- Monday Aft - November 27, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 892 MP  Geomean: 499 MP
(based on 16 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joyce Newell - Laura Gherman 59.88 1st A 0.80
Helen Rubin - Mitsuo Tatsugawa 56.18 2nd A 0.56
Bill Cohen - Brad Dow 52.38 3rd A 0.40
David Maddox - William Shellooe 49.01 2nd C 0.22
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>November 27, 2017  |CLUB NO.>217133    | 11/27/2017 16:13
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   42.0 |TOP>   3 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Jill Leach             Barbara Hake             A    .     .     .     39.83  47.42
 2 Mary McCormick         Dinah Irino              B    .     .     .     41.00  48.81
 3 Helen Rubin            Mitsuo Tatsugawa         A    2     .     .     47.19  56.18  0.56(A)
 4 Joyce Newell           Laura Gherman            C    1     1     1     50.30  59.88  0.80(A)
 5 William Shellooe       David Maddox             C    .     .     2     41.17  49.01  0.22(C)
 6 Sharyn Siebert         Jerome Weiss             C    .     .     .     34.17  40.68
 7 Bill Cohen             Brad Dow                 B    3     2     .     44.00  52.38  0.40(A)
 8 Mary Block             Hetty Eddy               C    .     .     .     38.83  46.23
                                          Totals                         336.49

Hands and Results
1 ♠T92
J
AK742
♣K982
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A3
AQ6
953
♣AQJ54
♠KQ4
K98542
T8
♣73
♠J8765
T73
QJ6
♣T6
11
178
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 1♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  4 W -1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        420    1.00   2.00  4 W      A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
        420    1.00   2.00  4 E      A7-Cohen-Dow vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        420    1.00   2.00  4 E      A8-Block-Eddy vs A1-Leach-Hake

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will North open the bidding? He has 2 1/2 Quick Tricks and shape to use the Rule of 20 and start with 1. That may pass around to West, who has an awkward hand: 1NT is out of the question. With 17 HCP he can start with a double--and will be gratified when East jumps to 2. East may have only eight HCP, but the hand is surely worth more when partner has a fit. West will be delighted to bid the heart game. Of course, if East overcalls 1 or even 2, West will be delighted to go to game.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 11Pass
2Pass2Pass
3Pass3Pass
3Pass4All pass

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 7, and 10.

The Bidding: North's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After North opens 1, East overcalls 1. South is too weak to act. West's 2 cue bid shows an invitational or better heart raise. East, with 10 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 7, is too weak to accept the invitation. West, with 18 Support Points and a LTC of 6, is too strong to jump to game. Slam is available opposite a hand like xxx Kxxxx Ax Kxx. West shows their club suit and then cue bids to look for slam. When East cannot show a diamond control, the auction ends at 4.

The Play: The defense cashes the first 2 diamonds. Declarer's finesse against the King loses. Declarer has 10 tricks.



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2 ♠K8754
954
A75
♣K7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q2
KT7
964
♣AQT54
♠J93
QJ86
KQT3
♣82
♠AT6
A32
J82
♣J963
10
119
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦6/5 ♥5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 2  ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  2♣ W -2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A1-Leach-Hake
   50          1.50   1.50  1N W -1   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
   50          1.50   1.50  4 W -1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        100    0.00   3.00  2♠ N -1   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West might open a light 1. Bidding this hand will be challenging. What will West do if East bids 1? probably pass. Then North can balance with 1, which South would be wise not to raise unless pushed. The vulnerability is unfavorable for N-S, but no one is likely to double on this auction. What is East bids 1? West still passes. You tell partner you've opened light by not bidding again.



