- Monday Morn - October 8, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 289 MP  Geomean: 136 MP
(based on 24 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Hedegard - David Ow 80.00 1st OA 3.19
Janet Hedlund - Mary Stange 58.18 2nd OA 2.39
Barbara Callaway - Neville Kirby 53.75 3rd OA 1.79
Jane Altavilla - Joan Roberts 50.91 4th OA 1.35
Elizabeth Sebring - Judith Perry 50.00 5th OA 1.01
Joe Norton - Stephanie Booth 49.09 4th OB 0.59
EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM
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DATE>October 8, 2018    |CLUB NO.>228684    | 10/08/2018 14:17
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DIR> Alan Hedegard   |RATING>Club Appreciation game       |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/500/100   |CLUB>County Public
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=13/B=10/C=6                     ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Richard Vreeland                                A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     57.27  47.73
 2 Ray Mok                Karen Mok                C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     55.64  46.37
 3 Judith Perry           Elizabeth Sebring        C   5     3     2   |   5     3     2     60.00  50.00  1.01(OA)
 4 Joan Roberts           Jane Altavilla           B   4     2     .   |   4     2     .     61.09  50.91  1.35(OA)
 5 Richard Sheere         Floyd Viau               C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     48.00  40.00
 6 Fran Soskins           Louise Barnard           C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     55.09  45.91
 7 Neville Kirby          Barbara Callaway         C   3     1     1   |   3     1     1     64.50  53.75  1.79(OA)
 8 Joe Norton             Stephanie Booth          B   .     4     .   |   .     4     .     58.91  49.09  0.59(OB)
 9 Betty Pribula          Cathy Fitzgerald         C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     44.18  36.82
10 Janet Hedlund          Mary Stange              A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     69.82  58.18  2.39(OA)
11 Pamela Lawther         Bob Gore                 B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     54.00  45.00
12 Marian Carapezza       Anjalie Kulkarni         B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     55.09  45.91
13 Alan Hedegard          David Ow                 A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .     96.00  80.00  3.19(OA)
                                          Totals                                            779.59

Hands and Results
1 ♠KQ94
T843
AJ87
♣4
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AJT532
75
Q2
♣K62
♠876
AKQJ
-
♣QT9873
♠-
962
KT96543
♣AJ5
10
1012
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2NT  ♣3 ♥6 ♠4
EW: 4♣ 1/- 3♠  ♦3 ♥7/6 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +100 4♠*-EW/5♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  420          5.00   0.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM3-Perry-Sebring
  300          4.00   1.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  100          3.00   2.00 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM2-Mok-Mok
   50          1.50   3.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM8-Norton-Booth
   50          1.50   3.50 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
        590    0.00   5.00 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Opposite a passed partner, South obstructively bids 3. West tries 3 and North will happily bid 4. No one could blame East for raising the spades which North will double. The opening A is ruffed. What now? Take some pitches on the hearts? It won't help. Nor will finessing the spade, since North will now lead his singleton club. Luckily for declarer, South has no re-entry.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass13
Dbl44Pass
4All pass  

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South has a choice between overcalling 1 and preempting in diamonds. South's spade void suggests East-West have a spade fit. A constructive auction has little upside holding 8 HCP opposite a passed hand. Preempting with a jump to 3 seems best.

West lacks the strength to bid a natural and forcing 3. West has little desire to defend 3. West's distribution makes a Negative Double attractive. North has a nice offensive hand in support of diamonds, but also has good defense against a major suit contract. North has no desire to defend 4. So North advances the preempt to 4. East, with 17 Support Points for a major, offers 4 as the final contract. West corrects to 4. North is happy to defend 4. South, having already preempted to force East-West to guess, shouldn't take the Last Guess with a phantom 5 sacrifice.

The Play in 4: With trump length, it is often better to tap declarer. So North leads their Ace. Dummy's void allows declarer to avoid the diamond tap by ruffing in the short hand. North has 3 spade tricks with their KQ94 sitting over declarer. Declarer cannot avoid losing a club trick for down 1.

