- Monday Aft - June 4, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 772 MP  Geomean: 452 MP
(based on 25 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mark Robbins - Roseann Buckley 60.50 1st A 1.30
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 57.75 2nd A 0.91
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 55.24 3rd A 0.65
Irene Petroff - Ray Escobedo 54.58 4th A 0.46
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 53.67 5th A 0.26
Ginny Rockefeller - Mary Jane Graham 53.00 4th B 0.28
EVENT>Open Mon Aft Pairs       |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D
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DATE>June 4, 2018       |CLUB NO.>127100    | 06/04/2018 16:07
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=13/B=10/C=3                     ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Joan Glenn             Elaine McAdams           B    .     .     .     58.74  48.95
 2 Louise Shaffer         Anne Conn                B    .     .     .     60.60  50.50
 3 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    3     .     .     66.29  55.24  0.65(A)
 4 Gary Feldman           Buki Burke               B    .     .     .     57.37  47.81
 5 Irene Petroff          Ray Escobedo             B    4     3     .     65.49  54.58  0.46(A)
 6 Sally Van Valin        Gary Van Valin           B    .     .     .     56.00  46.67
 7 Ken Ellenberger        Ilona Smith              A    .     .     .     61.71  51.43
 8 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    5     .     .     64.40  53.67  0.26(A)
 9 Mary Jane Graham       Ginny Rockefeller        C    .     4     .     63.60  53.00  0.28(B)
10 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    2     2     1     69.30  57.75  0.91(A)
11 Pat Shaw               Ruric Nye                C    .     .     .     39.10  32.58
12 Nita Whaley            Peggy Nielsen            B    .     .     .     47.70  39.75
13 Roseann Buckley        Mark Robbins             B    1     1     .     72.60  60.50  1.30(A)
                                          Totals                         782.90

Hands and Results
1 ♠53
A8
JT96
♣K8632
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J9
KT6532
KQ543
♣-
♠AQ8
Q97
872
♣AJ75
♠KT7642
J4
A
♣QT94
8
913
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1/2♠  ♦3 ♥2 NT4
EW: 4/3 4 2/1NT  ♣5/4 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -300 4♠*-N-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  5* W -2  D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  100          4.00   1.00  3 W -2   D10-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Shaffer-Conn
        110    2.50   2.50  3 W      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    2.50   2.50  2 W +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        140    1.00   4.00  3 W      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        420    0.00   5.00  4 W      D4-Feldman-Burke vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Whether South bids 1 or 2, West will bid hearts or make a Negative Double . If it's the latter, East will bid 2NT, but West will insist upon the heart game. If North leads--as expected--a spade, South will win the King, cash the A and lead another spade. Now when North gets in with the A, he gives South a diamond ruff. Down one. How can this be avoided? Win the opening spade lead and now lead trump. South may seem to be entitled to one spade trick, but it doesn't have to be trick one. Declarer should worry about weird distribution and get right to work. Win the A, sluff the spade loser on the K and start drawing trump.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11
2Pass3Pass
4All pass  

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 4, 8, and 12.

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South's overcall 1 overcall is constructive and obstructive. West's 9 HCP wouldn't typically be strong enough for a 2/1 competitive response. Grant Baze advised "6-5 come alive" , saying a 6-5 hand is worth an extra Ace. West's club void is a negative. Even so, West's hand is worth a 2 response. East's raise to 3 is non-forcing, showing a minimum opener with heart support. West places the contract in 4. South, unaware of North's clubs, isn't likely to venture a 4 sacrifice.

The Play: North is likely to lead the 5, top of a doubleton in partner's suit. Declarer expects South to hold the King. Declarer calls for the Ace and cashes the Ace, discarding their losing spade. With hearts breaking 2-2 and the Ace singleton in front of West's diamonds, declarer will have little trouble scoring 11 tricks. The defense needs to navigate a diamond ruff to hold declarer to 10 tricks.



