Challenge 8X81 by Richard Pavlicek
Having retired from politics, Willy Clipton and his mistress Monique Wewinsky play a lot of money bridge at their villa in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Despite a well-practiced partnership, the pair pretend to be newly acquainted novices, as they hustle set games against unsuspecting tourists. When questioned about this, Willy is smooth and crafty. He relaxes everyone with a few jazzy arpeggios on his saxophone, and swears, I have never played bridge with that woman Miss Wewinsky. This usually satisfies his victims, and the fleecing begins.
Now its your turn to play a few rounds of Chicago against Willy and Monique. Hold on to your wallet as Slick Willy declares the first six deals and dont be aroused by Moniques hanky-panky as dummy, which is just a part of their scheme to divert your attention.
As West, select your next lead from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In June 2006 these six problems were presented as a contest with 952 entrants from 111 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 two-week stay at the Arlington Resort in Hot Springs AR, with a private masseuse. Winners must be at least 10 years beyond puberty and virgins. Employees of PavCo Escort Scams are ineligible. Void where not prohibited by law.
Are you ready to defend these six deals? Then watch out! Willy didnt get his nickname for nothing.
You lead the K, which wins; partner plays the six, and South the jack.
Your next lead: 10 4 9 7 K 10
You lead the J; king, ace, six. Partner returns the 4; nine, 10, three.
Your next lead: 5 7 A 2 10 3
You lead the Q, which wins; partner plays the six, and South the seven.
Your next lead: 2 J J 4 K J
You lead the K. Partner overtakes with the ace and returns the 10 (South plays three, five).
Your next lead: 9 3 10 4 J 5
You lead the J, which wins; partner plays the four, and South the nine.
Your next lead: 7 4 K 3 J 5
You lead the K, which wins; partner plays the three, and South the six.
Your next lead: K 5 2 Q J 7
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Any similarity to real persons is purely intentional.© 2006 Richard Pavlicek