- Saturday Morn - December 2, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 203 MP  Geomean: 123 MP
(based on 32 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
S Stofle - Walter Conley 64.68 1st A 0.64
Charlene Reimnitz - Joel Reimnitz 60.32 1st A 0.64
Andrea Carr - Marguerite Primrose 58.73 2nd A 0.45
James Pond - Laura Gherman 58.33 2nd A 0.45
Carol Sendell - Jeannette Stern 54.37 3rd A 0.32
Beth Ege - Donna Jett 51.59 3rd A 0.32
Larry Mazzei - Susan Mazzei 50.79 1st B 0.32
Joseph Garvin - Julie Garvin 50.40 2nd B 0.34
Carolyn Treakle - Richard Treakle 49.60 2nd B 0.22
Ginger Minor - Norma Riggs 42.46 2nd C 0.20
EVENT>SATURDAY NLM Game        |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> D N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>December 2, 2017   |CLUB NO.>150680    | 12/02/2017 12:47
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DIR> JANET HEDLUND   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/300/200    |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mary Block             Kathy Pfitzer            B    .     .     .     59.00  46.83
 2 Norma Riggs            Ginger Minor             C    .     .     2     53.50  42.46  0.20(C)
 3 Jeannette Stern        Carol Sendell            A    3     .     .     68.50  54.37  0.32(A)
 4 John Kneisl            Nooria Noor              C    .     .     .     51.50  40.87
 5 Andrea Carr            Marguerite Primrose      A    2     .     .     74.00  58.73  0.45(A)
 6 Walter Conley          S Stofle                 C    1     1     1     81.50  64.68  0.64(A)
 7 Jane Altavilla         Susan Mehra              C    .     .     .     52.50  41.67
 8 Julie Garvin           Joseph Garvin            B    .     2     .     63.50  50.40  0.34(B)
                                          Totals                         504.00

EVENT>SATURDAY NLM Game        |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/300/200    |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=4/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Leon Heller            Patricia Heller          A    .     .     .     63.00  50.00
 2 James Pond             Laura Gherman            A    2     .     .     73.50  58.33  0.45(A)
 3 Joel Reimnitz          Charlene Reimnitz        A    1     .     .     76.00  60.32  0.64(A)
 4 Beth Ege               Donna Jett               A    3     .     .     65.00  51.59  0.32(A)
 5 Susan Mazzei           Larry Mazzei             C    .     1     1     64.00  50.79  0.32(B)
 6 Jeff Riehl             Roger Barry              C    .     .     .     60.50  48.02
 7 Carolyn Treakle        Richard Treakle          B    .     2     .     62.50  49.60  0.22(B)
 8 Fran McGrew            June Raddicchi           C    .     .     .     39.50  31.35
                                          Totals                         504.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠A3
A4
AJ76
♣AK963
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ95
T973
T983
♣T
♠T42
KQJ2
54
♣QJ75
♠J876
865
KQ2
♣842
20
59
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 1♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          6.00   0.00  3N N      K  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
  120          5.00   1.00  2N N      K  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  110          4.00   2.00  2♣ N +1   K  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
         50    2.50   3.50  3N N -1   K  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D4-Ege-Jett
         50    2.50   3.50  3N N -1   2  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        100    0.50   5.50  3N N -2   K  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D1-Heller-Heller
        100    0.50   5.50  3N N -2   K  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2NTPass3
Pass3Pass3NT
All pass   

There are those who would question using Stayman holding a 4333 hand, but my simulations of many thousands of hands at various levels of total partnership HCP do not support any significant conclusions one way or the other. If you feel strongly about it, just bid 3NT. If your partnership might have a small doubleton and still open 2NT, perhaps you should use Stayman more often.

East has a normal heart lead and there just are not enough tricks for North to fulfill the rather normal game contract. Fear not: playing matchpoints, virtually every pair will be in 3NT with the same unfortunate result. North might have some hope when the heart suit splits 4-4, for then a 3-2 club split will bring home the contract.