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3 ♠KJ93
8732
642
♣K8
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T4
65
AQJ975
♣754
♠A82
AKT
T83
♣AQT9
♠Q765
QJ94
K
♣J632
7
717
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦1 ♥5 ♠6 NT1
EW: 4♣ 6 1 1♠ 6NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -1440 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    3.00   0.00  3 E +2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A1-Leach-Hake
        170    1.50   1.50  3 W +3   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        170    1.50   1.50  2 W +4   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        690    0.00   3.00  3N E +3   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

With all those prime cards and three card support, East should go right to game unless he knows that West will open any sort of dog. Those players use Ogust to stay out of trouble: West would show good suit, bad hand. Slam depends on the wo minor suit kings cooperating. Just try slam with a spade lead if they don't!



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
2Pass3NTAll pass

The Bidding: West opens a Weak Two Diamonds in 2nd seat. As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, a second seat preempt should be constructive because partner is an unpassed hand and dealer's pass decreases the likelihood the opponents have a game. North waits the mandatory 10 seconds after a skip bid before passing. North's pause avoids giving South the unauthorized information that North has nothing to think about, and gives East the opportunity to plan their response and bid in tempo.

If West has a maximum great fitting hand like xx xx AKxxxx Kxx, a slam needs declarer to pickup the diamonds without a loser or establish a club winner in time to discard a losing spade. Many would upgrade that hand open 1. Opposite xxx xx KQJxxx Kx, slam has little play on a spade lead. Even without a spade lead, luck would be needed to establish a 4th club winner for a spade discard.

The Play: South will likely prefer a leading the Queen, top of an honor sequence. North discourages a heart continuation. Declarer wins the Ace, concealing the King. Declarer leads the 10 (or 8). When South plays their singleton King, declarer has 10 tricks. A double finesse in clubs offers the potential for up to an additional 3 tricks. The double finesse loses to the Jack. With North holding the doubleton King, declarer has the rest of the tricks.

A spade lead is best for the defense. A declarer who can see through the backs of the cards would Hold Up a round, establish their diamonds, finesse against the King, cash the Ace, and then Squeeze South in the rounded suits.



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4 ♠Q2
QJ973
K84
♣K97
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K98763
K54
J52
♣J
♠JT5
AT86
Q73
♣542
♠A4
2
AT96
♣AQT863
11
87
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 2 3NT  ♠5/6
EW: 1♠  ♣2 ♦3 ♥5 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          3.00   0.00  3N S +1   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
  200          2.00   1.00  3♠ W -2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A1-Leach-Hake
  150          0.50   2.50  4♣ S +1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A2-McCormick-Irino
  150          0.50   2.50  4♣ S +1   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Vulnerable, few Wests will preempt in such a poor suit. Indeed, the hand will likely pass around to South for a 1 opener. North will bid 1 and then eventually 3NT. Clubs cooperate, diamonds break, but it won't be safe to do anything but cash out after a spade lead. Any other lead and there's probably time to establish another diamond trick, but the auction will scream for spades.



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5 ♠A874
KQ8
J82
♣T74
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠9
94
AKT963
♣AKJ2
♠J53
JT7653
Q5
♣65
♠KQT62
A2
74
♣Q983
10
154
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 1  ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.50   0.50  5 W -2   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  100          2.50   0.50  5 W -2   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
   50          1.00   2.00  4 W -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        100    0.00   3.00  3♠ S -1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, overcalled 2 by West. North can be forgiven for getting optimistic, but it could be costly--if someone doubled. Happily, that's not likely. This hand is rife with temptation to bid beyond the available tricks.



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6 ♠984
AJ6
AQT2
♣Q76
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A62
9843
J987
♣42
♠KT73
KQ72
63
♣KJT
♠QJ5
T5
K54
♣A9853
13
512
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2/1NT  ♥6/5 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  1N E -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A2-McCormick-Irino
   90          2.00   1.00  1N S      A7-Cohen-Dow vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
         50    1.00   2.00  3♣ S -1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        100    0.00   3.00  2N N -2   A1-Leach-Hake vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1, which passes around to North at most tables. A daring West, though, might bid 1 and then pass whatever partner bids next, even Spades. If West does pass, North can balance with 1NT or reopen with a double--whichever pleases him. All roads lead to NT for N-S. It's an unlucky hand--diamonds are 4-2, the club honors don't cooperate, nor the heart honors.



