- Monday Aft - May 29, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 1466 MP  Geomean: 1320 MP
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Deborah Davis - Martha Hawley 56.00 1st A 0.60
Freya Charney - Stan Charney 54.00 2nd A 0.42
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> L
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DATE>May 29, 2017       |CLUB NO.>217133    | 05/29/2017 15:37
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   25.0 |TOP>   2 |MP LIMITS>None/1500      |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=3                           ,---,-------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Arlene Seckel          Kurt Schnebele           B    .     .     21.50  43.00
 2 Helen Rubin            Mitsuo Tatsugawa         A    .     .     26.50  53.00
 3 Deborah Davis          Martha Hawley            A    1     .     28.00  56.00  0.60(A)
 4 Stan Charney           Freya Charney            B    2     1     27.00  54.00  0.42(A)
 5 Lauren Upson           Brad Dow                 B    .     .     22.00  44.00
 6 Dorothy Cody           Alexander Henderson      A    .     .     25.00  50.00
                                          Totals                   150.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠K6
JT853
8
♣Q9654
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A43
A762
J4
♣AK72
♠QJT7
94
AKQ97
♣T3
♠9852
KQ
T6532
♣J8
6
1612
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥6 ♠1/2 NT2
EW: 4 1 5♠ 4NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 14 = +3
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          2.00   0.00  3N W -1   L5-Upson-Dow vs L3-Davis-Hawley
        430    0.50   1.50  3N W +1   L4-Charney-Charney vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        430    0.50   1.50  3N W +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Once West finds out there's no 4-4 major suit fit, he'll bid 3NT. North's lead of the J on which South plays the King is most informative: Surely North doesn't have the Q for that lead, so South must have the doubleton KQ. Take the Ace right away, because the suit is going to block. Then when the spade finesse loses, you're protected from having the hearts run against you. Hold up and you'll lose unnecessary tricks. This is so contrary to our normal policy of holding up, but South's high-low in hearts has to show a doubleton. Of course, South might play the Q, in which case it's much harder to infer what's going on.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1Pass
21Pass3Pass
3NTAll pass  
  1. artificial game force

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 5, 8, and 12.

The Bidding: After East opens 1 and West responds 1, East shows their 4-card spade suit. East's hand is limited only by the failure to jump shift. The downside of jumping to 3NT is a slam may be missed. The upside is limiting information for the defense. Jumping to 3NT isn't unreasonable.

East could be 4-1-4-4 or 4-0-5-4 on this auction. If so, a club slam is possible. Taking a slower approach seems best. West's continuation depends on the partnership's agreements. If playing 4th Suit Forcing , West forces to game with an artificial 2 bid. If playing XYZ , West forces to game with an artificial 2 bid. Either way, East rebids 3. East would have bid 3 with a 4-card club suit. West's 3NT bid ends the auction.

The Lead: With 5 cards in the "unbid" suit, North may prefer a club lead. West showed a club stopper. So a club lead could cost a trick. If West used 4th suit forcing or xyz, West could hold a 5-card heart suit. A heart lead is likely to be passive. It is a close choice between a club lead and a heart lead.

The Play: With just 1 entry to dummy, there is just a 6% chance of scoring 4 spade tricks. Playing the Ace and leading a spade towards dummy guarantees 3 spade winners and avoids blocking the suit. On a heart lead, declarer Holds Up . South cannot lead a 3rd round of hearts. Declarer wins South's switch, cashes the Ace and leads another spade. Declarer has 10 tricks: 3 + 1 + 4 + 2 = 10 tricks.

On a club lead, declarer doesn't Hold Up because they don't want to give the defense the chance to switch to hearts. Declarer cashes the Ace and leads a spade. When diamonds break 5-1, declarer settles for 10 tricks.



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2 ♠AK754
KJ8643
K5
♣-
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T
Q75
843
♣QJT942
♠982
T2
A62
♣AK876
♠QJ63
A9
QJT97
♣53
14
511
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 6 6♠  ♣5 NT6
EW: 2♣  ♦1/2 ♥1 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +1100 7♣*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          2.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   L4-Charney-Charney vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  620          1.00   1.00  5 S +1   L5-Upson-Dow vs L3-Davis-Hawley
  200          0.00   2.00  3 S +2   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North gets to open in fourth seat and should start with his six card suit and 1. When South responds 1, North should be thrilled! 3 just isn't enough; in fact, I'd Splinter if that bid is available. The diamond situation will probably deter a slam bid, though, since it's hard to discover that N-S have only one diamond loser.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  11
4Dbl5Dbl
Pass5Pass5
All 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. Even so, passing with 3 quick tricks and and a 5-card suit would be quite conservative. Opening 1 seems best because it is lead directional and forces North-South to use their defensive bidding agreements.

