- Wednesday Aft - February 7, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 447 MP  Geomean: 284 MP
(based on 24 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Louise Shaffer - Richard Follenweider 59.17 1st A 0.48
Raeann Koerner - Rosemary Reitz 56.25 2nd A 0.34
Anne Cline - Anne Conn 54.17 1/2nd A 0.41
Diane Di Conti - Mary Budd 54.17 1/2nd A 0.41
Kenneth Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 48.33 1st B 0.32
Iris Acutt - Raymond Koerner 47.08 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>1499er Pairs             |SESSION>Wednesday Aft|SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>February 7, 2018   |CLUB NO.>131102    | 02/07/2018 15:55
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DIR> Tom Ciacio      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>1500/700/250   |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Anne Cline             Anne Conn                B   1/2   1/2    .     65.00  54.17  0.41(A)
 2 Gary Feldman           John Anderson            C    .     .     .     57.00  47.50
 3 Mike Gaddis Jr         Arline Benzien           A    .     .     .     54.00  45.00
 4 Diane Di Conti         Mary Budd                C   1/2   1/2    1     65.00  54.17  0.41(A)
 5 Mark Robinson          Nancy Lander             C    .     .     .     57.00  47.50
 6 Roseann Buckley        Mark Robbins             B    .     .     .     62.00  51.67
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>1499er Pairs             |SESSION>Wednesday Aft|SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>1500/700/250   |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Rosemary Reitz         Raeann Koerner           A    2     .     .     67.50  56.25  0.34(A)
 2 Peggy Nielsen          Leander Pemberton        B    .     .     .     51.50  42.92
 3 Marsha Vandiver        Kenneth Vandiver         C    .     1     1     58.00  48.33  0.32(B)
 4 Iris Acutt             Raymond Koerner          C    .     2     .     56.50  47.08  0.22(B)
 5 Barry Tronstad         Denise Tronstad          C    .     .     .     55.50  46.25
 6 Richard Follenweider   Louise Shaffer           A    1     .     .     71.00  59.17  0.48(A)
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠7652
85
AK5432
♣Q
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT9
932
QT98
♣875
♠KQJ83
JT
-
♣KT6432
♠4
AKQ764
J76
♣AJ9
9
610
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4 2NT  ♣5 ♠6
EW: 2♣ 1♠  ♦3 ♥3/2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   0.00  4 S      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  200          4.00   1.00  4♠ E -4   A1-Cline-Conn vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  170          3.00   2.00  3 S +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  150          1.50   3.50  5♠ E -3   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  150          1.50   3.50  4♠ E -3   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
         50    0.00   5.00  4 N -1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A4-Acutt-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Marty Chip Chip Marty
 Pass11
Pass223
DblPassPass4
All pass   

North might open 3, but the spots are poor and side four card spade suit is a defect. If North passes, East could open 1 or 1 reasonably. If 1, South has a heavy 2 overcall, West a raise and North can now chime in with 3 (expecting some diamond support as South is presumably short in spades). East now might bid 3 or 4 with his shapely hand. If he did jump to 4, would likely push South into bidding 5 (or perhaps 4NT if that would be takeout, to offer a choice between diamonds and hearts).

5 is an excellent contract, but beaten by the bad break (and those poor diamond spots we mentioned earlier).

Note that 4X can held to 7 tricks (so beaten 500), but the defense has to be a little careful. They have to tap declarer to kill the club suit, but also have to play one round of trumps one of 3 times they are in with club tricks. Otherwise declarer can cross-ruff 8 tricks.



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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 224
All pass   

Whether North opens 2 or not, with a side four card major, is a matter of partnership agreement. Certainly if one the high honors were in s instead, it would be more reasonable to pass. If North passes, East might open there 6-5 hand with either 1 or 2. In that case, South will certainly compete, but it will be a lot harder for N/S to get to game, as South will not necessarily know that their side has a useful fit. Given how poor the North's suit is and how good their suit is, I would choose to open 2. Whether East bids or not, South should force to game. If South has a way to find out how good North's suit is, they could take that route. After all, if North's suit is AKQxxx, then slam in s should be a good prospect even if North has shortness. If East overcalls, though, South might just jump to 4, making it difficult for E/W to find out if they should be bidding further in s. Should East overcall if North opens 2? It's certainly not clear. The 6-5 distribution and the void suggest bidding. However, the hand is pretty weak on defense, and bidding 3, possibly burying a five card suit isn't perfect. Neither is it perfect to bid your shorter suit first, so East will have to make a decision. If East had six s and five s, then I think it would be an easy overcall.

