- Thursday Aft - April 12, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1336 MP  Geomean: 795 MP
(based on 28 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Charles Clarke - Josh Rosenbluth 61.31 1st A 0.70
Bob Bradish - Ken Thompson 58.93 2nd A 0.49
Carole Cardinal - Robert Greene 58.04 1st A 0.70
Harry Anand - John Anderson 55.06 1st B 0.40
Dennis Charles - Julie Elliott 54.46 2nd B 0.28
Anne Cline - Ron Saltis 52.68 2/3rd A 0.42
Alan Curtis - Dawn Ligon 52.68 2/3rd A 0.42
EVENT>Thursday Afternoon Pairs |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>April 12, 2018     |CLUB NO.>131102    | 04/12/2018 16:07
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/2000/750  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Anne Cline             Ron Saltis               B   2/3    2     .     88.50  52.68  0.42(A)
 2 Diane Di Conti         Iris Acutt               C    .     .     .     83.50  49.70
 3 Dick Zizic             Ronald Landgraff         A    .     .     .     78.50  46.73
 4 Susan Lang             Anne Conn                C    .     .     .     68.00  40.48
 5 JoAnn Bowen            Carol Hayhurst           B    .     .     .     83.50  49.70
 6 Dawn Ligon             Alan Curtis              A   2/3    .     .     88.50  52.68  0.42(A)
 7 Carole Cardinal        Robert Greene            C    1     1     1     97.50  58.04  0.70(A)
                                          Totals                         588.00

EVENT>Thursday Afternoon Pairs |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/2000/750  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Bob Bradish            Ken Thompson             A    2     .     .     99.00  58.93  0.49(A)
 2 John Anderson          Harry Anand              C    3     1     1     92.50  55.06  0.40(B)
 3 George Peckham         Ilona Smith              B    .     .     .     70.00  41.67
 4 Dennis Charles         Julie Elliott            C    .     2     .     91.50  54.46  0.28(B)
 5 Lorraine Salvatore     Ken Ellenberger          C    .     .     .     73.50  43.75
 6 Paula Reach            Mike Gaddis Jr           B    .     .     .     58.50  34.82
 7 Josh Rosenbluth        Charles Clarke           A    1     .     .    103.00  61.31  0.70(A)
                                          Totals                         588.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠J74
KT4
JT983
♣AJ
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q8
A762
K7542
♣KQ
♠AK965
3
AQ6
♣9763
♠T32
QJ985
-
♣T8542
10
1413
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 4/3♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  4* W -1  A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
   50          5.00   1.00  3N W -1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        180    4.00   2.00  1N W +3   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        400    2.50   3.50  3N W      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        400    2.50   3.50  3N E      A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        420    1.00   5.00  4♠ E      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        490    0.00   6.00  3N E +3   A4-Lang-Conn vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
2 ♠AQ
AK832
AQT85
♣J
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K9432
J94
J64
♣A3
♠87
6
932
♣QT87642
♠JT65
QT75
K7
♣K95
20
92
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 6 6 4♠ 5/6NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦0 ♥0 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  710          6.00   0.00  4 N +3   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  680          3.00   3.00  5 N +1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  680          3.00   3.00  5 N +1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  680          3.00   3.00  4 S +2   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  680          3.00   3.00  4 S +2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  680          3.00   3.00  4 N +2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
  260          0.00   6.00  2 N +5   A4-Lang-Conn vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke

Bill Wisdom Hand Analysis

Even though slam is makeable in 3 strains (depending on the declarer in NT), it will prove difficult to bid. Unimpeded, the auction might go:
P - P - P - 1, P - 2 - P - 4C (splinter), P - 4 - P - 4NT, etc.
This is not a realistic auction. Two things might get in the way. East will often open 3 in first seat at favorable vulnerability. South passes and west raises to 4. What is North to do? If he should double and South bids 4, they may get to slam. But he will likely just bid 4. You can’t risk laying down A-Q doubleton of trumps if South should happen to bid 4. Even if East doesn’t pre-empt, there are some who will open 1 in 3rd seat, not vulnerable. This should keep the N-S pair out of slam. I imagine any pair bidding either 6 or 6 will score near the top. 6NT played by South will be unbelievable!


