- Monday Aft - January 28, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1034 MP  Geomean: 738 MP
(based on 24 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joyce Newell - Lauren Upson 62.89 1st A 1.20
Helen Rubin - Mits Tatsugawa 56.00 2nd A 0.84
Ewan Eby - Thomas Eby 54.00 3rd A 0.60
David Maddox - William Shellooe 53.63 4th A 0.42
Jack Crary - Mary McCormick 53.41 4th B 0.25
Barbara Alexander - Janice Flowers-Sonne 46.89 2nd C 0.28
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> F
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DATE>January 28, 2019   |CLUB NO.>217133    | 01/28/2019 16:11
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   67.5 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=9/C=5                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Lauren Upson           Joyce Newell             B    1     1     .     84.90  62.89  1.20(A)
 2 Thomas Eby             Ewan Eby                 B    3     2     .     72.90  54.00  0.60(A)
 3 Annemarie Von Adelung  Karin Heidi Hollmann     C    .     .     .     60.13  44.54
 4 William Shellooe       David Maddox             C    4     3     1     72.40  53.63  0.42(A)
 5 Charles Rauch          Bill Cohen               C    .     .     .     58.00  42.96
 6 Mary McCormick         Jack Crary               B    5     4     .     72.10  53.41  0.25(B)
 7 Kurt Schnebele         Arlene Seckel            B    .     .     .     60.30  44.67
 8 Brad Dow               Larry Slayton            A    .     .     .     66.33  49.13
 9 Helen Rubin            Mits Tatsugawa           A    2     .     .     75.60  56.00  0.84(A)
10 Judy Lesieutre         Nancy Borucki            A    .     .     .     68.51  50.75
11 Janice Flowers-Sonne   Barbara Alexander        C    .     .     2     63.30  46.89  0.28(C)
12 Mary Block             Hetty Eddy               C    .     .     .     55.20  40.89
                                          Totals                         809.67

Hands and Results
1 ♠J6
AT975
AQ
♣QT93
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q843
J82
T754
♣75
♠952
Q4
832
♣K8642
♠AKT7
K63
KJ96
♣AJ
13
35
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 6 5♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦1 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          4.50   0.50  6 N      F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
  980          4.50   0.50  6 N      F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F2-Eby-Eby
  480          3.00   2.00  5 N +1   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  450          2.00   3.00  5 N      F12-Block-Eddy vs F1-Upson-Newell
         50    1.00   4.00  6N N -1   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
        100    0.00   5.00  6 N -2   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once North opens, South should be thinking of slam. Whether South starts with 1 or Blackwood, the final resting place will be either 6 or 6NT. With only a heart loser in either case, 12 tricks should be common. What will East lead against hearts? Either black suit will scare North since he knows there's a likely trump loser. Against 6NT, a black suit lead from West would ease all Declarer's tensions. A diamond lead neither helps nor hurts. Left to her own devices, declarer may try the spade finesse rather than the club--and will be sorry.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass21
Pass3Pass3
Pass42Pass4NT
Pass53All pass 
  1. game force with clubs or a balanced game force
  2. diamond control, no control in a black suit, willing to cooperate with a slam try
  3. 2 key cards without the Queen

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 6, and 8-9.

The Bidding: North opens 1. South, with 3-card support, game forcing values, and slam interest, responds with a Two Over One Game Force . For partnerships where a 2 or 2 Game Force shows a 5+ card suit, South responds 2 to show a Game Force with club or a balanced Game Force. North raises clubs. Since North didn't Splinter , South expects North to be 2-5-2-4. South's 3 rebid shows 3-card support. It isn't clear whether South has a real club or suit or has a balanced hand.

At this point, both North and South are unlimited. Without an additional agreement, it can be difficult to differentiate between a cue bid showing strong slam interest and a cue bid showing the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. In his "Fast Arrival and Picture Jumps--the 3NT Slam Try" article, Andrew Gumperz discusses using 3NT as an artificial bid to differentiate the level of slam interest. There are two versions of this agreement. If playing the Serious 3NT version, North cue bids 4 to deny control of a black suit, show a diamond control, and show willingness to cooperate with a slam try. South bids 4NT Roman Keycard . When North shows 2 key cards without the Queen, South isn't willing to risk 6 missing the Queen and the King. The auction ends at 5.

