- Monday Aft - October 29, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1116 MP  Geomean: 732 MP
(based on 26 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Jean Lesieutre - Trulee Ricketts 61.37 1st A 1.30
Helen Rubin - Mits Tatsugawa 59.09 2nd A 0.91
Maja - Walter Thorpe 58.63 3rd A 0.65
Karin Heidi Hollmann - Sue Finley 57.73 1st B 0.72
Charles Rauch - Louis Hembree 52.73 2nd B 0.50
Judith Ritchie - Marion Keyworth 50.46 3rd B 0.36
Jerome Weiss - Shirley Temple 49.58 4th B 0.25
Bozidar Boncich - Scott Hanham 47.28 2nd C 0.22
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> F
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DATE>October 29, 2018   |CLUB NO.>217133    | 10/29/2018 15:26
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=13/B=9/C=4                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Mary Block             Hetty Eddy               C    .     .     .     43.09  35.91
 2 Scott Hanham           Bozidar Boncich          C    .     .     2     56.73  47.28  0.22(C)
 3 Judy Lesieutre         Nancy Borucki            A    .     .     .     54.55  45.46
 4 Helen Rubin            Mits Tatsugawa           A    2     .     .     70.91  59.09  0.91(A)
 5 Charles Rauch          Louis Hembree            B    5     2     .     63.27  52.73  0.50(B)
 6 Walter Thorpe           Maja                    A    3     .     .     70.36  58.63  0.65(A)
 7 Shirley Temple         Jerome Weiss             B    .     4     .     59.50  49.58  0.25(B)
 8 Karin Heidi Hollmann   Sue Finley               B    4     1     .     69.27  57.73  0.72(B)
 9 Marion Keyworth        Judith Ritchie           C    .     3     1     60.55  50.46  0.36(B)
10 Kurt Schnebele         Arlene Seckel            B    .     .     .     52.91  44.09
11 Jean Lesieutre         Trulee Ricketts          A    1     .     .     73.64  61.37  1.30(A)
12 Frances Baca           Joseph Truskot           C    .     .     .     46.91  39.09
13 Marianne Van Gelder    Ronald Loiacono          B    .     .     .     58.36  48.63
                                          Totals                         780.05

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
   50          4.50   0.50  4 E -1   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
   50          4.50   0.50  3 E -1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F12-Baca-Truskot
         50    3.00   2.00  3♠ N -1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
        110    2.00   3.00  2 E +1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        130    1.00   4.00  3 E +1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
        570    0.00   5.00  3* E +1  F1-Block-Eddy vs F7-Temple-Weiss

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
  100          5.00   0.00  5* E -1  F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
   50          4.00   1.00  5 E -1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
        450    1.50   3.50  5 E      F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        450    1.50   3.50  5 E      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        450    1.50   3.50  4 E +1   F1-Block-Eddy vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        450    1.50   3.50  4 E +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie

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
  200          5.00   0.00  4 W -2   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  100          4.00   1.00  4 W -1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
         50    3.00   2.00  4♠ S -1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        300    2.00   3.00  4♠* S -2  F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
        620    0.50   4.50  4 W      F1-Block-Eddy vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        620    0.50   4.50  4 W      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F8-Hollmann-Finley

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
  200          5.00   0.00  3N E -2   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
  100          4.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        140    2.50   2.50  2♠ E +1   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        140    2.50   2.50  2♠ E +1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        210    1.00   4.00  1N E +4   F1-Block-Eddy vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        600    0.00   5.00  3N E      F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie

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
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   F1-Block-Eddy vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono

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
  200          4.50   0.50  3♠ W -2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  200          4.50   0.50  3♠ W -2   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
  140          3.00   2.00  2 N +1   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  110          2.00   3.00  3 S      F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
    PASS       0.50   4.50  Pass Out  F1-Block-Eddy vs F12-Baca-Truskot
    PASS       0.50   4.50  Pass Out  F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts

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
 1100          5.00   0.00  2♠* W -4  F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
  300          4.00   1.00  1♠ W -3   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  210          3.00   2.00  1N N +4   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  200          2.00   3.00  1♠ W -2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  130          0.50   4.50  3 N +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  130          0.50   4.50  3 N +1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel

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
        150    5.00   0.00  3 E +2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        430    3.00   2.00  3N W +1   F1-Block-Eddy vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        430    3.00   2.00  3N W +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        430    3.00   2.00  3N W +1   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
        460    1.00   4.00  3N W +2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        490    0.00   5.00  3N W +3   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts

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
  450          5.00   0.00  4 S +1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  420          3.00   2.00  4 S      F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  420          3.00   2.00  4 S      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  420          3.00   2.00  4 S      F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  170          1.00   4.00  3♠ N +1   F1-Block-Eddy vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
        100    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie

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
  680          4.50   0.50  4♠ N +2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  680          4.50   0.50  4♠ N +2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  650          3.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      F1-Block-Eddy vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
        100    0.50   4.50  5♠ N -1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        100    0.50   4.50  5♠ N -1   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel

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
  460          3.00   2.00  3N N +2   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  460          3.00   2.00  3N N +2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  460          3.00   2.00  3N N +2   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  460          3.00   2.00  3N N +2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  460          3.00   2.00  3N N +2   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  150          0.00   5.00  3 S +2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts

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
  710          4.50   0.50  5 N +2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
  710          4.50   0.50  4 N +3   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  680          1.50   3.50  4 S +2   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  680          1.50   3.50  4 N +2   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  680          1.50   3.50  4 N +2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  680          1.50   3.50  4 N +2   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel

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
  620          5.00   0.00  4 N      F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  200          4.00   1.00  2 N +3   F1-Block-Eddy vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  140          2.00   3.00  3 N      F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  140          2.00   3.00  2 N +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
  140          2.00   3.00  2 N +1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        110    0.00   5.00  2♠ W      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts

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
  150          5.00   0.00  3 E -3   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  140          3.00   2.00  1♠ S +2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  140          3.00   2.00  1♠ S +2   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
  140          3.00   2.00  1♠ S +2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
  130          1.00   4.00  1 S +3   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  100          0.00   5.00  3 W -2   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F8-Hollmann-Finley

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
  630          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  150          3.50   1.50  2N N +1   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  150          3.50   1.50  4♠ W -3   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  100          1.50   3.50  3♠ W -2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  100          1.50   3.50  3♠* W -1  F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        100    0.00   5.00  4♣ S -1   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts

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
  150          5.00   0.00  1N S +2   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  120          3.50   1.50  1N S +1   F1-Block-Eddy vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  120          3.50   1.50  1N S +1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  100          2.00   3.00  2♠ W -1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        100    1.00   4.00  3N S -2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
        110    0.00   5.00  2♠ W      F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F12-Baca-Truskot

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
  420          5.00   0.00  4 N      F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F12-Baca-Truskot
   50          3.00   2.00  5 E -1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
         50    1.00   4.00  4 N -1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        100    0.00   5.00  4 N -2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie

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
  660          4.00   1.00  3N S +2   F1-Block-Eddy vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
  660          4.00   1.00  3N S +2   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  660          4.00   1.00  3N N +2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
  630          1.00   4.00  3N S +1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  630          1.00   4.00  3N S +1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  630          1.00   4.00  3N N +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
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
  100          4.50   0.50  2 W -1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  100          4.50   0.50  2 E -1   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
         50    3.00   2.00  2 S -1   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F12-Baca-Truskot
         90    1.50   3.50  1N E      F1-Block-Eddy vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
         90    1.50   3.50  1N E      F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        100    0.00   5.00  3♣ S -2   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
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
  620          3.00   2.00  4♠ N      F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
  620          3.00   2.00  4♠ N      F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  620          3.00   2.00  4♠ N      F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
  620          3.00   2.00  4♠ N      F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  620          3.00   2.00  4♠ N      F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  140          0.00   5.00  2♠ N +1   F1-Block-Eddy vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
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
  130          5.00   0.00  3 N +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  110          3.50   1.50  3 N      F1-Block-Eddy vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
  110          3.50   1.50  3 N      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
        100    2.00   3.00  3 N -1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        140    1.00   4.00  2 W +1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        200    0.00   5.00  4 N -2   F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
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
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ S      F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ S      F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
  140          4.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Temple-Weiss
  110          1.50   3.50  2♠ S      F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F12-Baca-Truskot
  110          1.50   3.50  2♠ S      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
        130    0.00   5.00  4 W      F1-Block-Eddy vs F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono
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
        130    5.00   0.00  4♣ W      F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts
        150    4.00   1.00  4♣ W +1   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        170    3.00   2.00  2♠ E +2   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        200    2.00   3.00  2♠ E +3   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        620    0.50   4.50  4♠ E      F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
        620    0.50   4.50  4♠ E      F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
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
         50    5.00   0.00  3♠ N -1   F3-Lesieutre-Borucki vs F12-Baca-Truskot
        200    3.00   2.00  3 E +2   F4-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs F7-Temple-Weiss
        200    3.00   2.00  3 E +2   F5-Rauch-Hembree vs F9-Keyworth-Ritchie
        200    3.00   2.00  3 E +2   F13-Van Gelder-Loiacono vs F8-Hollmann-Finley
        450    1.00   4.00  4 E +1   F2-Hanham-Boncich vs F10-Schnebele-Seckel
        500    0.00   5.00  5♣* S -3  F6-Thorpe-Maja vs F11-Lesieutre-Ricketts