- Saturday Morn - September 30, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 143 MP  Geomean: 68 MP
(based on 28 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bozidar Boncich - James Pond 66.21 1st A 0.56
Charles Rauch - Incy Brooks 62.24 1st A 0.56
Carol Sendell - Ellen Lux 56.15 2nd A 0.39
Kathy Pfitzer - Mary Block 54.59 3rd A 0.28
Larry Mazzei - Susan Mazzei 52.84 1st B 0.48
Fran McGrew - June Raddicchi 52.05 2nd B 0.34
Jeff Riehl - Roger Barry 51.25 2nd C 0.17
EVENT>SATURDAY NLM Game        |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>September 30, 2017 |CLUB NO.>150680    | 09/30/2017 13:04
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DIR> JANET HEDLUND   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 80%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/300/100    |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mary Block             Kathy Pfitzer            B    3     .     .     68.78  54.59  0.28(A)
 2 Charles Rauch          Incy Brooks              B    1     1     .     78.42  62.24  0.56(A)
 3 Jerry Cox              John Kneisl              A    .     .     .     66.58  52.84
 4 Ellen Lux              Carol Sendell            C    2     2     1     70.75  56.15  0.39(A)
 5 Walter Conley          S Stofle                 C    .     .     .     45.08  35.78
 6 Robert Sokol           Ginger Minor             A    .     .     .     65.42  51.92
 7 Susan Mehra            Louise Barnard           C    .     .     .     46.25  36.71
                                          Totals                         441.28

EVENT>SATURDAY NLM Game        |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>500/300/100    |CLUB>H & H  Saturday
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Susan Mazzei           Larry Mazzei             B    2     1     .     66.58  52.84  0.48(B)
 2 Fran McGrew            June Raddicchi           C    3     2     1     65.58  52.05  0.34(B)
 3 James Pond             Bozidar Boncich          A    1     .     .     83.42  66.21  0.56(A)
 4 Ann Donaldson          Mary Kalinyak            B    .     .     .     49.75  39.48
 5 Nancy Green            Karen Mok                C    .     .     .     52.75  41.87
 6 Jeff Riehl             Roger Barry              C    .     .     2     64.58  51.25  0.17(C)
 7 Bob Gore               Barbara Moxley           C    .     .     .     58.42  46.37
                                          Totals                         441.08

Hands and Results
1 ♠KT74
A95
QT7
♣T96
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠632
J3
KJ843
♣A54
♠A8
762
A92
♣KQ873
♠QJ95
KQT84
65
♣J2
9
913
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT5
EW: 3♣ 3 2NT  ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  110          6.00   0.00  2 S      ♣A  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A6-Riehl-Barry
   50          5.00   1.00  3♣ E -1   6  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
         90    4.00   2.00  2 W      ♠4  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        120    2.50   3.50  1N E +1   8  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        120    2.50   3.50  1N E +1   8  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A5-Green-Mok
        130    0.50   5.50  3 W +1   ♠4  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        130    0.50   5.50  3 W +1   9  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A3-Pond-Boncich

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
Pass2PassPass
Pass   

When Mike Michaels Cue Bid presented his weak major takeout cue bid to the public, his article in The Bridge World Magazine catered specifically to 5-4 major suited hands. The 5-5 requirement is a development from that idea, not necessarily the original concept. Showing otherwise difficult to describe competitive hands was the goal.

South's hand qualifies for the original concept! If South overcalls 1, there is insufficient ammunition to venture another call. An immediate 2 major suited takeout finds the spade suit and makes life very difficult for EW.



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2 ♠Q4
AQ832
AKT9
♣JT
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K9
KT954
Q6
♣8632
♠AJT87
-
8732
♣AKQ5
♠6532
J76
J54
♣974
16
814
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 4♣ 2 1 3♠ 1NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          6.00   0.00  3♣ E -1   J  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A5-Green-Mok
        100    5.00   1.00  2 N -1   ♣K  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        110    3.50   2.50  2♠ E      6  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        110    3.50   2.50  3♣ E      6  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        130    2.00   4.00  3♣ W +1   A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        140    1.00   5.00  2♠ E +1   J  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        300    0.00   6.00  3N S -3   5  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1NTDbl2Pass
2PassPassPass

North's double is better than a unilateral 2 bid on a mediocre five card suit. Instead, the double provides more flexibility. If necessary, North is prepared to bid 2 over 2, a bit of a stretch for the pattern of an Equal Level Conversion Double , but passing seems a bit rich, while a cue bid of 2 surely is, and deserves punishment. A 2 overcall by North would be crushed by East's negative/takeout double for those who play that way, or by West's penalty double, for those who do not! EW need to have clear understandings to deal with this sort of hand. They should be able to "get" North, but must define their doubles and wield the axe with confidence. Any agreement is better than no agreement! By this is meant that if East passes North's 2 overcall, will also West's double be passed?

