- Monday Aft - February 12, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 774 MP  Geomean: 439 MP
(based on 24 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 70.42 1st A 0.60
Doug M Hahn - Mark Robbins 56.25 1st A 0.60
Carol Jarboe - Pat Shaw 55.00 2nd A 0.42
Arline Benzien - Joann Bowen 51.67 2nd A 0.42
Elaine Mcadams - Mary Jane Graham 48.75 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>February 12, 2018  |CLUB NO.>127100    | 02/12/2018 15:57
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/250  |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 Peggy Nielsen          Joan Glenn               B    .     .     .     54.50  45.42
 2 Tee Downard            Marilyn Waples           C    .     .     .     47.50  39.58
 3 Joann Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    2     .     .     62.00  51.67  0.42(A)
 4 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A    .     .     .     53.00  44.17
 5 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    1     1     .     84.50  70.42  0.60(A)
 6 Mary Jane Graham       Elaine Mcadams           C    .     2     1     58.50  48.75  0.22(B)
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/250  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=6/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Carol Jarboe           Pat Shaw                 C    2     2     .     66.00  55.00  0.42(A)
 2 Ginny Rockefeller      Irene Petroff            B    .     .     .     63.50  52.92
 3 Mark Robbins           Doug   M Hahn            C    1     1     1     67.50  56.25  0.60(A)
 4 Carol Hayhurst         Carole Cardinal          B    .     .     .     41.50  34.58
 5 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              B    .     .     .     58.50  48.75
 6 Anne Conn              Susan Lang               C    .     .     .     63.00  52.50
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AQT
AT975
83
♣975
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠9742
J82
AQJT54
♣-
♠K63
3
K2
♣QJT6432
♠J85
KQ64
976
♣AK8
10
89
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2 1NT  ♣5 ♦3 ♠5
EW: 2♣ 2 2♠  ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/3*-N-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   0.00  4 N      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
  300          4.00   1.00  5* W -2  A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
         50    2.50   2.50  4 N -1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.50   2.50  3 N -1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        100    1.00   4.00  4 N -2   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        130    0.00   5.00  3♣ E +1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Conn-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

No one would blame South for choosing to open 1 rather than 1, especially in third seat. When West bids 2, North as a passed hand may choose to bid 2, which South will happily raise. Without a club lead from East--and who would after West has bid diamonds? North has plenty of time even with a 3-1 trump break. He's lucky, any ruff in the North hand beats East's ability to overruff. Not knowing that, North ruffs with the 10 and hopes East doesn't have the J. Now he'll make 3 with only four losers.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
11Pass2
Pass3All pass 

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3-4, 7, and 15.

The Bidding: East's hand falls short of the Rule of 20 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, a preempt in 2nd seat should be constructive because dealer's pass decreases the chance the opponents have a game. Preempting 3 could cause a game to be missed, or induce a phantom sacrifice. Passing seems best.

After South opens 1, West has a choice between overcalling 1 or doubling for takeout. Overcalling 1 seems best because it is lead directional. West may have a chance to Double for Takeout later. North responds 1. East has nothing to say. South raises to 2. West cannot double. That would be takeout of hearts. Passing seems best.

North's 11 Support Points and Losing Trick Count of 8 merit a Game Try . In his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, Steve Weinstein recommends raising responder's major with 3-card support and shortness or a small doubleton. North, with a 5-card heart suit, isn't concerned about a 3-card raise. North's 3 bid invites game. South has no interest.

The Play in 3: If West overcalled 1, East is likely to lead their King. West wants to ruff a club. So West discourages a diamond continuation. East's switch to the Queen is a defensive ruffing finesse. With the King offside, declarer is down 1 after West ruffs a club. At tables where West doesn't overcall 1, East may lead the Queen. Dummy covers and West ruffs. If West puts East on lead again with a diamond, declarer is down 2.



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2 ♠753
QJT985
73
♣K6
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠642
K42
KQ9
♣A873
♠AQT
A7
AJ54
♣QT92
♠KJ98
63
T862
♣J54
6
1217
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥6 ♠4 NT3
EW: 5♣ 4 3♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    4.00   1.00  3N E      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        400    4.00   1.00  3N E      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        400    4.00   1.00  3N E      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        430    2.00   3.00  3N E +1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Conn-Lang
        460    0.50   4.50  3N E +2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        460    0.50   4.50  3N E +2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. Whether or not they play Puppet Stayman , they'll end up in the NT game. The likely low spade lead gives declarer time and two stoppers. Lead a low club to the Ace and then back toward the Q and reap two spade tricks, two heart tricks, four diamond tricks and three club tricks.



