- Monday Aft - January 22, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 973 MP  Geomean: 607 MP
(based on 24 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Dick Zizic - John Eliason 61.25 1st A 0.60
Ilona Smith - Peggy Nielsen 57.92 1st A 0.60
Gary Feldman - Mark Robbins 54.58 2nd A 0.42
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 53.75 2nd A 0.42
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 52.50 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
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DATE>January 22, 2018   |CLUB NO.>127100    | 01/22/2018 15:56
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=3/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Louise Shaffer         Joan Glenn               A    .     .     .     42.00  35.00
 2 Tee Downard            Marilyn Waples           C    .     .     .     57.50  47.92
 3 Joann Bowen            Carole Cardinal          A    .     .     .     64.50  53.75
 4 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A    1     .     .     73.50  61.25  0.60(A)
 5 Mark Robbins           Gary Feldman             C    2     1     .     65.50  54.58  0.42(A)
 6 Christopher Gillmon    Joseph Gaynor            B    .     .     .     57.00  47.50
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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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 Ronald Saltis          Leander Pemberton        A    .     .     .     58.00  48.33
 2 Peggy Nielsen          Ilona Smith              A    1     .     .     69.50  57.92  0.60(A)
 3 Debbie Kerr            Anne Conn                C    .     .     .     58.00  48.33
 4 Irene Petroff          Ginny Rockefeller        B    .     .     .     47.00  39.17
 5 Valerie Greenberg      Alan Greenberg           B    .     2     .     63.00  52.50  0.22(B)
 6 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    2     1     .     64.50  53.75  0.42(A)
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AT97
A5
T
♣AJ9843
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KJ54
K8632
KJ
♣T5
♠2
QT974
9873
♣762
♠Q863
J
AQ6542
♣KQ
13
112
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 4/5 5/6♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦2 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +980 6♠-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  450          4.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  450          4.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        100    1.00   4.00  6♣ N -2   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        150    0.00   5.00  6♠ S -3   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D2-Nielsen-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once North has opened clubs and supported spades, South at the very least will bid game. South should Choose the North hand to count losers. North has only one heart loser, one diamond loser and no club losers--and those singletons will make the hand easy to play. The only danger is the trump suit: with that terrible break and the missing honors, it's easy to lose two spade tricks. On the lie of the cards, lead the Queen and then knock out the Jack--12 tricks in the bag.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Dbl1241
Pass4All pass 
  1. spade support, heart shortness, game forcing values

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

The Bidding: After North opens 1, South, with game forcing values, responds 1 even if playing Walsh style . West has a choice of overcalling 1 or doubling. Overcalling 1 makes it difficult to get spades in play. Doubling is preferable. North has a choice between rebidding 1, 1NT, or 2. North doesn't have a positional heart stopper. Rebidding 1 seems best because it finds a potential spade fit and allows South to declare a notrump contract if appropriate.

East cannot advance with a jump to 3. That would show invitational values. Bidding 2 seems best. South, with 18 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 5½is too strong to jump to 4. South has a choice of cue bidding 3 on the way to 4 or Splintering with a jump to 4 to show spade support, game forcing values, and heart shortness. With controls in diamonds and clubs, South prefers Splintering to show their heart shortness.

As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Limit Bids: Evaluating Hands for Slams Part 3" article, less HCPs are required to take a lot of tricks when both hands have shortness. Here, North knows spades are breaking badly. Ruffing in both hands risks losing trump control. North's spade texture and 3 key cards suggest looking for slam. North doesn't know club are running. North only has 1 heart loser for South to ruff. Stopping in 4 seems best.

The Play: East's standard lead is the 10, top of an interior sequence. North wins the Ace. Declarer expects spades to break 4-1. Double finessing will hold spade losers to 1. If East has the singleton Jack, running the Queen can pickup the suit without a loser. Suit combinations are not played in isolation. Declarer's heart entry is gone. If clubs don't break 3-2, declarer cannot afford to overtake the second round of clubs. If the Queen is run from dummy and West covers with the King, declarer doesn't want to play the Ace. That would leave West with the master trump. West could Hold Up their Jack until the 3rd round of trump and then exit a heart. Dummy could ruff with their last trump, but now declarer would need to depends on a 3-2 club break.

