- Saturday Morn - May 19, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1444 MP  Geomean: 899 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Thompson - Larry Pelletier 65.50 1st OA 2.19
George Peckham - Nancy Wood 56.00 2nd OA 1.64
Joe Conti - Marilyn Brett 50.50 3/4th OA 1.08
Dennis Charles - Floyd Richards 50.50 3/4th OA 1.08
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>May 19, 2018       |CLUB NO.>131102    | 05/19/2018 14:46
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Tom Ciacio      |RATING>Club Championship (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=5/B=2/C=1                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Marilyn Brett          Joe Conti                A  3/4    .     .   |   2     .     .     50.50  50.50  1.08(OA)
 2 Nancy Wood             George Peckham           B   2     1     .   |   1     1     .     56.00  56.00  1.64(OA)
 3 Ilona Smith            Dick Zizic               A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     50.00  50.00
 4 Marsha Vandiver        Kenneth Vandiver         C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     46.00  46.00
 5 Dagmar Ragnow          Roseann Buckley          A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     47.50  47.50
                                          Totals                                            250.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=5/B=3/C=2                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Larry Pelletier        Kenneth Thompson         A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .     65.50  65.50  2.19(OA)
 2 Raymond Kilius         Paula Reach              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     48.50  48.50
 3 Teresa Moore           Sheila Moore             C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     42.50  42.50
 4 Dennis Charles         Floyd Richards           B  3/4    2     .   |   2     1     .     50.50  50.50  1.08(OA)
 5 Bob Bradish            Josh Rosenbluth          A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     43.00  43.00
                                          Totals                                            250.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠7
J8
AQ872
♣KJT32
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q83
6543
JT94
♣97
♠AKJT964
AQ
K3
♣A6
♠52
KT972
65
♣Q854
11
321
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 2  ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♠ 3NT  ♣4 ♦5 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -300 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    4.00   0.00  3♠ E +2   A1-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ E      A2-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Moore-Moore
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ E      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ E      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A4-Charles-Richards
        450    0.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Dbl1
Pass23Pass
4All pass  

South does not have enough information, either positive in the sense of playing values from North, or negative in the sense of defensive values from North, to make a good decision whether to sacrifice in 5. Just rebidding 2 does make a suggestion toward bidding on, but not clearly so. Perhaps East's super strong bidding might be used as a clue, but do the opponents always bid perfectly?

East's double followed by a jump suggests to West, "please bid game on any excuse." Three trumps to the queen and a potential ruffing value is enough. That's a mighty strong bid from East.

Little did West know that TWO entries would be provided for both a heart and a diamond finesse against North to land the contract.



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2 ♠AQJ9
K965
Q82
♣Q4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K63
T8
KJT5
♣KJ83
♠87
Q4
A76
♣T97652
♠T542
AJ732
943
♣A
14
116
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠ 4/3NT  ♣5 ♦6
EW: 2♣  ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +500 5♣*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          2.50   1.50  2 S +3   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  200          2.50   1.50  2 S +3   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  200          2.50   1.50  2 S +3   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A4-Charles-Richards
  200          2.50   1.50  1 S +4   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Moore-Moore
  170          0.00   4.00  2 S +2   A1-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1Pass1
Dbl2Pass3
Pass4All pass 

South can make an invitational bid with good hearts and a no-loser club suit. North will likely accept with such good spades behind the doubler.

Will West Open in third seat? Decent for lead direction, and not hopeless in spades, it is nonetheless very aggressive, so will match the philosophy of some players or partnerships. Some will open, some not. When West does open the bidding 1, North might pass because of the bad club holding, others will bid because of the good major suit holdings. One factor that will lead to doubling is the failure of either East or West to preempt, suggesting that South will have a reason to respond in a major suit to a takeout double. North's decision should not be to double merely because of holding an opening hand -- normally one must have support for all of the unbid suits. The rationale expressed above is more of a built-in excuse for making a technically unsound double!

