- Monday Aft - May 27, 2019

? Explanation of report features  
Download hands in PDF or PBN format (Right click and choose “Save Link As...” in Firefox or “Save Target As...” in IE)
Jump directly to board 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Field strength:  Mean: 1202 MP  Geomean: 697 MP
(based on 22 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Helen Rubin - Sam Dodson 58.85 1st A 1.10
Maja - Walter Thorpe 57.30 2nd A 0.77
Leonard Chriss - Tim Higginson 53.13 3rd A 0.55
Fred Quadros - Scott Hanham 51.05 4th A 0.39
Hetty Eddy - Sharyn Siebert 49.48 1st C 0.24
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> C
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>May 27, 2019       |CLUB NO.>217133    | 05/27/2019 16:08
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=11/B=6/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Freya Charney          Stan Charney             A    .     .     .     52.88  48.96
 2 Sharyn Siebert         Hetty Eddy               C    .     .     1     53.44  49.48  0.24(C)
 3 Sam Dodson             Helen Rubin              A    1     .     .     63.56  58.85  1.10(A)
 4 Scott Hanham           Fred Quadros             B    4     2     .     55.13  51.05  0.39(A)
 5 Leonard Chriss         Tim Higginson            B    3     1     .     57.38  53.13  0.55(A)
 6 Susie Fugelsang        David Maddox             C    .     .     .     51.50  47.69
 8 Lauren Upson           Brad Dow                 A    .     .     .     54.00  50.00
 9 Kurt Schnebele         Arlene Seckel            B    .     .     .     48.38  44.80
10 Judy Lesieutre         Nancy Borucki            A    .     .     .     51.19  47.40
11 Walter Thorpe           Maja                    A    2     .     .     61.88  57.30  0.77(A)
12 Mary Block             Barbara Svetlik          C    .     .     .     45.00  41.67
                                          Totals                         594.34

Hands and Results
1 ♠AT965
A
QJT
♣A943
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q82
QT
8752
♣KT76
♠74
K86532
63
♣J52
♠KJ3
J974
AK94
♣Q8
15
74
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 2 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥5 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +2   C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
  480          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +2   C8-Upson-Dow vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      C12-Block-Svetlik vs C1-Charney-Charney

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

12 tricks are available in spades if declarer plays West for the Q. Two-way finesses are notorious for presenting us with a guess we cant handle at 100%. 6 will not often be chosen with a combined point total of only 29.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass21
Pass32Pass3
Pass3NT3Pass4
Pass4NTPass54
Pass5All pass 
  1. game force with clobs or a balanced game force
  2. 4+ clubs and heart shortness
  3. serious slam interest
  4. 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, 3, 7, and 9.

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East isn't eager to preempt with a mediocre 6-card suit and a semi-balanced hand. South wants to show a game forcing 3-card spade raise. So South begins with a Two Over One Game Force . For many partnerships, a 2 or 2 Game Force promises a 5+ card suit. With that understanding, South's 2 response shows a Game Force with clubs or a balanced Game Force. North's jump to 3 in a game forcing auction is a Splinter bid, showing 4+ clubs and heart shortness. South, with a weak 4-card heart suit is pleased to learn about North's heart shortness. South's 3 bid isn't a cue bid looking for a club slam. South would confirm clubs as trump first. South's 3 bid shows a game forcing hand with 3-card spade support.

At this point, both North and South have unlimited hands. One of the difficulties playing Two Over One Game Force is determining whether a cue bid shows the willingness to cooperate with a slam try or shows serious slam interest. After finding a major suit fit, many expert partnerships give up a natural 3NT to bid to differentiate a serious slam try from the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. If playing Serious 3NT , North's 3NT bid is artificial showing serious slam interest. South's 4 cue bid shows a diamond control and denies a club control. North's 4NT bid is Roman Keycard for spades. South's 5 bid shows 2 key cards without the Queen. North knows they are missing the King and the Queen. North doesn't know about the Jack. 6 isn't likely to be better than a 50% slam. North places the contract in 5.

