- Monday Aft - December 18, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 917 MP  Geomean: 494 MP
(based on 24 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 57.92 1st A 0.60
Raeann Koener - Ronald Saltis 55.83 1st A 0.60
Arline Benzien - Joann Bowen 55.83 2nd A 0.42
Carol Jarboe - Marilyn Waples 54.17 2nd A 0.42
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 53.75 2nd B 0.28
Mark Eckout - Mimi Draves 52.50 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
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DATE>December 18, 2017  |CLUB NO.>127100    | 12/18/2017 15:55
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/850/200   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mary Jane Graham       Irene Petroff            C    .     .     .     48.50  40.42
 2 Mark Eckout            Mimi Draves              C    .     2     1     63.00  52.50  0.22(B)
 3 Joann Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    2     .     .     67.00  55.83  0.42(A)
 4 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A    .     .     .     54.00  45.00
 5 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    1     1     .     69.50  57.92  0.60(A)
 6 Ilona Smith            Peggy Nielsen            B    .     .     .     58.00  48.33
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/850/200   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ronald Saltis          Raeann Koener            A    1     .     .     67.00  55.83  0.60(A)
 2 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    .     2     .     64.50  53.75  0.28(B)
 3 Marilyn Waples         Carol Jarboe             C    2     1     1     65.00  54.17  0.42(A)
 4 Nita Whaley            Louise Shaffer           B    .     .     .     57.50  47.92
 5 Elaine Mcadams         Anne Conn                C    .     .     .     52.50  43.75
 6 Mark Robbins           Christopher Gillmon      B    .     .     .     53.50  44.58
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠64
AQJ5
AK842
♣A6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QT
K962
Q73
♣KJ83
♠A532
T843
J6
♣T54
♠KJ987
7
T95
♣Q972
18
115
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/3♣ 4 2 3/4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3/2 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +420 4♠-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.50   0.50  3N N      D2-Eckout-Draves vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  400          4.50   0.50  3N N      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  200          3.00   2.00  2♠ N +3   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  150          2.00   3.00  2N S +1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  140          1.00   4.00  2♠ N +1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  110          0.00   5.00  3 N      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. South responds 1. Now North reverses to 2 and South must find a bid. 2 isn't a great idea with only a five card suit, so it will be either 2NT or 3. I prefer 2NT. North should now show three card spade support if she has it. This time, it will be 3NT--North has a hand worth more than a minimum for a Reverse.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass2Pass2
Pass31Pass3NT
All pass   
  1. forcing, artificial

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 7, 10, and 14.

The Bidding: After North opens 1, South responds 1. West is a bit weak for a takeout double. Getting in and out of the auction quickly is winning bridge. So some may compete now rather than wait. West's Queen seems poorly placed. West's hand is aceless. If North-South buy the auction, West's takeout double may help declarer. Passing seems best.

North's 2 rebid is a Reverse showing 4+ hearts, longer diamonds, and 17+ points counting distribution. Continuations over a reverse vary by partnership agreement. Blackout and lebensohl are popular. With either agreement, South rebids 2 showing 5+ spades. South's 2 rebid is forcing, but doesn't promise a rebid. North, with 18 HCP, is too strong to stop below game. You rarely want to play in the 4th suit. So it is best to treat a 4th suit rebid by opener as a potentially artificial Game Force , and treat a rebid of opener's minor as non-forcing. Here, that agreement helps right-side a 3NT contract.

The Play: A club lead gives declarer a 2nd club trick, but gives the defense the tempo to establish 2 club winners. Here, declarer has a diamond loser. The Ace will provide the defense's 4th trick. So declarer cannot afford an additional spade loser or a heart loser. Declarer must guess the spade position to make 3NT. With the King onside, declarer can score 9 tricks.



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2 ♠T864
964
AQ2
♣AQJ
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KJ2
AKQ753
864
♣T
♠Q5
8
T975
♣K86532
♠A973
JT2
KJ3
♣974
13
135
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦6/5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 2 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 W -1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        100    3.50   1.50  2♠ S -1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        100    3.50   1.50  2♠ S -1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        110    2.00   3.00  2♠ W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        140    1.00   4.00  3 W      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.00   5.00  3♣ S -2   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D1-Saltis-Koener

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and North has just enough in points and shape to double. East will pass or bid 2, depending on their style. Either way, South should be happy to bid spades. Then West will want to bid 3, though that is dangerous with his minimum point count, even though vulnerability is favorable.



