- Monday Aft - June 3, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1222 MP  Geomean: 911 MP
(based on 26 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Maja - Trulee Ricketts 64.09 1st A 1.30
Brad Dow - Leonard Chriss 61.82 2nd A 0.91
Judy Lesieutre - Nancy Borucki 57.73 3rd A 0.65
Ewan Eby - Thomas Eby 54.54 4th A 0.46
Fred Quadros - Ron Coffee 52.28 5th A 0.26
David Maddox - William Shellooe 49.09 1st C 0.32
Judith Ritchie - Marion Keyworth 46.82 2nd C 0.22
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> C
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DATE>June 3, 2019       |CLUB NO.>217133    | 06/03/2019 15:29
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=13/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 Thomas Eby             Ewan Eby                 B    4     2     .     65.45  54.54  0.46(A)
 2 Brad Dow               Leonard Chriss           B    2     1     .     74.18  61.82  0.91(A)
 3 Judy Lesieutre         Nancy Borucki            A    3     .     .     69.27  57.73  0.65(A)
 4 Karin Heidi Hollmann   Annemarie Von Adelung    C    .     .     .     44.18  36.82
 5 Jim Martin             Joyce Martin             A    .     .     .     57.82  48.18
 6 Judith Ritchie         Marion Keyworth          C    .     .     2     56.18  46.82  0.22(C)
 7 Barbara Deasy          Bee Melendez             B    .     .     .     57.00  47.50
 8 Fred Quadros           Ron Coffee               A    5     .     .     62.73  52.28  0.26(A)
 9 Frances Baca           Arlene Seckel            C    .     .     .     43.09  35.91
10 William Shellooe       David Maddox             C    .     3     1     58.91  49.09  0.32(C)
11 Shirley Temple         Jackie Stewart           A    .     .     .     60.00  50.00
12 Trulee Ricketts         Maja                    A    1     .     .     76.91  64.09  1.30(A)
13 Sam Dodson             Helen Rubin              A    .     .     .     54.55  45.46
                                          Totals                         780.27

Hands and Results
1 ♠T86
K432
KT43
♣43
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AQ3
JT765
J95
♣KT
♠KJ74
8
Q8
♣AQJ987
♠952
AQ9
A762
♣652
6
1113
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 4♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    5.00   0.00  3♣ E +2   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        170    4.00   1.00  3♠ E +1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        400    3.00   2.00  3N W      C1-Eby-Eby vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        460    0.50   4.50  3N W +2   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        460    0.50   4.50  3N W +2   C5-Martin-Martin vs C8-Quadros-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

E-W will be sorry if they get into 3NT--IF N-S take their two diamond tricks and then cash two hearts. However, that's unlikely when West has bid hearts. There are ten tricks available with luck: six clubs, a diamond, and some spades. It's hard to take 11 tricks when they take the first three!



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

Whenever dealing with an issue of bidding, it's important to differentiate bids that are "right" and bids that are a choice. Bids that are right would be bid by 90+% of experts given the hand. Bids that are a choice would have many different opinions on what to do. The first three bids shown here are "right," in that they are clear cut. The fourth bid and beyond are difficult problems. West could choose 2, 2NT, 3NT and no one would say that it was wrong. 2 which is a conventional bid called fourth-suit-forcing should force the E-W partnership to game. With 11 points and a 5-card suit, I think the hand is reasonably comfortable forcing to game (we'd rather have 13 or a better suit or better stoppers, but that's life), and 2 allows partner to show delayed heart support which could be beneficial. 2NT is invitational and shows a balanced hand, which is an apt description, as I prefer to treat 11 counts as invitational. However, this is a pretty good 11 count (with a five-card suit). Lastly 3NT would show a game forcing balanced hand; this is also a reasonably accurate description. I would prefer going through the fourth-suit-forcing route rather than 3NT directly since partner may have extra shape that could dictate your final contract. That said, I still think 2NT is probably my preference as partners could open all sorts of ugly hands. East has a beautiful 13 count, and partner is likely to have hearts under control so I wouldn't mess around, but would just bid 3NT.

