Challenge 8X89 by Richard Pavlicek
You ask me why I bid six. Must I explain?I need to crush my ego, and torment my brain.
You ask me how to play this; Ill tell you true:A twelfth trick may be never; I havent any clue.
Try the squeeze? No, I will finesse.Strip the hand? Not today, I do confess.
Ill ruff out all my losers, til trumps run dry.Ill set up dummys side suit; the deuce will be high.Ill throw in an opponent; I know not why.
My life is just eight ever; the world is blessed with nine.A twelfth trick may be never, and thats a long, long time.
Hopefully, you can play six-bids better than my lyrics suggest; and heres your chance to prove it! Six slams, and all you have to do is find a twelfth trick on each. Come on, you can do it! Never say never!
As South, simply choose your play from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
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.*
*Prizes include 12 days with Tinkerbell in Never Never Land (or 12 nights at the Neverland Ranch). Winners must be at most 18 years of age. Employees of PavCo Nevermind Games are ineligible.
Are you ready to begin? Then pay attention, or The Twelfth of Never may become your theme song.
You win the A, cash the A (pitching 6) and ruff a spade as both follow low. What next?
After winning the A, how do you play? (West has three trumps.)
You ruff with the 9 and cash the A (East pitches 5). What next?
After winning the J, how do you play?
After winning the A, how do you play?
After winning the A, how do you play? (West has two trumps. Both follow low on spade leads.)
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Acknowledgments to Jerry Livingston, composer of title song.© 2006 Richard Pavlicek