3 ♠43
QT94
54
♣AJT73
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKQJ6
K86
K963
♣5
♠T5
A75
AJT72
♣K82
♠9872
J32
Q8
♣Q964
7
1612
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥3 ♠1 NT1
EW: 1♣ 6 3 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -1440 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        680    6.00   0.00  4♠ W +2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        690    3.00   3.00  3N E +3   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        690    3.00   3.00  3N E +3   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        690    3.00   3.00  3N E +3   A4-Lang-Conn vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        690    3.00   3.00  3N E +3   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        690    3.00   3.00  3N E +3   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
       1370    0.00   6.00  6 E      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson

Bill Wisdom Hand Analysis

Another hand which is cold for slam in NT, spades or diamonds. This is slightly easier to bid. South deals and passes. West opens 1. North passes and East bids 2. West could simply raise to 3 or Splinter to 4. Over 3, East will likely bid 3 NT. If this is the final contract, E-W will beat those who play in 4 or 5. If West splinters to 4, the momentum of the auction may get them to 6. I doubt any pairs will play 6 NT so slam in spades or diamonds will top the scores.


4 ♠T83
AKQ82
T
♣QT43
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AQ762
J6
A
♣J9862
♠J5
T54
Q86532
♣A5
♠K94
973
KJ974
♣K7
11
127
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2 1♠ 1NT  ♣5
EW: 1♣  ♦6 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          6.00   0.00  4♠ W -5   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  300          4.50   1.50  4♠ W -3   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  300          4.50   1.50  3♠ W -3   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  200          3.00   3.00  3♠ W -2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  100          2.00   4.00  3♠ W -1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        200    0.50   5.50  3 N -2   A4-Lang-Conn vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        200    0.50   5.50  3 N -2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
5 ♠8
QJ963
T852
♣Q63
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T73
KT852
643
♣A8
♠AJ9652
-
A7
♣JT942
♠KQ4
A74
KQJ9
♣K75
5
710
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2 1NT  ♣6 ♠4
EW: 3♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   1.00  4♠* E -1  A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A4-Charles-Elliott
  100          5.00   1.00  4♠* E -1  A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  100          5.00   1.00  4♠ E -2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
   50          2.50   3.50  4♠ E -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A2-Anderson-Anand
   50          2.50   3.50  3♠ E -1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        110    1.00   5.00  2♠ E      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        200    0.00   6.00  5 N -2   A4-Lang-Conn vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
6 ♠A973
4
764
♣AKJ98
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K8
QJ962
AQT3
♣Q7
♠T542
AT83
J52
♣T2
♠QJ6
K75
K98
♣6543
12
145
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥4
EW: 1/2 2  ♣4 ♠5/6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/2♠*-NS/3♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.50   0.50  3♣ S      A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  110          5.50   0.50  2♣ N +1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  100          3.50   2.50  3 W -1   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  100          3.50   2.50  3 W -1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
         50    2.00   4.00  4♣ S -1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        140    1.00   5.00  3 W      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        150    0.00   6.00  4♣ N -3   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A4-Charles-Elliott
7 ♠Q7
AQT872
J43
♣73
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KJT6
94
AT7
♣AKQ6
♠54
J6
KQ9652
♣J94
♠A9832
K53
8
♣T852
9
177
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣3 ♦2 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4 1♠  ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4-EW/4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  730          6.00   0.00  3* N     A1-Cline-Saltis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  300          4.50   1.50  3N W -3   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  300          4.50   1.50  3N W -3   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  140          3.00   3.00  2 N +1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        100    1.50   4.50  3 N -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        100    1.50   4.50  3 N -1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        150    0.00   6.00  3♣ W +2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Bradish-Thompson

Bill Wisdom Hand Analysis

South deals and passes. Most Wests will open 1 NT, although this is a very chunky 17 point hand. Since vulnerability is for children, some Norths will compete in hearts. They will either bid 2 or use some other convention to show a one-suited hand. Over 2, East can bid 2 NT (Lebensohl) , requesting partner to bid 3. However, South will probably interfere with 3. West will not know what East was planning to do. He will likely pass. North passes and a very aggressive East might back back in with 4. If he guesses the A, he will make it. The opening lead of a heart to the ace and a heart return should be followed by a low spade from South. This will be a hard one to get right since North will be the one who bid vulnerable. Who knows? Even -100 for E-W will beat those N-S pairs allowed to play 3 for +140.


