Challenge 8X17 by Richard Pavlicek
Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate the finals of the National Open Pairs. It seems our Director, one Barry Crane (pictured here with his bodyguards) has left his position to pursue ACBL masterpoints and must be stopped from winning this prestigious event.
Surveillance shows Mr. Crane always sits South, so it is important that you and your chosen IMF agents sit North-South, not only to ensure direct comparisons but to avoid contact that may arouse suspicion.
Mr. Crane is a shrewd operative, so you may have to recruit additional IMF members for this insurgence.
See if you qualify for the IMF (Implausible Matchpoint Force) by trying these six problems. Simply choose your play from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale, per my judgment.
In February 2005 these problems were presented as a contest with 1153 entrants from 118 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 three master-of-disguise kits and a weekend at the IMF barracks with Cinnamon or Barney (your choice). Winners must be at least 18 years of age and have PIA clearance (Level 3). Employees of PavCo Intelligence Agency are ineligible.
As always, should you or any member of the I.M. Force fail on this mission, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
After winning the K, how do you play?
West continues with the 5 to Easts ace, and you ruff. Your play? (Trumps split 3-2)
After winning the J, how do you play?
After winning the K (playing 10 from hand), how do you play?
You duck, and West shifts to the 4; two, eight, jack. What now?
Sorry, you wont earn anything extra for 100 honors. Your play?
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Acknowledgments to Mission: Impossible (1966-73) CBS Television andBarry Crane (1927-85) TV Director and matchpoint wizard of all time.© 2005 Richard Pavlicek