- Saturday Morn - February 3, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 159 MP  Geomean: 91 MP
(based on 34 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Andrea Carr - Laura Gherman 64.59 1st A 0.72
Larry Mazzei - Susan Mazzei 62.76 1st A 0.72
Bill Cohen - Scott Hanham 61.31 2nd A 0.50
Charlene Reimnitz - Joel Reimnitz 58.53 2nd A 0.50
Kathy Pfitzer - Mary Block 57.87 3rd A 0.36
Carol Sendell - Mike McWalters 56.15 2nd B 0.45
Sally Reed - Wayne McIntyre 55.95 3rd B 0.32
Barbara Callaway - Bob Gore 54.96 1st B 0.32
Cord Hedegard - Janice Flowers-Sonne 52.05 2nd B 0.22
Lynn Bohnen - Ron Lawson 47.42 1st C 0.18
EVENT>SATURDAY NLM Game        |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> F N-S
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DATE>February 3, 2018   |CLUB NO.>150680    | 02/03/2018 14:43
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DIR> JANET HEDLUND   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 80%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/300/100    |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mary Block             Kathy Pfitzer            A    3     .     .     72.92  57.87  0.36(A)
 2 Janice Flowers-Sonne   Cord Hedegard            B    .     2     .     65.58  52.05  0.22(B)
 3 Bill Cohen             Scott Hanham             A    2     .     .     77.25  61.31  0.50(A)
 4 Jerry Cox              John Kneisl              A    .     .     .     47.25  37.50
 5 Barbara Callaway       Bob Gore                 C    4     1     1     69.25  54.96  0.32(B)
 6 Andrea Carr            Laura Gherman            A    1     .     .     81.38  64.59  0.72(A)
 7 Jeff Riehl             Roger Barry              C    .     .     .     48.50  38.49
 8 Jane Altavilla         Mary Krecki              B    .     .     .     54.50  43.25
 9 Julie Garvin           Joseph Garvin            A    .     .     .     51.25  40.67
                                          Totals                         567.88

EVENT>SATURDAY NLM Game        |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> F E-W
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/300/100    |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=8/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Charlotte Wilson       Hetty Eddy               B    .     .     .     61.50  48.81
 2 Joel Reimnitz          Charlene Reimnitz        A    2     .     .     73.75  58.53  0.50(A)
 3 Mike McWalters         Carol Sendell            B    3     2     .     70.75  56.15  0.45(B)
 4 Lynn Bohnen            Ron Lawson               C    .     .     1     59.75  47.42  0.18(C)
 5 Susan Mazzei           Larry Mazzei             B    1     1     .     79.08  62.76  0.72(A)
 6 Mark Klein             Albert Low               C    .     .     .     45.15  35.83
 7 Susan Mehra            Mary Castagna            C    .     .     .     57.42  45.57
 8 Sally Reed             Wayne McIntyre           B    4     3     .     70.50  55.95  0.32(B)
 9 Fran McGrew            Patricia Haynes          B    .     .     .     48.25  38.29
                                          Totals                         566.15

Hands and Results
1 ♠AQ32
QT5
52
♣T982
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠96
A7432
AK94
♣KJ
♠754
8
JT8
♣Q76543
♠KJT8
KJ96
Q763
♣A
8
153
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦6
EW: 2♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 3♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  170          4.50   1.50  2♠ S +2   A  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  170          4.50   1.50  2♠ S +2   A  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  170          4.50   1.50  2♠ N +2   8  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  170          4.50   1.50  1♠ S +3   ♠9  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  140          2.00   4.00  2♠ N +1   8  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  110          1.00   5.00  1♠ S +1   ♣J  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F6-Klein-Low
        100    0.00   6.00  3♠ N -2   8  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F7-Mehra-Castagna

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
1DblPass1
PassPassPass 

West has values but lacks the shape or suit texture to compete beyond the 1 overcall. Interestingly, West can almost make 1, and would do so if North failed to put his fingers on a trump lead, trick one or two. Failing the crossruff-killing defense, West could ruff hearts to set up seven total tricks. Cashing the second spade before shifting to a trump only assists West in developing a path to his hand.