If East bids 2 (whether North doubles or passes), West should bid 2 with honor doubleton in the five card suit.



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3 ♠AT2
QJ84
AJ2
♣943
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K9854
72
KQ843
♣A
♠J
A
T9765
♣KQ8752
♠Q763
KT9653
-
♣JT6
12
1210
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣3 ♦3 ♠5 NT5
EW: 4/3♣ 4  ♥4 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          5.50   0.50  3 S      ♣A  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  140          5.50   0.50  2 S +1   K  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A5-Green-Mok
  100          3.50   2.50  5 W -1   Q  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  100          3.50   2.50  5 W -1   4  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        130    2.00   4.00  4 W      Q  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        150    1.00   5.00  4 S -3   ♣A  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        710    0.00   6.00  4* W     ♠A  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A7-Gore-Moxley

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1NTPass
2PassPass3
PassPassPass 

North - South would have to have more enterprise than I to take a bid on this auction, but even if they were to bid to the three level, EW will bid 4 for sure, at which point NS "can" but "Won't" bid 4.



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4 ♠T4
J9
AJT85
♣A943
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KQ875
AKQ842
3
♣8
♠632
763
42
♣KQJ76
♠AJ9
T5
KQ976
♣T52
10
146
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♥3 ♠4
EW: 1♣ 4 3♠  ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          5.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   A  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  100          5.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   J  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  100          5.00   1.00  4 W -1   J  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        200    3.00   3.00  4 N -2   ♣K  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        620    1.50   4.50  4 W      ♠T  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        620    1.50   4.50  4 W      ♠T  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A5-Green-Mok
        650    0.00   6.00  4 W +1   8  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A3-Pond-Boncich

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass2Pass
4All pass  

NS won't get any style points or matchpoints for sacrificing in diamonds, but EW can and should bid game in hearts. Not spades! Open your longer suit first. It is also significantly stronger. West's plan was to reverse into spades unless hearts were raised. No point at all in bidding spades after the raise. Why telegraph to the opponents?



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5 ♠J98
T43
J92
♣KJ76
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠-
J8
653
♣AQT98532
♠7643
K765
AKQ84
♣-
♠AKQT52
AQ92
T7
♣4
6
712
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3♠ 2/1NT  ♣4 ♦5
EW: 3♣ 2  ♥5 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +100 4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          6.00   0.00  5** E -2 A  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A3-Pond-Boncich
  300          5.00   1.00  5♣* W -2  ♠Q  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A5-Green-Mok
  150          4.00   2.00  5 E -3   ♠A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  140          3.00   3.00  3♠ S      ♣A  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  110          2.00   4.00  2♠ S      6  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        150    1.00   5.00  4♣ W +1   ♠9  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        200    0.00   6.00  4♠ S -2   ♣A  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A6-Riehl-Barry

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Dbl
3DblPass3
PassPassPass 

So just because the diagram and I agree that North should pass the 3 bid, showing a strong hand with really good spades does not mean that the pass is always going to produce a great score, but really, what can North expect to provide to South other than protection against a bad trump split? The answer is zero, nada, nothing! If South cannot haul off and bid game based on North's penalty double, then North has not a single trick to help.

Nice stop.



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6 ♠A763
73
JT
♣KJ643
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J
T642
AK6
♣AT975
♠982
KQJ95
Q8532
♣-
♠KQT54
A8
974
♣Q82
9
128
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥2 NT6
EW: 5 5  ♣6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          5.50   0.50  3♠ S      A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  140          5.50   0.50  2♠ S +1   2  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  110          4.00   2.00  2♠ S      ♣4  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        200    2.50   3.50  3 E +2   ♠T  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        200    2.50   3.50  2 E +3   ♠K  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        650    1.00   5.00  4 E +1   ♠K  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A5-Green-Mok
        990    0.00   6.00  4* E +1  4  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Dbl2NT14Pass
PassPass  
  1. Jordan -- a limit raise or better of spades. Barely, but adequate.

If pushed by 4, EW have three choices, two of which are winners. Pass is not one of the winners. Double collects 500 and is the better of the two positive results, but 5 will do in a pinch.