Alas. . . But the matchpoints should be only an iota below average,



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2 ♠KQT
AQ954
Q2
♣K96
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A7
J87
KT8763
♣Q5
♠5
T62
J9
♣JT87432
♠J986432
K3
A54
♣A
16
102
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 5 6♠ 5/6NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦6 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +1400 7♣*-EW-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
 1430          5.50   0.50  6♠ S      ♣Q  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
 1430          5.50   0.50  6♠ N      7  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  680          2.50   3.50  5♠ S +1   ♣Q  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D1-Heller-Heller
  680          2.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   8  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D4-Ege-Jett
  680          2.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   7  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  680          2.50   3.50  4♠ N +2   7  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
  150          0.00   6.00  3♣ E -3   ♣8  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass4
Pass4Pass5
Pass6All pass 

Jumping to five of the agreed trump suit seems antiquated these days with Roman Keycard Blackwood available, but that method still takes several bids to extract the information, and by then the opponents have time to double or develop more of a picture about the hand for a "killing lead."

Well, North has good spades and remembers the old ways, so 6 is easily reached.

On a diamond lead from West, the Q holds, so there is no threat -- just draw trumps, losing to the trump ace, and leisurely take the rest.

Mind you, the diamond lead did NOT give away the setting trick -- South's diamonds were going bye-bye on the hearts even if the diamond suit were distributed differently and adversely for declarer. So the lead away from the K did NOT cause the contract to make, and was actually a good shot -- nay, the BEST shot -- at setting the contract. East might have had a second trump and diamond less, for another way to hope for a set. Just not today.



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3 ♠A9876
J72
K63
♣KQ
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K42
AQ963
A98
♣97
♠Q
KT54
J75
♣J6432
♠JT53
8
QT42
♣AT85
13
137
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 4♠  ♥4 NT6
EW: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♦4 ♠3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          6.00   0.00  4♠ N      K  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  170          4.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   K  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D1-Heller-Heller
  170          4.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   5  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  170          4.00   2.00  2♠ N +2   4  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
         50    1.50   4.50  4♠ N -1   4  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D4-Ege-Jett
         50    1.50   4.50  3♠ N -1   4  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        100    0.00   6.00  3♠ N -2   4  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1133
PassPassPass 

Bidding 4 is just a tad optimistic. To make requires finding the T in the South hand, the J East, and no diamond ruff. There is nothing about the North hand that suggests bidding game.



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4 ♠QJ3
QT82
Q76
♣942
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AT4
-
AKT42
♣J8753
♠9852
KJ76
98
♣QT6
♠K76
A9543
J53
♣AK
7
126
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣4 ♦5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3♣ 2 1♠  ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -110 3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
         90    5.50   0.50  2♣ W      ♠Q  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
         90    5.50   0.50  2♣ W      ♠Q  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        110    3.50   2.50  3 W      Q  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D1-Heller-Heller
        110    3.50   2.50  2♣ W +1   8  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D4-Ege-Jett
        130    2.00   4.00  2♣ W +2   ♠3  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        200    1.00   5.00  3 S -2   A  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        800    0.00   6.00  3N* S -3  ♣J  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
2PassPass?

I could make a case for South's trotting out 2 at this stage, clearly natural, but it is a gamble, and the vulnerability is sour. The idea behind the bid is to suggest hearts as a contract without excluding spades, the only unbid suit. With a worthy hand, South might have bid 2 as a natural call immediately over 1 (not Michaels Cue Bid -- natural), so a belated 2 call, still natural, must have in mind another place to play.

Fortunately for the adventurous South, North has a great hand for hearts! Matchpoint scoring is for the brave.



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5 ♠K63
A63
KJ86
♣AJ2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QJT92
T5
T432
♣T3
♠854
KQ942
Q95
♣KQ
♠A7
J87
A7
♣987654
16
312
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 3 2 1♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥5 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  690          5.50   0.50  3N N +3   4  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  690          5.50   0.50  3N N +3   4  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
  660          4.00   2.00  3N N +2   K  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D2-Pond-Gherman
  240          3.00   3.00  2N N +4   4  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D1-Heller-Heller
  210          2.00   4.00  2N N +3   4  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  150          1.00   5.00  3♣ N +2   K  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D4-Ege-Jett
        200    0.00   6.00  3N N -2   4  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTPass2
Pass2Pass2NT
Pass3NTAll pass 

The auction given is for those who play 1NT - 2NT as a relay or a transfer -- in order to invite for those folks who assign an artificial meaning to 2NT, invitational bids must go through a conventional method. Using Stayman for that purpose works better than its detractors; another way is to use 2 as a transfer to clubs with a twist -- opener responds with a mini-max response, so that the invitational hands get to game when opener responds 3 (nothing to do with the club suit!).