However, 2 will be the almost universal contract, and that looks to be making eight tricks whether the defense takes heart ruffs or not. The process of taking heart ruffs and using diamond entries would leave declarer an alternative path to fulfill the contract via his own crossruff.

Plus 110. Next board.



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2 ♠A5
A93
954
♣AKT76
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K843
QJ84
T8
♣J92
♠JT92
KT72
KJ
♣854
♠Q76
65
AQ7632
♣Q3
15
78
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 1 2/3♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥5 ♠4 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  640          6.00   0.00  5 S +2   Q  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  630          5.00   1.00  3N N +1   2  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F6-Klein-Low
  600          3.50   2.50  3N N      2  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  600          3.50   2.50  3N N      2  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  190          2.00   4.00  2 S +5   ♠3  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        100    1.00   5.00  3N N -1   ♠J  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        300    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   2  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F7-Mehra-Castagna

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1NTPass3NT
All pass   

Long suits make up for a lot of missing HCP. This deal is close to an extreme example of that principle, compounded by the favorable position of the diamond honors. With the clubs splitting as well, there are thirteen tricks via two major suit aces, six diamonds, and five clubs! All on 25 HCP and semi-balanced hands!

Some will open a weak 2 with the South hand, but the final contract should always be 3NT.



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3 ♠Q75
A543
J5
♣AKQJ
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K84
KQ
KT973
♣742
♠A963
J2
AQ84
♣965
♠JT2
T9876
62
♣T83
17
1111
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♦5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2 2♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -100 3*-NS/3♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  120          5.50   0.50  1N N +1   ♠3  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
  120          5.50   0.50  1N N +1   ♠3  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  110          4.00   2.00  2 N      ♣9  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  100          3.00   3.00  3 E -1   ♣T  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F6-Klein-Low
         50    2.00   4.00  3 N -1   8  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        100    1.00   5.00  3 N -2   ♠3  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        150    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   4  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F8-Reed-McIntyre

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1NTPass2
Dbl23Pass
PassPass  

Jacoby Transfers lend themselves to different approaches when opener has a four-card fit. Some never do anything but take the transfer. More enterprising players jump with four trumps and a maximum, and even more ambitious players have developed more complexity: one method is to jump to three of the indicated suit with four trumps and a maximum, another method is to jump to three of that suit with a minimum, bidding 2NT or another suit of interest with four and a maximum. No, there really isn't just one method, and the result is the necessity of close partnership understandings, adopting the method that most closely aligns with the temperament of the partnership. One part of the theory behind the jumps is that close games will be bid more accurately when the nine-card fit is known. Another underpinning is that the LAW of Total Tricks will protect against losses when the opponents have a making part score.

On this hand South has such an awful mitt that 2 is the limit of the hand, and that is actually a tad lucky, requiring 2-2 trumps and avoiding a spade ruff. But the LAW fails to protect NS this time, because the NS and EW partnerships are limited to eight tricks either way, proving that the LAW is not really a law, after all, since it predicts eighteen tricks but yields just sixteen (this number, for the uninitiated, is the number of tricks available to each side in their best suit contract, summed -- and the LAW predicts that the available tricks will equal the number of trumps in aggregate).

So those who cherish the LAW will be disappointed on this hand.



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4 ♠JT76
AT32
98
♣T76
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A8543
K95
J765
♣9
♠92
J
AK42
♣QJ8432
♠KQ
Q8764
QT3
♣AK5
5
811
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1/-♠ 3NT
       ♣6/5 ♦4 ♠7/6
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +500 4*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          6.00   0.00  2 S +1   ♣9  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  110          4.00   2.00  2 S      ♣9  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  110          4.00   2.00  2 S      ♣9  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  110          4.00   2.00  2 S      ♣9  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
  100          2.00   4.00  2♣ E -1   ♠K  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        100    0.50   5.50  3 S -1   ♣9  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        100    0.50   5.50  3 S -1   ♣9  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F3-McWalters-Sendell

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass11
12PassPass
Pass   

South's hand is just to quacky and disjointed to want to bid any more. Good thing, for most of the time 2 will be too high. On the normal club lead plus later accuracy, the defense against 2 will come to one club, one spade, one heart and two diamonds. Only winning the opening lead of the singleton club and pushing the Q onto the table can legitimately create the required tricks. But that play is unnatural, requiring East to hold specifically the singleton J -- way against the odds, critical here.