At tables where North-South play Non-Serious 3NT, North's artificial 3NT bid shows the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. Since North didn't cue bid 3, North denies a spade control. South cue bids their club control. This guarantees a spade control. With 2 quick losers, South would have signed off at 4. North cue bids their diamond control. South doesn't know the partnership is missing the King. There isn't room to ask about both the Queen and the King. Whether South asks for key cards or cue bids, they will have a guess on whether to bid the slam.

The Play: Declarer has 7 quick winners in the side suits. Cashing the King and finessing against West offers an 89% chance for 4 heart tricks. It is a Safety Play against West holding QJxx, a 5.6% chance. Taking the Safety Play leaves declarer with a finesse against the King or Queen for their 12th trick. Here, the King is onside, and a club finesse provides declarer's 12th trick.

Some declarers may prefer declining the Safety Play in hearts, hoping West has Jxx or Qxx and can be end played. Here, declarer can cash their high hearts and cash their diamonds. Now exiting a heart end plays West.



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2 ♠J98632
J
K75
♣Q32
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠5
AKT76542
8
♣J95
♠QT
93
QJ963
♣A864
♠AK74
Q8
AT42
♣KT7
7
89
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 4♠  ♣6 ♥4 NT4
EW: 3  ♣6 ♦5 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ S      F12-Block-Eddy vs F1-Upson-Newell
  100          3.00   2.00  5 W -2   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
   50          2.00   3.00  4 W -1   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
        200    1.00   4.00  5♠ N -2   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F2-Eby-Eby
        590    0.00   5.00  4* W     F8-Dow-Slayton vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

After South opens 1NT, West will surely bid some number of hearts--will it be 3 or the common choice of 4 with an eight-bagger? A heart jump will make life tough for North--he has such a poor six card suit and only seven HCP. On the lie of the cards, there are 10 tricks available in spades, but who will bid it? If N-S to find 4, West won't go quietly on this vulnerability. 5 is a good sacrifice.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1NT
4DblAll pass 

The Bidding: After South opens a strong notrump. West's 8-card heart suit, spade shortness, and the favorable vulnerability make a preemptive 4 overcall attractive. Assuming a 15-17 HCP 1NT range, North knows their partnership has 22-24 HCP. West should have 8+ hearts. It isn't clear whether North's slow honors have defensive value. North had planned to sign off in 2. So North isn't eager to bid 4 when 4 may be going down.

It is common to play a Negative Double over interference over 1NT . At this level, a double is more card showing than takeout oriented. North expected a positive score on the board. Doubling to protect the expected equity has some risk of 4 making and some risk of South pulling the double to a contract which may go down. North-South aren't likely to score many Matchpoints if 4 makes. Doubling has substantial upside if 4 can be beaten 2 tricks. Risking a double to protect equity seems best. South is happy to defend.

The Play in 4: With hearts breaking 2-1, declarer has 9 winners. Without help from the defense, declarer must lose a spade, a diamond, and 2 clubs for down 1.

The Play in 4: With spades breaking 2-1, declarer has 8 winners. Declarer can establish a club trick by force. West should have 8 hearts for their 4 overcall. When West shows a spade singleton, declarer knows they have 4 cards in the minors. East has 9 cards in the minors. Cashing the King and finessing against East for the Queen-Jack offers a 74% chance for a 3rd diamond trick. When diamonds cooperate, declarer has 10 tricks.