But having made that double, South should cue bid and raise hearts (North will bid majors up the line in response to the strength-showing double). So will game be bid? Again, it is a close decision With West having opened 1, probably not. When West doubles later on, probably so.



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3 ♠942
A532
K87
♣J73
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K6
KQT76
T432
♣84
♠QT83
J84
QJ5
♣QT5
♠AJ75
9
A96
♣AK962
8
88
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 3♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1/-
       ♣3/2 ♦5 ♥7/6 ♠4/3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.50   0.50  2N N +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  150          3.50   0.50  2N N +1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A4-Charles-Richards
  120          2.00   2.00  2N N      A1-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  110          1.00   3.00  2♠ N      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
   90          0.00   4.00  1♣ N +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Moore-Moore

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
1PassPass1
Pass1NTPassPass
Pass   

North's sure heart stopper is problematical in that the spots are so awful. A heart lead will lead to the establishment of four heart tricks whenever EW regain the lead. The existence of the J or even T in the North hand would raise the expectancy to two potential heart stops, and then there would be a greater comfort zone for a notrump contract. Accordingly, I suggested in the bidding diagram a pass by North followed by a later notrump bid, ignoring point count in favor of visualizing the play and reflecting that idea in the bidding.

It is virtually impossible to believe that NS will gather nine trick in notrump for that requires a double finesse in clubs, first leading the J, prepared to pass it, and then, once covered, regaining the lead with the K and finessing the 9 against East's ten.

There is not much reason to play the clubs to be that way, save the small bit of information that West has five hearts and East three, leaving East ten unknown cards and West eight outside of the heart suit. Allocating both of the key missing clubs to East on that flimsy evidence is too much of a stretch to make such a risky play. On the other hand, the alternative club play would be simply to bang down the AK, hoping for a singleton or doubleton queen somewhere.

If the heart suit is held up twice for entry destructive purposes and the AK play taken, North can make eight tricks in notrump, a much better result than taking a losing finesse in clubs, should one of the two cards (Q or T) be located in the West hand.

Not every table will find this auction or line of thinking. Indeed, there will be scattered results, some even playing clubs instead of notrump, and some Souths will bid too strongly, only to see minus scores ensue.



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4 ♠J97
KT5432
AJ7
♣6
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AK3
96
Q864
♣T983
♠Q84
A
KT953
♣KQ75
♠T652
QJ87
2
♣AJ42
9
914
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣4 ♦4 NT5
EW: 3♣ 3  ♥4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3 N +1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A4-Charles-Richards
  140          3.00   1.00  3 N      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  100          2.00   2.00  4 E -1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Moore-Moore
        110    1.00   3.00  3 W      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        130    0.00   4.00  4 E      A1-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass2Dbl3
PassPassPass 

One takeout double by East while holding only three spades was certainly correct, and while another double would lead to 4 of a minor, the second double would be made in fear that a spade bid would follow, and that might not be the continuation that East relishes.

So NS will probably prevail in the auction department with a 3 contract and a good score.



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5 ♠32
KQ3
KT852
♣A87
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KT85
J862
J6
♣KT6
♠QJ9
A975
Q4
♣QJ42
♠A764
T4
A973
♣953
12
812
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2NT  ♣6 ♥5/6 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          3.50   0.50  3 N +1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  130          3.50   0.50  2 N +2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  120          2.00   2.00  1N N +1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  110          1.00   3.00  2 N +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Moore-Moore
   50          0.00   4.00  2 W -1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A4-Charles-Richards

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Dbl1
2PassPass3
All pass   

South will know that North has real diamonds on this auction because of the inability to raise spades or make a Support Double(s) after the 2 call. Hence 3 is a clear cut bid.

North should double 3 if that much competition is encountered, to punish the EW violation of the LAW of Total Tricks . The double is also a well-recognized matchpoint tactic, designed to protect the expected equity of the NS values, for plus 110 is a likely result for NS, and plus 50 or plus 100 is inadequate compensation. Plus 300 will do nicely!