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5 ♠K3
AJ65
K9842
♣Q3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ95
743
Q
♣T987
♠T8
Q8
AJT763
♣AK6
♠7642
KT92
5
♣J542
13
914
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♦5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  3♣ E -2   5  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
   70          5.00   1.00  1 N      ♣A  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        100    3.50   2.50  2 S -1   Q  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        100    3.50   2.50  2 S -1   Q  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        200    1.00   5.00  3 N -2   ♣A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        200    1.00   5.00  2 N -2   ♠T  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        200    1.00   5.00  1 N -2   ♣A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1PassPass
1PassPassPass

Not many auctions will follow the path in the bidding diagram. Some will overcall 1NT with the East cards after North opens 1 -- double is obviously wrong. Others will pass, as suggested, but then spring to life, punishing West for balancing. The 1 balance should not generate much enthusiasm for East, who remains without a fit or a strategy. 2 will make for East, but it sounds too much like a spade fit invitation, and that will leave making contracts in the rear view mirror.

A 1NT advance by East would find a making contract and against a weak defense could prove rewarding. But all the defense must do is lead hearts and take tricks.

Gritting one's teeth and passing 1 will yield the best score, Mr. East.



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6 ♠K42
J2
J3
♣QJ9632
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q9
A983
Q986
♣AT5
♠J763
KT5
AKT7
♣K8
♠AT85
Q764
542
♣74
8
1214
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 5 4 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        120    6.00   0.00  1N W +1   ♣Q  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        130    4.00   2.00  4 E      ♠A  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        130    4.00   2.00  3 W +1   4  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        130    4.00   2.00  3 E +1   ♠5  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        150    2.00   4.00  2 E +3   ♣7  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        500    1.00   5.00  3♣* N -3  A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        630    0.00   6.00  3N W +1   ♣Q  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F3-McWalters-Sendell

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Pass1Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

25 combined HCP will most often propel the partnership into game, and absent a faux pas, plus 600 will be the result. Nevertheless, bidding and making what you can make will, as usual, yield a decent score -- about 60%, I'd wager.



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7 ♠QJ76
T9643
9
♣AQ5
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠4
AKQJ5
KQJ63
♣T3
♠K83
7
T842
♣98764
♠AT952
82
A75
♣KJ2
9
163
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 5♠ 3NT  ♦4
EW: 3  ♣5 ♥5 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  650          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  650          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  650          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  650          4.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   A  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  620          1.50   4.50  4♠ S      ♠A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  620          1.50   4.50  4♠ S      A  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  140          0.00   6.00  3♠ S      A  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F6-Klein-Low

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
24Pass4
All pass   

Yes, a 4 Splinter bid by North seems appropriate, with some optimism for a perfecto slam. However, South has a rather imperfect small doubleton heart, so that pipe dream is out the window.

Nevertheless, a near slam is available, eleven tricks to NS, justifying in some respect North's aggressive stance.



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8 ♠AKJT753
5
Q
♣JT64
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q4
942
K963
♣Q982
♠8
AQT63
AT875
♣73
♠962
KJ87
J42
♣AK5
11
710
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5
EW: 2 2  ♣4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          6.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   ♣7  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      ♣7  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      ♣7  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      ♣7  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  150          0.00   6.00  4 E -3   ♠2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F6-Klein-Low

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass123
Pass3Pass3NT
Pass4All pass 

After the 1 opening and 2 overcall, South has enough room to "discuss" the appropriate contract with North. First a cue bid, guaranteeing trump support and at least limit raise power. No spade length need be specified beyond holding three or more, for later bidding usually can clarify the target.

Whether North bids game directly (six losers) or 3 (lots of losers, few controls), South will be satisfied with game. After a 3 bid, South can offer 3NT, but the idea should repel North -- back to 4.

Three tricks for the defense: one trick in every suit except spades.