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3 ♠T965
T4
Q6
♣AKQT2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠2
A962
KJ93
♣J964
♠74
Q8753
T87
♣753
♠AKQJ83
KJ
A542
♣8
11
92
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 3 1 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦3 ♥6 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          4.50   0.50  6♠ S      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  980          4.50   0.50  6♠ S      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  510          3.00   2.00  4♠ S +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  480          2.00   3.00  4♠ S +2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  450          0.50   4.50  5♠ S      D1-Graham-Petroff vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  450          0.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D3-Waples-Jarboe

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South is delighted to open 1 and thrilled when North shows a limit raise--especially if 3 guarantees four card support. Blackwood will reveal a missing control, so most will choose the 6 slam as safer. Even 6 will flounder when the J doesn't fall if West doesn't start with the a. Happily most will. An entry to the board must be preserved to get to that 13th club.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2NT1Pass32
Pass3NTPass4
Pass4Pass4NT
Pass53Pass6
All pass   
  1. 4+, game forcing
  2. shortness
  3. 1 or 4 key cards

The Bidding: South is close to opening a strong 2. Most will reasonably open 1. North is too strong for a limit raise. So North uses a Jacoby 2NT response to show 4+ card support and game forcing values.

As discussed in my "Jacoby 2NT" article, most experts don't use the traditional Jacoby 2NT responses. Here, South's strength makes the deficiencies of the traditional responses a mute issue. If playing the traditional responses, South rebids 3 showing club shortness. South's 3 bid is ambiguous regarding South's strength. North can rebid 3NT if that is an offer to play. Otherwise North can rebid 3. South eventually uses Roman Keycard to learn the partnership is missing an Ace. South places the contract at 6.

The Play: If West leads their Ace, declarer can discard dummy's diamond losers on the King. On any other lead, declarer can discard their heart losers on dummy's clubs. When East shows out on the 3rd round of clubs, declarer ruffs out the Jack to establish dummy's 5th club. Declarer scores 12 tricks, losing one heart or one diamond.



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4 ♠J987
4
QJ54
♣AQ95
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠43
QT
AK987
♣T842
♠KQT2
K86532
-
♣K76
♠A65
AJ97
T632
♣J3
10
911
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥5/4
EW: 2  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  2N W -3   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  100          3.50   1.50  3 E -1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  100          3.50   1.50  3 E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        140    1.50   3.50  3 E      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        140    1.50   3.50  2 E +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        170    0.00   5.00  3 E +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D3-Waples-Jarboe

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East's pleasure in this shapely hand will be dashed when there's no good major suit fit. West will bid 1NT and then pass 2--plenty high enough when hearts are 4-1. What will South lead? A diamond looks like the least of evils, though it turns out to give East two quick discards. Better he should get them when he isn't sure what to play! Clubs aren't a good idea when you have natural trump tricks and trump length.



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5 ♠AT7432
J54
QT
♣86
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q
T3
AK8642
♣KQ54
♠J9865
Q82
J97
♣97
♠K
AK976
53
♣AJT32
7
144
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1♠ 1NT  ♦4
EW: 2  ♣5 ♥4 ♠5/4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 W -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    4.00   1.00  4 S -1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        130    3.00   2.00  4 W      D1-Graham-Petroff vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        200    1.50   3.50  3♠ N -2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        200    1.50   3.50  3 S -2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Koener
        300    0.00   5.00  3♠ N -3   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Waples-Jarboe

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When South opens 1 and West overcalls 2, North should resist temptation and just raise hearts. There's nor reward for a second trump suit. Nor will that spade length help declarer very much when he has already lost two diamonds.



