- Monday Morn - October 7, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 307 MP  Geomean: 216 MP
(based on 30 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Dinah Irino - Patricia Heller 66.29 1st A 0.80
Neville Kirby - R.Terry Handley 58.53 1st A 0.80
Karen Mok - Ray Mok 55.21 2nd A 0.56
Carol Sendell - Jeannette Stern 54.89 3rd A 0.40
David Ow - Glenn Chee 53.11 2nd A 0.56
Elizabeth Sebring - Josephine Callahan 52.42 3rd A 0.40
Floyd Viau - Richard Sheere 48.78 2nd C 0.25
EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM N-S
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DATE>October 7, 2019    |CLUB NO.>228684    | 10/07/2019 13:44
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DIR> Alan Hedegard   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/400/200   |CLUB>County Public
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Joseph Howell          Pamela Lawther           A    .     .     .     49.73  39.47
 2 Janet Hedlund          Ellen Lux                A    .     .     .     68.48  54.35
 3 Ray Mok                Karen Mok                C    2     2     1     69.57  55.21  0.56(A)
 4 R.Terry Handley        Neville Kirby            B    1     1     .     73.75  58.53  0.80(A)
 5 Shirley Larsen         Barbara Sprenger         B    .     .     .     65.24  51.78
 6 Debeliah Anthony       Jane Altavilla           C    .     .     .     44.99  35.71
 7 Jeannette Stern        Carol Sendell            A    3     .     .     69.16  54.89  0.40(A)
                                          Totals                         440.92

EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM E-W
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/400/200   |CLUB>County Public
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=5                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Joe Norton             Stephanie Booth          A    .     .     .     61.36  48.70
 2 David Ow               Glenn Chee               B    2     1     .     66.92  53.11  0.56(A)
 3 Dinah Irino            Patricia Heller          A    1     .     .     83.52  66.29  0.80(A)
 4 Marian Carapezza       Anjalie Kulkarni         C    .     .     .     54.58  43.32
 5 Louise Barnard         Fran Soskins             C    .     .     .     58.81  46.67
 6 Floyd Viau             Richard Sheere           C    .     .     2     61.46  48.78  0.25(C)
 7 Josephine Callahan     Elizabeth Sebring        C    3     2     1     66.05  52.42  0.40(A)
 8 Mary Quenette          Wolf Sommer              C    .     .     .     52.80  41.90
                                          Totals                         505.50

Hands and Results
1 ♠J642
KQ82
K5
♣AQ9
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠97
J65
AT8
♣KJ653
♠Q85
97
973
♣T8742
♠AKT3
AT43
QJ642
♣-
15
92
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 6 6 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  980          5.33   0.67  6 S      A  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  980          5.33   0.67  6 N      ♣T  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  490          3.58   2.42  3N N +3   ♠5  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  480          2.42   3.58  5 N +1   ♣T  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  460          1.25   4.75  3N N +2   ♣4  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM3-Irino-Heller
  450          0.08   5.92  5♠ S      A  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM1-Norton-Booth

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1NT, which South should be delighted to hear. Use Stayman and find out about your eight card heart fit. How will you look for slam? Asking for aces isn't a great idea with the South hand--no second round control in diamonds and a void. The best South can do is cuebid spades. Partner will then show the club Ace. You still won't know the diamond position, unless yours is a partnership which shows second round controls as well as Aces. It's easy to see with a hand record that a major suit or NT slam is easy, but we aren't clairvoyant! Of course some Souths may just hope for the best and bid six anyway.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTPass2
Pass2Pass31
Pass3NT2Pass43
Pass4Pass4
Pass4NTPass5NT4
Pass6All pass 
  1. artificial, heart fit, slam interest, undisclosed shortness
  2. asking
  3. club shortness
  4. an even number of key cards and a void

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3-4, 6, and 8.

The Bidding: After North opens a strong notrump, South responds Stayman. North's 2 response confirms a heart fit. It is common for responder to bid 3 of the other major to confirm a fit and show slam interest. If playing Reverse Baze, South jump to 3 shows a heart fit, slam interest, and undisclosed shortness. North's 3NT rebid asks for South's short suit. South's 4 bid shows club shortness. North's Ace is valuable, but North's Queen may be wasted. North's diamond control and heart honors suggest cooperating with the slam try. So North cue bids their diamond control. South could ask for key cards, but that will not tell whether 12 tricks are available. South cue bids their spade control. Now North asks for key cards. South's 5NT bid show an even number of key cards and a void. North places the contract at 6.

The Lead: The void showing key card response prevented a Queen Ask . So a trump lead might solve a guess for the Queen. An aggressive spade lead may cost a trick, but it may be necessary to build a spade trick. East is likely to choose a hopefully passive diamond lead.