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9 ♠QT65
J83
K
♣AKT32
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K
AK9752
AQ852
♣5
♠98743
Q6
JT9
♣Q97
♠AJ2
T4
7643
♣J864
13
165
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥2 NT2
EW: 5 5 1NT  ♣3 ♠6
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: -500 6♣*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        100    5.50   0.50  4♣ N -2   Q  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        100    5.50   0.50  4♣ N -2   Q  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F6-Klein-Low
        200    3.00   3.00  3 W +2   ♣A  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        200    3.00   3.00  3 W +2   ♣A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        200    3.00   3.00  2 W +3   ♣A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        230    0.50   5.50  3 W +3   K  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
        230    0.50   5.50  2 W +4   K  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
10 ♠632
A9853
874
♣T8
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠A9854
KJ2
2
♣AKQ2
♠QT7
T6
KQT63
♣654
♠KJ
Q74
AJ95
♣J973
4
177
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦5/6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 1 3♠ 3/1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.50   0.50  2N E -1   5  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠ W -1   ♣T  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
        140    3.50   2.50  3♠ W      4  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        140    3.50   2.50  3♠ W      ♣8  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        170    2.00   4.00  2♠ W +2   A  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        620    0.50   5.50  4♠ W      8  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        620    0.50   5.50  4♠ W      ♣T  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
11 ♠Q654
A642
9832
♣3
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AT72
J98
QT65
♣K9
♠K8
QT5
4
♣QT87654
♠J93
K73
AKJ7
♣AJ2
6
107
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2♠ -/1NT
       ♣4 NT6/7
EW: 3♣  ♦4 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/3*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  120          6.00   0.00  1N S +1   ♠2  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
   90          4.00   2.00  1N S      ♠2  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
   90          4.00   2.00  2 S      9  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
   90          4.00   2.00  2 S      ♣K  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
         50    1.50   4.50  1N S -1   ♠2  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
         50    1.50   4.50  3 N -1   4  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        470    0.00   6.00  3♣* E     A  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
12 ♠T74
KT4
AKT8
♣Q98
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A9532
AQ9
764
♣63
♠KJ
763
QJ3
♣JT542
♠Q86
J852
952
♣AK7
12
108
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥5/6 ♠6 NT4/5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          6.00   0.00  3♣ E -3   2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  120          4.50   1.50  1N N +1   ♣5  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  120          4.50   1.50  1N N +1   ♣2  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
    PASS       3.00   3.00  Pass Out      F7-Riehl-Barry vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        100    1.50   4.50  2N S -1   ♠3  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        100    1.50   4.50  2N N -1   ♣4  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        400    0.00   6.00  3N S -4   ♠3  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
13 ♠AJ84
KQJ62
-
♣KT72
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K72
83
AKQJ7
♣Q43
♠T96
T974
T86542
♣-
♠Q53
A5
93
♣AJ9865
14
150
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7/6 5♠ 1NT  ♦4
EW: 3  ♣0 ♥0 ♠1 NT0
LoTT: 22 - 21 = +1
Par: +2210 7-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  640          6.00   0.00  5♣ S +2   A  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F6-Klein-Low
  620          4.00   2.00  4♠ N      T  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  620          4.00   2.00  5♣ S +1   A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  620          4.00   2.00  5♣ S +1   A  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  600          2.00   4.00  5♣ S      A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  200          0.50   5.50  5 W -2   K  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  200          0.50   5.50  5 W -2   ♣2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2!Pass2NT?
34!Pass6
All pass   

OK, you will just have to bear with me. If there is a Flannery hand about, I'm analyzing the Flannery auction as the primary focus. Period. So North has four spades, five hearts, and an opening bid with less than reversing values -- 14 HCP. This is the sort of hand that North would bid again if South were to sign off in a major and the opponents remained silent.

South has some interest in game, however, and 3 is inadequate, so 2NT, the catch-all inquiry, is the solution for one round. West wants to interfere, but even his 3 bid won't matter. In the absence of West's overcall, a jump to 4 by the 2 opener would show a maximum range opening (check!), four clubs (check!), and a goodish club suit (check). The 3 bid did not interfere with that destination, so I suggest 4 regardless with the same meaning.

South's eyes should light up! From a "maybe" game, slam is almost certain! The diamond void in partner's hand is clear, the club suit seems impregnable (it isn't), and the major suit honors are golden. Bidding the club slam in the ten card fit is clear.

