- Saturday Morn - May 25, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 94 MP  Geomean: 39 MP
(based on 28 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
John Mahoney - Russ Haisley 60.65 1st A 0.56
James Chibidakis - Sharon Chibidakis 57.08 2nd A 0.39
Larry Mazzei - Susan Mazzei 56.81 1/2nd A 0.48
Sally Reed - Wayne McIntyre 56.81 1/2nd A 0.48
Carolyn Treakle - Richard Treakle 55.49 3rd A 0.28
Karen Mok - Nancy Green 53.51 3rd A 0.28
EVENT>Saturday Morning Pairs   |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>May 25, 2019       |CLUB NO.>150680    | 05/25/2019 12:42
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DIR> Alan Hedegard   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 70%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/200/100    |CLUB>H & H Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Susan Mazzei           Larry Mazzei             B   1/2   1/2    .     71.58  56.81  0.48(A)
 2 Jeff Riehl             Frederick Smith          C    .     .     .     63.25  50.20
 3 Karen Mok              Nancy Green              C    3     .     1     67.42  53.51  0.28(A)
 4 Hetty Eddy             Sharon Armbrust          B    .     .     .     66.58  52.84
 5 Elizabeth Sebring      Bob Gore                 B    .     .     .     41.08  32.60
 6 Wayne McIntyre         Sally Reed               B   1/2   1/2    .     71.58  56.81  0.48(A)
 7 Julie Garvin           Joseph Garvin            A    .     .     .     59.33  47.09
                                          Totals                         440.82

EVENT>Saturday Morning Pairs   |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/200/100    |CLUB>H & H Saturday
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=7/C=5                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Carolyn Treakle        Richard Treakle          B    3     3     .     69.92  55.49  0.28(A)
 2 John Mahoney           Russ Haisley             C    1     1     1     76.42  60.65  0.56(A)
 3 Sharon Chibidakis      James Chibidakis         C    2     2     2     71.92  57.08  0.39(A)
 4 Albert Low             Sam Callaway             C    .     .     .     56.25  44.64
 5 John Kneisl            Barbara Moxley           B    .     .     .     67.42  53.51
 6 Marcy Klein            Mark Klein               C    .     .     .     50.08  39.75
 7 George Mills           Sylvia Teixeira          C    .     .     .     48.30  38.33
                                          Totals                         440.31

Hands and Results
1 ♠J84
KQ76
76
♣JT52
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KT2
AT93
T84
♣K93
♠Q653
J8
A32
♣AQ74
♠A97
542
KQJ95
♣86
7
1013
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 2♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  120          6.00   0.00  1N N +1   8  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  100          4.50   1.50  2N E -2   K  A3-Mok-Green vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  100          4.50   1.50  3♣ E -2   K  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
   50          3.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   K  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A4-Low-Callaway
         90    2.00   4.00  1N W      ♣2  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        110    1.00   5.00  2♠ E      3  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A6-Klein-Klein
        400    0.00   6.00  3N W      ♣2  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11
1Pass1Pass
2PassPassPass

A simple 1 overcall leads to several issues that must be resolved by EW. First, there are two schools of thought with respect to West's proper bid, 1 being the leading theoretical position, a forcing and natural bid, promising just four cards in the heart suit and unlimited in strength. The two alternatives are "double," of the negative variety, the majority view being that after specifically this beginning auction, 1 and a 1 overcall that the Negative Double should promise four cards in each major suit. Some small group disagrees, allowing a double with 4-3 in the major suits, provided that adequate support for clubs is held in reserve, should partner fail to choose the four card major held by the doubler. A refinement of that idea is that a 1 or 1 bid then shows at least a five card suit. Another issue is the whether it is appropriate or mandatory to redouble with 10 HCP. That temptation should be resisted and relegated to times when there is a misfit for partner's suit and sensing an opportunity for a penalty double or a more definitive follow-up. If you redouble with any hand containing 10 HCP, you will be preempted out of your suit all too often -- with x KJxxx Axxx Qxx, for example, you need to get the heart suit in now, for fear of significant spade bidding by fourth chair and a raise from East. Get your suits in!