Partnerships playing non-serious 3NT use a cue bid to show serious slam interest. So North would cue bid 4 to show a club control and serious slam interest. Now North will not be aware of the missing King. North-South are likely to reach a slam they wouldn't be eager to bid if they could see both hands.

The Play: Declarer cannot avoid a club loser without defensive help. Declarer can discard a losing club on a long diamond and can ruff a club in the short hand. If the King is onside, declarer will not need to ruff a club. Here, a lobbing finesse towards the Queen fails. So declarer needs to ruff a club in the short hand. After ruffing a club, dummy doesn't have enought trump to finesse Qxxx in West's hand. It may be possible to engineer a Trump Coup . Declarer cashes King and finesses against West for the Queen. When the finesse wins and East follows, declarer cashes the Ace to drop the Queen. Declarer has 12 tricks: 5 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 1 ruff.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at davidjloeb@gmail.com

2 ♠8
AKJ97
JT8432
♣A
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQ
Q642
A
♣K98653
♠K9642
83
K765
♣JT
♠JT753
T5
Q9
♣Q742
13
157
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1 1NT  ♣4 ♠5
EW: 2♣ 1/2♠  ♦3/4 ♥4/5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +100 3♠*-W-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  3 N +2   C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
   50          2.50   1.50  2N W -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C1-Charney-Charney
   50          2.50   1.50  4♣ W -1   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
        100    1.00   3.00  4 N -1   C8-Upson-Dow vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
        200    0.00   4.00  3 N -2   C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When West opens 1, North is most likely to overcall 1. 13 HCP is too much ( or too little) for 2NT showing the diamonds and hearts, and most players will choose the better suit and the major suit to overcall. East can bid 1, though South will pass whether or not East bids. West doesn't have a happy rebid and will reluctantly choose 2, given her singleton diamond. Now North offers diamonds as an alternative to hearts, which East will surely prefer.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

3 ♠T2
QT9864
742
♣94
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q876
K5
Q8
♣QJT75
♠KJ53
A3
AKJ6
♣862
♠A94
J72
T953
♣AK3
2
1016
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 3 3♠ 3NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -500 4*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
  100          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C1-Charney-Charney
        170    2.00   2.00  3♠ W +1   C8-Upson-Dow vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
        600    1.00   3.00  3N E      C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
        620    0.00   4.00  4♠ E      C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When West passes South's 1, North has the right hand for a weak jump shift. A jump to 2 won't bother East, however; you can even say it makes her bidding easier, since she can now double to show a good hand with support for the unbid suits. 4 will be a popular contract, foundering only because North has a doubleton club. Ah, well...



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass11NTPass
2Pass2Pass
4All pass  

The Bidding: South's hand falls short of the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. Conservative bidders may choose to pass as dealer. In today's game, it is common to open 12 HCP hands, especially hands with 3 quick tricks. The vulnerability is favorable. Opening 1 seems best. West's 10 HCP aren't sufficient for a 2 overcall. Given the unfavorable vulnerability, overcalling 2 for its obstructive value is too risky. Passing seems best.

If North-South are playing weak jump shifts, North has an easy 2 response. Should North pass if not playing weak jump shifts? If South has a 3-card club suit, they will not be happy playing in a 3-2 fit. In his Responding Light article, Josh Donn advises many expert partnerships "respond with less than normal responding strength.” Some partnerships never pass a 1-level suit opening bid. The main goals for a light response are "to prevent the opponents from finding their best contract, to reach game in case a fit is located, and to improve the contract to a better partscore." Here, North hopes their light 1 response improves the contract and/or prevents the opponents from finding their best spot.