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6 ♠982
J876
A96
♣A82
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠JT43
QT32
73
♣Q64
♠Q7
AK54
KT8
♣KT97
♠AK65
9
QJ542
♣J53
9
515
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♥5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2  ♦5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -100 2♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  2N E -2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  110          4.00   1.00  2♠ S      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Koener
   90          2.00   3.00  2 S      D1-Graham-Petroff vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
   90          2.00   3.00  2 S      D2-Eckout-Draves vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
   90          2.00   3.00  2 S      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        110    0.00   5.00  2 E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. West is about weak enough to think about getting out with Stayman, but the doubleton diamond should be a deterrent: what will West do if East has no major? Diamonds will be a real pest in NT--not to speak of the two-way club finesse position.



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7 ♠Q5
T873
KJT2
♣K63
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ63
A4
Q
♣JT9542
♠974
K962
9873
♣87
♠KT82
QJ5
A654
♣AQ
9
123
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3 3♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          5.00   0.00  3N S +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  180          4.00   1.00  2N S +2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  150          2.50   2.50  2N S +1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  150          2.50   2.50  2N S +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  120          1.00   4.00  2N S      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        100    0.00   5.00  3N S -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT. Vulnerable, West will stay out of the auction, I hope. North will use Stayman and they'll end up in 3NT. West has lots of entries and will plug away at the clubs, so South will only cash nine tricks at most tables.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1NT
Pass2Pass2
Pass3NTAll pass 

The Bidding: After South opens a strong notrump, West must decide whether to compete. West's singleton Queen and doubleton Ace are not pulling their full weight. Passing seems best. North will invite game using a Stayman sequence opposite a 14-16 notrump. North will force to game opposite a 16-18 notrump. With one 4-card major and game forcing values, it is best to use Low Information Puppet Stayman , if available, to avoid disclosing opener's distribution. Opposite a 15-17 notrump, North's red suit texture makes forcing to game attractive. South will accept an invitation. All routes lead to 3NT.

At tables where West overcalls 2, it is common to play systems on. So the auction will be similar to the auction shown above.

The Play: West is likely to lead the Jack, top of an honor sequence. Some partnerships play Coded Nines and Tens . With that agreement, West's Jack denies a higher honor. Because coded leads are often helpful to declarer, most expert partnerships dplay them only after trick 1 or don't play them at all. Declarer plays the Ace, a Safety Play against East holding the singleton Queen. When West drops their singleton Queen, declarer has 4 diamond tricks. Declarer crosses to dummy and takes a lobbing finesse towards their QJ5. East wants to lead their remaining club. So East may play 2nd hand high. When East's King wins, a club continuation holds declarer to 9 tricks.

If East doesn't find the 2nd hand high play, declarer has the tempo to score a 10th trick. A finesse against East for the 9 will provide a 10th trick. A declarer who can see through the backs of the cards may prefer a surround play in spades for their 10th trick.



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8 ♠32
A86
A843
♣Q862
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠JT754
JT75
KJT6
♣-
♠96
Q9
Q72
♣AKT754
♠AKQ8
K432
95
♣J93
10
611
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +110 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  3N* E -4  D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  200          4.00   1.00  3♣ E -4   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  150          3.00   2.00  2N S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  120          2.00   3.00  2N N      D1-Graham-Petroff vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  100          1.00   4.00  2♣ E -2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        200    0.00   5.00  3 N -4   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Koener

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East's 3 in third seat will have South growling, but there's nothing to be done: who wants to double with three small clubs and only a doubleton diamond? Nor will North want to balance.West should be smart and not try to "rescue" the contract.



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9 ♠Q843
KJ7
J976
♣T5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT2
A864
K842
♣74
♠976
95
AT3
♣QJ863
♠AK5
QT32
Q5
♣AK92
7
87
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 4 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  3N S      D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  210          3.50   1.50  2N N +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  210          3.50   1.50  1N S +4   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  170          2.00   3.00  2 S +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  150          1.00   4.00  1N S +2   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  140          0.00   5.00  2 S +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D1-Saltis-Koener

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South is just a little too good for 1NT. He opens 1. A 2NT rebid is easy if North bids up the line with 1, not so clear cut if North bids 1, though it may still be the best choice with this balanced hand. Turns out North has something in diamonds and 3NT will be the usual spot. West is in the unhappy position of not being able to make a lead which will lead to a set.



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10 ♠8654
Q
AT72
♣J953
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q73
9432
Q96
♣642
♠AKJT9
T76
K854
♣8
♠2
AKJ85
J3
♣AKQT7
7
411
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 2 4 2NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥2 ♠6 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +1370 6♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  5♣ S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  200          3.50   1.50  2 S +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  200          3.50   1.50  2 S +3   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  170          1.00   4.00  2 S +2   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  170          1.00   4.00  2 S +2   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  170          1.00   4.00  3♣ S +3   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South is good enough for Michaels Cue Bid followed by another call. North asks South which minor she has and raises clubs.. Now South is in an awkward position with that doubleton diamond--Blackwood is a bad idea with no second round control. He'll go to game, though, showing the big hand--maybe North will get inspired with an Ace.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  12
Pass31Pass4
Pass5All pass 
  1. pass or correct

The Bidding: East's 11 HCP hand easily meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After East opens 1, South uses a Michaels Cue Bid to show 5 hearts and an unspecified 5-card minor. West is too weak to compete in spades.

Some partnerships use an advance to 2NT to ask for the Michaels Cue bidder's minor. Others use an advance to 3 as pass or correct. Many expert partnerships have both agreements. The 2NT advance shows a better hand. After North asks for South's minor, South is too strong to allow 3 to be the final contract. South's 4 bid shows a big hand with hearts and clubs. North's Queen is a huge card. With the Ace and 4-card club support, North raises to 5.

The Play: The defense can cash a spade. Declarer can ruff a spade continuation. Declarer draws trump and unblocks the hearts. Declarer pitches 3 diamonds from dummy on their heart winners. Declarer ruffs a diamond for their 12th trick.



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11 ♠K3
J93
K92
♣QJ973
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QT8
AKQ6
AJ
♣AK65
♠A654
T752
Q65
♣T8
♠J972
84
T8743
♣42
10
236
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥2 ♠3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 2 5 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  4 W -3   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        400    3.50   1.50  3N W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        400    3.50   1.50  3N W      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        430    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D1-Saltis-Koener
        450    1.00   4.00  4 W +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        460    0.00   5.00  3N W +2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 2 and rebids 2NT. East bids Stayman and then the heart game. There just isn't quite enough here for slam, as he knows since 2NT isn't more than 24 points.



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12 ♠Q82
AT764
AJ9
♣83
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K93
K98532
65
♣92
♠JT76
-
87432
♣KQJ7
♠A54
QJ
KQT
♣AT654
11
67
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 3 1♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥4 ♠4/5 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  600          1.50   3.50  3N S      D2-Eckout-Draves vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  600          1.50   3.50  3N S      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  250          0.00   5.00  3 W -5   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

At most tables there will be three passes to South, who will open 1NT and end up in the NT game. There's little point in leading a heart after North transfers; West knows East is void. East didn't double the 2 bid--maybe he has a black suit. Not a happy choice for West to have to make.



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13 ♠T6
T8752
Q7
♣JT53
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KQ987543
AK
J9
♣9
♠A2
J943
T82
♣A842
♠J
Q6
AK6543
♣KQ76
3
139
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♥6 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦4 ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        620    4.00   1.00  4♠ W      D1-Graham-Petroff vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        620    4.00   1.00  4♠ W      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        620    4.00   1.00  4♠ W      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Koener
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D3-Waples-Jarboe

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West bids 4, though, to end the auction. Those two diamond losers will be the end of the discussion at all tables this time. This might even be a flat board.