In 3NT, we can see that the defense can take two diamonds and three heart tricks, but the defenders don't always know that. Is North or South the partner who is supposed to switch to hearts? I don't know. Defenders might only cash two, three, or four tricks. Once declarer gets in, she has 10 tricks, so anything could happen. The double-dummy says 4 can make, but it's not a good contract; it requires 3-3 spades. I'd rather take my chances in 3NT.



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2 ♠Q973
76
J83
♣A987
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A
Q52
AT975
♣Q543
♠KJT8542
KT8
Q
♣J2
♠6
AJ943
K642
♣KT6
7
1210
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ 1 2NT
       ♣6/7 ♥6 ♠4/5
EW: 2♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N W -4   C5-Martin-Martin vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
  100          4.00   1.00  4♠ E -2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        140    2.50   2.50  3♠ E      C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        140    2.50   2.50  2♠ E +1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        300    1.00   4.00  3 S -3   C1-Eby-Eby vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        600    0.00   5.00  5♣ N -6   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C9-Baca-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 3. Will South resist doubling and settle for a likely defensive plus? Of course, if the West and North hands were reversed...it's all a guess.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  3All pass

The East hand is a maximum in high card points for a favorable 3 call, but the short-suit honors don't rate to be helpful. Adventurous Souths might choose to act, but the vulnerability likely stops them. If South doubles, North might choose to pass, bid 4 or venture 3NT--I might still be at the table thinking about it.

Against 3, South has an annoying lead problem. On a diamond lead, East should take a finesse (strange, with a singleton) since the A can later be used to pitch a heart. You only want to take risks like that when you can be sure to rid another loser later. If East had the J instead of the 10, then taking the finesse wouldn't be worth it since now the opponents could cash two clubs and a heart plus the diamond and possibly a spade. On a club lead, declarer should likewise try to set up the Q for a heart pitch. Either way, declarer will likely lose a heart, two clubs and a spade. The double-dummy lead is a spade, and that's certainly possible, but I don't think I would find it.



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3 ♠AQJ63
AJT
J83
♣J6
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T9
Q8763
KQT5
♣83
♠874
4
A972
♣KQT72
♠K52
K952
64
♣A954
14
79
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3♠ 3NT  ♣6 ♦5
EW: 2  ♣6 ♥5 ♠3 NT3/4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ S      C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C11-Temple-Stewart
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ N +1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ N +1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ N +1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        150    0.00   5.00  2 S -3   C5-Martin-Martin vs C8-Quadros-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 in third seat. With 10 HCP and a doubleton, South will use Drury if that convention is available. North has a reasonable bid for game if he likes those Jacks--but many will be conservative and discount the jacks and the flatness of the hand. Will East start with the K or with her singleton heart. The heart is a friendly choice for declarer--especially if West rises with the Queen.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1Pass21
Pass22Pass2
All pass   
  1. Reverse Drury
  2. Some game interest

I love Reverse Drury, because I have partners who don't know how to take a joke. On this hand, the North hand has a boring 1 call (I'd consider 1NT also, but with four-of-a-kind jacks, it's not worth the upgrade), but at these colors I would also open 1 with: KQ105 9832 7 K762. I only included that K so my boss (Larry Cohen) wouldn't get flashbacks to his days with Marty Bergen. I don't want my partner burying me in 3 with a limit-raise. The South hand is worth its best-possible raise which is to use Reverse Drury. Playing standard methods, after 1 P 3 I would just bid game with the North hand. Stopping in 3 is much better. Speaking of my boss, he might be upset to see East-West selling out to a known fit on the 2-level, but vulnerable and with both hands showing real values, this is a dangerous balancing situation.

East will lead her singleton and West must think quickly. What holding can the 4 be from? It can't be a doubleton since West would lead high-low and there is no card missing lower than the four. So it is either a singleton or from three. Either way, partner is known not to hold the ace (who leads away from an ace against a suit contract?) so if partner has three, then declarer has the singleton A and if partner has one, playing the Q can only help declarer. Some Wests might even figure out that the missing cards are the AJ10 and if partner has three, that partner would have led low from J104, which is virtually impossible (lead the jack). If West plays low quickly, declarer might only take 9 tricks. If West plays the Q or thinks for a long time before playing low, declarer will take 10 tricks.