East doesn't have ideal shape for a takeout double. Overcalling 1NT is clear. Because opening light and responding light are common winning tactics, it is important to have a natural 1NT overcall available in 4th seat. (See Jerry Helm's advice on Sandwich Notrump by an unpassed hand.) East's natural 1NT overcall derails North-South's attempt to steal the board. West uses Stayman to find the partnership's spade fit, and places the contract at 4.

The Play: It is common to lead Ace from Ace-King. After South leads the Ace, North encourages a club continuation. When North scores a club ruff, 4 is down 1. Ironically, East-West would have scored better if they had allowed North-South to steal the board.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at davidjloeb@gmail.com

4 ♠54
8762
KQJT9
♣K2
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A832
5
A432
♣AJT3
♠JT9
AKJ43
65
♣654
♠KQ76
QT9
87
♣Q987
9
139
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT5
EW: 3/2♣ 1 2 3/2♠ 1NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N W -4   C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
         90    3.00   1.00  1N E      C1-Charney-Charney vs C8-Upson-Dow
        100    1.50   2.50  1N S -1   C9-Schnebele-Seckel vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        100    1.50   2.50  2 N -1   C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
        120    0.00   4.00  1N E +1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C2-Siebert-Eddy

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 and East responds 1. Now West bids 1. With only 9 HCP, what should East do now? Repeating hearts shows six, pass seems wrong with nine HCP. 2 (New Minor Forcing) usually shows a bit more than this--but here's an example of a hand with no perfect choices. This may well play 2, 2, even NT, with rational arguments to support most choices.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

5 ♠8
KT63
KT865
♣AT2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J76
A875
32
♣QJ86
♠AKQ93
42
QJ
♣K973
♠T542
QJ9
A974
♣54
10
815
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2  ♣4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3♠  ♦2 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
        140    1.50   2.50  3♠ E      C1-Charney-Charney vs C8-Upson-Dow
        140    1.50   2.50  3♠ E      C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
        140    1.50   2.50  3♠ E      C9-Schnebele-Seckel vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        140    1.50   2.50  2♠ E +1   C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C4-Hanham-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens spades and will most likely play a spade partial. Be careful counting those diamond cards for much--doubleton "quacks" aren't worth much unless partner has something in the suit as well. The mirror distribution East and West have in the minor suits make extra tricks hard to come by.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

6 ♠6
AT4
QT943
♣AQJ8
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T54
K52
J8762
♣94
♠A873
76
A
♣KT7632
♠KQJ92
QJ983
K5
♣5
13
411
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 5 5/4♠ 5/4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   C9-Schnebele-Seckel vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
  450          3.50   0.50  4 N +1   C1-Charney-Charney vs C8-Upson-Dow
  210          2.00   2.00  2N N +3   C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
  170          1.00   3.00  2 N +2   C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
  150          0.00   4.00  2 N +3   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C2-Siebert-Eddy

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If East can't bring himself to open 1 (2 1/2 QT notwithstanding), South will open 1. He might also use Michaels Cue Bid , though 12 HCP is a bit heavy. North will be delighted to bid the heart game. A friendly hand: trumps not only break, the King is onside.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

7 ♠96
65
T9542
♣KT84
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AKQT8
QJT92
J3
♣J
♠42
874
Q76
♣Q7632
♠J753
AK3
AK8
♣A95
3
144
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
EW: 2  ♣5 ♦3 ♠6 NT6/5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3 E -2   C1-Charney-Charney vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
  100          2.50   1.50  2♠ W -1   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Upson-Dow
  100          2.50   1.50  2♠ E -1   C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
         80    1.00   3.00  1♠ W      C12-Block-Svetlik vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
        100    0.00   4.00  2N S -1   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South, just a point shy of half the deck in hand, opens 1. West bids 2 to show the majors, and East chooses hearts, There's not much South can do. What a frustrating hand. His double would be penalty oriented, but you couldn't blame North for running to diamonds. The club spots should be very informative--possibly allowing declarer to finesse East for the Q>



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
21Pass2Dbl
Pass3All pass 
  1. 5+ spades and 5+ hearts

The Bidding: South has a choice between opening 1 or upgrading their hand and opening 2NT. Aces and Kings are worth more than their HCP weight. 5 of South's 6 honors are Aces or Kings. South's flat hand merits a downgrade. South's prime honors are working in support of 3 card suits. Opening 1 seems best. West's 2 overcall is a Michaels Cue Bid , showing 5+ spades and 5+ hearts. North has nothing to say. East takes a preference to 2.

