- Saturday Morn - April 20, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 122 MP  Geomean: 49 MP
(based on 28 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Charlene Reimnitz - Joel Reimnitz 66.67 1st A 0.56
Diane Gunter - Suzanne Haley 63.49 1st A 0.56
Gerald Williams - James Chibidakis 57.54 2nd A 0.39
Lynne Weatherman - Marie Louie 55.56 3rd A 0.28
Jeff Riehl - Roger Barry 54.37 2nd A 0.39
John Gamble - Laura Gamble 50.00 3rd A 0.28
EVENT>Saturday Morning Pairs   |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>April 20, 2019     |CLUB NO.>150680    | 04/20/2019 12:57
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DIR> Alan Hedegard   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 70%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/200/50     |CLUB>H & H Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mary Block             Kathy Pfitzer            A    .     .     .     62.00  49.21
 2 Wayne McIntyre         Sally Reed               B    .     .     .     61.50  48.81
 3 Barbara Callaway       Louise Barnard           B    .     .     .     51.50  40.87
 4 Jeff Riehl             Roger Barry              C    2     1     1     68.50  54.37  0.39(A)
 5 Frances Baca           Julie Anongos            C    .     .     .     50.50  40.08
 6 Joel Reimnitz          Charlene Reimnitz        A    1     .     .     84.00  66.67  0.56(A)
 7 John Gamble            Laura Gamble             C    3     2     .     63.00  50.00  0.28(A)
                                          Totals                         441.00

EVENT>Saturday Morning Pairs   |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/200/50     |CLUB>H & H Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 James Chibidakis       Gerald Williams          C    2     2     1     72.50  57.54  0.39(A)
 2 Lynne Weatherman       Marie Louie              C    3     .     2     70.00  55.56  0.28(A)
 3 Bob Gore               Mary Kalinyak            A    .     .     .     60.00  47.62
 4 Albert Low             Sam Callaway             C    .     .     .     50.00  39.68
 5 John Kneisl            Barbara Moxley           B    .     .     .     60.00  47.62
 6 Suzanne Haley          Diane Gunter             B    1     1     .     80.00  63.49  0.56(A)
 7 George Mills           Sylvia Teixeira          C    .     .     .     48.50  38.49
                                          Totals                         441.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q986
K42
Q7
♣KQ96
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A42
AQT53
83
♣J84
♠T53
9876
A942
♣A2
♠KJ7
J
KJT65
♣T753
12
118
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2 1NT  ♣4 ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          6.00   0.00  2♠ N +1   6  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  110          5.00   1.00  2♣ N +1   ♠3  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A4-Low-Callaway
  100          3.50   2.50  3 W -2   Q  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  100          3.50   2.50  3 W -2   Q  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
   50          1.50   4.50  3 W -1   ♠6  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
   50          1.50   4.50  3 W -1   Q  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        140    0.00   6.00  2 W +1   ♣K  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
2 ♠AKJ5
QT94
AQJ5
♣J
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠7
A76
K763
♣K8643
♠T92
83
T984
♣A975
♠Q8643
KJ52
2
♣QT2
18
104
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 4 5♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦6 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      ♠7  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      7  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      6  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A4-Low-Callaway
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      ♣4  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      ♣3  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        100    0.00   6.00  5♠ S -1   ♣4  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A7-Mills-Teixeira

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1Pass1
Pass4All pass 

If South were not a passed hand, North might contemplate bidding 4, a game forcing spade raise with a singleton club, but with the original pass, it is wildly unlikely to construct a hand making slam -- not impossible, but it would require Q, AK, K, which would have been opened, or Q, a singleton heart, K, and A. a difficult parlay.

4 is the practical bid, and after losing the round aces, eleven tricks are easily captured.