A 1 overcall consumes no bidding space. South is not particularly eager for a diamond lead. Some may pass, hoping to double to show the pointed suits if West responds 1. Experts try to get in and out of the auction quickly. Passing and then competing at a higher level is more risky than competing at the 1-level. With 10 HCP and good suit texture, overcalling 1 seems best.

It is common to play a jump raise after an overcall as preemptive. West's spade singleton suggests North-South have at least an 8-card spade fit. The question for West is how high to raise clubs. East's 1 opening decreases the likelihood North-South have a game. Preempting 5 could lead to -300 or more when North-South don't have a game. A weak jump raise to 4 puts far more pressure on North-South than a raise to 3. If 4 goes for a number, it is likely North-South have a vulnerable game or slam. Raising to 4 seems best.

North's Responsive Double shows more than one place to play. A Responsive Double at the 4-level opposite a 1-level overcall shows a strong hand. West's preemptive raise decrease East's defensive prospects. North-South likely have a game or slam. Raising to 5 gives North-South the Last Guess .

South isn't confident a 5-level contract can be made. North-South have the balance of power. South doubles to suggest defending 5. North, with a powerful 6-5 hand and a club void isn't willing to defend 5 doubled at unfavorable vulnerability. North 5 bid shows both majors and great offensive potential. With diamonds and a major, North would have bid 5. The Ace and Queen are huge on this auction. South prefers spades. East-West's aggressive preemption forces South to guess whether a spade slam is available.

The Play: Declarer has a diamond loser. Declarer ruffs out the Queen and scores 12 tricks.



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3 ♠53
AT73
KT92
♣JT4
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q97
985
J63
♣K983
♠AKJ2
K2
754
♣A652
♠T864
QJ64
AQ8
♣Q7
8
615
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    2.00   0.00  1N E      L5-Upson-Dow vs L3-Davis-Hawley
        120    0.50   1.50  1N E +1   L4-Charney-Charney vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        120    0.50   1.50  1N E +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT and buys the hand, since N-S's points are divided and both hands fairly flat. With a heart lead, seven tricks are easy to score. Whew!



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4 ♠AQ9
J64
7
♣KT9643
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K63
KQT73
QJ83
♣A
♠JT7
A
AKT9654
♣Q8
♠8542
9852
2
♣J752
10
1514
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦0 ♥0 ♠5 NT0
EW: 1♣ 5/6 5/6 1/2♠ 5/6NT
LoTT: 18 - 21 = -3
Par: -1440 6NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        640    1.00   1.00  5 E +2   L4-Charney-Charney vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        640    1.00   1.00  5 E +2   L5-Upson-Dow vs L3-Davis-Hawley
        640    1.00   1.00  5 E +2   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and East responds 2. West raises the diamonds. Now it's hard for East to know what to do next; he can "smell" a slam, but those spades are a worry. Many will settle for 5: the slam doesn't work if East is declarer, nor will West find it easy to think of slam with only one club stopper. Seeing all four hands, this one is easy--not so at the table.



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5 ♠8
42
AQJ9762
♣986
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AKJ7
AKQ8
8
♣A543
♠QT94
7
T53
♣KQT72
♠6532
JT9653
K4
♣J
7
217
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣1 ♥4 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6♣ 3 6♠  ♦6 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    2.00   0.00  4♠ E      L6-Cody-Henderson vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        480    0.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   L4-Charney-Charney vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        480    0.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   L5-Upson-Dow vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North's 3 will pass around to Wst, who doubles. East should jump to 4: his heart singleton should be useful, so his hand has ten or eleven playing points. Now West should go to town and bid the slam. He might go slow and cuebid the A; if he does, East should love his great clubs and go slammin'.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 3PassPass
DblPass4Pass
4NTPass51Pass
52Pass63Pass
6All pass  
  1. 0 or 3 key cards
  2. Queen ask
  3. Queen & King

The Bidding: North preempts 3. West, in the balancing seat, Doubles for Takeout . East, with 10 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 7, jumps to 4. West's 24 Support Points and Losing Trick Count of 4 suggest a slam is available. West bids 4NT Roman Keycard for spades. Playing 1430 responses, East's 5 bid shows 0 or 3 key cards. West knows it is 0. West's 5 bid is a Queen Ask . East's 6 bid show the Queen and King. West places the contract at 6.

