- Monday Morn - February 5, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 312 MP  Geomean: 156 MP
(based on 34 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Hedegard - Janet Hedlund 70.28 1st A 0.90
Mary Stange - Richard Papst 59.07 1st A 0.90
Patricia Heller - Susan Mazzei 55.83 2nd A 0.63
Jerry Cox - Scott Hanham 55.66 3rd A 0.45
Carol Sendell - Mike McWalters 54.76 2nd A 0.63
Joe Norton - Stephanie Booth 53.86 3rd A 0.45
David Ow - Glenn Chee 50.87 4th A 0.32
Fran Soskins - Louise Barnard 50.31 4th A 0.32
Barbara Sprenger - Shirley Larsen 43.03 2nd C 0.20
EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM N-S
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DATE>February 5, 2018   |CLUB NO.>228684    | 02/05/2018 14:25
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DIR> Janet Hedlund   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   94.5 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/500/200   |CLUB>County Public Monday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=7/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Terry Handley          Joseph Howell            A    .     .     .     93.86  49.66
 2 Jerry Cox              Scott Hanham             B    3     2     .    105.19  55.66  0.45(A)
 3 Fran Soskins           Louise Barnard           C    4     3     1     95.09  50.31  0.32(A)
 4 Jane Altavilla         Richard Vreeland         B    .     .     .     80.27  42.47
 5 Shirley Larsen         Barbara Sprenger         C    .     .     2     81.33  43.03  0.20(C)
 6 Alicia Greenan         Harriet Sundblad         C    .     .     .     74.63  39.49
 7 Patricia Heller        Susan Mazzei             B    2     1     .    105.51  55.83  0.63(A)
 8 Elizabeth Sebring      Judith Perry             C    .     .     .     81.00  42.86
 9 Janet Hedlund          Alan Hedegard            A    1     .     .    132.83  70.28  0.90(A)
                                          Totals                         849.71

EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM E-W
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AVE>   94.5 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/500/200   |CLUB>County Public Monday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=7/C=6                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Neville Kirby          Barbara Callaway         C    .     .     .     90.94  48.12
 2 Joe Norton             Stephanie Booth          B    3     2     .    101.79  53.86  0.45(A)
 3 Mary Stange            Richard Papst            A    1     .     .    111.65  59.07  0.90(A)
 4 David Ow               Glenn Chee               C    4     3     2     96.14  50.87  0.32(A)
 5 Ray Mok                Karen Mok                C    .     .     .     89.00  47.09
 6 Pamela Lawther         Bob Gore                 C    .     .     .     82.26  43.52
 7 Mike McWalters         Carol Sendell            C    2     1     1    103.50  54.76  0.63(A)
 8 Anjalie Kulkarni       Marian Carrapeza         C    .     .     .     80.14  42.40
                                          Totals                         755.42

Hands and Results
1 ♠K6
AQ5
K97432
♣T3
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠8
942
A65
♣AK8542
♠AJ7
KT873
T8
♣J96
♠QT95432
J6
QJ
♣Q7
12
119
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT4
EW: 4♣ 4 2NT  ♦6 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -300 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          7.00   0.00  3♠ S      2  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
    PASS       6.00   1.00  Pass Out      MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM2-Norton-Booth
         50    5.00   2.00  3♠ S -1   ♣A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        100    3.50   3.50  4♠ S -2   ♣A  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        100    3.50   3.50  3♠ S -2   ♣A  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        140    1.50   5.50  3 E      Q  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        140    1.50   5.50  3 E      Q  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        150    0.00   7.00  4♠ S -3   ♣A  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM6-Lawther-Gore

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 111
2Pass22
3Pass33
4PassPassPass

Over 3, West has no idea who can make what. West bids 4 because it has multiple ways to gain: when 3 is making, or 4 is making. Being not vulnerable is important: if 3 is making, doubled down 1 in 4 is still a better result than defending 3. On the actual hand, 4 will probably make.



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2 ♠AJT5
QT54
75
♣T85
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠86
KJ762
Q8
♣J942
♠9432
8
AT964
♣AQ3
♠KQ7
A93
KJ32
♣K76
7
710
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥6/5 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          6.50   0.50  3N S      7  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  600          6.50   0.50  3N S      6  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  150          5.00   2.00  2N S +1   ♣2  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  120          4.00   3.00  1N S +1   6  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM5-Mok-Mok
   90          2.50   4.50  1N S      6  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
   90          2.50   4.50  1N S      ♣J  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        100    1.00   6.00  3N S -1   6  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        200    0.00   7.00  4♠ N -2   8  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  Pass1NT1
PassPass22Pass
PassDbl3PassPass
Pass   
  1. good 14 to 17
  2. diamonds and a major
  3. takeout