The Play in Diamonds: Declarer has 3 quick heart losers. The lead of the Ace would be quite costly, allowing declarer to discard 2 heart losers. On a passive defense, declarer has 10 tricks: 7 + 1 + 2 ruffs.



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2 ♠J6
76
97654
♣KJ93
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AT52
K84
Q3
♣Q875
♠84
QJT
AT82
♣AT42
♠KQ973
A9532
KJ
♣6
5
1111
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 1/2NT  ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  110          5.00   0.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM3-Perry-Sebring
   50          3.50   1.50 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM2-Mok-Mok
   50          3.50   1.50 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla
        100    1.00   4.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        100    1.00   4.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM8-Norton-Booth
        100    1.00   4.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When South opens 1, North's wisest course is to Pass. East, already a passed hand, may reopen with a double--and West will be delighted to bid 1NT. South should think twice about bidding 2 when his partner couldn't reply. Now North's J will be a welcome sight for South. South should remember to play the 7 to signal his interest in having the suit continued.



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3 ♠K95
T54
J8
♣AJ842
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠8732
QJ3
9642
♣Q6
♠Q64
A872
Q53
♣K53
♠AJT
K96
AKT7
♣T97
9
511
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 3 3 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥4 ♠4/3 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  400          5.00   0.00 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla
  150          4.00   1.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
         50    1.50   3.50 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
         50    1.50   3.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM8-Norton-Booth
         50    1.50   3.50 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM2-Mok-Mok
         50    1.50   3.50 MM11-Lawther-Gore vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT and North bids game (9 HCP and a playing point for the fifth club. What will West lead? Both four card suits are poor, but the absence of a Stayman bid from North nudges toward the major suit choice. Nice of the missing club honors to be divided (from Declarer's POV).



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1NT
Pass2NTAll pass 

The Bidding: After South opens a strong notrump, North has a choice between inviting game and forcing to game. North's Jack-doubleton is a negative. North's 5-card club suit merits an upgrade. North's texture is better than average. If North had the 10 or 9, the increased likelihood of developing club winners would justify forcing to game. Here, forcing to game would be a bit aggressive. Most will use the partnership's method to show a balanced game invitation.

As Gavin Wolpert discusses in his "4 Way Transfers with Range Ask" article, "the major flaw of 4-way transfers as they were taught to me (2 for , 2NT for ) was that the trade-off of using 1NT-2NT to show diamonds meant that in order to invite with 8-9 points you now needed to go through Stayman. This caused declarer to unnecessarily reveal information about the majors which in a touch-and-go 2NT or 3NT is not ideal." To avoid needlessly disclosing opener's distribution, you can use an artificial jump to 3 as a transfer to diamonds. This gives you a natural 2NT response. Alternatively, you can use an artificial 2 as a Range Ask to show a hand with clubs or a hand interested in whether opener is near the top of their range.

Here, North has good texture, but will decline an invitation with their flat minimum hand.

The Play: As David Bird and Taf Anthias discuss in their "Winning Notrump Leads" book, a major suit lead is suggested when opener denies a 4-card major (or when responder doesn't look for a major suit fit). Here, West's 4 small spades and lack of an entry make a heart lead more attractive than a spade lead. East could easily have 4-5 hearts on the auction.

Here, a standard 4th best lead allows declarer to score 11 tricks. A heart lead holds declarer to 9 tricks.



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4 ♠AT9754
AQ9
4
♣AQT
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K6
J743
QJT753
♣9
♠J3
KT65
A6
♣J7654
♠Q82
82
K982
♣K832
16
79
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 5/4♠ 5/4NT  ♦6 ♥5
EW: 1 1/2  ♣4 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +660 5NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  650          5.00   0.00 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla
  620          3.00   2.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  620          3.00   2.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  620          3.00   2.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
  200          1.00   4.00 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM2-Mok-Mok
  140          0.00   5.00 MM11-Lawther-Gore vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Even if West preempts those diamonds, it won't slow North down. North's suit is weak for a 3 bid, but that would make it easy for South to bid the game. If declarer notices that the 9 is gone and West is out of clubs, he can maybe engineer an extra pitch in hearts.



