upon the highest bough? Then try this quiz, and from now on, your troubles will be miles away.
A. Play the QB. Play the 7C. Play the 2D. Overtake; lead QE. Overtake; lead 10F. Overtake; lead 4
1. both majors
A. Play the 2B. Overtake; lead JC. Overtake; lead 2D. Overtake; lead 2E. Overtake; lead JF. Overtake; lead Q
A. Play the 10B. Play the 9C. Overtake; lead 10D. Overtake; lead KE. Overtake; lead 6F. Overtake; lead 4
A. Play the JB. Play the 5C. Overtake; lead 5D. Overtake; lead JE. Overtake; lead 5F. Overtake; lead 3
A. Play the JB. Play the 8C. Play the 2D. Overtake; lead 10E. Overtake; lead 3F. Overtake; lead 9
1. game force
A. Play the JB. Play the 8C. Play the 3D. Overtake; lead 6E. Overtake; lead 4F. Overtake; lead 10
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Credits to Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, composers of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas© 2004 Richard Pavlicek