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7 ♠AK2
AKJT2
8
♣A764
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJT86543
98
J72
♣-
♠7
6
AKQT9654
♣852
♠9
Q7543
3
♣KQJT93
19
49
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 4/5  ♦2 ♠4 NT5
EW: 5 3♠  ♣0 ♥0 NT0
LoTT: 23 - 21 = +2
Par: +200 6*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          3.00   0.00  6 S      A7-Cohen-Dow vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
  680          1.50   1.50  5 N +1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A4-Newell-Gherman
  680          1.50   1.50  5 N +1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        710    0.00   3.00  4* E     A8-Block-Eddy vs A2-McCormick-Irino

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will South open 3? If so, North will cheerfully look for slam. If South passes because of the hearts, how high will West go with an eight card suit but vulnerable? Who knows? Say South passes and West opens 4: What will North do? And we haven't even gotten to East's diamonds yet. It's an odd hand when North's 3-5-1-4 hand is normal distribution. The danger with West's preempting in spades is that East might double 6--and be sorely disappointed.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
4DblPass5
Pass6All pass 

The Bidding: This board's wild distribution will cause many different wild auctions. Here is a take one of the many possibilities.

South's 8 HCP 6-5 hand falls just short of the Rule of 20 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. South's trick taking potential merits an upgrade. Because South isn't strong enough to Reverse , opening 1 risks losing the heart suit. Opening 1 risks a false preference to hearts. Passing, planning to show a 2-suiter later is reasonable. West preempts 4.

How does your partnership play a double of 4. Larry Cohen recommends playing Takeout Doubles thru infinity . With that understanding, North has a choice between making a takeout oriented double, bidding 5, or bidding 4NT to show 2 places to play. Doubling seems best because it offers the potential of penalizing 4. North is strong enough to bid 5 over an advance to 5 by South.

East expects North-South to have a lot of tricks in the rounded suits, but East-West may have some winners to cash and may be able to navigate a defensive ruff before North-South are able to take their tricks. 5 could go down 4 on a bad day. West has announced a self-sufficient spade suit. It isn't clear 5 will score better than 4. Passing seems best.

South has a choice between bidding game, bidding slam, or inviting slam via a 4NT rebid showing 2 places to play. Using the slam invitational sequence has the downside of hiding a club fit. South's Losing Trick Count of 5½ suggests a slam may be available. With no key cards, bidding games seems best. South prefers the higher scoring heart contract.

It is common to leave in high level "takeout" doubles. So when South removes the double, North expects South to have a shapely hand. South cannot have many spades. South didn't show 2 places to play. South is likely to have 5+ hearts. South's 5 bid isn't a sacrifice. North has substantial extra values. Bidding 6 is reasonable.

The Play in 6: West has incredible diamond support for a 4 preempt. Declarer has 2 quick losers in the majors. The defense can draw a round of trump to limit dummy to 2 club ruffs. Declarer can knockout a high spade and then use a ruffing finesse to setup a spade winner for a club discard. Declarer has 11 tricks.

The Play in 6: The defense cannot navigate a ruff. A diamond lead is needed to hold declarer to 12 tricks.

The Play in 6: If North declares 6, West may double to suggest an unusual lead. A club lead allows the defense to score 2 ruffs and a diamond. If South declares 6, West must find a diamond lead to beat 6. Any other lead allows declarer to score all the tricks.



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8 ♠AKJ8653
-
94
♣AJT4
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠-
AKQ873
KT65
♣Q87
♠T
JT96542
J73
♣K2
♠Q9742
-
AQ82
♣9653
13
145
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5♠  ♦5/6 ♥2 NT6
EW: 5  ♣3 ♦6 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 22 - 25 = -3
Par: +100 6*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          2.50   0.50  5♠ S +1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A4-Newell-Gherman
  480          2.50   0.50  5♠ N +1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  450          1.00   2.00  5♠ N      A7-Cohen-Dow vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
        450    0.00   3.00  5 W      A8-Block-Eddy vs A2-McCormick-Irino

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once West opens 1 and North bids 1, who will be the last to bid? With seven hearts, East might make an "advanced" sacrifice of 5 or even 6 right now. Then it will be up to South to decide whether to push: Who's sacrificing? Who has the good hand? Hmm...



