- Saturday Morn - August 12, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 471 MP  Geomean: 182 MP
(based on 12 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Debeliah Anthony - Richard Vreeland 61.00 1/2nd A 0.51
Barbara Callaway - Terry Handley 61.00 1/2nd A 0.51
EVENT>Sat Morning Open Game    |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> O
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DATE>August 12, 2017    |CLUB NO.>150680    | 08/12/2017 14:56
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DIR> Alan Hedegard   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   25.0 |TOP>   2 |MP LIMITS>None/300/100   |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=5/C=0                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Debeliah Anthony       Richard Vreeland         B   1/2   1/2    .     30.50  61.00  0.51(A)
 2 Janet Street           William Putnam           A    .     .     .     21.00  42.00
 3 Elizabeth Sebring      Janet Hedlund            B    .     .     .     24.50  49.00
 4 Terry Handley          Barbara Callaway         B   1/2   1/2    .     30.50  61.00  0.51(A)
 5 Peter De Gregorio      Doris Jones              B    .     .     .     26.00  52.00
 6 Joan Roberts           Keith Hedlund            B    .     .     .     17.50  35.00
                                          Totals                         150.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠T743
Q2
975
♣AJ76
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ95
AKT753
T64
♣-
♠A62
J84
A2
♣KQT54
♠J8
96
KQJ83
♣9832
7
1214
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
EW: 2♣ 2 6 4♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        420    2.00   0.00  4 W      ♠3  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O2-Street-Putnam
        480    1.00   1.00  4 W +2   ♠3  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        980    0.00   2.00  6 W      ♣A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass1NTPass2
Pass2Pass4
All pass   

Slam? Surely you jest. With three small diamonds, West will not see slam as a potential goal, and even more aggressive auctions will not lead either partner to the conclusion that slam is a good prospect.

Funny thing -- some players try to cash aces against slams, so if West bids 6 and North leads the A, all thirteen tricks roll in. An example against leading aces against slams. Especially in a suit bid by the opponents!

Looking just at the EW cards, I'd say that slam is about 52% -- The odds for 2-2 hearts plus a singleton Q falling, plus .001 for an opening lead of a small singleton trump!



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2 ♠KT6
876
T4
♣AKJ64
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ432
AK
AJ
♣732
♠87
J9432
9532
♣95
♠95
QT5
KQ876
♣QT8
11
191
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1  ♥5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1 2♠  ♣4 ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          2.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   ♣A  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O2-Street-Putnam
        140    0.50   1.50  3♠ W      ♣A  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        140    0.50   1.50  3♠ W      ♣A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1PassPassDbl
Rdbl2PassPass
23PassPass
3DblPassPass
Pass   

East can just close his eyes and wait for the result, predestined to being a bystander on this hand. Time to rest the brain for the next hand. Just turn the dummy as called, please.

West is frustrated, of course, having been deprived of all of those slam and game bonuses dreamed of. But North paid attention well by bidding twice and doubling after the initial pass. Learning about South's values made all of the difference between an early undisciplined action by North and a later fully informed course of action.



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3 ♠QJ54
JT6
92
♣T976
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K6
AQ94
K876
♣K54
♠A87
7532
JT
♣QJ83
♠T932
K8
AQ543
♣A2
4
158
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3/4 ♦5 ♥3 ♠6 NT4
EW: 3♣ 2 4 1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        110    2.00   0.00  2 E      ♠T  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O2-Street-Putnam
        170    1.00   1.00  3 W +1   9  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        180    0.00   2.00  1N W +3   9  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
1NTPass2Pass
2PassPassPass

East might push a bit, but those trumps are awfully weak, and the JT don't amount to anything. It would be a full stretch to invite with 3 after the Stayman response, and West has just 15 HCP, so game seems unlikely across the field.

But the defense has just two aces and one trump trick to take, no more.



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4 ♠QJ93
J85
T74
♣AJ6
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KT4
32
KQ9
♣QT543
♠A65
KQT964
J532
♣-
♠872
A7
A86
♣K9872
9
1010
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦3 ♥3 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3 4 1♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          2.00   0.00  3N W -1   ♠3  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O2-Street-Putnam
        140    1.00   1.00  2 E +1   ♣9  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        620    0.00   2.00  4 E      A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Pass
1NTPass2Pass
PassPass  

To make 4, East needs to find the J and for diamonds to be 3-3. A part score is all that is called for, but the play is the thing. A passive 8 lead from South looks best, aggressive action not being required and even discouraged by the auction. East wins the K and leads a heart. If diamonds are 3-3, he need not guess the hearts correctly now, and can put up the K. Is South up to ducking? That'll cook the goose proper, that will!

