- Tuesday Aft - November 21, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 1745 MP  Geomean: 682 MP
(based on 28 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Donald Cline - Josh Rosenbluth 66.67 1st OA 2.48
John Eliason - Linda Beutel 59.82 2nd OA 1.86
Alan Curtis - Dawn Ligon 58.04 1st OB 1.42
Anne Cline - Dagmar Ragnow 54.76 2nd OB 1.07
Kent Jones - Renate Jones 54.17 3rd OB 0.80
Leander Pemberton - Raeann Koerner 52.68 1st OC 1.00
Karen Chakrabarti - Saurin Chakrabarti 47.92 2nd OC 0.75
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Tuesday Aft  |SECTION> A N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>November 21, 2017  |CLUB NO.>131102    | 11/21/2017 16:05
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Tom Ciacio      |RATING>Club Championship (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/2000/750  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Linda Beutel           John Eliason             A   2     .     .   |   1     .     .    100.50  59.82  1.86(OA)
 2 Mike Gaddis Jr         Barbara Fitzgerald       C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     77.50  46.13
 3 Dagmar Ragnow          Anne Cline               B   4     2     .   |   2     1     .     92.00  54.76  1.07(OB)
 4 Saurin Chakrabarti     Karen Chakrabarti        C   .     .     2   |   .     .     1     80.50  47.92  0.75(OC)
 5 Kent Jones             Renate Jones             B   5     3     .   |   3     2     .     91.00  54.17  0.80(OB)
 6 Carol Bartlett         Lynette Haas             C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     56.00  33.33
 7 Jack Waller            Dan Botoaca              A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     90.50  53.87
                                          Totals                                            588.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Tuesday Aft  |SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/2000/750  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=4/C=3                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Alan Curtis            Dawn Ligon               B   3     1     .   |   2     1     .     97.50  58.04  1.42(OB)
 2 Harry Anand            Janis Pulliam            C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     70.00  41.67
 3 Donald Cline           Josh Rosenbluth          A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .    112.00  66.67  2.48(OA)
 4 Leander Pemberton      Raeann Koerner           C   .     4     1   |   3     2     1     88.50  52.68  1.00(OC)
 5 Ronald Saltis          Dick Zizic               A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     77.00  45.83
 6 John Anderson          Paula Reach              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     69.00  41.07
 7 Bob Bradish            Charles Clarke           A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     74.00  44.05
                                          Totals                                            588.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠K9872
K53
J53
♣T5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠T53
742
Q4
♣98742
♠A6
A98
AT962
♣AKQ
♠QJ4
QJT6
K87
♣J63
7
221
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣2 ♦4 ♥6 NT2
EW: 4♣ 3 1 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    6.00   0.00  3 W      A5-Jones-Jones vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        120    5.00   1.00  2N E      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A6-Anderson-Reach

Fred Ferguson Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass2NT1All pass
  1. 20-21 high card points

This week starts off with an interesting deal. It is not the bidding that is interesting, but the play that is interesting on this deal. Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes on: http://thecommongame.com

Bidding: The bidding is pretty straight forward North deals, East with 21 hcp and a balanced hand opens 2NT (should be 100%) and all pass.

2NT by East
TrickLead2nd3rd4th
1. SQ73A
2. EA645
3. EK3710
4. EQJ82
5. E27Q5
6. W9366
7. W2998
8. W37A4
9. EAK4J
10. E101045
11. E8J2K
12. N86J10
13. SQ5K9
Made 4 — NS −180

Play: South's natural lead Q (a major suit) from QJ106. Declarer (East) jumps on the first heart with the A and leads a small diamond to the Q, if South ducks then the play is easy. Declarer goes up with the Q and cashes the remaining 2-clubs 92 and the A and A. If however South rises with the K, cashes the remaining 3-hearts and knocks out opener A it will be an entirely different outcome ... ugly, ugly, ugly. Bridge Winners can see the trick by trick play on: http://thecommongame.com