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3 ♠J4
K72
K852
♣KT98
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q9762
9865
6
♣A42
♠T
A
AQJT743
♣QJ76
♠AK853
QJT43
9
♣53
10
614
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1/-♠
       ♣5 ♦4/3 ♠7/6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3  ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  5* E -3  A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        100    3.50   1.50  4 S -2   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        100    3.50   1.50  4 S -2   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        150    2.00   3.00  4 S -3   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Conn-Lang
        200    1.00   4.00  4 S -4   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        300    0.00   5.00  4* S -2  A2-Downard-Waples vs A3-Robbins-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South has an ideal hand for a Rule of 20 1 opener. North bids 1NT and East 2. Now South bids 2. What will North do? He might try 2NT with his 10 HCP and minor suit stoppers, but South will never sit for NT. He opened because he has two suits, so he needs to tell the rest of his story with hearts. Unhappily, the breaks are awful, but any one going down in 3 should be
in good company.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1NT22
PassPass3Pass
PassDblPass3
All pass   

The Bidding: South's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 . Opening 1 is clear. West has nothing to say. North responds 1NT. East overcalls 2. South's 2 rebid shows at least 5-4 in the majors. South's rebid has a wide range. Game is possible. So North owes South another bid. North is a bit light to invite game with a 2NT rebid. Similarly, bidding 3 with just 3-card support would be aggressive. Bidding 2 seems best. East has no desire to defend 2. East has the playing strength to comfortably compete to 3. South isn't eager to defend 3. The problem with bidding 3 is North will not know whether it is competitive or invitational. If North is short in hearts, 3 could be punished severely. Passing seems best.

North, with 10 HCP opposite an opening hand, expects the hand to belong to them. North isn't sure how to proceed. So North consults South with a Balance of Power double. Any diamond honors North has are well positioned for declarer. Defending 3 doubled will be a bottom if it makes and a top if it goes down. South is inclined to believe 3 is making. Running to 3 seems best.

The Play in 3: When South leads their Ace and dummy tables with a guarded Queen, there are two common defensive carding agreements. Some signal count. Others signal attitude. Either way, South cannot be certain who has the singleton spade. If North has a singleton, South must continue a spade to prevent a lobbing finesse towards the Queen. If declarer has a singleton, a spade continuation allows declarer to score the Queen for an overtrick.

Declarer doesn't have the club texture to benefit from a pushing finesse against the King. If dummy had a second entry, declarer could score 3 club tricks by repeating a lobbing finesse towards the QJ76. A club switch by South gives declarer the extra lobbing finesse needed to score a 10th trick.

The Play in 3: West's 6 lead finesses dummy's King. East knows West and declarer are out of diamonds. On the auction, declarer has at most 2 clubs. Returning a diamond could be expensive if declarer is 6-5-1-1. Declarer may have spade losers to ruff. Drawing a round of trump seems best.

With the King behind the Ace, declarer has at least 7 tricks: 2 + 4 + 1. A spade ruff brings declarer to 8 tricks for down 1. Declarer can score 2 spade ruffs by returning to their hand with a high diamond ruff, but that will promote a trick for West. Declarer's who allow West to overruff a diamond are headed for down 2.



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4 ♠AJT
AJ62
K962
♣62
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K72
T93
QJ3
♣JT87
♠Q63
87
8754
♣Q953
♠9854
KQ54
AT
♣AK4
13
74
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 6 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥1 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS/6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          5.00   0.00  6 N      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  680          3.50   1.50  4 S +2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  680          3.50   1.50  4 S +2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
  650          1.50   3.50  4 S +1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  650          1.50   3.50  4 S +1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Conn-Lang
  630          0.00   5.00  3N S +1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A3-Robbins-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. South is pleased when North raises hearts and surely everyone will bid the heart game. But slam? It depends on the trump break and cooperation in the spade honors--just enjoy the overtricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass1
Pass2Pass3NT
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: After North opens 1, South responds 1. North's raise to 2 shows a minimum opener with a heart fit. It is common for expert partnerships to raise responder's major with 3-card support and shortness. In his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, Steve Weinstein additionally recommends raising with 3-card support and a small doubleton. Some use an artificial asking bid to determine opener's trump support. Strength and shape information can provided as well. Natural continuations are a good option because they help opener describe the reason for a 3-card raise. Here, responder can jump to 3NT to offer a choice of games. North, with 4-card heart support, prefers the heart game.