After the 1 bid, East might not bid 1 for lack of a Negative Double, but 1NT is not particularly attractive with just the diamond ace, and 1 is all that is left. West can hardly pass, for fear of missing game, and cannot raise spades or rebid hearts or bid notrump, so 2 becomes the only bid. East is now done, and the simple 1 overcall has destroyed the two best contracts for EW!



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2 ♠98
Q5
JT9743
♣964
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠653
A762
AQ8
♣KQ2
♠AJT4
KJ94
K52
♣87
♠KQ72
T83
6
♣AJT53
3
1512
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥2 ♠4 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 5/4 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -450 5-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          5.00   1.00  3N W -1   7  A3-Mok-Green vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
   50          5.00   1.00  4 W -1   ♠9  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
   50          5.00   1.00  4 E -1   6  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A4-Low-Callaway
        200    3.00   3.00  3 W +2   J  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A6-Klein-Klein
        420    2.00   4.00  4 E      J  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        430    0.50   5.50  3N W +1   4  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        430    0.50   5.50  3N W +1   ♣9  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A7-Mills-Teixeira

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Dbl
RdblPass1Pass
4All pass  

Differing from board 1, where a specific sequence required agreements regarding both the Negative Double and suit bidding, a takeout double by the opponent (South) requires some dexterity. A bid of 1 by West, while not promising the world in hearts, nevertheless puts East's raise into some question - perhaps East is raising on three? So a redouble can define the strength of West's hand first, and when East bids hearts, there is no longer confusion or doubt... Well, except for the nagging concern whether South has four hearts. That concern will linger into the play of the hand, which probably will lead to a first round heart play of small to the jack, to retain control if all goes badly. But there is good news for declarer!



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3 ♠T43
J652
Q832
♣K3
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A987
K973
A95
♣T9
♠652
QT
64
♣AJ7642
♠KQJ
A84
KJT7
♣Q85
6
117
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1 1NT  ♣5/4 ♠6
EW: 2♣  ♦5 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +90 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  3♣ E -2   ♠J  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  120          4.50   1.50  1N S +1   ♠7  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
  120          4.50   1.50  1N S +1   ♠7  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A4-Low-Callaway
  110          3.00   3.00  3 S      ♣T  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
   90          1.50   4.50  1N S      ♠7  A3-Mok-Green vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
   90          1.50   4.50  1N N      ♠7  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A6-Klein-Klein
        500    0.00   6.00  4* N -3  ♣7  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1NT
PassPassPass 

Leading either major seems adequate, but the heart lead has more potential and actually works better for the defense, setting up three heart tricks, while the lead of a spade only works because the suit splits 3-3. In the bridge literature there is a sense that leading from a bare ace is less attractive than trying to build up tricks with lower honors. Put this hand in the category of supporting that notion. Other layouts could obtain different results, of course, but the rejoinder would be that if spades were a better lead, then that suit can wait, while hearts probably cannot.



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4 ♠7
986
KJ976
♣KQ42
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠965
KJ54
4
♣JT983
♠KQT2
T72
AQ532
♣6
♠AJ843
AQ3
T8
♣A75
9
511
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1NT  ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1/- 1♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥7/6 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  150          6.00   0.00  1N N +2   A  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A6-Klein-Klein
  120          4.50   1.50  2N N      ♠6  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
  120          4.50   1.50  1N N +1   7  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
  100          3.00   3.00  1N W -1   ♠7  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        200    1.00   5.00  2N S -2   ♣8  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        200    1.00   5.00  2♠ N -2   4  A3-Mok-Green vs A4-Low-Callaway
        200    1.00   5.00  1♠ S -2   4  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A1-Treakle-Treakle

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass11
Pass1NTPassPass
Pass   

Yes, South has a nice hand, but there is a strong sense of misfit and off-situated honors, so playing for a plus score seems best.

It is declarer, North, who should be playing on diamonds, but it might turn out that East will lead the suit, to his dismay, finding that NS own the spots, thus the suit!