The Play: Declarer has a quick diamond loser. Declarer has a potential heart loser if hearts don't break 3-2. Declarer has a potential spade loser. If diamonds break 3-3, declarer doesn't need to rely on a finesse against the Queen. Here, hearts break 3-2 and and diamonds break 3-3. So declarer has 12 tricks without the spade finesse: 2 + 4 + 4 + 1 + 1 ruff.



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2 ♠KJT9
Q75
92
♣Q742
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A8763
986
Q65
♣86
♠42
A42
KJT87
♣A93
♠Q5
KJT3
A43
♣KJT5
8
612
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT6
EW: 1 1NT  ♣4 ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          5.92   0.08  3♠* W -3  5  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  130          4.75   1.25  2♣ N +2   ♠4  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  100          3.58   2.42  2 E -2   3  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
         90    1.83   4.17  1N E      ♣5  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM3-Irino-Heller
         90    1.83   4.17  2 E      3  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        200    0.08   5.92  2N S -2   ♠6  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM6-Viau-Sheere

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When East opens 1, South may look at a diamond stopper, 14 HCP and two tens, as well as the good texture of the heart and club suits and bid 1NT anyway. North will check for a spade fit and settle in 2NT. It doesn't matter whether West leads spades or diamonds on opening--holding three aces, the defense has plenty of time to get around to diamonds and beat this contract, though East may never picture West with the Q if West starts with a low spade. Declarer should be careful to conceal the Q on the first spade trick to help delude the opponents.



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3 ♠AKQ5
A532
83
♣J97
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠764
J94
KQ9742
♣Q
♠T832
K6
AJT6
♣A86
♠J9
QT87
5
♣KT5432
14
812
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1♠  ♦4 NT5
EW: 3 1NT  ♣2 ♥3 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.92   0.08  3♠ E -2   ♣K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  140          4.75   1.25  3 S      K  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  100          3.58   2.42  4 W -1   ♠Q  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        110    1.25   4.75  3 W      ♠A  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        110    1.25   4.75  2 W +1   ♠A  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        110    1.25   4.75  2 W +1   ♠A  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 2. North doubles, and East raises diamonds. Will South come to life and bid those six clubs? On so weak a hand, I'd prefer bidding a six card suit to a four card suit. At the table, that already noted lack of clairvoyance will lead to two trump losers for most players.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
2Dbl3Dbl1
Pass3All pass 
  1. values and more than 1 place to play

The Bidding: In his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, Andrew Gumperz advises disciplined preempts in 2nd seat. Because dealer's pass decreases the likelihood the opponents have a game, preempts should be more constructive. Here, the vulnerability is unfavorable. The Rule of 2-3-4 advises against opening a Weak Two Diamonds with a Losing Trick Count of 8. Larry Cohen advises "Personally, I prefer to look more at my own vulnerability. When I am vulnerable, I tend to be within 2 tricks (roughly) of my bid. When not vulnerable, I am more lax." Here, opening 2 seems best because it is lead directional and constructive. North's small diamond doubleton is a negative, but North's shape and strength require a takeout double.

McCabe is a good agreement when defending the double of a Weak Two because it allows lead directors. 2NT and redouble are used for runouts and Game Tries according to partnership agreement. Here, East can see 8 tricks if the Ace is onside. If West has a 3rd heart a ruff can be navigated in the short hand. If West is short in spades, a Dummy Reversal should provide extra tricks. East is a bit light for a game try. Playing McCabe, East's raise to 3 suggests a preference for a diamond lead.

South's 10 Support Points suggest making a constructive bid. South's Losing Trick Count of 7 suggests a game might be available. Both are inflated by South's singleton diamond. North's takeout double warns that North may not have many diamonds to ruff, decreasing the values of South's singleton. South expects a 9+ card club fit and a 7+ card heart fit. South doesn't need to guess which suit to bid. South's Responsive Double shows values and more than 1 place to play. West has nothing to say. North knows their partnership has a major suit fit. North's 15 Support Points suggest bidding game if South has invitational values. North's Losing Trick Count of 7 suggests declining an invitation. North's doubleton diamond is a negative. South has not promised invitational values. Bidding 3 seems best. If hearts are not one of South's places to play. South will correct to 3. Here, South passes North's 3 bid.

At tables where West passes in 2nd seat, North opens 1. East doesn't have the shape to act. South's priority is to look for a major suit fit. After South responds 1, it is hard to imagine West overcalling 2 when they felt it was too risky to open 2. North's raise to 2 shows a minimum opener with heart support. As Steve Weinstein discussed in his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, opener may have 3-card heart support with shortness or a small doubleton. If your partnership sometimes raises responder's major with 3-card support, it is more risky for your opponents to balance because you may have just a 7-card fit. East isn't eager to defend 2. So East risks a takeout double. South's Losing Trick Count of 7 suggests bidding game. North is a 3rd seat opener. South has an aceless hand. A game try seems sufficient. Methods vary by partnership agreement. A natural 3 game try, if available, seems best because it discloses the double fit. West competes to 3. North's weak clubs and poor heart texture are a concern. North-South are in a force to 3. It is common to play an immediate 3 bid as the weakest action. With that understanding, North can pass to show some willingness to cooperate with the game try. South signs off in 3.