To make all thirteen tricks not much is required beyond playing the club suit for no losers. Good luck. West's overcall could just as easily contain a club void as three clubs. So guess away.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch -- If North opens a pedestrian 1, South might bid 1NT forcing, and over a 2 response, employ the "impossible spade" convention, bidding 2 to show a forcing club raise. Nevertheless, good luck with finding the diamond void without Flannery!

In outer space, there is also the possibility that East might take a save in diamonds. If below the slam level, that will actually reap rewards. At 6 doubled or higher, it will be a theoretical game but a practical loss.



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14 ♠3
A98753
T865
♣Q2
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AT95
J4
J
♣KT9764
♠KJ74
KQ62
K973
♣A
♠Q862
T
AQ42
♣J853
6
916
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 4♠ 3NT  ♦5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          5.50   0.50  5♠ W -3   9  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  150          5.50   0.50  4 W -3   ♠3  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F6-Klein-Low
  100          4.00   2.00  4♠ W -2   ♣Q  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
   50          3.00   3.00  4♠ W -1   A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        140    1.50   4.50  3♠ W      A  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        140    1.50   4.50  3♠ W      A  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        460    0.00   6.00  3N E +2   ♠2  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
15 ♠AT7
AQT4
32
♣AQT2
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠KJ862
9875
984
♣J
♠94
K6
KQT75
♣9764
♠Q53
J32
AJ6
♣K853
16
58
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  660          6.00   0.00  3N S +2   ♠6  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  630          4.50   1.50  3N N +1   7  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F6-Klein-Low
  630          4.50   1.50  3N N +1   7  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  180          3.00   3.00  1N S +3   8  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  150          2.00   4.00  2N N +1   7  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        100    1.00   5.00  3N N -1   7  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
        300    0.00   6.00  4 N -3   K  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
16 ♠T97
AQ4
AJ3
♣A984
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K84
KT
T965
♣QJ32
♠Q653
73
Q742
♣K75
♠AJ2
J98652
K8
♣T6
15
97
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 5 3/2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3/4 ♦5 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          5.00   1.00  4 S +1   ♣2  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  450          5.00   1.00  4 N +1   ♠3  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  450          5.00   1.00  4 N +1   ♠3  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F6-Klein-Low
  420          2.50   3.50  4 N      ♣5  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
  420          2.50   3.50  4 N      ♣5  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  200          1.00   5.00  3 N +2   2  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  140          0.00   6.00  3 S      2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
17 ♠A6543
53
9
♣T6432
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ92
KT
AQ6
♣AJ98
♠J8
A842
KT75
♣KQ5
♠T7
QJ976
J8432
♣7
4
1913
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥4 ♠2 NT1
EW: 5♣ 4 3 4♠ 6NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          5.50   0.50  5* E -3  ♣7  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F6-Klein-Low
  500          5.50   0.50  6* E -3  ♣7  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
   50          4.00   2.00  6N E -1   Q  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        490    2.50   3.50  5N W +1   ♣2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
        490    2.50   3.50  5N E +1   7  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        520    1.00   5.00  4N E +3   7  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        990    0.00   6.00  6N E      Q  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
6NTAll pass  

Some 19 HCP hands don't deserve more than a slam try after some of the modern openings you see, but this one seems sufficiently robust, so a direct slam bid after a major suit probe seems good enough. How awful if East had the A and the opponents could lead hearts through the KT! What is the solution? No particular notrump bid is generally forcing these days (some cling to 1 - 2NT as forcing. That would generate enough information to discern whether East has the rest of the cookies for a grand slam.

Here 1 was employed in part to hear the range of the opener's hand. A 2NT rebid would have generated 7NT by responder: the 1NT rebid removed a grand slam from consideration.

So, at the tiny risk of misplacing the declaration, the auction should routinely reach the notrump slam.