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14 ♠-
AK
KQJ98632
♣743
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠QJ82
JT76
7
♣AT98
♠AKT75
Q852
T
♣K62
♠9643
943
A54
♣QJ5
13
812
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5  ♣5 ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1/2♣ 3 3♠  ♦2 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +300 5♠*-EW/5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  550          5.00   0.00  5* N     D2-Eckout-Draves vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  400          4.00   1.00  5 N      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  300          3.00   2.00  5♠* E -2  D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Koener
   50          2.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    1.00   4.00  6* N -1  D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        140    0.00   5.00  3♠ E      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Mcadams-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

E-W will have gotten to 3 before North ever gets to bid, but 5 seems sufficiently obnoxious on even vulnerability. And what a lucky dummy North will find. Will West have the nerve to try 5? It will be up to him.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
3445
PassPassDblAll pass

The Bidding: East opens 1. West's jump raise to 3 shows a limit raise with 4+ card support. North has great offensive potential. North has 2 quick defensive tricks. North's diamond length makes a defensive diamond trick unlikely. Since West's raise may be based on diamond shortness, South may hold some useful values. North isn't willing to defend 3. North has a choice between a 4 overcall and a 5 jump overcall. Jumping to 5 loses when both 4 and 5 go down or 5 goes for more than 4 making. Overcalling 4 seems sufficient.

East's 15 Support Points suggest accepting West's invitation. East's Losing Trick Count of 6½ is ½ a loser higher than desired to accept the invitation. East doesn't expect a good board for defending 4. Bidding 4 seems best.

South knows North is void in spades. Since North risked 4 over a potential part score, North must be close to making 4 in their hand. North likely has 8 diamonds and 5 cards in the rounded suits. If diamonds are 1-1, East-West will be disappointed in their diamond shortness duplication. If diamonds are 2-0, North-South will not score a diamond trick and 4 is likely to make. Bidding 5 wins when 5 makes, is a good sacrifice, or pushes East-West too high. It loses when 4 is going down or 5 goes for 500 or more. Going for a big number isn't likely. Giving East-West the Last Guess by raising to 5 seems best.

Now East-West must guess how to proceed. Is this a forcing pass situation in your partnership? Steve Robinson's Forcing Pass article provides advice from many experts. Here,
East-West are concerned about diamond shortness duplication. 4 may well have been going down. This shouldn't be a forcing pass situation. West doesn't want to risk the 5-level, and isn't eager to penalize 5. After West passes, East has the Last Guess. East doesn't expect 5 to make, and doesn't expect to score many Matchpoints if 5 makes. East is likely to double on the hope of beating 5.

The Play in 4: Declarer has 3 quick losers. Declarer cannot avoid a club loser for down 1.

The Play in 5: Declarer has 10 quick winners. Lobbing finesses towards dummy's QJ5 provide declarer's 11th trick.



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15 ♠KQ9764
AT62
3
♣74
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠T83
KQ93
A82
♣AJ2
♠5
85
KQ76
♣Q98653
♠AJ2
J74
JT954
♣KT
9
147
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3♠  ♣2 ♦4 NT4
EW: 5♣ 2  ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -400 5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    5.00   0.00  4♠ N -1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        130    4.00   1.00  4♣ W      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        140    3.00   2.00  3♠ W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        150    1.00   4.00  4♣ W +1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Koener
        150    1.00   4.00  4♣ W +1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        150    1.00   4.00  4♣ E +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1, North bids 1 or 2 and East will be delighted to fight on in clubs. If South raises spades, he won't deter East--who wants to defend with at least a nine card fit? N-S have to be careful not to shove them into a makeable game.



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16 ♠KJ75
Q972
75
♣K83
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AT83
A654
T8
♣T62
♠62
T83
63
♣AQJ975
♠Q94
KJ
AKQJ942
♣4
9
87
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 1 3♠  ♣5 NT5
EW: 2♣  ♦3 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  130          3.00   2.00  4 S      D2-Eckout-Draves vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  130          3.00   2.00  3 S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  130          3.00   2.00  3 S +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
         50    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
         50    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D3-Waples-Jarboe

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

If East opens 3 in third seat (a distinct possibility), South jumps to 4 to show her great hand. North won't have enough to cooperate, though, and three missing aces are there to be cashed.



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17 ♠AT3
T9
QJ953
♣975
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ72
A7643
62
♣64
♠84
QJ82
AK84
♣KQ3
♠J965
K5
T7
♣AJT82
7
915
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥2 ♠6 NT4
EW: 1 5 1♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Saltis-Koener
        200    4.00   1.00  3 W +2   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        420    3.00   2.00  4 E      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        450    1.00   4.00  4 E +1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        450    1.00   4.00  4 E +1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        450    1.00   4.00  4 E +1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. West will get them to their heart game via Stayman--another hand that is likely to be flat. South doesn't have a great lead, not that it makes much difference this time.