The Play: South has a choice between leading the King or their singleton club. The club lead offers the chance to set 6 if North has the Ace. Playing Matchpoints , the goal is to beat the score at other tables. North is unlikely to have the Ace. The risk of a diamond trick disappearing suggests leading a diamond. A diamond lead holds declarer to 12 tricks. On any other lead, declarer has all the tricks.



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6 ♠K
K752
QT743
♣T86
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠873
94
J9
♣KQJ752
♠QJT95
AJT863
8
♣A
♠A642
Q
AK652
♣943
8
712
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2NT  ♣6 ♥5 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 2 2♠  ♦3 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          1.50   0.50  3♠ E -2   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L5-Upson-Dow
  200          1.50   0.50  4 E -2   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        100    0.00   2.00  5 S -2   L4-Charney-Charney vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South may bid 2 or might make a takeout double since she has four spades and shortness in hearts. Either way, North chooses diamonds, but it's unlikely anyone will try for game. Two clubs and a heart later, 4 it is.



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7 ♠A72
J8
A43
♣Q8653
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠43
AKT93
KQT2
♣K9
♠K96
Q542
J986
♣72
♠QJT85
76
75
♣AJT4
11
156
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2♠  ♦3 ♥3 NT4
EW: 4 4 1NT  ♣5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -500 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    1.50   0.50  3 W +1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L5-Upson-Dow
        170    1.50   0.50  3 W +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        620    0.00   2.00  4 W      L4-Charney-Charney vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. East raises to 2 or 3, depending on their style, and West is unlikely to go to game. It makes ten tricks because both black kings are fortunately placed. I'm superstitious--if I bid this, the N-S hands would swap and down I'd go!



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8 ♠AK3
AKJT
KJT4
♣97
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠65
Q982
A
♣AQT853
♠QT972
7654
82
♣KJ
♠J84
3
Q97653
♣642
19
126
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4  ♣6 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 -/1♠ 1NT  ♦3 ♠6/7
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          1.50   0.50  3 S +1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L5-Upson-Dow
  130          1.50   0.50  3 S +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  100          0.00   2.00  3♣ W -2   L4-Charney-Charney vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and North is delighted to double. East bids 1, West repeats the clubs, and North doubles yet again: with 4-4 in the unbid suits and extra points, this second double is well justified. South will bid diamonds as cheaply as possible. North may raise to 4, but he is not strong enough to bid game on his own opposite a reluctant partner.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Dbl12
Pass3Pass3
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: After West opens 1, North Doubles for Takeout . As Larry Cohen discusses in his "Over Opponent's Takeout Double" article, it is common to play East's 1 response as natural and forcing. South is weak, but has a 6-card diamond suit and 6 Support Points. South expects East-West to have an 8 or 9 card heart fit. Passing makes it easy for East-West to find their heart fit. Jumping to 3 would show invitational values. Preempting 4 is a bit rich with South's hand. South should have constructive values for freely advancing to 2. So bidding 2 is a bit of a lie. Even so, bidding 2 seems best because it may make it more difficult for East-West to find their heart fit.

West cannot double here to show hearts. A double would be a Support Double showing exactly 3 spades. After West passes, North 3 bid is a Western Cue Bid . East doesn't have the values to act. South offers 3 as the final contract, denying a club stopper. North, with 20 Support Points, may be tempted to jump to 5. With 2 quick club losers, North-South would need the rest of the tricks to make 5. North has potential losers in each of the side suits. Inviting game with a raise to 4 seems best. South has no interest.

The Play: The defense scores 2 clubs and a diamond. Declarer spade loser is discarded on a heart winner. Declarer has 10 tricks: 2 + 2 + 5 + 1 ruff.