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5 ♠AJ5
-
AQ72
♣KJ9863
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KT32
QJ5
JT43
♣52
♠9874
K842
65
♣Q74
♠Q6
AT9763
K98
♣AT
15
75
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 4 2/3♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥3 ♠4 NT0
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  690          5.00   0.00 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM5-Sheere-Viau
  660          4.00   1.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  620          3.00   2.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM3-Perry-Sebring
  600          2.00   3.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow
  150          1.00   4.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        200    0.00   5.00 MM11-Lawther-Gore vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

This hand makes a pile of tricks IF East is finessed for the Q. The more intuitive way to play clubs is to lead to the Ace and let the 10 ride, holding declarer to a mere 12 tricks. Luckily, a heart lead is unlikely from either hand so there's time...



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass2Pass21
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass   
  1. artificial game force

The Bidding: After North opens 1 and South responds 1, North has a choice between rebidding 2, jumping to 3, or reversing to 2. In his "Reverses" article, Larry Cohen advises a reverse shows roughly 17-20 points counting useful distribution. The usefulness of a void in partner's suit is questionable. North is on the border between a minimum rebid and reversing or jumping to show extra values. With a void in partner's suit, going low with a 2 rebid seems best.

It is important to have invitational, game forcing, and signoff sequences after opener rebids their minor. A simple an effective agreement is to treat the cheapest new suit by responder as an artificial Game Force . See my 3rd Suit Forcing article for a discussion. With that agreement, South's 2 rebid is artificial and game forcing. North has positional stoppers in the suits which have not been bid naturally. North could bid 2NT to protect those stoppers. On this auction, East-West could have a 9-card heart fit. It may be valuable to have South declare a notrump contract to protect their heart honors. A 3 bid would be ambiguous. It could be natural or a notrump probe. A pointed suit lead is likely. Rebidding 2NT to protect North's stoppers seems best.

South, with stoppers in the pointed suits and just 13 HCP, is happy to play 3NT.

The Play: East is likely to lead their 4th best spade. Declarer uses the Rule of 11 to determine West has 2 spades higher than the 4. West uses the same rule to determine declarer has 3 spades higher than the 4. Declarer calls for the Queen, hoping to retain their AJ. West covers. Declarer doesn't Hold Up because they don't want a heart switch. Cashing the Ace and running the 10 offers a 39.6% chance to score 6 club tricks. Finessing against East for the Queen on the first round of clubs has less chance of scoring 6 club tricks because it cannot pickup a singleton Queen held by West. Here, East holds the Queen and the book line provides just 5 club tricks.

If West holds on to their diamonds on the run of the clubs, declarer scores 11 tricks: 2 + 1 + 3 + 5, losing a club and a diamond. A declarer who can see through the backs of the cards would take the backward finesse against the Queen and double finesse against West for the J10 to score all the tricks.



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6 ♠963
KT
962
♣J8654
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠542
Q975
K74
♣QT9
♠J87
AJ2
AQT53
♣K2
♠AKQT
8643
J8
♣A73
4
715
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦3 ♥4 ♠5 NT4
EW: 3 3 1♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  200          5.00   0.00 MM11-Lawther-Gore vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla
  100          4.00   1.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
         90    3.00   2.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Norton-Booth
        110    2.00   3.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM3-Perry-Sebring
        120    1.00   4.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow
        140    0.00   5.00 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM5-Sheere-Viau

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT, which passes out. South can take her five defensive tricks, but that's all she wrote. Play hearts for four winners by leading a low heart to the J, laying down the A and then cashing the Q9.