Not much for EW to sweat about. Just don't crawl into a shell and hide. Stand up and be counted!



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7 ♠AK93
KJT62
763
♣3
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T7652
74
QJT
♣K62
♠4
Q93
K954
♣AJT97
♠QJ8
A85
A82
♣Q854
11
610
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 4 3♠ 4NT  ♣5
EW: 2♣  ♦6 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  650          6.00   0.00  4 N +1   ♠4  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A5-Green-Mok
  620          5.00   1.00  4 N      ♠4  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  600          4.00   2.00  3N S      ♠5  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A3-Pond-Boncich
  170          3.00   3.00  2 N +2   ♠4  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  140          2.00   4.00  2 N +1   ♠4  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A6-Riehl-Barry
  120          1.00   5.00  2N S      Q  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        100    0.00   6.00  4 N -1   ♠4  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A7-Gore-Moxley

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass2Pass2
Pass4All pass 

Oh, well. It's a good game with reasonable chances of success. Unlucky that normal play won't bring home the score. If East leads an obviously singleton 4, will that be enough to convince at least a few thoughtful declarers to take the correct trump finesse? After all, it IS pretty much a two way finesse, isn't it? Oh, sure, leading to the A and leading a heart back to the KJTx remaining caters to 4-1 splits, but if West has a likely five card spade suit, that probability is severely diminished -- to the point that a lead of the K followed by running the J is not a bad idea at all. But who will stand and take the abnormal play, whether indicated or not?

Who? Who, I say.

But why is East leading a singleton, holding a likely trump trick? What is the point? No one having presented a decent argument, let's go back to the drawing board on that opening lead decision. Chalk the singleton temptation up to being a bad idea. Lead a diamond. YES, away from a king. Yes, indeed, if you want to defeat contracts, you have to live a little, attack!

Now let declarer guess the trump queen. Ain't happenin'.



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8 ♠A983
J8752
KQ4
♣Q
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠74
KT93
AT8
♣9643
♠J2
Q6
J952
♣KJ852
♠KQT65
A4
763
♣AT7
12
78
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 3 5♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          5.50   0.50  4♠ S +1   3  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  450          5.50   0.50  4♠ S +1   8  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A5-Green-Mok
  420          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      ♣9  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A3-Pond-Boncich
  420          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      ♣3  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  200          1.50   4.50  3♠ S +2   ♣9  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  200          1.50   4.50  2♠ S +3   A  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  140          0.00   6.00  3♠ S      2  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A6-Riehl-Barry

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass21Pass4
Pass4PassPass
Pass   
  1. Flannery

My good friend, Mr. Flannery has been absent for a time, and welcome back!

South has a clear game bid, perhaps even worth a slam invite, but for those who wish to explore the virtues of this convention, I commend the diagrammed auction for consideration. South may see a benefit in having North be the declarer. Imagination, I mean, not perception. Suppose that North were to hold the Kx(x). Then it would be wonderful to protect that king from opening lead attack. South can force North to declarer spades, unlike the rest of the field!

The Flannery convention incorporates the South African Transfer convention! After 2, the opening Flannery bid showing 45xx pattern, South can transfer to hearts with 4 and to 4 with 4, reserving unto himself the option of bidding 4 or 4 as declarer. The latter two options, and 4 in particular on the present hand, would be the choice holding Kxx, to protect that king from a nasty opening lead.

Flannery hath charms to soothe the savage beast. If South gets the slam bug on this one, he can bid 2 - 3 (slam-interest relay to 3); 3 - 3 (spades are trump: please control bid); 4 - 4; 4 (no interest) Pass (Oh, all right, then)