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5 ♠62
986
K9653
♣A73
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KJT4
JT43
AQJT4
♣-
♠AQ987
AKQ7
7
♣Q54
♠53
52
82
♣KJT9862
7
1217
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥0 ♠0 NT3
EW: 3 7 7♠  ♣5 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -1510 7♠-EW/7-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        420    6.00   0.00  4 E      ♣J  A3-Mok-Green vs A4-Low-Callaway
        480    4.00   2.00  4♠ E +2   ♣9  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        480    4.00   2.00  4♠ E +2   ♣8  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        480    4.00   2.00  4 E +2   8  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        510    1.50   4.50  4♠ E +3   ♣K  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A6-Klein-Klein
        510    1.50   4.50  4♠ E +3   ♣8  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        980    0.00   6.00  6♠ E      5  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A1-Treakle-Treakle

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
2Pass2Pass
2!Pass3Pass
4Pass4Pass
5Pass5Pass
6Pass6Pass
6All pass  

A temptation to bid 4 at West's second turn, a Splinter , should be resisted, because it would sound too much like support of hearts. Clarify the trump suit first, then start exploring slam. East cannot show a shortness diamond control, so should bid 3, encouraging exploration. 4 shows a control -- ace, king, singleton, or void, and then East must decide whether to show the diamond control. No, the heart solidity is too much to suppress. Now West should not sign off, nor will any ace-asking sequence suffice, so rebidding the club void promises both first and second round control in support of spades. 5 now by East shows a singleton, and West envisions East's actual hand -- 6 is in search of a grand slam if East wishes to cooperate. Holding the Q and in light of all of West's bidding, how can East decline further encouragement? But West cannot quite count thirteen tricks -- five spades, four hearts, the diamond ace, and three club ruffs make thirteen, but getting three club ruffs requires having three entries to East's hand without drawing trumps. An adverse split in hearts or diamonds might scuttle the plan. Subside, and expect a good score for being in the small slam making all thirteen tricks. Sometimes you just have to resist the temptation to extract every last bit from a hand and be satisfied with having had a good auction.

Had East held the K rather than the Q, the grand slam would have been easy to bid, for 4, rather than 4, would have allowed West to count beaucoup tricks.



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6 ♠7
876432
A83
♣A84
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AK9632
Q9
K5
♣T75
♠QJT84
-
Q976
♣J963
♠5
AKJT5
JT42
♣KQ2
8
126
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 5 1NT  ♠4
EW: 3♠  ♣5 ♦3 ♥2 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 22 = -2
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          6.00   0.00  4 S +1   ♠A  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A6-Klein-Klein
  200          4.50   1.50  5♠ W -2   2  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
  200          4.50   1.50  5♠* W -1  A  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
         50    1.50   4.50  5 S -1   ♠A  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
         50    1.50   4.50  5 S -1   ♠A  A3-Mok-Green vs A4-Low-Callaway
         50    1.50   4.50  5 S -1   ♠A  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
         50    1.50   4.50  5 S -1   ♠A  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
144Pass
Pass5Pass5
PassPassPass 

5 was designed to help South make a decision over the enemy's potential 5 sacrifice, rather than act as an invitation to slam. Such an idea is rather at odds with the prior preemptive raise, so South should not understand it to be a change of mind, rather a guidepost to defensive prospects.

But the vulnerable EW pair, facing a nonvulnerable game, wish no part of minus 500 as a save, especially in light if North's warning.