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6 ♠A862
AQ74
QJ
♣KJ9
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KT94
93
A6
♣86543
♠75
85
T9742
♣AT72
♠QJ3
KJT62
K853
♣Q
17
74
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 5 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  5 S      A2-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  450          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
         50    1.50   2.50  6 S -1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
         50    1.50   2.50  6 S -1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A3-Moore-Moore
        100    0.00   4.00  6 S -2   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Charles-Richards

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1NTPass2
Pass3Pass4
All pass   

North will superaccept the heart suggestion, regardless whether the hand is considered a maximum because of the point count or a medium hand because of the lessened value of the QJ. Any kind of positive fit and acceptable value will, of course, compel South to bid game.

Making five will be normal, losing just two aces when the spade finesse is onside and one spade loser can be discarded on the K.



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7 ♠K75
82
AQ8
♣T9876
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q9
A6
JT96532
♣Q3
♠JT2
T943
K4
♣J542
♠A8643
KQJ75
7
♣AK
9
95
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 5 5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +650 5♠-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Charles-Richards
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A3-Moore-Moore
  140          0.00   4.00  3♠ S      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2Pass4
Pass4All pass 

While it is tempting simply to bid Roman Keycard Blackwood after the single raise, hoping for three perfect cover cards from a single raise is blatantly optimistic, while not contemplating or trying for slam in some fashion is entirely too pessimistic. After all, the chirping of the crickets from the opponents suggests that there will not be terrible splits. Is there some sensible way to suggest slam without risking a minus score?

There is! Trot out a 4 Splinter bid after the single raise, a clear slam try! If North is blessed with perfect cards -- worthless cards facing the singleton and KQ A, there should be a 4 control bid coming. And if there is wastage, as in the actual hand, then South will hear and must respect the signoff. The Splinter bid assigned captaincy and South must respect the decision or incur partnership degradation in future hands.

Actually a simple solution once you think of it.

A random deal analysis of 5000 hands specifying 6-10 HCP and three or four spades to North (balanced if 10, any distribution if fewer) resulted in a startlingly low 9% of deals yielding 12 tricks, and only 44% were safely brought to port for eleven! So much for optimism! Culling out just the perfect hands with the Splinter bid makes even more sense in light of the danger of a negative score at the five level.

One example of a hand that makes slam opposite the South cards from the random sample:
KQ52 AT T62 T952. Just perfect, and the hand that would cooperate over the Splinter.



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8 ♠T5
KJ652
AK5
♣AT2
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AK964
743
Q7
♣KQ6
♠732
QT
JT9832
♣83
♠QJ8
A98
64
♣J9754
15
143
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 1♠ 3NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.00   0.00  4 N      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A3-Moore-Moore
  170          2.50   1.50  2 N +2   A1-Brett-Conti vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  170          2.50   1.50  2 N +2   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Charles-Richards
  140          0.50   3.50  2 N +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  140          0.50   3.50  2 N +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
12Pass3
PassPassPass 

North's hand is worth a 2 overcall, even though the suit itself is a bit suspect. Without a really good suit, it is imperative to have a good hand for an overcall.

4 is makeable provided you can pick off the Q. The likely defense will be a spade lead, but the J is possible. Although there are several task to be accomplished, 3 does not appear to be in danger even if the Q is misguessed. If the defense starts with three rounds of spades, there is a parking place for a minor suit loser, presumably clubs. If the defense starts with diamonds, declarer might play on clubs (or even spades!) and then, having been presented with an honor split, play off the top hearts to safeguard a diamond ruff. When the queen and ten of trumps drop, ten tricks become easy because the third diamond can be ruffed with a now-high trump nine.



