Congratulations! Youve been hired by Matilda Mayer to be her partner at the Sun Valley Regional in Idaho. After 40 years of bridge playing, Matilda is nearing her goal of Life Master, and this could be her moment. Money is no object!
The meat-packing heiress (eldest daughter of Oscar) will endow you for life if you can put her over. No pressure there! Unfortunately, Matilda knows about as much about playing bridge as you do about packing bologna. Fail, and you may end up as her chauffeur, driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Matilda is eager to play bracketed knockouts, as her friends say that free masterpoints are available, courtesy of the ACBLs going-out-of-business sale. With you as her partner she has high hopes, needing only 20 masterpoints, which is fewer than the carats of her diamond ring. Will you be her hero?
Luck of the draw places your team in an easy bracket (slipping a C-note to the Director didnt hurt either). In your first match, you end up defending a lot, and six key deals are presented here. Matildas opening lead and the early play are given. As East, choose your defense from the options listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
Bidding is standard (or as noted). For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume your opponents are experts. Matilda, however, is hopeless. You can depend on her opening lead to be the proper card, but little else. The only signal she knows is high if you want me.
In June 2007 these six problems were presented as a contest with 763 entrants from 110 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 flawless 25-carat diamond ring (marquise cut by PavCo Diamonds) and a lifetime supply of Oscar Mayer wieners.Winners must be at least 18 years of age and all beef, without fillers. Void in Idaho, 49 other states, and non-US locales.
After a pep talk, you sit down against your first opponents. Hi! charms Matilda, Nice to meat you.
1. transfer to spades
A. Win A; lead 4B. Win A; lead JC. Win A; lead 10D. Lead the 4E. Lead the JF. Lead the 10
A. Q; cover 10 (king)B. Q; cover 10 (jack)C. Q; duck 10D. 10; cover 10 (king)E. 10; cover 10 (jack)F. 10; duck 10
A. Lead the 7B. Win A; lead 7C. Win A; lead 2D. Lead the 2E. Lead the 7F. Lead the 3
A. Win A; AB. Win A; lead 3C. Win A; lead QD. Win A; lead 10E. Win A; lead 5F. Duck the first trick
A. Overtake; lead 8B. Overtake; lead 4C. Overtake; lead 3D. Overtake; lead 6E. Play the 9F. Play the 2
A. Ruff; lead JB. Ruff; lead AC. Ruff; lead 7D. Ruff; lead 6E. Pitch the 9F. Pitch the 6
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© 2007 Richard Pavlicek