East has a routine balance over 1NT holding a maximum with 9 cards in two suits. We play DONT here so we bid 2 to show diamonds and a major. This is passed to North. Our agreement here is double is takeout, which fits the hand perfectly -- a good hand (in the context of pass over 1NT) and support for all unbid suits. South has an easy pass of 2-X and now West has a nightmare decision. Partner only promises 4 diamonds, so it’s possible that E/W are playing in a 4-2 fit. This argues for running via a redouble (bid your major), hoping that partner’s major is hearts or that the opponents won’t double 2. In reality, the opponents are unlikely to be defending 2-X when you have a big 9-card heart fit, because that means they have a fit of their own, so partner’s major is almost certainly spades. Furthermore, spades are unlikely to be a better spot because our partner had the option to show 5 decent spades even with 4 mediocre diamonds. So given our methods, we believe passing 2-X to be the lesser of two evils. This likely goes down 2 on the expected trump lead.



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3 ♠AJ763
AT2
Q73
♣73
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠942
543
JT642
♣J6
♠85
QJ876
K8
♣T542
♠KQT
K9
A95
♣AKQ98
11
26
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6/5♣ 4 4/3 7♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥3 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1520 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  980          6.50   0.50  6♠ S      ♠9  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  980          6.50   0.50  6♠ S      ♣J  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  520          4.50   2.50  3N S +4   J  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  520          4.50   2.50  3N S +4   4  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  510          2.50   4.50  4♠ N +3   Q  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  510          2.50   4.50  4♠ N +3   7  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  480          1.00   6.00  4♠ S +2   J  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM2-Norton-Booth
         50    0.00   7.00  7♠ S -1   6  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM3-Stange-Papst

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   2
Pass2Pass2NT1
Pass32Pass43
Pass44Pass45
Pass4NTPass56
Pass57Pass58
Pass5NT9Pass7
PassPassPass 
  1. 22-bad 24 HCP
  2. transfer
  3. artificial super-accept
  4. retransfer
  5. forced
  6. 4 keycards
  7. queen-ask
  8. yes, and K
  9. interested in grand

South’s hand is a monster in support of spades even though it only has a minimum in HCPs. This hand is worth a super-accept in whatever methods you prefer. From there we used 4 to retransfer and then asked for keycards. When all the keycards and trump queen are confirmed, North invites 7 and South happily accepts.

The play in 7 on a non-diamond lead has some options, but we feel the best chance is to assume a 3-2 trump break. We would ruff a heart, draw trumps by overtaking, and then set up clubs with the A still as an entry. However on the J lead, our entry is prematurely removed. Assuming the opening leader doesn’t have the K, we would duck in dummy, ruff out the hearts, and draw the trumps, overtaking the last trump in dummy hoping that trumps are 3-2. We then play off all our trumps hoping that clubs are 3-3, or that the defender with the K also has the club guard. This line makes 13 tricks as the cards lie.



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4 ♠AQJ974
KQJ86
8
♣A
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T6
A7
KQ3
♣JT9754
♠8
95432
T965
♣KQ8
♠K532
T
AJ742
♣632
17
105
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3 6♠ 2NT  ♣4
EW: 2♣  ♦4 ♥2 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +1400 7♣*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
 1430          6.00   1.00  6♠ S      K  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM2-Norton-Booth
 1430          6.00   1.00  6♠ N      ♣K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
 1430          6.00   1.00  6♠ N      ♣K  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  680          3.00   4.00  4♠ S +2   A  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  680          3.00   4.00  4♠ N +2   ♠8  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  680          3.00   4.00  4♠ N +2   8  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  650          1.00   6.00  4♠ N +1   ♣K  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  230          0.00   7.00  1♠ N +5   3  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
Pass1Pass31
Pass4NTPass52
Pass6PassPass
Pass   
  1. limit raise or bad game force
  2. two keycards without the queen

South’s hand is worth a limit raise (we use 3). North now has a monster and only cares about keycards. After a keycard sequence, North places the contract in the making spade slam.



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5 ♠Q65
KQJ53
A86
♣T5
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K743
T7
KJ97
♣AQ2
♠T8
A84
Q542
♣J763
♠AJ92
962
T3
♣K984
12
137
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  110          7.00   0.00  2 N      ♠T  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  100          6.00   1.00  2N E -2   2  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        100    4.50   2.50  2 N -1   ♠T  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        100    4.50   2.50  2 N -1   2  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        110    3.00   4.00  3 E      9  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        200    1.00   6.00  2♠ S -2   7  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        200    1.00   6.00  2 N -2   ♠T  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        200    1.00   6.00  2 N -2   2  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM6-Lawther-Gore

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 1Pass21
DblPass2NT2Pass
3PassPassPass
  1. constructive
  2. artificial, asks for better minor

West’s double forces East to defend or bid. In these situations we use 2NT as a scramble to find our best fit. Without this tool we would need to guess which minor to play in. Here E/W end up in their 8-card fit. Neither North nor South have anything more to say and will probably go -110 in 3. If they make the mistake of bidding 3, they probably go for -200 undoubled.