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3 ♠862
K9865
KT7
♣QT
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠4
43
QJ98
♣A97654
♠AKQJ5
AQT72
2
♣J3
♠T973
J
A6543
♣K82
8
717
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦6/5 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 4♣ 1 3 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  6 E -3   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
  100          4.00   1.00  4 E -1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F1-Upson-Newell
        150    3.00   2.00  1N S -3   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
        170    2.00   3.00  1♠ E +3   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        200    1.00   4.00  2♠ E +3   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        620    0.00   5.00  4 E      F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F2-Eby-Eby

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 with great optimism, soon to be dashed when partner likes neither of his lovely major suits. With only seven HCP, West will quit ASAP, leaving partner to play a heart partial that is marred by the nasty trump break. It's not usual to want to ruff in the hidden hand opposite two on the dummy, but that will be the profitable choice on this hand. Luckily North has three spades. South may lead the A on this auction--it's hard to know what's best.



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4 ♠982
J7
AJT843
♣73
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AJ54
K64
95
♣9865
♠KT7
AQT3
KQ7
♣QT4
♠Q63
9852
62
♣AKJ2
6
816
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 2 3♠ 3NT  ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    4.50   0.50  2N E      F6-McCormick-Crary vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
        120    4.50   0.50  1N E +1   F1-Upson-Newell vs F8-Dow-Slayton
        140    3.00   2.00  2 E +1   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        180    2.00   3.00  2N E +2   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        600    1.00   4.00  3N E      F12-Block-Eddy vs F2-Eby-Eby
        630    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

2 from North won't slow East down--his 2NT overcall shows just this hand: a NT opener with diamond values. The major suits are friendly--finesse South for the Q and be delighted when the J falls. Even if North wins the opening diamond and switches to a club, the 9 in the dummy survives as a stopper. Without that switch, there will be overtricks galore.



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5 ♠KJ2
K932
K72
♣J95
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠A95
Q754
T6
♣AT84
♠Q863
JT86
Q3
♣763
♠T74
A
AJ9854
♣KQ2
11
105
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 1 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥6 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   F1-Upson-Newell vs F8-Dow-Slayton
  600          3.50   1.50  3N N      F6-McCormick-Crary vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
  600          3.50   1.50  5 S      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  180          2.00   3.00  2N N +2   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
  130          0.50   4.50  3 S +1   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  130          0.50   4.50  2 S +2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F2-Eby-Eby

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, rebidding them over North's 1 response. Now North will make a game try of 2NT, which South should happily accept with 14 HCP and a six card suit. Play is straightforward: get rid of the A and score up the hand when diamonds break.



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6 ♠764
K87
932
♣KJ73
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AJ985
62
QJ6
♣942
♠KT2
AT5
8754
♣T85
♠Q3
QJ943
AKT
♣AQ6
7
87
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 4 1NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.50   1.50  4 S      F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  420          3.50   1.50  4 S      F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
  420          3.50   1.50  4 S      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  420          3.50   1.50  4 S      F12-Block-Eddy vs F2-Eby-Eby
  170          0.50   4.50  3 S +1   F1-Upson-Newell vs F8-Dow-Slayton
  170          0.50   4.50  3 S +1   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South is too good for 1NT and opens 1, bidding the heart game when North raises. E-W need to be careful--they may have spades but the vulnerability is unfavorable. -800 would be less than pleasant, and South should double if deprived of the game.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
1224
All pass   

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West overcalls 1. North raises to 2. East competes to 2. South's 19 Support Points suggest bidding game. South's Losing Trick Count of 6 suggests inviting game. South's Queen doubleton merits a downgrade. South's honor combinations and texture merit a substantial upgrade. Bidding 4 seems best. The unfavorable vulnerability and their balanced hands dissuade East-West from sacrificing.

The Play: West is likely to lead their Queen, top of an honor sequence. East discourages. Declarer wins the Ace, concealing the King from West. Declarer can pickup any 3-2 trump break, a 4-1 break where the 10 is singleton, and a 4-1 break with East holding the 10, an 87.6% chance. Crossing with a low club would block the suit and increase the likelihood of a defensive ruff. Declarer leads a low heart towards dummy's King. East wins their Ace. East-West can take their spade winners. Declarer has 10 tricks: 4 + 2 + 4.