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9 ♠8
T75
T962
♣AQ842
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AK9762
K3
AJ53
♣6
♠T
J9864
K4
♣JT975
♠QJ543
AQ2
Q87
♣K3
6
155
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 2 3♠ 1NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          3.00   0.00  4 W -3   A8-Block-Eddy vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
         90    2.00   1.00  2 W      A1-Leach-Hake vs A7-Cohen-Dow
        100    0.50   2.50  1N N -2   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
        100    0.50   2.50  1N N -2   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, effectively shushing West. North has just enough to bid 1NT, which will pass back to West unless East has the nerve to use some two-suited call over 1NT. For instance, for many 2 would show five hearts and five of a minor. Would I do this with jack-high suits? Not me. Would West have the nerve to bid 2 now? Most wouldn't. That 10 in the East hand is a crucial card, helped by the fact that the 8 is singleton.



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10 ♠Q9
953
52
♣AJ9632
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AK63
J4
J864
♣KQ4
♠J752
AKT86
AT3
♣8
♠T84
Q72
KQ97
♣T75
7
1412
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 1♣ 4 4 5♠ 2NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          2.50   0.50  3N W -2   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
  200          2.50   0.50  3N W -2   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A4-Newell-Gherman
  100          1.00   2.00  3N W -1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A7-Cohen-Dow
        620    0.00   3.00  4♠ W      A8-Block-Eddy vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and is happy to raise West's spades. The spade game it is. North will lead a diamond, not because it's a doubleton but because it's the unbid suit. Good news for South! West will be gratified when he ruffs the third heart and the suit comes home for two welcome discards. He has to be sure he has an entry if he deals with hearts after he has drawn trump.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
2Pass2Pass
3Pass4All pass

The Bidding: After East opens 1, West has a choice between responding 1 or making a Two Over One Game Force . Responding 1 is awkward if East rebids 2. Now West needs to bid an artificial 3, 4th Suit Forcing , to establish a Game Force. This prevents West from showing their diamond support below 3NT. A Two Over One Game Force seems best. In partnerships where a 2 response promises 5+ diamonds, West responds 2 showing a Game Force in clubs or a balanced Game Force. Others will respond 2. Either way, if playing the Bergen 2/1 Style , East bids out their distribution. East-West find their spade fit. Neither has much slam interest. The auction ends at 4.

If playing the Lawrence 2/1 style, East doesn't have the strength to show their spades over 2 (or 2). So East uses the catchall 2 rebid which doesn't promise extra length. Now West shows their spade suit. If West responded 2 initially, East shows their spade support and club club shortness with a 4 Splinter bid. West has slow honors in clubs and knows East doesn't have extra values. West's 4 bid ends the auction. If West responded 2 initially, West will not Splinter in clubs. So West raises to 3. West knows East doesn't have extra values. West's 4 bid ends the auction.

The Play in 4 by East: West is likely to lead the King, top of an honor sequence. Declarer expects to lose a club, a spade, and a diamond. Holding up risks 2 diamond losers. Taking the Ace risks losing a diamond and a diamond ruff if diamonds are 4-2. Taking the Ace seems best. Declarer needs just 1 club ruff. If spades break 3-2, a 68% chance, declarer can afford to draw 2 rounds of trump to decrease the chance of a defensive diamond ruff. When the Queen drops doubleton, declarer cashes 2 their top hearts and ruffs a heart. When hearts break 3-3, declarer enters dummy with the Jack. Now declarer has 11 tricks.

