- Monday Morn - October 29, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 259 MP  Geomean: 145 MP
(based on 26 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mary Quenette - Wolf Sommer 60.46 1st A 1.30
Alicia Greenan - Harriet Sundblad 60.00 2nd A 0.91
Karen Mok - Ray Mok 56.67 3rd A 0.65
Joan Roberts - Richard Papst 56.37 4th A 0.46
Barbara Callaway - Neville Kirby 54.09 4th B 0.31
EVENT>Monday Morning Pairs     |SESSION>Monday Morn  |SECTION> MM
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DATE>October 29, 2018   |CLUB NO.>228684    | 10/29/2018 14:14
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DIR> Alan Hedegard   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/500/88    |CLUB>County Public
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=13/B=11/C=5                     ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Josephine Callahan     Joe Norton               B    .     .     .     52.36  43.63
 2 Richard Papst          Joan Roberts             A    4     .     .     67.64  56.37  0.46(A)
 3 Jane Altavilla         Richard Vreeland         B    .     .     .     54.00  45.00
 4 Shirley Larsen         Barbara Sprenger         B    .     .     .     61.09  50.91
 5 Alicia Greenan         Harriet Sundblad         C    2     2     2     72.00  60.00  0.91(A)
 6 Fran Soskins           Louise Barnard           C    .     .     .     55.64  46.37
 7 Ray Mok                Karen Mok                B    3     3     .     68.00  56.67  0.65(A)
 8 Neville Kirby          Barbara Callaway         C    5     4     .     64.91  54.09  0.31(B)
 9 Mary Quenette          Wolf Sommer              C    1     1     1     72.55  60.46  1.30(A)
10 Judith Perry           Elizabeth Sebring        C    .     .     .     41.45  34.54
11 Marian Carapezza       Anjalie Kulkarni         B    .     .     .     51.82  43.18
12 Patricia Heller        Carol Sendell            B    .     .     .     55.64  46.37
13 Janet Hedlund          Richard Sheere           A    .     .     .     62.18  51.82
                                          Totals                         779.28

Hands and Results
1 ♠T6532
98
T63
♣T54
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K7
J763
AQ7
♣A987
♠Q84
KT
KJ9854
♣63
♠AJ9
AQ542
2
♣KQJ2
0
149
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♦4 NT4
EW: 3 2/1NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   80          4.50   0.50  1 S      ♣A  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger
   80          4.50   0.50  1 S      ♣7  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
        110    3.00   2.00  3 E      ♣K  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
        130    1.00   4.00  3 E +1   2  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland
        130    1.00   4.00  3 E +1   ♣K  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM7-Mok-Mok
        130    1.00   4.00  2 E +2   ♠A  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East may open 2. If she does, South will either double or bid 2 (depending on their style).
Either way, West will get in on the bidding. If East passes, South opens 1 and West bids 1NT. That will get them to 3NT, I hope. South makes life too easy if she just knocks out West's heart stopper. Win the first heart as high as needed and shift to the K to be as "nasty" as possible. If you don't, West can develop nine tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass22
2NTPass3Pass
3NTAll pass  

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 5, and 8.

The Bidding: After North passes as dealer, East must decide whether to open a Weak Two Diamonds . As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, North's pass decreases the likelihood North-South have a game. So a 2nd seat preempt should be constructive. Having more strength outside of diamonds than in diamonds is a negative. If East-West play a new suit at the 2-level is constructive and non-forcing after a Weak Two , the risk of missing a spade fit is decreased and opening 2 seems best.

South has a choice between doubling and overcalling 2. Overcalling 2 seems best. South has the strength and shape to make a takeout double if West raises to 3.

West's Jack could be a stopper. 3NT is a possibility. West uses a 2NT asking bid. If 2NT is Ogust , East shows a good hand with a bad suit. If 2NT asks for a Feature , East will show their King. Either way, West ventures 3NT.

The Play in 3NT: North leads the 9, top of a doubleton. When dummy hits, South expects declarer to hold Jxxx or Jxxxx. South covers dummy's card and wins the first trick. Continuing hearts will establish at least 1 heart winner for declarer. That could be declarer's 9th trick. Switching to clubs will set 3NT if North has 4 clubs or has the Ten. South switches to the King. Declarer has a choice between holding up or hoping the clubs block. Here, the club shift allows the defense to score 6 tricks for a 2 trick set.