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18 ♠KQ72
Q96
32
♣T832
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠98
AJT873
J
♣AKJ9
♠AJ53
4
AQT74
♣Q75
♠T64
K52
K9865
♣64
7
1413
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 4 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  3 W -1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        400    4.00   1.00  3N W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Saltis-Koener
        420    3.00   2.00  4 W      D1-Graham-Petroff vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        430    1.50   3.50  3N E +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        430    1.50   3.50  3N E +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        460    0.00   5.00  3N E +2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and someone will probably play 3NT eventually, after a circuitous auction like
1--1
1--2
2--3
3NT, maybe. 10 tricks should be routine. Use the clubs to get back and forth as transport--don't waste them.



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19 ♠KJ942
6
AKJT4
♣A5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QT
J983
Q762
♣QJ2
♠A86
KT52
983
♣876
♠753
AQ74
5
♣KT943
16
87
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 3 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥3/4 ♠1 NT1/2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +2   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  450          3.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  450          3.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  450          3.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  420          1.00   4.00  4♠ N      D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.00   5.00  3N S -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Saltis-Koener
20 ♠T943
AJ4
KQ96
♣AJ
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠865
K976
4
♣97632
♠K72
53
JT32
♣KQ85
♠AQJ
QT82
A875
♣T4
15
39
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 6 5 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  720          5.00   0.00  3N N +4   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  690          3.50   1.50  3N N +3   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  690          3.50   1.50  3N N +3   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  660          1.50   3.50  3N N +2   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  660          1.50   3.50  3N N +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  650          0.00   5.00  4 N +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
21 ♠K
982
Q8754
♣T642
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠952
5
KJ6
♣AQJ753
♠7643
AQ643
9
♣K98
♠AQJT8
KJT7
AT32
♣-
5
119
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2 2♠  ♣4 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1NT  ♦2 ♥4 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  250          5.00   0.00  2 E -5   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  200          3.50   1.50  3 E -4   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  200          3.50   1.50  5♣ W -4   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  150          2.00   3.00  4♣ W -3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  130          1.00   4.00  4 N      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  100          0.00   5.00  3♣ W -2   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
22 ♠AJ3
AJT732
3
♣K53
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠842
Q96
K762
♣AQT
♠Q5
K4
QJ854
♣J964
♠KT976
85
AT9
♣872
13
119
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦5
EW: -/1♣ 1  ♣6/7 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.50   0.50  3 N +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  200          4.50   0.50  2 N +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  170          2.00   3.00  2♠ S +2   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  170          2.00   3.00  2 N +2   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  170          2.00   3.00  1 N +3   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  140          0.00   5.00  2 N +1   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
23 ♠A652
KT3
K64
♣Q92
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KQ743
J6
AQ98
♣K3
♠J
AQ9872
T732
♣T7
♠T98
54
J5
♣AJ8654
12
157
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦3 ♥3/2 ♠4 NT3
EW: 4 3/4 3♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -620 4-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  3N E -3   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D1-Saltis-Koener
  200          4.00   1.00  1N E -2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
        130    3.00   2.00  2 W +2   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
        140    1.50   3.50  3 E      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
        140    1.50   3.50  2 W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
        200    0.00   5.00  3♣ S -2   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
24 ♠J94
K7532
QT7
♣A6
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠8765
Q8
J42
♣J975
♠AKQT
J4
K653
♣842
♠32
AT96
A98
♣KQT3
10
413
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 4 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.50   0.50  4 N +1   D2-Eckout-Draves vs D4-Whaley-Shaffer
  450          4.50   0.50  4 N +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Robbins-Gillmon
  200          3.00   2.00  3♠ E -4   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Waples-Jarboe
  170          2.00   3.00  2 N +2   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Mcadams-Conn
  100          1.00   4.00  2♠ E -2   D1-Graham-Petroff vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.00   5.00  4 N -1   D6-Smith-Nielsen vs D1-Saltis-Koener