Challenge 8Y41 by Richard Pavlicek
Congratulations! Youve been hired by Matilda Mayer to be her partner at the Sun Valley Regional. After 40 years of bridge playing, Matilda is nearing her goal of Life Master, and this could be her moment.
Money is no object! The meat-packing heiress (eldest daughter of Oscar) will endow you for life if you can put her over. No pressure there! Alas, Matilda knows about as much about playing bridge as you do about packing bologna. If you fail, you may end up as her chauffeur, driving an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Matilda is eager to play all the bracketed knockouts, as her friends tell her that free masterpoints are available, courtesy of the ACBLs going-out-of-business sale. With you as her partner she has high hopes, needing only 20 points fewer than the carats of her ring!
Luck of the draw keeps your team out of the top bracket (slipping a C-note to the Director didnt hurt either). In your first match, you end up defending a lot, and six of those deals are presented here. Matildas opening lead and the early play are given. As East, choose your defense from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In June 2007 these six problems were presented as a contest with 763 entrants from 110 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include a flawless 25-carat diamond ring (cut by PavCo Diamonds) and a lifetime supply of Oscar Mayer wieners. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and all beef, without fillers. Void in Idaho, Illinois, 48 other states, and non-US habitats.
After giving Matilda a pep talk, you sit down against your first opponents. Hello. says Matilda, Nice to meat you.
Partner leads K-A-3. South follows 5-Q-J. You pitch the 3 then ruff the third round. What next?
Partner leads the 5, ducked in dummy. Your play? What if declarer next wins the A and leads the 10?
Partner leads the J, you win the ace, and South plays the four. What next?
Partner leads the 3. (South plays the K.) Your defense?
Partner leads the J. (South plays the 6.) Your defense?
Partner leads the K. How do you defend?
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© 2007 Richard Pavlicek