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2 ♠986
T96
A5
♣QJ952
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T42
KJ8753
9862
♣-
♠AQJ53
A4
K7
♣AK74
♠K7
Q2
QJT43
♣T863
7
421
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4/5 ♥1 ♠2 NT2
EW: 1♣ 2 5 5♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        430    4.00   1.00  3N E +1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        450    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        450    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        450    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   D10-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Shaffer-Conn
        450    1.50   3.50  4 E +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

What will East open? 2NT or 2 followed by 2NT? It depends on how he evaluates the nice spade suit. Either way, West is likely to insist upon hearts for the game. South has the perfect lead in the Q--top of a sequence. Declarer should plan on a Dummy Reversal , using clubs and long spades to eliminate diamond losers. He'll have to be careful and lose the K early or the opponents will take more diamond tricks than they're entitled to.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  21Pass
22Pass2Pass
3Pass4Pass
4Pass4NTPass
53Pass5All pass
  1. strong, artificial, and forcing
  2. waiting
  3. 0 or 3 key cards

The Bidding: After East opens a Strong 2 Clubs , South isn't eager to interfere at unfavorable vulnerability. It is common for West to respond 2 Diamonds Waiting . East shows their 5-card spade suit. A Splinter should show 4-card support. So West raises to 3. After cue bidding, East asks for key cards. West, with no key cards opposite a partner who cue bid a club control, decides not show their club void. Playing 1430 responses, West's 5 response shows 0 or 3 key cards. East knows it is 0. East places the contract at 5.

The Play: South has a clear cut lead from their diamond honor sequence. North wins the Ace. With the King offside, declarer must lose a spade trick.

It is easy to imagine some pairs reaching 6. Unfortunately, South's diamond lead combined with the King offside makes it easy for the defense to score 2 tricks.



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3 ♠9532
AT83
K9
♣543
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q86
J962
T5
♣J876
♠AKJ74
4
J643
♣AT9
♠T
KQ75
AQ872
♣KQ2
7
413
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 5 1NT  ♣6 ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦3 ♥2 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   0.00  4 N      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  170          3.50   1.50  3 N +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
  170          3.50   1.50  3 N +1   D10-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Shaffer-Conn
  140          2.00   3.00  2 N +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D11-Shaw-Nye
         50    0.50   4.50  3N S -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    0.50   4.50  4 N -1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South should be delighted when partner responds 1. When East overcalls 1, South should revalue her hand to 19 in support of hearts and either Splinter in spades or jump to the heart game--whichever works in their agreement. East will get his black Aces and no more.



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4 ♠AKJT3
53
A
♣AQ875
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠4
762
JT762
♣KJ32
♠9876
KQJ94
Q3
♣96
♠Q52
AT8
K9854
♣T4
18
58
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 2 3 6♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥4 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +2   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
  650          3.50   1.50  5♠ N      D13-Buckley-Robbins vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  650          3.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  200          1.00   4.00  3♠ N +2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        200    0.00   5.00  5N N -2   D11-Shaw-Nye vs D3-Bowen-Benzien

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North will certainly play in the spade game, but slam would depend on the clubs behaving--and would you care to bet on the likelihood of that? To make matters worse, the opening lead is the K, which should concentrate declarer's attention. He'll need to dump his heart loser on the K and also take the club finesse--a lot of action when South has only nine HCP. This will be complex: kudos to anyone who cashes 12 tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass2
Pass31Pass3
Pass4Pass4
Pass4All pass 
  1. natural slam try

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East isn't strong enough to overcall 2. South is a maximum for their raise to 2. West has nothing to say. North, with 22 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 4, is too strong to jump to 4. North could Splinter to make a slam try. Splintering with a singleton Ace doesn't allow South to evaluate their diamond holding well. It is better for North to use a Game Try as a slam try. In his "Game Tries" articile, Steve Robinson shares the advice of many experts. A Help Suit Game Try needlessly reveals information about declarer's hand. It is better to use an artificial 2NT rebid to ask where partner would accept a help suit Game Try. With that agreement, North can rebid 3 as a natural slam try. South's 3 bid is forcing, but shows a lack of enthusiasm for clubs. North cue bids their club control. When South cue bids their diamond control, North knows the hands don't fit well together. The auction ends at 4.