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7 ♠5
A83
AK8742
♣QT6
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q986
Q976
J
♣A532
♠AKJ32
T5
T953
♣94
♠T74
KJ42
Q6
♣KJ87
13
98
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2 1NT  ♠4
EW: 2♠  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.30   0.70  4 S      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
  130          4.30   0.70  2 N +2   F1-Upson-Newell vs F6-McCormick-Crary
  110          2.50   2.50  3 N      F12-Block-Eddy vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
  100          1.30   3.70  3♠ E -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        200    0.10   4.90  4 N -2   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. After a 1 overcall, South has enough points for a Negative Double . West will surely raise spades. Knowing not only that South has some points but that his side suit cards should prove useful, North will repeat the diamonds and buy the hand. Play clubs ahead of hearts and create a pitch for a low heart rather than chancing the heart finesse.



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8 ♠QJ52
Q976
QT
♣KJ8
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A763
J
KJ962
♣Q42
♠KT9
AK3
84
♣AT973
♠84
T8542
A753
♣65
11
1114
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 3♠ 3NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.30   0.70  3N E -2   F1-Upson-Newell vs F6-McCormick-Crary
  100          4.30   0.70  3N E -2   F2-Eby-Eby vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
   50          2.50   2.50  3♣ E -1   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        110    1.30   3.70  3♣ E      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        400    0.10   4.90  3N E      F12-Block-Eddy vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

I'd not use the Rule of 20 as an excuse to open the West hand--not with those dubious J and Q. East opens 1 and rebids 1NT over a 1 response. Now West will raise and East goes on to the NT game. Declarer has 4 club tricks if he plays for North to have the J. Playing the diamonds is scary, and I'd try to wait for the opponents to clarify the situation.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass2Pass
2Pass2NTPass
3Pass3NTAll pass

The Bidding: After West opens 1, North has a choice between passing and doubling for takeout. North's quacky hand merits a downgrade. North's 12 Support Points are inflated by their doublelton Queen. Many will reasonably pass. East's 2 response is a Two Over One Game Force . A common expert agreement is for West's 2 rebid to confirm 5+ diamonds. East's 2NT rebid is natural and denies a 4-card major. West's 3 rebid shows 3-card support and suggests either slam interest or concern about 3NT. East, with good stoppers in the majors, offers 3NT as the final contract, ending the auction.

In general, it is good to get in and out of auctions quickly. So some Norths will make a takeout double. In his "Over Opponent's Takeout Double" article, Larry Cohen advises "most agree that 2-level bids after a double are natural and NOT forcing. Since you can redouble with 10 HCP, a 2-level response is assumed to be less than 10 HCP." With that understanding East redoubles to show 10+ HCP. As discussed in David Lindop's “The Redouble” article, South could pass to show no preference. Here, South has a preference for hearts. Normally, a jump advance would be natural and invitational. After the redouble, a jump advance is preemptive. Here, South's poor heart texture makes preempting less attractive. South advances to 1. West isn't willing to defend 1. They prefer showing their spade suit. East-West arrive at 3NT.

The Play: South's standard lead is their 4th best heart. Declarer expects South to have 3, 4, or 5 hearts. If hearts are 5-4, holding up will not cut communication, but it might help declarer count the hand. North covers dummy's Jack and returns the 6. Declarer wins while South plays the 2. Declarer knows North started with 4 hearts and South started with 5 hearts.

Running the Queen scores 5 club tricks when South has the singleton Jack, a 2.8% chance. With 2 potential entries to dummy, it offers a 68% chance of scoring 4 club tricks. Leading a low club from dummy has no chance to score 5 tricks, but has a 71% chance of scoring 4 tricks. If North made a takeout double, North should have 3 or 4 clubs. Now running the Queen offers a 20% chance of scoring 5 tricks, and a 100% chance for 4 tricks.

