- Monday Morn - April 16, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 291 MP  Geomean: 161 MP
(based on 23 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
David Ow - Glenn Chee 65.83 1st A 0.60
Janet Hedlund - Judith Perry 60.00 1st A 0.60
Fran Soskins - Scott Hanham 57.92 2nd A 0.42
Carol Sendell - Mike McWalters 56.67 2nd A 0.42
Anjalie Kulkarni - Marian Carrapeza 48.33 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM N-S
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DATE>April 16, 2018     |CLUB NO.>228684    | 04/16/2018 13:57
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DIR> Janet Hedlund   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/500/200   |CLUB>County Public Monday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Terry Handley          Joseph Howell            A    .     .     .     58.50  48.75
 2 Anjalie Kulkarni       Marian Carrapeza         C    .     2     1     58.00  48.33  0.22(B)
 3 Janet Hedlund          Judith Perry             A    1     .     .     72.00  60.00  0.60(A)
 4 Shirley Larsen         Joan Roberts             B    .     .     .     53.50  44.58
 5 Bob Gore               Josephine Callahan       C    .     .     .     48.50  40.42
 6 Fran Soskins           Scott Hanham             B    2     1     .     69.50  57.92  0.42(A)
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM E-W
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/500/200   |CLUB>County Public Monday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Neville Kirby          Barbara Callaway         C    .     .     .     50.50  42.08
 2 David Ow               Glenn Chee               C    1     1     1     79.00  65.83  0.60(A)
 3 Joe Norton             Stephanie Booth          B    .     .     .     45.50  37.92
 4 Mike McWalters         Carol Sendell            C    2     2     2     68.00  56.67  0.42(A)
 5 Floyd Viau             Harriet Sundblad         C    .     .     .     52.50  43.75
 6 Mary Stange            Patricia Haynes          B    .     .     .     64.50  53.75
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠A75
65
T842
♣KQT6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KT9842
QT2
K6
♣J8
♠6
AKJ84
A95
♣A542
♠QJ3
973
QJ73
♣973
9
916
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥2 ♠3 NT4
EW: 2♣ 5 4♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   ♠Q  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   Q  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM2-Ow-Chee
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   3  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   ♣7  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        140    1.00   4.00  3 E      ♠Q  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        420    0.00   5.00  4 E      3  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When East opens 1, West needs to remember that there's no bonus for two trump suits. With 9 HCP and three hearts, just raise the hearts. When East makes a game try, go on to game. It turns out the spades aren't all that helpful, by the way.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
2Pass4All pass

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 5, and 8.

The Bidding: After East opens 1, West has a choice between a direct raise and a limit raise. West's 11 Support Points are somewhat inflated by their minor suit honor doubletons. West's Losing Trick Count of 7 argues against downgrading West's hand. West's spade texture and length offer a potential source of tricks. West's lack of entries reduces the value of their long spade suit. West can reasonably treat their hand as a simple raise. If so, South with 19 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 6, places the contract at 4.

If West advertises an invitational hand with 3-card support, East Splinters in spades to invite slam if West doesn't have wasted values in spades. West declines the invitation.

The Play: South is likely to lead the Queen or Queen, top of an honor sequence. Declarer has a choice between attempting to score 2 ruffs or attempting to establish dummy's spade suit. There is no assurance the spade suit can be setup. Go after ruffs in the short hand seems the best route to 10 tricks.

A trump lead decreases dummy's ruffing power. Now declarer may be forced to try to establish dummy's spades. With spades splitting 3-3, setting up spades provides 11 tricks and a top board.



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2 ♠Q
3
AJT87632
♣K84
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AK983
AJT2
9
♣J76
♠T642
K75
KQ
♣AQ52
♠J75
Q9864
54
♣T93
10
1314
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♥2 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 5 6♠ 6NT  ♦6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        300    5.00   0.00  4 N -3   ♠3  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        420    3.50   1.50  4♠ W      A  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        420    3.50   1.50  4♠ W      A  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        450    2.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        800    0.50   4.50  5* N -3  ♠T  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        800    0.50   4.50  5* N -3  ♠6  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North will regret not being in first seat! East opens 1 and West bids 1. Now North bids 4 (loving the vulnerability, too) and East will need the required pause time to decide what to do. Probably East will pass, but West can reopen with a double and now East will happily raise spades. Will West go back to the dummy and finesse South for the J when the Q drops? A lot of people are stuck on "8 ever, 9 never."