What negative inferences does South have from North's pass of West's Michaels cue bid? In his "Versus Michaels or Unusual Notrump" article, Larry Cohen discusses defending 2 suited overcalls. With those agreements, North's pass denies the following hands: a penalty double of a major, an invitational or better hand with a minor, invitational or better values with interest in notrump, a constructive club raise, and a constructive hand with long diamonds. Despite the negative inferences, South, with 19 HCP and 5 quick tricks, expects the board to belong to North-South. Would a 2NT bid be natural for your partnership? As this hand illustrates a natural 2NT bid is risky. Playing a natural 2NT bid, South might bid 3 with Axx x Axx AKJxxx or Axx x xxx AKJxxx. To avoid guessing, many partnerships give up a natural 2NT bid in favor of Good Bad 2NT . Here, South doesn't have a suit to bid. Competing with a double seems best.

Is South's double card showing or takeout oriented? It isn't clear. Either way South should have diamond tolerance and the values to compete to the 3-level. An 8+ card diamond fit is expected. North has a close choice between bidding 3 and bidding 3. If South is 3-3 in the minors, the 8-card diamond fit is preferable. If South is 4-4 in the minors, the 9-card diamond fit is preferable considering the potential for defensive ruffs. In his "1-Of-A-Minor Opening" article, Larry Cohen discusses opening styles with 4-4 in the minors. It is important to know your partner's style for opening hand with 4 clubs and 4 diamonds . If South is 3-5 in the minors, the 9-card club bit is preferable. North isn't willing to risk playing in a 4-3 club fit and being tapped in the long hand. Bidding 3 to play in an 8+ card fit seems best.

The Play in 2NT: It is common for a partnership to have a power lead against a notrump contract. West leads the Ace or King, whichever is the power lead, to ask East to unblock or give count. Playing upside down Count , East's 2 shows either a singleton or an even number of spades. A singleton is unlikely on the auction. Now it is easy for West to shift to a heart. When East gains the lead, they shift to a spade. The defense scores 6 tricks.

Playing standard count, East begins an echo with the 4 to show an even count. If declarer plays the 3, West has a guess as to whether East started with 754 or 42. If West continues a high spade, declarer has at least 8 tricks. If declarer doesn't Hold Up in hearts, they will get a count of West's hand when the Jack falls. Now declarer can finesse against East's Queen for their 9th trick.

The Play in 3: West leads their high spades tapping dummy. If North ruffs cheaply, East can overruff and switch to a heart. If North ruffs with the 8 or higher, East doesn't want to shorten their trump holding. Discarding a side suit allows East to strengthen their trump control. The 5-1 club break is unfortunate for declarer, but not surprising. Declarer is fortunate West has the Jack singleton, allowing declarer to score their 9 by finessing against East's Queen. The defense score 5 tricks to beat 3.

The Play in 3: East is likely to lead the 4. top of a doubleton. West wins and continues leading high spades. Declarer ruffs the 3rd round with the 9 (or 10) to avoid a cheap overruff. East doesn't know about West's Jack. So they overruff and switch to a heart. Declarer wins and draws trump. West's Michaels cue bid makes it easy for declarer to get the clubs right. Declarer scores 10 tricks on a Dummy Reversal .