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7 ♠93
Q765
J943
♣Q87
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJT64
-
Q72
♣T9542
♠AK2
K8
AT865
♣KJ6
♠875
AJT9432
K
♣A3
5
518
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣2 ♦3/2 ♠2 NT3/2
EW: 5♣ 4 5♠ 2/-NT
       ♥4 NT8/5
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  300          4.50   0.50 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM5-Sheere-Viau
  300          4.50   0.50 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
  100          3.00   2.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM3-Perry-Sebring
        100    2.00   3.00 MM11-Lawther-Gore vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla
        620    1.00   4.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        680    0.00   5.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Norton-Booth

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. A preemptive 3 raise would certainly make life harder for E-W, but East will double anyway and West should realize the huge potential of this hand and bid 4. As Bergen so famously declared, "points, schmoints!" To play diamonds, lead low to the A and lose only one trick in the suit.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2Dbl3
3Pass4All pass

The Bidding: South's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. South's singleton King merits a downgrade. South is too strong to preempt. Opening 1 seems best. West lacks the strength to act. North responds with a simple raise to 2. If playing Constructive Raises , North would respond 1NT with a hand which wouldn't accepts any Game Try . Either way, East is too strong to overcall. So East begins with a double.

South's 16 Support Points are inflated by their singleton King. South has no game interest, but isn't eager to defend a potential 2, 3, or 3 contract. Since several Game Tries are available, it is common to treat a raise to the 3-level as competitive. West, with 10 Support Points, has a choice advancing to 3 or making a Responsive Double to show more than 1 place to play. Here, West's spade length and texture makes emphasizing spades attractive. East, with 19 Support Points opposite a freely bid advance to 3, wants to drive to game. The question is which game. East has just 3-card support. With just a doubleton King heart stopper, 3NT is risky. West's failure to make a Responsive Double suggests preferring the spade game.

North's heart raise decreases South's defensive prospects. If South judges 4 is making, they don't need much from North to make 5 a profitable sacrifice. South may back their judgment by bidding 5. Since East-West voluntarily bid a game, they are in a Forcing Pass situation. Normally, a hand with 5 HCP would double to suggest defending out of concern 5r will go down. West's heart void increases West's offensive potential. Passing to leave the decision to East seems best. East's Losing Trick Count of 6 is a bit light for their jump to 4. East follows Grant Baze's advice that "The 5-level belongs to the opponents" . East's double ends the auction.

The Play in 4: Declarer has 2 potential diamond losers and 2 potential club losers. Declarer cashes the Ace, planning to take a lobbing finesse towards the Queen. When the singleton King falls, declarer has just 1 diamond loser. Finessing against North for the Queen holds club losers to 1. Declarer scores 11 tricks.

The Play in 5X: Declarer has a diamond loser, a club loser, and 2 spade losers. For a sacrifice to be profitable, declarer needs to pickup the heart suit without a loser. If East-West begin with 3 round of spades, declarer has no opportunity to gather information about the side suits before making a decision on the heart suit. With an 11-card heart fit missing the King, the book play is to try to drop the King. Declarer's who play for the drop go down 3 for an expensive -800.

If East-West are concerned declarer has just 2 spades, they may be reluctant to lead a 3rd round of spades. Declarer then has time to play on diamond and clubs and learn West doesn't have an Ace or King in the side suits. Declarer's who guess West's 3 bid was based on a spade void can escape for down 2, a profitable sacrifice.



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8 ♠8754
A52
J92
♣Q85
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AT93
JT98
Q4
♣K93
♠KJ
KQ7
T8753
♣T74
♠Q62
643
AK6
♣AJ62
7
109
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1 2 1♠  ♣6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
    PASS       5.00   0.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
         50    3.50   1.50 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM3-Perry-Sebring
         50    3.50   1.50 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        100    1.50   3.50 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM8-Norton-Booth
        100    1.50   3.50 MM11-Lawther-Gore vs MM4-Roberts-Altavilla
        150    0.00   5.00 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM5-Sheere-Viau

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens a fourth seat 1. West has to decide whether to pass or bid an off-shape double with both majors (I favor pass). North bids 1 and now South may pass or may bid 1NT. Either way, West will congratulate himself for passing and making a plus score.