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6 ♠A43
QJ74
Q983
♣AT
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T52
AKT6
JT652
♣3
♠K98
9832
A4
♣9852
♠QJ76
5
K7
♣KQJ764
13
87
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          6.50   0.50  3N N      ♣2  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  400          6.50   0.50  3N N      ♣2  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  210          5.00   2.00  2N N +3   ♣2  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  150          4.00   3.00  2♣ S +3   A  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  130          3.00   4.00  3♣ S +1   A  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  120          2.00   5.00  2N N      ♣2  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
         50    0.50   6.50  3N N -1   ♣9  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM2-Norton-Booth
         50    0.50   6.50  3N N -1   ♣2  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM3-Stange-Papst

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  Pass1
Pass1Pass1
Pass21Pass3
Pass3NTPassPass
Pass   
  1. fourth suit forcing to game

South is able to show 4-6 in the blacks and North can place the contract in 3NT, which makes comfortably as the cards lie.



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7 ♠J86
K532
AJ53
♣Q8
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T9732
AQ64
K7
♣73
♠A
J98
986
♣KT6542
♠KQ54
T7
QT42
♣AJ9
11
98
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 2 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥4 ♠3 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          7.00   0.00  3N S      ♣7  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  200          6.00   1.00  3♣ E -2   T  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  180          5.00   2.00  1N N +3   ♣5  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  150          3.50   3.50  2N S +1   ♠3  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  150          3.50   3.50  2N N +1   5  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM2-Norton-Booth
  130          1.50   5.50  2 S +2   ♠3  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  130          1.50   5.50  2 S +2   ♣7  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        300    0.00   7.00  4 N -3   8  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM4-Ow-Chee

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   1
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass21Dbl22
Pass33Pass3NT
PassPassPass 
  1. forces 2
  2. promises club stopper
  3. natural and invitational

We choose to bypass 4-card spade suits with balanced hands in favor of showing our general shape and strength. 2 forces 2, and is either the beginning of an invitational sequence somewhere or a getout in diamonds. East strongly prefers a club lead and may want to compete to 3 if partner has a fit, so doubles 2. Our general rule over these doubles is that pass denies a stopper and bids show a stopper. North continues by inviting in diamonds. South has a high-card minimum, but accepts due to the red tens and the enhanced trick potential of the AJ9 after the double. North’s hand isn’t quite what South was hoping for. However, the bridge gods smile on South’s aggressive bid and N/S make their vulnerable game.



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8 ♠QJ83
AT5
72
♣9652
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A97
QJ9
Q653
♣K43
♠62
643
AJT9
♣AJT7
♠KT54
K872
K84
♣Q8
7
1210
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3 1NT  ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -100 3♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          7.00   0.00  3N W -3   ♠3  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  110          5.50   1.50  2♠ S      Q  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  110          5.50   1.50  2♠ N      ♣J  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  100          4.00   3.00  3N W -2   ♠3  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
   50          3.00   4.00  2♣ E -1   2  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        110    1.50   5.50  2 W +1   ♠Q  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        110    1.50   5.50  2 W +1   ♣2  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        280    0.00   7.00  1N* E +1  ♣Q  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
1Pass21Pass
32PassPassPass
  1. inverted raise, inv+
  2. minimum

West has a marginal opening bid (since Steve was West on this hand, it seemed automatic, however if Bobby were West….) We play 2 is inverted and forcing to at least 3. Over that with a minimum we show it right away by re-raising to 3 which ends the bidding.



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9 ♠JT652
KT4
862
♣73
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AQ9
832
QJ54
♣AQT
♠43
Q976
AT973
♣52
♠K87
AJ5
K
♣KJ9864
4
156
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
EW: 1♣ 4 3 1♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          7.00   0.00  2 W -1   ♣7  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM5-Mok-Mok
   90          6.00   1.00  2♣ S      8  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM3-Stange-Papst
         50    4.50   2.50  2♠ S -1   Q  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
         50    4.50   2.50  2♣ S -1   2  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        100    3.00   4.00  3♣ S -2   A  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        110    1.00   6.00  3 E      A  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        110    1.00   6.00  3 E      ♣K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        110    1.00   6.00  2 W +1   ♣6  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 PassPass1
1NTPassPass2
PassPass2Pass
Pass2PassPass
3PassPassPass

Even at unfavorable vulnerability opposite a passed partner, West should overcall 1NT due to the well-placed club holding (it’s likely to play like AKQ). Not vulnerable at matchpoints, South has a tempting 3 bid in the passout seat over 3. However, we think 3 is too risky. If South does go there, East should make a tough double to protect their matchpoint equity, since West’s 1NT overcall indicates they have the balance of power, and 3 is likely making. If all this happens East has a routine trump lead against 3-X to send it down a lot.



