- Saturday Morn - March 3, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 799 MP  Geomean: 74 MP
(based on 2 players, 6 non ACBL players ignored)
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Partnership Pct MP
EVENT>Event Name               |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> QQ
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>March 3, 2018      |CLUB NO.>          | 03/03/2018 11:18
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR>                 |RATING>                             |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>    3.0 |TOP>   1                           |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS>  4                                        ,------,------------,------,
-------------------------------------------------| O'all|   Section  |      |
No Name                   Name                   |  Rank| Rank|Score | Pct  |
------------------------------------------------- ------ ----- ------ ------
 1 Ellie Satow            Albert Low                     2/3     3.00  50.00
 2 Bruce Lindsey          Whiz Lindsey                           1.00  16.67
 3 Deane Satow            Alan Hedegard                   1      5.00  83.33
 4 Peter Armbrust         Sam Callaway                   2/3     3.00  50.00
                                          Totals                12.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AT8
KQ5
KT92
♣Q42
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠953
9876
AQ87
♣J8
♠KJ7642
T3
53
♣KT5
♠Q
AJ42
J64
♣A9763
14
77
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 3 3NT  ♠6/5
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 ♥3 NT3/4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          1.00   0.00  1N N +2   ♠6  QQ3-Satow-Hedegard vs QQ2-Lindsey-Lindsey
        100    0.00   1.00  3N N -2   ♠6  QQ4-Armbrust-Callaway vs QQ1-Satow-Low

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 12Dbl
3PassPassDbl
All pass   

If East is quiet, presumably NS will get to game in notrump based on mere HCP counting.

If East bullies with a preemptive 2, West can and should bid 3, causing headaches for NS. It would seem that 3NT is quite a bit speculative, so NS will likely try for their "sure plus."

And it might work out rather well, if East misguesses spades. In theory, EW can take seven tricks in spades, for a sacrifice of 300. But if East misguesses everything, it could be a disastrous 500. Bid aggressively if you play really well or the defense is likely to slip, but if NS are sound and you lack experience, perhaps a bid more caution might prove sensible.



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2 ♠AT2
Q984
K74
♣K62
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KQ8543
2
QT6
♣854
♠J76
AKJT5
J983
♣3
♠9
763
A52
♣AQJT97
12
710
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1/- 3NT  ♦6 ♥7/6 ♠4
EW: 1 3♠  ♣4 ♥6 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          1.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   ♣K  QQ3-Satow-Hedegard vs QQ2-Lindsey-Lindsey
        200    0.00   1.00  5♣* S -1  2  QQ4-Armbrust-Callaway vs QQ1-Satow-Low

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
2Dbl3Pass
Pass3NTAll pass 

Shades of Hand 1!

But now North has the values plus the stopper to suggest 3NT, and South, with a trick-potential club suit, should agree.



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3 ♠7
QJ9854
J
♣Q8754
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKJ83
2
AQ64
♣AJ6
♠QT942
K6
T985
♣93
♠65
AT73
K732
♣KT2
6
195
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♦3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4 5♠ 4/1NT  ♣3 ♥3
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -500 6*-NS/6♣*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        620    0.50   0.50  4♠ W      8  QQ4-Armbrust-Callaway vs QQ1-Satow-Low
        620    0.50   0.50  4♠ E      Q  QQ3-Satow-Hedegard vs QQ2-Lindsey-Lindsey

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1245
5PassPassPass

A wild and woolly, yet reasonable favorable-vulnerability Michaels Cue Bid hand, coupled with South's assured double fit, get the competing side to the five level, but 5 should normally buy the contract.

Two factors can change the result with some degree of logic: South can bid 4NT instead of 5, suggesting willingness to sacrifice. If, instead, South wishes to play in a minor suit, 5 ought to be an invitation to play either minor, rather than a unilateral and independent suit. An independent suit would be likely to be based on a misfitting hand, and that is generally not going to create winning positions. So at this level, 4NT for a sacrificial invitation and 5 pass or correct is a solution worthy of adoption.

So maybe, just maybe, North can be given the information necessary to save at the six level.



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4 ♠QJ62
976
92
♣T853
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠9
T83
AKQT754
♣Q7
♠K75
KQ54
63
♣K964
♠AT843
AJ2
J8
♣AJ2
3
1111
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣6 ♦3/4 ♥5 NT4
EW: 1/-♣ 3 2/1 2/-NT
       ♣7/6 ♠5/4 NT8/6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        110    0.50   0.50  3 W      ♠Q  QQ1-Satow-Low vs QQ3-Satow-Hedegard
        110    0.50   0.50  3 W      ♣8  QQ4-Armbrust-Callaway vs QQ2-Lindsey-Lindsey

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass11
23DblPass
PassPass  

Once again preemption by the competing side creates difficulties for the constructive side. North follows the LAW by bidding to the three level, but gets punished when the opponents have no game and there is not quite enough distribution to save 500.

If East cannot pull the trigger with a double, then NS can steal. But a "matchpoint" double will put paid to the attempted theft this time.

The idea of East's double is that EW were likely to have a plus score worth more than 100 points, and that only by doubling can the "equity" be preserved.

The rationale for the 3 bid is to follow the LAW of Total Tricks , and announce four card trump support with little or no constructive value to the hand. But this one was just a bit too much, and EW had no game against which a save would work.



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5 ♠52
K982
KQT7
♣J97
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AKT76
AT75
AJ
♣43
♠9843
QJ643
95
♣T8
♠QJ
-
86432
♣AKQ652
9
163
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4  ♥3 ♠3 NT6
EW: 3 2♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          1.00   0.00  4♠ W -3   K  QQ4-Armbrust-Callaway vs QQ2-Lindsey-Lindsey
  130          0.00   1.00  3 S +1   ♠A  QQ1-Satow-Low vs QQ3-Satow-Hedegard

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
1Dbl3All pass

West might have chosen to double, but generally it is better first to overcall the long suit, then to double or bid the secondary suit. Here it will work out the same so long as North cannot find a heart lead or South the club underlead.

Without the defensive ruff, the 2-2 spade break will limit West's losers to one heart, one diamond, and two clubs.

The rationale for the 3 bid is to follow the LAW of Total Tricks , and announce four card trump support with little or no constructive value to the hand.

This time following the Law is likely to work well.



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6 ♠KT2
K3
AQT5
♣KJ54
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠8754
AJ7
K843
♣QT
♠J96
QT54
J96
♣A93
♠AQ3
9862
72
♣8762
16
108
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 2 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   90          1.00   0.00  1N N      5  QQ4-Armbrust-Callaway vs QQ2-Lindsey-Lindsey
        100    0.00   1.00  1N N -2   4  QQ1-Satow-Low vs QQ3-Satow-Hedegard

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1NTPassPass
Pass   

A placid hand, With the eight card club fit, it appears likely that the North declarer in 1NT will play on that suit by leading to the spade honors in dummy. When an honor appears from West, covering and then leading another club from dummy will produce two tricks for declarer.

Eight tricks should not be that difficult.



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