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9 ♠KJ874
KQ97
854
♣2
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A932
J4
KQJ
♣Q854
♠Q5
AT3
T763
♣A763
♠T6
8652
A92
♣KJT9
9
1310
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2 1♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2 N      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A3-Moore-Moore
  100          3.00   1.00  3♣ W -1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Kilius-Reach
         50    2.00   2.00  2 N -1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
         90    1.00   3.00  2♣ W      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Charles-Richards
        100    0.00   4.00  2 S -2   A1-Brett-Conti vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
112Pass
PassPass  

The 1 overcall puts EW just off balance enough to miss the top spot, a notrump part score when East must show values but is unable to make a Negative Double or bid notrump. West cannot muster enough values to suggest notrump after the single raise and will be content with plus ninety in 2.

Weak notrumpers open the West hand 1NT and win this board by playing notrump for plus 120. IF, however, North utilizes some convention to show both majors, East needs to double until the final contract is penalized. For example, if North bids 2 DONT , a double is quite in order at matchpoints, and the reward will be quite useful, 300 or so. But if East is afraid to double a part score or the partnership has junked the penalty double, then advantage may be taken by enterprising opponents.



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10 ♠KT74
KJ5
95
♣J862
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J9852
AT32
J62
♣A
♠AQ6
9874
83
♣KQ93
♠3
Q6
AKQT74
♣T754
8
1011
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 3 2♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3 E -1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Charles-Richards
   90          3.00   1.00  2 S      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A3-Moore-Moore
    PASS       1.50   2.50  Pass Out  A1-Brett-Conti vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
    PASS       1.50   2.50  Pass Out  A2-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        140    0.00   4.00  2 W +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
11NT23
PassPassPass 

EW might not be able to untangle their tricks to defeat this contract by the necessary two tricks to achieve the 200 score needed for a matchpoint plus. But if West does get his hands on the A for an opening lead, East should play the 9, not so much as an encouraging statement as a suit preference signal, to direct the expected spade shift. Then the clubs are cashed and finally the fourth club can be ruffed for the perfect defense.



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11 ♠873
AT9
J92
♣AT43
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AJ96
J53
A63
♣752
♠Q542
864
QT7
♣Q86
♠KT
KQ72
K854
♣KJ9
9
106
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3 1♠ 2/3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  2N S +1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Moore-Moore
  120          3.00   1.00  2N S      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
         50    2.00   2.00  2N N -1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        100    1.00   3.00  2N S -2   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        150    0.00   4.00  3N N -3   A1-Brett-Conti vs A4-Charles-Richards

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1NT
Pass2Pass2
Pass2NTPassPass
Pass   

How good is South at guessing? The Q needs to be found, and that is all there is to this hand to gather in all of the matchpoints. Bidding this thin game is not the issue at all. Not a single pair ought to bid it, and at least half of those who do will fail. But anyone with plus 150 will be quite content with the result.



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12 ♠AJT74
972
986
♣A3
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠986
AQJ6
KT732
♣6
♠KQ53
5
A54
♣KJT98
♠2
KT843
QJ
♣Q7542
9
1013
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥5 ♠4 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 2 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3♣ E -1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Moore-Moore
        110    3.00   1.00  2 W +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        150    2.00   2.00  1N E +2   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        210    1.00   3.00  1N W +4   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        430    0.00   4.00  3N E +1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A4-Charles-Richards
13 ♠9652
J972
AJ3
♣43
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QJT
Q83
KQ82
♣J75
♠874
T
T765
♣AQT92
♠AK3
AK654
94
♣K86
6
116
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♥3 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          3.50   0.50  4 S      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Moore-Moore
  620          3.50   0.50  4 N      A1-Brett-Conti vs A4-Charles-Richards
  170          2.00   2.00  2 S +2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        100    0.50   3.50  4 S -1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        100    0.50   3.50  1 S -1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
14 ♠A87
K942
A
♣AT865
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠Q654
T53
J95
♣Q42
♠JT93
J6
KQ43
♣973
♠K2
AQ87
T8762
♣KJ
15
57
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 4 7 4♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥0 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1510 7-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1020          4.00   0.00  6N N +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  480          1.50   2.50  4 S +2   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Moore-Moore
  480          1.50   2.50  4 S +2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  480          1.50   2.50  4 N +2   A1-Brett-Conti vs A4-Charles-Richards
  480          1.50   2.50  4 N +2   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass1Pass2
Pass2Pass3
Pass4NTPass5
Pass5Pass5
Pass6Pass7
PassPassPass 