The Play: The North-South hands fit well together. A double finesse allows declarer to score 3 spade tricks. Declarer has 12 tricks: 3 + 4 + 2 + 2 + 1 ruff.



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5 ♠K3
T3
Q73
♣AKT432
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠4
K7652
A654
♣J97
♠QJ95
AQ
K82
♣Q865
♠AT8762
J984
JT9
♣-
12
814
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 2 2 1NT  ♣6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.50   0.50  3♠ S -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        100    4.50   0.50  3♠ S -1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        200    3.00   2.00  3♠ S -2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        300    1.50   3.50  4♠ S -3   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A6-Conn-Lang
        300    1.50   3.50  3♣ N -3   A2-Downard-Waples vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        400    0.00   5.00  3♣ N -4   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North is much too good to preempt in first or second seat, so opens 1. East might fudge and bid 1NT, but few will double with only two hearts (one of the unbid suits). South will certainly bid 1 if it's available, and maybe 2 if North repeats her clubs. There's no future for much of anything in this hand. N-S don't even have the majority of the points. If South passes 2, would West have the nerve to balance?--or maybe not with only 8 HCP.



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6 ♠AT975
7
T87
♣QJ43
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJ6
QJ42
QJ65
♣AK
♠Q3
T965
AK3
♣T765
♠842
AK83
942
♣982
7
179
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3 4 1♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    5.00   0.00  1N W +1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        620    2.50   2.50  4 W      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A6-Conn-Lang
        620    2.50   2.50  4 W      A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        620    2.50   2.50  4 W      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        620    2.50   2.50  4 W      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        630    0.00   5.00  3N W +1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1NT and is happy to bid the heart game, though the bad trump break and the two missing high honors will be a worry. What will North lead? The A would be friendly--unsupported Aces are rarely effective. The Q is more likely. Then declarer has to realize which is the master hand--West--and not worry about East's club losers.



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7 ♠KQT764
K96
J
♣J92
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A32
J3
Q986
♣7643
♠98
Q742
A742
♣AK5
♠J5
AT85
KT53
♣QT8
10
713
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 3♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  3 W -3   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  200          3.50   1.50  2N W -2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  200          3.50   1.50  2 E -2   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  180          2.00   3.00  1N S +3   A2-Downard-Waples vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
  140          1.00   4.00  3♠ N      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A6-Conn-Lang
        100    0.00   5.00  3♠ N -1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A3-Robbins-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens a lovely 2 in third seat. East might eke out a double. In that case, South should be delighted to pass and await the chance to penalty double a red suit contract. This could get to be real fun! If East passes, so will South, confident that the opponents will be in real trouble if they try anything at the three level or above.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass2DblPass
2NT1Pass32Pass
33All pass  
  1. artificial
  2. the expected response
  3. natural, weak

The Bidding: After North opens a Weak Two Spades , East has a choice between passing and doubling for takeout. Doubling is somewhat risky. North's preempt opposite a passed hand can be very undisciplined. North could have a good hand which would not accept an invitation. It isn't clear which side has the majority of the strength. East's small doubleton spade and poor texture are negatives. East does have an opening hand and support for the unbid suits. East isn't eager to defend 2. Doubling for takeout is normal.

South has nothing to say. As Karen Walker discusses in her "Lebensohl over Weak 2-Bids" article, it is common to playlebWeak2 over a Weak Two . With that agreement, West advances with an artificial 2NT bid intending to show a weak hand with clubs. Some may prefer to show a weak hand with diamonds because their diamonds are stronger.

Rather than guess which suit to bid, some prefer play 2NT asks the doubler to bid their better minor. See Kitty Cooper's "2NT in Competion" article. North-South arrive at 3 or 3 depending on their agreements or guesses.

Neither 3 or 3 are good contracts. Preempts work.

The Play in 3: Declarer sees the risk of losing control of the hand. Declarer can attempt to ruff the 3rd round of clubs, but expects to be overruffed. If South has 4 clubs, South is overruffing with a winner. After overruffing, cashing the Ace and continuing hearts allows the defense to score +300 for a 3 trick set. Otherwise, the defense will likely score +200 for a 2 trick set.