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3 ♠T754
T53
72
♣AT32
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AQ63
AQ42
63
♣Q54
♠9
87
AK9854
♣KJ98
♠KJ82
KJ96
QJT
♣76
4
1411
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥4 ♠5 NT2
EW: 5♣ 5 3 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW/5-EW/5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  3N W -1   ♠4  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        110    5.00   1.00  2 E +1   Q  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        130    3.50   2.50  2 E +2   Q  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A4-Low-Callaway
        130    3.50   2.50  4♣ W      ♠4  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        150    1.50   4.50  2N W +1   ♠4  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        150    1.50   4.50  2 E +3   ♣7  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        600    0.00   6.00  3N W      ♠3  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A2-Weatherman-Louie

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1Dbl
Pass12Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

A bit aggressive by East, but the odds must favor the attempt, with the likelihood of many diamond tricks.

And so it is. Aggression, within reason, pays.



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4 ♠532
J863
AKJ86
♣K
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AKJT4
A754
5
♣JT7
♠6
KQT9
Q7
♣AQ9843
♠Q987
2
T9432
♣652
12
1313
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣0 ♥0 ♠1 NT0
EW: 6♣ 6 5♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -1430 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  800          6.00   0.00  4* W -3  A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A4-Low-Callaway
        140    5.00   1.00  3 E      ♠7  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        150    4.00   2.00  3♣ E +2   T  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        170    3.00   3.00  3 E +1   2  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        600    1.50   4.50  5♣ E      2  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        600    1.50   4.50  5♣ E      T  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        650    0.00   6.00  4 E +1   T  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A2-Weatherman-Louie

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass2Pass
2Pass3Pass
3Pass4Pass
4Pass4Pass
PassPass  

Some might bid this slam, but not many, and it depends on a finesse for the club king plus a guess for the heart jack. It's a two-way finesse, pure and simple, and declarer will actually be helped by the defense's leading two rounds of diamonds. That will make the technician play hearts as follows, having been shortened in trumps in the West hand: K, then a heart to the A, revealing all, and prevailing in the quest for twelve tricks when the K pops.



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5 ♠K
AQ763
T7
♣AQ964
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J
JT4
AKJ3
♣87532
♠Q8764
K82
Q964
♣J
♠AT9532
95
852
♣KT
15
108
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 1♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣4 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  120          6.00   0.00  2N N      4  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A4-Low-Callaway
  110          4.50   1.50  2 N      ♣J  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        100    3.00   3.00  2 N -1   ♣J  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
        200    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -2   A  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        200    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -2   A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        200    1.00   5.00  3♣ N -2   5  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass2Pass2
PassPassPass 

South's sequence shows no interest in advancing toward game, and fewer than three hearts. With three or more hearts, a direct raise would have been appropriate with single raise values, regardless of spade length. So North should subside in the 5-2 fit. While the K is a good card, there is nothing to be done with it after diamonds are cashed.

The defense is entitled to two diamonds and two hearts. If declarer leads the 9 from dummy, West must cover to preserve those two tricks, because East holds the 8!!



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6 ♠-
AQ86
K543
♣AJ742
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QJ54
J973
AJ
♣K95
♠76
KT54
QT987
♣Q8
♠AKT9832
2
62
♣T63
14
127
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3♠  ♦6 ♥5 NT6/5
EW: 1/2 1/2NT  ♣4 ♦6 ♠4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          5.00   1.00  3♠ S      ♣K  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  140          5.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   9  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  140          5.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   3  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  110          3.00   3.00  2♠ S      3  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
         50    1.50   4.50  5♠ S -1   ♠4  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
         50    1.50   4.50  3♠ S -1   3  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A4-Low-Callaway
        150    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   4  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A6-Haley-Gunter
7 ♠Q96
873
AQT9
♣K84
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T74
KT965
5
♣JT75
♠K532
42
KJ874
♣92
♠AJ8
AQJ
632
♣AQ63
11
47
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3 3♠ 4/3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  660          5.50   0.50  3N N +2   7  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  660          5.50   0.50  3N N +2   4  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  630          3.00   3.00  3N S +1   6  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  630          3.00   3.00  3N S +1   6  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A4-Low-Callaway
  630          3.00   3.00  3N N +1   7  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  600          1.00   5.00  3N S      5  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        200    0.00   6.00  3N S -2   6  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A7-Mills-Teixeira

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass2NT
Pass3NTAll pass 

North should avoid bidding 2NT without a heart stopper if there is a logical alternative -- there is! Bid 1 and let South declare.