To maximize chances for 12 tricks, declarer exits the 10 or 9 at trick 2. If West wins their Jack, declarer has a marked finesse against the King. If West ducks, declarer ducks another round of spades. If West ducks again, declarer unblocks the clubs, crosses to the Ace. Either way, West scores just 1 trump trick. Declarer has 12 tricks: 3 + 1 + 1 ruff + 1 + 6.



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2 ♠J832
A2
Q84
♣JT62
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K54
QT3
KJ963
♣K8
♠QT
764
AT72
♣AQ43
♠A976
KJ985
5
♣975
8
1212
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 1 3NT  ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2♠ N      D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  100          4.00   1.00  3N W -2   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
   50          3.00   2.00  2N E -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
        110    1.00   4.00  3 W      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    1.00   4.00  3 W      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        110    1.00   4.00  3 E      D2-Downard-Waples vs D3-Kerr-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Will South overcall that heart suit? Most won't. Now West jumps to 3NT. Without that heart overcall, North may well lead a club. Leading away from Jacks is never a great choice. A club lead isn't much help to declarer--but a spade lead would be.



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3 ♠AJ82
AT4
T
♣AQJ92
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠94
QJ96
AQJ4
♣875
♠KQ7
K87
K9875
♣43
♠T653
532
632
♣KT6
16
1011
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2♠ 1NT  ♦4 ♥5
EW: 3 1  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   0.50  4 W -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  100          4.50   0.50  2 W -1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
         50    3.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    2.00   3.00  3♣ N -2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    0.50   4.50  3 E      D2-Downard-Waples vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        110    0.50   4.50  3 E      D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. Will East double or bid 1? If it's the latter, West will raise diamonds and now North might double, might bid spades. South just wants this hand over with, but he will bid spades if forced to do so. The odds are E-W will persist in diamonds at least to the three level; if North is aggressive, he may still bid 3, not vulnerable with vulnerable opponents.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass11Pass
2Pass2Pass
PassDblPass2
3All pass  

The Bidding: After North opens 1 in 3rd seat, East has a choice of overcalling 1 and doubling for takeout. Overcalling 1 seems best with no 4-card major. South has nothing to say. West's 2 cue bid shows an invitational or better diamond raise. What would a double of the cue bid show in your partnership? Some play it as lead directional. Others don't want to give the opponents the option of passing or redoubling. They prefer using a double as anti-lead directional. If a double isn't available for takeout, some partnerships use a cue bid by opener for a takeout double. Without that agreement, passing seems best. East offers 2 as a final contract. North balances with a takeout oriented double. South bids 2. West competes to 3 as recommended by the Law of Total Tricks .

The Play: The defense cannot navigate a ruff. Declarer loses just 2 clubs and the major suit Aces. 3 making 3.



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4 ♠9532
A63
T9832
♣Q
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J87
K8
A654
♣KJ96
♠KQ4
QT974
Q
♣A872
♠AT6
J52
KJ7
♣T543
6
1213
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♥2 ♠5 NT4
EW: 5♣ 4 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.50   0.50  3N W -3   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  300          4.50   0.50  3N W -3   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  200          3.00   2.00  4 E -2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  100          2.00   3.00  3N W -1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
    PASS       1.00   4.00  Pass Out  D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        630    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D2-Nielsen-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and South responds 1. When West now bids 1NT, South can use New Minor Forcing to look for an eight card heart fit--and will then try the NT game. Will North lead the 10 or a small spade? Declarer will be a lot happier with the latter.