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7 ♠54
KT6
A8765
♣K86
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠9762
Q53
QJ32
♣J4
♠KQJT3
874
T
♣AT32
♠A8
AJ92
K94
♣Q975
10
610
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 4 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦3 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          6.00   0.00  3N S      2  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A4-Low-Callaway
  200          5.00   1.00  3♠ E -2   K  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  180          4.00   2.00  2N S +2   2  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
  100          3.00   3.00  3♠ E -1   K  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        100    2.00   4.00  1N S -1   ♠2  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A6-Klein-Klein
        140    0.50   5.50  2♠ E +1   4  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        140    0.50   5.50  2♠ E +1   ♣5  A3-Mok-Green vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
8 ♠K2
QT873
JT863
♣3
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AT85
AJ95
AQ
♣KQ7
♠7
K2
K9742
♣JT986
♠QJ9643
64
5
♣A542
6
207
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥5 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4/5♣ 4 2 1♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  3N W -2   ♠K  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A6-Klein-Klein
   50          4.50   1.50  3N W -1   ♠K  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A4-Low-Callaway
   50          4.50   1.50  3N W -1   6  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        150    3.00   3.00  2N W +1   7  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        240    2.00   4.00  2N W +4   7  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        400    1.00   5.00  3N W      ♠2  A3-Mok-Green vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        430    0.00   6.00  3N W +1   7  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A1-Treakle-Treakle

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
2NTPass? 

Any East who counts points, bids 3NT and prays is adventurous and fearless, but when West's flimsy spade suit provides two stoppers, matchpoints will flow toward the aggressive decision.



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9 ♠JT42
752
9
♣J9642
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K875
KJ4
8763
♣87
♠Q6
AQT6
Q52
♣AQT3
♠A93
983
AKJT4
♣K5
2
716
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 NT6
EW: 1/- 2/1 1/-NT
       ♣6/4 ♦7/6 ♠6/5 NT7/6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -100 2♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          6.00   0.00  2♠ W -3   9  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  100          5.00   1.00  2N W -1   ♣4  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        100    2.50   3.50  3* S -1  4  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A4-Low-Callaway
        100    2.50   3.50  2 S -2   ♠5  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A6-Klein-Klein
        100    2.50   3.50  2 S -2   ♠5  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        100    2.50   3.50  2 S -2   ♠5  A3-Mok-Green vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        110    0.00   6.00  2 E      A  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
10 ♠QJ82
Q42
A9
♣9732
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AK7
T3
KQ754
♣K85
♠T3
AK9865
63
♣AT4
♠9654
J7
JT82
♣QJ6
9
1511
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
EW: 3♣ 4 5 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  3N W -2   ♠2  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        180    5.00   1.00  1N W +3   ♠Q  A3-Mok-Green vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        620    3.50   2.50  4 E      ♠9  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A4-Low-Callaway
        620    3.50   2.50  4 E      ♣6  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A6-Klein-Klein
        630    2.00   4.00  3N W +1   ♠2  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        650    0.50   5.50  4 E +1   ♠9  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        650    0.50   5.50  4 E +1   2  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
11 ♠Q93
AK4
AKJ7
♣AKJ
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AJ842
Q8
6
♣QT642
♠K75
JT97
8542
♣98
♠T6
6532
QT93
♣753
25
94
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 3 3NT  ♠6
EW: -/1♠
       ♣5/6 ♦3 ♥4 ♠6/7 NT3/4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  400          4.50   1.50  3N N      J  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  400          4.50   1.50  3N N      J  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
  400          4.50   1.50  3N N      7  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  400          4.50   1.50  3N N      7  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A4-Low-Callaway
  180          2.00   4.00  2N N +2   J  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A6-Klein-Klein
         50    0.50   5.50  3N N -1   J  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
         50    0.50   5.50  3N N -1   7  A3-Mok-Green vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
12 ♠K87
AK9
J985
♣KQT
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A64
Q53
632
♣9643
♠QT
J4
KQT74
♣A852
♠J9532
T8762
A
♣J7
16
612
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠  ♣6 ♦6 NT6
EW: 1 1NT  ♣6 ♥4 ♠4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          5.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   K  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
  140          5.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   7  A3-Mok-Green vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
  120          4.00   2.00  2N N      4  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A4-Low-Callaway
  100          3.00   3.00  2 E -2   ♠2  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        100    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   ♣9  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        200    0.50   5.50  4♠ N -2   K  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A6-Klein-Klein
        200    0.50   5.50  3♠ S -2   3  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
13 ♠-
AKQT7
AKJ5
♣KQJ7
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AJ865
83
9873
♣A8
♠9432
J64
Q62
♣653
♠KQT7
952
T4
♣T942
23
93
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 4 6 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥1 ♠5 NT2/3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1430 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  680          6.00   0.00  5 N +1   2  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A4-Low-Callaway
  650          4.50   1.50  5 N      ♣A  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
  650          4.50   1.50  4 N +1   ♠2  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  630          3.00   3.00  3N N +1   ♠2  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  620          2.00   4.00  4 N      ♠2  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A6-Klein-Klein
  200          1.00   5.00  1 N +4   ♠3  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
  170          0.00   6.00  2 N +2   ♠9  A3-Mok-Green vs A1-Treakle-Treakle