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10 ♠AT94
T97
974
♣J84
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K
A654
AKJT
♣T732
♠QJ852
2
Q85
♣AQ96
♠763
KQJ83
632
♣K5
5
1511
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
EW: 5♣ 5 1 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.50   0.50  3N W -1   T  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  100          6.50   0.50  2N W -1   T  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        120    5.00   2.00  1N W +1   ♠4  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        130    4.00   3.00  3 W +1   T  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        140    3.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   K  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        600    2.00   5.00  3N W      ♠4  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        630    1.00   6.00  3N W +1   4  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        650    0.00   7.00  4♠ E +1   K  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  1Pass
21Pass32Dbl
Rdbl3Pass54Pass
PassPass  
  1. game forcing, 2+
  2. splinter
  3. real clubs, A, unsure about 3NT
  4. minimum with 1 keycard

After East opens 1, we play that 2 of a red suit is game-forcing with at least 5, so 2 is our system bid here. East’s 3 is a Splinter that does not promise extra values. After South’s double, West redoubles to show real clubs(without 4+ clubs, can pass), the heart ace, and a hand that isn’t sure about 3NT. Now East chooses clubs. In our methods, East only bids 5 with a minimum and exactly 1 keycard, because partner is still unlimited and we are taking away Blackwood.



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11 ♠5
J973
KQT72
♣AK5
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJT62
AKQ62
J
♣98
♠AK73
T5
94
♣QJT73
♠984
84
A8653
♣642
13
1310
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♥4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3 4♠  ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          7.00   0.00  5♣ E -3   A  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  100          6.00   1.00  4♠ W -2   ♣A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        140    5.00   2.00  3♠ E      A  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        300    4.00   3.00  5* N -2  ♠A  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        420    3.00   4.00  4♠ W      ♣A  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        450    1.00   6.00  4♠ W +1   ♣A  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        450    1.00   6.00  4♠ W +1   ♣A  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        450    1.00   6.00  4♠ E +1   ♣2  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   Pass
1Dbl2NT13
325Pass3Pass
5PassPassPass
  1. 4-card limit raise or better
  2. natural game try or better
  3. forcing

South made an aggressive bid of 3 knowing that opponents had a 9+-card spade fit. This paid off immensely when North was able to jam the auction to 5, putting E/W in a bad position relative to the field (who are likely to go +420 in 4). By their rules, E/W were in a forcing pass and neither hand felt it was appropriate to double. You the reader can be the judge of this E/W disaster.



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12 ♠AJT
AQJ98
K62
♣73
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q543
K62
A
♣KQJT9
♠92
74
QJT85
♣A854
♠K876
T53
9743
♣62
15
157
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦5
EW: 3♣ -/1
       ♦6/7 ♥4/5 ♠4/5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -110 3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          7.00   0.00  4♠* E -3  ♣6  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  100          6.00   1.00  5♣ W -2   ♣3  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
   50          4.50   2.50  3♣ W -1   4  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
   50          4.50   2.50  3♣ W -1   ♣7  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        100    3.00   4.00  2 N -1   Q  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        130    1.50   5.50  3♣ W +1   A  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        130    1.50   5.50  2♣ W +2   ♠J  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        150    0.00   7.00  4♣ W +1   A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM6-Lawther-Gore

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
112Pass
31PassPassPass
  1. non-invitational

West is not interested in game after partner’s raise because even opposite two aces, game rates to go down. West does rebid 3 knowing about the 9+-card club fit to make North’s life more difficult.

North has a good hand, but after overcalling 1 and hearing the opponents compete to 3, is trapped by the vulnerability. If not vulnerable, North should double to compete, but vulnerable it’s very iffy, especially if E/W are known to have itchy trigger fingers.



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13 ♠A7643
83
KT43
♣Q2
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K92
A97642
A7
♣85
♠5
JT
J98652
♣KJ93
♠QJT8
KQ5
Q
♣AT764
9
116
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4♠ 2NT  ♦6 ♥5
EW: 1 1  ♣5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  170          7.00   0.00  3♠ N +1   J  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  140          5.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   J  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  140          5.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   J  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  140          5.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   J  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  100          3.00   4.00  4 W -1   ♠A  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        100    2.00   5.00  4♠ N -1   J  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        140    1.00   6.00  3 W      ♣Q  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        300    0.00   7.00  4♠ N -3   J  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM2-Norton-Booth

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 PassPass1
11Pass3
Pass4PassPass
Pass   

East has the option to make a Snapdragon Double of 1, showing the unbid suit (diamonds) and 2-card support for partner. We chose not to because our values included the badly-placed club king; with a red king instead, we would have doubled.