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9 ♠Q
K32
Q65
♣AQ9854
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A98642
JT5
87
♣76
♠JT7
8
AT9432
♣KT3
♠K53
AQ9764
KJ
♣J2
13
58
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2NT  ♦6 ♠5
EW: 1 2♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          2.00   0.00  3N S +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  420          0.50   1.50  4 S      L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L5-Upson-Dow
  420          0.50   1.50  4 S      L4-Charney-Charney vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1, to which South responds 1. Over 2, South has no reasonable heart rebid; she might bid 2 (New Minor Forcing), planning to rebid hearts if necessary. This bidding sequence is a Game Force . This time, North will show three hearts and South will happily bid the game. Not everyone uses New Minor Forcing in this sequence, but 2 is assuredly forcing, and North should show his three hearts now that he has rebid the clubs.



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10 ♠J872
965
A984
♣64
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠93
2
KJT3
♣KQT975
♠K65
AKT743
76
♣A3
♠AQT4
QJ8
Q52
♣J82
5
914
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2/1 2 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    2.00   0.00  3♣ W +1   L4-Charney-Charney vs L3-Davis-Hawley
        140    0.50   1.50  2 E +1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L5-Upson-Dow
        140    0.50   1.50  2 E +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South might double, even with this flat 12 HCP because he has four decent spades. If he does, West can bid a non-forcing 2. North has four spades, but with only five HCP will (rightly) be reluctant to bid. East might pass or might rebid those hearts. Either way, all roads lead to +110.



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11 ♠J96432
K87
T97
♣J
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KQT7
AQ32
5
♣AQ42
♠A5
T95
KQ84
♣8653
♠8
J64
AJ632
♣KT97
5
179
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4/5 NT4
EW: 3♣ 2 2♠ 3NT  ♦5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          2.00   0.00  3N W -1   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        100    1.00   1.00  2♠ S -2   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L3-Davis-Hawley
        400    0.00   2.00  3N E      L5-Upson-Dow vs L4-Charney-Charney

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 with high hopes, dashed when East responds 1NT. There's very little point in bidding 1 with the East hand; partner will probably now bid a major and then East has to bid 1NT anyway--and the opponents have had a better chance to get into the auction. 1NT uses up the one level effectively. West is light for a raise to 2NT, but he might try it. If he does, East will accept with a decent nine HCP. Tain't easy, though.



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12 ♠K2
KT765432
8
♣95
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠JT98743
Q
K5
♣KQ6
♠65
AJ98
Q9642
♣82
♠AQ
-
AJT73
♣AJT743
6
117
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 1 2  ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        500    1.50   0.50  4* N -2  L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        500    1.50   0.50  5 S -5   L5-Upson-Dow vs L4-Charney-Charney
       1100    0.00   2.00  6* N -4  L6-Cody-Henderson vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West if he is determined to open should say 1, not 3. North won't care, he's wants to bid hearts, but vulnerable it isn't a good bet for a 4 preempt with such a shoddy suit. What's South to do if North preempts in hearts? He daren't bid 3NT with a heart void. Pass and 4 are both possibilities. Don't forget: when partner preempts he says his hand has little value in any other suit.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
13All pass 

The Bidding: West's hand meets the Rule of 20 , but fails the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. West's singleton Queen merits a downgrade. With 7 spades and good spade texture, opening 1 seems best. North has an 8-card heart suit, but poor heart texture. Preempting 4 at unfavorable vulnerability would be a wild gamble. Preempting 3 is sufficient. East waits the mandatory 10 seconds after a skip bid and passes smoothly.

South's strong 6-5 hand with good texture has great trick taking power. North's 3 preempt is the last thing South wanted to hear. South uses East's pause to assess whether to try to improve the contract. For many partnerships, an advance to 4 would be Preempt Roman Key Card . Passing smoothly seems best.

Playing Negative Doubles , East cannot double North's 3 preempt for penalty. The way to penalize the preempt is for West to reopen with a double. Reopening with a double would be risky. If East doesn't have a penalty of 3 and pulls the double to 4, West will not have any attractive options. Passing seems best.

At tables where West balances with a double, East will convert the double for penalty. Now South can make an SOS redouble. North, with a singleton diamond and a doubleton club, runs to 4. West doubles 4 for penalty.

