Challenge 8Y09  MainAnalyses

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

 Lou: Who’s on lead? Bud: Yes! No, I mean the player. Who! The guy on lead. Who is the player’s name. Don’t ask me! What’s his name? No! What is declarer. Who is on lead. No idea! Sorry, he’s dummy. Who is dummy? No! Who’s on lead. No Idea is dummy. You got a Director? Of course, Why! How the hell should I know! [giving up bridge]

Apologies to Lou Costello and Bud Abbott, but “who’s on lead” is often the key to winning defense.

Test yourself on these six problems. As East, decide how you would signal on partner’s opening lead, or if you would overtake and lead next. In each case your side wins the first trick. South’s play is shown, though you wouldn’t know this until after your first play.

Choose your defense from Options A-F, which will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.

Bidding is standard (unless noted), and you use standard leads and signals.
For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.

In February 2007 these problems were presented as a contest with 1091 entrants from 121 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If you’re lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*

*Top 10 scorers will be given prominent roles in an Abbott & Costello remake. Winners must be at least 18 years of age.
Employees of PavCo Films are ineligible. Offer void where prohibited by law or north of the Antarctic Circle.

Before you begin, let me remind you of the most important decision on defense: Who’s on lead? Yes!

## Problem 1

 IMPs Q J 3 West North East South N-S vul J 9 4 2 Who No Idea You What 5 4 1 K Q 5 3 Pass 2 Pass 3 6 4 Pass 4 Pass Pass Lead: Q Q 7 5 Pass K 10 7 3 4 South J 10 9 6

 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 1. W Q 4 ? 2

E.  Play the 7
F.  Play the 3

## Problem 2

 IMPs K 10 4 West North East South Both vul K J 9 7 Who No Idea You What K 9 7 6 1 1 J 5 Pass 3 1 Dbl 3 Q 9 3 Pass Pass Pass Lead: Q 2 A Q 4 1. 4-card limit raise 3 South A K 10 8 6 4

 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 1. W Q 5 ? 3

C. Overtake, win A
D. Play the 10
E.  Play the 8
F.  Play the 4

## Problem 3

 IMPs 8 4 West North East South None vul Q 5 3 Who No Idea You What 10 4 2 2 2 NT A K 10 5 2 Pass 3 NT Pass Pass A Q 10 7 6 2 Pass Lead: J 8 7 J 7 3 NT South J 8 3

 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 1. W J 4 ? 5

A. Overtake, win A
E.  Play the 7
F.  Play the 2

## Problem 4

 IMPs K Q 9 4 West North East South E-W vul K 8 6 2 Who No Idea You What A 8 5 1 Pass 1 10 4 Pass 2 Pass 4 7 6 Pass Pass Pass Lead: J A Q 9 Q 9 7 4 4 South K J 9 3

 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 1. W J 2 ? 4

F.  Play the 9

## Problem 5

 IMPs A K 5 3 West North East South N-S vul A 9 3 Who No Idea You What 10 5 1 J 7 3 2 Pass 1 Pass 1 NT 9 8 7 Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Lead: Q K 10 2 Pass Q 9 7 4 3 NT South Q 10 9

 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 1. W Q 3 ? 6

E.  Play the 10
F.  Play the 2

## Problem 6

 IMPs 10 9 3 West North East South None vul J 6 5 Who No Idea You What A 8 6 2 1 1 1 A K 6 3 1 Pass Pass 4 NT 7 5 Pass 5 Dbl 6 Lead: 10 A K Q 7 3 Pass Pass Pass J 10 3 6 South Q 9 4 1. weak

 Trick Lead 2nd 3rd 4th 1. W 10 5 ? 4