The play in 4 could take many twists and turns, but with best defense North is likely to play West for 3-6 in the majors (and thus 4 cards in the minors) and take the percentage line in clubs (club to the queen, club to the ten). If either black club honor is right, then 5 spades, 1 heart, 1 diamond, a diamond ruff, and 2 clubs fulfills the contract.



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14 ♠AK7
AT984
K93
♣A4
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠T94
J765
JT4
♣832
♠Q865
K3
A85
♣T965
♠J32
Q2
Q762
♣KQJ7
18
29
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 4 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥2 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  430          6.00   1.00  3N S +1   ♣8  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  430          6.00   1.00  3N N +1   ♠5  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  430          6.00   1.00  3N N +1   ♣2  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  420          4.00   3.00  4 N      ♠5  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  400          3.00   4.00  3N S      5  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  180          2.00   5.00  2N N +2   ♠5  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  150          1.00   6.00  2N N +1   ♠5  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM5-Mok-Mok
         50    0.00   7.00  3N N -1   ♣T  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM2-Norton-Booth

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  PassPass
Pass1Pass1NT1
Pass2NTPass3NT
PassPassPass 
  1. could have 4 spades

We imagine most, if not all tables will reach 3NT with the N/S cards. With dummy having shown 5 hearts, it’s clear to lead a 3-card suit, trying to set up partner’s long suit. Both spades and diamonds have attractive two-card sequences. With West only having 2 HCP and the opponents both limited, East clearly had the values to overcall 1 over 1. East must not have the suit, so East can’t have 5 decent spades, limiting the upside of the spade lead. So we would lead the J, hoping for partner to hold 5 decent diamonds. This works out badly on this hand by giving declarer an extra diamond trick, but we definitely feel the J is the percentage lead in the long run.



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15 ♠A87
AK42
J753
♣63
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QJ5432
8
A62
♣A74
♠9
QJT653
T984
♣T9
♠KT6
97
KQ
♣KQJ852
12
113
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 1 2♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥6 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  750          6.93   0.07  5♣* S     8  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  660          5.79   1.21  3N N +2   6  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  600          4.07   2.93  3N N      Q  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  600          4.07   2.93  5♣ S      8  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM2-Norton-Booth
  150          2.36   4.64  2♠ W -3   A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  130          1.21   5.79  3♣ S +1   8  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  100          0.07   6.93  3♠ W -2   ♣6  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   1
1Dbl213
Pass3NTPassPass
Pass   
  1. transfer to hearts

At favorable vulnerability, East should show the 6-card heart suit for lead-directing and obstructive purposes. We use transfers, but if you don’t, 2 is fine. Over East’s hearts, South rebids 3 and North is forced into 3NT, as bidding 3 of either major implies no stopper in the other major. Had East passed, now South can rebid 2, North can force to game with 2, and South can show a stopper with 2NT. North can then raise to 3NT, which will probably result in a disastrous-looking spade lead from West. On this hand, however, N/S will make 11 tricks on any lead and E/W survive without the enterprising heart call.



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16 ♠T953
JT752
32
♣J4
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KJ82
-
QJT85
♣AK98
♠A4
AK9863
94
♣752
♠Q76
Q4
AK76
♣QT63
2
1411
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 4 3 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          7.00   0.00  3N W -2   2  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  100          6.00   1.00  4 W -1   A  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        140    4.00   3.00  3 E      A  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        140    4.00   3.00  3 E      A  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        140    4.00   3.00  3 E      A  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        620    2.00   5.00  4 E      A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        630    0.50   6.50  3N W +1   ♠3  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        630    0.50   6.50  3N W +1   5  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM6-Lawther-Gore

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
1Pass1Pass
1Pass21Pass
32Pass3NTPass
PassPass  
  1. fourth suit forcing to game
  2. guarantees 4

For us, 1 implies an unbalanced hand because we bypass 4 spades to rebid 1NT when we can.
With no fit and both partners having an opening bid, all roads lead to 3NT. South has a nightmare opening lead problem but it doesn’t matter; most tables will take 10 tricks in notrump for +630 E/W.



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17 ♠KT6
75
Q4
♣JT9742
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AJ74
-
976532
♣853
♠98532
KJT2
8
♣AK6
♠Q
AQ98643
AKJT
♣Q
6
511
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 2NT  ♦6 ♠4
EW: 1 2/3♠  ♣5 ♥4/3 NT5/4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 3NT*-NS/4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  590          7.00   0.00  4* S     ♠A  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  140          6.00   1.00  3 S      ♠A  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM2-Norton-Booth
   50          5.00   2.00  3♠ E -1   A  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
         50    4.00   3.00  4 S -1   5  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        100    2.00   5.00  5* S -1  ♠A  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        100    2.00   5.00  4* S -1  ♣3  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        100    2.00   5.00  4* N -1  ♠A  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        140    0.00   7.00  3♠ E      A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM4-Ow-Chee

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 Pass14
4PassPassDbl1
PassPassPass 
  1. convertible values

This auction showcases the difference between an opening bid of 4 Major vs. a jump overcall of 4 Major. Opening 4 Major followed by doubling tells partner you want to bid again. However jump-overcalling 4 Major and following up with a double shows a good hand with convertible values. North has more defense than offense so passes the double to convert it to penalties. The play in 4-X is complicated but N/S will probably collect +100 or +300 with 4 not making. For those of you that like puzzles, try to figure out why West can always take 9 tricks double-dummy in spades while East can be held to 8.



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18 ♠KQT64
K
Q864
♣KQ9
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠2
AT982
K53
♣A652
♠AJ853
QJ6
J7
♣J84
♠97
7543
AT92
♣T73
15
1110
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 4 1♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.93   0.07  4 W -2   ♠K  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
   50          5.79   1.21  3 W -1   ♠K  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        110    4.64   2.36  2 W      ♠K  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        140    2.93   4.07  3 W      ♠K  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        140    2.93   4.07  3 W      ♠K  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        200    0.64   6.36  3♠ N -2   6  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        200    0.64   6.36  1♠ N -2   Q  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Mok-Mok

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  PassPass
1121Pass
22Pass2Pass
PassPass  
  1. Drury (limit raise in hearts)
  2. artificial, at least a decent minimum

We play 2 in this situation as Drury, because we don’t want to force partner to the 3-level when he’s opened light. North has a dilemma over 2. Passing with a singleton trump and the opponents in a known 8-card fit at the 2-level feels wrong, but North is vulnerable, aceless, and the singleton K rates to take an extra trick on defense. Without the K, balancing feels percentage. We expect those in a heart partial to score up +140 unless they are following the Rabbi’s Rule.



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19 ♠64
AT
J765
♣QJ965
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AK
Q542
A982
♣K73
♠QT93
KJ9
T43
♣T42
♠J8752
8763
KQ
♣A8
8
166
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1 2 1♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          7.00   0.00  1N W -1   ♣6  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
         90    5.00   2.00  1N W      ♣Q  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM2-Norton-Booth
         90    5.00   2.00  1N W      ♣6  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
         90    5.00   2.00  1N W      ♣6  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        120    1.50   5.50  2N W      ♣Q  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        120    1.50   5.50  1N W +1   ♣Q  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        120    1.50   5.50  1N W +1   ♣6  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        120    1.50   5.50  1N E +1   ♣7  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   Pass
1NT1PassPass22
PassPassPass 
  1. good 14 to 17
  2. majors

We play 2 as majors by an unpassed hand in the direct seat, otherwise we play modified DONT because we find we can get more suits in. The downside is not always getting to the best major-suit fit, as here. Not vulnerable, with 9 cards in the majors, it’s clear to balance even with most of the high cards in the minors. Hey, if you don’t play the occasional 4 -2 fit, you’re not trying hard enough!



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20 ♠K73
Q6
Q6
♣KJ6532
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A52
AKJ852
K98
♣9
♠JT964
97
AJ74
♣T4
♠Q8
T43
T532
♣AQ87
11
156
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦3 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4 5 5♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -650 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        140    5.50   1.50  3 W      ♠3  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        140    5.50   1.50  3 W      ♣2  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        140    5.50   1.50  2 W +1   6  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        140    5.50   1.50  2 W +1   ♣5  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        170    2.50   4.50  3 W +1   ♣5  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        170    2.50   4.50  2 W +2   ♣2  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        650    0.50   6.50  4 W +1   ♣K  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        650    0.50   6.50  4 E +1   ♣K  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
1Pass11Pass
3Pass4Pass
PassPass  
  1. 5+

Some people might be tempted to overcall 2 with the North hand but it doesn’t seem enough, vulnerable. We play Flannery so East’s 1 response promises 5 and leads to a quantitative invite to game. East has a high-card minimum but good spade texture and 5422 shape are enough to bid game. With the cards lying well, declarer rates to make 11 tricks in spades.



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21 ♠QJT8754
95
-
♣JT94
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠93
AT6
A9875
♣K82
♠AK
KJ8
T63
♣AQ653
♠62
Q7432
KQJ42
♣7
4
1117
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥4 ♠5 NT2
EW: 4♣ 5 2/3 1/2♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          7.00   0.00  4* W -2  ♠Q  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        240    6.00   1.00  2N E +4   ♠2  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        400    3.50   3.50  3N W      ♠Q  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        400    3.50   3.50  3N E      ♠6  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        400    3.50   3.50  3N E      ♠2  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        400    3.50   3.50  3N E      K  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        430    1.00   6.00  3N E +1   K  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        490    0.00   7.00  3N E +3   4  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 33NTPass
PassPass  

We’re red against white with no aces or kings, but we’re 7-4-2-0, so 3 feels just right. The rest of the bidding is routine and declarer will likely take 11 tricks by setting up diamonds after the likely high diamond lead. Hearts should play for 3 tricks because declarer will get a count on the hand and realize that North has exactly 2 hearts. Declarer should take the 5:2 odds in favor of finessing South for the Q.



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22 ♠AT4
Q43
QJ72
♣K65
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J53
KT865
K98
♣J4
♠K76
97
T3
♣AQT873
♠Q982
AJ2
A654
♣92
12
89
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣4 ♥5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 1 2NT  ♦5/6 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   90          6.50   0.50  1N N      ♣5  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
   90          6.50   0.50  2 N      9  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM4-Ow-Chee
         50    4.00   3.00  3N N -1   9  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
         50    4.00   3.00  2♠ S -1   ♣J  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
         50    4.00   3.00  1♠ S -1   ♣J  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        100    1.50   5.50  1N N -2   ♣8  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        100    1.50   5.50  2♠ S -2   ♣J  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        200    0.00   7.00  4 N -4   T  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  3Pass
PassPass  

We would like to have a 7th club to open a vulnerable 3. Here we have a good suit and a side king. Not enough to open 1 but pass feels wrong. South is not happy to pass 3 but since the hand is a minimum double of 1, doubling 3 would be too much. East is likely to make 3, losing just 2 spades, a heart, and a diamond. If East passes, there are many possible auctions but one likely result will be North playing 2NT on a club lead, down 2 for -100.



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23 ♠J42
T8
K9874
♣765
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KT98
QJ7543
A5
♣Q
♠Q65
AK96
T2
♣JT83
♠A73
2
QJ63
♣AK942
4
1210
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♥2 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4 4♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW/4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          7.00   0.00  5* W -1  K  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  100          6.00   1.00  4 W -1   4  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        170    5.00   2.00  2 W +2   8  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        620    4.00   3.00  4 W      ♣7  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        650    2.00   5.00  4 W +1   4  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        650    2.00   5.00  4 W +1   ♣7  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM4-Ow-Chee
        650    2.00   5.00  4 E +1   ♣A  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        990    0.00   7.00  4* W +1  ♣7  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   1
1Pass21Pass
4PassPassPass
  1. limit raise or better

With this hand pattern, some people might consider opening 1 to avoid rebid problems but the good club suit persuades us to open 1. The rest of the bidding is normal: West’s 6-4 shape compensates for the lack of extra high cards.

Depending on how the defense goes, West may have to guess the location of the J to make the contract. North will likely lead clubs (partner's suit) and South should not play North for a singleton because West is much more likely to be jumping to game with singleton Q than Qxx. On the natural diamond shift, West should win, draw trump, and lead a diamond from hand. North now has to step up with K or South will be endplayed. When North exits a club, declarer is down to the spade guess. A misguess will lead to defeat and a well-deserved great board for North-South.



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24 ♠93
AT6
Q3
♣AQJT94
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AJ65
KQ95
A852
♣K
♠KQ742
J8
K96
♣875
♠T8
7432
JT74
♣632
13
179
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥4 ♠2 NT6
EW: 3 2 5♠  ♣6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        420    7.00   0.00  4♠ E      ♣2  MM9-Hedlund-Hedegard vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        450    3.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   ♣A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        450    3.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   ♣A  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
        450    3.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   ♣6  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        450    3.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   ♣6  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
        450    3.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   ♣3  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM5-Mok-Mok
        450    3.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   ♣2  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        480    0.00   7.00  4♠ W +2   ♣T  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM4-Ow-Chee

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
12DblPass
31Pass3Pass
4PassPassPass
  1. game forcing

The opening bid is a choice between 1 and 1NT but we picked 1 because we’re happy to hear partner respond in a major. Over 2, East has a close decision on whether to double or bid spades. In general, when deciding whether to go high or low, your holding in the opponent’s suit is a good indicator. With three small clubs, East goes low, because this could be a liability if partner also has club length (think club ace-king and a ruff).

West overbid slightly with 3 to make sure they get to the right strain. There is little to the play: with trumps 2-2, declarer should have no trouble taking 11 tricks.