The fate of a contract will depend partly on the opening lead. If the defense starts with two rounds of s, declarer will likely ruff and pull trump, planning to cash a high and then play a low when if the Queen doesn't come down. The bad break will force declarer to instead take a finesse, but the end result should still be making ten tricks. On most other leads, declarer should be able to scramble home 10 tricks. If West leads a , declarer can immediately rough a , and will end up with 11 tricks. Bidding game should be above average, and +450 should be close to a top, barring E/W getting in trouble in s and getting doubled.



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2 ♠3
KQT9
74
♣JT9642
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AT62
732
AQ863
♣7
♠QJ9
J65
K952
♣Q83
♠K8754
A84
JT
♣AK5
6
109
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1♠  ♦3 NT4
EW: 3  ♣3 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          5.00   0.00  2♣ S +2   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        100    4.00   1.00  2N S -1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        130    2.50   2.50  3 W +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        130    2.50   2.50  3 W +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        200    0.50   4.50  3N S -2   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        200    0.50   4.50  5♣ N -2   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
  Pass1N
Dbl21Pass2N2
Pass33Pass
Pass3Pass3N
All pass   
  1. Range ask or clubs
  2. Minimum

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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1NT
All pass   

South will be playing in 1NT at many tables, though at some West will have a way to show a four card major and a longer minor, which should lead to North competing in s, or North will sign off in 3 over a silent West. With a 6-4 hand and all their honors in the long suits, it looks right for North to correct 1NT to 3, and certainly North should compete if West bids over 1NT. A contract will have either three or four losers, depending on whether declarer gets the suit right. However, a 1NT contract is much more interesting, from a defensive standpoint. Assume that E/W are using fourth best leads and that West leads the 6. East will win with the King, and assuming that they continue the suit, should continue with the 2, promising an original four card suit. After West wins, what should happen next? If West cashes another high , many players will reflexively play low from the East hand. However, the 9, East's only remaining , will now be the high card in the suit, and West will not be able to cash both of their s. This is a situation known as "blocking" the suit, whereby the length in a suit cannot be used because the long suit has no higher cards then the lowest card in the short suit. A good East player will see this coming and will play the 9 under the Ace, a play known as "unblocking" the suit. Other than a lesson on blocking, why is this particularly interesting on the actual hand? Because here, West has a certain entry in s and desires a lead through South. So, even if East unblocks the 9, West should lead the 3 next, forcing East to win, with no s left. East should recognize that West wants a side suit led, and looking at dummy, the natural suit is s. As it happens, East has a normal switch anyway, but if East had a more ambiguous holding, should still lead a . Curiously on this hand, the suit will now be blocked. Assuming declarer keeps four s in the South hand, the defense will only be able to run three tricks.

If East switches to s earlier in the hand, both s and s can be untangled. Is this realistic, other than East just choosing to lead a at trick two? I think it would take a very good defensive pair to achieve this. At trick three, West should lead one of their low s to East. East will need to understand the implications of West's spot card play, and overtake the 8 with the 9, or the 3 with the 5. When East then switches to the Q, this should promise the Jack. Why? Because with both East and West knowing that East has a second entry in s, there is no reason for East to lead their highest unless they have an honor sequence. Assuming E/W remain on the same wavelength, West can lead a LOW back, promising the 10 and East can win with the Jack, cash the 9 and lead a back to West (E/W having carefully made sure that they have communication in both directions.) Voila, defense is easy!!! Ok, so this takes a LOT of good assumptions and good play by E/W and in practice, I think nine tricks on defense will only be made if South pitches too many s, allowing West to overtake the 9. Defenders who cash five s ending in the West hand without leading s from the East will have a relatively poor score.



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3 ♠AQJ32
QJT9
6
♣T94
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠9
K32
Q93
♣AJ7653
♠T87654
87654
K7
♣-
♠K
A
AJT8542
♣KQ82
10
103
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 3 1 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.50   0.50  4 S      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  130          4.50   0.50  3 S +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
         50    2.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
         50    2.50   2.50  5 S -1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        150    1.00   4.00  5 S -3   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        500    0.00   5.00  6* N -3  A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
   1
Pass1Pass3
Pass3Pass3N
All pass   

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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass2
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass   