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4 ♠Q6
9763
76543
♣Q2
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A82
T842
J92
♣853
♠KJT974
AKQ5
K
♣K6
♠53
J
AQT8
♣AJT974
4
519
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4 4♠ 4/-NT
       ♣5/4 ♦5/2 NT10/5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    5.00   0.00  5 N -4   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        620    3.50   1.50  4♠ E      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        620    3.50   1.50  4♠ E      C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C8-Quadros-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South overcalls 2, which passes back to East. East has choices: reopen with a double, jump shift into 3 or (a distant third) jump in spades. If East jump shifts, West should bid game in spades. If East doubles, West will just bid 2, but should go on to the game if East now bids 3. It's a tough hand, but support and partner's Ace should encourage West to be optimistic even with this pancake of a hand.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass12
2Pass4All pass

What is the East hand actually worth? I don't know, but I do know that I would start with 1 and then try to figure it out. South bids 2 and West makes an aggressive raise. The A is as good a card as you can have, so I recommend raising with that plus the three-card support. East's hand is now worth 4--problem solved.

South probably leads the J and now East should make 11 tricks. Do you see how? Declarer draws two rounds of trump and plays hearts. Declarer knows that playing a club to the king won't work. Instead, declarer should play a diamond. When South wins, what can she do? Playing a diamond or a club will allow West to take that 11th trick. In order to avoid this, South would have had to start with the A before exiting a heart or spade, but that's not a remotely normal line of defense.



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5 ♠AJ962
A97654
2
♣A
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K43
8
K8643
♣T763
♠85
QJT3
AT95
♣KQ8
♠QT7
K2
QJ7
♣J9542
13
612
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 4♠ 2NT  ♦5
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790          5.00   0.00  4* N     C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
  650          4.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
  620          3.00   2.00  4♠ N      C1-Eby-Eby vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        100    1.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        100    1.50   3.50  3 N -1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        200    0.00   5.00  3 N -2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C13-Dodson-Rubin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 and bids 2 over South's 1NT. Since 2 is a reverse and forcing for one round, South now bids 2NT. Then North bids 3 and now South should continue on to game--I'd prefer spades, hoping to ruff a heart on the dummy.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NT
Pass2Pass2NT
Pass3Pass4
All pass   

I dislike reverses, but 6-5 hands are strong enough that you don't need a massive amount of high card points to bid your suits naturally. Here, North opens 1 and bids spades twice to show a hand that is 6-5. I think South will choose spades, rather than hearts, planning on being able to ruff out the third heart.

On this auction, East might choose to lead a trump (often a good idea when you have length in declarer's primary suit). West, once again, should not play third hand high (what's the point?). Declarer should still plan on ruffing a heart in dummy, so she might play the K and a heart towards the A. Now if West ruffs, they are ruffing a loser instead of a winner. Either way, declarer should come around to 10 tricks. Even drawing trump and then playing hearts will work. It's worth noting that our evaluation of the North hand was proven right: we make a game with 22 combined high card points even with the hearts splitting badly.



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6 ♠KJT932
4
K8
♣QJ72
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A76
T63
J7543
♣K6
♠Q854
AJ8
AT9
♣853
♠-
KQ9752
Q62
♣AT94
10
811
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT6/5
EW: 2/1 1NT  ♣4/3 ♥5 ♠6/5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 2-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    4.00   1.00  2N N -1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
         50    4.00   1.00  3♠ N -1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
         50    4.00   1.00  2♠ N -1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        100    1.00   4.00  4♠ N -2   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        100    1.00   4.00  3♠ N -2   C1-Eby-Eby vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        100    1.00   4.00  5♣ S -2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C13-Dodson-Rubin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1--this hand is too good for a preempt. North bids 1. Now South bids 2 or 2, depending on how well South likes her hand. Either way, North should pass. Play misfits as low as possible.