Then a diamond to the king and another heart to the Q and the defense prevails.

Too often the defense relinquishes control of the trump suit or gives away the location of the honors prematurely. The A was going nowhere, and the only risk was that North might have QJx. How likely is that? South played for the actual situation by ducking and was rewarded.



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5 ♠875
AKJ5
KJ43
♣AT
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠943
2
AQ9762
♣J74
♠AKT
QT8763
5
♣632
♠QJ62
94
T8
♣KQ985
16
79
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  870          2.00   0.00  3* N +1  ♣A  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  110          1.00   1.00  3 N      ♣6  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O2-Street-Putnam
        200    0.00   2.00  5 N -2   ♠T  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NT23
Pass3NTAll pass 

Playing Lebensohl , South's 3 bid might have been at the low edge of a Game Force , but the 3 bid clearly showed spades and no heart stopper -- Stayman. And so the proper contract was reached.



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6 ♠KQ65
75
KT98754
♣-
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AJ32
J962
Q
♣K975
♠T87
KQT
J32
♣A863
♠94
A843
A6
♣QJT42
8
1110
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4  ♣5 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1 1♠ 1NT  ♦3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          2.00   0.00  3N N      ♠A  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  300          1.00   1.00  2 E -3   ♣K  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
  130          0.00   2.00  3♣ S +1   2  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass1Pass1
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass3All pass 

The auction given will enrage various segments of the bidding public. Some would not open the South hand. Others, of the extremist Walsh persuasion, would bypass the diamond suit (including your author!). Their partners would not recognize the situation and rebid 1NT or 2 rather than 1.

Those in the more mundane world of up-the-line persuasion will simply bid as in the diagram, wondering what in the world is the problem!

The Walsh players will have a tiny problem how to invite after bypassing diamonds. That will depend on another factor - New Minor Forcing ? Or XYZ ? 2 would be New Minor Forcing , while xyz players use 2 as a demand/relay to 2, followed by a pass or invitational values, while a 2 rebid is an artificial game force!

In new minor forcing, after 1NT a 3 bid shows a WEAK hand with long diamonds and a spade suit, which is a bit of a misdescription, while xyz players can bid 2, forcing 2, and then 3 is invitational to game. While South is not accepting any invitations today, note that 2-2 diamonds would lead to a making diamond game!

Despite all of that, if South opens the bidding, NS are headed for a diamond partial, and there is no problem in the play.

If South passes, Third seat is probably enough of an excuse for West to open 1, eying a major suit partial, but North can choose to bid diamonds or use a Top and Bottom 2 bid, if available, thereafter competing in diamonds for a while. North will prevail in the auction.



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7 ♠QT7
A954
A964
♣AK
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A964
KJT3
J52
♣J8
♠K52
Q76
8
♣Q96542
♠J83
82
KQT73
♣T73
17
107
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2NT  ♣5 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1♣  ♦3 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          2.00   0.00  1N N +2   ♣5  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
  110          1.00   1.00  2 S +1   ♣J  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
        200    0.00   2.00  3N N -2   ♣5  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1NTPassPass
Pass   

Unless the defense helps declarer by setting up spades before attacking hearts, North can make exactly 2NT, no more and no less.

Even a club lead does no damage, for the run of the diamond suit may be a sticky problem for EW, it can be solved. East can afford to signal by discarding clubs, suggesting either major suit.
West might think to give suit preference for hearts and discourage in spades to help.



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8 ♠JT
A94
T87
♣AT963
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠64
J52
A932
♣KQJ8
♠AQ95
QT7
KQJ5
♣75
♠K8732
K863
64
♣42
9
1114
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 3 1 1♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          1.50   0.50  4 E -1   ♠3  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
   50          1.50   0.50  3 E -1   ♣4  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
        110    0.00   2.00  3 E      ♣4  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Pass
2Pass2NTAll pass

If West's 2 bid as a passed hand continues to suggest good values, near a limit raise, playing Inverted Minors even by a passed hand, then East can show his maximum balanced hand with 2NT, electing to do so with both majors well stopped.