N/S will probably get to 3NT whether West overcalls 2 or not, but you might be surprised that I haven't suggested 2 bid in the bidding diagram. One of the few ways in which experts are less aggressive than advancing players is in making two level overcalls. Here, the vulnerability is terrible for West, their hand overall is not even a full opening count, and the suit is poor quality. Some might argue that a sixth is an advantage, but in point of fact, for a two level minor suit overcall, a six card suit is expected. The only advantage to bidding 2, is that some pairs have a hard time dealing with a 2 overcall of 1 if they don't have both majors, and thus the opponents might be kept out of a contract, but that is outweighed by the disadvantages. If West does bid 2, the N/S bidding is likely to continue 2-3-3-3NT and the final contract will be the same, albeit declared by South. If West passes, South isn't quite strong enough to rebid 3 over 1. Should South bid 2 or 3? Despite having a 7th , it looks better to bid 2, hoping this doesn't get passed, as a 3 bid next will show the distribution and hand strength pretty closely. North doesn't have a great bid over 2, but is too strong to just pass, with solid holdings in both majors, and 2NT looks best, despite the shortness. Knowing that North has only an invitational hand, South can just make a pragmatic bid of 3NT. It's hard to construct many hands for North whereby they have a stopper, and 6 is till a good contract, and risking a 3 bid unless this is 100% forcing would be too dangerous for me.



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4 ♠Q653
QJ5
743
♣AKT
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A742
KT76
KJ9
♣85
♠KJT9
A932
A
♣Q962
♠8
84
QT8652
♣J743
12
1114
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 1 4 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4 W -1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        140    3.00   2.00  3♠ W      A5-Robinson-Lander vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        140    3.00   2.00  3 W      A1-Cline-Conn vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        140    3.00   2.00  2 W +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        170    0.50   4.50  2 W +2   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        170    0.50   4.50  2 W +2   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
Pass1Pass1
DblPass2Pass
2Pass4All pass

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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1DblPass
2Pass3Pass
3Pass4All pass

E/W are likely to play in a major suit game, though some will stop in a partscore. For some pairs, West will have an opening 1 opening, and now E/W will quickly get to 4. In this case, East is likely to declare the contract, and if South leads their singleton , it will remove the guess in that suit for declarer. If South somehow finds another lead, then the contract will come down to guessing the Queen. If West passes originally, North will open 1 and East will have to decide what to do. Despite the unfortunate distribution in the minors, with a 14 HCP and both majors, I don't see how East can pass, and I would double, being prepared to claim that I had some s in with my s if partner ends up bidding a lot of s! South might be able to bid 2 showing a weak hand, but either way, West has a good enough hand to invite and ask East to choose a major, by cue bidding. Assuming South has passed, and West bids 2, the East hand is now much better knowing that West has at least invitational values and should have both majors. East can cue bid 3 back, to insure that if West is 5-4 in the majors, they play in the nine card fit, while also confirming the values for game. The end result should be a contract of four in a major, most likely s, declared by West. In this case, with North having opened the bidding, declarer should play North for the Queen, and end up making their contract. Any E/W pair who don't get to game, or who go down by getting the suit wrong, will end up with a poor score. +620 should be a relatively common E/W score, with some pairs going +170, and certainly some +140 and -50 scores as well.



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5 ♠7
AK943
J873
♣862
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQ6543
QT2
K
♣KQJ
♠KT9
J8765
62
♣954
♠J82
-
AQT954
♣AT73
8
174
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 1NT  ♥6 ♠4
EW: 1/- 3/2♠
       ♣3 ♦2 ♥7/6 NT4
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +300 5♠*-E-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          5.00   0.00  5 S      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  150          3.50   1.50  4 S +1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  150          3.50   1.50  3 S +2   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
  100          2.00   3.00  4♠ W -2   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
   50          1.00   4.00  3♠ W -1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        400    0.00   5.00  3 N -4   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
 PassPass1
12Pass3
All pass   

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6 ♠852
T
AT987
♣AJ32
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQT7
QJ4
QJ
♣T875
♠93
AK63
6432
♣KQ6
♠KJ64
98752
K5
♣94
9
1212
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
  100          4.00   1.00  3N E -1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        120    3.00   2.00  2N E      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        150    1.50   3.50  2N E +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        150    1.50   3.50  2N E +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        170    0.00   5.00  1 E +3   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
  1Pass
1Pass1NPass
2NAll pass  