The Play in Hearts: If declared by South, West is likely to lead their singleton club. Now East-West score 5 tricks: 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 ruffs.

At tables where North declares a heart contract, East must find the Ace lead to hold declarer to 8 tricks. A passive spade lead allows declarer the option of attempting to discard their diamond loser. Declarer could cash the Ace and then try cashing 3 rounds of spades. If the 3rd round of spades is ruffed, declarer will have trouble getting back to their hand to finesse against the Queen or lead a heart towards the QT8. North's poor heart texture may make it expensive to ruff 2 diamonds. A declarer who could see through the backs of the cards would drop the King, duck a round of hearts, and score 10 tricks. Given the lack of entries, a declarer might try dropping the Queen. Given the risks, declarer may prefer to draw trump. Declarer cashes the Ace and leads a heart towards the board. East wins their King. Now East can give West a club ruff to hold declarer to 9 tricks. Even if the defense doesn't navigate a club ruff, declarer will likely take a losing finesse against the Queen and score 9 tricks. If East's opening lead is the Ace, West can signal Suit Preference when dummy tables with a singleton. Now East can lead the Ace and navigate a club ruff to hold declarer to 9 tricks.

The Play in Diamonds: Declarer has 3 quick spade losers. A lobbing finesse towards the King holds heart losers to 1. Declarer has 9 tricks: 1 + 1 ruff + 6 + 1.

The Play in Clubs: The defense must cash a diamond before declarer gains the lead to prevent declarer from discarding their diamond loser. Finessing against the Queen provides only a 45% chance of avoiding a 2nd club loser because declarer's poor texture prevents declarer from picking up AQ86 in East's hand. Cashing the Ace and leading a heart towards the Queen offers a 63% chance of avoiding a 2nd heart loser. If East doesn't play an honor, the percentage play is to finesse against the Jack because East might have KJ96 or J96. Here, East plays the King and declarer has just 1 heart loser. A declarer who could see through the backs of the cards would drop West's Queen and score 10 tricks. Declarers taking the percentage play in clubs will loser 2 club tricks and score 9 tricks.



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4 ♠4
AJ865432
K
♣AK2
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q7653
-
8632
♣Q753
♠982
KQ7
AQJT54
♣T
♠AKJT
T9
97
♣J9864
15
412
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4  ♦3 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥2
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +500 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  990          5.92   0.08  4* N +1  ♣T  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  850          4.75   1.25  5* N     ♠8  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  790          3.58   2.42  4* N     ♠9  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
  620          1.25   4.75  4 N      A  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  620          1.25   4.75  4 N      A  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM1-Norton-Booth
  620          1.25   4.75  4 N      ♣T  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 and will be prepared to bid 4 at her next turn. East overcalls 2 and South makes a Negative Double . Whether or not West makes a preemptive diamond raise, North will blast to 4. Will E-W sit for this? It's harder to sacrifice on equal vulnerability, but it would pay odd on this hand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass12Dbl
44All pass 

The Bidding: After West passes as dealer, North is too strong to open 4. North sees 4 has good play opposite as little as 2 small hearts and the Queen.. So North might consider opening a Strong 2 Clubs . At tables where North opens 2, East-West will compete to 5 before North has a chance to introduce their heart suit. Now if North bids 5, they may wind up in 6 doubled down 2.

Opening 2 is quite a distortion given North's limited defensive potential. There is little chance 1 will be passed out. Opening 1 seems best. East overcalls 2. South's Negative Double shows spades and some values. West, with diamond support a heart void and a weak hand, has a choice between passing, or raising diamonds to the 3, 4, or 5 level. North and East have shown opening hands. West's diamond length decreases the potential for diamond tricks on defense. South's failure to support hearts suggests South has 2 or less hearts. West infers North and East have 11 or more hearts between them. East potential heart length increases the likelihood a 5 sacrifice may be a phantom. A raise to 3 should be constructive. West has 9 support points, but it isn't clear whether West's Queens are valuable. A weak raise to 4 seems a good compromise. North's 4 bid advertises a hand too strong to bid 4 immediately. West's 4 preemptive raise may have caused North to stretch. East expects to have 2 heart tricks on defense and potentially a diamond trick. A second diamond trick seems unlikely. East cannot reasonably double 4. East passes in tempo.