The Play in 3: South leads the King, top of an honor sequence. Declarer calls for the Ace. Declarer delays drawing trump because they want to ruff a spade in the short hand. Declarer has 9 tricks: 1 + 1 ruff + 6 + 1.

The Play in 3: East is likely to lead a diamond. When dummy tables, it is apparent that diamond ruffs may be expensive for declarer. So continuing diamonds seems best. If declarer attempts to draw trump, the defense will cash a 2nd diamond winner. If declarer ruffs a 2nd diamond, the defense can navigate a club ruff. Either way, declarer is down 1.



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2 ♠AKQ62
-
QJ97
♣K743
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J8
K86
AK62
♣A982
♠T5
AQJT754
43
♣QJ
♠9743
932
T85
♣T65
15
1510
0
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥2 NT2
EW: -/1♣ 1 4/5 2NT
       ♣6/7 ♠4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -450 5-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          5.00   0.00  5 E -1   ♠9  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        100    3.50   1.50  4♠ N -1   A  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
        100    3.50   1.50  4♠ N -1   A  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland
        420    2.00   3.00  4 E      8  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger
        450    0.50   4.50  5 E      ♠9  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM7-Mok-Mok
        450    0.50   4.50  4 E +1   ♠4  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Perry-Sebring

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West will raise East's 3 to 4 immediately--and there's poor North with a great hand but vulnerable and already at the four level. Yikes! Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  3Pass
44PassPass
DblAll pass  

The Bidding: East's hand falls short of the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. East's QJ doubleton merits a bit of a downgrade. Preempting 3 seems best. South has nothing to say, but observes the mandatory 10 second pause before passing. In his "Better Preempts II: Vulnerability" article, Andrew Gumperz advises agreeing to preempting aggressively in 1st seat at favorable vulnerability. With that understanding, East's hand can be quite wide ranging. West expects to take 10 tricks in a heart contract. If East has shortness or a Feature 11 tricks are likely. 12 tricks seems a bit of a stretch.

After West raises to 4, North has a choice between passing, doubling and bidding 4. Passing is risky because North-South could easily have a game or a penalty of 4 on this auction. Bidding 4 is risky because there is no guarantee of a fit and it isn't clear either side has a game. Does your partnership play a double of 4 as takeout? Larry Cohen advises playing Takeout Doubles thru infinity and suggests "a high-level takeout double should be removed only if the partner of the doubler has lots of shape." Here, doubling is risky because partner will likely convert it for penalty. If South has a weak hand, 4 is likely to make.

The reason the ACBL requires the 10 second pause after a jump bid is to avoid leaking unauthorized information to help with decisions like this. It isn't legal for North to use a fast pass by South to infer partner has a weak hand. Doubling and passing seem quite risky. I would lean to a 4 overcall because it wins when it maks, is a good sacrifice, or pushes them to the 5-level and they go down. It loses when it goes down and 4 was not making, it goes for more than 4 making, or if a penalty of 4 is lucrative. Here, West doubles 4 for penalty.

The Play in Hearts: Declarer has 10 quick winners. A finesse against the King offers the potential for an 11th trick. If given time, declarer can eliminate the diamonds and exit a spade. North is forced to win and is end played in clubs. A club lead is needed to guarantee the defense's 3rd trick.

The Play in Spades: On a heart lead, declarer ruffs and draws 2 rounds of trump. Now declarer plays on diamonds. Playing standard signals, East echoes to show an even count. To beat 4, West must duck the Queen or Jack lead from declarer. They must use their Ace-King to prevent declarer from accessing dummy. If declarer accesses dummy, they can take a lobbing finesse towards their King and score 10 tricks. If declarer cannot access dummy, the defense scores 2 club tricks to beat 4.

A diamond lead allows the defense to score the first 5 tricks. West cashes their 2 top diamonds. West leads the 2 on the 3rd round of diamonds as Suit Preference for clubs. West wins the Ace and gives East another diamond ruff.



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3 ♠Q75
97
KT93
♣KJT2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠J
AKQ82
652
♣AQ54
♠A984
J543
4
♣8763
♠KT632
T6
AQJ87
♣9
9
165
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT6
EW: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♦4 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.00   0.00  4 W -2   3  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        100    3.50   1.50  3♠* S -1  A  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
        100    3.50   1.50  4 S -2   A  MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
        140    1.50   3.50  3 W      K  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM7-Mok-Mok
        140    1.50   3.50  3 W      K  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
        150    0.00   5.00  3♠ S -3   A  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South has a great Rule of 20 1 opener. West overcalls 2 and North raises spades. Will East raise? Four trumps, a singleton and an Ace looks pretty inviting. South will go quietly. It's the terrible club position which ruins this for West.



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4 ♠J42
QT83
A84
♣T84
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠QT653
94
KQ975
♣9
♠K9
A752
632
♣AKJ7
♠A87
KJ6
JT
♣Q6532
7
715
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦2 ♥6 ♠3/2 NT6/5
EW: 5 1 3♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -600 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          5.00   0.00  4 W -3   ♣T  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  100          4.00   1.00  2 W -1   ♣4  MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ E      ♣4  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger
        200    2.00   3.00  2♠ E +3   J  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM7-Mok-Mok
        620    1.00   4.00  4♠ E      ♣5  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
        630    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   ♣2  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. West will surely transfer to spades, but what then? With his stellar distribution, game isn't far-fetched, but NT works poorly (the hearts are a real thorn) and 5 is an improbable choice. Spades are at least 3-3, but who would have the nerve to lead toward the K9 and finesse the nine on the first lead of the suit?



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5 ♠T3
A9
T7432
♣A986
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQ4
KJT74
Q85
♣72
♠J98752
Q8
AKJ9
♣5
♠K6
6532
6
♣KQJT43
8
1211
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦4 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 3 3 5♠  ♣4 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   ♣9  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        170    3.50   1.50  2♠ E +2   6  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad
        170    3.50   1.50  1♠ E +3   ♣K  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland
        420    2.00   3.00  4♠ E      6  MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger
        450    0.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   6  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
        450    0.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   ♣K  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will East open? I think 1 is a defensible bid. Either way, South bids 3 and West will get to the spade game. Vulnerable, will North dare to try the club sacrifice? Not if the opponents are likely to double when it's "red vs. white."



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
3DblPassPass
4All pass  

The Bidding: East's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After East opens 1, South overcalls 2 to suggest a lead if West becomes declarer. West cue bids 3 to show an invitational or better spade raise. North's double shows they would have raised to 3. East's 15 Support Points suggest bidding game. East's Losing Trick Count of 7 suggests declining the invitation. East's club shortness decreases North-South's defensive potential. Driving to game seems best. West's hand is unlimited. There is no reason to jam the auction with a jump to 4. A common expert agreement is that Freely Bidding 3, the level forced by West's cue bid, show a minimum hand. With that understanding, East prefers passing to deny a dead minimum. West, with 13 Support Points, places the contract in 4.

The Play: South leads the King, top of an honor sequence. Declarer cannot avoid losing a heart. With a 9-card spade fit missing the King and 10, declarer always has 5 spade tricks. Leading a low spade towards the Ace-Queen picks up spades without a loser when West has the singleton King, doubleton King, or K63, a 33% chance. Here, the doubleton King is onside. Declarer has 11 tricks.



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6 ♠QJ3
A9543
JT93
♣K
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠9652
QJ6
Q7
♣A964
♠AK87
72
K4
♣J8732
♠T4
KT8
A8652
♣QT5
11
911
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2 2NT  ♣5/6 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1♠  ♦4 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          4.50   0.50  3 N      ♠A  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
  140          4.50   0.50  2 N +1   ♣2  MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger
  100          3.00   2.00  2♠ W -1   J  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
         50    1.50   3.50  3 N -1   ♠A  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
         50    1.50   3.50  3 N -1   5  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad
        100    0.00   5.00  3 N -2   ♠A  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

This hand could pass out. East might open 1 with 2 1/2 Quick Tricks and support for spades. If it passes around to North, North might squeak out 1. No one's going far. If East does open 1 and West responds 1, North might even double with the two red suits and find that nice diamond fit. Double is safer than overcalling with North's weak heart suit and marginal hand.