The Play in 3: When North drops the Jack on the 1st round of diamonds, Restricted Choice suggests playing North for King-Jack doubleton or Jack singleton. Declarers who guess the diamonds go down 2. Declarers who misguess the diamonds put South in a position to draw trump and allow North to runs spades. To achieve a 3-trick set after declarer misguesses the diamonds, South must resist the temptation to overruff the 3rd round of spades to preserve trump control.



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8 ♠KQJT
T
KT83
♣QT32
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A942
AK875
A62
♣9
♠865
Q43
QJ54
♣J64
♠73
J962
97
♣AK875
11
156
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 2  ♣3 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.50   0.50  4♣ S      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A6-Conn-Lang
  130          4.50   0.50  4♣ S      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
  110          3.00   2.00  3♣ S      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  100          2.00   3.00  4 W -2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
   50          1.00   4.00  3 W -1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.00   5.00  4♣ S -1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1, North doubles, and East has just enough (barely) to raise to 2. That should tell South that partner is very short in hearts, so he should assay 3, knowing that E-W will be in trouble if they venture on. Even if West bids 3 and North bids 4, South won't be disposed to go to game. How many points could this deck possibly have with all this bidding?



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9 ♠732
5
AQ964
♣KQJ2
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KQJT94
A92
-
♣A875
♠85
KJT76
KJT2
♣94
♠A6
Q843
8753
♣T63
12
148
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1/2♣ 3 2♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.50   0.50  5* E -1  A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Conn-Lang
  200          4.50   0.50  3 E -2   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  100          2.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
  100          2.00   3.00  4 E -1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  100          2.00   3.00  3 E -1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        140    0.00   5.00  3 E      A2-Downard-Waples vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. Will East bid 1? Maybe! South might then bid 2 (6 HCP not enough for 1NT in this auction). If East has bid 1, West can show a limit raise. If East passes and South bids 1, West will surely bid those nice spades. A major suit partial for E-W should be universal on this one.



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10 ♠AJ4
KQ9
652
♣KT73
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K9
52
J9873
♣Q542
♠T82
A864
AQT
♣AJ9
♠Q7653
JT73
K4
♣86
13
615
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3/2♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 3/2  ♥4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +140 3♠-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  1N E -3   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  200          4.00   1.00  1N E -2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  110          3.00   2.00  1♠ S +1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
  100          2.00   3.00  3 E -1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
         90    1.00   4.00  1N E      A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        300    0.00   5.00  4 S -3   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Conn-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT, unluckily buying the hand at most tables. It won't be pretty. -200 is all too likely. Play it fast and move on to greener pastures.



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11 ♠K83
A432
853
♣A76
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T972
KQ9
KT2
♣853
♠AJ4
J76
AQJ94
♣J2
♠Q65
T85
76
♣KQT94
11
814
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥6 ♠5 NT6
EW: 3 1 2♠  ♣6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  1N E -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Conn-Lang
         50    3.50   1.50  2♣ S -1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
         50    3.50   1.50  2♣ N -1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
         90    2.00   3.00  2 E      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        110    0.50   4.50  2 E +1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        110    0.50   4.50  2 E +1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Robbins-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North has a likely third seat 1 opener. East overcalls 1 and South raises clubs. West can raise diamonds and prevail with the higher-ranking suit. Play is simple when diamonds and spades both cooperate.



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12 ♠J3
K9
JT86
♣AKJT5
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QT72
A3
AQ9742
♣6
♠AK964
QJT842
5
♣3
♠85
765
K3
♣Q98742
13
1210
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦4 ♥1 ♠1 NT5
EW: 3 5 5♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -450 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    5.00   0.00  3 E +2   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Conn-Lang
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        450    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        450    2.50   2.50  4 E +1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        480    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +2   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1, North overcalls 2--and we're off to the races. How will East handle this two-suited hand? If it's a Negative Double , West will bid spades and East will bid that game. If East does just bid hearts, West might not offer the spades. With this particular hand, the double is effective, but who knows on the next one?



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13 ♠A6
J6
984
♣KJ9654
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QT8
9
AK763
♣AQT3
♠K7532
QT742
QJT
♣-
♠J94
AK853
52
♣872
9
158
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦2 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
EW: 5 1 4♠ -/2NT
       ♣6 NT6/8
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    5.00   0.00  3 W +1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        140    4.00   1.00  3♠ E      A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        150    3.00   2.00  2N W +1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        600    2.00   3.00  3N W      A2-Downard-Waples vs A6-Conn-Lang
        620    0.50   4.50  4♠ W      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        620    0.50   4.50  4♠ E      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

The odds are West will get to open 1 in fourth seat. Will North now preempt in clubs? If so, will West double or just bid 2 (the higher of the two five card suits). It's a touchy hand to play in the spade game. Best to make West the master hand with no diamond losers and ruffing clubsin the long hand. It works because South has the J--requiring declarer to finesse by leading to the 10--takes nerve and luck. 4 and 5 both depend on trump breaking.