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5 ♠A84
74
AT862
♣A76
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K976
T
QJ
♣K98432
♠QJT52
J9865
53
♣T
♠3
AKQ32
K974
♣QJ5
12
94
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 7 4 5NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦0 ♥2 NT2
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +1400 7♠*-EW-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          5.00   0.00  3N N +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  650          4.00   1.00  4 S +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  640          3.00   2.00  5 N +2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  300          2.00   3.00  3♠* E -2  D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  190          0.50   4.50  4 N +3   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  190          0.50   4.50  4 N +3   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D3-Kerr-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. East might use Michaels Cue Bid with those two five card suits, though he is really weak. South might bid 2 anyway--certainly forcing--and North is likely to prefer 3 to 2NT. Now South will bid the diamond game. 3NT works only because diamonds cooperate--who knew?



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 12132
Dbl4Pass4
Pass5Pass6
All pass   
  1. 5 and 5
  2. invitational or better raise

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East has a choice between passing and venturing a Michaels Cue Bid . The hand likely belongs to North-South. Disclosing East's distribution may help declarer play the hand. The upside of cue bidding is East-West may be able to jam the auction or find a profitable sacrifice. Cue bidding may help partner avoid a club lead against a notrunmp contract. Cue bidding is a reasonable gamble.

As Larry Cohen discusses in his "Versus Michaels or Unusual Notrump" article, it is common to use cue bids of the suits shown by the intervenor to show a invitational or better raise, and an invitational or better hand with length in the 4th suit. Not everyone uses the available cue bids the same way. So it is important to make sure you and your partner are on the same page. South could double 2 to show interest in penalizing the overcaller. Here, South expects East-West to run to 2. Planning to penalize 2 isn't realistic. South is better off using the cue bid agreed to show an invitational or better diamond raise.

West's diamond holding suggests diamonds will play quite well for North-South. East's Michaels cue bid has a wide range. It isn't clear North-South have a game. Over a 3 cue bid, West competes to 3, anticipating a Cross-Ruff . Over a 3 cue bid, West doubles to show spades. North wouldn't drive to game opposite an invitational diamond raise. So North passes. East has nothing to say. South, with 18 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 5, has slam interest. South shows their slam interest by cue bidding their heart control. Since South bypassed a club cue bid, South denies a club control. North's 3 key cards suggest cooperating with the slam try. North's 4 cue bid shows a spade control and a club control. North wouldn't cooperate with a slam try without a club control. Now the partnership is headed to 6. At tables where West jams the auctions with a jump to 4, North-South are unlikely to reach slam.

At tables where East passes North's 1 opening bid, South responds 1. North rebids 1NT. South uses Two-Way New Minor Forcing or New Minor Forcing to check for 3-card heart support. After North denies 3-card heart support, South's 3 rebid is a game forcing diamond raise. North cue bids their spade control. South's 4 bid denies a club control. North shows their club control, and South places the contract at 6.


The Play: Declarer cashes the King first to protect against West holding QJxx, Qxx, or Jxx. When diamonds break 2-2, declarer doesn't have a trump loser. At this point declarer has 12 tricks: 1 + 2 ruffs + 3 + 5 + 1. When the pushing finesse against the King is successful, declarer has all the tricks.



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6 ♠Q8
9872
AQ76
♣542
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT542
AQ6
842
♣T9
♠973
T543
KT53
♣83
♠KJ6
KJ
J9
♣AKQJ76
8
103
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          4.50   0.50  3N S +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  430          4.50   0.50  3N S +1   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  400          3.00   2.00  3N S      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  130          1.50   3.50  3♣ S +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  130          1.50   3.50  3♣ S +1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    0.00   5.00  5♣ S -1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D2-Nielsen-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1--and is saved any problem in the rebid if North bids "up the line" 1. Now South bids either 2NT or 3NT. Most tables will end up in the NT game, which falters if they find the heart switch. Left alone, South will score six hearts, a spade and two diamonds--or two spades and one diamond.