Tempo is critical. 4 club tricks will bring declarer to 8 tricks. If North scores a club trick, before declarer establishes their 9th trick, the defense will have the tempo to score 5 tricks: 3 + 1 + 1. If declarer can sneak a diamond trick before attacking clubs, they may be able to establish 9 tricks before the defense scores 5 tricks. Declarer leads a low diamond towards dummy. If declarer has the Queen, declarer always has 4 diamond tricks. If North has the Queen, declarer may be trying to gain a tempo by sneaking a diamond trick past South. Rising with the Ace is a catastrophe if North has the singleton Queen. Rising with the Ace defeats 3NT if North has Qxx. It gives declarer a guess if North has Queen doubleton.

Declarers who go after clubs first will go down in 3NT. Declarers who attempt to score a diamond trick before going after the clubs will make 3NT if South ducks their Ace and they score their King and go after clubs. If South rises with the Ace, declarer doesn't have the tempo to setup their clubs if they have a club loser. So they must guess whether to play for Qxx onside, Qx offside , or South holding Jack singleton.



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9 ♠-
AK94
A642
♣Q9872
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AKQJ8762
53
J5
♣4
♠T3
QJ62
K9873
♣A6
♠954
T87
QT
♣KJT53
13
1110
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1  ♦6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 1 4♠ 3NT  ♣2 ♥5
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: +200 5♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.90   0.10  5♠ W -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        100    3.70   1.30  6♣* N -1  F1-Upson-Newell vs F6-McCormick-Crary
        200    2.50   2.50  3♠ W +2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
        620    1.30   3.70  4♠ W      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        650    0.10   4.90  5♠ W      F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

If N-S play Inverted Minors , the auction will be at 3 before it gets to West. No matter: this is a 4 hand if ever there were one. Partner has great help--and North has the red honors which matter. Declarer wins the opening club and draws trump. Now he leads a low heart and awaits developments.
There are no sure entries to the dummy once the trump and the A are gone. A smooth duck if declarer leads the J could be very profitable.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NT
45All pass 

The Bidding: As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Opening with 4 diamonds and 5 clubs" article, opening 1 with 4 diamonds and 5 clubs often leads to a false preference for diamonds. Here, North is too strong to pass, but not strong enough to Reverse . North's clubs aren't good enough or long enough to rebid. Opening 1 seems the best of North's options. South's 1NT response denies a 4-card major. West has a choice between bidding 4 or bidding 3 to ask East to bid 3NT with a diamond stopper. With no honors in the rounded suits, West isn't eager to suggest 3NT. West prefers overcalling 4.

North's 3 quick tricks may cash on defense. West is likely to have 8+ solid spades for their 4 overcall at unfavorable vulnerability. North's spade void allows North-South to play a 30 point deck. South must have a 4+ card minor. North-South have at most 1 loser in the majors. Bidding 5 to give South a choice of minors seems best. South prefers clubs. It is difficult for East-West to risk 5 at unfavorable vulnerability.

The Play in 4: Declarer has 9 quick winners. North is likely to lead a high heart. Declarer can lead a heart towards dummy to establish their 10th trick. A lobbing finesse towards the King would also provide declarer's 10th trick.

The Play in 5: After knocking out the Ace, declarer has 4 club tricks. 3 spade ruffs bring declarer to 7 tricks. Declarer has 3 quick winners in the red suits. A lobbing finesse towards the Queen provides declarer's 11th trick.



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10 ♠KQ976542
8
7
♣942
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AT
Q76
K64
♣JT853
♠J8
AT42
AT932
♣Q7
♠3
KJ953
QJ85
♣AK6
5
1011
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣4 ♦4 ♥5 NT4
EW: 2/1♣ 3/2 2/1 3NT  ♠3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -200 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      F2-Eby-Eby vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      F8-Dow-Slayton vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      F12-Block-Eddy vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  170          1.50   3.50  3♠ N +1   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F1-Upson-Newell
  170          1.50   3.50  3♠ N +1   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        100    0.00   5.00  3♠ N -1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F6-McCormick-Crary

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Whether East passes or opens, North will bids spades--lots of spades. He has no desire to defend and should push to be declarer. If East passes, South opens 1 and North can start with 1--it's forcing doe one round. What will happen now? Hard to tell, but North as declarer I can predict with some confidence.