Oh dear! That concept should have worked well, but the computer gives a different conclusion. Did you notice that NORTH can make ten tricks in notrump, while South can make just nine? What's that about?

Whenever you see that a different number of tricks can be made depending on who declares, be sure that there is some sort of vulnerability that can only be exploited by the defense specifically with the opening lead. Here that lead is the 5 from West, an unlikely lead. That will relieve East of pressure and an effective endplay, having to hold TWO diamond honors plus length, along with the K. The opening lead lessens that pressure, according to the computer.

Fear not. Humans don't lead singletons against notrump contracts in suits bid by the opponents. West will lead a heart and then South can make ten tricks, according to the computer. Wait! Where are those ten tricks? Two spades after the finesse works, two hearts, three clubs, and two diamonds make just nine. Where is the tenth? Perhaps a squeeze? Lead the Q, forcing the K to cover, and then West has to hold the Tx, along with the clubs and the hearts? Yes, surely that would work. But when East has just two hearts it is easier than that. Just finesse in diamonds and play the A when East returns the lead, then another diamond. When declarer wins and runs diamonds, West is rather finished, whether the spade menace had been transferred or not. The guard squeeze (holding the T works well, too!).

A bit difficult, admittedly, and maybe a bit double-dummy, but an interesting exercise, and showing the analysis will forestall inquiries requesting an explanation how it might be accomplished.