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7 ♠JT865
Q
AQ873
♣T6
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A9432
AJ6
65
♣QJ8
♠Q
KT9852
J92
♣432
♠K7
743
KT4
♣AK975
9
126
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2  ♣4 ♦1 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          5.00   0.00                MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ N      5  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
  110          2.50   2.50  3 N      ♠Q  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad
  110          2.50   2.50  3♣ S      ♠A  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
  100          1.00   4.00  3 E -1   ♣A  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        100    0.00   5.00  4 N -1   ♠Q  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and West overcalls 1--which will pass back to South. Short in spades, South can reopen with a double. When North passes, converting this to a takeout double, East will run to 2, a much safer place as it happens. This could get complicated.



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8 ♠T7654
97
2
♣KJT32
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ3
QJ8
KT4
♣A974
♠92
AKT4
AQ973
♣86
♠KJ8
6532
J865
♣Q5
4
1613
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦1 ♥1 ♠6 NT1
EW: 3♣ 6 6 6NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        400    4.50   0.50  3N W      ♠5  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
        400    4.50   0.50  3N W      ♣3  MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni vs MM4-Larsen-Sprenger
        430    3.00   2.00  3N W +1   ♣3  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
        460    1.00   4.00  3N W +2   ♠6  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland
        460    1.00   4.00  3N W +2   ♠5  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        460    1.00   4.00  3N W +2   ♣3  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1NT. East bids Stayman and then 3NT. The Double Dummy analysis shows this hand making 12 tricks: would you finesse the J on the first or second lead? Don't blame yourself when normal play doesn't match up to what we would do if we could see all four hands.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass3NTAll pass

The Bidding: After West opens a strong notrump, North lacks the strength to act with the 5-5 hand. At most tables, East will use Stayman to look for a heart fit. The problem with Stayman is potentially revealing that opener doesn't have a 4-card major or opener has 4 spades and not 4 hearts. This information may help the defense. To avoid helping the defense, many expert partnerships prefer using Low Information Puppet Stayman when holding game forcing values and exactly one 4-card major. The downside of that agreement here is that South will have the opportunity to double 3 and potentially double 3 to help direct the lead. Here, traditional Stayman seems best because it only allows South to double for a club lead. When West denies a 4-card major, East places the contract in 3NT.

The Lead: On this auction South will have 4+ hearts. So North may try to hit South's heart suit. A spade lead is likely to be passive. A club lead risks giving declarer a trick, but is the most likely lead to beat 3NT. In a team game, the defensive goal is typically to beat the contract. In Matchpoints , dropping a trick with a risky lead can be costly. In their "Winning Notrump Leads" book, David Bird and Taf Anthias advise on average the declaring side will hold "6.09 cards in each major" and "6.91 in each minor" in a failed Stayman auction. Knowing declarer doesn't have a 4-card major and responder doesn't have a 5-card major makes a major suit lead more attractive. North's lack of a side suit entry decreases the likelihood of scoring North's long clubs if they aren't running immediately. So the reward for a risky club lead is less likely to be realized. A spade lead seems best.

The Play: A spade lead finesses South's King. With a 9-card diamond fit missing the Jack, declarer can pickup a 4-1 split. If South has Jxxx, declarer will not learn of the break in time to benefit. So declarer caters to North holding Jxxx or J8652. This line provides an 87% chance of scoring 5 diamond tricks. Here, South holds Jxxx. So South is likely to score a diamond trick. Declarer has 11 tricks: 2 + 4 + 4 + 1.

If North chooses to lead a club, North's standard lead is the Jack, the top of an interior sequence. If playing Coded Nines and Tens , North's standard lead is 10 showing 0 or 2 higher honors. Many experts refuse to play Coded Nines and Tens on opening lead because it is often helpful to an alert declarer. Here, declarer is known to have at least one 4+ card minor. Given the weakness of North's 4th and 5th clubs, a low club lead may be preferable, On a club lead, declarer must decide how long to Hold Up their Ace. If diamonds break 3-2, declarer has 11 winners. A spade finesse offers a chance for declarer's 12th trick. Since a major suit may be led at some tables, declarer isn't willing to Hold Up more than 1 round at Matchpoints. After winning their Ace at trick 2, declarer tackles the diamonds. When declarer learns of the bad diamond break, they must decide whether to cash their 9 winners or concede a diamond to South to establish dummy's 5th diamond. If declarer knows (or guesses) North led from a 5-card suit, they will throw South in with a diamond. Since declarer held up in clubs, South infers North has the KJ. So the defense has at least 11 HCP. If East-West are playing a 15-17 1NT range, East-West have 28-30 HCP. So declarer must have the AQ. South leads the 8 through declarer. If declarer believes the 8 is an honest card, they may well finesse against the King and score 11 tricks. Since there is no need for South to lead an honest card at this stage, declarer may declines the spade finesse and settle for 10 tricks.



