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Valentine’s Legacy

Few people are aware that Valentinus Episcopus, better known as St. Valentine, was the greatest bridge player of all time (future included) and if anyone doubts this I have proof. Archaeologists recently discovered six more clay tablets of hands played by Valentine, all fittingly in hearts, but his plays were indiscernible from water erosion. That’s where you fit in! Try to determine Valentine’s plays to the first four tricks. And don’t fret! If you butcher the play, just chalk it up to another St. Valentine’s Day massacre.

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As declarer enter your eight plays to Tricks 1-4 in the order you would make them. For example, if at Trick 1 you would play the H 10 from dummy and the H 3 from hand, enter HT in the first box and H3 in the next. Tab key will advance to the next box. Unless noted otherwise, assume opponents follow suit (second hand with lowest card). If you lose a trick, opponents will lead the same suit they led previously.

Except in trumps (hearts) opponents lead lowest from an odd number of cards and third best from an even number. Honor leads and signals are standard, though you won’t get any signals in this quiz. Scoring is VIMPs (third century A.D.) which is similar to today’s IMPs.

Are you ready? Then play away!


1. None Vul S 7 2
H Q J 10
D A Q J 5 2
C Q 7 3
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 D
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 H
3 NT
Lead: H 8Table
4 H South S A J 3
H A K 5 4 3
D 4 3
C A 10 2

Plays
  1
  2
  3
  4

If you take the diamond finesse, it loses.


2. Both Vul S 4 3
H K J 10 9
D Q 10 6
C K 8 7 6
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 NT
3 H
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 S
2 H
4 H
Lead: C QTable
4 H South S A K 8 7 6 5
H A Q 7 2
D 9 8
C 4

Plays
  1
  2
  3
  4

If you play low from dummy, West leads another club (from C Q-J-10-9).


3. N-S Vul S 10 8 7 3 2
H K Q
D K 10 9 8
C J 6
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
2 H
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 H
2 C
3 H
Lead: D 2Table
4 H South S A J
H A 9 8 7 5 4
D 7
C K Q 7 2

Plays
  1
  2
  3
  4

East captures the D 8 with the queen (or D K with ace) and shifts to the S 6.


4. None Vul S 9 8 7
H 10 2
D 10 7 2
C Q 6 5 4 2
West

Pass
North

Pass
East
4 S
Pass
South
6 H
Lead: S 6Table
6 H South S A
H A K Q J 9
D A J 4
C A K 8 7

Plays
  1
  2
  3
  4

Not much science in the bidding, but I’ll bet you get the first trick right.


5. E-W Vul S Q J 10 9
H J 10 4
D Q J 8 2
C A 6
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
4 C
5 H
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
3 NT
4 H
6 H
Lead: C JTable
6 H South S A 2
H A K 9 8 3 2
D K 10 9
C K Q

Plays
  1
  2
  3
  4

West pitches a club on the first heart lead.


6. N-S Vul S A J 6 5 4 3
H A K 2
D 2
C K 9 8
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
1 S
4 D
5 S
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 H
5 C
6 H
Lead: H JTable
6 H South S
H Q 8 7 6 3
D A J 7 6 5 4
C A J

Plays
  1
  2
  3
  4

Partner’s splinter bid drove you to a difficult slam — for anyone but St. Valentine.



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