- Monday Aft - January 29, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 925 MP  Geomean: 672 MP
(based on 22 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 67.19 1st A 1.10
Leander Pemberton - Ronald Saltis 64.06 2nd A 0.77
Elaine Mcadams - Joan Glenn 52.60 3rd A 0.55
Gary Feldman - Mark Robbins 50.52 4th A 0.39
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D
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DATE>January 29, 2018   |CLUB NO.>127100    | 01/29/2018 16:33
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/250  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=11/B=7/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Ronald Saltis          Leander Pemberton        A    2     .     .     69.19  64.06  0.77(A)
 2 Ilona Smith            Peggy Nielsen            B    .     .     .     53.50  49.54
 4 Marilyn Waples         Anne Conn                C    .     .     .     47.50  43.98
 5 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    1     1     .     72.56  67.19  1.10(A)
 6 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    .     .     .     46.69  43.23
 7 Mike Gaddis Jr         Louise Shaffer           A    .     .     .     46.69  43.23
 8 Irene Petroff          Ginny Rockefeller        B    .     .     .     43.88  40.63
 9 Mark Robbins           Gary Feldman             C    4     3     1     54.56  50.52  0.39(A)
10 Joann Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    .     .     .     52.88  48.96
11 Ronald Landgraff       Joseph Gaynor            A    .     .     .     50.63  46.88
12 Joan Glenn             Elaine Mcadams           B    3     2     .     56.81  52.60  0.55(A)
                                          Totals                         594.89

Hands and Results
1 ♠QJ3
-
J9542
♣Q8642
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K8
AKQ8
KQ87
♣AK3
♠765
J9764
T6
♣T75
♠AT942
T532
A3
♣J9
6
241
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1 1/2♠
       ♣6 ♦6/7 ♥3 NT3/4
EW: 4 2NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -300 4♠*-N-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2♠ S      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        300    3.00   1.00  3♠* S -2  D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        420    1.50   2.50  4 W      D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Waples-Conn
        420    1.50   2.50  4 E      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
        450    0.00   4.00  5 W      D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D10-Bowen-Benzien

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When West opens 2, East will make a negative bid if they have one, otherwise 2 waiting. West rebids 2NT and East should transfer to hearts--and will be horrified to hear West super-accept with 4 at some tables. But West will be correct: a lucky hand, especially if the opening lead is spades or diamonds.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
2Pass2Pass
21Pass22Pass
2NT3Pass34Pass
4All pass  
  1. Either hearts or 24+ balanced
  2. forced
  3. 24+ balanced
  4. 5+

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 6, 8, and 11.

The Bidding: Opening Light in Third Seat is a common winning tactic. So South will open 1 at some tables. West begins with a takeout oriented double. North raises to 2. East has nothing to say. West doubles again, and East shows their heart suit. West places the contract at 4. North-South know West has a monster. Hearts are breaking badly. It isn't clear for North-South to sacrifice.

At tables where South passes in 3rd seat, West opens a Strong 2 Clubs . North may compete if they have a way to show the minors. At tables where North passes, East responds 2 Diamonds Waiting . West is too strong to rebid 2NT. So West jumps to 3NT. Now East must guess whether to transfer to hearts or pass 3NT. Because the 3NT jump rebid is so awkward, many expert partnerships use the Kokish Relay to show a 24+ HCP balanced hand. Now East can comfortably transfer to 3 intending to offer a choice of games. Here, West super accepts the transfer. 4 is the final contract.

At tables where West opens 2 and North overcalls an Unusual 2 Notrump to show the minors, it is common for West to double to show a bad hand. South passes to allow North to choose their better minor. West is happy to defend 2NT doubled. North runs to 3. Now West must guess whether to penalize 3 or bid 3NT.

The Play in 4: North is likely to lead the Queen, top of an honor sequence. When the 1 HCP dummy tables, declarer sees 7 quick winners in the rounded suits. The spade lead gives declarer their 8th trick. Declarer can establish at least 1 diamond trick for their 9th trick. Declarer expects a spade ruff in the short hand to provide their 10th trick. When North shows out on the 1st round of trump, declarer cannot afford to lead the 8 to cross to dummy and ruff a spade with an honor. So declarer is back to 9 tricks. With just 1 entry to dummy, declarer needs South to hold the singleton or doubleton Ace. That is more likely than either defender holding J9 doubleton. Here, South's Ace doubleton allows declarer to score 2 diamond tricks by taking a lobbing finesse towards their hand and then ducking a round of diamonds. Kudos to declarers who gave themselves a chance to make 4.