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7 ♠QJ98
4
KJ863
♣J63
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T654
J85
T752
♣T2
♠2
T9732
4
♣KQ9754
♠AK73
AKQ6
AQ9
♣A8
8
15
26
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 7 4/1 7♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦0 ♥3 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1470          4.50   0.50  6N S +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
 1470          4.50   0.50  6N S +1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
 1390          3.00   2.00  6 N +1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
 1100          2.00   3.00  5♣* E -4  A1-Cline-Conn vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  720          0.50   4.50  3N S +4   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  720          0.50   4.50  3N S +4   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
   2
Pass213Pass
Pass3Pass4
Pass42Pass4N3
Pass54Pass55
Pass5N6Pass6
Pass6NPass7N
All pass   
  1. Waiting
  2. Roman Keycard Blackwood in diamonds
  3. 4 keycards
  4. asks for Q of diamonds
  5. King of hearts and Queen of diamonds
  6. interest in 7, no black King

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8 ♠-
AQJ9872
AK3
♣J75
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠85
T3
874
♣AK9864
♠QT9764
K5
Q92
♣T3
♠AKJ32
64
JT65
♣Q2
15
77
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥3/4 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4 N +1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  420          2.00   3.00  4 N      A1-Cline-Conn vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  420          2.00   3.00  4 N      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  420          2.00   3.00  4 N      A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  420          2.00   3.00  4 N      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  420          2.00   3.00  4 N      A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A4-Acutt-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
Pass12Pass
Pass4All pass 

West might open 3, then North would likely bid 4 closing the auction. We chose not to, so North got to open . Now East could open 1 or 2, but particularly opposite a passed hand, 2 seems better: it takes away North/South space and lets partner know there is no game. The main downside is it might get partner to take an expensive save in 4. South passes over 2 hoping partner will double, but North with such an offensive hand gambles only a little to take a shot at 4.

East might reasonably lead anything but a trump. On a diamond lead, declarer will win in dummy, throw two clubs on spades, take the heart finesse and make 5. A spade lead will allow two club discards, and declarer will then lose a trick in ,, and to make 4. Only a club lead gives the defense a chance. Even then, if West reasonably plays 3 rounds of clubs, the contract makes. Whether East ruffs high or not, dummy will have an entry to throw declarer’s losing to make 4. Note the power of dummy’s 64 if West ruffs high and leads his 5. The only sure winning defense is for West to win the club lead to play a diamond, then play another diamond when in with the A. That works here, but could give declarer the contract if partner had say Q9 instead of K5



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9 ♠863
A74
AQ73
♣AJT
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K5
K32
KJ94
♣K875
♠Q972
QJ985
T62
♣6
♠AJT4
T6
85
♣Q9432
15
135
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 2♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  2 E -2   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  120          3.00   2.00  2N N      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  120          3.00   2.00  1N N +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  120          3.00   2.00  1N N +1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  110          1.00   4.00  3♣ S      A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        100    0.00   5.00  3♣ N -2   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
 1NAll pass 

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10 ♠Q
QJT8752
754
♣84
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K8654
94
K6
♣AKQ2
♠9732
K63
Q
♣J7653
♠AJT
A
AJT9832
♣T9
5
156
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3  ♣4 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1♣ 3♠  ♦2 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          5.00   0.00  4 S      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  100          3.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
  100          3.00   2.00  3♠ W -1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  100          3.00   2.00  3♠ W -1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        100    1.00   4.00  5 S -1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    0.00   5.00  5* S -1  A5-Robinson-Lander vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
  Pass1
1334
DblAll pass  

After 1-1, North has a fairly model preemptive 3 bid (if 3 has some other meaning, North has no very good bid, so might just Pass hoping to bid hearts later). East raises spades and South decides to gamble 4 hoping for say x KQJxxxx xxx xx. West has a good hand and might reasonably DBL or bid 4. Here DBL is right in theory but probably wrong in practice.

If East, normally, leads a (high) spade or a diamond, declarer will be able to win in dummy and take a ruffing spade finesse, then get back to dummy to throw his club loser on the spade ten. Only a club lead lets the defense take its 4 tricks.