Ahh, complexity! Bridge these days is so diverse that it proves this fundamental truth: Bridge is, indeed, a partnership game.

Know your methods.



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6 ♠KJT76
KQJ7
A74
♣J
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQ4
64
QJT62
♣Q74
♠985
AT952
985
♣32
♠32
83
K3
♣AKT9865
15
114
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3/2 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  460          6.00   0.00  3N N +2   5  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D1-Heller-Heller
  430          4.50   1.50  3N N +1   T  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  430          4.50   1.50  3N N +1   9  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  130          2.50   3.50  3♣ S +1   6  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
  130          2.50   3.50  3♣ S +1   Q  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        100    1.00   5.00  3♠ N -2   ♣2  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D4-Ege-Jett
        150    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   9  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D2-Pond-Gherman
7 ♠KQ986
J74
JT4
♣QT
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠43
A9
A982
♣87542
♠AJT2
Q85
KQ3
♣AJ6
♠75
KT632
765
♣K93
9
817
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥6 ♠4 NT4/3
EW: 4♣ 4 1 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  3N E -2   3  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        150    4.00   2.00  1N E +2   ♠5  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        150    4.00   2.00  1N E +2   4  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        150    4.00   2.00  1N E +2   3  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        300    2.00   4.00  2 S -3   ♣8  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        600    1.00   5.00  3N E      3  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D1-Heller-Heller
        630    0.00   6.00  3N E +1   ♠7  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D6-Riehl-Barry
8 ♠T75
T9
972
♣AK954
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠-
AKJ652
AJ43
♣QT8
♠KQ864
Q8743
T65
♣-
♠AJ932
-
KQ8
♣J7632
7
157
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥1 NT5
EW: 4 6 1NT  ♣3 ♠6
LoTT: 22 - 21 = +1
Par: -500 7♣*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          6.00   0.00  5 W -1   ♣K  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        420    5.00   1.00  4 W      ♣A  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        450    4.00   2.00  4 W +1   ♣K  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        480    2.50   3.50  5 W +1   ♣A  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D1-Heller-Heller
        480    2.50   3.50  5 W +1   ♣A  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        510    1.00   5.00  4 W +3   ♣A  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D2-Pond-Gherman
       1100    0.00   6.00  5♠* S -5  A  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
9 ♠KQ54
KJ85
T7
♣T96
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AJ92
Q9
A94
♣AK74
♠T87
A43
KQ52
♣J53
♠63
T762
J863
♣Q82
9
1810
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 3/4♣ 3 -/1 3/4♠ 2/3NT
       ♥6/7
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        150    6.00   0.00  2N E +1   2  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        600    3.00   3.00  3N W      ♠4  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        600    3.00   3.00  3N E      2  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        600    3.00   3.00  3N E      3  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        600    3.00   3.00  3N E      3  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        600    3.00   3.00  3N E      3  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        630    0.00   6.00  3N W +1   ♠4  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D1-Heller-Heller
10 ♠753
KQ543
A74
♣Q9
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K8
8
Q8632
♣AKJ85
♠J4
T76
JT95
♣7632
♠AQT962
AJ92
K
♣T4
11
132
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠ 2NT  ♣4 ♦4
EW: 2♣ 3  ♥2 ♠2 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +500 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣A  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣A  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣A  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D4-Ege-Jett
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣A  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
  200          2.00   4.00  3♠ S +2   ♣A  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  170          1.00   5.00  3♠ S +1   ♣A  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D2-Pond-Gherman
  100          0.00   6.00  4 E -1   2  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D1-Heller-Heller
11 ♠854
A4
K532
♣J743
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q9
QT8732
Q964
♣A
♠KJ632
KJ
87
♣KQ86
♠AT7
965
AJT
♣T952
8
1013
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 2 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          5.50   0.50  3N E -1   ♠7  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
   50          5.50   0.50  3N E -1   ♣2  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        110    3.50   2.50  2 W      2  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        110    3.50   2.50  2 W      2  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D4-Ege-Jett
        140    1.50   4.50  2 W +1   3  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D1-Heller-Heller
        140    1.50   4.50  2 W +1   2  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        170    0.00   6.00  3 W +1   2  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
12 ♠J76
KJ986
K85
♣64
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQ8
AQT53
QJ4
♣T9
♠943
742
9763
♣KQ7
♠KT52
-
AT2
♣AJ8532
8
155