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9 ♠K976
-
AQJT64
♣K64
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A5432
AT953
K7
♣9
♠QJ
K74
98532
♣832
♠T8
QJ862
-
♣AQJT75
13
116
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 3 2♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣1 ♦2 ♥6 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +920 6♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  920          5.92   0.08  6♣ S      ♣9  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  490          4.75   1.25  3N N +3   ♣3  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A5-Green-Mok
  460          3.58   2.42  3N N +2   9  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  430          2.42   3.58  3N N +1   9  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  400          1.25   4.75  3N S      9  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
         50    0.08   5.92  3N N -1   ♠Q  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A3-Pond-Boncich
10 ♠KQT94
95
J43
♣432
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AJ8
J82
Q9875
♣A8
♠753
KT63
T6
♣T965
♠62
AQ74
AK2
♣KQJ7
6
123
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2/3 2 4♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥5 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  650          6.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   ♣A  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  630          5.00   1.00  3N S +1   2  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A3-Pond-Boncich
  600          3.50   2.50  3N S      7  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  600          3.50   2.50  3N S      5  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  120          2.00   4.00  1N S +1   7  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        100    0.50   5.50  3N S -1   7  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A5-Green-Mok
        100    0.50   5.50  3N S -1   7  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A6-Riehl-Barry
11 ♠T9865
KT6
T4
♣KJ8
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJ42
AQ5
AK92
♣T9
♠-
J92
Q86
♣AQ65432
♠AK73
8743
J753
♣7
7
169
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥4 ♠6 NT3
EW: 5♣ 3 3 1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -400 3NT-EW/5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          5.00   1.00  2N W -1   ♠T  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
   50          5.00   1.00  3 W -1   ♠T  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A5-Green-Mok
   50          5.00   1.00  5♣ W -1   ♠6  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        110    3.00   3.00  3♣ W      T  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        150    2.00   4.00  3♣ E +2   ♠A  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        400    1.00   5.00  5♣ E      ♠A  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        490    0.00   6.00  3N W +3   ♠T  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A3-Pond-Boncich
12 ♠QJ
K94
AQ98
♣KT98
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠76
T73
J7532
♣A54
♠98432
AQ5
T6
♣J63
♠AKT5
J862
K4
♣Q72
15
57
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 4 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  630          5.50   0.50  3N N +1   ♠9  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A5-Green-Mok
  630          5.50   0.50  3N N +1   ♠3  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  600          3.00   3.00  3N N      ♠9  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  600          3.00   3.00  3N N      ♠9  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  600          3.00   3.00  3N N      ♠3  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        100    1.00   5.00  3N N -1   ♠3  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        200    0.00   6.00  3N N -2   ♠3  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A3-Pond-Boncich
13 ♠J2
AJT
AJ96
♣Q932
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AQ84
KQ9763
T5
♣K
♠KT965
-
8742
♣AT65
♠73
8542
KQ3
♣J874
13
147
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥3 ♠0 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 3 5♠ 2NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        100    5.00   1.00  2N N -1   ♠6  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A5-Green-Mok
        100    5.00   1.00  1N N -1   ♠T  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        100    5.00   1.00  1N N -1   ♠6  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        110    3.00   3.00  2 W      ♣2  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        200    2.00   4.00  3♠ E +2   K  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        400    1.00   5.00  3 N -4   ♠T  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        620    0.00   6.00  4♠ E      K  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
14 ♠65
AKQ632
Q9
♣AT4
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠K9843
85
J543
♣72
♠Q2
JT94
AK72
♣K85
♠AJT7
7
T86
♣QJ963
15
413
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 2 1♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          6.00   0.00  3 N      A  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  110          5.00   1.00  2 N      A  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A6-Riehl-Barry
  100          4.00   2.00  2N E -2   7  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
   50          3.00   3.00  3 E -1   7  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A3-Pond-Boncich
         50    2.00   4.00  2 N -1   ♠T  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        120    1.00   5.00  2N E      ♣Q  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        150    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   2  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A5-Green-Mok
15 ♠KJ7
98754
JT3
♣J9
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠542
AJ
K942
♣AQ64
♠AT96
Q63
AQ65
♣K2
♠Q83
KT2
87
♣T8753
6
1415
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥5 ♠2 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5 2 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    6.00   0.00  2 W +4   ♣J  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        400    5.00   1.00  3N W      5  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        420    4.00   2.00  4♠ E      2  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        430    3.00   3.00  3N W +1   9  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        460    1.00   5.00  3N W +2   9  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        460    1.00   5.00  3N W +2   5  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A5-Green-Mok
        460    1.00   5.00  3N E +2   ♣7  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A3-Pond-Boncich
16 ♠J98
J74
T54
♣KJT2
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠T
A63
9832
♣AQ987
♠A5432
Q985
J
♣654
♠KQ76
KT2
AKQ76
♣3
6
107
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 2♣ 1/-  ♦3 ♥7/6 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  180          5.50   0.50  2N N +2   ♠3  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  180          5.50   0.50  1N N +3   ♠4  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A6-Riehl-Barry
  130          3.00   3.00  2 S +2   ♠T  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A5-Green-Mok
  130          3.00   3.00  2 S +2   ♠T  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  130          3.00   3.00  2 S +2   ♣7  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A7-Gore-Moxley
         50    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -1   A  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        130    0.00   6.00  3♣ W +1   5  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A3-Pond-Boncich
17 ♠Q853
3
T92
♣J8642
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠T2
AQT5
AQ6
♣KT93
♠K
K97642
K875
♣A7
♠AJ9764
J8
J43
♣Q5
3
1513
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦0 ♥0 NT1
EW: 2♣ 6 6 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        480    3.50   2.50  5 E +1   ♠A  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A5-Green-Mok
        480    3.50   2.50  5 E +1   ♠A  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   ♠A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   ♠A  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   ♠A  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   ♣Q  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
        980    0.00   6.00  6 E      ♠A  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
2NTPass31Pass
4Pass4Pass
4NTPass52Pass
6All pass  
  1. Shortness.
  2. Two with the queen!!