Now West must guess whether to sacrifice. Normally, you want to preempt as high as you are willing to give the opponents the Last Guess . Here, West's knowledge of the distribution make an immediate 5 sacrifice unattractive. East might have been eager to double a 4 contract. Now, North has shown 8+ hearts. East's failure to double 4 shows show they are not confident they can set 4. West and South have a combined 9+ spades. This decreases the likelihood West's spade Queen will score a trick on defense. There is some chance West's Queen will be valuable on defense. It isn't clear 5X will go for less than the value of 4 making. In order for 5 to be a profitable sacrifice, 4 must be making and 9 tricks must be available in a diamond contract. Neither is clear. West must guess whether to defend 4 or bet the parlay that 4 is making and 9 tricks are available in diamonds.

The Play in Hearts: Declarer has a quick diamond loser and 2 potential heart losers. Declarer has a potential club loser. If the defense doesn't lead a high diamond, declarer will discard their losing diamond on a spade winner. If the defense cashes a high diamond, declarer can discard their potential club loser on a spade winner. With East holding KQ7 behind the Ace, declarer cannot avoid losing 2 heart tricks. Declarer has 10 tricks: 2 + 6 + 2.

The Play in Diamonds: South will likely lead the Ace. When dummy tables with the guarded Queen, some partnerships signal count. Other signal attitude. Either way, the defense will likely navigate a spade ruff. The defense scores 4 tricks: 2 + 1 ruff + 1. Declarer has the remaining 9 tricks. 5 is a profitable sacrifice.



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5 ♠T6
KQ86
74
♣Q9852
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QJ5
T9752
JT82
♣A
♠A743
4
AK965
♣KJT
♠K982
AJ3
Q3
♣7643
7
815
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦2 ♥5 ♠3/4 NT4
EW: 5 2 3♠ 3/2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-E/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          5.92   0.08  3N E -3   ♠2  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
   50          4.75   1.25  4 E -1   Q  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        150    3.00   3.00  4 E +1   ♣7  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
        150    3.00   3.00  2 E +3   ♠9  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        400    1.25   4.75  5 E      A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        430    0.08   5.92  3N E +1   ♠2  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM1-Norton-Booth

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1, to which West replies 1. Now when East bids 1, West will return to diamonds. Knowing of the diamond fit, might East try NT? West could reasonably argue that his hand seems more useful for diamonds and try that game. In either case, declarer has to bang down the top two diamond honors to succeed--though it's slightly more likely that the break is 3-1.



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6 ♠A
JT74
KQ52
♣KJ32
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJT8532
K93
J4
♣A
♠Q9764
2
A863
♣Q64
♠-
AQ865
T97
♣T9875
14
128
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 3  ♠3 NT4
EW: 4♠ 2NT  ♣4 ♦5 ♥4
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: -300 5*-NS/5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.92   0.08  6♠* W -1  K  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  100          4.75   1.25  4♠ W -1   K  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        620    3.58   2.42  4♠ W      J  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        650    1.25   4.75  4♠ W +1   4  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        650    1.25   4.75  4♠ W +1   2  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
        650    1.25   4.75  4♠ W +1   ♣3  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM1-Norton-Booth

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1, North doubles, and East blasts to 4. Not vulnerable, South might have the nerve to try 5. The sacrifice is a win-win: 5 is only down two, and 5 doesn't make. We should pay more attention to the vulnerability than we do. Favorable vulnerability is a license to steal.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Dbl2NT15
DblAll pass  
  1. artificial, invitational or better spade raise

The Bidding: After two passes, West has a choice between passing, making an undisciplined preempt, and opening 1. West is too strong to pass. Undisciplined preempts can be a winning tactic opposite a passed hand, but shouldn't be used when game is possible. Here, West would have a Losing Trick Count of 6 if a spade fit is available. West opens 1. North Doubles for Takeout . Methods over a takeout double vary by partnership agreement. Many expert partnerships play Transfers Over a Double of One of a Major because it well supports natural bids, lead directors, and differentiates weak raises from Constructive Raises . Here, East has 11 Support Points for spades. East is too strong to jump to 4. A 4 Splinter bid could get the partnership too high opposite a 3rd seat opener. If West is strong, a Splinter bid isn't ideal because a club control cannot be shown at the 3-level or 4-level. Using Jordan , an artificial 2NT bid showing an invitational or better spade raise, seems best.

South, with 5 good hearts and a spade void, must decide at what level they will bid hearts. South's Losing Trick Count of 7 suggests a game is available. South's 11 Support Points suggest inviting game. South has nothing in the side suits, but South distribution has offensive power. Bidding 3 will not accomplish anything. Bidding 4 will push East-West to 4. Now South will have the Last Guess . Bidding 5 immediately at favorable vulnerability seems best because it forces East-West to guess at the 5-level.

West isn't eager to risk the 5-level opposite a passed hand with just 1 Ace. West has a quick trick, potential ruffs, and a potential heart trick. East has shown values. Doubling seems best.

The Play in 5X: In their "Winning Suit Contract Leads" , David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "Side-suit singletons are excellent leads and should nearly always be chosen." They add "Do not be deterred from a singleton lead because your card is an honor." West follows their advice and leads the Ace. East encourage a club continuation. When dummy tables, West knows their is little future in spades. A heart switch is risky. Declarer could win and cash the heart Ace. Now a club ruff, if available, wouldn't be profitable because West would be ruffing with their high trump. After a heart switch, declarer can escape for down 1 if they finesse against the Jack and End Play West to force a ruff and sluff. A diamond or a spade switch allows the defense to score 4 tricks: 1 + 1 + 2 or 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 ruff. West cannot be end played because they can safely exit with a heart.

The Play in 5: Declarer has 2 quick losers and cannot avoid losing a diamond. Ruffing power provides 10 tricks for declarer.



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7 ♠KT63
K965
74
♣K74
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ92
J832
K653
♣2
♠854
AQT4
Q98
♣Q86
♠Q7
7
AJT2
♣AJT953
9
910
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 2NT  ♥5 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦6/5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          5.92   0.08  3N S      3  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM1-Norton-Booth
  200          4.75   1.25  2♠ W -2   ♣K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  150          3.58   2.42  2N N +1   ♠4  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM3-Irino-Heller
  110          1.83   4.17  3♣ S      2  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  110          1.83   4.17  2♣ S +1   2  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        100    0.08   5.92  3N N -1   ♠5  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and rebids clubs over North's 1 call. This will pass out at most tables. Even if West doubles over 2 it won't help--North has enough to raise to 3 if necessary. If South takes the club finesse towards the AJ... he'll take 10 tricks.



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8 ♠AQJT32
AJ4
Q
♣A87
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠764
T9
AJ962
♣J62
♠K
KQ8753
K7543
♣5
♠985
62
T8
♣KQT943
18
611
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 6♠ 2NT  ♦3 ♥3
EW: 4 3  ♣0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 22 - 19 = +3
Par: +500 7*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  480          5.92   0.08  4♠ N +2   4  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  420          3.58   2.42  4♠ N      K  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
  420          3.58   2.42  4♠ N      K  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM3-Irino-Heller
  420          3.58   2.42  4♠ N      A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  140          1.25   4.75  2♠ N +1   K  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM1-Norton-Booth
         50    0.08   5.92  5♠ N -1   K  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Who would ever guess how valuable the A turns out to be? It will shed a lot of losers. But making 6 depends on dropping the singleton King off-side: who's going to do that with four missing? Don't forget that these are "double dummy" solutions where we can see all four hands as we plan the play. That's NOT what happens at the table.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass12132
Pass4All pass 
  1. 5+ hearts and 5+ in an unspecified minor
  2. constructive spade raise

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East has a choice of passing, overcalling 2, or making a Michaels Cue Bid . East's singleton King merits a downgrade. Grant Baze advised "6-5 come alive" , saying a 6-5 hand is worth an extra Ace. So East has the strength for a 2 overcall. Passing would be a mistake. East wants to show their shape. Waiting to bid will only increase the risk of acting. A 2 overcall may make it difficult to show diamonds. The auction may be uncomfortably high. Using a Michaels cue bid to show 5+ hearts and 5+ in an undisclosed minor seems best.

In his "Versus Michaels or Unusual Notrump" article, Larry Cohen discusses defending against 2-suited overcalls. With that agreement, South can bid 3 to show a constructive spade raise. With an invitational or better spade raise, South would have cue bid 3. As I discuss in my "Transfers Over Michaels" article, when a Michaels cue bid specifies only 1 suit, only 1 cue bid is available. This causes problems when responder wants to show a minor. Expert partnerships with good memories might prefer playing transfers in this situation. Either way, South bids a constructive 3, but with transfers South denies having a Mixed Raise . Sometimes, knowing your partner has constructive values and 4+ card support tips the balance in favor of bidding game.

West doesn't have a heart fit. West doesn't know whether East's second suits in clubs or diamonds. West isn't eager to risk the 5-level. North, with 21 Support Points, places the contract at 4. At tables where East-West have an agreement, like Ghestem , which allows East to show long hearts and long diamonds, it is difficult for East-West to find the profitable 5 sacrifice.