If North-South play 3 as a help suit Game Try, South will accept. South doesn't know whether North has more than 3 clubs. Since North-South have all the key cards, many partnerships will drive to slam.

The Play: East has an attractive lead from their heart honor sequence. Dummy tables with useful heart honors and the Queen. After winning the Ace, declarer must decide whether to risk the club finesse at trick 2. Finessing will cost declarer a heart trick if East the King. Delaying the finesse allows declarer to unblock the diamonds and discard their heart loser. Using the Queen as an entry to cash the King makes it likely the defense will score a club ruff if clubs don't break 3-3.

Here, the King is onside, taking the club finesse at trick 2 allows declarer to score 12 tricks. If declarer delays the club finesse and prioritizes discarding their heart loser, declarer needs to run the 10 to score 12 tricks. Lacking the 9, it makes sense to run finesse against the King. Since declarer is planning to play the Queen, there is little cost to starting with the 10. If East has the singleton Jack, they will likely be able to ruff higher than dummy. Leading the 10 may induce West to cover. West should take time at trick 1 to plan what to do if the 10 is led from dummy. That will enable them to duck smoothly. Now if declarer reasonably plays the Queen, the defense will score 2 tricks.

It is worth noting that if South had the King rather than the Ace, 5 has a 25% of going down on a heat lead.



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5 ♠Q63
532
J
♣KT9853
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠54
J98
K843
♣AQ76
♠KT
AK74
Q762
♣J42
♠AJ9872
QT6
AT95
♣-
6
1013
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3♠ 1NT  ♦6 ♥5
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥5/4 ♠3 NT6/5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   D13-Buckley-Robbins vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  200          4.00   1.00  4 E -4   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  140          3.00   2.00  3♠ S      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
   50          1.50   3.50  4 E -1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          1.50   3.50  4 E -1   D11-Shaw-Nye vs D3-Bowen-Benzien
         90    0.00   5.00  2 E      D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and South bids 1. West and North both raise their partner's bids and South will invite game, declined by North. The J is a useful card. Declarer will be able to take the ruffing finesse in diamonds by leading the 10. If West ducks, declarer shags a losing heart. Otherwise, he'll ruff the K and lead a low trump toward his hand. He'll still have to ruff one diamond and lose several hearts, but the hand plays friendly.



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6 ♠642
J86
T84
♣9873
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QT8
Q43
KQJ765
♣T
♠KJ973
AT9752
-
♣52
♠A5
K
A932
♣AKQJ64
1
108
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2NT  ♦4 ♥3 ♠3
EW: 1 4 4♠  ♣4 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -300 4NT*-NS/5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          5.00   0.00  5* E -2  D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  200          3.50   1.50  5* E -1  D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
  200          3.50   1.50  5* E -1  D11-Shaw-Nye vs D3-Bowen-Benzien
         50    2.00   3.00  5♣ S -1   D13-Buckley-Robbins vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        100    1.00   4.00  5♣ S -2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        790    0.00   5.00  4* E     D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D10-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Even with the Rule of 20 , even with relaxed ideas about opening weak twos, East passes at most tables. On this four loser hand, South might even open 2, but West will "interfere" with 2and then what? North will be delighted to pass (or to double if that's how he indicates a weak hand) and North will pass the 3 rebid. That might bring East into it with 3. With an 800 pound gorilla at the table, E-W are unlikely to get any higher. And some may even just let South play 3.