The Play in 3NT: North must lead a spade to beat 3NT. Without a spade lead, declarer has the tempo to score 9 tricks or more.

The Play in 3X: A heart tap allows the defense to take 7 tricks for +500. If the defense begins by drawing 2 rounds of trump, declarer has the tempo to escape for down 1.



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2 ♠AKT9
KQ97
QT74
♣5
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠543
8
863
♣KQT987
♠Q872
AT
KJ
♣J6432
♠J6
J65432
A952
♣A
14
511
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 5 2/1♠ 1NT  ♣4
EW: 3♣  ♦3 ♥2 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 20 - 21 = -1
Par: +500 6♣*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
  650          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  620          1.00   3.00  4 S      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
  620          1.00   3.00  4 S      D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Waples-Conn
  620          1.00   3.00  4 S      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

The honors are in the wrong places for East to use the Rule of 20 , so this will probably pass to West who certainly is justified in 3, third seat vs. vulnerable opponents. North will double and South should be readying to bid the heart game when East jumps to 5. South may well have the nerve--or vision--to bid 5, but will have to subside if East now pushes on to 6, a great sacrifice.



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3 ♠J83
J86543
K4
♣J4
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠72
KQ7
92
♣AQT952
♠AT965
9
AJT65
♣63
♠KQ4
AT2
Q873
♣K87
6
119
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠4 NT4/5
EW: 3♣ 3 2♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3♣ W -1   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Waples-Conn
        100    2.00   2.00  3 N -2   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
        100    2.00   2.00  3 N -2   D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        100    2.00   2.00  3 N -2   D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        500    0.00   4.00  3* N -3  D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and West overcalls 2. North passes and East may try 2. Even with tolerance for spades, West will rebid clubs and buy the hand. North's K lead is friendly for declarer in a way--he's on the board to lead a low club. South should play low smoothly, giving West the chance to try the finesse of the 10. North continues diamonds and South will win and continue. Then West has to decide whether to pitch her losing spade or ruff high.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
2Pass2All pass

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West overcalls 2. North is too weak to act. A 2-level overcall typically shows a 6-card suit and an opening hand. Because a 2 overcall is obstructive, there is a tendency to loosen the requirements. East isn't strong enough to invite game, but game is a possibility. Styles vary when responding to overcalls. In his "Simple Overcall" article, Larry Cohen suggests playing a new suit at the 2-level as forcing. David Lindop recommends playing an advance in a new suit as non-forcing in his "What's Standard? Advancing (Responding to) a Simple Overcall" advancing article. Some expert partnerships play Transfer Advances which allows advancer to comfortably show a new suit with a wider range of hands. If an advance to a new suit is non-forcing, East shows their spade suit with the hope of improving the contract and making it more difficult for North-South to compete in hearts. An advance to 2 is likely to buy the contract.

At tables where East passes West's 2 overcall, South has a balancing decision. Playing Negative Doubles , a penalty double of 2 isn't available. South's club holding suggests North doesn't have a penalty double of 2. North's initial pass denies a hand which could have bid or doubled. South isn't eager to defende 2, but it is risky to act. East-West may have a higher scoring strain available. Passing seems best.

The Play in 2: South is likely to lead a diamond because the other options are unappealing. Declarer recognizes the risk of defensive ruffs. Drawing trump quickly seems best. South must cash the Queen and give North a diamond ruff to score their high trumps separately and hold declarer to 8 tricks. Declarer may lead a heart towards dummy before drawing trump. South, unaware North has 6 hearts, thinks declarer is trying to access dummy to double finesse spades. With the Ace as an entry to dummy, there is little upside to ducking. South must rise with the Ace to hold declarer to 8 tricks.