North hears slam bells a'ringing when South opens and raises hearts. While 2NT is often used as a filter by responder for determining the type of raise (three or four card raise? Strength?), this particular hand needs more space than would be provided by some of those answers, and 2 will extract more or less the same information. If opener bids 2NT or three of the minor, some negativity might be detected. But when the "game try" 2 fetches a forward-going 3, slam is in sight. The 3 bid must be the K, for a singleton would likely be represented by a Splinter 4.

After the 5 response to 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood , the 5 bid asks for the trump queen, and 5 shows her majesty along with the spade king.

Now a small slam is assured, and a reasonable chance for the grand slam depends on South's having third round control of clubs. That is precisely what 6 asks for. South, with third round control, bids the grand slam in hearts, trusting partner's request to be based on appropriate values.

Simple, no?



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15 ♠7652
JT9
QJ54
♣J6
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A93
A62
AT7
♣A943
♠QJ8
K73
982
♣KT85
♠KT4
Q854
K63
♣Q72
5
169
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 2/1 1♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A4-Charles-Richards
        120    2.00   2.00  2N W      A2-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        120    2.00   2.00  2N W      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        120    2.00   2.00  1N E +1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Moore-Moore
        400    0.00   4.00  3N W      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1NTPass2NTPass
PassPass  

4333 vs. 4333. Every authority says to subtract one point from a hand's point count evaluation for having that arid distribution. Not only do East and West each have that negative, but they also happen to mirror the distribution, so that there are three xix card "fits" and just one suit in which the partnership has eight cards. And there is no potential for gain anywhere.

Eight tricks, no more and no less.



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16 ♠AK83
K5
K863
♣Q63
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠JT4
A632
T754
♣82
♠Q762
QT94
Q
♣AK97
♠95
J87
AJ92
♣JT54
15
513
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣5 ♦4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  2N N +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  120          3.00   1.00  1N N +1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A3-Moore-Moore
  110          2.00   2.00  3 N      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Charles-Richards
   90          1.00   3.00  1N N      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        110    0.00   4.00  2 E      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1NTPassPass
Pass   

East's hand does not look much like it is worth competing against 1NT, the Q being worthless and absent a five card suit. West produces precious few values, but what is there is precious, indeed! Perfectly fitting values, from the four card heart suit to the secondary spades, club ruffing value opposite primes, and a lack of wastage opposite East's singleton. No East could as for so much.

But most will defend, and those who bid with these East cards are likely to fail often when the dummy they buy is less favorable.

East could well decide that defense is the better choice and often would be.