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2 ♠Q7
AKJ762
952
♣T4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠62
T54
KJ76
♣9876
♠KJ943
9
QT4
♣KQ32
♠AT85
Q83
A83
♣AJ5
10
411
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 4 1♠ 4NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦6 ♥2 ♠6 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.50   0.50  4 S +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  650          5.50   0.50  4 N +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  620          2.50   3.50  4 S      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  620          2.50   3.50  4 S      A5-Jones-Jones vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  620          2.50   3.50  4 S      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  620          2.50   3.50  4 N      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
   90          0.00   6.00  2 N      A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
3 ♠K2
QT3
JT52
♣T983
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QJ64
87
AKQ8
♣AJ4
♠953
J954
94
♣KQ72
♠AT87
AK62
763
♣65
6
176
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦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
  200          6.00   0.00  3N W -2   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
         90    4.50   1.50  1N W      A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
         90    4.50   1.50  1N W      A5-Jones-Jones vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        120    1.50   4.50  1N W +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        120    1.50   4.50  1N W +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        120    1.50   4.50  1N W +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        120    1.50   4.50  1N W +1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A6-Anderson-Reach
4 ♠KT75
QT632
-
♣AJ97
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AQ82
A975
KJ7
♣53
♠63
J84
Q9652
♣Q86
♠J94
K
AT843
♣KT42
10
145
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          6.00   0.00  3* W -3  A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  400          4.50   1.50  3 W -4   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  400          4.50   1.50  1♣ W -4   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  300          3.00   3.00  3 W -3   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
   80          2.00   4.00  1 N      A5-Jones-Jones vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        100    0.50   5.50  3N S -1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        100    0.50   5.50  4 N -1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A1-Curtis-Ligon

Fred Ferguson Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
11PassPass1
Dbl222Dbl3
Pass2Pass3
All pass   
  1. waiting
  2. reopening double
  3. penalty double

Here is an interesting deal in that N/S double dummy can make 3NT on a combined 21 high card points , but I doubt many players get to play in notrump, let alone 3NT. Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes on: http://thecommongame.com

Bidding: West opens 1 and North overcalls 1, when the bidding gets around does South jump into the auction with 1NT with a singleton heart and diamond stoppers OR does South pass and wait to see if the opponents get into trouble in diamonds. If South passes, as in the auction presented here, does West sit for 1 or reopen the bidding with 14 hcp? Way too many guesses here ... my best prediction is that South passes and West reopens the bidding and N/S get to play in 3, BUT who knows on this deal.

3 by North
TrickLead2nd3rd4th
1. E5A76
2. SJA56
3. W59QK
4. S9273
5. SKA24
6. W81084
7. E24K7
8. NK610Q
9. S3JA6
10. NQ889
11. N3J47
12. S23J9
13. N10Q105
Made 4 — NS +130

Play: In 3 this deal could be played out in any number of orders. Bridge Winners can see the trick by trick play on: http://thecommongame.com



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5 ♠AQ
A983
8752
♣J62
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠JT872
T42
43
♣A75
♠K964
QJ75
9
♣Q943
♠53
K6
AKQJT6
♣KT8
11
58
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♣ 5 2 5/3NT  ♠6
EW: 1/-♠  ♣5 ♦2 ♥4 ♠7/6 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +660 5NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          6.00   0.00  3N N +2   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  630          5.00   1.00  3N N +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  600          4.00   2.00  3N S      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  150          2.00   4.00  3 S +2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  150          2.00   4.00  3 S +2   A5-Jones-Jones vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  150          2.00   4.00  2 S +3   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        100    0.00   6.00  5 S -1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
6 ♠KJ6
Q9532
72
♣863
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A82
AK4
KJT5
♣Q54
♠Q7543
8
AQ964
♣72
♠T9
JT76
83
♣AKJT9
6
178
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♦2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4 4♠ 3NT  ♣6 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  6 E -2   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  100          5.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        620    3.00   3.00  4♠ W      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        650    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        650    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        650    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
7 ♠K7
QT87
KQJT5
♣A2
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ52
K542
6
♣KQJT
♠A8643
J63
A43
♣85
♠T9
A9
9872
♣97643
15
129
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6 ♥4 ♠2 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 4♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          6.00   0.00  2 N +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  100          5.00   1.00  2♣ W -1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A6-Anderson-Reach
   90          4.00   2.00  1N N      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        200    2.50   3.50  3♠ E +2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        200    2.50   3.50  2♠ E +3   A5-Jones-Jones vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        230    1.00   5.00  3♠ E +3   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        620    0.00   6.00  4♠ E      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A5-Saltis-Zizic