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
133Pass
4Pass4Pass
4NTPass51Pass
52Pass53All pass
  1. 1 or 4 key cards
  2. asks for the Queen
  3. no Queen

The Bidding: At tables where East-West play a 15-17 1NT range, East has no reason to upgrade. After East opens 1, West, with 5-4 in the majors, responds 1. Given North's rounded suit honors and the unfavorable vulnerability, North isn't eager to preempt 4. A 3 preempt seems sufficient. East is a bit light for raising to 3, but East doesn't want to suppress their spade support. Rebidding 3 is reasonable. West's 16 Support Points, diamond shortness, and 3 key cards suggest looking for slam. West's 4 cue bid shows a diamond control and denies a club control. East's 4 cue bid shows a club control and a heart control. East wouldn't cue bid without a club control. Many expert partnerships use a Last Train cue bid. With that agreement, East's 4 cue bid shows a club control. It doesn't show or deny a heart control. West bids 4NT Roman Keycard . When East shows 1 key card, West asks for the Queen. East's 5 bid denies the Queen and ends the auction.

The Play: When North drops the Queen on the first round of spades, Restricted Choice and the Vacant Spaces principle makes finessing South for the Jack a big favorite. Declarer scores 4 heart tricks by finessing against South for the Queen. Declarer discards a club on the 4th round of hearts. When the finesse against the King succeeds, declarer has 12 tricks on this fortunate lie of the cards.



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3 ♠J976
KQJ6
KT9
♣J4
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T
952
J864
♣AQ763
♠A42
T84
AQ53
♣K95
♠KQ853
A73
72
♣T82
11
713
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣4 ♦4 ♥6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 3 2NT  ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          4.50   0.50  3♠ S      J  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  140          4.50   0.50  1♠ S +2   ♣A  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
  110          2.50   2.50  2♠ S      J  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  110          2.50   2.50  2♠ S      ♣A  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
         50    1.00   4.00  3♠ S -1   J  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        110    0.00   5.00  2 E +1   ♣2  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North has a nice light 1 opener in third seat, given his excellent major suits. Unless their agreement allows a 1NT overcall with so few points, East passes and South bids 1. How high they'll have to go will depend on whether or not East now balances with 1NT (11-14 points) or passes.



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4 ♠832
T732
T
♣T8764
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠JT964
98
AQ98
♣QJ
♠AQ75
Q54
765
♣A53
♠K
AKJ6
KJ432
♣K92
0
1012
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♦5 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2/1 4/3♠ 3/2NT  ♣4 ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -3   T  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  170          4.00   1.00  3 S +1   A  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
  100          3.00   2.00  3♠ W -1   T  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        140    2.00   3.00  3♠ W      T  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        200    1.00   4.00  2N N -2   ♠5  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        790    0.00   5.00  4♠* W     T  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Most will open 1 with the East hand. What will South do with this great hand? Double, planning to bid diamonds if partner says spades? There are few palatable choices, even with half the vales in the deck in South's hand. West will surely bid his spades and East will raise. Now South needs to do a reality check. Partner is likely to be dead broke. Go ahead and push anyway? It's the usual crapshoot.



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5 ♠A
KJT74
A2
♣T9876
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠8542
3
KQT83
♣KQ2
♠JT976
Q6
J765
♣J3
♠KQ3
A9852
94
♣A54
12
105
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 4NT  ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣2 ♥2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  650          3.50   1.50  4 S +1   K  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
  650          3.50   1.50  4 S +1   K  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  650          3.50   1.50  4 N +1   ♠J  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  650          3.50   1.50  4 N +1   ♣J  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        100    0.50   4.50  6 N -1   ♠J  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        100    0.50   4.50  6 N -1   ♣J  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. South has the wrong hand for 4: too many points and the wrong hand pattern. Choices? Jacoby 2NT is not ideal, but may be the best choice if 1NT is not forcing. South just has to be sure they'll eventually get to game.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass2NT1
332Pass43
Pass4All pass 
  1. game forcing raise with 4+
  2. spade control and a diamond control
  3. willing to cooperate with a slam try

The Bidding: After North opens 1, South's artificial Jacoby 2NT response is a game forcing raise with 4+ hearts. North's weak 5-card club suit doesn't merit showing on the 4-level. Playing the traditional Jacoby 2NT structure, North rebids 3 to show spade shortness. The 3 response is awkward because the singleton Ace doesn't allow South to properly evaluate their KQ3 holding. Another problem is South doesn't know whether North has extra values. If playing Serious 3NT (or similar), South can show their willing to cooperate with a slam try. North, with 16 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 6, will cooperate. Neither North nor South is eager to bid beyond 4. If not playing Serious 3NT or similar, North-South must guess whether to look for slam and may get too high with all the key cards. Note that South will show the Queen if asked because of the known 10-card fit.

To reduce the need to guess, many expert partnerships have discarded the traditional Jacoby 2NT structure. My "Jacoby 2NT" article discusses the flaws of the traditional structure and presents superior alternatives for serious partnerships. Using a modern structure, North rebids an artificial 3 to show a minimum opener. South doesn't believe a slam is available. So South places the contract in 4 without revealing information about North's distribution.

At some tables, West will overcall 3 or 3 to help steer partner away from a spade lead. At favorable vulnerability, interfering in a Jacoby 2NT auction has substantial upside. When the opponents interfere in your Jacoby 2NT auction, Billy Miller recommends passing without control of the overcalled suit. With that understanding, North would pass a 3 overcall. South expects the partnership to have 1 or more club losers. Over a 3 overcall, North can cue bid 3 to show a spade control and a diamond control. Playing Serious 3NT (or similar), South shows willingness to cooperate with a slam try. North may cue bid, but neither partner is eager to bid passed 4.

The Play: Declarer can discard their diamond losers on dummy's spades. When hearts break 2-1, declarer doesn't have a trump loser. Declarer loses just 2 clubs.



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6 ♠A75
973
QT8
♣KT92
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJ2
K4
AK52
♣A764
♠Q63
A852
J764
♣Q3
♠T984
QJT6
93
♣J85
9
189
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 4 2 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   ♣2  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  100          4.00   1.00  3N W -1   ♣2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        120    3.00   2.00  2N W      ♣2  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        600    1.50   3.50  3N W      ♣T  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        600    1.50   3.50  3N W      ♣2  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        630    0.00   5.00  3N W +1   8  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM3-Norton-Booth

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West is a bit too good for 1NT, so will open 1 and then jump to 2NT over the 1 response. It only makes 9 tricks with the Q off side. At least North has the K.



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7 ♠72
KT54
AKJ53
♣T9
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AQT5
A983
72
♣QJ7
♠KJ98
Q7
QT98
♣AK5
♠643
J62
64
♣86432
11
1315
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 2 2 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          4.50   0.50  6♠ E -2   6  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  100          4.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   ♠6  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        620    2.00   3.00  4♠ E      6  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        620    2.00   3.00  4♠ E      4  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        620    2.00   3.00  4♠ E      ♣3  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   6  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1, overcalled 1 by North. Now East bids 1, planning to go on in NT if West doesn't have four spades. But he does, and they should reach the superior suit contract. With no easy pitches, declarer loses a heart and two diamonds to make his contract.



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8 ♠63
KT52
QT
♣KT876
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T4
J97
K32
♣AQ543
♠A97
AQ863
74
♣J92
♠KQJ852
4
AJ9865
♣-
8
1011
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠  ♣3 ♥4/3 NT5/4
EW: 3♣ 2 1NT  ♦3 ♠3
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: +300 5♣*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  590          5.00   0.00  4♠* S     J  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  420          4.00   1.00  4♠ S      ♠T  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
  170          3.00   2.00  3♠ S +1   J  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  130          1.50   3.50  4 S      J  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  130          1.50   3.50  4 S      7  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
         50    0.00   5.00  5 S -1   J  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has a reasonable light opening in third seat--1. What will South do? He has a fine hand for Michaels Cue Bid , followed by a raise based not on HCP but on playing strength. West may muddy the waters with 3--which North will surely pass. When this comes back to South, he should bid the minor so partner will know for sure which one it is, and North should now prefer spades. South wouldn't be bidding again without a big hand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass121
22Pass34
All pass   
  1. 5+ 5+ unspecified minor
  2. invitational raise

The Bidding: East's 1 opening in 3rd seat is lead directional and forces North-South to use their defensive bidding agreements. Grant Baze advised "6-5 come alive" . Here, South's 6-6 distributions gives their 11 HCP hand great trick taking potential. South could begin with a Michaels Cue Bid cue bid and then drive to game. East-West will be more likely to sacrifice if they learn South has a big 2-suiter in the pointed suits. However, Michaels offers the potential of finding a diamond game or slam if North is short in spades.

Jumping to 4 gives up the opportunity to look for a slam, but makes it more difficult for East-West to find a sacrifice. The downside of jumping to 4 is North will be poorly positioned to double a sacrifice. Here, blasting to 4 is likely to buy the contract. Given the lack of defense against a rounded suit contract, jumping to the likely 4 contract is a reasonable gamble.

Alternatively, South could begin with a 1 overcall, planning to WalkTheDog, hoping to get doubled. As Josh Donn discusses in his "Breakin' the Rules -- Walking the Dog" article, making the opponents believe they have pushed you to a contract can sometimes dissuade them from a profitable sacrifice. Here, East and West have average strength. So East-West will not push South to game. When South drives to game after a simple overcall, East-West should be suspicious.

The Play in 4: Declarer cannot reach dummy to take the diamond finesse. Here, the King is offside. Dummy's diamond texture is very useful for declarer. Declarer loses just a heart, the King, and the Ace. Declarer has 10 tricks: 5 + 5.

The Play in 5X: South leads the King, top of an honor sequence. Declarer is likely to Hold Up . South continues with the Jack. Declarer wins the Ace and ruffs a spade. North overruffs. East-West are not likely to reveal their club fit in the auction. So North doesn't know South is void in clubs and will not give South a club ruff to realize a 3 trick set. With the King behind the Ace and the King offside, declarer is likely to escape for down 2.



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9 ♠AQJ73
QJT6
Q95
♣4
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠4
A92
KJ842
♣J765
♠9862
874
T7
♣A982
♠KT5
K53
A63
♣KQT3
12
94
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 2 3/4 4/5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          3.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   7  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  450          3.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   ♣5  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
  450          3.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   ♣2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  450          3.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   ♣2  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM2-Ow-Chee
         50    1.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   T  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        100    0.00   5.00  5♠ N -2   T  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM6-Stange-Haynes

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and South will make sure they get to the spade game. What will East lead? It's not easy to choose. He might decide on the diamond because everything else looks worse, but doubleton leads are generally a bad idea. Trump? It's a guess, as usual.



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10 ♠Q5
KJ3
J3
♣AKQ852
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K943
A8754
K85
♣6
♠AT862
92
AQ9
♣T94
♠J7
QT6
T7642
♣J73
16
1010
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT4
EW: 1 3 5♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        100    4.00   1.00  3♣ N -1   ♠A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        100    4.00   1.00  3♣ N -1   ♠A  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        100    4.00   1.00  3♣ N -1   9  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        200    1.00   4.00  3♠ E +2   ♣J  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        200    1.00   4.00  3♠ E +2   ♣J  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        200    1.00   4.00  2♠ E +3   ♣J  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

If West opens a light 1, all North can do is bid 2. East, a passed hand, will bid 2 and West should raise. Get to the game? Unlikely unless North pushes them into it. Play is easy when the spades break.



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11 ♠A
K75
KQ986
♣T974
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠9843
AQT6
T
♣KJ63
♠J7
J432
7432
♣A85
♠KQT652
98
AJ5
♣Q2
12
106
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 2♠ 3NT  ♥5
EW: 1/2  ♣6 ♦4 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +300 4*-W-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  490          5.00   0.00  3N N +3   2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  450          4.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   T  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  430          2.50   2.50  3N N +1   2  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  430          2.50   2.50  3N N +1   ♣5  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
  420          0.50   4.50  4♠ S      T  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  420          0.50   4.50  4♠ S      T  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM6-Stange-Haynes

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and rebids them, but North will probably end up in 3NT. Poor East has a better lead than he knows in a low heart, but unless they can see all four hands, West will return a heart and N-S will cash tricks galore in diamonds and spades.



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12 ♠K86
T42
A63
♣KT63
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AJ3
QJ653
KT97
♣Q
♠42
K87
J84
♣98542
♠QT975
A9
Q52
♣AJ7
10
134
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ -/1 4♠ 2NT
       ♦6/7 ♥5/6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦6 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  170          5.00   0.00  2♠ S +2   ♣Q  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ S      ♣Q  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  110          2.50   2.50  2♠ S      ♣Q  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  110          2.50   2.50  2♠ S      ♣Q  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  100          1.00   4.00  3 W -2   ♠8  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        100    0.00   5.00  3♣ N -1   K  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West's 1 will pass around to South. North will raise South's spades, but it's unlikely they'll forge on to game--and trumps have to be managed carefully to avoid to trump losers missing the AJxxx.



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13 ♠QJT873
63
K8
♣J86
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠62
AQJT972
32
♣52
♠5
54
AJT64
♣AKT73
♠AK94
K8
Q975
♣Q94
7
712
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣2 ♦3 ♥1 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 5 1NT  ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  790          5.00   0.00  4♠* N     ♣A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        100    3.50   1.50  4♠ N -1   A  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        100    3.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   ♣A  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        620    1.50   3.50  4 W      ♠Q  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        620    1.50   3.50  4 W      ♠8  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        650    0.00   5.00  5 E      ♠Q  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM2-Ow-Chee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

I'm not inclined to preempt in first seat without a quick trick in my suit, especially vulnerable, but some will. If North does open 2, East must remember that 2NT without a jump is not the Unusual NT, but rather a NT opener with spades stopped. He might overcall oneof his minors. If North passes, East will open 1 and South might pass, bid a light 1NT or bid 1. Not that West will care: he just bids hearts and keeps on bidding them as needed.



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14 ♠AJ6
T96
AQ83
♣J97
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠5
J854
KJT742
♣83
♠93
AK73
6
♣KQ6542
♠KQT8742
Q2
95
♣AT
12
512
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥4
EW: 2♣ 1 3  ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣8  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣8  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣8  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      ♣8  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM3-Norton-Booth
   50          1.00   4.00  5 E -1   ♠K  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        100    0.00   5.00  6♠ S -2   ♣3  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Will South bid 1 or 3? Either can be justified. Either way, North will probably encourage South, maybe even into the game. Polite of East to have the K, isn't it? N=S are even lucky in their club holding, though East will snatch heart winners while he may.



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15 ♠6
T98
A98
♣T98643
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠8732
J2
K642
♣AQ2
♠AK4
AKQ653
53
♣J5
♠QJT95
74
QJT7
♣K7
4
1017
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
EW: 1♣ 1 4/5 2/1♠ 4/5NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -460 5NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    4.50   0.50  2 E +2   7  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        170    4.50   0.50  2 E +2   Q  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        200    3.00   2.00  2 E +3   ♠Q  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        420    2.00   3.00  4 E      ♠Q  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        450    0.50   4.50  4 E +1   Q  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        450    0.50   4.50  4 E +1   Q  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In fourth seat, West opens 2 to show an opening had and a decent six card suit, enabling East to raise to game with only two card support. Good thing the K is on, since there are unavoidable spade and diamond losers.



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16 ♠AKJ54
J
Q9753
♣J6
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠Q932
T865
KJ2
♣QT
♠86
KQ4
A864
♣9542
♠T7
A9732
T
♣AK873
12
89
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2 3♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  430          5.00   0.00  3N S +1   ♠2  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ N      K  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM3-Norton-Booth
         50    3.00   2.00  3N S -1   ♠2  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -2   ♣2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        150    1.00   4.00  3N S -3   6  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        200    0.00   5.00  3N S -4   ♠2  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North may choose to open a Rule of 20 1. With only 11 HCP and no good fit, South can't be too encouraging--and North's subsequent diamond bid won't help. The auction, if not 2/1 might go 1--2; 2--2; 3--3. Playing 21, perhaps 1--1NT*; 2--2NT 3--3. High enough!



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17 ♠AK
KJ9843
A53
♣53
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠JT9764
6
T87
♣K87
♠Q
AQT7
Q642
♣QJT6
♠8532
52
KJ9
♣A942
15
413
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/- 2 1NT
       ♣6 ♦7/6 ♠6/5
EW: 1/-♣ 1♠  ♣7/6 ♦6 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +100 2♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  110          4.50   0.50  2 N      ♠Q  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  110          4.50   0.50  2 N      ♠Q  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
         50    3.00   2.00  3 N -1   ♠Q  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
        100    1.50   3.50  4 N -2   ♣Q  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        100    1.50   3.50  4 N -2   ♣Q  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        120    0.00   5.00  2N E      ♣2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1, South responds with 1 and North buys the hand with 2. East has a natural, easy lead in the Q. It has the bonus of setting up easy exit cars for the defense. When hearts break so badly--and offside, to boot--North will be glad he's no higher.



