Challenge 7V49 by Richard Pavlicek
From the above quote it would seem that Edgar Allan Poe would have been a brilliant bridge player except that his way of counting the hands would require dismemberment. OK, enough ghoulish history. Heres a chance to test your own foresight with this declarer-play challenge.
As South on each problem, you are in a contract of four tell-tale hearts, and all you have to do is choose your play from options A-F. Each option is rated on a 1-to-10 scale based on my judgment.
In October of 2001 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 526 entrants from 95 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately.
So what are you waiting for? Give it a try, or Ill call the Poe-lice. If you truly have Poe-tential, you could win a valuable prize*, but choosing a bad play could sign your chances nevermore.
*Prizes include kerosene lanterns and floor planks. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and have at least one vulture eye. Employees of PavCo Cemetery Auctions are ineligible.
You play the J. East returns the 8, which goes to the nine and king. Your play?
You play dummys 9 and win the ace. Your play?
East shifts to the J to the queen, king. On the A West discards the 3. Your play?
You play the Q. At trick two East leads the 6 to your king; West plays 3. Your play?
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Credits to Edgar Allan Poe (pictured) 1809-49 and his short story The Tell-Tale Heart.© 2001 Richard Pavlicek