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17 ♠Q9754
AK2
953
♣A6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT86
87
AT
♣98732
♠J
QJ964
Q8742
♣T4
♠K32
T53
KJ6
♣KQJ5
13
86
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ -/1 4♠ 4/5NT
       ♦6 ♥6/7
EW: -/1  ♣4 ♦6/7 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: +460 5NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.00   0.00  4♠ N      A2-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  400          3.00   1.00  3N S      A1-Brett-Conti vs A3-Moore-Moore
         50    1.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Charles-Richards
         50    1.50   2.50  4♠ N -1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        100    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -2   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Kilius-Reach
18 ♠K
QT97632
4
♣AQ65
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q652
AJ4
J8763
♣7
♠AJ87
-
QT52
♣KT832
♠T943
K85
AK9
♣J94
11
810
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 4 2NT  ♣7/6 ♦3 ♠4
EW: 3 2♠  ♣6 ♥2 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +300 4♠*-EW/5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790          4.00   0.00  4* N     A2-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  170          2.50   1.50  3 N +1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A3-Moore-Moore
  170          2.50   1.50  2 N +2   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        100    1.00   3.00  4 N -1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Charles-Richards
        140    0.00   4.00  3♠ W      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
19 ♠J632
AK9
J8752
♣T
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A
Q7652
KT93
♣985
♠K85
JT8
Q6
♣Q7432
♠QT974
43
A4
♣AKJ6
9
98
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 4♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1/-  ♣5 ♦4 ♥7/6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A1-Brett-Conti vs A3-Moore-Moore
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A2-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  170          1.00   3.00  3♠ S +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Charles-Richards
         50    0.00   4.00  4♠ S -1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
20 ♠T97432
Q
AT852
♣K
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KJ5
KJT3
KQJ4
♣96
♠A86
A9875
-
♣JT532
♠Q
642
9763
♣AQ874
9
149
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥2 ♠6/5 NT3
EW: 2♣ 5 1♠ 4NT  ♦4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3 E -2   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        200    2.00   2.00  3 W +2   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        200    2.00   2.00  3 E +2   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        200    2.00   2.00  3 E +2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Charles-Richards
        650    0.00   4.00  4 E +1   A1-Brett-Conti vs A3-Moore-Moore
21 ♠QJ54
Q64
764
♣985
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AT9
A973
KQJ
♣743
♠K762
KJT5
T98
♣A2
♠83
82
A532
♣KQJT6
5
1411
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 4 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    3.00   1.00  3 E      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        140    3.00   1.00  2 E +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Charles-Richards
        140    3.00   1.00  2 E +1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        170    1.00   3.00  2 E +2   A1-Brett-Conti vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        430    0.00   4.00  3N W +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Moore-Moore
22 ♠K63
A752
A974
♣J5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A94
Q6
Q865
♣K964
♠J8752
T98
T3
♣T73
♠QT
KJ43
KJ2
♣AQ82
12
111
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 5 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   0.00  4 S +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Charles-Richards
  420          1.50   2.50  4 S      A1-Brett-Conti vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  420          1.50   2.50  4 S      A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  420          1.50   2.50  4 N      A3-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  420          1.50   2.50  4 N      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Moore-Moore
23 ♠QT6
QT953
KJ7
♣Q6
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K42
A642
Q932
♣T2
♠AJ8753
-
6
♣AJ7543
♠9
KJ87
AT854
♣K98
10
910
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2 4  ♣2 ♠2 NT5
EW: 4♣ 4♠ 2NT  ♦4 ♥3
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -200 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   0.00  4 N      A1-Brett-Conti vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        650    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        650    2.00   2.00  4♠ E +1   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Charles-Richards
        650    2.00   2.00  4♠ E +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Moore-Moore
        990    0.00   4.00  4♠* E +1  A3-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
24 ♠A965
K
AT93
♣KJT2
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KT873
AQ53
Q6
♣A3
♠J2
JT762
K75
♣985
♠Q4
984
J842
♣Q764
15
155
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♥3 ♠4 NT5
EW: 4 2♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  3♣ S      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Moore-Moore
   90          3.00   1.00  1N N      A1-Brett-Conti vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        110    1.50   2.50  1♠ W +1   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        110    1.50   2.50  1♠ W +1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        170    0.00   4.00  1♠ W +3   A2-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Charles-Richards
25 ♠874
KJ63
96
♣J963
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QJ2
Q852
AQJ3
♣KT
♠AKT53
4
87
♣87542
♠96
AT97
KT542
♣AQ
5
157
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦6 ♠3 NT5
EW: 3♣ 4♠ 2NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A5-Ragnow-Buckley vs A5-Bradish-Rosenbluth
   90          3.00   1.00  1N S      A1-Brett-Conti vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        140    2.00   2.00  3♠ W      A2-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Charles-Richards
        170    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Moore-Moore
        200    0.00   4.00  2♠ W +3   A3-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson