Challenge 8X89 by Richard Pavlicek
You ask me why I bid six
must I explain?I try to crush my ego
and torture my brain.You ask me how Id play this
Ill tell you true:Twelve tricks may be never
I have not a clue.
Ill ruff out all my losers
til trumps run dry.Ill set up dummys side suit
its deuce will be high.Ill throw in my opponent
but I dont know why.Life is just eleven
twelve tricks pass me by.
Hopefully, you play slam contracts better than I write lyrics, and heres your chance to prove it! Six slams, and all you have to do is find a twelfth trick on each. As South, simply choose your play from the options listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is standard, and your opponents use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.
In August 2006 these six problems were presented as a contest with 1001 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.*
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Come on, you can do it! And pay attention, or The Twelfth of Never will be your theme song. Never say never!
You win the A, cash the A (pitching 6) and ruff a spade as both follow low. What next?
A. Ruff diamond; ruff spade; win AB. Ruff diamond; ruff spade; lead 5C. Ruff diamond; run QD. Ruff diamond; run QE. Win the AF. Lead the 4
After winning the A, what next?
A. Win A; J; lead 7B. Win A; J-10; lead 10C. Win A; J-10; finesse JD. Win A; A; J; lead 7E. Win A; A; J; ruff clubF. Win A; J; lead 7
Note: West has three trumps.
You ruff with the 9 and cash the A (East pitches 5). What next?
A. Win J; lead 2 to queenB. Win J; lead 2 to nineC. Win A; AD. Win A; lead 2E. Run the QF. Run the 9
After winning the J, what next?
A. Win A; ruff heart; draw trumpsB. Win A; ruff heart; win A-KC. Win A; ruff heart; lead 4D. Win A; ruff heart; lead 3E. Win A; lead 3F. Duck a diamond
A. Lead Q (king, ace); A-Q; finesse 10B. Lead Q (covered) and duckC. Win A; overtake Q; run heartsD. Win A-Q; A; run heartsE. Win A-Q; finesse 10F. Win A-Q; K; run hearts
A. Win A-K; ruff spade with KB. Win A-K; ruff spade with 10C. Win A-K; ruff spade with 6D. Draw trumps; win A-K; run JE. Draw trumps; win A-K; ruff spadeF. Draw trumps; win A; finesse J
Note: West has two trumps. Both follow low on spade leads.
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Acknowledgments to Jerry Livingston, composer of the title song© 2006 Richard Pavlicek