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1 3♠ 2/3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥6 ♠4 NT5/4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          6.00   0.00  2* W -3  ♣6  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
  150          4.50   1.50  3 W -3   ♣6  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D2-Pond-Gherman
  150          4.50   1.50  2 W -3   ♣6  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D1-Heller-Heller
  110          3.00   3.00  2♠ S      ♣T  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  100          1.50   4.50  2 W -2   ♣6  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  100          1.50   4.50  2 W -2   ♣4  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D4-Ege-Jett
   90          0.00   6.00  2♣ S      A  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
13 ♠J5
QJ94
T93
♣AK63
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q632
K72
K2
♣J852
♠AKT98
AT8
J64
♣Q7
♠74
653
AQ875
♣T94
11
914
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥5 ♠3 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 3/4♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  4♠ E -1   5  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        140    4.50   1.50  3♠ E      4  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        140    4.50   1.50  2♠ E +1   ♣T  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        170    2.00   4.00  3♠ E +1   ♣T  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D1-Heller-Heller
        170    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +2   A  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        170    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +2   Q  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        200    0.00   6.00  3♠ E +2   ♣9  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D4-Ege-Jett
14 ♠T864
753
JT76
♣T4
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AJ5
AKQJ642
5
♣87
♠972
T98
AQ94
♣Q52
♠KQ3
-
K832
♣AKJ963
1
158
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 -/1♠  ♥3 ♠6/7 NT3
EW: 4 1/-♠ 4/1NT
       ♣5 ♦5 ♠7/6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  4 W -2   ♣T  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
   50          3.50   2.50  5 W -1   ♣T  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D2-Pond-Gherman
   50          3.50   2.50  4 W -1   J  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
   50          3.50   2.50  4 W -1   ♣T  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
   50          3.50   2.50  4 W -1   ♣T  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D1-Heller-Heller
        420    0.50   5.50  4 W      ♣T  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D4-Ege-Jett
        420    0.50   5.50  4 W      ♣T  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
15 ♠KJ8
AQ4
42
♣KT854
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AQT3
T9
Q7
♣AJ632
♠95
K83
AT9865
♣97
♠7642
J7652
KJ3
♣Q
13
137
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦5
EW: 2  ♣6 ♥5 ♠5/6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          6.00   0.00  2 S +1   ♣A  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  100          4.50   1.50  1N W -2   ♣5  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D1-Heller-Heller
  100          4.50   1.50  3♣ W -2   A  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
   50          3.00   3.00  3 E -1   ♣Q  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
         90    1.50   4.50  2 E      ♣Q  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D4-Ege-Jett
         90    1.50   4.50  2 E      ♣Q  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        110    0.00   6.00  2 W +1   2  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
16 ♠972
J63
974
♣K872
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠-
T98
QJT63
♣JT963
♠AKQ6
AQ7
AK82
♣54
♠JT8543
K542
5
♣AQ
4
422
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥4 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4/3♣ 5 3 4NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        100    6.00   0.00  2♠* S -1  Q  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D1-Heller-Heller
        500    5.00   1.00  3♠* S -3  Q  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        600    2.50   3.50  3N E      ♠T  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        600    2.50   3.50  3N E      ♠5  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        600    2.50   3.50  3N E      ♠5  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        600    2.50   3.50  3N E      ♠5  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        630    0.00   6.00  3N E +1   ♠5  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D4-Ege-Jett
17 ♠QJ7
T9873
85
♣J96
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AK83
J
T42
♣K8753
♠65
AKQ65
AKJ
♣AQ4
♠T942
42
Q9763
♣T2
4
1123
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦2 ♥1 ♠2 NT0
EW: 7♣ 5 6 5♠ 7NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -1520 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        480    6.00   0.00  4 E +2   ♣2  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D1-Heller-Heller
        520    4.50   1.50  3N E +4   9  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        520    4.50   1.50  3N E +4   6  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D4-Ege-Jett
        940    2.50   3.50  6♣ E +1   4  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        940    2.50   3.50  6♣ E +1   4  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        990    1.00   5.00  6N E      6  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
       1020    0.00   6.00  6N E +1   6  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass2Pass
2Pass2Pass
3!1Pass3Pass
3!2Pass4!3Pass
4Pass4NT4Pass
5Pass5NTPass
6Pass7Pass
PassPass  
  1. Maybe a negative, maybe a weak club positive!
  2. Spades and a club suit lacking two of the tope three, sixth.
  3. (Minorwood!)
  4. Specific Kings?