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2Pass2
2!3Pass4
Pass6All pass 

How can North elicit any cooperation? With a 1 1/2 loser hand, sometimes you just bash and pray.

The only alternative suggestion is to bid 4 over 4, and then what is poor South to do? Nothing to say except 5. And maybe that is actually the best auction and the best contract, for 6 depends on the heart jack falling and there not being a club ruff.

But I'd want to bid it! How wimpish to play a mere game. If it fails, oh, well.



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14 ♠T7654
Q654
T9
♣T5
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠A982
2
-
♣AKQ98732
♠K3
J97
AKJ87652
♣-
♠QJ
AKT83
Q43
♣J64
2
1312
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣0/1 ♦1 ♠4 NT1
EW: 6♣ 3 2♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -920 6♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.50   0.50  5 E -2   A  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A6-Klein-Klein
  100          5.50   0.50  5 E -2   K  A3-Mok-Green vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
   50          4.00   2.00  7♣ E -1   A  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        150    3.00   3.00  3 E +2   A  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        400    2.00   4.00  5♣ W      T  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        420    0.50   5.50  5♣ W +1   Q  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        420    0.50   5.50  5♣ W +1   4  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A4-Low-Callaway

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

A wild and woolly deal where many EW pairs will battle it out over who has the better trump suit. "My suit is trump!" cries East. "Oh, no, it isn't!" -- West.

West is correct, but how to convince East? It might not always work, but one way would be to let East get the suit rebids out of the way and then, after hearing East emphasize the length and strength repeatedly, jump in clubs. Unfortunately, that will be at the slam level. Consider:

1 2
3 4
4 6 Surely East will subside

Or

1 2
2 4
4 5 ought to convince West.

Oh, it does make slam, but how to know East's majors are not reversed? then even 5 is in danger.

Freak hands are crapshoots.



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15 ♠Q2
KQ6
QT932
♣J87
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠JT98743
A
K85
♣K4
♠A5
942
A7
♣AQT652
♠K6
JT8753
J64
♣93
10
1114
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥6 ♠1 NT1
EW: 6♣ 2 1 6♠ 4NT
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  3N E -2   4  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A6-Klein-Klein
   50          5.00   1.00  5♣ E -1   3  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        130    3.50   2.50  3♣ E +1   J  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A4-Low-Callaway
        130    3.50   2.50  3♣ E +1   J  A3-Mok-Green vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   K  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        460    1.00   5.00  3N E +2   J  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        480    0.00   6.00  4♠ W +2   K  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass2Pass
2Pass3Pass
3Pass3Pass
4All pass  

6 depends on 2-2 spades in the opponents' hands, beyond our control and against the odds. Hence the spade slam is poor. The club suit is good, but hard to explore, West understandably wanting to emphasize his seven card major, poor though it be.

By the way, East's delayed spade "support" is highly suggestive of a holding of honor-doubleton spade, and thus the bidding has some basis in theory.