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18 ♠AQ
T542
QJ3
♣Q764
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K987
73
KT8652
♣A
♠T52
KQJ6
74
♣K952
♠J643
A98
A9
♣JT83
11
109
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 1/2 1♠  ♣5 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -90 2-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   90          5.00   0.00  2♣ N      K  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
   50          3.50   1.50  1♠ W -1   ♣4  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Norton-Booth
   50          3.50   1.50  3 W -1   T  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM2-Ow-Chee
    PASS       2.00   3.00  Pass Out      MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
         90    1.00   4.00  2 W      2  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        110    0.00   5.00  2 W +1   ♣3  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West is likely to open diamonds--will it 1 or 2? I prefer the latter in third seat. And the auction will promptly fizzle. If West were not to open, would North open light, given his spade holding? The Rule of 15 says not to. Who knows how this one will unravel?



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19 ♠T64
AT6
J32
♣AJ96
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q83
KQ75
A98
♣Q32
♠A95
J43
KQ64
♣KT8
♠KJ72
982
T75
♣754
10
1313
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
EW: 3♣ 4 4 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        600    4.50   0.50  3N E      ♠2  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        600    4.50   0.50  3N E      ♠2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        630    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   ♠7  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        630    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   ♠2  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        630    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   ♠2  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        660    0.00   5.00  3N E +2   ♠6  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
20 ♠A
Q93
QT93
♣KJ764
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J42
762
J72
♣T852
♠K987
AKJT854
-
♣Q9
♠QT653
-
AK8654
♣A3
12
213
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 7 3/2♠ 4/-NT
       ♥5/4 NT10/6
EW: 2  ♣3 ♦0 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: +1400 7*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
 1150          5.00   0.00  3N* N +2  A  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  640          4.00   1.00  5 N +2   A  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
  600          3.00   2.00  5 S      7  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  170          2.00   3.00  4 S +2   2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  150          1.00   4.00  4♣ N +1   A  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM2-Ow-Chee
  130          0.00   5.00  4 S      2  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
21 ♠JT97
954
852
♣K87
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠62
763
Q764
♣Q954
♠KQ53
AJ2
AKJ3
♣T6
♠A84
KQT8
T9
♣AJ32
4
418
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥6 NT6
EW: 2 1/-  ♣6 ♥7/6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -90 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   80          5.00   0.00  1♠ N      A  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
   50          4.00   1.00  3 E -1   K  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        100    2.50   2.50  2♠ N -1   A  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        100    2.50   2.50  1♠ N -1   ♣T  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        110    1.00   4.00  3 E      K  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Ow-Chee
        120    0.00   5.00  2N E      K  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
22 ♠Q9652
QT9
J95
♣K7
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J873
A7542
A
♣QJT
♠AT
KJ8
Q864
♣8643
♠K4
63
KT732
♣A952
8
1210
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 1♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.00   0.00  4 W -2   ♠2  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM3-Norton-Booth
  100          3.00   2.00  3 W -1   ♠5  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  100          3.00   2.00  3 W -1   ♠5  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
  100          3.00   2.00  3 W -1   ♠5  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
    PASS       1.00   4.00  Pass Out      MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        140    0.00   5.00  3 W      5  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Ow-Chee
23 ♠J975
T
AJ865
♣J98
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠3
K962
742
♣T7643
♠AQT42
AJ75
T
♣K52
♠K86
Q843
KQ93
♣AQ
7
314
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1/-♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥5 ♠7/6
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          5.00   0.00  3N S      ♠3  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
  180          4.00   1.00  1N S +3   ♣4  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
  150          3.00   2.00  2N S +1   ♠3  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Ow-Chee
   90          2.00   3.00  1N S      2  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM3-Norton-Booth
        100    0.50   4.50  3N S -1   ♣3  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        100    0.50   4.50  3♠ S -1   2  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
24 ♠K3
KT64
74
♣A9853
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AT876
A83
J5
♣Q74
♠J942
QJ9
A32
♣KJT
♠Q5
752
KQT986
♣62
10
1112
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1  ♣6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3♠ 2NT  ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          4.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   4  MM2-Kulkarni-Carrapeza vs MM4-McWalters-Sendell
   50          4.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   7  MM1-Handley-Howell vs MM2-Ow-Chee
   50          4.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   7  MM6-Soskins-Hanham vs MM1-Kirby-Callaway
        140    1.50   3.50  2♠ W +1   7  MM5-Gore-Callahan vs MM5-Viau-Sundblad
        140    1.50   3.50  1♠ W +2   7  MM3-Hedlund-Perry vs MM6-Stange-Haynes
        170    0.00   5.00  2♠ W +2   7  MM4-Larsen-Roberts vs MM3-Norton-Booth