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7 ♠AJT9643
Q72
Q
♣A7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠85
AT9854
KJ9
♣53
♠2
J
A86543
♣KQT86
♠KQ7
K63
T72
♣J942
13
810
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣3 ♦1 ♥5 NT6
EW: 3♣ 5 1  ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -500 5♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  4♠ N      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
  100          4.00   1.00  5 W -1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        100    2.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        100    2.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        200    1.00   4.00  5♠ N -2   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        500    0.00   5.00  5♠* N -2  C5-Martin-Martin vs C7-Deasy-Melendez

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North will probably get to initiate the bidding with 1, giving East the chance to use the Unusual NT to show long minor suits. South's 3 bid shows support and 8-10 points. Will East bid 4? And what then? If North tries 4, he may shove the opponents into a makeable 5. This one will be all over the place, I predict.



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8 ♠KJ95
K32
J97
♣K42
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ
QT97
KT64
♣AJT
♠T8732
J854
A53
♣5
♠64
A6
Q82
♣Q98763
11
165
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   1.00  3N W -2   C1-Eby-Eby vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
  100          4.00   1.00  2♠ E -2   C5-Martin-Martin vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  100          4.00   1.00  4 E -2   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
         50    2.00   3.00  3♣ S -1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        110    1.00   4.00  2 W      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        170    0.00   5.00  2 W +2   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C11-Temple-Stewart

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT. East can take a chance and bid 2, planning to pass a major suit response and to bid 2 to play if the answer is 2. This time he lucks in to a major suit response. What will North lead? He knows partner has some points, but where? He might start with a low club or diamond--the majors are less appealing on this auction.



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9 ♠J8
KQ6543
J4
♣K92
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠Q432
T98
K852
♣43
♠A76
A7
AQT93
♣QT7
♠KT95
J2
76
♣AJ865
10
516
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♦4 ♠5 NT6
EW: 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.50   0.50  3 N +2   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  200          4.50   0.50  5 W -2   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
  140          2.50   2.50  3 N      C1-Eby-Eby vs C11-Temple-Stewart
  140          2.50   2.50  3 N      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
   90          1.00   4.00  2♣ S      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        110    0.00   5.00  3 E      C5-Martin-Martin vs C12-Ricketts-Maja

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2 and East may shrug and just bid 3 or might double since he has three in each of the black suits. This time, 3 works a lot better, but who knows at the table? East should hope South has the K to minimize losers in that suit. South may throw a spanner in the works if he raises hearts, figuring his black suit honors are well placed.



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10 ♠A986
Q85
Q2
♣AQ75
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q
KJ3
AKT7654
♣63
♠J43
AT74
J983
♣K9
♠KT752
962
-
♣JT842
14
139
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3♠  ♦1 ♥1 NT2
EW: 5 3 1NT  ♣4 ♠4
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -500 5♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  5 W -1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        100    4.00   1.00  4♠ S -1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        150    2.50   2.50  4 W +1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        150    2.50   2.50  3 W +2   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        170    1.00   4.00  3 W +3   C5-Martin-Martin vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        910    0.00   5.00  4* W +1  C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Baca-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. North doubles and East bids 1. South may not have points, but he has stellar shape and bids 1. West bids 2 or even a pushy 3, either way, North has nothing to say--his double told his whole story. Not that South is finished; with this great distribution, he'll bid again. East has four diamonds, though, and shouldn't go quietly.



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11 ♠8
QJ54
Q863
♣Q983
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AJ652
A732
92
♣AK
♠KT74
96
AK74
♣J75
♠Q93
KT8
JT5
♣T642
7
1611
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠1 NT2
EW: 1♣ 3 3 6♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    5.00   0.00  4♠ W      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        450    2.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        450    2.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        450    2.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        450    2.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        450    2.00   3.00  4 W +1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C8-Quadros-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 and East shows a limit raise; everyone should get to game. Those who espouse "eight ever, nine never" will lose a spade trick and make 5, there being no place to park that losing heart.



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12 ♠A943
Q
5
♣KQ97542
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠J652
JT83
T763
♣A
♠T8
K974
KQJ8
♣J86
♠KQ7
A652
A942
♣T3
11
610
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 3♠ 3NT  ♦5 ♥5
EW: 2 2  ♣1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: +800 6*-EW/6*-EW-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  5♣ N +1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
  600          3.00   2.00  3N S      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  600          3.00   2.00  3N S      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  600          3.00   2.00  3N S      C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
  110          1.00   4.00  2♠ N      C1-Eby-Eby vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        300    0.00   5.00  4N S -3   C5-Martin-Martin vs C12-Ricketts-Maja

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Will North open 1 or 3? There are arguments for either one. If it's 1, South will be sure that there's game somewhere, starting with 1. When North bids 1, South jumps to 3NT. Will North go quietly or convert to clubs? Either might be reasonable.