With the K and A wrong, that's the limit. With 25 HCP, many will take the aggressive road and fail in 3NT, without condemnation from here. Bad luck on a heart lead. Needed a second heart stop and some more. Lack of a source of tricks was a major problem, overcoming mere HCP.



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9 ♠T642
86
AKJT6
♣A2
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠Q875
74
Q3
♣JT764
♠K
AQJ532
98754
♣8
♠AJ93
KT9
2
♣KQ953
12
510
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 2 5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  460          2.00   0.00  3N S +2   2  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
  420          1.00   1.00  4♠ S      7  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  400          0.00   2.00  3N S      ♣J  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 11Dbl
Pass1Pass4
All pass   

A problem-free auction, for a change! The Negative Double located the spade fit and the South hand sees game while discounting slam, so the one who knows goes.

Declarer must be careful to avoid the bad play of leading the T from dummy! That play should be understood as bad by the lack of a crucial spade spot, and the failure to recognize the danger will surely cost many players who will do well to learn the concept from a misplay here.

Declarer takes an easy eleven tricks, provided the proper trump play is made, else ten.



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10 ♠J6
KQ
KT8764
♣T74
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠T952
J65
J3
♣J952
♠Q83
AT9832
Q5
♣Q8
♠AK74
74
A92
♣AK63
9
310
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 1 2♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥6 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  630          2.00   0.00  3N S +1   ♣2  O4-Handley-Callaway vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  150          1.00   1.00  3 N +2   ♣Q  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
        100    0.00   2.00  5 N -1   A  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  2Dbl
Pass3Pass3
Pass3NTAll pass 

Here is a vast difference between board 3 and this board: The 2-2 diamond break assures eleven tricks, while a 3-1 split would endanger or scuttle that contract to down two! Of course, on the auction, HYPOTHETICALLY, if, on the first diamond, East were to play the J or Q, the right play would be to finesse next, using the principle of Restricted Choice . Given the weak two heart bid, the odds would have been much higher than the customary 2-1 in favor of that play.

But digression aside, the NS values and bidding deserve being rewarded.



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11 ♠AQ83
KJ2
A
♣AKQ96
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠-
AQ7
KJT97632
♣J7
♠JT65
T54
Q5
♣T853
♠K9742
9863
84
♣42
23
113
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 3/4 5♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♥3 ♠2 NT4/5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          2.00   0.00  5♠ S      J  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O4-Handley-Callaway
         50    1.00   1.00  5♠ S -1   ♣J  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        130    0.00   2.00  3 W +1   ♣A  O2-Street-Putnam vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
5DblAll pass 

No, there is no advocacy for a 5 opening bid. However, no other auction poses a problem, as NS will float into 4 making otherwise.

The point of looking at the auction after 5 is to reveal the different thinking required of the partner of the doubler. There is no assurance that the double is of the pure takeout double pattern. It is purely and simply a declaration of values. So South should not strain to bid, nay, should strain NOT do bid, with unexceptional pattern! Pass and stay fixed, if fixed, reap rewards for partner's double when right. Taking out a double of a five level opening bid should be relegated to hands described as "exceptional."

For that reason, if advancer WERE to take the double out, The doubler should not have doubts, and trust partner to produce the unusual hand promised.

5 doubled will collapse after two clubs, one diamond, and two hearts are assured. After the first two clubs, North might do best by leading a low club for South to ruff, effectively killing the dummy's clubs and giving North another out card.



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12 ♠K7
AQ87
AJT2
♣KJ9
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠T9853
32
7
♣A8763
♠A62
K654
K8543
♣5
♠QJ4
JT9
Q96
♣QT42
18
410
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2 3NT  ♠5
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +500 4♠*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          2.00   0.00  3N S      ♠T  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  180          1.00   1.00  1N N +3   4  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O4-Handley-Callaway
  100          0.00   2.00  2 E -2   ♠Q  O2-Street-Putnam vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass   

North's sequence shows, of course, a balanced 18-19, so South counts points in the balanced auction, gets 26-27 on his abacus, and notes the presence of several nines and tens. "3NT!"

Nine tricks are available without much problem if care is taken to remove West's potential entry to the long spades. With red finesses safe, get clubs on the table!

If the opponents set up clubs as well, then lead the Curse of Scotland (9) and run it. Then shift to hearts twice. Nine tricks are thus ensured.



