- Monday Aft - October 15, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1212 MP  Geomean: 945 MP
(based on 23 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Fred Quadros - Lauren Upson 60.00 1st OA 3.00
Ron Coffee - Ronald Loiacono 59.11 2nd OA 2.25
David Maddox - William Shellooe 56.37 3rd OA 1.69
Brad Dow - Larry Slayton 56.25 4th OA 1.27
Jean Lesieutre - Trulee Ricketts 55.41 5th SA 0.41
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> F
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DATE>October 15, 2018   |CLUB NO.>217133    | 10/15/2018 16:05
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club ACBL Membership         |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   67.5 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=9/C=3                      ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Lauren Upson           Fred Quadros             B   1     1     .   |   1     1     .     81.00  60.00  3.00(OA)
 2 Helen Rubin            Mits Tatsugawa           A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     68.70  50.89
 3 Larry Slayton          Brad Dow                 B   4     .     .   |   4     4     .     75.94  56.25  1.27(OA)
 4 William Shellooe       David Maddox             C   3     3     .   |   3     3     1     76.10  56.37  1.69(OA)
 5 Trulee Ricketts        Jean Lesieutre           A   .     .     .   |   5     .     .     74.81  55.41  0.41(SA)
 6 Ronald Loiacono        Ron Coffee               B   2     2     .   |   2     2     .     79.80  59.11  2.25(OA)
 7 Anthony Muller         Joyce Newell             B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     64.50  47.78
 8 Nancy Borucki           Maja                    A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     61.00  45.19
 9 Arlene Seckel          Frances Baca             C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     46.90  34.74
10 Scott Hanham           Bozidar Boncich          B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     61.80  45.78
11 Thomas Eby             Ewan Eby                 B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     69.50  51.48
12 Mary Block             Ed Lange                 C   .     .    NE   |   .     .     NE    51.70  38.30
                                          Totals                                            811.75

Hands and Results
1 ♠AKQ8
T9862
A
♣QJ8
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠9752
A3
KJ65
♣K96
♠J
K754
QT732
♣532
♠T643
QJ
984
♣AT74
16
116
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 3♠  ♦4 NT6
EW: 3  ♣4 ♥4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.50   0.50  3♠ S      F3-Slayton-Dow vs F11-Eby-Eby
  140          4.50   0.50  2 N +1   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  110          3.00   2.00  2♠ N      F9-Seckel-Baca vs F7-Muller-Newell
         50    1.50   3.50  2N S -1   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
         50    1.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        100    0.00   5.00  3♠ S -2   F12-Block-Lange vs F1-Upson-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North mustn't get carried away when South responds 1. 3 describes the hand, and South will decline the invitation. Luckily, since usually they must lose a spade, two hearts and a club. West has an awkward hand to lead from; though a low diamond will work fine this time, it's scary to underlead the KJ.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass4All pass 

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 6, and 9-10.

The Bidding: North has a choice between opening 1 and reversing into spades, opening 1 planning to rebid 2 over a potential 1NT response, and opening an offshape strong notrump. A singleton Ace is suit oriented. It is the worst of the singletons the ACBL allows for opening 1NT. Opening 1NT decreases the likelihood of finding a major suit fit. North has the strength to reverse. Opening 1 seems best. After South responds 1, North, with 19 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 5, wants to play in a spade game. The Ace singleton isn't carrying its full weight. North is concerned diamond ruffs may be costly if South's spades are weak. Some may reasonably downgrade North's hand and invite with a jump to 3. Given North's texture, forcing to game seems best. A 4 Splinter to show game forcing values, spade support, and diamond shortness isn't attractive with no controls in the rounded suits. Jumping to 4 seems best.

The Play in 4: West is concerned North's hearts will be established. So West chooses to make an aggressive diamond lead. The 4-1 spade break and the offside King allow diamond taps to hold declarer to 9 tricks. If the defense tries to score a heart ruff rather than tap dummy with diamond continuations, declarer can ruff high and later finesse West's 9 to score 10 tricks.

The Play in 1NT: At tables where North chooses to open 1NT, the auction will likely end there. East's standard lead is the 3. West uses the Rule of 11 to determine declarer has just 1 diamond higher than the 3. When West's King is covered by the Ace, West knows diamonds are running. When East's Jack falls, declarer has 4 spade tricks. Declarer sees they cannot win any Matchpoints against pairs that stop in 3. If the King is offside, 4 may go down. If so, 1NT down 1 may tie some tables. If declarer can score 7 or 8 tricks, they may be able to beat some tables. Declarer backs their judgment by going after hearts rather than clubs. West wins their Ace. Normally, West would lead back their 4th best diamond. Here, that would be sloppy. West knows the diamonds are running, but East might not be certain. West makes it easy by leading the Jack and continuing diamonds. Now East cannot go wrong.

On the 5th round of diamonds, West's standard discard is the 9 to encourage a club switch. East's club lead allows the defense to collect a club and a second heart to beat 1NT.



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2 ♠AQ42
KT865
92
♣Q2
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J
9743
AKT53
♣763
♠K653
A
J864
♣AT54
♠T987
QJ2
Q7
♣KJ98
11
812
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 4 2NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2♠ N      F3-Slayton-Dow vs F11-Eby-Eby
   50          3.50   1.50  3N E -1   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F7-Muller-Newell
   50          3.50   1.50  1N W -1   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
        120    1.50   3.50  1N W +1   F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        120    1.50   3.50  1N E +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        400    0.00   5.00  3 N -4   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and will end up in diamonds after the search for a 4-4 major suit fit is fruitless. The hand is easy to play when diamonds are 2-2. Lead a low spade from the dummy and North will pop with the Ace: now your spade King will give a pitch for a losing club if any other suit but clubs originally was led. Not an overtrick to count on!



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3 ♠-
AQ42
KQ53
♣KT963
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠J5
K9853
8
♣Q8742
♠AKQ742
J76
A97
♣A
♠T9863
T
JT642
♣J5
14
618
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3  ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 3 2/3♠  ♣5/6 ♦3 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          5.00   0.00  4♠* E -2  F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
        140    4.00   1.00  3♠ E      F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        170    2.00   3.00  3♠ E +1   F3-Slayton-Dow vs F11-Eby-Eby
        170    2.00   3.00  3♠ E +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        170    2.00   3.00  2♠ E +2   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F7-Muller-Newell
        620    0.00   5.00  4♠ E      F8-Borucki-Maja vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East will feel frustrated when North opens. Over North's 1, will East bid 1 or (more often) double and then bid. It will be easy to get too high--especially when the top heart honors are off side. And then there's the nasty trump break. I predict many a -100 on this one.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1Dbl3
344All pass

The Bidding: Auctions will vary dramatically on this distributional board. Here is one take on the auction: North, in 3rd seat, isn't strong enough to reverse. As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Opening with 4 diamonds and 5 clubs" article, opening 1 and rebidding 2 risks a false preference for diamonds. Here, North's spade void suggests the auction may escalate quickly. Opening 1 to prepare a rebid seems best.

East is too strong to overcall 1. So East begins with a double. South's 6 Support Points are somewhat inflated by their doubleton Jack. Normally, South's priority would be to look for a major suit fit. Here, South has no defense and East-West are likely to have a heart fit. Preempting in diamonds seems best. Some play a raise to 3 over East's double as a preemptive raise. A jump to 2NT would be Jordan , showing an invitational (or better) diamond raise. Because using 2NT to show an invitational raise risks wrong-siding a notrump contract, many expert partnerships play Flip-flop , using 2NT as a preemptive raise and 3 as an invitational raise. With that agreement, South's artificial jump to 2NT shows a preemptive diamond raise.

West, with 10 Support Points, has the option of making a Responsive Double to show values and more than one place to play. Holding 5 hearts opposite a takeout double, West competes to 3. North has a powerful offensive hand for diamonds and has good defense against hearts. Because South didn't show spades and West didn't make a Responsive Double , North infers East has a long spade suit. North concludes East didn't overcall 1 because they have 18+ points. North doesn't want to allow East to introduce their spade suit at the 3-level. North competes to 4. Now East must guess whether to double, bid 4, or bid 4. If North doesn't bid 4, East can bid 3 to show 5+ spades and 18+ points, and then offer a choice between 4 and 4.

The Play in Diamonds: Declarer can ruff spades in the short hand. Declarer wants to setup their club suit, but the bad splits in the minors allow East to ruff and then cash their Ace and lead another diamond to reduce declarer's ruffing power. The defense will eventually collect a 2nd club trick to hold declarer to 9 tricks.

The Play in 4: With heart length, North leads the King, hoping to tap declarer. Dummy's Ace wins. Declarer has a choice between attempting to draw trump and then run spades or cashing some spade winners and attempting a Cross-Ruff . With the Ace-Queen sitting over the King, North has 2 heart winners and 2 more chances to tap declarer. When declarer finally draws trump and attempts to run spades, the bad spade break leaves declarer with just 8 tricks. Declarers choosing to Cross-Ruff will learn of the spade break immediately. Declarer can escape for down 1 if they allow North to ruff another spade.

The Play in 4: With spade length, South prefers to tap declarer rather than look for ruffs. So South leads the Jack, top of an honor sequence. 2 diamond ruffs and declarer's minor suit Aces provide 4 tricks. When declarer cashes a high spade and North discards, declarer knows they have 2 trump losers. With the King setting under the Ace-Queen, declarer must also lose 2 heart tricks. Because the singleton 10 drops, declarer can develop a heart winner. South can ruff declarer's heart winner or not. Either way, declarer has 9 tricks. A trump lead is needed to hold declarer to 8 tricks.



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4 ♠98
872
KJT6
♣K973
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠7652
-
A9842
♣A642
♠AQT4
QJT643
Q3
♣5
♠KJ3
AK95
75
♣QJT8
7
811
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 2NT  ♦5 ♥6 ♠3
EW: 3♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   0.50  2 E -1   F7-Muller-Newell vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  100          4.50   0.50  1 E -1   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F3-Slayton-Dow
        110    2.50   2.50  2♠ W      F1-Upson-Quadros vs F8-Borucki-Maja
        110    2.50   2.50  2 E      F11-Eby-Eby vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        140    1.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
        170    0.00   5.00  2♠ W +2   F12-Block-Lange vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East will surely open 1. South is likely to pass, but could rationalize a 1NT overcall. Over a pass, West bids 1 and becomes declarer. At least trump break this time, though the KJ are offside. This one will be harder to play than it looks at first. Get an opening club lead and see how tricky it can be. Win the A and lead a low diamond at trick two. Then perhaps play a pure cross-ruff for nine tricks.



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5 ♠QJ75
K5
73
♣AT875
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K842
J432
T86
♣KQ
♠6
Q98
AQJ95
♣J432
♠AT93
AT76
K42
♣96
10
910
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 3♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ N      F1-Upson-Quadros vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ N      F11-Eby-Eby vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  140          4.00   1.00  1♠ N +2   F7-Muller-Newell vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  110          1.50   3.50  1♠ N +1   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
  110          1.50   3.50  1♠ N +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        100    0.00   5.00  3♠ N -1   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F3-Slayton-Dow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

With both majors, South opens a third seat 1, North bids 1, and South raises preemptively to 2. What will East lead? A diamond is out, but will it be a low club or a low heart? Either turns out to be safe. This is a lucky hand for declarer: the A behaves and it's easy to ruff two hearts in dummy.



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6 ♠A642
AKQJ95
K9
♣4
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠8
4
J8742
♣KQ9752
♠K753
762
AT53
♣63
♠QJT9
T83
Q6
♣AJT8
17
67
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 5♠ 3NT  ♣5/6 ♦5
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   1.50  5 S      F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F3-Slayton-Dow
  450          3.50   1.50  4 N +1   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  450          3.50   1.50  4 N +1   F11-Eby-Eby vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  450          3.50   1.50  4 N +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  200          0.50   4.50  2 N +3   F7-Muller-Newell vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  200          0.50   4.50  2 N +3   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

A mischievous West might open a third seat 3. Now North has two choices: 4 or a double. Still, vulnerable, West may well pass, and now they will get to their major suit game with less drama. What will East lead? A low spade will be the "unbid major" at many tables, a reasonable choice if West didn't preempt.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Dbl11NT
Pass2Pass4
All pass   

The Bidding: After 2 passes, West expects North-South to have game values and fits in one or both majors. As Josh Donn discusses in his "Light Third Seat Openers" article, a light opener hopes "to preempt the opponents (or at least get them bidding defensively) and to direct the lead." Here, West wants a club lead. West can open 1, planning to rebid 2 if necessary. A 3 preempt consumes more room. West's mediocre club texture and the unfavorable vulnerability make preempting more risky. A 3 preempt isn't likely to prevent North-South from reaching a reasonable game contract. So there is little upside to taking the risk 3 will be penalized. Opening 1 seems best.

At tables where West preempts, North has a choice between overcalling 3 or 4 or making a takeout double. North has too much playing strength to overcall 3. North has concern about a club tap causing difficulty in 4. Beginning with a takeout double seems best. South expects 3NT or 4 will have play. Given the favorable vulnerability, South prefers to convert the double for penalty.

At tables where West opens a light 1 or passes, North-South will reach 4 or 4. If North Splinters to show slam interest, South, with no controls outside of clubs, will decline the slam invitation.

The Play in 3X: Declarer has a quick spade loser and a quick club loser. The 2-2 diamond break allows declarer to escape with just 1 diamond loser. When declarer leads a club from dummy, playing the Ace allows declarer to escape for down 1. Playing the 8 has the same result if declarer guesses to cover with the 9. Playing the Jack (or Ten) allows the defense to collect 500 if declarer plays on diamonds. If declarer continues clubs, the defense can collect 800.

The Play in 4 or 4: Declarer has 7 quick winners. Knocking out the Ace, establishes a diamond winner for declarer. If the King were onside, declarer would score 12 tricks. Here, the King is offside and declarer has 11 tricks.



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7 ♠K2
AK54
Q762
♣Q94
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A96
T93
JT
♣T7653
♠JT43
J762
A94
♣A2
♠Q875
Q8
K853
♣KJ8
14
510
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥4/5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  1N N +2   F7-Muller-Newell vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  120          3.50   1.50  2N N      F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  120          3.50   1.50  2N N      F12-Block-Lange vs F3-Slayton-Dow
        100    1.50   3.50  3N N -1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        100    1.50   3.50  2N N -1   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
        200    0.00   5.00  3N N -2   F11-Eby-Eby vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

N-S will likely get to game on an auction like 1--1; 1NT--2NT; 3NT. Sadly, there are only eight tricks to achieve without a defensive error. Declarer needs another club in one of the hands--or a higher intermediate diamond. Not today.



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8 ♠AJ8
AJ97
T3
♣AK93
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KQ742
Q4
5
♣QJ654
♠T9
8632
AKJ64
♣72
♠653
KT5
Q9872
♣T8
17
108
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 3 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3/4 ♠6 NT3/4
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  3N N      F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  150          3.00   2.00  3♠ W -3   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  150          3.00   2.00  2♠ W -3   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
  150          3.00   2.00  3♣ W -3   F11-Eby-Eby vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
   90          1.00   4.00  1N N      F12-Block-Lange vs F3-Slayton-Dow
   50          0.00   5.00  3♣ W -1   F7-Muller-Newell vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West might open a Rule of 20 1. North overcalls 1NT and buys the hand unless West now trots out 2. Since N-S have nine tricks, going set even two undoubled will be no hardship for E-W. Poor South with only five HCP certainly won't act. This one might end up who knows where??



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9 ♠AQJ8
T853
72
♣A72
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K63
7642
K9
♣Q864
♠7
Q9
QT86543
♣JT5
♠T9542
AKJ
AJ
♣K93
11
85
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 6♠ 6NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          2.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
  480          2.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  480          2.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   F7-Muller-Newell vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  480          2.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  480          2.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   F11-Eby-Eby vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
  480          2.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   F12-Block-Lange vs F3-Slayton-Dow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Even those who prefer to open the five card major won't have a hard time opening 1NT with the South hand. North will bid Stayman and then the spade game. It's a friendly hand: trump break and the K is on side, as well as the Q falling to allow a minor suit discard. Bid slam? Not likely.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1NT
Pass2Pass2
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: As Larry Cohen discusses in his "Should I Open 1NT w/ a 5-card Major?" article, opening 1NT with a 5-card major can help avoid awkward rebid problems. After South opens a strong notrump in 3rd seat, many expert partnerships use Low Information Puppet Stayman to avoid leaking information about opener's distribution when responder has one 4-card major and game forcing values. Holding two 4-card majors, North uses regular Stayman. When South shows 4 spades, North places the contract in 4.

The Play: With the King onside, declarer has 5 spade tricks. The Queen doubleton onside allows declarer to score 4 heart tricks. The Ace-King and Ace bring declarer to 12 tricks.



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10 ♠KJ3
KQJ43
A
♣QT32
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠98
A986
KQJ973
♣7
♠742
T752
52
♣J654
♠AQT65
-
T864
♣AK98
16
101
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 1 4 6♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦6/5 ♥2 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          4.50   0.50  6♠ S      F3-Slayton-Dow vs F1-Upson-Quadros
 1430          4.50   0.50  6♠ S      F11-Eby-Eby vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
  680          1.50   3.50  5♠ S +1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Muller-Newell
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   F12-Block-Lange vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West will surely want to act, either with diamonds or with a double if they have an agreement about "equal level conversion." North won't care--He's interested in slam after partner opens 1. It's easier if West passes, but a cuebid of West's diamonds may be the way to start. If West doubles, a lot will depend on partnership agreements, however.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass2Pass3
Pass3Pass41
Pass4NTPass52
Pass6All pass 
  1. club control and willingness to cooperate with a slam try
  2. 2 hey cards and the Queen

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West is a bit light for a 2 overcall. North's 2 response is a Two Over One Game Force . Many expert partnerships use a 2 response to show a game forcing hand with clubs or a balanced Game Force. So the 2 response shows 5+ hearts. If playing the Bergen 2/1 Style , South shows their 4-card club suit with a 3 rebid. If playing the Lawrence style, South lacks the extra values to show a 2nd suit at the 3-level. So South uses the 2 default rebid which doesn't promise extra length. Either way, North's 3 bid shows a game forcing raise with 3-card support.

In game forcing major suit fit auctions where both partners are unlimited, it can be difficult to determine whether a cue bid shows serious slam interest or the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. Many expert partnerships sacrifice a natural 3NT bid to clarify slam interest. If playing Serious 3NT , South can cue bid 4 to show a club control and the willingness to cooperate with a slam try or bid an artificial 3NT to show serious slam interest. Here, South's 18 Support Points are inflated with a void in partner's suit. Showing a club control with the willingness to cooperate with a slam try seems best. North, with 19 Support Points bids 4NT Roman Keycard . South isn't eager to show a void in partner's suit. So South shows 2 key cards and the Queen. North places the contract in 6.

The Lead: West isn't eager to cash their Ace and help setup North's hearts. East will not have an entry on this auction. So there is little upside to leading their singleton club. West prefers to lead their King, top of an honor sequence.

The Play: Declarer has 5 spade winners. Declarer can pickup a 5-0 club break. Declarer can pick up a 4-0 club break if they guess which defender has 4 clubs. This provides an 88% chance to avoid a club loser. Declarer could try to ruff 3 diamonds, but that is risky. Taking a ruffing finesse in hearts is the safest line. Here, the ruffing finesse loses, but declarer has the rest of the tricks.



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11 ♠J83
T4
AQ752
♣A72
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K7542
6
T9864
♣Q8
♠AT6
Q9875
K3
♣943
♠Q9
AKJ32
J
♣KJT65
11
59
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 3 4NT  ♠6
EW: 1/-♠
       ♣3/2 ♦5 ♥4 ♠7/6 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  400          4.00   1.00  3N S      F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Muller-Newell
  170          3.00   2.00  2 S +2   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
  150          2.00   3.00  3♠ E -3   F3-Slayton-Dow vs F1-Upson-Quadros
  110          1.00   4.00  3♣ S      F12-Block-Lange vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        150    0.00   5.00  4 S -3   F11-Eby-Eby vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. North will bid 1NT if they're playing 2/1 and South will bid 2. Now North has a bit of a dilemma--J83 isn't much of a stopper, but it seems wrong just to bid 2. 3 is an option, though many prefer a six card suit for this bid to show an invitational hand. What will East lead against NT? West would surely lead a spade, but that's not as obvious from the East hand. Still, it's the "unbid major."



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12 ♠KT6
QT85
K643
♣Q7
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q932
A63
AQT
♣K65
♠AJ54
-
98752
♣J982
♠87
KJ9742
J
♣AT43
10
156
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♦4 ♠3 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3 3♠  ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  870          5.00   0.00  2* S +1  F11-Eby-Eby vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
  170          4.00   1.00  2 S +2   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Seckel-Baca
   50          3.00   2.00  1N W -1   F3-Slayton-Dow vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        100    2.00   3.00  3 S -1   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
        120    1.00   4.00  1N W +1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Muller-Newell
        170    0.00   5.00  3♠ W +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1NT. East has a tough hand to deal with. Stayman works this time, but what if partner bids 2? This is a light hand for 2NT. Cock-eyed optimism pays off this time. Of course, there's a chance South will bid 2 over East's Stayman, which has West crossing her fingers to bid 2 anyway.



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13 ♠8654
K
KT97
♣JT76
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠J93
T753
43
♣A942
♠A7
9642
AQ
♣KQ853
♠KQT2
AQJ8
J8652
♣-
7
515
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3♠  ♣6/5 ♥6/5 NT6
EW: 1♣  ♦3 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3 W -2   F12-Block-Lange vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
  170          4.00   1.00  2♠ N +2   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  100          3.00   2.00  3 W -1   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
         90    2.00   3.00  1N E      F9-Seckel-Baca vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
        110    1.00   4.00  2 W      F3-Slayton-Dow vs F8-Borucki-Maja
        120    0.00   5.00  1N E +1   F7-Muller-Newell vs F11-Eby-Eby

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has two doubletons but can justify 1NT with the diamond tenace and the fact that his four card major is hearts. South will get in on the act if he has a bid which shows two suits, leading to their spade fit in most cases. If East opens 1, South certainly doubles--voila--same spade fit.



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14 ♠A843
4
KQT743
♣T9
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J9762
T
A2
♣K6543
♠KQ5
K98732
-
♣A872
♠T
AQJ65
J9865
♣QJ
9
812
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4  ♣2 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 1 4♠  ♦3 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -100 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  2 E -2   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
   50          3.50   1.50  4♠ W -1   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
   50          3.50   1.50  2 E -1   F7-Muller-Newell vs F11-Eby-Eby
         50    2.00   3.00  5 N -1   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
        100    1.00   4.00  6* N -1  F3-Slayton-Dow vs F8-Borucki-Maja
        170    0.00   5.00  3♠ W +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and West responds 1. What will North do? 3? Now East might pass, might rebid hearts (shuddering with this rotten suit) or raise spades. They won't get to game without pressure from the opponents. If North bids diamonds, South won't go quietly--nor should she. South should persist even to 5 rather than defend with this hand.



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15 ♠A2
T854
963
♣AKT8
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QT4
AK7632
T7
♣62
♠J876
J9
KJ5
♣Q953
♠K953
Q
AQ842
♣J74
11
98
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.50   0.50  2N N +1   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  150          4.50   0.50  2N N +1   F3-Slayton-Dow vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  100          2.50   2.50  2 W -2   F7-Muller-Newell vs F11-Eby-Eby
  100          2.50   2.50  2 W -2   F12-Block-Lange vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
   50          0.50   4.50  2 W -1   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
   50          0.50   4.50  2 W -1   F9-Seckel-Baca vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Whether or not South opens 1, West will bid 2, which passes back to South. Will South go quietly, or reopen with a double? Lots of room for wiggling on this one. Once South opens, North should know it's their hand. He shouldn't go quietly. He might even try 2NT with four hearts to the 10, but that choice won't appeal a lot.



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16 ♠KQJT7
6
98765
♣A2
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠8
AT842
AJT
♣QJ53
♠A63
KQ973
Q4
♣K76
♠9542
J5
K32
♣T984
10
1214
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣1 ♦6 ♥1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 6 3NT  ♦6 ♠6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -1100 6♠*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        680    2.50   2.50  5 W +1   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F11-Eby-Eby
        680    2.50   2.50  4 W +2   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F7-Muller-Newell
        680    2.50   2.50  4 W +2   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
        680    2.50   2.50  4 W +2   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        680    2.50   2.50  4 W +2   F12-Block-Lange vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once West opens 1, there will be no stopping East. Off an Ace, there's the good fortune that the K is onside. What you might call a 50% slam. I don't advocate using the Jacoby 2NT with a hand like East's but the information about spade shortness will be valuable.



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17 ♠JT63
AJ
2
♣KQ8432
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AK94
KT83
9864
♣A
♠Q852
95
AT53
♣J65
♠7
Q7642
KQJ7
♣T97
11
147
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1NT  ♦5 ♠5
EW: 2 2♠  ♣3 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/3♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          4.90   0.10  2N N      F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  110          3.10   1.90  3♣ N      F8-Borucki-Maja vs F11-Eby-Eby
  110          3.10   1.90  2♣ N +1   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F7-Muller-Newell
  100          1.30   3.70  2 E -2   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
         90    0.10   4.90  2 E      F12-Block-Lange vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North might open 1, but preempting with this hand seems like an underbid. If North passes, it will likely pass around to West. Now North bids 2 and East passes or bids 2--not strong enough for a Negative Double . N-S will prevail with the clubs at many tables. And enjoy the profit if they push E-W into 3.



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18 ♠AJ9
QJ54
974
♣A92
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q8732
8632
AKQ
♣6
♠6
A9
T8532
♣KQT85
♠KT54
KT7
J6
♣J743
12
119
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 1♠  ♣5 ♦3 NT6
EW: 1♣ 4  ♥5 ♠5 NT5/6
LoTT: 18 - 15 = +3
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.90   0.10  2♠ W -1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
        110    3.70   1.30  2 E +1   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        120    1.90   3.10  1N E +1   F1-Upson-Quadros vs F7-Muller-Newell
        120    1.90   3.10  1N E +1   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F11-Eby-Eby
        180    0.10   4.90  1N E +3   F12-Block-Lange vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will West open 1 in third seat? He does have both majors. North can double 1 with an opening hand and three card support or more for unbid suits. What will East do? 1NT? 2 or 2 (non-forcing over the double)? Without a diamond lead, it's easy for N-S to play NT. I see lots of possibilities for this one...



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19 ♠3
J6
AKJ973
♣KJ64
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKQT2
KQ73
86
♣73
♠J876
95
T542
♣T52
♠954
AT842
Q
♣AQ98
13
141
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 5 3 2NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣1 ♦2 ♥4 NT2
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: +920 6♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  5 N      F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F3-Slayton-Dow
  170          4.00   1.00  4♣ S +2   F12-Block-Lange vs F7-Muller-Newell
  150          2.50   2.50  3 N +2   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  150          2.50   2.50  2 N +3   F11-Eby-Eby vs F9-Seckel-Baca
         50    1.00   4.00  4 S -1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Borucki-Maja
        100    0.00   5.00  5♣ S -2   F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F1-Upson-Quadros
20 ♠86
Q9
AJ32
♣KJ864
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠QJ
T62
QT986
♣QT7
♠KT752
KJ73
74
♣A2
♠A943
A854
K5
♣953
11
711
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 1 3NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.50   0.50  3♣ N +1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Borucki-Maja
  130          4.50   0.50  2♣ N +2   F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F1-Upson-Quadros
  110          3.00   2.00  2♣ N +1   F11-Eby-Eby vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  100          1.50   3.50  1N W -1   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  100          1.50   3.50  2♠ E -1   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F3-Slayton-Dow
        110    0.00   5.00  2♠ E      F12-Block-Lange vs F7-Muller-Newell
21 ♠KQ3
985
J42
♣KJ75
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠98652
AQJ3
A
♣Q93
♠J4
K42
98753
♣AT4
♠AT7
T76
KQT6
♣862
10
138
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 3 2♠  NT6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    5.00   0.00  1N E      F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ W      F11-Eby-Eby vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ W      F12-Block-Lange vs F7-Muller-Newell
        110    3.00   2.00  2 W      F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F3-Slayton-Dow
        140    1.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Borucki-Maja
        400    0.00   5.00  2♣ N -4   F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F1-Upson-Quadros
22 ♠5
T652
K52
♣AKT87
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT3
J943
T3
♣Q954
♠92
Q
AQJ9864
♣J32
♠KQJ8764
AK87
7
♣6
10
710
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 4♠  ♦5/4 NT5
EW: 2 2NT  ♣5 ♥2 ♠2
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +420 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      F3-Slayton-Dow vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      F7-Muller-Newell vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      F11-Eby-Eby vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        100    0.00   5.00  5 N -2   F12-Block-Lange vs F8-Borucki-Maja
23 ♠K75
Q62
J943
♣KT4
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠63
AT853
AKQ72
♣6
♠42
KJ4
T8
♣AQJ973
♠AQJT98
97
65
♣852
9
1311
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥0 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4 5 1♠ 1NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   1.00  5 W -1   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  100          4.00   1.00  5♣ E -1   F3-Slayton-Dow vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  100          4.00   1.00  4♣ E -1   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        620    1.00   4.00  4 W      F7-Muller-Newell vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
        620    1.00   4.00  4 W      F11-Eby-Eby vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        620    1.00   4.00  4 W      F12-Block-Lange vs F8-Borucki-Maja
24 ♠54
9
Q87532
♣AK73
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T72
K83
KJ
♣JT864
♠A963
AQT62
A64
♣9
♠KQJ8
J754
T9
♣Q52
9
814
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♥4 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1♣ 3 2♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    5.00   0.00  2 E      F12-Block-Lange vs F8-Borucki-Maja
        140    3.00   2.00  3 E      F3-Slayton-Dow vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        140    3.00   2.00  2 E +1   F7-Muller-Newell vs F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre
        140    3.00   2.00  2 E +1   F11-Eby-Eby vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        170    0.50   4.50  2 W +2   F6-Loiacono-Coffee vs F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        170    0.50   4.50  2 E +2   F10-Hanham-Boncich vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
25 ♠842
AJ4
QT5
♣A754
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AT63
T9
A986
♣Q93
♠K9
KQ87632
732
♣2
♠QJ75
5
KJ4
♣KJT86
11
108
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2♠  ♦6 ♥4 NT6
EW: 1/- 3
       ♣3 ♦7/6 ♠5/4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.50   0.50  3N N -2   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
        100    4.50   0.50  5♣ N -2   F12-Block-Lange vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        140    2.00   3.00  3 E      F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        140    2.00   3.00  3 E      F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
        140    2.00   3.00  3 E      F7-Muller-Newell vs F3-Slayton-Dow
        620    0.00   5.00  4 E      F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Eby-Eby
26 ♠AQJT652
-
K74
♣KJ9
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠973
J862
-
♣AQ8542
♠4
KQT7543
QJ865
♣-
♠K8
A9
AT932
♣T763
14
78
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/3♣ 4 3/4♠ 4NT  ♥1
EW: 5  ♣4 ♦3 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: -200 5NT*-NS/5♠*-N-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  5♠ N      F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      F12-Block-Lange vs F9-Seckel-Baca
  500          3.00   2.00  6* E -2  F7-Muller-Newell vs F3-Slayton-Dow
  200          2.00   3.00  5* E -1  F8-Borucki-Maja vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
        850    0.50   4.50  5* E     F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Eby-Eby
        850    0.50   4.50  5* E     F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F1-Upson-Quadros
27 ♠653
JT7532
-
♣9542
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠A7
AKQ8
K7643
♣AQ
♠T982
4
AT85
♣KJT8
♠KQJ4
96
QJ92
♣763
1
228
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥4 ♠3/4 NT1
EW: 5♣ 5 3 3♠ 5NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  6* E -2  F2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Eby-Eby
        400    4.00   1.00  3N W      F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F1-Upson-Quadros
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   F5-Ricketts-Lesieutre vs F10-Hanham-Boncich
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   F12-Block-Lange vs F9-Seckel-Baca
        430    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   F8-Borucki-Maja vs F6-Loiacono-Coffee
        460    0.00   5.00  3N W +2   F7-Muller-Newell vs F3-Slayton-Dow