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9 ♠Q763
QT6
QJ6
♣KQT
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K5
974
AK2
♣A8643
♠T42
J
987543
♣972
♠AJ98
AK8532
T
♣J5
12
141
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦5
EW: 2  ♣6 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          4.00   1.00  4 S      A  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  420          4.00   1.00  4 S      A  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM7-Mok-Mok
  420          4.00   1.00  4 S      A  MM8-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  400          2.00   3.00  3N N      5  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
         50    0.50   4.50  3♠ N -1   J  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
         50    0.50   4.50  5 S -1   A  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Even with this quacky hand many will open 1 with the North hand. No matter: if North and East pass. N-S will surely find a major suit game. With a heart lead, 4 could go down: but who would lead a heart?



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10 ♠AQ876532
6
Q5
♣K9
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠-
AK854
AJT96
♣874
♠4
J93
K432
♣JT653
♠KJT9
QT72
87
♣AQ2
11
125
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♠  ♣3 ♦3 ♥4 NT5/6
EW: 3♣ 3 3  ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: +500 5*-EW/5*-EW/5♣*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  850          5.00   0.00  5♠* N     J  MM8-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  790          4.00   1.00  4♠* N     J  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  650          2.00   3.00  5♠ N      J  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  650          2.00   3.00  4♠ N +1   3  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM7-Mok-Mok
  650          2.00   3.00  4♠ N +1   ♣3  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad
  170          0.00   5.00  3♠ N +1   J  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. Opposite a passed partner, North bids 4 with his 8-bagger and finds partner with a useful but not spectacular hand. Without a red suit lead, declarer has time to pitch one of his red losers for an overtrick.



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11 ♠AQ92
Q962
T83
♣K2
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T875
T7543
K2
♣A7
♠64
KJ8
65
♣Q98654
♠KJ3
A
AQJ974
♣JT3
11
76
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 1 5♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥5 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  460          4.00   1.00  3N N +2   ♣6  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  460          4.00   1.00  3N N +2   ♣6  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  460          4.00   1.00  3N N +2   ♣5  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM7-Mok-Mok
  450          2.00   3.00  4♠ N +1   6  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad
  400          0.50   4.50  5 S      ♠8  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
  400          0.50   4.50  5 S      ♣A  MM8-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and jumps in diamonds on the second round, giving North what he needs to bid 3NT. At that, Declarer is fortunate to find West with a doubleton club, since the diamond finesse loses. A heart lead would be worse, but is unlikely to happen with East on lead.



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12 ♠AQT9
KT762
-
♣K872
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠KJ83
953
T5432
♣5
♠742
J8
AKJ96
♣JT6
♠65
AQ4
Q87
♣AQ943
12
410
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 1 7 5♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦6 ♥0 ♠1 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +2210 7-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  710          4.50   0.50  4 N +3   A  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  710          4.50   0.50  4 N +3   A  MM8-Kirby-Callaway vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  680          2.50   2.50  5 N +1   A  MM12-Heller-Sendell vs MM5-Greenan-Sundblad
  680          2.50   2.50  4 N +2   A  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  650          1.00   4.00  4 N +1   A  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
  170          0.00   5.00  4♣ N +2   A  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM7-Mok-Mok

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. Hearts do spectacularly well when hearts and clubs both break well enough and the spade King is on-side. Don't bet the farm on that much cooperation, especially when an opening diamond lead shortens declarer's trump at the get-go.



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13 ♠AKJ4
976532
4
♣JT
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q9532
-
AJ72
♣K953
♠86
KQT4
QT98
♣Q74
♠T7
AJ8
K653
♣A862
9
109
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣6 ♦5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2 1♠ 1NT  ♥4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          5.00   0.00  2♠ W -3   7  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  140          3.50   1.50  3 N      T  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
  140          3.50   1.50  2 N +1   T  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  100          2.00   3.00  2♠ W -1   9  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        200    0.50   4.50  4 N -2   ♠8  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
        200    0.50   4.50  3 S -2   ♣3  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once South opens 1, the heart fit should be fairly easy to find, even if West overcalls 1 (and not everyone will want to bid this rotten suit). Get to game? Hardly. At least if hearts have to break so badly they're on the right side. This would be a lot worse if West had all those high trumps.