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13 ♠JT6532
K843
T3
♣Q
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AK
J
AJ7
♣KJ87532
♠9874
AT62
K95
♣A9
♠Q
Q975
Q8642
♣T64
6
1711
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦3 ♥5 ♠4 NT0
EW: 7♣ 4 1 2♠ 7NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -2220 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    2.00   0.00  3♣ W +3   ♠J  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        620    1.00   1.00  5♣ E +1   ♠J  O2-Street-Putnam vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland
        690    0.00   2.00  3N W +3   ♠J  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
1Pass1Pass
3Pass3Pass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

Bringing home this club suit without loss PLUS having the diamond finesse work is the key to this "grand slam hand!" Not for mere mortals.

The 3NT game is reasonable, though, with chances for a second heart stopper (NOT!), but with that plus the club suit's potential, 3NT is a good matchpoint "gamble."

Rewarded!



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14 ♠AK82
T6
JT987
♣T6
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠JT75
KQ95
65
♣A97
♠9
A842
A32
♣KQJ84
♠Q643
J73
KQ4
♣532
8
1014
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥2 ♠6 NT3
EW: 5♣ 5 1♠ 4NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        200    2.00   0.00  3 W +2   ♠A  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        450    0.50   1.50  4 W +1   K  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        450    0.50   1.50  4 E +1   ♠A  O2-Street-Putnam vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Pass3Pass
4All pass  

East's hand is worth about 18-19 points in support of hearts, so 3 is clearly justified. West has nice values, but the prospect of making slam is just not within the visual sphere. If East had a sixth club, sure thing. If East had a sixth club and a spade void, seven is dependent only on a 3-2 heart split. But East should bid differently with those holdings: 4 with the first, and 3 with the second!

4 is called the "Convention With No Name," and shows a good six card suit (sometimes the author will prescribe a solid suit) and four trumps for partner's major.

3 would be a Splinter raise of hearts, not necessarily promising a void, but surely stimulating partner's imagination so that slam exploration would later reveal the void and the potential would exist for finding the true limit of the hand.

The auction as described seems routine. The digression was for the purpose of reeling West in from fantasies, based on the partnership's understanding of the alternatives and its discipline in applying them.



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15 ♠KJ
A6432
65
♣A973
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AT8742
7
J72
♣KQ4
♠9
QJ95
KQT43
♣T82
♠Q653
KT8
A98
♣J65
12
108
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 2 1♠  ♣6 ♥6 NT6/5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -90 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          2.00   0.00  2 N +1   ♠9  O5-De Gregorio-Jones vs O4-Handley-Callaway
  100          1.00   1.00  4♠* W -1  A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
        110    0.00   2.00  3 W      8  O2-Street-Putnam vs O1-Anthony-Vreeland
16 ♠K862
T8
53
♣K7532
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠93
AJ9643
Q94
♣AQ
♠J7
Q2
AKT762
♣J98
♠AQT54
K75
J8
♣T64
6
1311
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦0 ♥0 NT0
EW: 5 5 2NT  ♣6 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        130    2.00   0.00  4 E      ♠4  O2-Street-Putnam vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
        620    0.50   1.50  4 W      ♠K  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        620    0.50   1.50                O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
17 ♠J9
AKT84
A8
♣AJ32
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠T73
J2
JT97643
♣K
♠KQ654
76
KQ
♣Q964
♠A82
Q953
52
♣T875
17
512
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 4NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          2.00   0.00                O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  140          1.00   1.00  3 N      K  O2-Street-Putnam vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
         50    0.00   2.00  4 N -1   ♠K  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O4-Handley-Callaway
18 ♠KT83
J2
AJ32
♣974
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠QJ42
A8754
QT
♣AT
♠9
96
K98654
♣KQJ8
♠A765
KQT3
7
♣6532
9
139
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣6 ♦4 ♥6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 3 1 1NT  ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        130    2.00   0.00  3 E +1   ♠A  O2-Street-Putnam vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
        150    1.00   1.00  1N E +2   ♠7  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        200    0.00   2.00                O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
19 ♠J9
AKQJ6
K6
♣8643
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠8642
T
T32
♣KT972
♠K73
872
AJ854
♣QJ
♠AQT5
9543
Q97
♣A5
14
311
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 5 4♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥1 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          2.00   0.00                O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
  200          1.00   1.00  3 N +2   ♣Q  O2-Street-Putnam vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
         50    0.00   2.00  6 N -1   A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O4-Handley-Callaway
20 ♠Q762
Q73
AKJ32
♣5
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K93
AT82
9875
♣J9
♠AT54
J5
Q4
♣KQ763
♠J8
K964
T6
♣AT842
12
812
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1/2 1♠  ♣6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1NT  ♦5/6 ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +110 2-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          2.00   0.00  2♠* E -1  T  O2-Street-Putnam vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
        100    1.00   1.00  2 N -1   ♣K  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        300    0.00   2.00                O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O3-Sebring-Hedlund
21 ♠J9865
875
QJ
♣AK7
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠4
QT32
A6542
♣654
♠Q72
J4
KT73
♣JT92
♠AKT3
AK96
98
♣Q83
11
67
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 4♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  620          2.00   0.00  4♠ N      J  O3-Sebring-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
  140          1.00   1.00  3♠ S      A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
        100    0.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   ♣J  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O4-Handley-Callaway

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1NT
212Pass32
Pass4All pass 
  1. DONT
  2. Invitational with useful heart values

When the opponents bid two suits and a cue bid is appropriate to express values, choose the on in which you have good values. When a major suit is in play, cue bids should be supportive of the idea. When minor suits are in the mix, so is notrump, and the cue bid should show a stopper for notrump, not ask. Minor suit auctions often give way to notrump, while major suits should be given the nod as being supported by cue bids.



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22 ♠5
AJT7653
9752
♣8
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KQJ83
2
AQ
♣AKT42
♠A962
8
KJ4
♣J9765
♠T74
KQ94
T863
♣Q3
5
199
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣0 ♦6 ♠0 NT0
EW: 6♣ 6♠  ♦6 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 21 = -1
Par: -1100 7*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        680    1.50   0.50  5♠ W +1   A  O3-Sebring-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
        680    1.50   0.50  5♠ E +1   K  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
       1430    0.00   2.00  6♠ E      K  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O4-Handley-Callaway

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
123Dbl
4NTPass5Pass
6All pass  

Easy slam, dependent on lucky clubs, but the risk is both justified and properly rewarded.

If North bids 3 on his first chance, East is worth 3. If North bids 4, East should allow himself to be pushed to 4, and the rest is the same.

On an initial 4 bid by North, South will surely save as high as necessary.



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23 ♠K65
KT86
K62
♣654
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJT94
AJ
QT95
♣K3
♠A2
9532
-
♣AQJT972
♠873
Q74
AJ8743
♣8
9
1311
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣1 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
EW: 5♣ 2 3♠ 4NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    2.00   0.00  4♣ E +2   A  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
        400    1.00   1.00  4 S -4   ♣3  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        630    0.00   2.00  3N W +1   ♣6  O3-Sebring-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
24 ♠KJ9876
A74
Q
♣J64
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q432
J532
9843
♣7
♠AT5
T9
AKT75
♣952
♠-
KQ86
J62
♣AKQT83
11
311
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 1♠ 3NT  ♦5
EW: 2/1  ♣1 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          2.00   0.00  5♣ S      ♠2  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O4-Handley-Callaway
  170          1.00   1.00  3♣ S +3   9  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones
         50    0.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   A  O3-Sebring-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
25 ♠J42
AK8653
98
♣87
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KT5
2
KT6542
♣AJT
♠AQ986
Q
AQJ
♣Q542
♠73
JT974
73
♣K963
8
1117
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♦0 ♠0 NT0
EW: 5♣ 6 6♠ 1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -1400 7*-NS-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        620    2.00   0.00  5 W +1   A  O3-Sebring-Hedlund vs O2-Street-Putnam
        680    0.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   J  O1-Anthony-Vreeland vs O4-Handley-Callaway
        680    0.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   J  O6-Roberts-Hedlund vs O5-De Gregorio-Jones

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 224
4NTPass5Pass
6All pass  

West just won't be pushed around! No room for science, just probabilities. Slam here is based on partnership confidence that East has his bid, and is not monkeying around vulnerable over a preempt!

No need for the club finesse. Just draw trumps and discard all of East's clubs on the diamond suit! Taking a finesse in clubs reveals a need for proper visualization of the potential of the long suit.



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