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7 ♠AKQ62
AK82
A9
♣Q2
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J754
Q9
KQJ42
♣85
♠T98
J765
T3
♣KJT7
♠3
T43
8765
♣A9643
22
95
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 3 3♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  2♠ N +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  120          4.00   1.00  2N S      D2-Downard-Waples vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  110          3.00   2.00  2 N      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        100    2.00   3.00  4 N -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.50   4.50  4N N -2   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        200    0.50   4.50  4 S -2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North can open 2 if he plans to rebid 2NT. This five loser hand isn't worth opening 2 and rebidding 2. If South replies 2 ( as most will). West should double for a diamond lead. Always take advantage of the opponent's bidding when you can! No game will make if West cn ask for a diamond lead. Either a club or a heart lead will change the timing in North's favor.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass2Pass2
Dbl2Pass3
Pass3Pass3
Pass3NTAll pass 

The Bidding: North opens a Strong 2 Clubs in 3rd seat. It is common to play 2 Diamonds Waiting . West doubles to suggest a diamond lead. North shows their spade suit. East's 3 rebid is ambiguous. It may be a real suit, or it may be an artificial 2nd negative. North's 3 rebid shows at least 5-4 in the majors. South is now in a difficult situation. South doesn't want to bid 3NT without a diamond stopper. Diamond taps may cause problems in a heart contract. A 3 rebid by South would be ambiguous. It may show 2-card spade support, or it may be a temporizing bid to allow North to bid 3NT. If your partner understands the importance of not bypassing 3NT, temporizing with 3 seems best. North places the contract at 3NT. If your partner will expect you to have a doubleton spade to bid 3, bidding 4 seems best.

The Play in 3NT: East leads their 10, top of a doubleton. West, lacking an outside entry doesn't see much future in diamonds. West must overtake to beat 3NT. Declarer Holds Up their Ace. West's club switch finesses declarer's Queen. Now Declarer cannot navigate 9 tricks. Without the overtake and club switch, declarer can cash their major suit winners. Declarer needs to assume West doesn't have a club entry. Declarer uses the defender's count signals to throw East in with a heart. Even if East exists with the 4th round of hearts, declarer can end play East in clubs.

The Play in 4: Similar to the play in 3NT, West must overtake East's diamond lead and switch to a club. Otherwise, declarer can end play East to make 4.



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8 ♠Q3
KJ9852
QJ3
♣63
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J754
Q43
A852
♣QJ
♠AKT92
AT
T9
♣AT84
♠86
76
K764
♣K9752
9
1015
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦5 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 5♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    4.50   0.50  3♠ W +2   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        200    4.50   0.50  3♠ E +2   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        420    2.00   3.00  4♠ W      D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        420    2.00   3.00  4♠ E      D2-Downard-Waples vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
        420    2.00   3.00  4♠ E      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        450    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North may open 2, but it won't keep E-W out of their spade game. Certainly if East overcalls 2, nothing will keep West from bidding that spade game. Go after the clubs once trump are drawn and enjoy two discards. With a heart opening lead, be careful to play low from the dummy. limiting yourself to one heart loser.



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9 ♠AKQJ3
Q97654
-
♣93
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠76
JT3
J72
♣AKJ72
♠842
-
AQT854
♣Q864
♠T95
AK82
K963
♣T5
12
108
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 3/2♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦3
EW: 3♣ 4  ♥1 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 21 - 19 = +2
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  510          5.00   0.00  5 N +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  480          3.50   1.50  4♠ N +2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  480          3.50   1.50  4 N +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  450          1.00   4.00  4 N +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  450          1.00   4.00  4 N +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  450          1.00   4.00  4 N +1   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D2-Nielsen-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

It may feel funny, but North should open 1 rather than 1. East may well bid 3, but South will still happily raise hearts and they'll get to the heart game. Without a club lead, you take almost all the tricks,