Fred Ferguson Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1113
PassPassDbl1Pass
4All pass  
  1. protective double

This seems to be the week for interesting deals. How do you get to game on 21 combined high card points . Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes on: http://thecommongame.com

Bidding: West opens the bidding 1, North overcalls 1 and East responds 1. South makes a preemptive raise of 3 ... sometimes preemptive raises are good they consume bidding space, but sometime they give too much information and sometime they just help the opponents find game.

After South's preemptive raise, West passes leaving it up to East to compete, East reopens the bidding with a protective double and West looking at shortness in diamonds and with 15 support points for spades and 6-losers (comparable for 15 hcp) just bids 4. No need for West to invite East he passed and East responded showing good values.

4 by East
TrickLead2nd3rd4th
1. SA473
2. S9K106
3. WQKA10
4. E39J7
5. W610A2
6. E3825
7. WKA59
8. NQJ65
9. N8472
10. E495K
11. WQ283
12. WJQ84
13. E6710J
Made 4 — NS −620

Play: The play is pretty straight forward. South plays the A and a heart hopeing to get a heart ruff and declarer wins the K in dummy and finesses the for the K. E/W win the A and the A and North gets to cash the Q before declarer can set up the pitch on clubs. Bridge Winners can see the trick by trick play on: http://thecommongame.com



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8 ♠T983
AT82
A9
♣J65
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K5
754
KT65
♣AKQ2
♠AQJ4
KQ96
43
♣943
♠762
J3
QJ872
♣T87
9
1512
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥3 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 3 3/4 4/5♠ 4/5NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        430    5.50   0.50  3N W +1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        430    5.50   0.50  3N W +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        460    2.50   3.50  3N W +2   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        460    2.50   3.50  3N W +2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        460    2.50   3.50  3N W +2   A5-Jones-Jones vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        460    2.50   3.50  3N W +2   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        490    0.00   6.00  3N W +3   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
9 ♠AQ86
K
93
♣KQJ742
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KJ97
JT942
72
♣T8
♠T43
A765
AQT4
♣A5
♠52
Q83
KJ865
♣963
15
514
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  3 W -3   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  200          5.00   1.00  3 W -2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  150          4.00   2.00  3♣ N +2   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  130          3.00   3.00  4♣ N      A5-Jones-Jones vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  110          1.50   4.50  3♣ N      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  110          1.50   4.50  2♣ N +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  100          0.00   6.00  3 W -1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
10 ♠T4
K8
Q962
♣KT654
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠962
953
K853
♣AQ9
♠Q83
AQ7
AT4
♣J832
♠AKJ75
JT642
J7
♣7
8
913
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♦6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 1NT  ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  2♠ S +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ N      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  110          4.50   1.50  2 S      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
         90    3.00   3.00  2♣ E      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        100    2.00   4.00  2♠ S -1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        200    0.50   5.50  2N N -2   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        200    0.50   5.50  3♠* S -1  A5-Jones-Jones vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
11 ♠K9876
AT4
T763
♣K
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQT54
963
KJ9
♣A5
♠2
KJ875
A52
♣QJ42
♠J3
Q2
Q84
♣T98763
10
1411
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥2 ♠4 NT3
EW: 3♣ 3 5 3/2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  3N W -2   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        180    5.00   1.00  2N E +2   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        400    3.50   2.50  3N W      A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        400    3.50   2.50  3N E      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        420    2.00   4.00  4 E      A5-Jones-Jones vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        430    0.50   5.50  3N E +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        430    0.50   5.50  3N E +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
12 ♠85
QT54
AK7543
♣9
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠KJT3
K97632
J9
♣8
♠A4
AJ8
QT62
♣K642
♠Q9762
-
8
♣AQJT753
9
814
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥4/3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1 3 2NT  ♣5 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          6.00   0.00  5* W -3  A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  200          5.00   1.00  3N E -4   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  100          4.00   2.00  4 E -2   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
   50          3.00   3.00  4 E -1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        170    2.00   4.00  3 W +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        200    1.00   5.00  4♠* S -1  A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        500    0.00   6.00  4♣* S -2  A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
13 ♠6532
832
762
♣Q43
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AT4
9765
AJ83
♣87
♠KQ
AQJ
K54
♣KJT95
♠J987
KT4
QT9
♣A62
2
919
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦1 ♥2 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6/5♣ 6/5 5 4♠ 6/5NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -1440 6NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    6.00   0.00  2♣ E +3   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        630    4.50   1.50  3N W +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        630    4.50   1.50  3N E +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        660    3.00   3.00  3N E +2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        690    1.00   5.00  3N E +3   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        690    1.00   5.00  3N E +3   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        690    1.00   5.00  3N E +3   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth

Fred Ferguson Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass2NT1Pass
3NT2All pass  
  1. 20-21 hcp
  2. can't really see another call

Everybody knows I love a good minor suit slam, but I just don't see how this deal 1) gets to slam and 2) the percentages of making slam are not good. Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes on: http://thecommongame.com

Bidding: The bidding should be straight forward, East opens 1 and after a response of 1 East jumps to 2NT. West really must just bid 3NT, can't really see another call (is there enough really in this sentence).

3NT by East
TrickLead2nd3rd4th
1. S746K
2. EK1037
3. E49J2
4. W845A
5. S27QK
6. EQ9105
7. EJ653
8. E9J68
9. E10492
10. E5QA6
11. W82J10
12. WA3Q8
13. W73AK
Made 6 — NS −690

Play: The play of this deal can/might produce a lot of different results. The play outlined here is perfect double dummy play to make 6 for E/W +690, but it would be just a feasible for declarer to take the heart finesse for the K. I feel pretty confident for declarer holding all the the intermediate clubs J10987 to finesse against the Q . Bridge Winners can see the trick by trick play on: http://thecommongame.com



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14 ♠8
KT87
AJ532
♣654
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠T754
94
QT9
♣A732
♠QJ963
QJ
8
♣QJT98
♠AK2
A6532
K764
♣K
8
69
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6 2NT  ♣5 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1♠  ♦1 ♥0 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +980 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  510          6.00   0.00  4 S +3   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  480          4.50   1.50  4 S +2   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  480          4.50   1.50  4 S +2   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  450          2.00   4.00  4 S +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  450          2.00   4.00  4 S +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  450          2.00   4.00  4 S +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A6-Anderson-Reach
         50    0.00   6.00  6 S -1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
15 ♠952
QT8
Q94
♣T985
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠J8763
J93
76
♣A32
♠T4
K7
AJT852
♣KJ6
♠AKQ
A6542
K3
♣Q74
4
612
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♦5 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2 1/-♠
       ♣6/5 ♥4 ♠7/6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 2♠*-E/3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  3 S      A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  110          5.00   1.00  2 S      A5-Jones-Jones vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  100          4.00   2.00  3* E -1  A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
         90    2.50   3.50  2 E      A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
         90    2.50   3.50  2 E      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        100    1.00   5.00  3 S -1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        200    0.00   6.00  3 S -2   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
16 ♠QJ
4
T98632
♣T843
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AT986
KQ92
KQ
♣AJ
♠K5
AJ763
AJ5
♣762
♠7432
T85
74
♣KQ95
3
1913
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥0 ♠0 NT0
EW: 2♣ 2 7 7♠ 7NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -2220 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        710    5.50   0.50  4 E +3   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        710    5.50   0.50  4 E +3   A5-Jones-Jones vs A6-Anderson-Reach
       1430    4.00   2.00  6 E      A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
       1460    2.00   4.00  6 E +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
       1460    2.00   4.00  6 E +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
       1460    2.00   4.00  6 E +1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
       1470    0.00   6.00  6N W +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A7-Bradish-Clarke

Fred Ferguson Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass21Pass
32Pass43Pass
54Pass55Pass
6All pass  
  1. 2/1 GF
  2. 3 stronger than 4
  3. not K better than opening hand
  4. control bid in clubs
  5. control bid in diamonds

So finally a nice sensical auction to slam. Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes on: http://thecommongame.com

Bidding:
West opens 1 and East makes a 2/1 game forcing bid of 2. West bid of 3 is stronger than bidding 4, but East with just 13 high card points and 14 support points bids 4. Now West can show his real values of 5 (control bid for clubs) and East with 14 support points bids 5 (control bid for diamonds) and West bids 6, easy.