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18 ♠AQJ3
K85
K5
♣QJT7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T75
Q93
QJ2
♣AK93
♠92
AJ642
A83
♣852
♠K864
T7
T9764
♣64
16
129
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥4 NT4
EW: 2♣ -/1 3 2NT  ♦6/7 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        100    4.75   1.25  1N N -1   4  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        100    4.75   1.25  1N N -1   2  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        100    4.75   1.25  2♠ S -1   ♣A  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        110    2.42   3.58  2 E      ♣6  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        140    1.25   4.75  3 E      4  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
        200    0.08   5.92  1N N -2   4  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
19 ♠5
KQT6543
T5
♣Q52
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A843
J92
Q2
♣KT87
♠KQJT92
A7
AKJ96
♣-
♠76
8
8743
♣AJ9643
7
1018
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♦1 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6 7♠ 6NT  ♣6 ♥6
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -2210 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        190    6.00   0.00  3 E +4   8  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        260    5.00   1.00  3♠ E +4   8  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F6-Klein-Low
        710    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +3   8  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        710    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +3   8  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        710    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +3   ♣A  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
        710    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +3   ♣A  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
       1430    0.00   6.00  6♠ E      8  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F3-McWalters-Sendell

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass23Pass
4Pass6Pass
PassPass  

Some will play 3 as Michaels Cue Bid , showing spades, a minor, and a good hand. That is the method shown in the diagram. West likes either minor, so jumps to game in spades, holding four to the ace. Remember, East shows a GOOD hand!

An alternative method is for East to jump to 4 over 2, showing spades and diamonds specifically. This convention was invented by Meyer Schleifer, a Hall of Fame player from the past. My goal is to achieve naming the convention after him, rather than borrowing the Michaels name -- I consider "Leaping Michaels" a misnomer, although arguably based on parallel thinking.

Nor is the 4 "Roman." Roman jumps show specifically the suit bid plus the next higher, so after a 2 opening, 3 would show spades and clubs, 4 clubs and diamonds, and only 4 would be the equivalent to "Schleifer."

Schleifer does well on this hand. Intended as essentially game forcing strength, West will again make a forward going bid. This time after [2] 4, West may advance with 4, showing strength, not necessarily a heart control in the bargain. That cue bid (not a control bid) will ensure getting to 6, but the challenge of bidding the grand slam might be too much -- East needs to find specifically the Q and the Axx(x). 4NT with a void is problematical in defining the specific ace held by West, and the Q remains elusive.

Science seems lost. Perhaps it is better to give more weight to the cue bid and infer the A is the ace held and that there is a fitting diamond honor to justify the cue bid.

Just do it. Schleifer seems to provide a basis for better evaluation.



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20 ♠J4
A6
KJ75
♣KQ876
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T3
JT532
Q9842
♣A
♠AKQ5
K8
T6
♣JT432
♠98762
Q974
A3
♣95
14
713
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1 1  ♣6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          6.00   0.00  3N E -5   ♠9  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  400          5.00   1.00  2♣ E -4   A  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F6-Klein-Low
  300          4.00   2.00  3N E -3   4  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  180          3.00   3.00  2♣* N     ♠A  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  150          2.00   4.00  2N N +1   ♠A  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        200    1.00   5.00  3N N -2   ♠A  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        500    0.00   6.00  3 S -5   ♣A  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
21 ♠K63
KJ9863
JT4
♣2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J75
A75
A63
♣KQ93
♠94
4
K9752
♣AJT65
♠AQT82
QT2
Q8
♣874
8
148
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT5
EW: 4♣ 4 2NT  ♥4 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4-EW/4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  170          5.00   1.00  3 N +1   ♣6  F1-Block-Pfitzer vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  170          5.00   1.00  2 N +2   ♠9  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F6-Klein-Low
  170          5.00   1.00  2 N +2   ♠9  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  140          2.00   4.00  2 N +1   5  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  140          2.00   4.00  2 N +1   2  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
  140          2.00   4.00  2 N +1   ♣J  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        130    0.00   6.00  3♣ E +1   8  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
22 ♠QT87
-
942
♣AQ9632
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K952
AQJ9864
Q
♣8
♠J6
K732
K87
♣K754
♠A43
T5
AJT653
♣JT
8
1210
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4/5 1♠  ♥3 NT5
EW: 4 2NT  ♣3/2 ♦2 ♠5
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: +200 5*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.50   0.50  5 W -1   9  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  100          5.50   0.50  4 W -1   2  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        100    3.50   2.50  5 S -2   A  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        100    3.50   2.50  5♣ N -2   7  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        200    1.50   4.50  3 W +2   9  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        200    1.50   4.50  3 W +2   3  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        650    0.00   6.00  5 W      2  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F6-Klein-Low
23 ♠T8752
J96
AT
♣KQ3
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ9
Q54
J32
♣T754
♠K43
872
K964
♣J92
♠A6
AKT3
Q875
♣A86
10
67
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  630          5.50   0.50  3N S +1   ♣4  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
  630          5.50   0.50  3N S +1   ♣4  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
  600          3.00   3.00  3N S      ♠Q  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F6-Klein-Low
  600          3.00   3.00  3N S      ♣T  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  600          3.00   3.00  3N S      ♣4  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
  140          1.00   5.00  3♠ S      4  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        100    0.00   6.00  3N S -1   ♣7  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
24 ♠852
KT7
AKQ7
♣874
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KT764
Q965
T82
♣5
♠A93
A8
9653
♣AJT2
♠QJ
J432
J4
♣KQ963
12
513
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♦6 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1 3♠ 1NT  ♣5/4 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  180          6.00   0.00  2N N +2   ♣J  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
  110          5.00   1.00  2♣ S +1   ♠6  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
   70          4.00   2.00  1 N      ♠A  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F6-Klein-Low
   50          2.50   3.50  3♠ W -1   ♠3  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F4-Bohnen-Lawson
   50          2.50   3.50  3 E -1   ♣K  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F2-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        100    1.00   5.00  3♣ S -2   ♠6  F2-Flowers-Sonne-Hedegard vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        250    0.00   6.00  3 S -5   ♠7  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
25 ♠63
J843
QT5
♣A962
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠-
AT962
AK83
♣Q743
♠AQ97542
K
762
♣T5
♠KJT8
Q75
J94
♣KJ8
7
139
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠4
EW: 1 1 2♠  ♣6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -100 2NT*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          6.00   0.00  3N W -3   ♣2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
  200          4.50   1.50  4♠ E -2   8  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  200          4.50   1.50  3♠ E -2   9  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F6-Klein-Low
  100          2.00   4.00  3♠ E -1   5  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  100          2.00   4.00  3♠ E -1   ♣J  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
  100          2.00   4.00  3♠ E -1   ♣8  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        110    0.00   6.00  2♠ E      5  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
26 ♠AJT3
J96
9865
♣AJ
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q984
KQT85
AQ2
♣4
♠65
A
K743
♣T98763
♠K72
7432
JT
♣KQ52
11
137
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 1/2  ♠6 NT5/6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -110 2-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          6.00   0.00  3 W -4   ♣A  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
  100          4.50   1.50  3N W -1   9  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F6-Klein-Low
  100          4.50   1.50  2♠ W -1   ♣A  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
         90    3.00   3.00  1N E      ♣2  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        120    1.00   5.00  1N E +1   2  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        120    1.00   5.00  1N E +1   ♣2  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        120    1.00   5.00  1N E +1   ♣2  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei
27 ♠T83
75
KJ5
♣AK832
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠A65
AJT3
3
♣QT765
♠KQ74
K964
A74
♣J4
♠J92
Q82
QT9862
♣9
11
1113
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥2 ♠3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 5 4♠ 3NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    5.00   1.00  3 W +1   ♣A  F5-Callaway-Gore vs F1-Wilson-Eddy
        170    5.00   1.00  3 E +1   T  F3-Cohen-Hanham vs F6-Klein-Low
        170    5.00   1.00  2 W +2   ♣A  F8-Altavilla-Krecki vs F7-Mehra-Castagna
        200    2.50   3.50  3 E +2   ♣K  F9-Garvin-Garvin vs F9-McGrew-Haynes
        200    2.50   3.50  1 W +4   ♣A  F4-Cox-Kneisl vs F8-Reed-McIntyre
        420    1.00   5.00  4 E      ♣9  F6-Carr-Gherman vs F3-McWalters-Sendell
        450    0.00   6.00  4 E +1   ♠2  F7-Riehl-Barry vs F5-Mazzei-Mazzei