This is a difficult hand -- responder has a nice positive, likely slam, but no bid comes with the standard menu.

Herewith comes a suggestion for your partnership's consideration. The "book" meaning of a 3 bid playing 2 waiting responses* and a major suit rebid (2 -2*; 2M - 3) is that the 3 bid "Shows" a bust hand, no controls, and if a fit, just the pits of a hand.

One problem with this meaning is that 2, 2, 3, and 3 directly over 2 show five (or six for the minor suit positives) promise two of the top three honors fifth or sixth. With positive response values but a flawed heart, spade, or diamond suit, you simply bid your flawed suit after opener's rebid. But the poor club suit has once again been cast aside.

Over the years, the problem has arisen a few times -- how to show the positive hand with the flawed club suit? I tried something exotic at the table once, but partner did not get the joke. Later examples encountered led to partnership discussions. A Bridge World hand revealed an international level pair bidding the problem holding better.

So I suggest that in some situations responder with the flawed club positive hand might begin with the 3 bid, that the alert's explanation be altered to include the possibility of a positive with a weaker suit than a direct bid in the suit, and that a later unexpected bid by responder be understood to reveal the problem hand. Some ideas for the revealing bid might be a jump in notrump (2-2;2-3;3-4NT) or in partner's rebid major suit (2-2;2-3; 3-5). Alternatively, a next-step bid might be used artificially, as in the diagrammed auction: (2-2;2-3;3-3*) *being given up for natural purposes in favor of the difficult club hand.

So, in the present case, after opener bids a reluctant 3, expecting perhaps to play that contract, the artificial 3 alerts opener to the fact that a positive club response exists, but a flawed club holding. The diagrammed hand shows how such an agreement could reveal responder's secrets:

4 is clearly Minorwood by a 2 opener in support of partner's suit, and 4 shows two key cards. 4NT, according to Eddie Kantar, is "always" the specific king ask (except when it isn't, of course!), and here it certainly is. When responder shows the spade king, 5NT is a general relinquishment of captaincy along with a strong urge to bid a grand slam. Well, responder does not have a sixth club, a major suit queen, or the diamond queen, so respectfully declines to be the one deciding on the grand.

Opener would have taken an acceptance to 7NT, but 7 must be laydown.

It's a thought and an example of an effective use.



