Challenge 8Y65 by Richard Pavlicek
Nowadays the title song invokes sad memories (think 9-11) but there was a time when life was slow, and oh, so mellow. I was raised in northeast Ohio, where the beginning of autumn was my favorite time of year mild temperatures, leaves changing color, family picnics, going back in school (OK, thats a stretch), and a September birthday was icing on the cake (candles too).
Ahh, the good old days. Gasoline, 15 cents a gallon; no interstate highways; parents and teachers respected and cherished; a kinder and gentler world all-around. President was Dwight Eisenhower, a bridge player! Speaking of whom, pretend Ike is your partner, as you test your declarer play on these six problems.
Oops! My bad. That would make our President the dummy, which brings us back to modern times. Oh well. As South, simply choose your play from the options listed. Each option is 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 September 2007 these six problems were presented as a contest with 644 entrants from 104 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you may win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include 25 I Like Ike T-shirts and 25,000 Eisenhower silver dollars. Winners must be native to theircountry of residence, at least 18 years of age, and Tibetan monks. Void where inhabited by lawyers.
Try to remember
when life was so tender
and if you remember
then follow [suit].
West next leads the Q (East plays 5) as you duck, then the Q (East plays 2). Your play?
A. Win A; A-KB. Win A; A; lead 5C. Win A; lead 5D. Duck; win A; A-KE. Duck; win A; A; lead 5F. Duck; win A; lead 5
East shifts to the J (West plays 7). How do you play?
A. Win K; A; ruff clubB. Win K; A; lead 5C. Win K; duck spadeD. Win K-QE. Win A; A; lead 5F. Win A; lead 5
After winning the Q, what next?
A. Win A; lead 3B. Win A; lead 4C. Lead the KD. Win A; lead 3E. Win A; lead 4F. Duck a diamond
Your bids were certainly inspired. How about your play?
A. Win A; lead 2B. Win A; A; ruff diamond; win KC. Win A; A; ruff diamond; lead 2D. Win A; A-K; lead 2E. Win K; A; ruff diamondF. Win K; A-K; lead 2
1. Ike doesnt care, hes dummy
Can you justify Ikes optimism? After winning the A, what next?
A. Ruff spade; win K; ruff spadeB. Ruff spade; win K; A; ruff heartC. Ruff spade; win A; K; ruff spadeD. Ruff spade; win A; K; A; ruff heartE. Win K; A; ruff heartF. Win A; K; A; ruff heart
What a frustrating lead! After winning the 10, what next?
A. Finesse the JB. Win A; A; ruff diamondC. Win A; lead JD. Win A; lead 4E. Run the QF. Finesse the J
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Acknowledgments to Try To Remember lyricist, Tom Jones© 2007 Richard Pavlicek