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9 ♠KJ75
Q92
T8742
♣5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QT94
KT75
J5
♣AT9
♠86
AJ6
K9
♣K87432
♠A32
843
AQ63
♣QJ6
6
1011
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥6
EW: 2♣ 1  ♦4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: +90 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  120          5.00   0.00 MM8-Norton-Booth vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  110          4.00   1.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
  100          3.00   2.00 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM5-Sheere-Viau
         50    2.00   3.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        150    1.00   4.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        620    0.00   5.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM11-Lawther-Gore

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West has the pattern but not the points for a double. North bids 1, prepared to prefer diamonds if South doesn't have spade support. Will East chance that weak suit for a 2 bid? No matter--then North will surely raise diamonds. Vulnerable, West won't get too frisky.



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10 ♠K97654
K52
83
♣62
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AQJ
AQ8
KQT62
♣Q4
♠8
9763
J954
♣T875
♠T32
JT4
A7
♣AKJ93
6
201
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3♠  ♦4 ♥6 NT6
EW: 3 1 1NT  ♣6 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  110          5.00   0.00 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM5-Sheere-Viau
  100          4.00   1.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        100    3.00   2.00 MM8-Norton-Booth vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
        120    2.00   3.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        500    1.00   4.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
        800    0.00   5.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM11-Lawther-Gore

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South surprises West by opening 1. West doubles and North bids spades. Over South's 1NT rebid, West doubles again or bids her diamonds, but North will bid 2. It's hard to fly on one wing. West has to stay out of trouble, especially vulnerable when the opponents are making no move past part score.



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11 ♠85
8542
Q9752
♣Q7
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJ9
QT973
6
♣J543
♠AT743
AJ
AK4
♣KT8
♠K62
K6
JT83
♣A962
4
619
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 3/2♣ 3 4♠ 2NT  ♦6/5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
   50          4.50   0.50 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
   50          4.50   0.50 MM8-Norton-Booth vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
        170    3.00   2.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        420    1.50   3.50 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        420    1.50   3.50 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM5-Sheere-Viau
        450    0.00   5.00 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In fourth seat, East might justify 2NT, but most will open 1 and then bid the spade game when West raises. Who would have guessed how essential the J10 are for making this hand? Lead the J or even a low club to the 10 and limit the club losers to only one.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
PassPass2NTPass
31Pass32Pass
4All pass  
  1. 5+ hearts
  2. 5 spades + 2 hearts

The Bidding: South's hand falls just short of the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After 3 passes, East has a choice between opening 1 or upgrading to a 2NT opener based on their spade length, prime honors, and texture. If East-West have a method to ask opener for a 5-card major, opening 2NT seems best because it right-sides a notrump contract. Jerry Helms advises against playing Puppet Stayman Over 2NT because of the difficulty of handling hands where responder is 5-4 in the majors. Many experts play a modification, Muppet Stayman , to address this problem. As part of that agreement, East isn't obligated to complete the Jacoby Transfer to 3 when holding 5 spades and 2 hearts. Instead, East shows their 5-card spade suit. West, with 9 support points for spades, places the contract in 4.

At tables where East opens 1, the auction is simple. West raises to 2. East, with 20 Support Points, places the contract at 4.

The Play: South is likely to lead the Jack, top of an honor sequence. Declarer wins the Ace (or King), cashes a second high diamond, and ruffs a diamond. Declarer loses the finesse against the King. South passively exits a spade. Declarer must decide how to use their last dummy entry. A finesse against the King offers a 50% chance of success. Finessing against the Queen will provide 2 club tricks only when North has the singleton or doubleton Queen. The odds favor finessing against the King. After losing the heart finesse, declarer cannot avoid losing 2 club tricks for down 1.

A declarer who could see though the backs of the cards would play North for Queen doubleton and score 10 tricks.

The Play in 3NT: A diamond lead gives the defense the tempo to score 3 diamond tricks. Declarer cannot reach dummy to take the spade finesse. Cashing the Ace is a winner if the King is singleton, a 5.6% chance. Declarer prefers to create 2 entries to dummy by leading low towards the board. When dummy's Queen (or equivalent) wins, declarer suspects both major suit Kings are offside. Continuing spades allows declarer to escape for down 1. If declarer takes a losing finesse against the King, declarer is down 2.