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11 ♠K74
T9854
5
♣9873
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T
KQ3
AQT86
♣AJ64
♠98532
AJ2
KJ32
♣K
♠AQJ6
76
974
♣QT52
3
1612
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥4 ♠5 NT3
EW: 1♣ 6 2 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -920 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    5.00   0.00  5 W +1   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F1-Upson-Newell
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        430    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F6-McCormick-Crary
        430    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1, rebidding 2 when East responds 1. Now East knows partner has an unbalanced hand, and his minor suit holdings are terrific. East can bid hearts now (Fourth Suit Forcing) to check if perchance West has three spades. If West does bid NT now, East may well pass. It's hard for East to visualize a diamond slam with only 12 HCP. Without a spade lead, there are lots of tricks in NT.



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12 ♠A9872
43
J8
♣AT75
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q65
82
AT62
♣J943
♠KT3
AK97
9543
♣82
♠J4
QJT65
KQ7
♣KQ6
9
710
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  1N S +2   F2-Eby-Eby vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
  120          4.00   1.00  1N S +1   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
   50          2.50   2.50  1N W -1   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
   50          2.50   2.50  1N W -1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F6-McCormick-Crary
        100    1.00   4.00  2N S -1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        200    0.00   5.00  3N S -2   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F1-Upson-Newell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will East open a third seat 1 with those lousy diamonds? Maybe. Either way, South bids 1. If East did venture 1, West might raise (four card support and six HCP is enough). North will bid 1 if he can, since he can tolerate hearts. If West passes and North bids 1, South will now show her diamond stopper with 1NT, a likely stopping place. The J in the NOrth hand will be a welcome sight.



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13 ♠95
AT4
J94
♣K9743
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KJ764
K73
AT2
♣82
♠T3
J986
Q87
♣AQT5
♠AQ82
Q52
K653
♣J6
8
119
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 3 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    5.00   0.00  2 S -1   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F8-Dow-Slayton
        110    4.00   1.00  2♠ W      F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F6-McCormick-Crary
        150    3.00   2.00  1N E +2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        200    2.00   3.00  2♣ N -2   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
        300    1.00   4.00  2 S -3   F1-Upson-Newell vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        400    0.00   5.00  2♣ N -4   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F2-Eby-Eby

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West overcalls 1, which may well pass back to South. And there's nothing for South to say. He has a minimum hand and his spade honors are assuredly in the wrong place. Time to go quietly.



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14 ♠AK32
7
T52
♣AKQ64
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J76
AT4
Q8763
♣JT
♠Q84
KJ32
KJ9
♣832
♠T95
Q9865
A4
♣975
16
810
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3♠ 2NT  ♦5
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  3♣ N +2   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F6-McCormick-Crary
  130          3.50   1.50  3♣ N +1   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F2-Eby-Eby
  130          3.50   1.50  3♣ N +1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
  110          2.00   3.00  3♣ N      F1-Upson-Newell vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  100          1.00   4.00  3 W -2   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F8-Dow-Slayton
         50    0.00   5.00  3N S -1   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 in fourth seat. South bids 1 and North now says 1. I don't fault any South who now passes on this absolute minimum. She has no way to know how great North's club suit is. Get a diamond ruff on the table if spades are trump--by playing diamonds before leading trump.



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15 ♠A
Q532
T96
♣K9853
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QJ8762
T7
83
♣AJ2
♠943
J98
K52
♣QT76
♠KT5
AK64
AQJ74
♣4
9
86
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 6 2♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥1 ♠5 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          3.10   1.90  4 S +2   F1-Upson-Newell vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  680          3.10   1.90  4 S +2   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F2-Eby-Eby
  680          3.10   1.90  4 S +2   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
  680          3.10   1.90  4 S +2   F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F6-McCormick-Crary
  150          0.10   4.90  3 S +2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F5-Rauch-Cohen

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and jumps to the heart game next. How will it go? If West overcalls spades, North makes a Negative Double and South jumps to the heart game. Bid the slam? Not if we give West the K. Just enjoy the overtricks.