The Play in Spades: East has 2 attractive leads: the King, top of an honor sequence, and their singleton club. In their "Winning Suit Contract Leads" , David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "Side-suit singletons are excellent leads and should nearly always be chosen." West needs an entry in order for the singleton lead to be productive. Leading a singleton may give declarer additional incentive to try to drop East's King. It isn't clear West has an entry. Leading the King seems best. Declarer wins their Ace. Dummy's clubs will provide plenty of discards if clubs break 2-2 or 3-1. So declarer doesn't need to prioritize navigating a heart ruff in the short hand. Normally, finessing against the King would offer a 50% chance to avoid a spade loser. The Vacant Spaces principle suggests West is a 2 to 1 favorite to hold the King.

Crossing to dummy to finesse against the King increases the risk of a club ruff. East's King lead suggests East doesn't have the AK. So West has an entry. Crossing with a club can cause 4 to go down if East is void in clubs and has more than 1 spade. Similarly, crossing with a club and taking a losing spade finesse can lead to down 1 if East has Kx. In IMPs scoring, declarer would play safely to make 4 to secure the game bonus. As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Matchpoint Strategy" article, "Overtricks and undertricks in all contracts matter. Unless you are certain that your contract is exceptionally good, you will normally play to take maximum tricks." So declarer can reasonably risk crossing in clubs to finesse against the King.

Here, the spade finesse loses and the defense collects 3 tricks. Since East has a singleton spade, the defense cannot collect a 4th trick. Declarers who play conservatively will cash the Ace and drop the King. Now declarer has all the tricks: 6 + 1 + 6. The defense must lead a diamond to prevent declarer from scoring all the tricks.

The Play in Diamonds: Declarer has 3 quick losers. With diamonds breaking 2-1, declarer doesn't have a diamond loser. Lobbing finesses towards the King-Queen quickly establish heart winners. Declarer has 10 tricks.



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9 ♠J974
94
853
♣AKJ8
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K65
A873
A9764
♣7
♠AQ2
62
T
♣QT96542
♠T83
KQJT5
KQJ2
♣3
9
118
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦6 ♥6
EW: 3♣ 1  ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -110 3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
         50    5.33   0.67  3N N -1   ♣6  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM2-Ow-Chee
         50    5.33   0.67  2 S -1   ♣7  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM1-Norton-Booth
         90    3.58   2.42  2♣ E      K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        100    1.83   4.17  2♠ N -2   T  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        100    1.83   4.17  2 S -2   ♣7  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
        200    0.08   5.92  4 S -4   ♣7  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1, North bids 1. Will East now preempt? He might be sorry if he does! After all he doesn't know partner has all those nice quick tricks. Assuming that East passes, South bids 2. Now North will take a preference for the major. If you must play a seven card fit, choose the one which pays better.



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10 ♠K9
T962
A43
♣Q983
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q875
A7
QT962
♣T2
♠AJT43
J3
K75
♣K74
♠62
KQ854
J8
♣AJ65
9
812
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♦3 ♠3 NT5
EW: 3 3♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.33   0.67  4♠ E -1   K  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  100          5.33   0.67  3♠ E -1   K  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        100    3.58   2.42  4 S -1   ♣2  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        140    1.83   4.17  3♠ E      K  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        140    1.83   4.17  3♠ E      K  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        200    0.08   5.92  3♠ W +2   J  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

It's nice to have the "boss" suit. East ekes out a 1 call. South might overcall 2, thus allowing West to make a preemptive raise to 3. Vulnerable, North passes. Holding a minimum opener, East does as well. Nice of the K to be in the North hand.



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11 ♠943
QJ864
QJ86
♣9
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJ852
A
K2
♣AKJT5
♠A6
K972
T43
♣8742
♠KT7
T53
A975
♣Q63
6
187
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5♣ 1 1 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          5.92   0.08  3N E -1   5  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        140    4.75   1.25  1♠ W +2   ♣9  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        150    3.58   2.42  4♣ W +1   4  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        400    1.25   4.75  3N W      Q  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
        400    1.25   4.75  3N E      5  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        400    1.25   4.75  5♣ W      ♣9  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West has a great hand with two five card suits. When South passes, West bids 1. East bids 1NT and West is justified in bidding a game-forcing 3. East has to decide--4 with a seven card fit, or 5 with at least an eight card fit. It turns out either works well when the Q is on side.



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12 ♠96
4
9754
♣AK7632
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQT7432
T9
A
♣JT5
♠KJ
J853
KJT83
♣84
♠85
AKQ762
Q62
♣Q9
7
119
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1  ♠2 NT4
EW: 3♠  ♣2 ♦5 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          5.92   0.08  4♠ W -3   ♣A  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  100          4.75   1.25  4♠ W -2   ♣A  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
   50          3.00   3.00  4♠ W -1   ♣A  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
   50          3.00   3.00  4♠ W -1   ♣A  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        140    1.25   4.75  2♠ W +1   4  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        200    0.08   5.92  3 S -2   A  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM6-Viau-Sheere

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West is at the top of his bid with 3, but his shortness in hearts makes the preempt most attractive. And it buys the hand when N-S are vulnerable. Will North lead his K or that singleton heart? If it's the latter, West must not ruff the third heart sloppily with any little spade. He's missing the 8 and 9, so he needs to ruff higher.