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12 ♠QT4
Q5
K9832
♣853
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K
AK72
T754
♣AKT6
♠J97632
J4
QJ
♣Q42
♠A85
T9863
A6
♣J97
7
177
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 1 2♠ 1NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          4.50   0.50 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
  100          4.50   0.50 MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM5-Sheere-Viau
   50          2.50   2.50 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
   50          2.50   2.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
         90    1.00   4.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        110    0.00   5.00 MM8-Norton-Booth vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West's optimism is dashed when partner responds 1. East will repeat the spades and buy the hand from a very reluctant partner--but it's one of the few makeable contracts--thus proving the importance of length as well as strength.



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13 ♠QT8
86
K86
♣Q9853
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠J74
QT92
AT4
♣AK7
♠96532
K
QJ972
♣J4
♠AK
AJ7543
53
♣T62
7
147
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1NT  ♦5 ♠5
EW: 2 2♠  ♣5 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          4.50   0.50 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  100          4.50   0.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
        100    2.50   2.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        100    2.50   2.50 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
        140    0.50   4.50 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
        140    0.50   4.50 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When South opens 1, West might better bid 1NT than double. Either way, the contract is likely to be a spade partial, missig high honors in trump but having few other worries.



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14 ♠AKJ953
2
QJ98
♣AJ
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠8642
J86
A42
♣754
♠7
AKQ43
T6
♣KT632
♠QT
T975
K753
♣Q98
16
512
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥4
EW: 3♣ 2  ♦2 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: +300 5♣*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  420          5.00   0.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  170          3.50   1.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
  170          3.50   1.50 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  150          2.00   3.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  140          1.00   4.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
         50    0.00   5.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 but won't be able to stay in the opponents' spade auction. When 1 passes around to North, he can bid 2 to show his good suit and opening hand, but is unlikely to get to game unless pushed there by East. South just happens to have a "magic" 7 HCP opposite North's holdings.



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15 ♠KQ3
AQJ854
QJ8
♣9
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠J97652
93
542
♣63
♠A84
K6
AKT3
♣AQ84
♠T
T72
976
♣KJT752
15
120
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1/-NT
       ♦6 ♠4/3 NT7/6
EW: 1 3♠  ♣6 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  150          5.00   0.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  100          3.00   2.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  100          3.00   2.00 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
  100          3.00   2.00 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
        100    1.00   4.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
        500    0.00   5.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1, East doubles, and South ekes out a heart raise (4 HCP and three for the singleton). Even if North bids 3, East can double again and West finally will bid spades. With a trick to lose in each suit, 3 comes home to West's surprise.



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16 ♠KQ42
KQ5
K963
♣72
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AJT6
A6
Q7
♣AK943
♠973
T932
4
♣QJT85
♠85
J874
AJT852
♣6
13
183
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2  ♣4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦3 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  570          5.00   0.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  130          3.00   2.00 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
  130          3.00   2.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  130          3.00   2.00 MM7-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  100          1.00   4.00 MM1-Vreeland- vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
        100    0.00   5.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM8-Norton-Booth

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West's 1 is doubled by North. East might ignore her four hearts to make a preemptive club raise, but South can still bid 3. Who will blink first? Vulnerable, E-W may be reluctant to go to 4, but it's really unlikely to be doubled.



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17 ♠JT62
K62
J6
♣KT76
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A43
Q4
Q83
♣QJ952
♠9875
AT3
KT92
♣83
♠KQ
J9875
A754
♣A4
8
117
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3 1♠ -/1NT
       ♣6 NT6/7
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  140          4.00   1.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  140          4.00   1.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  140          4.00   1.00 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  110          2.00   3.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
         50    0.50   4.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow
         50    0.50   4.50 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM1-Vreeland-

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, raised to 2 by North. This demonstrates the preemptive quality of a single raise. South might try one more level, but I'd be inclined to stop. If E-W then come to life, 3 is a reasonable choice for South.