The Play in 2: North leads their King, top of a doubleton. Declarer sees the risk of defensive ruffs. Declarer wants to draw trump quickly. It is normal to double finesse against South for the King-Jack. Here, declarer wants to use the Ace as an entry to dummy's diamonds. So finessing against the King seems best. When the finesse wins, declarer cashes the Ace. Declarer exits the 9 and plays low from dummy. South knows taking the Ace gives declarer 3 diamond tricks. Ducking seems best. Declarer throws South in with the King. Dummy's holdings suggest South exit a heart. South has little help in either major, but the priority is to discourage the expected shift. If South exits a heart, declarer can score both their heart King and Queen to make 10 tricks. Exiting a spade holds declarer to 9 tricks.



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4 ♠AKJ92
A6
K32
♣Q52
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠7
T83
Q64
♣AKT864
♠Q
K97542
AJ875
♣J
♠T86543
QJ
T9
♣973
17
911
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♠  ♣3 ♦2/1 ♥1 NT6
EW: 4♣ 4 5  ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  2♠ N +1   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    2.50   1.50  4♠ N -1   D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        100    2.50   1.50  4♠ N -1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
        200    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -2   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        200    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -2   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Waples-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will West open 3 in first seat? If not, North will open 1 (too strong for 1NT). An aggressive East may bid 2 (hearts and a minor) and South will surely jump preemptively in spades. On the very friendly split of the heart suit, E-W can make a lot of hearts, but spades are likely to prevail.



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5 ♠A43
KQJ
Q4
♣KQ986
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQJ65
9432
985
♣T
♠87
AT876
AJT76
♣2
♠T92
5
K32
♣AJ7543
17
69
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2NT  ♦5 ♥5 ♠6
EW: 1 2 1♠  ♣2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   0.00  3N N +1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Waples-Conn
  500          2.50   1.50  5♠* W -3  D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
  500          2.50   1.50  5* E -3  D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
  150          1.00   3.00  3♣ N +2   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
        530    0.00   4.00  3* E     D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North's hand is heavy for 1NT, but probably the best choice given the diamond holding. If East has a way to show a two suited hand he'll do so and they should find their heart fit--unless South has a way in competition to tell partner about his clubs (like Lebensohl ). The hand has lots of bidding challenges. Nor will it be all that easy to play except for trump.



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6 ♠986432
Q
52
♣T762
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QT
A9652
KT64
♣95
♠K7
KJ3
J873
♣KJ43
♠AJ5
T874
AQ9
♣AQ8
2
912
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3♠  ♦4/5 ♥4 NT4
EW: 2 3  ♣6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  2♠ S +2   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
  140          2.00   2.00  3♠ S      D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
  140          2.00   2.00  3♠ N      D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
  140          2.00   2.00  2♠ S +1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
         50    0.00   4.00  3♣ S -1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Waples-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East may eke out a 1 opener, rebidding 1NT over the 1 response. Whether West bis New Minor Forcing or just 2, that should buy the hand. Declarer will be lucky that all the significant diamond cards are in the South hand.--Alas, not so with clubs. I hope North isn't thinking of leading his doubletonn.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  11NT
212PassPass
DblPass3All pass
  1. hearts and a minor

The Bidding: East's hand meets the Rule of 20 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener, but fails the Suggestion of 22 with just 1½ quick tricks. Jacks are not quite worth their traditional 1 HCP valuation. Here, 2 of the Jacks are working in combination with a King. Opening seems best. Styles vary with 4-4 in the minors. Opening 1 is lead directional. Opening 1 is anti lead directional and provides a convenient club rebid. East is planning to rebid 1NT. So the rebid is less of an issue.

Either way, South overcalls 1NT. West's 9 HCP suggest punishing the 1NT overcall . With just 4 cards in the black suits, West fears North-South have a club or spade fit. West would have an awkward guess if North-South run to 2. It is common to play a defense like Cappelletti or Woolsey over a notrump overcall. With either agreement, West has the option of bidding 2 to show hearts and a minor. It isn't clear a penalty of a non-vulnerable 1NT contract will compensate for a making partscore. Responding 2 seems best.

North has no interest in defending 2. North's advance to 2 is to play. East-West don't want to defend 2. If West showed hearts and a minor, East-West will compete to 3 or 3. North has no interest in competing further.