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13 ♠76
KJ765
9
♣T9862
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AQJT83
T9
863
♣75
♠K94
83
AT54
♣AK43
♠52
AQ42
KQJ72
♣QJ
4
714
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♦6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.33   0.67  4♠ W -1   9  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  100          5.33   0.67  4♠ W -1   9  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        140    2.42   3.58  3♠ W      9  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
        140    2.42   3.58  2♠ W +1   6  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        140    2.42   3.58  2♠ W +1   9  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        170    0.08   5.92  3♠ W +1   9  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1--which will stifle South at most tables. West bids spades and repeats them. He isn't interested in game unless partner has a huge hand; he just wants spades to be trump so his hand has more value. There's no place to put his four losers, so 140 should be the common result. If North leads her singleton, West should win NOW and draw trump or he will go down since South has entries in hearts to give North additional ruffs.



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14 ♠J
A872
JT84
♣K932
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠875
KQ93
53
♣A765
♠AQ
JT54
AK6
♣QT84
♠KT96432
6
Q972
♣J
9
916
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 4 3NT  ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -300 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.92   0.08  4 E -2   ♣J  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
   50          4.75   1.25  3N E -1   ♣J  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM1-Norton-Booth
         50    3.58   2.42  3♠ S -1   3  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
        420    2.42   3.58  4 E      ♠2  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        430    1.25   4.75  3N E +1   ♠6  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        500    0.08   5.92  4♠* N -3  ♣A  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1NT. When West hears that they have a heart fit, he revalues his hand to 10 playing points and bids the game. Will South interfere with those long spades? It's a mighty "hole-y" suit, so I don't think the interference will be too popular.



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15 ♠Q9
QJ2
KT63
♣AQ83
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AJ32
K9743
A2
♣J5
♠4
AT86
954
♣KT972
♠KT8765
5
QJ87
♣64
14
137
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♥2 NT5
EW: 2♣ 4 -/1NT
       ♦5 ♠5 NT6/7
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.92   0.08  4* E -1  ♠9  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        140    4.17   1.83  3 W      ♣A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
        140    4.17   1.83  2 W +1   3  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        200    2.42   3.58  3N N -2   ♣7  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        420    1.25   4.75  4 W      ♠Q  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
        500    0.08   5.92  4♠* N -2  ♣J  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. North can't double with only two spades, but he might fudge a point and bid 1NT. East raises the hearts, and South has to decide, at unfavorable vulnerability, whether or not to bid those spades. Again, it's a sorry suit. He might even shove E-W into a game they otherwise might not get to.



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16 ♠A542
KQ
974
♣KQ54
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠T86
A63
532
♣AJ86
♠KJ7
9752
KQ86
♣T3
♠Q93
JT84
AJT
♣972
14
99
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥5 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  120          5.33   0.67  1N S +1   ♠8  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  120          5.33   0.67  1N S +1   ♣6  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  110          3.58   2.42  1♠ N +1   K  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
         50    1.25   4.75  3N N -1   K  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM3-Irino-Heller
         50    1.25   4.75  2N S -1   4  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
         50    1.25   4.75  2 S -1   ♣6  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM6-Viau-Sheere

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. South bids 1 and then 1NT over North's 1. West may elect to lead clubs because there his only four card suit. South may duck to his nine, though he should know that West doesn't have AJ106 or he would probably have led the top of an interior sequence. West's other choice might be a diamond, the unbid suit.



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17 ♠6
AKQ2
743
♣AJ875
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠873
J98653
Q95
♣Q
♠AQJ5
7
A862
♣K943
♠KT942
T4
KJT
♣T62
14
514
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          5.92   0.08  1N N +2   ♠5  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  100          4.17   1.83  3N E -2   ♣T  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  100          4.17   1.83  3♠ E -2   ♣2  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
   50          2.42   3.58  2N E -1   ♠4  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
         50    1.25   4.75  3♣ N -1   7  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        150    0.08   5.92  3♠ S -3   ♣Q  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens a club. What will East do? His spade suit is good enough to overcall even though it's only four cards long. Then South would bid 1NT and buy the hand unless North elects to rebid his five card club suit. Too bad East has the K943--he has two defensive tricks even though N-S have an eight card fit.