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NT
Pass234
All pass   

The Bidding: Grant Baze advised "if you are 6 - 5, add an ace to the high card point total of your hand." Here, North must decide whether to open 1 and Reverse or open 1 and bid 2. North's playing strength makes it a close decision. North's poor heart texture makes reversing less attractive. At tables where North opens 1, East isn't strong enough to overcall 2. East expects North-South to have a big heart fit which they haven't found. At unfavorable vulnerability, East isn't eager to risk a 3 preempt with a 6-card suit. Passing seems best. South, with 11 Support Points and 3-card spade support, wants to show a 3-card invitational raise. So South begins by responding 1NT. A 2 overcall by West would be lead directional, but West lacks the desired strength. Some may reasonably take liberties opposite a passed hand. Either way, North rebids 2 as planned. East isn't eager to defend a heart contract. West may not be able to balance. East can Double for Takeout or overcall 3 to prevent North-South from playing in their heart fit at the 2-level. South upgrades their hand after a double fit is confirmed. South jumps to 4, ending the auction.

At tables where North opens 1, East's 13 Support Points justify a takeout double. When defending a takeout double, a natural jump to 2NT isn't needed. So it is common to play Jordan , using a jump to 2NT as an artificial bid showing an invitational or better raise. After South's Jordan response, West's 3 bid is competitive and lead directional. North, with a Losing Trick Count of 4½, cue bids 3 looking for slam. South's 4 cue bid denies a club control. North knows the partnership has 2 quick club losers and places the contract at 4.

The Play: A club lead holds declarer to 11 tricks. On a spade lead, declarer can draw trump and discard dummy's losing clubs. A club ruff provides declarer's 12th trick. If East leads their Ace, declarer ruffs, draws trump, and runs their spades. A club ruff and the King provides declarer's 12th and 13th tricks.



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10 ♠QT84
KT94
762
♣K4
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KJ7652
82
T94
♣AT
♠93
Q65
AQJ3
♣8632
♠A
AJ73
K85
♣QJ975
8
89
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 4 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥2 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          5.00   0.00  3N N      D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  300          4.00   1.00  2♠ W -3   D2-Downard-Waples vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  170          2.50   2.50  3 S +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  170          2.50   2.50  2 S +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  140          1.00   4.00  3 S      D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.00   5.00  4 S -1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D3-Kerr-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. Will West bid 2? North may well not feel strong enough for a Negative Double at this level, but South will happily reopen with her 15 HCP and stiff spade. Still, the jump may keep N-S out of game. If West passes, it's easier all around for N-S.



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11 ♠AQ84
Q5
Q83
♣AT75
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K76532
KJT8
AK2
♣-
♠T
92
JT65
♣K98432
♠J9
A7643
974
♣QJ6
14
144
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ 1 2NT  ♣6/7 ♦6 ♠6
EW: -/1 -/1♠
       ♣6 ♦6/7 ♥5/6 ♠6/7 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  1N S +2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          4.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        100    3.00   2.00  2 N -2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        110    1.50   3.50  1♠ W +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        110    1.50   3.50  2 W      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        470    0.00   5.00  2♠* W     D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D2-Nielsen-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. If North wants to act, his only choice is 1NT--and not many want to bid NT with only 14 HCP. In fact, 1 might even pass around to South, and six HCP is pretty scary. No one is going far on this one.



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12 ♠QT54
84
KQ9843
♣8
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A9
97
AJ76
♣AKJ63
♠K8732
Q32
T
♣T974
♠J6
AKJT65
52
♣Q52
7
175
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣3 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2♠ 2/1NT  ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  3♠ W -3   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D3-Kerr-Conn
   50          4.00   1.00  3♠ E -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        130    3.00   2.00  3♣ W +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        140    2.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        300    1.00   4.00  3♠ N -3   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
        800    0.00   5.00  3* S -3  D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

WEst opens 1 (more than strong enough to reverse): not many want to open 1NT with doubletons in both majors. North will try 2 if he's feeling feisty. Now East passes--and so will South if he has any sense of self-preservation. Don't bid a preempt hand once partner has preempted. The last thing you want to hear from partner is 3.