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at davidjloeb@gmail.com

8 ♠QJ742
763
864
♣84
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠9
AKQJT85
J9
♣K76
♠K85
4
KQ732
♣AJT9
♠AT63
92
AT5
♣Q532
3
1413
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥2 ♠6 NT2
EW: 4/3♣ 5/4 5 1/-♠ 5/1NT
       ♠7/6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        430    3.50   0.50  3N E +1   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        430    3.50   0.50  3N E +1   C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        450    1.50   2.50  5 W      C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Upson-Dow
        450    1.50   2.50  4 W +1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
        480    0.00   4.00  4 W +2   C1-Charney-Charney vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West may choose to open 4 on his running suit with an outside Queen, fearful that N-S will find a spade fit if he starts with 1. Not this time, since N-S may have the spades, but not the points to get at all frisky. All there is to lose is the two aces, hard to avoid when the Q is the usual opening lead.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

9 ♠J
T87
KJ9864
♣T62
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A86
AK9543
-
♣AKQ8
♠K9742
62
QT72
♣J9
♠QT53
QJ
A53
♣7543
5
206
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 5♣ 2 5 5♠ 4/3NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -650 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  6♠ E -2   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C8-Upson-Dow
        600    2.50   1.50  3N E      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        600    2.50   1.50  3N E      C12-Block-Svetlik vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
        650    0.50   3.50  5♠ E      C1-Charney-Charney vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        650    0.50   3.50  4 W +1   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

An aggressive North might open 2, but I imagine most will pass. Either way, the next bid will come from West with 20 HCP and a void and a six card major. If there have been three passes, it's reasonable to open 2 on this three loser hand with five quick tricks and a decent six card suit. East may show her spades over 2 and then West can even raise. Whichever major it is, there are at least two losers because of the missing middle cards.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2Pass3
DblPass3Pass
4All pass  

The Bidding: After North opens a Weak Two Diamonds , East has nothing to say. South, with 3-card diamond support at favorable vulnerability advances the preempt to 3. West is too strong to overcall 3. A jump to 4 over a preempt is strong, but doesn't convey the power of West's hand. Furthermore, a jump to 4 would hide West's slam potential in 3 suits.

In his "Forcing Bids after a Takeout Double" article, Steve Robinson shares an expert discussion. Here, West has the strength to double and then force with a cue bid or a jump bid. The risk of doubling is partner may convert if for penalty. East-West would need to take 8 tricks against 3X to beat the score available for a vulnerable game. For most partnerships. an immediate 4 bid would be a Michaels Cue Bid showing a game forcing hand with 5+ spades and 5+ hearts. Since West's hand has slam potential in 3 suits, beginning with a double seems best. East has reasonable defense against a diamond contract, but has 5-card spade support and constructive values. Advancing to 3 seems best.

West now has a choice between forcing with a cue bid, bidding 4 to show 18+ points and 5+ hearts, or making a slam try with a jump to 5. Cue bidding risks putting East in an awkward position if they have only 4 spades and don't have 4 hearts or 4 clubs. Bidding 5 risks getting too high. Bidding 4 to show a hand too strong to bid 4 initially seems best. East has little interest in slam with only 1 honor outside of diamonds. The auction ends at 4.

The Play: Declarer cannot avoid losing a heart and a spade. Declarer has 11 tricks: 2 + 5 + 4.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at davidjloeb@gmail.com

10 ♠AKT6
65
J54
♣9862
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J52
A43
AQ983
♣54
♠9874
K2
T76
♣KJT7
♠Q3
QJT987
K2
♣AQ3
8
117
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♥4 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  2 S +2   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
  140          2.00   2.00  3 S      C8-Upson-Dow vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
  140          2.00   2.00  3 S      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
  140          2.00   2.00  2 S +1   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C1-Charney-Charney
        100    0.00   4.00  2 S -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C4-Hanham-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and rebids them over North's 1 response. Bidding wont be very spirited with only 23 HCP for N-S and no exciting fit. What will West lead? Perhaps a small trump. AT least the K cooperates, but there's no good way to avoid four losers.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

11 ♠K95
983
JT93
♣KQ8
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AT873
AQ7
5
♣A943
♠QJ64
KJ652
K
♣JT5
♠2
T4
AQ87642
♣762
9
1411
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣5 ♥3 ♠3 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3/4 3/4♠  ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        300    4.00   0.00  5* S -2  C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ W      C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C1-Charney-Charney
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ W      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        420    2.00   2.00  4 E      C8-Upson-Dow vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        450    0.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C4-Hanham-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If South opens 3--and why not?--West bids 3 and East will carry on the the spade game. Nice of the hearts to break and provide plenty of discards for those losing clubs. When South wins the A, he should look at the dummy and switch to a club for maximum irritation to declarer's hide.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

12 ♠743
AK764
AK43
♣2
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AKJ9865
T
Q2
♣953
♠QT
QJ532
J65
♣QT8
♠2
98
T987
♣AKJ764
14
108
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 3  ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♠  ♣2 ♦1 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +600 5-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3♠ W -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
        110    3.00   1.00  2♠ W      C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        200    1.00   3.00  4 N -2   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C1-Charney-Charney
        200    1.00   3.00  4 N -2   C8-Upson-Dow vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        200    1.00   3.00  4 N -2   C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 3. North may (inwardly) groan, but 3 will likely pass to South. And looking at only 8 HCP, South won't act, either. There's some consolation for N-S when they rack up +200 or even +300 on defense.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

13 ♠A95
KJ7
T653
♣987
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K86432
T8
J
♣J654
♠QT
AQ96432
KQ8
♣K
♠J7
5
A9742
♣AQT32
8
516
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1NT  ♥4 ♠5
EW: 3 2♠  ♣5 ♦5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   C1-Charney-Charney vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  100          3.00   1.00  4 E -1   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C8-Upson-Dow
  100          3.00   1.00  4 E -1   C9-Schnebele-Seckel vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        110    1.00   3.00  2 E      C12-Block-Svetlik vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
        140    0.00   4.00  3 E      C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C2-Siebert-Eddy

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South jumps to 2NT with both minors, and North chooses diamonds. Given his HCP in the minors, will East bid again? It's daunting. What looked like a great hand isn't so great in the context of this bidding.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

14 ♠AKJ4
KT832
T6
♣T8
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠Q8765
4
Q94
♣A953
♠T32
J65
A732
♣K74
♠9
AQ97
KJ85
♣QJ62
11
88
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 4 1/2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.00   1.00  4 N      C1-Charney-Charney vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  420          3.00   1.00  4 N      C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
  420          3.00   1.00  4 N      C9-Schnebele-Seckel vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
  170          1.00   3.00  3 N +1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C5-Chriss-Higginson
         50    0.00   4.00  4 N -1   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C8-Upson-Dow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and then should jump-raise hearts given revaluation of the hand when a trump fit has been located. North will be delighted to bid the game. No lead can hurt--and a spade lead would be a real help.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

15 ♠9843
96
QJT7
♣K97
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AT2
AKJ
K8543
♣T8
♠Q6
Q87532
A6
♣AJ6
♠KJ75
T4
92
♣Q5432
6
1513
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥1 ♠5 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3 6 2♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    3.50   0.50  4 W +1   C1-Charney-Charney vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        450    3.50   0.50  4 W +1   C9-Schnebele-Seckel vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        480    1.00   3.00  4 W +2   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C8-Upson-Dow
        480    1.00   3.00  4 W +2   C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
        480    1.00   3.00  4 W +2   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C5-Chriss-Higginson

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT and will be delighted to play hearts instead of NT with that doubleton club. What will North lead? The Q is most likely, top of a sequence. At least it wasn't a spade. If North should lead a low club, declarer plays low from the dummy and then could try the club finesse.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

16 ♠J94
J
J7643
♣J983
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K753
63
AKQ
♣AQT7
♠Q2
Q52
T9852
♣K52
♠AT86
AKT9874
-
♣64
4
187
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♦4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2/1♣ 2 1/-NT
       ♥5/4 ♠6/5 NT7/5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          3.50   0.50  5 E -3   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  300          3.50   0.50  5 E -3   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
  140          2.00   2.00  3 S      C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        100    1.00   3.00  4 S -2   C8-Upson-Dow vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
        300    0.00   4.00  4* S -2  C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C3-Dodson-Rubin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. Will East bid 1 or 1NT? Either way, South bids her hearts--and could well get the bid since the opponent with points has no heart stopper and the opponent with a stopper hasn't a lot of points. If West raises diamonds, South just might bid those hearts again.



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

17 ♠J3
AK85
AQ6
♣9842
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠842
43
T9853
♣753
♠AKQ76
62
J4
♣AKQJ
♠T95
QJT97
K72
♣T6
14
020
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♦6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 3♠  ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3 S      C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
   50          2.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   C8-Upson-Dow vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
   50          2.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        100    1.00   3.00  4* S -1  C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        140    0.00   4.00  3♠ E      C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C3-Dodson-Rubin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. East bids 1 and South passes, too weak to make a Negative Double . Now North reopens with a double, since he is short in spades, and South gets a chance to name hearts. Will East give up? He certainly has the best hand at the table--9 tricks in hand if trumps break. Who could resist?



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

18 ♠J
K64
942
♣Q97632
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AKT843
J73
K3
♣54
♠7
T852
JT76
♣AJT8
♠Q9652
AQ9
AQ85
♣K
6
116
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 1 1♠ 1NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   80          3.50   0.50  1♠ S      C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
   80          3.50   0.50  1♠ S      C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
   50          2.00   2.00  2♠ W -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        100    1.00   3.00  2 S -1   C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        400    0.00   4.00  3N N -4   C8-Upson-Dow vs C11-Thorpe-Maja

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1, to the shock of West! North might eke out 1NT and will be delighted to pass 2 (South's rebid). Diamonds have the expected 4-2 break; only the irrelevant hearts are 3-3. If North passes 1, so will East--who wants to balance with only six HCP, even with great shape?



****************************************
Comments? Questions?

CLICK HERE to submit a question or join the BridgeWinners.com board discussion.

CLICK HERE or email me directly at DeLandbridge@cfl.rr.com

19 ♠Q
AK96
Q842
♣T632
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠865
Q52
AT7
♣AJ84
♠AK3
J3
J93
♣KQ975
♠JT9742
T874
K65
♣-
11
1114
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 2♠  ♣3 ♦6 NT4
EW: 4♣ 3NT  ♦6 ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -300 4♠*-NS/4*-S-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3 N      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
  110          2.50   1.50  2♠ S      C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C1-Charney-Charney
  110          2.50   1.50  2♠ S      C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
  100          1.00   3.00  4♣ E -1   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
        130    0.00   4.00  4♣ E      C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C8-Upson-Dow
20 ♠KJ7
T
QJ865
♣J432
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q432
A62
3
♣T9875
♠A5
KQ943
T92
♣KQ6
♠T986
J875
AK74
♣A
8
614
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦2 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2♠ N      C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
        100    3.00   1.00  3♠ S -1   C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C1-Charney-Charney
        110    1.50   2.50  2 E      C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C8-Upson-Dow
        110    1.50   2.50  2 E      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        140    0.00   4.00  2 E +1   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
21 ♠KT8
K8
K873
♣8643
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQ7
763
AQ2
♣KQJ2
♠32
J952
T96
♣AT75
♠J9654
AQT4
J54
♣9
9
185
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1 3♠  ♣5 NT6
EW: 2♣ -/1NT
       ♦5 ♥6 ♠4 NT6/7
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3♠ S      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
   50          2.00   2.00  2N W -1   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C3-Dodson-Rubin
   50          2.00   2.00  1 E -1   C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C1-Charney-Charney
   50          2.00   2.00  1♣ W -1   C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
         90    0.00   4.00  1N W      C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C8-Upson-Dow
22 ♠7
AJ872
K97
♣J832
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J96432
-
J8543
♣Q9
♠QT85
Q43
62
♣AT76
♠AK
KT965
AQT
♣K54
9
48
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 3 5 5NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣3 ♦4 ♥2 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          3.50   0.50  5 S +1   C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
  480          3.50   0.50  4 S +2   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
  450          2.00   2.00  5 S      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C1-Charney-Charney
  420          0.50   3.50  4 S      C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
  420          0.50   3.50  4 S      C12-Block-Svetlik vs C8-Upson-Dow
23 ♠AKJ
Q94
K9
♣AKT32
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QT8765
6
74
♣Q764
♠9
AJT852
853
♣J95
♠432
K73
AQJT62
♣8
20
46
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 3 3♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥4 ♠4 NT1
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1440          3.00   1.00  6N N      C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
 1440          3.00   1.00  6N N      C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
 1440          3.00   1.00  6N N      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C1-Charney-Charney
  690          0.50   3.50  5N N +1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C8-Upson-Dow
  690          0.50   3.50  3N N +3   C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
24 ♠A54
AQ6
K32
♣QJ63
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T73
K985
Q876
♣A9
♠KQ9
JT4
J54
♣KT84
♠J862
732
AT9
♣752
16
910
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6
EW: 1 1  ♣6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          4.00   0.00  1N N +3   C3-Dodson-Rubin vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
   90          2.00   2.00  1N N      C6-Fugelsang-Maddox vs C2-Siebert-Eddy
   90          2.00   2.00  1N N      C11-Thorpe-Maja vs C1-Charney-Charney
   90          2.00   2.00  1N N      C12-Block-Svetlik vs C8-Upson-Dow
         50    0.00   4.00  1N N -1   C10-Lesieutre-Borucki vs C4-Hanham-Quadros
25 ♠7
AT8
KT3
♣Q87643
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT
QJ76432
Q7
♣A5
♠K86543
K95
J52
♣K
♠AQ92
-
A9864
♣JT92
9
1010
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 1♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2  ♣2 ♦3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +400 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  5♣ N      C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C1-Charney-Charney
  100          3.00   1.00  2♠ E -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
         50    1.50   2.50  2♠ N -1   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
         50    1.50   2.50  5♣ N -1   C8-Upson-Dow vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        140    0.00   4.00  3 W      C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
26 ♠AJT6
K65
AQJ
♣842
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KQ32
AJT83
876
♣K
♠874
2
KT95
♣97653
♠95
Q974
432
♣AQJT
15
133
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 2 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3/4 NT3
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.50   0.50  2N S +1   C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
  150          3.50   0.50  1N N +2   C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C1-Charney-Charney
  100          2.00   2.00  2♠ E -1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel
        100    1.00   3.00  3N N -1   C8-Upson-Dow vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        200    0.00   4.00  4♣ N -2   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
27 ♠86
J863
9643
♣AQ8
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AKQ95
K5
Q5
♣T972
♠T43
AT94
AT82
♣K3
♠J72
Q72
KJ7
♣J654
7
1411
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2/3 ♥3/4 ♠2 NT2/3
EW: 3♣ 3 3 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        230    4.00   0.00  3♠ W +3   C2-Siebert-Eddy vs C11-Thorpe-Maja
        420    3.00   1.00  4♠ W      C5-Chriss-Higginson vs C10-Lesieutre-Borucki
        450    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C4-Hanham-Quadros vs C1-Charney-Charney
        450    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C8-Upson-Dow vs C6-Fugelsang-Maddox
        450    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   C12-Block-Svetlik vs C9-Schnebele-Seckel