Challenge 7X17 by Richard Pavlicek
Thursday 9:42 AM. I was scoring up the previous play contest when the doorbell rang. Western Union! shouted a young man. Its rare to get a telegram these days, so I opened it with fear and trepidation. It read:
I was too busy to take the case myself, but fortunately my brother Paladin (famous for his hair-trigger doubles) was available, so I rushed him to the airport to catch the 12:30 flight to San Francisco.
Monday 1:35 PM. Paladin reported he had made good progress and faxed me six defensive play problems all doubled contracts which I offer here as a challenge for other players. You are East on each problem and must choose your next lead from the choices listed. Each option is scored on a 1-to-10 scale, based on my judgment.
In February 2003 these problems were presented as a contest, which had 776 entrants from 103 locations. The contest is now closed, but you can still challenge yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize*, but be sure to double check your answers, as I might be a double-dealing double-crosser.
*Prizes include a double-action Colt .45 revolver and a Double Eagle gold coin. Winners must be at least 18 years of age. Prizes are void where prohibited by law and in all other places, too.
Partner leads the 10, covered by the jack and ace, and South plays the two.
Your next lead: K 5 7 2 8 3
Partner leads the 4, ducked to your king, and South plays the two.
Your next lead: 8 J Q 9 A 7
Partner leads the 2 to your queen, and South plays the three.
Your next lead: 10 2 Q 8 K K
Partner leads the 3 to your king, and South plays the five.
Your next lead: 3 A Q 6 A 9
Partner leads the 6, ducked to your 10, and South plays the three.
Your next lead: J A 6 Q 10 2
Partner leads the 5, which you duck to Souths 10. South leads the Q to your king as partner pitches the 2. What now? (Choose one letter A-F)
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Acknowledgments to CBS Television and the 1957-63 series Have Gun, Will Travel.© 2003 Richard Pavlicek