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7 ♠K42
76432
Q
♣KT32
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ93
J5
AT4
♣AQ96
♠T8765
KT98
98
♣J8
♠Q
AQ
KJ76532
♣754
8
164
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♥6 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♦4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          5.00   0.00  3N W -6   D12-Whaley-Nielsen vs D11-Shaw-Nye
  130          3.50   1.50  4 S      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
  130          3.50   1.50  3 S +1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
  100          1.00   4.00  3♠ W -1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
  100          1.00   4.00  3♠ E -1   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          1.00   4.00  3♠ E -1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South is too good to preempt in first seat (though why not in third if partner is a passed hand?). West's best bid is 1NT. East will use some means of getting out of NT--either Stayman or a transfer will get them to 2 which East will gratefully pass.



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8 ♠AQT95
5
543
♣Q842
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J876
AT832
JT
♣K9
♠432
KJ9
Q982
♣753
♠K
Q764
AK76
♣AJT6
8
96
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/5♣ 3 3♠ 1NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦4 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +400 5♣-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          5.00   0.00  3♣ S +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  120          4.00   1.00  2N S      D4-Feldman-Burke vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
   90          3.00   2.00  1N S      D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.50   3.50  3N S -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        100    1.50   3.50  3N S -2   D12-Whaley-Nielsen vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        110    0.00   5.00  2 W      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and rebids 2 over partner's spade response. North might try 3, hoping partner will now show three card spade support if she has it. Not this time, of course. South might now reasonably try 3NT, but it will fail--and badly--with a low heart lead since West has that all-important K.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPassPass1
1123
Pass5All pass 

The Bidding: The ACBL allows 1NT to be opened with a singleton Queen, King, or Ace. In his “Opening 1NT with a Singleton?” article, Larry Cohen recommends opening 1NT with a singleton only when other openings would present a rebid problem. In his “Opening 1NT with a Singleton” article, Josh Donn advises considering the nature of the hand (tenaces, primary honors, the specific singleton, obstruction, strength, and awkward preferences. Here, South doesn't have an awkward rebid. King singleton is better for a 1NT opener than a singleton Ace or Queen. Even so, opening 1 seems best. After West overcalls 1, North 1 response shows 5+ spades. East advances to 2. South infers North's heart shortness. South competes to 3. If playing a Good Bad 2NT to differentiate game interest from competitive actions, South's 3 bid shows extra values. With that understanding, North, with 11 Support Points, will drive to the club game.

The Play: West is likely to lead their Ace. Now West can do little to cause problems for declarer. Declarer unblocks the spades, ruffs a heart, and discards 2 diamonds on dummy's high spades. Declarer crosses with a diamond and ruffs a 3rd round of hearts. When the King falls, declarer doesn't need another heart ruff. When declarer's finesse against the King fails, declarer has 11 tricks.



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9 ♠KJ6
7
A9762
♣KT65
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QT
AQ63
54
♣J8743
♠A932
K5
KQJT3
♣Q9
♠8754
JT9842
8
♣A2
11
915
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦5 ♠6 NT5/4
EW: 1/2♣ 1 2NT  ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  2 E -2   D12-Whaley-Nielsen vs D11-Shaw-Nye
  110          4.00   1.00  2 S      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
  100          2.50   2.50  3N E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
  100          2.50   2.50  3N E -1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
        180    0.50   4.50  1N W +3   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        180    0.50   4.50  1N W +3   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

If North opens 1, East's best bet is 1NT, though he would have opened 1 if North had passed.
West may try Stayman, but they'll end up on 2NT. The bad minor suit breaks will aggravate.



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10 ♠KJ54
Q87
T92
♣K92
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q962
T42
AKQJ
♣T3
♠T7
J65
874
♣AQ874
♠A83
AK93
653
♣J65
9
127
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1NT  ♣6 ♦5 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♥5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  3N E -3   D12-Whaley-Nielsen vs D4-Feldman-Burke
  200          3.00   2.00  2N E -2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
  200          3.00   2.00  2 W -2   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
  200          3.00   2.00  2 W -2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  100          1.00   4.00  1N E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        200    0.00   5.00  2♠ N -2   D11-Shaw-Nye vs D10-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. I would fault no West who overcalled 1: surely you want that lead! North bids 1 and South has a real bidding problem--pass? Bid 1NT? Either might be right. Clubs will be the big disappointment for declarer unless West leads the 10 and South remembers to play second hand low.



