Challenge 8Y01 by Richard Pavlicek
How sweet it is! On October 29, I discovered a rough diamond of 427 carats in my backyard. Gemology tests verified it as ideal grade and 70-percent flawless under 15x magnification. Excavation in the area unearthed similar specimens, and experts feel I may be sitting on the richest diamond field since the Jwaneng Mine in Botswana.
Word spread quickly, and police had to cordon off my property to keep out trespassers. Production will be overseen by my new corporation, PavCo Diamonds. I plan to do my own cutting and ordered the finest set of cleavers from Royal Asscher. (Im an expert in this area
I grew up watching Beaver Cleaver, and had a lust for the cleavage of Annette Funicello.)
My serendipity can be yours, too! I need miners to continue the excavation, so here is your chance to apply for a high-paying job. On each of these six contracts, you are declarer and face a problem that involves diamonds in the rough, er, ruff. 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 January 2007 these six problems were presented as a contest with 1269 entrants from 117 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a sparkling new career as a PavCo miner.*
*Top 10 scorers will be flown to Fort Lauderdale for a 30-day tryout. Those who excel will be hired permanently if mutually agreed.Winners must be at least 18 years of age. Offer void where prohibited by law or where such prohibitions do not exist.
So grab a shovel and start digging in my carat patch. You might even discover some riches of your own.
After winning the A, what next?
A. Lead 10 to kingB. Lead 10 to jackC. Lead 10 and run itD. Lead the 5E. Win A; ruff a clubF. Lead the 2
A. Win A; lead QB. Win A; A; lead QC. Win A; A; lead JD. Win A; lead JE. Win K; lead 4F. Win K; lead 5
A. Win A; KB. Win A; lead 5C. Win A; lead 2 to kingD. Win A; lead 2 and duck if East followsE. Lead 2 to kingF. Lead 2 and duck if East follows
You play the Q but overtake with the K to lead the Q (West plays 3). Your play?
A. Win A; K; finesse JB. Win A; K; AC. Win A; lead 8D. Win A; lead 7E. Win A; finesse JF. Run the Q
After winning the K, what next?
A. Win A; lead JB. Win A; lead 3C. Lead the QD. Lead the 8E. Finesse the JF. Duck a club
Note: If you lead a club, East plays the 7.
You win the A and lead the 3 to the ace as West pitches the 3. What next?
A. Lead the 8B. Finesse 7; lead 7C. Finesse 7; lead 4D. Finesse 7; win Q; finesse 9E. Lead the 3F. Win K; A-Q
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