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25 ♠AJ642
62
J
♣QJT72
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠T97
AT8
AQ96
♣K84
♠Q83
K7
KT84
♣9653
♠K5
QJ9543
7532
♣A
9
138
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣6 ♦5 NT5
EW: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          6.50   0.50  3 S      ♠T  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  140          6.50   0.50  2 S +1   6  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  100          5.00   2.00  2N E -1   ♠K  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
         50    3.50   3.50  2♠ N -1   K  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM4-Ow-Chee
         50    3.50   3.50  2 S -1   ♠T  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM3-Stange-Papst
        100    2.00   5.00  2 S -2   ♣4  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Norton-Booth
        110    0.50   6.50  3 W      ♠A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        110    0.50   6.50  2 E +1   ♣A  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
 PassPass3
PassPassPass 

While both 1 and 2 would get votes in a bidding pool, we choose 3 because we are not vulnerable in 3rd seat. This aggressive choice will work out poorly when the opponents pass it out. With the defense able to prevent a diamond ruff and the spades not running, declarer will go down more compared to those who opened less aggressively.



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26 ♠A96
AK982
73
♣KQ4
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J543
Q64
AT9
♣T73
♠KQT2
T73
KQJ4
♣65
♠87
J5
8652
♣AJ982
16
711
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦6 ♥3 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  210          7.00   0.00  1N S +4   ♠3  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM4-Ow-Chee
  200          5.50   1.50  3♠ W -2   A  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  200          5.50   1.50  2♠ E -2   J  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
  150          4.00   3.00  3♣ S +2   ♠3  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM5-Mok-Mok
  120          2.00   5.00  1N S +1   ♠5  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  120          2.00   5.00  1N S +1   ♠3  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Norton-Booth
  120          2.00   5.00  1N S +1   ♠3  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM3-Stange-Papst
  110          0.00   7.00  3♣ S      ♠3  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
  1Pass
1221Pass
PassDblPass2NT2
Pass3PassPass
Pass   
  1. guarantees 4
  2. choose between clubs and hearts

We like opening the East hand because of the concentration of values in two suits. Without the 10, we wouldn’t open this vulnerable. If East passes, we expect North to open 1NT and play it there, scoring +120 with their 8 winners.

After East opens, the auction is routine until it reaches North deciding whether or not to pass out 2. Despite only 5332 distribution, we believe North should compete with a double, because the opponents have at least 8 spades, and the hand’s values are all concentrated and pure.

After North doubles 2, South bids 2NT to indicate tolerance for hearts so that partner can rebid 3 with 6. This delicate auction to 3 will reward N/S with at least +130.



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27 ♠T985
T983
K5
♣KJ5
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠J32
K2
AQJ9632
♣T
♠KQ64
J7
74
♣Q9742
♠A7
AQ654
T8
♣A863
7
118
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3/4  ♦4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3  ♣5 ♥3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          7.00   0.00  3♠ E -4   4  MM3-Soskins-Barnard vs MM6-Lawther-Gore
  140          5.50   1.50  3 S      ♣T  MM4-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kulkarni-Carrapeza
  140          5.50   1.50  3 N      7  MM7-Heller-Mazzei vs MM5-Mok-Mok
   50          4.00   3.00  4 W -1   T  MM2-Cox-Hanham vs MM4-Ow-Chee
         50    2.50   4.50  4 S -1   A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Norton-Booth
         50    2.50   4.50  4 S -1   A  MM8-Sebring-Perry vs MM7-McWalters-Sendell
        110    0.50   6.50  3 W      T  MM5-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        110    0.50   6.50  3 W      T  MM6-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM3-Stange-Papst

Bobby Levin/ Steve Weinstein Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
WeinsteinLevinLevinWeinstein
   1
231PassPass
4PassPassDbl
PassPassPass 
  1. mixed

Everything is systemic until the final two decisions. West wants to compete to 4 but doesn’t want to get doubled. They will have to judge how likely the worst-case scenario is. Assuming West steps up and bids 4, the spotlight is now on on South. At matchpoints, holding 3 aces opposite some mixed values from partner (along with thinking 3 is likely a make), we recommend double.

Those that land in 4-X will find mixed results. Best for N/S is to threaten the spade ruff while keeping North’s club entry. If that happens West will have to guess who has the K. If North has it doubleton, drawing trump without a finesse will be the key to only going minus 100. West’s problem is that South might be 2533 with the Kxx of diamonds and now West needs to take the trump finesse to avoid down 2.

Should West take the diamond finesse? Deep analysis would say no. Let’s look at what we know. North made a mixed raise, South felt it was worthwhile to double, and South did not open a strong 1NT. If South has Kx (allowing 4-X to make), it’s pretty hard to come up with a hand they would double on. If South has Kxx, the only hand they can have that fits the bidding and early play is Ax Axxxx Kxx Kxx. If that is their hand then North holds 109xx Qxxx x AJxx, which most Norths would see as a limit raise (as would we). So in other words, bridge is a hard game!



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