Challenge 8X33 by Richard Pavlicek
Besides playing golf, what do Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson have in common? Answer: They would all flunk this quiz! But then; you wouldnt do so well in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Heres your chance to make a run at the U.S. Open! You will play six holes (four Par 4s, one Par 5, one Par 3) in the exact order of Holes 1-6 at the daunting Pinehurst No. 2 course. Level par is great, so dont expect any birdies.
As declarer, your goal is to find the best play to make each contract. Simply choose from Options A-F, each of which will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment. Try to stay clear of the bunkers!
Bidding is Standard American and your opponents use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
In June 2005 these six problems were presented as a contest with 966 entrants from 115 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 sets of uranium-shafted clubs, and six dozen plutonium-core balls. Winners must be at least 18 years of ageand have won at least one major, and I dont mean hearts or spades. Employees of PavCo Shafts R Us are ineligible.
Your name is announced, so head over to the first tee! A solid drive in the fairway should leave just a short iron to the green. Fore!
West continues with the A. Your play?
A. Ruff; win J; lead 10B. Ruff; win J; ruff heartC. Ruff; win J; run diamondsD. Ruff; win K; ruff heartE. Ruff; run diamondsF. Pitch a club
East continues with the A. Your play?
A. Ruff; win J; lead 10B. Ruff; win J; finesse QC. Ruff; win J; A-KD. Ruff; win A-KE. Ruff; duck a clubF. Pitch a club
East plays J if 2 is played (or 7 on ace). Your play?
A. Win A; K; ruff heartB. Win A; A; K; ruff diamondC. Win K; lead JD. Win K; lead 6E. Win K; A; K; ruff diamondF. Win K; lead a club
After winning the A, what next?
A. Lead the 10B. Lead the 3C. Win A; run QD. Run the QE. Finesse 10; lead a spadeF. Finesse 10; finesse Q
West finds another great trump lead! Your play?
A. Win A; finesse Q; finesse QB. Win A; finesse Q; lead a clubC. Win A; lead a clubD. Win Q; finesse Q; finesse QE. Win Q; finesse Q; lead a clubF. Win Q; lead a club
Finally, a notrump bid! Your play?
A. Win K; K; run QB. Win K; K; finesse JC. Win K; run heartsD. Win A; run QE. Win A; finesse JF. Win A; finesse 9
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Acknowledgments to the USGA Golfer pictured is Tiger Woods© 2005 Richard Pavlicek