8 ♠AQ74
KJT
AJ94
♣Q9
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T5
74
K83
♣KT6532
♠K9632
AQ62
QT7
♣8
♠J8
9853
652
♣AJ74
17
611
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/- 1 1/-♠ 1NT
       ♣5 ♦7/6 ♠7/6
EW: 2♣  ♦6 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -90 2♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          5.50   0.50  2N N      A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  120          5.50   0.50  1N N +1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
         50    3.50   2.50  1N N -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
         50    3.50   2.50  3 N -1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        110    2.00   4.00  2♠ E      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        150    1.00   5.00  3 S -3   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        200    0.00   6.00  3♣ S -4   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
9 ♠A962
KQ
K732
♣T76
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠T73
64
JT
♣KQJ832
♠KQJ54
A832
Q5
♣94
♠8
JT975
A9864
♣A5
12
712
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 5 1NT  ♣5 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1♠  ♦1 ♥2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.50   0.50  5 N      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  400          5.50   0.50  5 N      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  180          4.00   2.00  2N N +2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  170          1.50   4.50  3 S +1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  170          1.50   4.50  3 N +3   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  170          1.50   4.50  3 N +3   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  170          1.50   4.50  3 N +3   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A4-Charles-Elliott
10 ♠742
65
AQ82
♣T654
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠JT86
T7
KT643
♣K8
♠A9
AKQ4
97
♣J9732
♠KQ53
J9832
J5
♣AQ
6
714
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1
       ♣6 ♦5/6 ♥6/7 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 1NT  ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3N W -2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  100          4.00   2.00  2N E -1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  100          4.00   2.00  1N E -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  100          4.00   2.00  1N E -1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        150    2.00   4.00  1N E +2   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        200    0.50   5.50  2 S -2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        200    0.50   5.50  2 N -2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
11 ♠AQJ7
94
AQ92
♣A98
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K85
KJ5
KJ6
♣T753
♠T64
87632
874
♣Q4
♠932
AQT
T53
♣KJ62
17
112
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 6 3 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1/2 ♦1 ♥3/4 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          6.00   0.00  3N N +2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A4-Charles-Elliott
  430          4.50   1.50  3N N +1   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  430          4.50   1.50  3N N +1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  400          2.00   4.00  3N N      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  400          2.00   4.00  3N N      A4-Lang-Conn vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  400          2.00   4.00  3N N      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  210          0.00   6.00  1N S +4   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A3-Peckham-Smith
12 ♠AKT96
-
KQJ743
♣J3
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠832
QJT
98
♣AT974
♠74
A9865
T2
♣8652
♠QJ5
K7432
A65
♣KQ
14
74
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 1 6♠ 5NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥6 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          3.00   3.00  5♠ N +1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  680          3.00   3.00  4♠ N +2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  680          3.00   3.00  4♠ N +2   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  680          3.00   3.00  4♠ N +2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  680          3.00   3.00  4♠ N +2   A4-Lang-Conn vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  680          3.00   3.00  4♠ N +2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  680          3.00   3.00  4♠ N +2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A4-Charles-Elliott

Bill Wisdom Hand Analysis

It may be difficult to reach slam with south holding the perfect cards for North. West deals and passes. North opens 1, East passes and South bids 1. North rebids 1. South should not just jump to 3 NT. He should bid 2, Fourth Suit forcing. North bids 2, showing 6-5 distribution. South raises to 3 since he has already forced to game via 2. If North now cue-bids 4, South can almost force to slam. The top score will go to the 6 bidders. Even 4 will score higher than 3 NT. However, the 5 bidders will be near the bottom!


13 ♠K7
AQT5
Q9642
♣74
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠A
986
KJT73
♣QT53
♠QT62
KJ72
A8
♣AK8
♠J98543
43
5
♣J962
11
1017
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
EW: 5♣ 5 4 2♠ 5NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  3N E -1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        130    5.00   1.00  2♣ W +2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        150    4.00   2.00  1N E +2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        600    2.00   4.00  3N E      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        600    2.00   4.00  3N E      A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        600    2.00   4.00  3N E      A4-Lang-Conn vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        630    0.00   6.00  3N E +1   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
14 ♠KJ2
82
KQ876
♣K98
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠763
J7
JT93
♣AT64
♠Q984
Q965
A54
♣75
♠AT5
AKT43
2
♣QJ32
12
68
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 3 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          6.00   0.00  3N S +2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  430          5.00   1.00  3N N +1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  400          3.50   2.50  3N S      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  400          3.50   2.50  3N S      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
         50    1.00   5.00  3N N -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
         50    1.00   5.00  3N N -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A4-Charles-Elliott
         50    1.00   5.00  3N N -1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
15 ♠863
T876
K64
♣Q72
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠KT42
KJ2
J9872
♣6
♠AQ975
94
5
♣JT943
♠J
AQ53
AQT3
♣AK85
5
87
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 3/4 1NT  ♠3
EW: 3♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  3 S      A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A2-Anderson-Anand
   90          5.00   1.00  1♣ S +1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
   70          4.00   2.00  1 S      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        100    3.00   3.00  4 N -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        200    2.00   4.00  5 N -2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        300    0.50   5.50  5 N -3   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        300    0.50   5.50  3♣ S -3   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A3-Peckham-Smith
16 ♠AT743
72
974
♣Q96
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠J962
Q9653
J
♣A54
♠K8
AJT4
KQT5
♣KJ3
♠Q5
K8
A8632
♣T872
6
817
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 2 4 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  4 W -1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        170    5.00   1.00  2 E +2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        200    4.00   2.00  2 E +3   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        620    2.00   4.00  4 E      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        620    2.00   4.00  4 E      A4-Lang-Conn vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        620    2.00   4.00  4 E      A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        660    0.00   6.00  3N E +2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A2-Anderson-Anand