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11 ♠KQT
AQJT9
982
♣KQ
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠A9872
73
AKQ
♣543
♠643
K8542
73
♣T87
♠J5
6
JT654
♣AJ962
17
133
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 2 2NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          5.00   0.00  3N N +2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          4.00   1.00  2♠ W -3   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
  140          2.50   2.50  3 N      D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  140          2.50   2.50  2 N +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
  120          0.50   4.50  1N N +1   D11-Shaw-Nye vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
  120          0.50   4.50  1N N +1   D12-Whaley-Nielsen vs D4-Feldman-Burke

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. North has to decide: 1NT or 2 or even double with 17 HCP. If he doubles, South might bid the diamonds first so she can economically show both minors. South will not be sorry to be out of NT. Remember about the ruffing finesse technique for hearts if South is declarer in diamonds. Play the A and lead the Q, letting it ride for a sluff if East doesn't cover.



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12 ♠8765
QJ8764
6
♣A8
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AK43
AT
QJ
♣KT976
♠QT2
K52
K872
♣Q43
♠J9
93
AT9543
♣J52
7
1710
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 2 1 4♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    5.00   0.00  2 N -2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        400    4.00   1.00  3N E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        430    2.50   2.50  3N W +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
        430    2.50   2.50  3N E +1   D12-Whaley-Nielsen vs D4-Feldman-Burke
        460    1.00   4.00  3N E +2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        490    0.00   5.00  3N W +3   D11-Shaw-Nye vs D10-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West may open a slightly off-shape 1NT, or may prefer 1 with an easy spade rebid. Either way, they'll end up in 3NT--with a red suit lead in either case. Clubs will produce a lot of tricks when declarer finesses South for the J.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
111NTPass
3NTAll pass  

The Bidding: West has a choice between opening their semi-balanced 17 HCP hand 1 or 1NT. West doesn't have a rebid problem. Opening 1 makes it easy to find a spade fit. Opening 1NT may lose a spade fit if East has 4 spades and cannot bid Stayman. Opening 1NT protects West's Ace-Ten doubleton and obstructs a red suit overcall. If West is the stronger declarer in their partnership, they may prefer opening 1NT. If a fit is found, West's 19 Support Points provide game chances opposite a hand that will not move over 1NT. Opening 1 seems best. Opposite a passed hand, North might preempt. Here, North overcalls 1. East freely bids 1NT. West is confident 3NT has good play opposite a freely bid 1NT. West places the contract at 3NT.

At tables where West opens 1NT, North may risk an overcall despite the unfavorable vulnerability. It is common to play lebensohl over notrump interference. With that agreement, East responds an artificial 2NT and then rebids 3NT to show a raise to 3NT with a heart stopper.

The Play: In their "Winning Notrump Leads" book, David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "when your suit is headed by touching honors, it is usually best to lead a top card - even from such as K-Q-7-5-2, where your third-best card gives you nowhere near a 'broken sequence'." Here, North's standard lead, the 7, would allow declarer to score their 10 and take 11 tricks. The Queen lead prevents declarer from scoring their 10. Now declarer must guess the clubs to take 11 tricks.



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13 ♠863
KQJT82
QJ84
♣-
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KQT94
965
K52
♣AQ
♠A752
A7
63
♣K9854
♠J
43
AT97
♣JT7632
9
1411
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2  ♣5 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3/4♠ 4NT  ♦4 ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    5.00   0.00  3♠ W      D10-Wagner-Wagner vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        620    4.00   1.00  4♠ E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   D13-Buckley-Robbins vs D5-Petroff-Escobedo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North has a picture book 2 opener. This passes to West who happily bids spades--raised and then to game when East supports. The bad club break will be a disappointment--only one pitch develops.



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14 ♠AQ5
98653
K
♣KQJ5
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠6
AJT4
AJT532
♣94
♠KT843
K2
76
♣T873
♠J972
Q7
Q984
♣A62
15
106
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣5 ♥6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  3N S      D13-Buckley-Robbins vs D5-Petroff-Escobedo
  150          4.00   1.00  2N S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          2.50   2.50  3 W -1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D11-Shaw-Nye
   50          2.50   2.50  2 W -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
         50    1.00   4.00  2 N -1   D10-Wagner-Wagner vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
         90    0.00   5.00  2 W      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In third seat, West can bend requirements and open 2 even with those nice hearts. North will either double or bid those sorry hearts--and it's likely that N-S will get too high. They might not have had the problem if West hadn't preempted.



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15 ♠KT986
Q4
Q85
♣K75
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AJ52
JT98
KJ96
♣T
♠Q4
A6
A2
♣AQJ9863
♠73
K7532
T743
♣42
10
1017
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥3 ♠3 NT2
EW: 5♣ 4 4/3 3/4♠ 5NT
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  3N W -1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        130    3.00   2.00  3♣ E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        130    3.00   2.00  3♣ E +1   D10-Wagner-Wagner vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        130    3.00   2.00  2♣ E +2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        490    0.50   4.50  3N W +3   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        490    0.50   4.50  3N W +3   D13-Buckley-Robbins vs D5-Petroff-Escobedo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)


North has a reasonable light one spade opener in third seat. East may double or may just overcall 2. If it is the former, West is likely to bid 4 and East will end up in 5. But if East overcalls in clubs, West may try 2NT and East will be delighted to bid 3NT. So much will depends upon partnership agreements and style this time.



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16 ♠KJ32
KJT
T
♣A9832
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠T
AQ63
AKQ873
♣T5
♠AQ4
74
J92
♣KJ764
♠98765
9852
654
♣Q
12
1511
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦1 ♥4 NT1
EW: 3♣ 5 2 5NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    5.00   0.00  3 W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        150    3.00   2.00  4♠ S -3   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        150    3.00   2.00  3 W +2   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        150    3.00   2.00  3 W +2   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        660    1.00   4.00  3N E +2   D9-Graham-Rockefeller vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        690    0.00   5.00  4N E +2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D13-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. East has an awkward hand: if 2 is a Game Force , he's a bit light, but bidding 2NT without a vestige of a heart stopper seems worse. East may fudge and bid 2. West will reverse into hearts and East will then happily bid 3NT.



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17 ♠J
Q8654
KJ43
♣QT5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT73
AK9
Q82
♣A63
♠Q5
J732
T65
♣J972
♠K98642
T
A97
♣K84
9
174
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2♠ S      D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
   50          2.00   3.00  3N W -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
   50          2.00   3.00  2N W -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D11-Shaw-Nye
   50          2.00   3.00  1N W -1   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
   50          2.00   3.00  1N W -1   D9-Graham-Rockefeller vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          2.00   3.00  3♣ E -1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D10-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will South open a light 1 or even 2 in third seat. Either way, West will bid NT and buy the hand--only to face a very weak partner. It will be a long slog for declarer. If South hasn't bid, West will open 1NT and get a heart lead. Bad luck that South has the 10.



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18 ♠Q9874
AQJ7
J43
♣5
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠JT3
T2
AK9
♣AQJT8
♠K65
983
QT
♣K9764
♠A2
K654
87652
♣32
10
158
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2  ♣3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2NT  ♦6 ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.90   0.10  3 N      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D11-Shaw-Nye
         90    3.70   1.30  2♣ W      D4-Feldman-Burke vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        130    2.50   2.50  3♣ W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        150    1.30   3.70  2N W +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        180    0.10   4.90  1N E +3   D9-Graham-Rockefeller vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West's best bet is 1NT; there's no way to describe this hand after a 1 opener. North may try DONT or Cappelletti. If not, East will invite, but 2NT is the limit. If West were to open 1, North might double, East would raise clubs, and N/S would find their heart fit, though vulnerable they won't get overly frisky.



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19 ♠T653
2
KJ7632
♣Q4
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KQ82
543
Q
♣97632
♠J4
AKQJT
A984
♣JT
♠A97
9876
T5
♣AK85
6
716
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣4 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3 1NT  ♦5 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3 E -1   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        110    4.00   1.00  1 E +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        140    1.50   3.50  3 E      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        140    1.50   3.50  3 E      D4-Feldman-Burke vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
        140    1.50   3.50  2 E +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
        140    1.50   3.50  2 E +1   D8-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
20 ♠AJ972
AQJT
KJ62
♣-
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T54
75
AQ8
♣QJ653
♠63
K963
T4
♣AT742
♠KQ8
842
9753
♣K98
16
97
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 3 5♠ 2NT  ♣5
EW: 2♣  ♦2 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D4-Feldman-Burke vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D11-Shaw-Nye
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
  620          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D8-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
21 ♠T8763
QT
Q
♣JT954
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ
A84
AJ875
♣62
♠K2
K75
KT43
♣AQ87
♠954
J9632
962
♣K3
5
1615
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥3 ♠3 NT1
EW: 4♣ 6 4/3 3♠ 6NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   0.50  6N E -2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  100          4.50   0.50  6N E -2   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D9-Graham-Rockefeller
   50          3.00   2.00  6N E -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        460    1.00   4.00  4N E +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
        460    1.00   4.00  4N E +1   D8-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        460    1.00   4.00  3N E +2   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D11-Shaw-Nye
22 ♠64
K62
KQT9
♣J654
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AKQ73
Q8
AJ65
♣T9
♠92
AJ9753
83
♣872
♠JT85
T4
742
♣AKQ3
9
165
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥2 ♠3 NT3
EW: 1 4 3♠ 3NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    4.50   0.50  1♠ W +1   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        110    4.50   0.50  1♠ W +1   D9-Graham-Rockefeller vs D1-Glenn-McAdams
        140    2.50   2.50  2♠ W +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        140    2.50   2.50  1♠ W +2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        180    1.00   4.00  2N E +2   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        620    0.00   5.00  4 E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
23 ♠AJ872
QT7
J8
♣T86
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠3
KJ9
AK752
♣AK43
♠KT94
65
QT96
♣QJ2
♠Q65
A8432
43
♣975
8
188
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥5 ♠5 NT3
EW: 5♣ 5 1 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    4.00   1.00  4 W +1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
        150    4.00   1.00  3 W +2   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D11-Shaw-Nye
        150    4.00   1.00  3 W +2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
        630    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D13-Buckley-Robbins
        630    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        630    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   D9-Graham-Rockefeller vs D1-Glenn-McAdams
24 ♠Q92
AT3
875
♣QT53
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T7
852
T62
♣K9874
♠AKJ6
J9
AJ43
♣AJ6
♠8543
KQ764
KQ9
♣2
8
319
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3♣ 2 1/-NT
       ♥6 ♠6 NT7/6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  470          5.00   0.00  2* S     D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D12-Whaley-Nielsen
  100          4.00   1.00  3N E -2   D9-Graham-Rockefeller vs D1-Glenn-McAdams
   50          2.50   2.50  3N E -1   D2-Shaffer-Conn vs D11-Shaw-Nye
   50          2.50   2.50  1N E -1   D5-Petroff-Escobedo vs D10-Wagner-Wagner
         50    1.00   4.00  2 S -1   D4-Feldman-Burke vs D8-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    0.00   5.00  3♣ E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D13-Buckley-Robbins