6 by East
TrickLead2nd3rd4th
1. SKA46
2. W24J5
3. E710K6
4. WQ1068
5. W6JK2
6. E53AQ
7. W10227
8. W9874
9. WJ1035
10. E57K9
11. W88J4
12. W93AQ
13. EA9Q3
Made 7 — NS −1460

Play: Easy play, when the QJ fall West has plenty of pitches. Bridge Winners can see the trick by trick play on: http://thecommongame.com



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17 ♠7
9632
KT9854
♣Q2
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT9854
AJ875
-
♣A8
♠KQJ6
K
QJ72
♣KJ94
♠32
QT4
A63
♣T7653
5
1316
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3/4 ♦5 ♥1 ♠0 NT1
EW: 3♣ 2 4/5 7♠ 5NT
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -1510 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        460    6.00   0.00  3N E +2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        510    4.50   1.50  4♠ W +3   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        510    4.50   1.50  4♠ W +3   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        980    3.00   3.00  6 W      A5-Jones-Jones vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
       1010    1.00   5.00  6♠ W +1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
       1010    1.00   5.00  6♠ W +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
       1010    1.00   5.00  6♠ E +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
18 ♠AK53
Q65
Q8
♣AK63
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T986
T4
J632
♣987
♠J2
AK732
T74
♣QT5
♠Q74
J98
AK95
♣J42
18
110
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          6.00   0.00  3N N +2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  630          5.00   1.00  3N N +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  620          4.00   2.00  4♠ N      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  600          2.00   4.00  3N S      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  600          2.00   4.00  3N N      A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  600          2.00   4.00  3N N      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
  140          0.00   6.00  2♠ N +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
19 ♠T8
AK
QJT73
♣K983
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q3
QJT952
AK9
♣QJ
♠A964
8743
852
♣72
♠KJ752
6
64
♣AT654
13
154
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 3♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦3 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          6.00   0.00  4♠ S      A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  300          5.00   1.00  4 W -3   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  200          3.00   3.00  3 W -2   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  200          3.00   3.00  3 W -2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
  200          3.00   3.00  3 W -2   A5-Jones-Jones vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  150          1.00   5.00  4♣ S +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
         50    0.00   6.00  3N N -1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A6-Anderson-Reach
20 ♠KJ5
T5
A864
♣9742
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AQ632
KJ83
-
♣Q865
♠8
A97642
9532
♣K3
♠T974
Q
KQJT7
♣AJT
8
127
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5/6 ♥1 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1/-♣ 6 1NT  ♣7/6 ♦4 ♠6
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -1400 7*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          6.00   0.00  4 N      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  100          5.00   1.00  6 W -1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        200    4.00   2.00  4 S -2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        300    3.00   3.00  5 S -3   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        650    1.50   4.50  4 W +1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        650    1.50   4.50  4 W +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        680    0.00   6.00  4 W +2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
21 ♠KQ2
975
K4
♣K8742
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠8
K643
J8532
♣J53
♠AJT953
JT2
QT7
♣A
♠764
AQ8
A96
♣QT96
11
512
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2/1NT  ♦5 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 2 1 1♠  ♣4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ E +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ E +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ E +1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ E +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        200    0.50   5.50  4♣ N -2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        200    0.50   5.50  3♣ N -2   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A6-Anderson-Reach
22 ♠K6
A95
T954
♣QT85
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT9
T643
62
♣KJ64
♠Q8
K872
K87
♣A972
♠J75432
QJ
AQJ3
♣3
9
812
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦3 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          6.00   0.00  2♠ S +2   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  140          5.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
   90          4.00   2.00  2 S      A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A5-Jones-Jones vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        110    0.50   5.50  2 W      A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        110    0.50   5.50  2♣ E +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A6-Anderson-Reach