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8 ♠954
K7
AKJ75
♣942
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q63
AT643
432
♣T5
♠T72
QJ92
QT
♣AK76
♠AKJ8
85
986
♣QJ83
11
612
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣5 ♦3 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          4.50   1.50  3 W -1   A  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
   50          4.50   1.50  3 W -1   A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
   50          4.50   1.50  3 W -1   A  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
   50          4.50   1.50  3 W -1   A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A4-Low-Callaway
        110    1.50   4.50  2 W      A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        110    1.50   4.50  1 W +1   A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        140    0.00   6.00  3 W      7  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
9 ♠732
Q962
Q62
♣AT6
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AQT96
A
K4
♣QJ973
♠5
K753
JT9
♣K8542
♠KJ84
JT84
A8753
♣-
8
167
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♦6 ♠4/5 NT4
EW: 5♣ 2♠ 2/3NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -600 5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
         50    6.00   0.00  2 S -1   ♠Q  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        110    5.00   1.00  2♠ W      2  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
        130    4.00   2.00  2♣ W +2   ♣4  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        150    1.50   4.50  3 S -3   A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A4-Low-Callaway
        150    1.50   4.50  3 S -3   ♣3  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        150    1.50   4.50  3♣ W +2   Q  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        150    1.50   4.50  3♣ E +2   A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
10 ♠AQ84
J72
Q32
♣A64
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠96
AKT965
J94
♣87
♠KT52
43
AT76
♣KQJ
♠J73
Q8
K85
♣T9532
13
813
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2/3 3 1♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.00   1.00  4 W -1   ♠4  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  100          5.00   1.00  4 W -1   2  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  100          5.00   1.00  2 W -1   2  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A4-Low-Callaway
        110    2.50   3.50  2 W      2  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
        110    2.50   3.50  2 W      2  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        140    1.00   5.00  2 W +1   ♣A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        170    0.00   6.00  3 W +1   2  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
11 ♠K85
QT4
QT
♣Q8732
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠32
K972
J854
♣AKJ
♠T6
8653
AK92
♣954
♠AQJ974
AJ
763
♣T6
9
127
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5
EW: 2 2  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +100 3*-EW/3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          6.00   0.00  4♠ S      ♣A  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
  140          4.00   2.00  3♠ S      ♣A  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  140          4.00   2.00  3♠ S      ♣A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  140          4.00   2.00  2♠ S +1   ♣A  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A4-Low-Callaway
         50    1.50   4.50  4♠ S -1   ♣A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
         50    1.50   4.50  2♠ S -1   ♣A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        100    0.00   6.00  4♠ S -2   ♣A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A6-Haley-Gunter
12 ♠6
6
K6543
♣KJT864
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QT8543
K754
AQT
♣-
♠AJ9
QJ98
72
♣9752
♠K72
AT32
J98
♣AQ3
7
118
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3/4 2NT  ♥4 ♠3
EW: 3 3♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +100 4♠*-EW/4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          5.50   0.50  4♠ W -1   6  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A4-Low-Callaway
   50          5.50   0.50  4 E -1   9  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        100    3.50   2.50  5♣ S -1   A  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        100    3.50   2.50  4♣ S -1   ♠T  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   6  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        170    1.00   5.00  3♠ W +1   6  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        420    0.00   6.00  4♠ W      6  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
13 ♠T95
T854
QT9
♣KJ3
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q32
J2
AKJ64
♣T97
♠K4
Q96
752
♣AQ652
♠AJ876
AK73
83
♣84
6
1111
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 3 1/- 1/-♠ 2/1NT
       ♥7/6 ♠7/6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  3 W -2   ♠T  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      A  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      K  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        100    3.00   3.00  3♠ S -1   A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        110    1.00   5.00  3 W      ♠T  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ E      A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A4-Low-Callaway
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ E      A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
14 ♠7543
AK74
T3
♣AK5
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠-
T65
J75
♣QJT9876
♠K86
QJ32
AKQ84
♣4
♠AQJT92
98
962
♣32
14
415
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6
EW: 2♣ 2 1  ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          6.00   0.00  5♣* W -3  A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  200          5.00   1.00  3♠ S +2   J  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  170          3.50   2.50  3♠ S +1   ♣Q  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A4-Low-Callaway
  170          3.50   2.50  2♠ S +2   5  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  140          2.00   4.00  3♠ S      5  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
  100          1.00   5.00  2N E -2   ♠9  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
         90    0.00   6.00  2 E      9  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A6-Haley-Gunter
15 ♠Q
AK7653
AK54
♣85
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠943
JT82
T7
♣QT63
♠JT876
-
J83
♣AK942
♠AK52
Q94
Q962
♣J7
16
39
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2 4 1♠ 2NT  ♣5
EW: 2♣  ♦0 ♥1 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +500 5♣*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  620          4.50   1.50  4 N      ♣A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A4-Low-Callaway
  620          4.50   1.50  4 N      ♣A  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  620          4.50   1.50  4 N      ♣K  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
  620          4.50   1.50  4 N      ♣K  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  170          2.00   4.00  3 N +1   ♣A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        100    1.00   5.00  5 N -1   ♣Q  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        200    0.00   6.00  6N S -2   J  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
16 ♠AKQ75
T83
KQ2
♣98
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠T2
KJ752
AT6
♣KT4
♠963
A
98543
♣6532
♠J84
Q964
J7
♣AQJ7
14
114
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2♠ 3NT  ♦6
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          5.50   0.50  4♠ N      3  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  420          5.50   0.50  4♠ N      ♣6  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  140          4.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   A  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
         50    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
         50    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
         50    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A4-Low-Callaway
        100    0.00   6.00  4♠ N -2   A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
17 ♠85
T952
752
♣9643
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AJT3
83
AJT98
♣75
♠K976
AKQ7
KQ43
♣8
♠Q42
J64
6
♣AKQJT2
0
1017
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦1 ♥2 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6 4 6♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          6.00   0.00  3N* E -2  ♣A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        140    5.00   1.00  3 E      ♣A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A4-Low-Callaway
        150    3.00   3.00  3 E +2   ♣A  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        150    3.00   3.00  2 E +3   ♣A  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
        150    3.00   3.00  2 E +3   ♣A  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A6-Haley-Gunter
        450    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   ♣3  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
        650    0.00   6.00  5♠* W     ♣3  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
Dbl341Dbl
42Pass42Pass
4Pass4NTPass
53Pass5All pass
  1. Both majors, game values
  2. Control toward slam, clearly!
  3. No trump queen