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18 ♠Q976
AQ6
AQJ962
♣-
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KT53
KT87
K843
♣T
♠A42
J2
T5
♣Q98762
♠J8
9543
7
♣AKJ543
15
97
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4/5 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  630          6.00   0.00  3N N +1   ♣9  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  140          5.00   1.00  3 S      ♣T  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
  130          4.00   2.00  2 N +2   J  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  110          3.00   3.00  2 N +1   J  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D4-Ege-Jett
   90          2.00   4.00  2 N      ♣9  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        100    0.50   5.50  3N N -1   ♠A  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D1-Heller-Heller
        100    0.50   5.50  3 N -1   2  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D6-Riehl-Barry
19 ♠K3
T976
T7
♣J9763
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AJ64
AK4
AK5
♣K84
♠T98752
QJ2
QJ
♣QT
♠Q
853
986432
♣A52
4
228
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 ♠2 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3 4 5♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.50   0.50  5N W -1   6  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D1-Heller-Heller
  100          5.50   0.50  6♠ W -1   ♣9  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D4-Ege-Jett
        650    2.50   3.50  5♠ E      ♣A  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   T  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   7  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   2  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        680    0.00   6.00  5♠ E +1   ♣2  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
20 ♠AJ54
T8
96543
♣T3
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠7
KQ95
KJ2
♣AJ754
♠T863
AJ72
Q7
♣KQ9
♠KQ92
643
AT8
♣862
5
1412
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣2 ♥2 NT4
EW: 5♣ 5 2NT  ♦6 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        650    3.50   2.50  4 E +1   ♠K  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        650    3.50   2.50  4 E +1   ♠9  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D1-Heller-Heller
        650    3.50   2.50  4 E +1   ♠2  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D4-Ege-Jett
        650    3.50   2.50  4 E +1   6  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        650    3.50   2.50  4 E +1   A  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        650    3.50   2.50  4 E +1   ♣2  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        680    0.00   6.00  4 E +2   ♠K  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
21 ♠943
T4
Q8753
♣K63
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AT8
AKQ872
A
♣AQ8
♠QJ765
93
T4
♣JT52
♠K2
J65
KJ962
♣974
5
234
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥0/1 ♠0 NT0/1
EW: 6♣ 1 6 6♠ 3NT
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW/6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          6.00   0.00  6♠ W -1   5  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D4-Ege-Jett
        200    5.00   1.00  1 W +4   ♠9  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        400    4.00   2.00  3N W      5  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        480    2.50   3.50  4 W +2   3  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D1-Heller-Heller
        480    2.50   3.50  4 W +2   ♣6  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        510    1.00   5.00  4 W +3   ♣3  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
       1010    0.00   6.00  6 W +1   ♣3  D1-Block-Pfitzer vs D2-Pond-Gherman
22 ♠QJ
QJ9
AQ53
♣KJT5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KT982
K752
J
♣876
♠754
AT6
T94
♣Q942
♠A63
843
K8762
♣A3
16
76
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2 1♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  430          6.00   0.00  3N N +1   ♣2  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D2-Pond-Gherman
  400          4.50   1.50  3N N      T  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D6-Riehl-Barry
  400          4.50   1.50  3N N      ♣2  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
  180          3.00   3.00  2N N +2   ♣2  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D4-Ege-Jett
  150          2.00   4.00  2N N +1   ♣2  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
  130          1.00   5.00  3 S +1   ♠2  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
         50    0.00   6.00  5 S -1   ♠8  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
23 ♠QT
K874
A653
♣A43
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AK9875
AT5
J84
♣8
♠42
QJ92
QT9
♣KQ97
♠J63
63
K72
♣JT652
13
1210
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1 2 2♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   ♣3  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D4-Ege-Jett
  100          5.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   4  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        110    4.00   2.00  2♠ W      ♣3  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        140    2.50   3.50  2♠ W +1   4  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz
        140    2.50   3.50  2♠ W +1   4  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        170    1.00   5.00  2 E +2   ♣5  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        620    0.00   6.00  4♠ W      4  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
24 ♠A4
Q943
532
♣A843
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T972
AKT
AQT864
♣-
♠J3
8765
J97
♣KT65
♠KQ865
J2
K
♣QJ972
10
135
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦4 ♥5 NT5
EW: 3 1 2NT  ♣4 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
         50    6.00   0.00  2♠ S -1   A  D6-Conley-Stofle vs D4-Ege-Jett
        110    4.00   2.00  2 E      ♣2  D8-Garvin-Garvin vs D8-McGrew-Raddicchi
        110    4.00   2.00  3 W      ♠A  D3-Stern-Sendell vs D5-Mazzei-Mazzei
        110    4.00   2.00  2 W +1   ♠A  D7-Altavilla-Mehra vs D6-Riehl-Barry
        130    2.00   4.00  3 W +1   ♠A  D5-Carr-Primrose vs D2-Pond-Gherman
        150    0.50   5.50  2N N -3   7  D4-Kneisl-Noor vs D7-Treakle-Treakle
        150    0.50   5.50  3 N -3   7  D2-Riggs-Minor vs D3-Reimnitz-Reimnitz