23 ♠J964
KT93
KQ4
♣KT
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KT82
Q652
92
♣A75
♠A73
87
AJT7653
♣J
♠Q5
AJ4
8
♣Q986432
12
910
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1  ♦4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 3 1♠  ♣4 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  4♣ S +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
  130          5.00   1.00  3♣ S +1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        110    3.50   2.50  3 E      A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        110    3.50   2.50  2 E +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        130    2.00   4.00  2 E +2   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        200    1.00   5.00  5♣ N -2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        670    0.00   6.00  3* E     A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A6-Anderson-Reach
24 ♠9853
7432
7
♣J752
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AJ64
965
K43
♣AK3
♠QT
KJT8
T98
♣QT98
♠K72
AQ
AQJ652
♣64
1
158
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4/5 NT4/5
EW: 1♣ 1/- 2 1♠ 1NT  ♦7/6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  3N E -2   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  100          5.50   0.50  2N W -2   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
   50          2.50   3.50  2N W -1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
   50          2.50   3.50  2N W -1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
   50          2.50   3.50  2N W -1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A6-Anderson-Reach
   50          2.50   3.50  2N W -1   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        300    0.00   6.00  3* S -2  A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
25 ♠AJ95
KJ85
975
♣AQ
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠8643
97
862
♣9642
♠KQT2
Q4
AT4
♣KT85
♠7
AT632
KQJ3
♣J73
15
014
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 5/4 6/5 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥1 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +980 6-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          5.00   1.00  4 N +2   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
  480          5.00   1.00  4 N +2   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  480          5.00   1.00  4 N +2   A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  450          2.00   4.00  4 S +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
  450          2.00   4.00  4 N +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
  450          2.00   4.00  4 N +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
  430          0.00   6.00  3N N +1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
26 ♠J932
Q9
9875
♣AT8
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠A84
T853
QT43
♣Q5
♠Q5
AJ4
A2
♣J97643
♠KT76
K762
KJ6
♣K2
7
812
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣5 ♥6 NT6
EW: 2/1♣ 1 1/-NT
       ♦5 ♠5 NT7/6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  2♠ N +1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ N      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A6-Anderson-Reach
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ N      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
  100          3.00   3.00  3♣ E -1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
         90    2.00   4.00  2♣ E      A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
        100    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        110    0.00   6.00  2 W      A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
27 ♠KJT95
A4
A76
♣K96
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠3
J965
KT932
♣T87
♠Q6
KT872
J5
♣A432
♠A8742
Q3
Q84
♣QJ5
15
410
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 4/3♠ 3/2NT
       ♣7/6 ♦5 ♥5
EW: 1 2  ♣5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +420 4♠-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          6.00   0.00  4♠ N      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
         50    2.50   3.50  5♠ S -1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
         50    2.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner
         50    2.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A6-Anderson-Reach
         50    2.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
         50    2.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A5-Jones-Jones vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
         50    2.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
28 ♠85
Q76
AKJ98
♣K52
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AT4
KJT42
Q
♣J973
♠QJ763
A
643
♣AT64
♠K92
9853
T752
♣Q8
13
1111
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♥3 ♠3 NT5
EW: 5♣ 2 4♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    6.00   0.00  2♠ E      A3-Ragnow-Cline vs A6-Anderson-Reach
        140    4.00   2.00  3♠ E      A7-Waller-Botoaca vs A7-Bradish-Clarke
        140    4.00   2.00  2♠ E +1   A1-Beutel-Eliason vs A2-Anand-Pulliam
        140    4.00   2.00  2♠ E +1   A6-Bartlett-Haas vs A5-Saltis-Zizic
        170    1.50   4.50  3♠ E +1   A4-Chakrabarti-Chakrabarti vs A1-Curtis-Ligon
        170    1.50   4.50  2♠ E +2   A5-Jones-Jones vs A3-Cline-Rosenbluth
        420    0.00   6.00  4♠ E      A2-Gaddis Jr-Fitzgerald vs A4-Pemberton-Koerner