The Play in 4 by West: A diamond lead by East is most difficult for declarer. Declarer ducks. South wins the Queen, lower of touching honors, or false cards with the King. South knows they cannot continue diamonds. Looking at the singleton club in dummy, South will likely shift to a trump. Declarer wins, crosses to the Ace, and leads a club to hand. North covers declarer's honor and continues diamonds. Declarer recognizes the 5 opening lead and the 2 continuation is either from 52 or Q9752. South wouldn't be likely to shift to a trump if they held a singleton diamond. Declarer assumes North has a doubleton diamond, and rises with the Ace. Declarer cashes a 2nd high trump, dropping the Queen. Now declarer cashes 2 hearts and ruffs a heart. When hearts break 3-3, declarer has 11 tricks.



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11 ♠KJ96
K72
AT3
♣542
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQ5
Q9
KJ9765
♣87
♠T7432
AT3
2
♣AK93
♠8
J8654
Q84
♣QJT6
11
1211
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥6 ♠4 NT4/5
EW: 1♣ 3 -/1 3♠ 1NT  ♥6/7
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.00   0.00  4♠ E -3   A1-Leach-Hake vs A7-Cohen-Dow
        110    2.00   1.00  3 W      A2-McCormick-Irino vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
        140    1.00   2.00  2♠ E +1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        150    0.00   3.00  2N N -3   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. East liked her hand better before West bid (and rebids) diamonds. If that singleton were any other suit, game would be an automatic choice. But, cognizant of duplication of values, East only invites--and West will decline.



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12 ♠752
A93
96
♣QT943
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠T3
QJT72
J54
♣A86
♠KJ84
64
KQT7
♣K52
♠AQ96
K85
A832
♣J7
6
812
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥6 NT5
EW: 1 1NT  ♣5 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +90 2♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  2N E -1   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
        100    2.00   1.00  3♣ N -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        120    0.50   2.50  1N W +1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A7-Cohen-Dow
        120    0.50   2.50  1N W +1   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South might bid 1NT, might pass. If South passes, West bids 1, East 1, and West 1NT. 2 is risky when partner might have none. North will lead clubs. West will make her bid by going after the hearts and finding them happily 3-3.



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13 ♠543
A97
KT43
♣753
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K962
KJ
AJ865
♣QJ
♠T87
QT6432
92
♣62
♠AQJ
85
Q7
♣AKT984
7
152
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1/3 1/2♠ 4NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦4 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          3.00   0.00  2♣ S +4   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
  130          1.00   2.00  3♣ S +1   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A1-Leach-Hake
  130          1.00   2.00  3♣ S +1   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
  130          1.00   2.00  3♣ S +1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, overcalled 1 by West. This hand isn't quite good enough for a double followed by a diamond bid unless partner advances in spades. North has just enough for 1NT with his excellent diamond stopper. What will East lead? Hearts would be great if East had a side entry. Without one, he chooses the 9. If East does lead a heart, declarer must hold up till the third lead to avoid trouble.



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14 ♠J93
QT6
T96
♣T862
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠Q62
32
AQJ
♣KQ974
♠A875
K984
743
♣A3
♠KT4
AJ75
K852
♣J5
3
1411
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥5 ♠3/4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 2/1 2 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    3.00   0.00  2 N -2   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
        110    1.50   1.50  2♣ W +1   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
        110    1.50   1.50  2♣ W +1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A4-Newell-Gherman
        140    0.00   3.00  2♠ W +1   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A1-Leach-Hake

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West can bid 1NT or pass I prefer the latter. East will try Stayman and settle for 3NT. Play requires a bit of care since South is marked with most of the defensive points. What if North gets in with the 10 and switches to a heart? Just play low and look calm. You know, keep calm and carry on.



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15 ♠J75
KQ87
Q7
♣AQ87
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A942
JT65
JT32
♣K
♠3
4
AK9864
♣T9542
♠KQT86
A932
5
♣J63
14
97
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 4♠  ♦2 NT6
EW: 4  ♣5 ♥2 ♠2 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +100 5*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          2.50   0.50  4 N      A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
  620          2.50   0.50  4 N      A7-Cohen-Dow vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
        130    1.00   2.00  4 E      A2-McCormick-Irino vs A1-Leach-Hake
        150    0.00   3.00  4 E +1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A4-Newell-Gherman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Over North's 1, East bids 2 and South makes a Negative Double . West will raise diamonds vigorously, knowing partner likely to be short in at least one of the majors. With a flat 14 points, will North be willing to bid hearts at the three or even the four level? West won't go quietly; on this vulnerability 5 should be a good save.