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14 ♠KQ5
J4
KJ865
♣K32
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠73
AK98752
QT72
♣-
♠96
QT6
A94
♣JT976
♠AJT842
3
3
♣AQ854
13
97
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3♠  ♦6 ♥3 NT5
EW: 1 4  ♣4 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -100 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      A2-Downard-Waples vs A6-Conn-Lang
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.00   5.00  5♠ S -2   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and West bids 3. North raises to 4 with his opening hand and great spades. Unless West has a chance to get in and lead clubs, this one makes the spade game. Clairvoyance. anyone?



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15 ♠K87
843
653
♣KT54
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A32
Q6
AKT94
♣A82
♠QT5
AK975
-
♣QJ976
♠J964
JT2
QJ872
♣3
6
1712
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥1 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6♣ 4 6 3/4♠ 5/6NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -990 6NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A6-Conn-Lang
        430    4.00   1.00  3N E +1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        450    2.50   2.50  5 E      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        450    2.50   2.50  4 W +1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        460    1.00   4.00  3N W +2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        990    0.00   5.00  6N W      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West is heavy for 1NT but may bid it anyway. East will transfer and then bid clubs, but West is likely to persist in NT. Overtricks will be common when hearts break. Missing the K and 10 of clubs, declarer may lay down the Ace and lead toward the long clubs--four tricks coming up.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1NTPass21Pass
2Pass32Pass
3NTAll pass  
  1. 5+
  2. 4+, game forcing

The Bidding: West's prime honors and excellent 5-card suit give West more playing strength than expected for a 1NT opener. The Queen doubleton is a flaw which may persuade West not to upgrade. At tables where West opens 1NT, East uses a Jacoby Transfer to show their 5-card heart suit. East's 3 continuation is natural and game forcing. Since East may have a 4-card club suit, West isn't eager to show a club fit. West offers 3NT as the final contract. East's hand doesn't merit a slam move.

The Play: Declarer would like to run the Queen, but communication is a concern. There is just a 13% chance to pickup clubs without a loser. Leading a low club towards the Queen-Jack helps preserve communication. North ducks and dummy's Queen (or Jack) wins. Declarer crosses with the Ace. When South shows out, declarer has a marked finesse against North. With hearts breaking 3-3, declarer has 12 tricks: 1 + 5 + 2 + 4.

A spade lead gives declarer the most difficulty. Declarer must guess to play the Queen to score 12 tricks. If in dummy with the Queen, declarer can run the Queen, but North will always score a club trick. If declarer misguesses the spades, the defense can score a spade and a club to hold declarer to 11 tricks.



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16 ♠-
T7
KQ8753
♣AJ865
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KQ7
AKQJ8
T9
♣K43
♠AT942
42
J642
♣Q2
♠J8653
9653
A
♣T97
10
187
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2  ♥3 ♠3 NT3/4
EW: 1 3♠ 3NT  ♣4 ♦4
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -100 4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          5.00   0.00  5♠* E -2  A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        100    3.00   2.00  3 N -2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A6-Conn-Lang
        100    3.00   2.00  4♣ S -2   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        100    3.00   2.00  4♣ S -2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        180    1.00   4.00  2N W +2   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        200    0.00   5.00  3 W +2   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. North has a nice 2NT jump to show the minors and South chooses clubs. East may feel cheated, but he just isn't strong enough to bid at the three level, and he does have some minor suit values. With nothing in diamonds, West is stymied--how is he to know Partner has J-fourth?



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17 ♠875
A
AK84
♣AKJT8
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠6
T9732
Q963
♣642
♠QT92
J4
JT72
♣Q93
♠AKJ43
KQ865
5
♣75
19
26
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 4 5 7♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥2 ♠0 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1510 7♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1210          5.00   0.00  6♠* S     A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
  990          4.00   1.00  6N N      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
  490          2.00   3.00  3N N +3   A2-Downard-Waples vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  490          2.00   3.00  3N N +3   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  490          2.00   3.00  3N N +3   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A6-Conn-Lang
        100    0.00   5.00  7♠* S -1  A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. South responds 1 with his nice 5-5 hand. North bids 2, reversing and forcing the bidding. Now South bids 2. North, now knowing that South has five spades could even jump to 5, inviting the slam if South has two of the top three spades. While it's true that a careful declarer could pick up the trump suit who's going to know what to do not seeing all four hands?