A rather nice auction, really. West makes a Negative Double , having a safe landing spot back in diamonds if there is no spade fit, and East's 4 shows both majors and game forcing values. Then 4 cannot be a signoff, for surely there is a major suit fit. Ergo, 4 is a control bid. Now let's find out which major -- 4 offers, 4 corrects, and East takes the invitation extended by 4 to inquire toward slam. Off an ace and missing the trump queen means that the odds are against the slam. Signoff.

Yet the strong likelihood is that twelve tricks will be made, for declarer will be inclined to play first the honor in trumps from the short hand (K97 remaining, after the second club is ruffed), and then take the trump finesse. It works! Those who bid the slam without the mechanism to determine that the trump queen will be successful, wondering what the problem was.

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18 ♠T8742
5
JT3
♣KQ82
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AKJ
QT74
964
♣965
♠96
J632
Q875
♣J43
♠Q53
AK98
AK2
♣AT7
6
104
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 2 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      7  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      4  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      2  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      9  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      4  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      5  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      5  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A4-Low-Callaway

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass2NT
Pass3Pass3
Pass3NTPass4
All pass   

West counts three trump tricks and hopes to find partner with a trick, setting the contract.

Alas -- good thing West refrained from a speculative double!



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19 ♠KQ8
42
QJT93
♣972
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠JT6
QJ98
A
♣AQJT6
♠973
T653
K72
♣854
♠A542
AK7
8654
♣K3
8
153
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ 3 2♠  ♣5/7 ♥5 NT6
EW: 1 1NT  ♣6 ♦3 ♠4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +110 2♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  3♣ W -2   Q  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  130          4.00   2.00  2 S +2   Q  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A4-Low-Callaway
  130          4.00   2.00  2 S +2   Q  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  130          4.00   2.00  2 S +2   ♣A  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A6-Haley-Gunter
  110          2.00   4.00  2 S +1   8  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
         50    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -1   A  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
        100    0.00   6.00  5 S -2   Q  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
20 ♠T9
K96
KJ63
♣K987
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠652
JT532
Q7
♣Q43
♠K83
Q4
AT942
♣A65
♠AQJ74
A87
85
♣JT2
10
513
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 3 5♠ 5/4NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥4 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +660 5NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          6.00   0.00  1N W -4   ♠T  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  300          5.00   1.00  2 E -3   8  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  180          3.50   2.50  2N N +2   Q  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A4-Low-Callaway
  180          3.50   2.50  2N N +2   Q  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  170          2.00   4.00  1♠ S +3   7  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  150          1.00   5.00  1N N +2   4  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
  120          0.00   6.00  2N S      Q  A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A6-Haley-Gunter
21 ♠T2
A76
Q9
♣KJT983
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠A753
K953
AT4
♣Q5
♠K986
842
K863
♣42
♠QJ4
QJT
J752
♣A76
10
136
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦5/6 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          5.50   0.50  2♣ N +3   ♠6  A7-Gamble-Gamble vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  150          5.50   0.50  2♣ N +3   K  A4-Riehl-Barry vs A1-Chibidakis-Williams
  130          3.50   2.50  4♣ N      ♠6  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A2-Weatherman-Louie
  130          3.50   2.50  4♣ N      ♠6  A5-Baca-Anongos vs A3-Gore-Kalinyak
  110          2.00   4.00  2♣ N +1   2  A2-McIntyre-Reed vs A4-Low-Callaway
  100          1.00   5.00  1♣ W -2   ♠T  A6-Reimnitz-Reimnitz vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
    PASS       0.00   6.00  Pass Out      A3-Callaway-Barnard vs A6-Haley-Gunter