Since the 2NT Jacoby forcing raise promises four trumps, East should show the extra trump by showing the queen! The tenth trump virtually assures that the adversely held queen will not take a trick, and at worst partner will "see" the sixth trump. This is rather much an accepted practice.

The only other problem with the hand is whether to show the singleton, since it is a king; the honor value will potentially be lost opposite, say, AQx, but on the other hand, today the value of the singleton is all that matters!

Smooth sailing into an ice-cold slam by showing the singleton, grave difficulties if East leaps to 4 to show a minimum. That leap is rather much a poor choice with control cards in every suit. The choice, using standard Jacoby 2NT methods, is one or the other, since both 3, showing extras, and 3NT, showing a balanced hand or medium-high values, are also flawed. Showing the singleton seems a rational choice among the alternatives, and rewards flow.



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18 ♠Q
A987
J93
♣T8732
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠JT97542
KQ
K6
♣KJ
♠A
643
AT752
♣AQ94
♠K863
JT52
Q84
♣65
7
1314
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
EW: 3♣ 4 1 5♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        130    6.00   0.00  4 E      ♣6  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        200    5.00   1.00  2♠ W +3   ♣8  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A5-Green-Mok
        420    4.00   2.00  4♠ W      9  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A7-Gore-Moxley
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   9  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   ♣2  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        480    0.00   6.00  4♠ W +2   ♣T  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
19 ♠K42
Q
T87
♣AQJ976
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠J8
AJT7532
J
♣854
♠Q7653
98
532
♣K32
♠AT9
K64
AKQ964
♣T
12
75
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 1 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦0 ♥6 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +920 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          5.50   0.50  5 S +1   A  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  420          5.50   0.50  5 S +1   ♣4  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  300          3.50   2.50  3 W -3   5  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  300          3.50   2.50  3 W -3   ♣A  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  150          1.50   4.50  4 S +1   A  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A3-Pond-Boncich
  150          1.50   4.50  3 S +2   J  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A6-Riehl-Barry
  130          0.00   6.00  3 S +1   ♣5  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A5-Green-Mok
20 ♠3
86532
QT65
♣K83
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠QJ98654
J
82
♣Q74
♠A2
QT97
KJ743
♣96
♠KT7
AK4
A9
♣AJT52
5
610
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 4/3 4NT  ♠5
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  800          6.00   0.00  4♠* W -3  ♣3  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A5-Green-Mok
  620          5.00   1.00  4 S      ♠Q  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  600          4.00   2.00  3N S      ♠Q  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A7-Gore-Moxley
  200          2.50   3.50  3♠ W -2   5  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  200          2.50   3.50  3♠ W -2   ♣3  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
        100    1.00   5.00  4 S -1   ♠4  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A6-Riehl-Barry
        200    0.00   6.00  4♣ S -2   J  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A3-Pond-Boncich
21 ♠Q532
AJ7653
7
♣Q8
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KT86
QT
AT93
♣J94
♠74
982
K654
♣T752
♠AJ9
K4
QJ82
♣AK63
9
103
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 2 5 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥2 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  720          6.00   0.00  3N S +4   ♠6  A4-Lux-Sendell vs A1-Mazzei-Mazzei
  660          5.00   1.00  3N S +2   ♠6  A3-Cox-Kneisl vs A6-Riehl-Barry
  650          3.50   2.50  4 N +1   ♠7  A1-Block-Pfitzer vs A2-McGrew-Raddicchi
  650          3.50   2.50  4 N +1   4  A2-Rauch-Brooks vs A4-Donaldson-Kalinyak
  210          2.00   4.00  2N S +3   ♠6  A5-Conley-Stofle vs A3-Pond-Boncich
        100    1.00   5.00  3N S -1   3  A6-Sokol-Minor vs A5-Green-Mok
        200    0.00   6.00  3N N -2   3  A7-Mehra-Barnard vs A7-Gore-Moxley