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18 ♠8
AK986
Q962
♣A53
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J94
42
JT854
♣J84
♠K75
T73
K73
♣KT92
♠AQT632
QJ5
A
♣Q76
13
39
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 6 6/5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥0 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-S/6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  710          5.00   0.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  650          3.00   2.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  650          3.00   2.00 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  650          3.00   2.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  630          1.00   4.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow
        100    0.00   5.00 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM1-Vreeland-

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South may have the longer suit, but it's North's hearts in which they have an eight card fit. 4 will prevail with overtricks at most tables. Use dummy's trumps to ruff out the spades, especially if you have the A as an entry. With a trump lead (likely), win high in the North hand, play spades and ruff spades as described above.



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19 ♠T8
T9863
AJ53
♣Q5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKJ9
AQJ5
T984
♣6
♠Q752
K42
Q7
♣K742
♠643
7
K62
♣AJT983
7
1510
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠3 NT5
EW: 1 2 3♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          4.50   0.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  100          4.50   0.50 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        600    3.00   2.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
        620    1.00   4.00 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
        620    1.00   4.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        620    1.00   4.00 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM1-Vreeland-
20 ♠A3
AQT76
63
♣K864
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J6
53
AJT9742
♣Q7
♠Q984
K98
K85
♣J93
♠KT752
J42
Q
♣AT52
13
89
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 3♠  ♦5 NT5
EW: 2 2NT  ♣3 ♥3 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +500 4NT*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  650          5.00   0.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM10-Hedlund-Stange
  200          3.50   1.50 MM2-Mok-Mok vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  200          3.50   1.50 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  140          1.50   3.50 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  140          1.50   3.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM8-Norton-Booth
  100          0.00   5.00 MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald vs MM1-Vreeland-
21 ♠85
AT965
JT6
♣KT2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T43
J
754
♣QJ7654
♠K9762
KQ3
82
♣983
♠AQJ
8742
AKQ93
♣A
8
48
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 5 5 2♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 18 = -3
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  650          4.50   0.50 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  650          4.50   0.50 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  170          2.50   2.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  170          2.50   2.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        100    1.00   4.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM1-Vreeland-
        200    0.00   5.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM2-Mok-Mok
22 ♠QJ
K53
AKQT953
♣A
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠8
AQ982
74
♣K8643
♠T74
JT4
J6
♣QJ952
♠AK96532
76
82
♣T7
19
95
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6♠ 6NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
 1020          5.00   0.00 MM13-Hedegard-Ow vs MM1-Vreeland-
  940          4.00   1.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM2-Mok-Mok
  520          3.00   2.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
  450          2.00   3.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  400          0.50   4.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
  400          0.50   4.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
23 ♠K74
Q6
KT94
♣QJ65
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ862
K82
J2
♣A87
♠9
AT7
AQ853
♣KT92
♠QT53
J9543
76
♣43
11
1313
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 5♣ 4 3 3♠ 3/4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          5.00   0.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM2-Mok-Mok
        600    2.50   2.50 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        600    2.50   2.50 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
        600    2.50   2.50 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        600    2.50   2.50 MM8-Norton-Booth vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow
        630    0.00   5.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
24 ♠765
T832
J42
♣542
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q2
KQ7
T3
♣AKQJT3
♠AJT943
AJ965
Q8
♣-
♠K8
4
AK9765
♣9876
1
1712
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣0 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 5 4♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W
  100          5.00   0.00 MM4-Roberts-Altavilla vs MM7-Kirby-Callaway
   50          4.00   1.00 MM3-Perry-Sebring vs MM12-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        110    3.00   2.00 MM5-Sheere-Viau vs MM9-Pribula-Fitzgerald
        400    2.00   3.00 MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Lawther-Gore
        420    1.00   4.00 MM10-Hedlund-Stange vs MM2-Mok-Mok
        450    0.00   5.00 MM8-Norton-Booth vs MM13-Hedegard-Ow