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16 ♠KQ752
KJT3
Q3
♣T2
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠9
Q76
K962
♣AKJ98
♠A83
8542
J7
♣Q753
♠JT64
A9
AT854
♣64
11
137
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1 3♠  ♣4 NT6
EW: 3♣  ♦4 ♥6 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          2.50   0.50  3♠ N      A2-McCormick-Irino vs A1-Leach-Hake
  140          2.50   0.50  3♠ N      A8-Block-Eddy vs A4-Newell-Gherman
         50    0.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
         50    0.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   A7-Cohen-Dow vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1--this is surely a rebiddable suit, even if it is only five cards. 13 HCP is not enough for a reverse, mind. North overcalls 1 (a few will double, ignoring the minors). Over a double, East would raise diamonds. Over 1, he might double since he has four hearts, though a sad looking seven HCP isn't anything to boast about. South has a clear cut 3 call--single raise values and four trumps. That should quell E-W, who are vulnerable, if East hasn't doubled earlier.



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17 ♠A4
K75
KQ7653
♣93
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K985
QJ982
984
♣A
♠T32
T63
A2
♣Q8765
♠QJ76
A4
JT
♣KJT42
12
106
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 1♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦2 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          3.00   0.00  3N N +1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
  400          2.00   1.00  3N S      A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A2-McCormick-Irino
  150          1.00   2.00  4 N +1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A7-Cohen-Dow
   50          0.00   3.00  3 W -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. Some Souths may consider 2 light for a 2/1 response and bid 1. Others will bid 2. North rebids her diamonds and South will try for the NT game. Even a heart lead won't stop 3NT.



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18 ♠84
9763
T853
♣852
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQT6
Q2
9764
♣AT7
♠K72
AKT4
AJ
♣Q963
♠J953
J85
KQ2
♣KJ4
0
1217
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 4/3 4 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    3.00   0.00  3N E      A4-Newell-Gherman vs A7-Cohen-Dow
        430    1.50   1.50  3N E +1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
        430    1.50   1.50  3N E +1   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        460    0.00   3.00  3N E +2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. West will try Stayman and settle for 3NT. Now South knows that West has four spades, so what should he lead? Neither major is promising: the K, maybe? Who said this game is easy?