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13 ♠AK
43
AK4
♣KT8643
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q9842
J
QJ986
♣J9
♠763
987652
T3
♣A7
♠JT5
AKQT
752
♣Q52
17
74
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 4 1♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥3 ♠6 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          3.50   1.50  3N N +3   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  690          3.50   1.50  3N N +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  690          3.50   1.50  3N N +3   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  690          3.50   1.50  3N N +3   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  660          1.00   4.00  3N S +2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  630          0.00   5.00  3N N +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

This hand is just wrong for 1NT by North, so he opens 1. South bids 1 and North probably 3. South has too many points to pass. He may cross his fingers and bid 3NT which does spectacularly well when clubs are 2-2. It won't make 6 with a heart lead--but how likely is East to lead a heart?



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14 ♠54
53
AJT942
♣K86
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠T932
T97
Q3
♣Q753
♠AKJ
K8
K87
♣AJ942
♠Q876
AQJ642
65
♣T
8
419
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2/-NT
       ♣5/4 ♠6/5 NT8/5
EW: 2♣ 1/-♠  ♦5 ♥5 ♠7/6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +100 3♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.50   0.50  2 S      D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  110          4.50   0.50  2 S +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Kerr-Conn
         50    2.50   2.50  3 S -1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.50   2.50  3 S -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        110    1.00   4.00  2♣ E +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        130    0.00   5.00  4♣ E      D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Depending on his view of the five card club suit, East opens either 1 or 2NT. West won't say anything. A diamond from South and a heart return from North would surely cost E-W a mint, but who's ever going to lead that way? With the club finesse on, East can probably get at least eight tricks even after an opening heart lead: 1 heart, 2 spades and five clubs.



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15 ♠J7643
KQT92
J62
♣-
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠-
A854
T8
♣AQJ8432
♠AQT82
J63
KQ4
♣K7
♠K95
7
A9753
♣T965
7
1115
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣2 ♥5 NT3
EW: 5♣ 2 4NT  ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  5♣ E -1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        460    2.50   2.50  3N W +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        460    2.50   2.50  3N E +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        460    2.50   2.50  3N E +2   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
        460    2.50   2.50  3N E +2   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        490    0.00   5.00  5N E +1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D6-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West will open 1 and be surprised to end up as dummy for 3NT after an auction like
1--1; 2--2(NMF); 2--3NT. Play low on an opening low diamond lead and you'll be richly rewarded.



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16 ♠AKJT654
A754
QJ
♣-
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠32
JT93
A65
♣Q954
♠7
62
982
♣AKT8762
♠Q98
KQ8
KT743
♣J3
15
77
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3 6♠  ♣5 NT5
EW: 2♣  ♦2 ♥3 ♠1 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 21 = -1
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          3.00   2.00  5♠ N +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  480          3.00   2.00  5♠ N +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  480          3.00   2.00  5♠ N +1   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  480          3.00   2.00  4♠ N +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  480          3.00   2.00  4♠ N +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  450          0.00   5.00  4♠ N +1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D6-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and will be gratified when South shows a decent raise over East's 3 overcall. West should be careful about sacrificing vulnerable: not everyone will get to the spade slam--and there are only eight tricks to be had in clubs.



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17 ♠A9864
-
AQ73
♣JT32
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ53
KT76
K9
♣Q84
♠-
QJ
T86542
♣AK965
♠JT72
A985432
J
♣7
11
1310
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 4/3♠  ♣4/3 ♦3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 3/4 1NT  ♥4/5 ♠2/3
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: +100 5*-W-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N W -4   D2-Downard-Waples vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
         50    3.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    3.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
         50    3.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        500    0.50   4.50  6♠* N -3  D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        500    0.50   4.50  4* S -3  D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Kerr-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 (Rule of 20) and. East may be tempted to use the Unusual NT. South ignores the hearts and raises spades--maybe even to the four level with those two singletons. West of course should lead trumps and chance he gets. This could get ugly.