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16 ♠AK962
K5
Q2
♣AKJT
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠JT54
J763
KJ83
♣2
♠Q
AQ984
A965
♣987
♠873
T2
T74
♣Q6543
20
612
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥2 NT4
EW: 4 5  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  3♠ N      F1-Upson-Newell vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
        100    3.00   2.00  3N N -2   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
        100    3.00   2.00  3♠ N -2   F2-Eby-Eby vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        100    3.00   2.00  5♣ N -2   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        150    1.00   4.00  4♠ N -3   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
        200    0.00   5.00  3 E +2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F6-McCormick-Crary

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 2NT (even with two doubletons). That will buy the hand and be very profitable if anyone else in the room gets to the E-W heart game. And they may well get there if North opens 1. With a heart lead, it won't even be a rout: 5 clubs, a heart and two spades.



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17 ♠KJT43
KJ84
A8
♣KJ
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q9
AQT6
QT
♣T9862
♠A5
97532
J63
♣A53
♠8762
-
K97542
♣Q74
16
109
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 1 5♠ 2NT  ♣6
EW: -/1♣  ♣6/7 ♦3 ♥6 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   F1-Upson-Newell vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ N      F8-Dow-Slayton vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ N      F12-Block-Eddy vs F6-McCormick-Crary
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ N +1   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
         50    0.50   4.50  2N N -1   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
         50    0.50   4.50  5♠ N -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. South should ignore his diamonds and brush off only having five HCP: time to raise spades! North will be delighted to bid game. What will East lead? Spades? A low heart? No matter as long as North plays West for the Q if trump aren't led initially.



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18 ♠9
K8642
QJ3
♣A974
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AKJT8
Q973
A9
♣T2
♠Q65
AJT
T874
♣KJ3
♠7432
5
K652
♣Q865
10
1411
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2 3 4♠ 4NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
   50          4.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ W      F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        170    2.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
        450    0.50   4.50  4♠ W +1   F1-Upson-Newell vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
        450    0.50   4.50  4♠ W +1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F6-McCormick-Crary

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once West opens 1 in third seat, East will show a limit raise, depending on North's action (will he double or bid 2 or pass?). How he shows the LR will depend: do they play Drury ? Use 2NT over an opponent's double? Cuebid (over 2)? Whatever way, West will happily bid the spade game. If North has acted, declarer will also play him for the K and the A, losing altogether two clubs and a diamond at many tables.



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19 ♠KQT543
AKJ2
9
♣95
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AJ82
Q8764
T3
♣QT
♠97
9
KQ7654
♣K873
♠6
T53
AJ82
♣AJ642
13
98
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3♠ 2/3NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          5.00   0.00  3♠ N +1   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  140          3.50   1.50  2♠ N +1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F8-Dow-Slayton
  140          3.50   1.50  2♠ N +1   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
         50    2.00   3.00  3♠ N -1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
        100    1.00   4.00  3N N -2   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        150    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -3   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F1-Upson-Newell
20 ♠3
KJT9874
T6
♣QJ4
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T54
Q62
Q84
♣K752
♠J8762
A53
KJ93
♣T
♠AKQ9
-
A752
♣A9863
7
79
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/5♣ 2 4 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.50   0.50  4 N      F6-McCormick-Crary vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  620          4.50   0.50  4 N      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  170          2.50   2.50  3 N +1   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
  170          2.50   2.50  3 N +1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
  150          1.00   4.00  3♣ S +2   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F1-Upson-Newell
        100    0.00   5.00  4 N -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F8-Dow-Slayton
21 ♠J
JT853
K2
♣87642
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q72
64
QT63
♣KQ93
♠T9653
KQ
J985
♣AJ
♠AK84
A972
A74
♣T5
5
911
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 2NT  ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♥3 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +500 4♠*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  4 N      F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  170          2.50   2.50  3 S +1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F7-Schnebele-Seckel
  170          2.50   2.50  2 S +2   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F1-Upson-Newell
  170          2.50   2.50  2 S +2   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  170          2.50   2.50  2 S +2   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
  100          0.00   5.00  1N W -2   F2-Eby-Eby vs F8-Dow-Slayton
22 ♠86
KQ852
AT7
♣AQ8
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A543
A
KQ82
♣JT74
♠J92
JT43
J65
♣K32
♠KQT7
976
943
♣965
15
146
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♦6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 1♠ 1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    5.00   0.00  3♠ N -1   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F2-Eby-Eby
         90    4.00   1.00  1N E      F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        100    3.00   2.00  3 N -2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F8-Dow-Slayton
        120    2.00   3.00  1N W +1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F1-Upson-Newell
        150    0.50   4.50  3 N -3   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        150    0.50   4.50  2 N -3   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
23 ♠Q8754
KJT5
A5
♣65
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJT
764
K6
♣QT982
♠K3
Q
QJ9742
♣K743
♠962
A9832
T83
♣AJ
10
1011
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦3
EW: 4♣ 4  ♥5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW/4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  2N W -2   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
  110          4.00   1.00  2♠ N      F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
    PASS       3.00   2.00  Pass Out  F12-Block-Eddy vs F8-Dow-Slayton
        100    1.00   4.00  3♠ N -1   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F2-Eby-Eby
        100    1.00   4.00  4 S -1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F1-Upson-Newell
        100    1.00   4.00  3 S -1   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
24 ♠Q95
KT4
QJT
♣Q943
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AT7643
73
A97
♣T5
♠8
AQ9652
K842
♣A6
♠KJ2
J8
653
♣KJ872
10
813
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1♣ 5 4 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -420 4♠-EW/4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    5.00   0.00  2♠ W      F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F5-Rauch-Cohen
        140    3.00   2.00  2♠ W +1   F6-McCormick-Crary vs F2-Eby-Eby
        140    3.00   2.00  2♠ W +1   F10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F4-Shellooe-Maddox
        140    3.00   2.00  2♠ W +1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F8-Dow-Slayton
        150    1.00   4.00  3 E +2   F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        170    0.00   5.00  3 E +1   F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander vs F1-Upson-Newell
25 ♠QJT
AJT
J643
♣KQT
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠842
KQ543
97
♣764
♠A3
98762
AKT5
♣85
♠K9765
-
Q82
♣AJ932
14
511
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 3♠ 3NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♦5 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F1-Upson-Newell
  420          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ S +1   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F6-McCormick-Crary
  100          1.00   4.00  3 E -1   F12-Block-Eddy vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
         50    0.00   5.00  4♠ S -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
26 ♠JT3
QJ
JT864
♣Q85
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠2
AT952
K5
♣J9742
♠K9764
K874
92
♣A6
♠AQ85
63
AQ73
♣KT3
7
810
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♥3 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3♣ 4 1NT  ♦4 ♠6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -500 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    3.50   1.50  1N S -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
        100    3.50   1.50  1N S -1   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F1-Upson-Newell
        100    3.50   1.50  1N S -1   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
        100    3.50   1.50  1N S -1   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F6-McCormick-Crary
        170    0.50   4.50  2 W +2   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        170    0.50   4.50  2 E +2   F12-Block-Eddy vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa
27 ♠2
KJT5
K9765
♣K84
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AKJT6
A8
A83
♣QT2
♠85
732
QJT2
♣AJ73
♠Q9743
Q964
4
♣965
10
188
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥5 ♠2/3 NT1
EW: 6♣ 4 1 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: -920 6♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   F7-Schnebele-Seckel vs F3-Von Adelung-Hollmann
   50          4.00   1.00  3N E -1   F5-Rauch-Cohen vs F10-Lesieutre-Borucki
         50    3.00   2.00  2 S -1   F2-Eby-Eby vs F11-Flowers-Sonne-Alexander
        180    2.00   3.00  2N E +2   F4-Shellooe-Maddox vs F1-Upson-Newell
        240    1.00   4.00  2N W +4   F8-Dow-Slayton vs F6-McCormick-Crary
        400    0.00   5.00  3N E      F12-Block-Eddy vs F9-Rubin-Tatsugawa