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19 ♠KJ983
A5
AT87
♣63
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠-
KJ874
QJ643
♣AJT
♠AQT542
932
92
♣52
♠76
QT6
K5
♣KQ9874
12
126
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦6 ♥5/6 NT6
EW: 1 1  ♣5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 2♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.00   0.00  3 W -2   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A2-McCormick-Irino
  100          1.50   1.50  3 W -1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A7-Cohen-Dow
  100          1.50   1.50  3 W -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
         50    0.00   3.00  2N N -1   A1-Leach-Hake vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
20 ♠64
983
KJ94
♣QT82
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AKQT92
AKT
65
♣J4
♠53
Q764
A8
♣A9653
♠J87
J52
QT732
♣K7
6
1710
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 4♣ 1 6 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -1440 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        680    2.00   1.00  4♠ W +2   A1-Leach-Hake vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
        680    2.00   1.00  4♠ W +2   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        680    2.00   1.00  4♠ W +2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A5-Shellooe-Maddox
       1470    0.00   3.00  6N E +1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A7-Cohen-Dow
21 ♠KQ3
AK6
AQ53
♣AJ5
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠JT
T2
972
♣KQ8763
♠A98754
J93
K8
♣T9
♠62
Q8754
JT64
♣42
23
68
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 4 4 4/3NT
       ♣7/6 ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦2 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +630 4NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          3.00   0.00  3N N +2   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  630          2.00   1.00  3N N +1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A1-Leach-Hake
        100    0.50   2.50  2N N -1   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A7-Cohen-Dow
        100    0.50   2.50  4 N -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
22 ♠JT873
KT4
KQ
♣KJ2
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A954
A63
JT8762
♣-
♠K2
87
95
♣AQ87643
♠Q6
QJ952
A43
♣T95
13
99
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2 2NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♠6
EW: 2♣ 1  ♥5 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.00   0.00  3♣ E -2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
  100          1.00   2.00  3♣ E -1   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A7-Cohen-Dow
  100          1.00   2.00  3♣ E -1   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  100          1.00   2.00  3♣ E -1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A1-Leach-Hake
23 ♠A6
AQ92
Q842
♣A87
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K42
J65
T73
♣9532
♠Q987
873
AJ
♣KQJ6
♠JT53
KT4
K965
♣T4
16
413
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 4 2/1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          2.50   0.50  1N N +2   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A7-Cohen-Dow
  150          2.50   0.50  1N N +2   A4-Newell-Gherman vs A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa
   90          1.00   2.00  1N N      A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A1-Leach-Hake
         90    0.00   3.00  2♣ E      A8-Block-Eddy vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
24 ♠42
AJT
Q8732
♣J86
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠98765
764
JT4
♣A7
♠3
K9532
6
♣KT9543
♠AKQJT
Q8
AK95
♣Q2
8
56
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠ 5NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦1 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          2.83   0.17  5 S      A8-Block-Eddy vs A6-Siebert-Weiss
  130          1.50   1.50  2 S +2   A2-McCormick-Irino vs A7-Cohen-Dow
         50    0.17   2.83  4♠ S -1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A1-Leach-Hake
25 ♠KT42
AQ
K62
♣JT96
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠9
J864
JT5
♣A8532
♠J75
K9532
Q97
♣Q4
♠AQ863
T7
A843
♣K7
13
68
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 5♠ 5/2NT  ♥6/5
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦3 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A1-Leach-Hake
  420          1.50   1.50  4♠ S      A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A4-Newell-Gherman
  420          1.50   1.50  4♠ S      A8-Block-Eddy vs A7-Cohen-Dow
         50    0.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A2-McCormick-Irino
26 ♠T3
5432
AQT2
♣Q92
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠52
A98
6543
♣A873
♠AQ976
QT
K
♣KJT54
♠KJ84
KJ76
J987
♣6
8
815
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2  ♣4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5/4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.00   0.00  3N W -2   A8-Block-Eddy vs A7-Cohen-Dow
  100          2.00   1.00  2♠ E -1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A4-Newell-Gherman
        130    0.50   2.50  3♣ E +1   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A1-Leach-Hake
        130    0.50   2.50  2♣ E +2   A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A2-McCormick-Irino
27 ♠AJ4
Q75
QJ52
♣AK7
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K72
AJT
AT93
♣632
♠QT9
K8642
K7
♣T54
♠8653
93
864
♣QJ98
17
128
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 3 1♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    2.50   0.50  2 E      A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A1-Leach-Hake
        110    2.50   0.50  2 E      A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A2-McCormick-Irino
        180    0.50   2.50  1N W +3   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A4-Newell-Gherman
        180    0.50   2.50  1N W +3   A8-Block-Eddy vs A7-Cohen-Dow
28 ♠6
AJT7
KQ9832
♣T5
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠J87
Q94
A654
♣J43
♠A94
865
JT7
♣A972
♠KQT532
K32
-
♣KQ86
10
89
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4 3♠ 2/3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥3/2 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          3.00   0.00  4♠ S      A6-Siebert-Weiss vs A2-McCormick-Irino
  170          1.50   1.50  3♠ S +1   A5-Shellooe-Maddox vs A4-Newell-Gherman
  170          1.50   1.50  2♠ S +2   A3-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs A1-Leach-Hake
        100    0.00   3.00  3N S -1   A8-Block-Eddy vs A7-Cohen-Dow