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11 ♠987632
-
AQ98
♣T43
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠54
AJ964
KJ53
♣A8
♠AKQJ
QT8
4
♣KQ652
♠T
K7532
T762
♣J97
6
1317
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦5 ♥1 ♠3 NT0
EW: 5/6♣ 2 5/6 3♠ 5/6NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -990 6NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  6 W -3   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  100          3.50   1.50  6 W -2   A1-Cline-Conn vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  100          3.50   1.50  6 W -2   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
   50          2.00   3.00  5 W -1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        170    1.00   4.00  3 W +1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
       1020    0.00   5.00  6N W +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
   Pass
123Pass
3Pass3Pass
3Pass4N1Pass
52All pass  
  1. Roman Keycard Blackwood for hearts
  2. 2 Keycards, no Q

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12 ♠T972
7
T832
♣AQ43
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A865
T92
J4
♣K762
♠Q4
AKQJ63
AQ5
♣95
♠KJ3
854
K976
♣JT8
6
818
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2/3 1♠  ♥4 NT4
EW: 3 2NT  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4 E -2   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        420    1.00   4.00  4 E      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        420    1.00   4.00  4 E      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        420    1.00   4.00  4 E      A5-Robinson-Lander vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
PassPass1Pass
2Pass3Pass
4All pass  

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13 ♠KJ6543
K65
A8
♣82
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠72
A98
753
♣K9643
♠AQT8
QT3
QT6
♣QT5
♠9
J742
KJ942
♣AJ7
11
712
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2/1♠  ♣4 NT6
EW: 1♣  ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-S/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          5.00   0.00  2N S +2   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        100    3.50   1.50  2♠ N -1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        100    3.50   1.50  2♠ N -1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    1.50   3.50  2N S -2   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        200    1.50   3.50  4♠ N -2   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        800    0.00   5.00  4* S -3  A5-Robinson-Lander vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
 1Pass1N
Pass2All pass 

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14 ♠QJ876
AT
6
♣Q8764
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AK532
974
Q94
♣KT
♠T94
53
AKT852
♣A5
♠-
KQJ862
J73
♣J932
9
1211
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2  ♦3 ♠5 NT3
EW: 3/2 2♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♥4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS/4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  4♠* E -2  A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ W      A1-Cline-Conn vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ W      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        110    3.00   2.00  2♠ W      A5-Robinson-Lander vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        130    1.00   4.00  4 E      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        140    0.00   5.00  2♠ W +1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
  13
3Pass4Pass
PassDblAll pass 

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15 ♠A986
Q654
2
♣KQ92
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠K7432
972
Q98
♣86
♠T5
AJT8
AJ
♣JT743
♠QJ
K3
KT76543
♣A5
11
511
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 2/1 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥5 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  600          4.00   1.00  3N N      A1-Cline-Conn vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
  150          2.50   2.50  2N N +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  150          2.50   2.50  2N N +1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  130          1.00   4.00  3 S +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  110          0.00   5.00  3 S      A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
   1
Pass1Pass2
All pass   

After partner's 2 rebid North has decent values, but the singleton diamond is a big negative as it makes it harder to develop partner’s suit. Taking 10 tricks in diamonds is easy, but 9 in notrump is not, even with the cards friendly (diamonds 3-2 with the Ace onside, K onside, a likely friendly club lead). If North does bid 2NT South will raise to 3.

After a low club lead to the 9, diamond to the K and then ducked to the A, East can switch to the J. Dummy can win the K and set up the s, but when West gets in, the 9 through declarer lets the defense take 3 hearts and beat 3NT.



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16 ♠872
KQ2
6
♣AJT752
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AKQ43
9
AJT983
♣6
♠T65
T753
K542
♣Q9
♠J9
AJ864
Q7
♣K843
10
145
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4  ♦1 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5 5♠  ♣2 ♥2 NT2
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: -300 6*-NS/6♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    5.00   0.00  5 S -3   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        620    4.00   1.00  5 W +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        650    1.50   3.50  5♠ W      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        650    1.50   3.50  5♠ W      A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
12Pass2
3445
PassPass5All pass

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17 ♠K32
JT9
T864
♣K97
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q5
K765
KQ72
♣865
♠A96
AQ83
AJ3
♣T43
♠JT874
42
95
♣AQJ2
7
1015
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣6 ♦4 ♥3 NT4
EW: 3 3 3NT  ♣5 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -300 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 E -1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        170    4.00   1.00  3 W +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        400    3.00   2.00  3N E      A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        420    1.00   4.00  4 E      A1-Cline-Conn vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        420    1.00   4.00  4 E      A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        420    1.00   4.00  4 E      A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
 Pass1N21
DblPass3Pass
4All pass  
  1. 5 spades and a minor

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18 ♠Q
AKT9
J8732
♣A76
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AJT53
J7
KT4
♣J85
♠K64
Q63
Q9
♣Q9432
♠9872
8542
A65
♣KT
14
109
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2  ♣6 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦4 ♥4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          5.00   0.00  2 S +2   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  150          4.00   1.00  4♠ W -3   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
   50          2.50   2.50  3♠ W -1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
   50          2.50   2.50  2♠ W -1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        110    0.50   4.50  2♠ W      A1-Cline-Conn vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        110    0.50   4.50  2♠ W      A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
  PassPass
2Dbl3All pass