Bill Wisdom Hand Analysis

Clearly, the normal contract should be 4, played by east -- via a strong NT followed by Stayman. Whether West raises 2 to 3 or 4, the game should be reached. Some 3 NT players, if any, might make 4 NT. In order to thwart that plan, South must shift to the Q early. Otherwise, East will be +630 and rake in all the match points. This is not a good hand for the weak NT bidders, where West could wind up as declarer in 4. An astute North might try the effect of a low spade lead. This should earn a well-deserved top if West plays low.


17 ♠A
Q9742
T2
♣KT983
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J876
A5
AKQ875
♣J
♠T953
KJT
43
♣AQ42
♠KQ42
863
J96
♣765
9
1510
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥4 ♠3 NT2
EW: 1♣ 5 2 4♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    5.00   1.00  3 W +1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        130    5.00   1.00  3 E +1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        130    5.00   1.00  2 W +2   A4-Lang-Conn vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        420    2.00   4.00  4♠ W      A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        420    2.00   4.00  4♠ E      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        420    2.00   4.00  4♠ E      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        460    0.00   6.00  3N W +2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
18 ♠T954
AKJ96
842
♣8
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠76
QT8
A765
♣AK54
♠AJ
742
QT
♣QJT963
♠KQ832
53
KJ93
♣72
8
1310
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 4 3♠  ♣5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2NT  ♦5 ♥3 ♠3
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +300 4NT*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          6.00   0.00  5♣* E -3  A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  170          5.00   1.00  2♠ S +2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  100          4.00   2.00  4♣ E -2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
   50          3.00   3.00  4♣ W -1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ E      A4-Lang-Conn vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ E      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ E      A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A2-Anderson-Anand
19 ♠J5
AQT
AK987
♣987
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KQT976
32
42
♣T62
♠A843
J75
QT5
♣AK5
♠2
K9864
J63
♣QJ43
14
514
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3  ♠4 NT5
EW: 2♠  ♣5 ♦4 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
  140          5.00   1.00  2 S +1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  100          3.50   2.50  4♠ W -1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  100          3.50   2.50  3♠ E -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A3-Peckham-Smith
         50    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        100    1.00   5.00  5 N -2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        140    0.00   6.00  3♠ W      A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
20 ♠J8
AJ3
AKT7542
♣J
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠5
KQ86
J96
♣A9875
♠Q74
T9754
8
♣KT64
♠AKT9632
2
Q3
♣Q32
14
105
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥4
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +1400 7*-EW/7♣*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          6.00   0.00  5* E -3  A1-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Charles-Elliott
  710          5.00   1.00  4♠ S +3   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  680          4.00   2.00  4♠ S +2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A2-Anderson-Anand
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      A4-Lang-Conn vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  600          2.00   4.00  5 N      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        100    0.50   5.50  4♠ S -1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        100    0.50   5.50  4♠ S -1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke

Bill Wisdom Hand Analysis

With the right guess in spades, N-S can make slam in diamonds or spades. However, the fact that they have a combined total of 24 points may preclude slam. The diamond slam might be easier to guess. Let’s say West passes and North opens 1 East passes and South responds 1. West will make a take-out double. North presumably bids 3. East chips in 3 and South bids 3. If they play diamonds and East leads the 10, this should place West with the K and Q. Declarer can now draw trumps and lead the J. It should become apparent that West has 10 high card points -- the KQ, the J and the A. Surely, if he had the Q, he would have opened the bidding, although one or two might anyway! Slam making will be a terrific score.