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13 ♠KQJ94
AQ9
72
♣875
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠A3
85
A654
♣AKJ96
♠852
K64
Q98
♣Q432
♠T76
JT732
KJT3
♣T
12
167
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2♠  ♣4 ♦5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2 2NT  ♥4 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♣ W -1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        100    3.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        100    3.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        110    1.00   4.00  3♣ W      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        110    1.00   4.00  3♣ W      C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        110    1.00   4.00  3♣ W      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C7-Deasy-Melendez

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. South bids 2 and West 3. North passes and so does East. How about South? His hand is worth eight if spades are trumps. How optimistic are you?



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14 ♠K
Q83
98754
♣KT62
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠QJT
752
KQ3
♣8543
♠A96
K94
AJT62
♣A7
♠875432
AJT6
-
♣QJ9
8
816
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2♠  ♦4 NT4
EW: 3 3NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: -300 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    5.00   0.00  2♠ S -2   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        150    3.50   1.50  2N W +1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        150    3.50   1.50  1N E +2   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        400    1.50   3.50  3N E      C1-Eby-Eby vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        400    1.50   3.50  3N E      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        430    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C11-Temple-Stewart

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1NT and accepts the invitation when West bids 2NT. South leads a spade at most tables, though that turns out to more helpful to declarer than a heart would have been. Now nine tricks are easy with few fears about how the hearts break.



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15 ♠KJT74
A6
K3
♣9842
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A65
K8542
AT5
♣A3
♠Q932
QJ3
Q84
♣J76
♠8
T97
J9762
♣KQT5
11
158
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2/3 1♠ 1NT  ♣4/5 ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3 W -2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        110    3.50   1.50  2 W      C1-Eby-Eby vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        110    3.50   1.50  2 W      C5-Martin-Martin vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        120    2.00   3.00  1N W +1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        140    0.50   4.50  2 W +1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        140    0.50   4.50  2 W +1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C12-Ricketts-Maja

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT and may well buy the hand. Luckily, North is more likely to lead a spade than a club, which gives declarer time to work on the hearts.



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16 ♠A
T97
QT96
♣AT642
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠96532
43
8432
♣93
♠J7
K85
AJ5
♣KQ875
♠KQT84
AQJ62
K7
♣J
10
014
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 6 5♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3/1 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +980 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  490          5.00   0.00  3N N +3   C5-Martin-Martin vs C11-Temple-Stewart
  480          3.00   2.00  4 S +2   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  480          3.00   2.00  4 S +2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  480          3.00   2.00  4 N +2   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
  460          1.00   4.00  3N N +2   C1-Eby-Eby vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
  450          0.00   5.00  4 N +1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C12-Ricketts-Maja

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South starts with 2 and raises North's 2 to show a big hand. North should be thrilled: an eight card fit, two Aces and the prospect of ruffs in the short hand. Check for Aces and try the heart slam.



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17 ♠Q632
Q983
T43
♣J5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠84
AT72
AQJ7
♣632
♠K975
K654
2
♣QT87
♠AJT
J
K9865
♣AK94
5
118
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          5.00   0.00  1N S +1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C9-Baca-Seckel
   90          3.50   1.50  1N S      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C11-Temple-Stewart
   90          3.50   1.50  2 S      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
         50    1.50   3.50  3 S -1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
         50    1.50   3.50  2♣ S -1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        100    0.00   5.00  3♠ N -2   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C8-Quadros-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. North will probably answer, planning to pass the rebid--though this time it's 2 and North should re-evaluate his options and bid 2. West will just sit in the bushes and wait to take tricks.