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19 ♠7642
T9762
K64
♣3
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKJ85
Q854
82
♣98
♠93
K3
AQT
♣AKT754
♠QT
AJ
J9753
♣QJ62
3
1016
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥4 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 2 3 5♠ 5NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    5.00   0.00  2♣ E +2   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        150    4.00   1.00  2N E +1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        630    2.50   2.50  3N E +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        630    2.50   2.50  3N E +1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        660    0.50   4.50  3N E +2   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        660    0.50   4.50  3N E +2   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
   Pass
PassPass1Pass
1Pass2NPass
3Pass3NAll pass

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20 ♠K654
JT
AJ9543
♣4
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T932
A7653
KQ
♣63
♠AJ7
KQ9
T8
♣AQT95
♠Q8
842
762
♣KJ872
9
916
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4/3 3♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -620 4-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   1.00  4 W -1   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  100          4.00   1.00  4 E -1   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  100          4.00   1.00  2♣ E -1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    2.00   3.00  2 E +1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        170    0.50   4.50  2 W +2   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
        170    0.50   4.50  2 E +2   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
PassPass1NPass
22PassPass
31Pass42Pass
43Pass4All pass
  1. Smolen, 4 spades, 5 hearts
  2. Cue bid for hearts
  3. transfer to hearts

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21 ♠93
KJ874
Q765
♣K2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQ74
T93
K43
♣AQ8
♠T65
AQ2
9
♣JT9753
♠AJ82
65
AJT82
♣64
9
147
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1  ♣3 ♠4 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          5.00   0.00  2 S      A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        130    2.50   2.50  3♣ W +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        130    2.50   2.50  3♣ W +1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        130    2.50   2.50  3♣ E +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        130    2.50   2.50  3♣ E +1   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        150    0.00   5.00  2♣ E +3   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A4-Acutt-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
 PassPass1
Dbl12Pass
Pass233
All pass   

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22 ♠Q65
A43
AQ65
♣K82
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AJ943
T965
K2
♣T5
♠K2
J872
T9873
♣J4
♠T87
KQ
J4
♣AQ9763
15
85
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1 2♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  520          5.00   0.00  3N N +4   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  490          4.00   1.00  3N N +3   A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
  460          2.00   3.00  3N N +2   A1-Cline-Conn vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  460          2.00   3.00  3N N +2   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
  460          2.00   3.00  3N N +2   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
  150          0.00   5.00  3♣ S +2   A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A1-Reitz-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
  Pass1
12Pass3
Pass3NAll pass 

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23 ♠AQ8753
82
KJ
♣Q74
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠92
QT963
Q3
♣AK53
♠KT64
KJ4
T6542
♣8
♠J
A75
A987
♣JT962
12
117
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2  ♣4 ♦6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   A1-Cline-Conn vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
  140          4.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
  110          2.50   2.50  2♠ N      A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
  110          2.50   2.50  2♠ N      A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer
        140    1.00   4.00  3 W      A5-Robinson-Lander vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        200    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A4-Acutt-Koerner

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
   Pass
112Dbl
Pass2DblAll pass

Bidding by Marty Fleisher and Chip Martel



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24 ♠Q97
AQ832
964
♣92
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J8654
-
J87
♣T6543
♠AK32
T
KT53
♣AKJ8
♠T
KJ97654
AQ2
♣Q7
8
218
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣3 ♦4 ♠3 NT6
EW: 4♣ 2 4♠  ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   0.00  4 S      A2-Feldman-Anderson vs A4-Acutt-Koerner
         50    4.00   1.00  5 S -1   A5-Robinson-Lander vs A5-Tronstad-Tronstad
        100    2.00   3.00  5* S -1  A3-Gaddis Jr-Benzien vs A1-Reitz-Koerner
        100    2.00   3.00  5* S -1  A4-Di Conti-Budd vs A3-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    2.00   3.00  4* S -1  A1-Cline-Conn vs A2-Nielsen-Pemberton
        500    0.00   5.00  6* S -3  A6-Buckley-Robbins vs A6-Follenweider-Shaffer

Marty Fleisher/ Chip Martel Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
MartyChipChipMarty
PassPass11
Pass4DblPass
4PassPass5
PassPassDblAll pass

Bidding by Marty Fleisher and Chip Martel



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