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18 ♠9
AQ874
AK95
♣KQJ
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T8752
92
-
♣AT9864
♠AJ6
KT53
J762
♣32
♠KQ43
J6
QT843
♣75
19
49
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2/3 4NT  ♣5 ♠6
EW: 2♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥4 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +500 5♣*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  630          5.33   0.67  3N N +1   J  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  630          5.33   0.67  3N N +1   3  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Quenette-Sommer
  600          3.58   2.42  3N N      ♣3  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  140          2.42   3.58  1 N +2   ♣2  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  100          1.25   4.75  3♠ W -2   K  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        110    0.08   5.92  2♠ W      ♣K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This hand will probably pass around to North in fourth seat. North opens 1. South bids 1 and North bids 3. If South bids 4, North will surely go to 5 and has three losers when the heart finesse doesn't work. But it's hard to get to 3NT on this one when North has a stiff spade.



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19 ♠T43
87
AJT
♣J9863
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKJ62
Q
8653
♣QT5
♠987
AT95
K42
♣742
♠Q5
KJ6432
Q97
♣AK
6
127
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♦5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2 2♠ 2/1NT  ♣6 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   8  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
  100          5.00   1.00  2♠ W -1   8  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        100    4.00   2.00  3 S -2   ♠A  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        150    2.50   3.50  4 S -3   ♠A  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        150    2.50   3.50  3 S -3   ♠A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        170    1.00   5.00  2♠ W +2   8  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
        200    0.00   6.00  4 S -4   ♠A  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
20 ♠A653
J8763
8
♣J73
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J94
A
K9763
♣AQ94
♠KQT
KQ9
QT42
♣K65
♠872
T542
AJ5
♣T82
6
1415
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥5 ♠3 NT2
EW: 4♣ 5 2 3♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  5♣ E -1   5  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        130    5.00   1.00  2 W +2   8  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM1-Norton-Booth
        630    3.00   3.00  3N E +1   2  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        630    3.00   3.00  3N E +1   2  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
        630    3.00   3.00  3N E +1   J  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        660    0.50   5.50  3N E +2   2  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        660    0.50   5.50  3N E +2   2  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
21 ♠KJT94
2
JT52
♣AKT
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠75
KJ97
A43
♣8764
♠A632
T
9876
♣QJ53
♠Q8
AQ86543
KQ
♣92
12
87
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 2 4♠ 3/2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  790          6.00   0.00  4♠* N     T  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  650          5.00   1.00  5♠ N      ♣Q  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  600          4.00   2.00  3N N      ♠2  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        100    3.00   3.00  3 S -1   ♣8  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM3-Irino-Heller
        200    1.00   5.00  4 S -2   ♠7  MM1-Howell-Lawther vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        200    1.00   5.00  4 S -2   ♠7  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
        200    1.00   5.00  4 S -2   A  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM1-Norton-Booth
22 ♠J2
T42
AKQT93
♣98
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠753
9653
852
♣732
♠K96
AK
J64
♣KJT54
♠AQT84
QJ87
7
♣AQ6
10
015
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 5 5♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦0 ♥2 ♠2/0 NT1/0
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          5.33   0.67  4♠ S      ♣2  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
  420          5.33   0.67  4 N      ♣2  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
  190          3.58   2.42  2 N +5   ♣J  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  150          1.83   4.17  4 N +1   ♣5  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  150          1.83   4.17  3 N +2   A  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  140          0.08   5.92  2♠ S +1   ♣7  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM3-Irino-Heller
23 ♠T
Q876
J63
♣T8543
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠86
AT32
T85
♣Q976
♠K7
K54
AKQ72
♣KJ2
♠AQJ95432
J9
94
♣A
3
619
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣4 ♦2 ♥4 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3 2 2/-NT
       ♠5/4 NT8/4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.92   0.08  4 E -2   ♣A  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
  110          4.17   1.83  2♠ S      T  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins
  110          4.17   1.83  2♠ S      8  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        200    2.42   3.58  4♠ S -2   2  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        500    0.67   5.33  4♠* S -2  A  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        500    0.67   5.33  4♠* S -2  ♣6  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM3-Irino-Heller
24 ♠J53
AQ62
J95
♣KQ8
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K9862
JT983
QT
♣9
♠T74
74
AK8643
♣A3
♠AQ
K5
72
♣JT76542
13
611
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦4 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  130          4.75   1.25  4♣ N      A  MM2-Hedlund-Lux vs MM3-Irino-Heller
  130          4.75   1.25  4♣ N      A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  130          4.75   1.25  4♣ N      A  MM7-Stern-Sendell vs MM6-Viau-Sheere
        100    2.42   3.58  4♣* N -1  A  MM4-Handley-Kirby vs MM7-Callahan-Sebring
        170    1.25   4.75  3♠ W +1   ♣8  MM6-Anthony-Altavilla vs MM4-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        200    0.08   5.92  3N N -4   6  MM3-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Barnard-Soskins