The Play in 3: Declarer has too many hearts to engineer a trump end play. Declarer loses 4 hearts and a club for down 1.

The Play in 4 by North: East has the clues to find the club lead needed to set 4 by North. South's redouble of 4 shows length in both minors and heart shortness. East's diamond length leaves few diamonds for West and North. Leading a trump to reduce ruffing power seems best. Without a trump lead, declarer can ruff 2 diamonds. When the King falls on the 2nd round of diamonds, declarer loses just 2 clubs and 1 diamond.

If East leads a trump, declarer can only ruff 1 diamond. Declarer loses 2 tricks in each minor for down 1. 4 by South cannot be beaten because a trump lead by West costs the defense a trump trick.



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13 ♠J953
J942
2
♣AQ42
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K6
AQT7
KQ987
♣K3
♠QT7
K53
J643
♣T98
♠A842
86
AT5
♣J765
8
176
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3♠  ♦4 ♥5 NT6
EW: 3 1/2 1NT  ♣5 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    2.00   0.00  1N W      L6-Cody-Henderson vs L3-Davis-Hawley
        120    1.00   1.00  1N W +1   L5-Upson-Dow vs L4-Charney-Charney
        150    0.00   2.00  2N E +1   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West might choose an off-pattern 1NT, though he's strong enough to reverse into hearts after opening 1. East just wants to get out of Dodge-- he'll quit bidding ASAP, though the reverse is forcing for one round. At least he'll know that partner has a real diamond suit. The auction might go 1--1NT; 2(even though Partner has denied a major)--3. West had better take the hint and quit bidding.



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14 ♠KT432
K74
9
♣AT32
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠986
AT85
AJT53
♣5
♠J7
Q932
84
♣KQJ74
♠AQ5
J6
KQ762
♣986
10
99
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣6 ♦5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.00   0.00  3 W -2   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        100    0.50   1.50  3N N -2   L5-Upson-Dow vs L4-Charney-Charney
        100    0.50   1.50  4♠ N -2   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. North answers 1. If East makes a lead directing 2, South can double if they pla Support Doubles , but otherwise should pass. West won't be at all happy with 2: 2NT is a bad idea, but he might venture 2. Now the onus is on North, especially if he doesn't know South has three card spade support. If North does bid 2, East could make an optimistic raise to 3. Missing the KJ, Declarer would lay down the A and then lead toward the Q. A clever North plays low and West might just finesse the 9.



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15 ♠9864
QJ94
9832
♣3
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QJ73
A653
Q
♣KT94
♠KT2
T8
AT75
♣J872
♠A5
K72
KJ64
♣AQ65
3
128
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1  ♣5 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +90 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          2.00   0.00  1N S      L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        100    0.50   1.50  2N S -1   L5-Upson-Dow vs L4-Charney-Charney
        100    0.50   1.50  1N S -1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L3-Davis-Hawley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT. North has the right hand to bid Stayman and then pass the answer, whatever it is! This time it will be 2, a far better place to be than 1NT. A lot of people believe you have to have at least 8 points to bid Stayman. It's true that you should have 8 or more if you plan to rebid NT, but that isn't the plan this time.



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16 ♠QJ83
K6
AQ5
♣K974
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K75
A8
K8
♣AQJT32
♠AT96
QJ7
JT762
♣6
♠42
T95432
943
♣85
15
178
0
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 -/1 3/4♠ 4NT
       ♥6/7
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.00   0.00  3♠ E -1   L3-Davis-Hawley vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        250    1.00   1.00  3 S -5   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L4-Charney-Charney
        630    0.00   2.00  3N W +1   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L5-Upson-Dow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1--this hand is too good for an off-pattern 1NT with 17 HCP and a great six card suit. East will bid 1 or 1. Either way, West jumps in clubs, and now East will try 3NT. The usual opening heart lead will be no problem.



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17 ♠8763
AJ8
2
♣AQJ74
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AKQJ9
KT642
63
♣6
♠542
93
KQJ754
♣K3
♠T
Q75
AT98
♣T9852
12
139
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣  ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1 2♠  ♣2 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          2.00   0.00  4♣ N +1   L3-Davis-Hawley vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
  130          1.00   1.00  4♣ N      L6-Cody-Henderson vs L4-Charney-Charney
   50          0.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L5-Upson-Dow

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. East jumps to 2 and South may well still raise clubs. Poor West; she has both majors, but there's little point in trying one out after this bidding--and at the three level to boot. South's preemptive raise has the desired effect of making a bidding obstacle for the opponents while warning partner.