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18 ♠T5
KQ8653
J4
♣AK4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQ9643
J72
7
♣T62
♠KJ82
T
KQ982
♣987
♠7
A94
AT653
♣QJ53
13
79
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 3 5 1NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣1 ♦4 ♥1 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +500 5♠*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          4.00   1.00  5 N +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  680          4.00   1.00  4 N +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  680          4.00   1.00  4 N +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  300          2.00   3.00  4♠* W -2  D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  200          1.00   4.00  2 N +3   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        100    0.00   5.00  5 N -1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West has a great third seat 2 opener. North is barely strong enough to bid 3. East should advance the preempt to 4, daring South to try 5--and not all will have the nerve.



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19 ♠AQJT
865
AQ542
♣A
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K98
973
JT96
♣JT8
♠762
K4
K83
♣97643
♠543
AQJT2
7
♣KQ52
17
56
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5/4♣ 5 7 7♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +1520 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1010          5.00   0.00  6 S +1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  980          4.00   1.00  6 S      D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  520          3.00   2.00  3N N +4   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  510          1.50   3.50  5 S +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  510          1.50   3.50  4 S +3   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Kerr-Conn
         50    0.00   5.00  6 S -1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
20 ♠KT5
AK983
653
♣86
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠QJ976
Q
AJ942
♣A9
♠8
JT42
K87
♣KJT73
♠A432
765
QT
♣Q542
10
148
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 4 1 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    5.00   0.00  3 N -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        110    3.50   1.50  1♠ W +1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        110    3.50   1.50  3 W      D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        200    1.50   3.50  3 N -2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        200    1.50   3.50  2 N -2   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        300    0.00   5.00  3 N -3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
21 ♠K98
Q874
QJ632
♣2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QT63
AKJ962
T
♣J9
♠542
T3
A987
♣QT85
♠AJ7
5
K54
♣AK7643
8
116
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 1♠ 1NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦3 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  4* W -4  D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  600          4.00   1.00  3N N      D2-Downard-Waples vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  110          2.50   2.50  3♣ S      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  110          2.50   2.50  3♣ S      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          1.00   4.00  3 W -1   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D3-Kerr-Conn
        200    0.00   5.00  3N N -2   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
22 ♠KT
QJ5
T8543
♣T74
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠93
A9643
62
♣AJ93
♠AQ762
87
Q7
♣Q852
♠J854
KT2
AKJ9
♣K6
6
910
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣3 ♥4 ♠5 NT6
EW: 4♣ 3 2♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.50   0.50  1N S +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          4.50   0.50  1N S +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  120          3.00   2.00  1N S +1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.00   3.00  1N S -1   D2-Downard-Waples vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    1.00   4.00  4 N -2   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        200    0.00   5.00  3 S -4   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
23 ♠984
AQ984
QT
♣QJ8
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AQJ2
T52
643
♣T43
♠KT753
7
85
♣K7652
♠6
KJ63
AKJ972
♣A9
11
76
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6 2NT  ♣5 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 1♠  ♦0 ♥0 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +1400 6♠*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  710          4.50   0.50  4 N +3   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  710          4.50   0.50  4 N +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  680          2.00   3.00  4 N +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Nielsen-Smith
  680          2.00   3.00  4 N +2   D2-Downard-Waples vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
  680          2.00   3.00  4 N +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D3-Kerr-Conn
  260          0.00   5.00  2 N +5   D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
24 ♠AKT2
AK2
K2
♣9854
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠96
Q94
AJ964
♣T63
♠J543
J86
T83
♣AK7
♠Q87
T753
Q75
♣QJ2
17
79
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 3♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.50   0.50  1N N +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          4.50   0.50  1N N +2   D5-Robbins-Feldman vs D3-Kerr-Conn
   90          2.50   2.50  1N N      D2-Downard-Waples vs D4-Petroff-Rockefeller
   90          2.50   2.50  1N N      D6-Gillmon-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
         50    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D3-Bowen-Cardinal vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.50   4.50  1N S -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Nielsen-Smith