21 ♠2
QJT84
Q53
♣A853
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AT87
5
T4
♣KJT942
♠J9643
AK972
J76
♣-
♠KQ5
63
AK982
♣Q76
9
89
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 1 1NT  ♣6 ♠3
EW: 1♣ 3♠  ♦5 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠* E -1  A1-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
   50          3.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
   50          3.50   2.50  3♠ E -1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        100    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        420    1.00   5.00  4♠ E      A4-Lang-Conn vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        630    0.00   6.00  3♠* E +1  A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
22 ♠T54
T952
J6
♣T742
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J
A83
KQ7532
♣KQ3
♠AQ82
QJ7
T4
♣A986
♠K9763
K64
A98
♣J5
1
1513
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:
       ♣1/2 ♦1/2 ♥3 ♠4/5 NT1/2
EW: 5♣ 5 3 2♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    6.00   0.00  3♣ E +1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        600    5.00   1.00  3N E      A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        630    3.50   2.50  3N E +1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        630    3.50   2.50  3N E +1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        660    1.50   4.50  3N E +2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        660    1.50   4.50  3N E +2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        690    0.00   6.00  3N E +3   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
23 ♠K753
8764
Q93
♣A9
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J98
KQ3
AJ6
♣8753
♠T64
AT952
K5
♣KQ6
♠AQ2
J
T8742
♣JT42
9
1112
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6/5 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 3 1♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3 E -2   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  100          5.00   1.00  3 E -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        140    2.00   4.00  3 E      A4-Lang-Conn vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        140    2.00   4.00  3 E      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Charles-Elliott
        140    2.00   4.00  3 E      A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        140    2.00   4.00  2 E +1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        140    2.00   4.00  2 E +1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
24 ♠KQJ
53
JT97432
♣J
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠85
QT72
AKQ
♣T543
♠A9742
AJ4
865
♣Q8
♠T63
K986
-
♣AK9762
8
1111
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♥6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1 1NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +90 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  470          6.00   0.00  3* N     A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
  100          4.50   1.50  3N E -2   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  100          4.50   1.50  3 E -2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
   50          3.00   3.00  3N W -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A2-Anderson-Anand
    PASS       2.00   4.00  Pass Out  A1-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        100    1.00   5.00  3 N -2   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        150    0.00   6.00  2N W +1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Charles-Elliott
25 ♠J76
K9842
A5
♣KQ6
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠T42
AT7
JT8
♣J872
♠AK95
Q63
Q76
♣AT4
♠Q83
J5
K9432
♣953
13
615
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1  ♣6 ♠5 NT6/5
EW: 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  2N E -2   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
         50    5.00   1.00  1N S -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A4-Charles-Elliott
         90    3.50   2.50  1N W      A4-Lang-Conn vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
         90    3.50   2.50  2♣ W      A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        100    2.00   4.00  2N S -2   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        120    0.50   5.50  1N E +1   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        120    0.50   5.50  1N E +1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
26 ♠962
54
KJ74
♣KQ53
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠T85
983
A963
♣A92
♠743
KQT2
QT52
♣T7
♠AKQJ
AJ76
8
♣J864
9
87
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2/1 2 4/3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +620 4♠-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          6.00   0.00  3N S +1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Peckham-Smith
  600          4.00   2.00  3N S      A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
  600          4.00   2.00  3N S      A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
  600          4.00   2.00  3N N      A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
  150          2.00   4.00  2N S +1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A4-Charles-Elliott
  120          1.00   5.00  2N N      A4-Lang-Conn vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
   90          0.00   6.00  1N N      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
27 ♠AK54
AT3
K3
♣AK98
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠9872
J84
QT65
♣T2
♠QJ
9752
982
♣J653
♠T63
KQ6
AJ74
♣Q74
21
34
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 5 6 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦2 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          6.00   0.00  2N N +2   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
         50    2.50   3.50  7N S -1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
         50    2.50   3.50  6N S -1   A1-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
         50    2.50   3.50  6N N -1   A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A4-Charles-Elliott
         50    2.50   3.50  6N N -1   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
         50    2.50   3.50  6N N -1   A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Peckham-Smith
         50    2.50   3.50  4N S -1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
28 ♠KJ76
-
KT983
♣AKT9
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q43
AK9732
A4
♣Q3
♠A92
QJT
J65
♣J762
♠T85
8654
Q72
♣854
14
159
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1♠  ♥4 NT4
EW: 3 2NT  ♣5/6 ♦4 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    5.00   1.00  3 W +1   A4-Lang-Conn vs A1-Bradish-Thompson
        170    5.00   1.00  3 W +1   A6-Ligon-Curtis vs A5-Salvatore-Ellenberger
        170    5.00   1.00  3 W +1   A7-Cardinal-Greene vs A7-Rosenbluth-Clarke
        420    2.50   3.50  4 W      A1-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Anderson-Anand
        420    2.50   3.50  4 W      A5-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Peckham-Smith
        500    1.00   5.00  4♠ S -5   A3-Zizic-Landgraff vs A6-Reach-Gaddis Jr
        530    0.00   6.00  3* W     A2-Di Conti-Acutt vs A4-Charles-Elliott