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18 ♠A9
863
QJT4
♣KQT5
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠743
754
93
♣AJ874
♠JT85
AQJT
AK5
♣92
♠KQ62
K92
8762
♣63
12
515
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 1NT  ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2♠ S      A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
         90    2.50   2.50  1N E      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
         90    2.50   2.50  1N E      A2-Downard-Waples vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
         90    2.50   2.50  1N E      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
         90    2.50   2.50  1N E      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        200    0.00   5.00  2♠ S -2   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A6-Conn-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT and probably buys the hand. He'll go down unless he's awfully lucky, but not vulnerable it won't be expensive. He might even enjoy lucky timing and get seven tricks.



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19 ♠KQ843
J92
985
♣54
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠7
AK8743
T62
♣QT8
♠JT52
T65
KJ43
♣63
♠A96
Q
AQ7
♣AKJ972
6
95
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 4♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦4 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A6-Conn-Lang
  150          3.00   2.00  3♣ S +2   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  130          2.00   3.00  3♣ S +1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        100    0.50   4.50  5♠ N -2   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        100    0.50   4.50  4♠ S -2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
20 ♠872
AK75
T8543
♣T
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T43
J32
AKJ2
♣A43
♠K965
Q
Q97
♣KJ872
♠AQJ
T9864
6
♣Q965
7
1311
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1NT  ♣5 ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1♠  ♦6 ♥3 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  2N W -3   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  170          4.00   1.00  2 N +2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  100          2.50   2.50  2N W -1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  100          2.50   2.50  1N W -1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
         90    0.50   4.50  1N W      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A6-Conn-Lang
         90    0.50   4.50  1N E      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
21 ♠Q987
K43
J86
♣T82
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J3
QJT92
952
♣AK7
♠T42
A87
AK73
♣654
♠AK65
65
QT4
♣QJ93
6
1111
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♠
       ♣6/5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠7/6 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 4 3NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.50   0.50  4 W -1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
   50          4.50   0.50  4 W -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        100    3.00   2.00  2♠ S -1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Conn-Lang
        140    1.00   4.00  3 W      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        140    1.00   4.00  3 W      A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
        140    1.00   4.00  2 W +1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
22 ♠QJ76
J54
86
♣AT95
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠843
K632
AKJ9
♣Q3
♠T952
AQ98
5
♣K864
♠AK
T7
QT7432
♣J72
8
139
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3 2♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3 E -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        110    3.00   2.00  2 E      A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        110    3.00   2.00  2 E      A2-Downard-Waples vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
        110    3.00   2.00  2 E      A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Conn-Lang
        140    0.50   4.50  3 E      A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        140    0.50   4.50  2 E +1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
23 ♠743
AT
Q75
♣KT632
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ2
KQJ75
4
♣J984
♠98
982
KJ986
♣A75
♠AKT65
643
AT32
♣Q
9
108
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2/1 3♠  ♥6 NT6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♦5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          5.00   0.00  3♠ S +1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  140          4.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
  110          3.00   2.00  2♠ S      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
        100    1.50   3.50  3♠ S -1   A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Conn-Lang
        100    1.50   3.50  2♠ S -1   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff
        200    0.00   5.00  2♠ S -2   A2-Downard-Waples vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
24 ♠852
AK98643
5
♣J8
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ7
T5
AQ9743
♣64
♠9643
Q2
J8
♣KT752
♠KJT
J7
KT62
♣AQ93
8
126
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ -/1 4/5 -/1♠ 4NT
       ♦6/7 ♠6/7
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥2 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +450 5-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4 N +1   A2-Downard-Waples vs A4-Hayhurst-Cardinal
  430          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   A6-Graham-Mcadams vs A5-Wagner-Wagner
  420          3.00   2.00  4 N      A3-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Conn-Lang
  150          2.00   3.00  4 W -3   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Robbins-Hahn
  100          1.00   4.00  3 W -2   A4-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Jarboe-Shaw
        150    0.00   5.00  3N S -3   A1-Nielsen-Glenn vs A2-Rockefeller-Petroff