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18 ♠Q83
AJT82
QJ84
♣T
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K42
K76
T653
♣872
♠AJ975
4
AK
♣KJ543
♠T6
Q953
972
♣AQ96
10
616
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2♠  ♦5 ♥4 NT5/6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  4♠ E -3   C1-Eby-Eby vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  140          4.00   1.00  3 N      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
   50          2.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C11-Temple-Stewart
   50          2.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
   50          2.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        140    0.00   5.00  3♠ E      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C12-Ricketts-Maja

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

What East wouldn't make a game try when West raises 1 to 2? If he tries a Help Suit game bid of 3, West will wisely sign off in 3. The nasty club break will even defeat this reasonable level.



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19 ♠AQT754
Q
J4
♣KQ96
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠82
T98652
Q82
♣74
♠6
K73
T963
♣AJT32
♠KJ93
AJ4
AK75
♣85
14
28
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/3♣ 3 1 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2/3 ♥6 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          3.50   1.50  6♠ S      C1-Eby-Eby vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  980          3.50   1.50  6♠ S      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  980          3.50   1.50  6♠ S      C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
  980          3.50   1.50  6♠ S      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
  480          0.50   4.50  5♠ S +1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
  480          0.50   4.50  4♠ S +2   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C11-Temple-Stewart
20 ♠KQJ5
732
QT86
♣96
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠43
KT984
3
♣AK542
♠T82
A65
972
♣JT73
♠A976
QJ
AKJ54
♣Q8
8
105
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠  ♣2 ♥3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4  ♦4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -200 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.50   0.50  3♠ S      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  140          4.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   C1-Eby-Eby vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ S -1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        100    2.00   3.00  4 S -1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C11-Temple-Stewart
        100    2.00   3.00  4 S -1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        170    0.00   5.00  2 W +2   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
21 ♠K85
KJ85
-
♣KJ8642
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QJ762
T94
K962
♣Q
♠A3
632
AQ8753
♣T7
♠T94
AQ7
JT4
♣A953
11
810
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4  ♦4/3 ♠6/5 NT5
EW: 3  ♣2 ♥2 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  5♣ N +1   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C11-Temple-Stewart
  170          4.00   1.00  4♣ N +2   C5-Martin-Martin vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  150          3.00   2.00  4♣ N +1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
    PASS       2.00   3.00  Pass Out  C1-Eby-Eby vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
        110    1.00   4.00  3 E      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        300    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -3   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
22 ♠A53
AQT75
432
♣A3
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠JT64
98
Q7
♣QJ974
♠92
J643
AKJT
♣K82
♠KQ87
K2
9865
♣T65
14
612
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3 1♠ 3NT  ♣5
EW: 2♣  ♦5 ♥4 ♠5/4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  2N E -3   C5-Martin-Martin vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  110          2.00   3.00  2 N      C1-Eby-Eby vs C13-Dodson-Rubin
  110          2.00   3.00  2 N      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
  110          2.00   3.00  2 N      C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
  110          2.00   3.00  2 N      C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
  110          2.00   3.00  2 N      C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C11-Temple-Stewart
23 ♠AT9763
T942
7
♣JT
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J84
KJ865
943
♣82
♠Q2
A73
Q865
♣AQ94
♠K5
Q
AKJT2
♣K7653
5
514
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 1 3♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥6 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
  140          4.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   C5-Martin-Martin vs C9-Baca-Seckel
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C7-Deasy-Melendez
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        100    2.00   3.00  3♠ N -1   C2-Dow-Chriss vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        200    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C11-Temple-Stewart
24 ♠873
974
AKT9
♣T54
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ2
6
Q8754
♣AQ76
♠K64
J532
J62
♣KJ2
♠JT95
AKQT8
3
♣983
7
149
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3  ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N E -4   C5-Martin-Martin vs C9-Baca-Seckel
  100          4.00   1.00  4 W -2   C6-Ritchie-Keyworth vs C11-Temple-Stewart
         90    3.00   2.00  2♣ W      C2-Dow-Chriss vs C10-Shellooe-Maddox
        110    1.00   4.00  2 W +1   C13-Dodson-Rubin vs C8-Quadros-Coffee
        110    1.00   4.00  2♣ W +1   C3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C12-Ricketts-Maja
        110    1.00   4.00  2♣ W +1   C4-Hollmann-Von Adelung vs C7-Deasy-Melendez