The Play in 2: South's Tenaces and texture will punish an active defense. The 3 lead allows declarer to setup a heart to discard North's diamond loser. Declarer can then score 10 tricks, losing just a spade, a club, and a heart. If East-West break clubs, declarer can avoid a club loser. So some declarers will score 11 tricks. A diamond lead by East and a passive defense holds declarer to 9 tricks.

The Play in 3: Leading low towards the KJ3 offers a 37% chance of avoiding a heart loser and a 93% chance of holding heart losers to 1. Beginning by cashing the King is a Safety Play offering just a 10% chance for 5 tricks, but a 96% to hold heart losers to 1. Here, both lines allow declarer to pickup hearts without a loser. When North shows up with the Queen, declarer can place the missing Aces with South. North will have at most an additional Queen or Jack. Running the Jack offers a 30% chance for 3 diamond tricks and an 89% for 2 diamond tricks. Leading a low diamond towards the King-Ten offers a 29% chance for 3 tricks and 97% chance for 2 tricks. Here, both lines allow declarer to score 3 diamond tricks. Declarer has 9 tricks: 1 + 5 + 3.

The Play in 3: South doesn't want to lead away from one of their Aces. So South is likely to find a heart lead. Now a heart ruff can set 3.



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7 ♠T52
QJ8
43
♣KQJT7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠8764
AK93
K975
♣6
♠QJ3
T762
JT
♣A943
♠AK9
54
AQ862
♣852
9
108
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1NT  ♥5 ♠5/6
EW: 2 1♠  ♣4 ♦6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          4.00   0.00  1N N +3   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  120          3.00   1.00  1N N +1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
  110          2.00   2.00  3♣ N      D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    1.00   3.00  3♣ N -1   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Waples-Conn
        300    0.00   4.00  3♣ N -3   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and will pass North's 1NT response. Will West balance with a double? If he does they'll find their excellent 4-4 heart fit. In NT, North will be awfully glad he has all those clubs.



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8 ♠T6
J92
AKQT4
♣Q83
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AKQ
AQ53
9872
♣J9
♠J985
86
5
♣T76542
♠7432
KT74
J63
♣AK
12
161
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/3 1 2NT  ♣4 ♠5
EW: 3♣ 1♠  ♦4 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +100 4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N S      D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  200          3.00   1.00  3N W -4   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
  100          1.50   2.50  1N W -2   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Waples-Conn
  100          1.50   2.50  3♠ E -2   D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
   50          0.00   4.00  3♣ W -1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

It may look scary, but West should open 1NT. East has a responsibility to get them out of NT and into a black suit, either by Stayman and then 3 or by 2 to relay. It's irresponsible to pass!



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass21Pass
2NT2Pass3All pass
  1. clubs
  2. would not accept a Game Try in clubs

The Bidding: West shouldn't let holding just a Jack-doubleton in the minors deter them from opening 1NT. If West opened 1, they wouldn't have a reasonable rebid over a 1 response. After West opens 1NT, North isn't eager to compete with a balanced hand. East's response depends on the partnership's methods. East doesn't think 1NT has much chance. 3 is likely to play better. If West has 4 spades, it would be nice to stop at 2. However, it is common to play a 3 rebid after Stayman as a natural Game Force . So at most tables, East cannot safely look for a spade fit. Using Four-suit transfers , East responds an artificial 2 to show clubs. Since responder might have an invitational hand with clubs, it is important for opener to differentiate hands which would accept a Game Try. It is common to use a 3 rebid to say opener would accept a Game Try in clubs. With that understanding, opener rebids 2NT to say they wouldn't accept a Game Try in clubs. Responder signs off in 3.

As Gavin Wolpert discusses in his "4 Way Transfers with Range Ask" article, many expert partnerships use an artificial 2 when they want to show a club suit or ask opener's range. This avoids leaking information about opener's distribution by going through Stayman to make a balanced invitation with no 4-card major. With that agreement, opener rebids 3 to show a maximum. Responder passes to signoff in 3.

An old school Stayman treatment allows responder to signoff in a minor after Stayman. That approach loses on many game going and slammish hands, but can occasionally allow you to find fits that others cannot look for when responder is weak.

The Play in 3: Declarer cannot avoid losing 3 clubs and a diamond. A successful heart finesse allows declarer to score 9 tricks: 4 + 2 + 3.

The Play in 3 by North: A heart lead finesses South's King and allows West to give East a ruff to set 3. Without a heart lead, declarer can draw trump to avoid the ruff. Declarer's finesse against East for the Queen loses, but declarer has the texture to establish 2 heart tricks. Declarer scores +110 if the defense doesn't navigate the heart ruff.



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9 ♠KQT762
Q2
A5
♣QT7
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A93
865
K83
♣AK98
♠J54
K93
QJT2
♣J64
♠8
AJT74
9764
♣532
13
148
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4/5 ♠4/5 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          4.00   0.00  3* E -3  D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  300          3.00   1.00  3 E -3   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Waples-Conn
  170          2.00   2.00  2♠ N +2   D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
  140          0.50   3.50  2♠ N +1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
  140          0.50   3.50  3 S      D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. Will South pass or bid 1NT? If South passes, West might balance with 1NT. No matter: either way, North rebids his spades and becomes declarer. West should be careful to play low on a spade lead from the dummy, thus giving the defense two trump tricks.



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10 ♠932
6
AQT753
♣865
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠JT86
K53
J82
♣Q43
♠A4
A97
964
♣AKJT9
♠KQ75
QJT842
K
♣72
6
716
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1  ♣4 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 2NT  ♦5 ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2 S      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D4-Waples-Conn
  100          3.00   1.00  3♣ E -1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        120    2.00   2.00  1N E +1   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        130    1.00   3.00  3♣ E +1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        300    0.00   4.00  3 S -3   D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D9-Robbins-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. Will South bid? Vulnerable, it's a bit scary. West passes--and now it's North's chance to be tempted. If North realizes that the pass by West implies that E-W have a comfortable majority of the points, he'll go quietly.



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11 ♠Q532
AT
KT65
♣K98
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T4
J86543
A42
♣Q4
♠K98
KQ972
QJ8
♣32
♠AJ76
-
973
♣AJT765
12
711
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5/4 5♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D4-Waples-Conn
   50          1.00   3.00  4 W -1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        110    0.00   4.00  2 W      D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South has ample justification for opening 1--especially when he finds partner with a spade fit!
Bidding "up the line," North might bid 1, and then East will bid 1. Now West will want to me a preemptive heart raise over South's 1 rebid...North will ignore all this and bid the spade game. On equal vulnerability, it's no time for E-W to sacrifice unless they're convinced the opponents are total wimps who would never double--not a gamble I'd want to take.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass111
34All pass 

The Bidding: South's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. South doesn't have a rebid problem. Opening 1 is clear. West, with a poor hand and a poor suit, isn't eager to overcall 1. North, with an opening hand, can bid up the line even if playing Walsh style . East overcalls 1. South shows their spade suit. West has a choice between a simple raise and a preemptive raise. A Mixed Raise , if available, would be a good option. A preemptive jump raise seems best because it makes a potential 3 bid by North ambiguous.

North, with 13 Support Points and a spade fit, places the contract at 4. East and West aren't eager to sacrifice with balanced hands.

The Play: On a heart lead, declarer wins the Ace and discards a diamond. Declarer wants to finesse against East for the King. Lacking the texture for a pushing finesse, declarer leads a low spade from dummy. When the Jack holds, declarer cashes the Ace. The King doesn't drop. Declarer has a spade loser. The "8 Ever, 9 Never" adage advises attempting to drop the Queen. The auction suggests clubs are breaking 2-2. With club shortness and an 11-card heart fit, East-West would likely have sacrificed. When the Queen falls, declarer has 11 tricks.



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12 ♠JT54
Q5
KT9
♣KT84
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AK8
J763
J
♣Q9732
♠976
AT942
AQ632
♣-
♠Q32
K8
8754
♣AJ65
9
1110
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥2 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2 5 2♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
    PASS       4.00   0.00  Pass Out  D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D4-Waples-Conn
        450    1.50   2.50  5 E      D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        450    1.50   2.50  4 E +1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        450    1.50   2.50  4 E +1   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        450    1.50   2.50  4 E +1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and West will come to life and not unreasonable press on to game. It's a great fit and even makes an overtrick when hearts are 2-2.



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13 ♠AJT52
JT8
98
♣KQ6
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q97
K963
AJ43
♣J7
♠63
AQ75
K2
♣T9542
♠K84
42
QT765
♣A83
11
119
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♥4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 3  ♦6 ♠4/5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2♠ N      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
    PASS       2.50   1.50  Pass Out  D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
    PASS       2.50   1.50  Pass Out  D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor
        100    1.00   3.00  3♠ N -1   D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        620    0.00   4.00  4 W      D4-Waples-Conn vs D2-Smith-Nielsen

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

This hand could even pass out, since South is unlikely to open light with only 3-2 in the majors and a shoddy diamond suit. It will depend on whether or not E-W open light in fourth seat: some don't. This time they'll find their nice heart fit, but will they have the nerve to continue after N-S get into the bidding in spades?



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14 ♠93
KT8742
Q84
♣42
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AQ72
5
AK965
♣KQJ
♠J86
AQJ6
32
♣A987
♠KT54
93
JT7
♣T653
5
1912
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦1 ♥3 ♠1 NT1
EW: 6♣ 6 4 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  6N E -2   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor
   50          3.00   1.00  6N W -1   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        430    2.00   2.00  3N E +1   D4-Waples-Conn vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
        490    1.00   3.00  3N E +3   D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        990    0.00   4.00  6N W      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West will be astounded when East opens the bidding, as most will these days. This is a hand that would enjoy old-fashioned strong jump shifts, but 1--1 is a more likely start today. When East rebids 1, again, all West has to do is bid 1--it's forcing one round. Now East rebids 1NT and West goes to town with Gerber and tries the slam in NT when East has two aces.



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15 ♠QT82
QJ5
AJ32
♣T4
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A94
K976
K4
♣AJ52
♠J5
T832
T75
♣K986
♠K763
A4
Q986
♣Q73
10
154
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3 E -2   D9-Robbins-Feldman vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
   50          3.00   1.00  1N W -1   D4-Waples-Conn vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
         90    2.00   2.00  1N W      D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        100    1.00   3.00  2♠ N -1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        120    0.00   4.00  1N W +1   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1NT. East is just good enough to pass. It won't make 1NT without a defensive error, but since N-S can make 2, declarer will be consoled. Why doesn't East use Stayman? What's he going to do if West bids 2?



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16 ♠T8532
3
AK4
♣AJ42
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AJ6
84
J9862
♣Q93
♠Q97
KQT92
QT73
♣T
♠K4
AJ765
5
♣K8765
12
89
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 3♠ 2NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣2 ♥6/5 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +400 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N N      D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  150          3.00   1.00  3♣ S +2   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.00   2.00  3N N -1   D4-Waples-Conn vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        100    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -2   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        100    0.50   3.50  4♣ S -2   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. If South does bid 2, North has to be careful not to rebid 2NT; 3 is a better choice, and South will come to life and bid the club game. Luckily, the club finesse is one-way and it works.



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17 ♠953
T65
64
♣AQ643
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QT87
A984
98
♣K82
♠AK
QJ2
AKJT52
♣T5
♠J642
K73
Q73
♣J97
6
918
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1/2♣ 4 3/4 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: -420 4-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        170    3.00   1.00  3 E +3   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        400    2.00   2.00  3N E      D4-Waples-Conn vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        430    1.00   3.00  3N E +1   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor
        450    0.00   4.00  4 W +1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D6-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1, full of optimism. When West responds 1, the best East can do is 3, since he has no club stopper--or he could raise hearts, though I draw the line at a jump raise with only three card support. West may take a flyer on 3NT--I suspect that will be a common choice.



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18 ♠J
Q853
T97
♣Q9865
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQT632
T42
KQ8
♣T
♠K97
AJ7
A543
♣732
♠854
K96
J62
♣AKJ4
5
1112
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦1 ♥5 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5 1 5♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   D1-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   D4-Waples-Conn vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ E +1   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Whether or not East opens, I imagine the field will be in 4. It's a friendly hand: the heart honors are split and diamonds are 4-3-3-3.



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19 ♠T6
63
Q82
♣Q98432
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A843
QT7
K7
♣JT65
♠J972
J84
AT94
♣AK
♠KQ5
AK952
J653
♣7
4
1013
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦6 ♥6 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1 2♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -3   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  200          3.00   1.00  2 E -2   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
  100          2.00   2.00  4♠ E -1   D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D4-Waples-Conn
        100    1.00   3.00  3 S -2   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        150    0.00   4.00  3N N -3   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
20 ♠Q975
T
K87532
♣T4
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J832
AQ984
JT6
♣K
♠AT
6532
Q
♣AQ9753
♠K64
KJ7
A94
♣J862
5
1112
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣4 ♥2 ♠6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 4 1/-♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♠7/6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  4 W -2   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        170    2.00   2.00  3 W +1   D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D4-Waples-Conn
        170    2.00   2.00  2 W +2   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
        170    2.00   2.00  2 W +2   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        620    0.00   4.00  4 W      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
21 ♠983
Q7
KT93
♣T742
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQJT764
2
AQ
♣KJ6
♠52
KJT9
J875
♣AQ3
♠A
A86543
642
♣985
5
1611
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥5 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 2 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        170    3.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ W      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        450    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D4-Waples-Conn
        460    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
22 ♠K7
KT62
J7542
♣KQ
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠983
Q74
AKT98
♣T5
♠QJ65
AJ3
6
♣J8642
♠AT42
985
Q3
♣A973
12
99
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1 1♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          3.50   0.50  1N N      D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Waples-Conn
   90          3.50   0.50  1N N      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
         50    2.00   2.00  1N N -1   D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
        100    1.00   3.00  1N N -2   D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    0.00   4.00  2N N -3   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
23 ♠Q765
T2
K2
♣AQ853
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ82
K
Q874
♣KJT2
♠94
AQJ98653
T
♣94
♠KT3
74
AJ9653
♣76
11
147
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2/3 1♠  ♥4 NT4
EW: 3 3NT  ♣6 ♦4 ♠5/6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -200 4*-N-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  2♠ W -3   D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Waples-Conn
        620    1.50   2.50  4 E      D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
        620    1.50   2.50  4 E      D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
        620    1.50   2.50  4 E      D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        620    1.50   2.50  4 E      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
24 ♠AKQ32
AQ953
96
♣A
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠64
KJ86
Q84
♣KQ75
♠J97
T74
AT3
♣JT94
♠T85
2
KJ752
♣8632
19
116
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 3 5♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥3 ♠1 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      D6-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Smith-Nielsen
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      D11-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D8-Petroff-Rockefeller
  200          1.00   3.00  1♠ N +4   D10-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Waples-Conn
         50    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   D7-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Greenberg-Greenberg
25 ♠A9
KQ94
KT765
♣94
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠76
J632
AJ432
♣A8
♠KQ8543
8
98
♣KT73
♠JT2
AT75
Q
♣QJ652
12
108
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 3/2  ♠5/4 NT5
EW: 2♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    3.00   1.00  3N N -1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
         50    3.00   1.00  3 N -1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor
         50    3.00   1.00  3 N -1   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
        100    1.00   3.00  3 N -2   D4-Waples-Conn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    0.00   4.00  2♠ E      D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
26 ♠A3
A2
9874
♣AQT64
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠QT87
T98753
K2
♣9
♠KJ95
QJ4
A5
♣K832
♠642
K6
QJT63
♣J75
14
514
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♥4 ♠4
EW: 3 3♠  ♣4 ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW/3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.00   0.00  4 S      D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D10-Bowen-Benzien
  120          3.00   1.00  2N N      D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
  100          1.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   D4-Waples-Conn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          1.50   2.50  4 W -1   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        140    0.00   4.00  2 E +1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor
27 ♠8632
2
Q97
♣K9532
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AKT74
J8
KT
♣QT87
♠Q9
AQT963
865
♣A6
♠J5
K754
AJ432
♣J4
5
1312
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
EW: 3/2♣ 1 4 5♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   D2-Smith-Nielsen vs D11-Landgraff-Gaynor
        420    3.00   1.00  4 E      D4-Waples-Conn vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        450    2.00   2.00  4 E +1   D8-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D6-Wagner-Wagner
        460    1.00   3.00  3N W +2   D12-Glenn-Mcadams vs D9-Robbins-Feldman
        480    0.00   4.00  4 E +2   D5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D10-Bowen-Benzien