Challenge 8Y09 MainAnalyses

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

### Abbott and Costello meet RPbridge

 Lou Costello Bud Abbott Who’s on lead? Yes! No, I mean the player. Who! The guy on lead. Who is the player’s name. Don’t ask me! What’s his name? No, What is declarer. Who is on lead. No idea! Sorry, he’s dummy. Who is dummy? No, Who’s on lead. No Idea is dummy. You got a Director? Of course, Why! How the hell should I know! [giving up bridge]

Apologies to Bud and Lou, but “who’s on lead” is often the key to winning defense at bridge.

Test yourself on these six problems. As East, decide how you would signal on partner’s opening lead, or if you would overtake and lead next. In each case your side wins the first trick. Choose your defense from the options (A-F) listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.

Bidding is standard, and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.

In February 2007 these problems were presented as a contest with 1091 entrants from 121 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If you’re lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*

*Top 10 scorers will be given prominent roles in an Abbott & Costello remake. Winners must be at least 18 years of age.
Employees of PavCo Films are ineligible. Offer void where prohibited by law or north of the Antarctic Circle.

Before you begin, I will answer an important question to improve your defense: Who’s on lead? Yes!

## Problem 1

 IMPsN-S Vul Q J 3 J 9 4 2 5 4 K Q 5 3 WhoWestPassPass No IdeaNorth2 4 YouEastPassAll Pass WhatSOUTH1 3 4 South 6 4 Q 7 5 K 10 7 3 J 10 9 6

 Trick1 W Lead Q 2nd4 3rd? 4th

South will play the 2. Your defense?

E. Play the 7
F. Play the 3

## Problem 2

 IMPsBoth Vul K 10 4 K J 9 7 K 9 7 6 J 5 WhoWestPassAll Pass No IdeaNorth3 1 YouEAST1 Dbl WhatSouth1 3 3 South Q 9 3 2 A Q 4 A K 10 8 6 4

 Trick1 W Lead Q 2nd5 3rd? 4th 1. 4-card limit raise

South will play the 3. Your defense?

C. Overtake; win A
D. Play the 10
E. Play the 8
F. Play the 4

## Problem 3

 IMPsNone Vul 8 4 Q 5 3 10 4 2 A K 10 5 2 WhoWestPass No IdeaNorth3 NT YouEAST2 All Pass WhatSouth2 NT 3 NT South A Q 10 7 6 2 8 7 J 7 J 8 3

 Trick1 W Lead J 2nd4 3rd? 4th

South will play the 5. Your defense?

A. Overtake; win A
E. Play the 7
F. Play the 2

## Problem 4

 IMPsE-W Vul K Q 9 4 K 8 6 2 A 8 5 10 4 WhoWestPassAll Pass No IdeaNORTH1 2 YouEastPassPass WhatSouth1 4 4 South 7 6 A Q 9 Q 9 7 4 K J 9 3

 Trick1 W Lead J 2nd2 3rd? 4th

South will play the 4. Your defense?

F. Play the 9

## Problem 5

 IMPsN-S Vul A K 5 3 A 9 3 10 5 J 7 3 2 WhoWestPassPass No IdeaNorth1 3 NT YouEastPassAll Pass WhatSOUTH1 1 NT 3 NT South 9 8 7 K 10 2 Q 9 7 4 Q 10 9

 Trick1 W Lead Q 2nd3 3rd? 4th

South will play the 6. Your defense?

E. Play the 10
F. Play the 2

## Problem 6

 IMPsNone Vul 10 9 3 J 6 5 A 8 6 2 A K 6 WhoWest3 1PassAll Pass No IdeaNORTH1 Pass5 YouEast1 PassDbl WhatSouth1 4 NT6 6 South 7 5 A K Q 7 3 J 10 3 Q 9 4

 Trick1 W Lead 10 2nd5 3rd? 4th 1. weak

South will play the 4. Your defense?