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14 ♠93
A76
84
♣J87543
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠65
K832
Q652
♣KQT
♠KJ87
Q954
J9
♣962
♠AQT42
JT
AKT73
♣A
5
107
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣3 ♦3/2 ♥6 ♠3 NT5/4
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  170          5.00   0.00  1♠ S +3   ♣K  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
  110          2.50   2.50  1♠ S +1   2  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
  110          2.50   2.50  1♠ S +1   2  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
  110          2.50   2.50  1♠ S +1   ♣K  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  110          2.50   2.50  3 S      ♠3  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        100    0.00   5.00  4♠ S -2   2  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Two-suited hands aren't ideal for 2 openers, especially when one of the suits is diamonds. 1 will be the more common choice, and North may well pass. Indeed, it may pass out often. How does one use the dummy's assets? To ruff diamonds? To take the spade finesse? Try the ruff and you'll be over-trumped, though.



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15 ♠K6
AT86
AQ52
♣AT8
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AQT8754
Q2
T98
♣9
♠9
K974
K64
♣76543
♠J32
J53
J73
♣KQJ2
17
86
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2 4NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4/5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: +500 5♠*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          4.50   0.50  3♠ W -2   A  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  100          4.50   0.50  3♠ W -2   ♣A  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
   50          3.00   2.00  3♠ W -1   ♣A  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        100    2.00   3.00  4♣ S -1   ♠A  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard
        140    0.50   4.50  3♠ W      A  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
        140    0.50   4.50  2♠ W +1   ♣A  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM12-Heller-Sendell

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 3. Assuming that North doubles, South will bid those clubs with an inward shudder. North might try 3NT with his spade stopper, but that would be an extreme--and this time lucky--maneuver.



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16 ♠2
T942
J84
♣AT654
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KJ64
J87
Q7653
♣2
♠T985
AKQ5
9
♣Q873
♠AQ73
63
AKT2
♣KJ9
5
711
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1  ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 ♥6 NT6/5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          4.50   0.50  2 E -2   ♠A  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  200          4.50   0.50  2 E -2   A  MM1-Callahan-Norton vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  120          3.00   2.00  1N S +1   5  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
   90          2.00   3.00  1N S      5  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
         50    1.00   4.00  2♣ N -1   9  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        110    0.00   5.00  1♠ W +1   ♣A  MM7-Mok-Mok vs MM6-Soskins-Barnard

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In third seat, East happily bids 1 with her two major suits as incentive, South overcalls 1NT. What will North do? Pass seems the only rational choice, and it won't be any fun for declarer. Of course, West might ignore his partner's opener and lead a diamond or even a spade--either of which will help declarer.



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17 ♠T2
AQ98732
743
♣5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AKQ4
6
AQT
♣98642
♠J93
54
KJ652
♣KT3
♠8765
KJT
98
♣AQJ7
6
158
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣5 ♦4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 3 2♠  ♥2 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW/4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
         50    4.50   0.50  4 N -1   ♠J  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
         50    4.50   0.50  4 N -1   3  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM1-Callahan-Norton
        100    3.00   2.00  4* N -1  5  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        130    1.50   3.50  4 E      ♠8  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        130    1.50   3.50  4 E      K  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
        400    0.00   5.00  5 E      K  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-Mok-Mok

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 3 and South should advance the preempt right away and bid 4. West may double anyway and East will bid 5. Advancing the preempt must be done early to avoid penalty doubles, don't forget.