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18 ♠AQ852
K
53
♣QJ762
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠643
T985
JT
♣A983
♠T9
7642
AK764
♣K4
♠KJ7
AQJ3
Q982
♣T5
12
510
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 2 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥4 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 13 - 16 = -3
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          2.00   0.00  4♠ N      L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L5-Upson-Dow
  140          1.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L4-Charney-Charney
        100    0.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   L3-Davis-Hawley vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. N-S will almost surely find their eight card spade fit and go down one with best defense. Given the timing, declarer could dump the losing diamonds on the heart length, but not this time!



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19 ♠Q6
AT9873
A95
♣KT
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KJT98
J5
Q842
♣Q3
♠A532
62
73
♣96542
♠74
KQ4
KJT6
♣AJ87
13
94
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 5 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦0 ♥0 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          2.00   0.00  4 N +2   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L5-Upson-Dow
  420          0.50   1.50  4 N      L3-Davis-Hawley vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
  420          0.50   1.50  4 N      L6-Cody-Henderson vs L4-Charney-Charney
20 ♠KT964
K5
7542
♣97
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠QJ
T42
AT6
♣AKQJ8
♠A8753
6
KJ98
♣T52
♠2
AQJ9873
Q3
♣643
6
178
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣1 ♦2 ♠3 NT2
EW: 5♣ 5 4♠  ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa vs L5-Upson-Dow
        100    1.00   1.00  3 N -1   L3-Davis-Hawley vs L1-Seckel-Schnebele
        620    0.00   2.00  4♠ W      L6-Cody-Henderson vs L4-Charney-Charney
21 ♠K96542
72
T
♣K763
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AJ83
K85
AJ854
♣4
♠7
AJ63
K976
♣AJ85
♠QT
QT94
Q32
♣QT92
6
1313
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
EW: 1♣ 5 4 1♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    2.00   0.00  2♠* N -1  L3-Davis-Hawley vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
        400    1.00   1.00  3N E      L6-Cody-Henderson vs L5-Upson-Dow
        430    0.00   2.00  3N E +1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L4-Charney-Charney
22 ♠K65
9543
K876
♣A7
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q98
KQ8
J952
♣K62
♠AT7
J62
QT
♣JT943
♠J432
AT7
A43
♣Q85
10
118
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠6 NT5/6
EW: 2♣ 1 1 1♠ 1NT
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    1.50   0.50  1N E +1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L4-Charney-Charney
        120    1.50   0.50  1N E +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L5-Upson-Dow
        150    0.00   2.00  1N E +2   L3-Davis-Hawley vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
23 ♠AKQT7
Q97
94
♣AJ7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠95
T8654
AK
♣K852
♠832
J
QJT7532
♣T3
♠J64
AK32
86
♣Q964
16
104
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 5♠ 5NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥3 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          2.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L5-Upson-Dow
  620          0.50   1.50  4♠ N      L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L4-Charney-Charney
  620          0.50   1.50  4♠ N      L3-Davis-Hawley vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
24 ♠KJ7
AQ2
KQJ7
♣QJT
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A3
T975
92
♣K9632
♠T9542
J6
T83
♣854
♠Q86
K843
A654
♣A7
19
71
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 4/5 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥2 ♠3 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          2.00   0.00  3N N +2   L3-Davis-Hawley vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  430          1.00   1.00  3N N +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L5-Upson-Dow
         50    0.00   2.00  6N N -1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L4-Charney-Charney
25 ♠J65
Q6
AKQ32
♣J75
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A983
43
T64
♣9843
♠K72
KJT85
J7
♣AT6
♠QT4
A972
985
♣KQ2
13
412
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 1/- 1♠ 2NT  ♥7/6
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          1.00   1.00  2N N      L3-Davis-Hawley vs L2-Rubin-Tatsugawa
  120          1.00   1.00  1N S +1   L1-Seckel-Schnebele vs L4-Charney-Charney
  120          1.00   1.00  1N S +1   L6-Cody-Henderson vs L5-Upson-Dow