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16 ♠863
854
A96
♣9765
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠QT54
KT73
32
♣AT2
♠A92
AJ96
QJ85
♣Q8
♠KJ7
Q2
KT74
♣KJ43
4
914
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 3 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.00   1.00  4 W -2   ♣9  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
  200          5.00   1.00  4 W -2   ♣3  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  200          5.00   1.00  3 W -2   6  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A6-Klein-Klein
  100          3.00   3.00  4 W -1   ♠8  A3-Mok-Green vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        140    1.50   4.50  2 W +1   A  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A4-Low-Callaway
        140    1.50   4.50  2 W +1   A  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        150    0.00   6.00  1N W +2   ♠8  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
17 ♠A852
6
AJT4
♣Q765
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KT6
AJ754
987
♣J3
♠QJ43
KT2
KQ65
♣K8
♠97
Q983
32
♣AT942
11
914
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦4 ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2 3 2♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          6.00   0.00  3 E -2   ♣A  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
   50          4.00   2.00  4 W -1   ♠2  A3-Mok-Green vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
   50          4.00   2.00  4 W -1   ♠2  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A6-Klein-Klein
   50          4.00   2.00  3 W -1   ♣3  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
    PASS       2.00   4.00  Pass Out      A2-Riehl-Smith vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        100    1.00   5.00  4♣* S -1  ♠6  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A4-Low-Callaway
        140    0.00   6.00  2 W +1   ♣5  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
18 ♠9873
Q76
T42
♣Q43
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ4
AK852
7
♣765
♠K62
94
AJ963
♣AJT
♠T5
JT3
KQ85
♣K982
4
1413
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥2 ♠1 NT3
EW: 3♣ 3 5 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        110    6.00   0.00  1 W +1   ♠9  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A6-Klein-Klein
        140    5.00   1.00  1 W +2   ♣3  A3-Mok-Green vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
        400    2.00   4.00  3N E      5  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
        400    2.00   4.00  3N E      5  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
        400    2.00   4.00  3N E      5  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
        400    2.00   4.00  3N E      ♣9  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A4-Low-Callaway
        400    2.00   4.00  3N E      ♣2  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
19 ♠AK4
KQJ8
8
♣Q8753
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q873
542
A52
♣JT9
♠92
A3
KQ74
♣AK642
♠JT65
T976
JT963
♣-
15
716
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2NT  ♦6 ♥4 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          6.00   0.00  2♣* E -2  3  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  300          5.00   1.00  3N E -3   6  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A4-Low-Callaway
  200          4.00   2.00  2♣ E -2   ♠J  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
  140          3.00   3.00  3 S      ♠3  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
  100          2.00   4.00  1N E -1   J  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
         50    1.00   5.00  1♣ N -1   ♣A  A3-Mok-Green vs A6-Klein-Klein
        150    0.00   6.00  2♣ N -3   A  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
20 ♠AKT53
T5
KQJ7
♣J7
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠982
76
AT953
♣854
♠QJ
Q942
64
♣AKQT3
♠764
AKJ83
82
♣962
14
414
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 3 4♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥2 ♠1 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          6.00   0.00  2♠ N +3   ♣T  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley
  170          5.00   1.00  2♠ N +2   ♣A  A3-Mok-Green vs A6-Klein-Klein
  140          3.00   3.00  3♠ N      ♣A  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A4-Low-Callaway
  140          3.00   3.00  3♠ N      ♣A  A7-Garvin-Garvin vs A7-Mills-Teixeira
  140          3.00   3.00  2♠ N +1   ♣A  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
  110          1.00   5.00  2♠ N      ♣A  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
        200    0.00   6.00  4♠ N -2   ♣A  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
21 ♠AQ
JT
T982
♣KJ954
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J9
K954
AKJ
♣AQ72
♠T752
Q76
Q743
♣T6
♠K8643
A832
65
♣83
11
184
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 1/2 1 2NT  ♣6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.92   0.08  2N W -2   ♣4  A3-Mok-Green vs A6-Klein-Klein
   50          3.58   2.42  1N W -1   ♣5  A6-McIntyre-Reed vs A5-Kneisl-Moxley
   50          3.58   2.42  2 E -1   ♣8  A5-Sebring-Gore vs A3-Chibidakis-Chibidakis
   50          3.58   2.42  1♣ W -1   T  A4-Eddy-Armbrust vs A1-Treakle-Treakle
         90    1.25   4.75  1♣ W +1   J  A2-Riehl-Smith vs A4-Low-Callaway
        200    0.08   5.92  2N N -2   3  A1-Mazzei-Mazzei vs A2-Mahoney-Haisley