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18 ♠K876
J
KQ852
♣KQ6
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQ4
T873
J74
♣J74
♠J532
A92
96
♣T832
♠T9
KQ654
AT3
♣A95
14
85
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 5 4 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  660          4.50   0.50  3N S +2   4  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
  660          4.50   0.50  3N S +2   ♣4  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM1-Callahan-Norton
  630          2.00   3.00  3N S +1   3  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
  630          2.00   3.00  3N S +1   ♣J  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
  630          2.00   3.00  3N N +1   2  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
  130          0.00   5.00  2 N +2   ♠2  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-Mok-Mok
19 ♠KT4
JT763
754
♣T5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠9532
9852
AJT
♣J3
♠QJ7
AKQ
Q32
♣Q764
♠A86
4
K986
♣AK982
4
616
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  300          5.00   0.00  1N E -3   4  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
  100          4.00   1.00  2♠ E -1   4  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
         90    2.50   2.50  1N E      ♣A  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-Mok-Mok
         90    2.50   2.50  1N E      ♣A  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
        100    1.00   4.00  2♣ S -2   ♠2  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM1-Callahan-Norton
        120    0.00   5.00  1N E +1   ♣8  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
20 ♠KQT93
J
AQ63
♣952
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠72
T987542
J
♣763
♠654
AK6
K54
♣AT84
♠AJ8
Q3
T9872
♣KQJ
12
114
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠  ♣6 ♥4 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 1NT  ♦3 ♠3
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      ♠4  MM9-Quenette-Sommer vs MM1-Callahan-Norton
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      A  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM8-Kirby-Callaway
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      A  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
  140          2.00   3.00  2♠ N +1   A  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM7-Mok-Mok
  100          1.00   4.00  4 W -1   ♠K  MM2-Papst-Roberts vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        200    0.00   5.00  4♠* N -1  A  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM10-Perry-Sebring
21 ♠KQ75
95
AJ942
♣A8
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠A942
QJT762
8
♣T3
♠JT83
K3
KT7
♣K762
♠6
A84
Q653
♣QJ954
14
710
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 3  ♥5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1 2♠  ♣4 ♦3 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          5.00   0.00  3N S      Q  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM1-Callahan-Norton
        100    2.50   2.50  4 N -1   K  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        100    2.50   2.50  3 S -1   K  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
        100    2.50   2.50  3 N -1   K  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
        100    2.50   2.50  3 N -1   K  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
        200    0.00   5.00  4* N -1  ♠J  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Mok-Mok
22 ♠976
AJ9753
T8
♣KT
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠5432
2
AJ975
♣A98
♠K
QT86
KQ3
♣J7652
♠AQJT8
K4
642
♣Q43
8
911
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦4
EW: 3♣ 2  ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          5.00   0.00  3♠ S      2  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Mok-Mok
  110          3.50   1.50  2♠ S      2  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
  110          3.50   1.50  2♠ S      2  MM13-Hedlund-Sheere vs MM1-Callahan-Norton
  100          2.00   3.00  3 W -1   ♠9  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        130    1.00   4.00  3 W +1   ♠9  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
        300    0.00   5.00  4♠* S -2  A  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
23 ♠JT7
9874
T62
♣973
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K64
QT3
Q3
♣AQ854
♠AQ852
K2
J84
♣KJ2
♠93
AJ65
AK975
♣T6
1
1314
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4♣ 1 1 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    5.00   0.00  2♠ E +2   A  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
        200    3.00   2.00  3♠ E +2   A  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Mok-Mok
        200    3.00   2.00  2♠ E +3   A  MM8-Kirby-Callaway vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
        200    3.00   2.00  1♠ E +4   A  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni
        620    1.00   4.00  4♠ E      A  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   A  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
24 ♠Q7652
74
9642
♣84
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KJ
J85
AKJ73
♣JT2
♠T43
AK9632
QT
♣75
♠A98
QT
85
♣AKQ963
2
149
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦1 ♥1 NT2
EW: 3 4  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        140    5.00   0.00  3 E      ♣A  MM3-Altavilla-Vreeland vs MM12-Heller-Sendell
        170    3.50   1.50  3 E +1   ♣A  MM5-Greenan-Sundblad vs MM9-Quenette-Sommer
        170    3.50   1.50  3 E +1   ♣A  MM8-Kirby-Callaway vs MM13-Hedlund-Sheere
        200    2.00   3.00  3 E +2   ♣A  MM10-Perry-Sebring vs MM2-Papst-Roberts
        450    1.00   4.00  4 W +1   ♣A  MM4-Larsen-Sprenger vs MM7-Mok-Mok
        480    0.00   5.00  4 W +2   ♠5  MM6-Soskins-Barnard vs MM11-Carapezza-Kulkarni