- Monday Aft - June 11, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 840 MP  Geomean: 543 MP
(based on 23 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ilona Smith - Ken Ellenberger 67.08 1st A 0.60
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 57.08 2nd A 0.42
Alan Greenberg - Else Lundbye 56.67 1st A 0.60
Joseph Gaynor - Ronald Landgraff 56.25 2nd A 0.42
Mark Robbins - Roseann Buckley 52.50 2nd B 0.28
EVENT>Open Mon Afternoon       |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
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DATE>June 11, 2018      |CLUB NO.>127100    | 06/11/2018 15:56
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1200/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=3/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Louise Shaffer         Joan Glenn               A    .     .     .     63.50  52.92
 2 Raeann Koerner         Buki Burke               B    .     .     .     56.00  46.67
 3 Mike Pemberton         Dick Zizic               A    .     .     .     52.00  43.33
 4 Alan Greenberg         Else Lundbye             C    1     1     1     68.00  56.67  0.60(A)
 5 Sally Van Valin        Gary Van Valin           C    .     .     .     53.00  44.17
 6 Ronald Landgraff       Joseph Gaynor            A    2     .     .     67.50  56.25  0.42(A)
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Open Mon Afternoon       |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1200/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ilona Smith            Ken Ellenberger          A    1     .     .     80.50  67.08  0.60(A)
 2 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    2     1     1     68.50  57.08  0.42(A)
 3 Roseann Buckley        Mark Robbins             B    .     2     .     63.00  52.50  0.28(B)
 4 Peggy Nielsen          Anne Conn                B    .     .     .     41.00  34.17
 5 Pat Shaw               Ruric Nye                C    .     .     .     55.00  45.83
 6 Irene Petroff          Ginny Rockefeller        C    .     .     .     52.00  43.33
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠53
AJT875
QJ4
♣62
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QT2
932
K7652
♣73
♠AJ9764
4
AT8
♣J85
♠K8
KQ6
93
♣AKQT94
8
510
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 4NT  ♦6/5 ♠5
EW: 1 2♠  ♣1 ♥1 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          4.00   1.00  4 N +2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  480          4.00   1.00  4 N +2   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  480          4.00   1.00  4 N +2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  420          1.00   4.00  4 N      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
  420          1.00   4.00  4 N      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D5-Shaw-Nye
  420          1.00   4.00  5♣ S +1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 2. Will East think about 2 with so few HCP and a weedy suit? No matter: either way South will bid the heart game, pleased to know his K is probably safe. What will East lead? It's not obvious. Just let declarer in and he'll draw trump and take the rest of the tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 222NT1
3PassPass4
PassPass4Dbl
All pass   
  1. artificial, asking bid

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5, and 12-13.

The Bidding: North opens a textbook Weak Two Hearts . East's 10 HCP are a bit light for a 2-level overcall. East's 13 Support Points are sufficient for a takeout double. However, a takeout double doesn't well describe East's hand. East would have opened a Weak Two Spades . In his "Bidding Over Preempts" article, Roger Lee advises "when one of us has shortness, it pays to bid if it's reasonable." East's spade shortness decreases the likelihood West will be able to balance. One of Roger Lee's tenets is "if you don't want to defend the current contract, try to bid." Here, a light 2 overcall has more upside than downside.

East's 2 overcall improves South's hand. Slam is likely if North has 2 red Aces. If playing Preempt Roman Key Card in competition, South can bid an artificial 4 to ask for key cards using responses specialized for a preempt. If not, South can begin with a 2NT asking bid. Over 2NT, West can obstruct and show their spade support with an advance to 3. East knows West has less than invitational values. West would have cue bid 3 with an invitational or better raise. North has nothing to say over 3. East passes, hoping to buy the contract at 4. When South bids 4 and West doesn't double, East sacrifices in 4. South must now guess whether to double, bid 5, or bid 4NT hoping the opponents cannot or do not run diamonds. With only 1 Ace, doubling is reasonable.

The Play in 4: On a passive lead, declarer will draw trump and run clubs to score 12 tricks. East must lead an Ace to hold declarer to 10 tricks. When dummy comes down, it will be clear the defense must try to cash 2 diamonds and a spade.

The Play in 4X: Declarer has 3 quick losers in the rounded suits. With the King offside, declarer cannot avoid a spade loser. Unless North breaks diamonds or the defense gives declarer a ruff-and-sluff, declarer also has a diamond loser. Declarer scores just 8 tricks for down 2.

The Play in 4NT: Few pairs, if any, will find the Par Contract . North's QJ4, limit East-West to 3 quick winners. When declarer gains the lead, they will score the rest of the tricks.



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2 ♠AK98
QT
AJ72
♣K73
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q654
932
K4
♣J984
♠JT32
J7
QT653
♣A5
♠7
AK8654
98
♣QT62
17
68
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3/2 5 1♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          4.50   0.50  5 S      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  650          4.50   0.50  4 S +1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  630          3.00   2.00  3N N +1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  620          2.00   3.00  4 N      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  170          1.00   4.00  3 S +1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        200    0.00   5.00  6 S -2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 2 and North will get them to the heart game. West may well lead a low spade, giving declarer the chance to shag his losing diamond. There's no point in sluffing a club, after all. Two club losers are all the losses--unless the opening lead is a low club--then declarer will likely take 12 tricks.



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3 ♠T843
-
QJ7
♣J87532
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠652
AJT8
K53
♣T94
♠AKQJ7
KQ96
T86
♣A
♠9
75432
A942
♣KQ6
4
819
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦5 ♥3 ♠2 NT2
EW: 1 4 3/4♠ 4NT  ♣4
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -300 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    5.00   0.00  5♣ N -2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        620    3.50   1.50  4♠ W      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        620    3.50   1.50  4♠ E      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        650    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Nielsen-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West has just enough to raise partner's 1 opener and East will be delighted to bid game. The opening lead is the K . Yes, looking at all four hands we see that a heart is devastating, but it won't happen at the table. Now all that's lost is two diamonds.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
PassPass1Dbl
255All pass

The Bidding: After 2 passes, North knows East has a big hand. At favorable vulnerability, North may judge a psych has upside. Most will pass. East has a choice of opening a Strong 2 Clubs or 1. East's club shortness and the unfavorable vulnerability make preemption likely. Opening 1 seems best. South's 12 Support Points justify a passed hand takeout double. West freely raises to 2. Many expert partnerships play Transfers Over a Double of One of a Major to differentiate good raises from weak raises and make it easier for responder to suggest a lead or show their own suit. With that agreement, West bids an artificial 2 to show a constructive spade raise. North would like to sacrifice in clubs and direct a heart lead. Sadly, there isn't an easy way to do so. North preempts 5. East, with a Losing Trick Count of 4, reasonably expects to make 5 opposite a constructive raise. Given the vulnerability, East decides not to follow Grant Baze's "The 5-level belongs to the opponents" advice. East-West buy the contract at 5. It isn't clear a double by North would be treated as a Lightner Double Double or that a heart ruff will set 5.

At tables where East opens a strong 2, East-West may have difficulty stopping short of a no play slam.

The Play in Spades: South's normal lead is the King, top of an honor sequence. On a club lead, declarer has 10 quick winners. A lobbing finesse towards the King provides declarer's 11th trick. 4 can be set on a heart lead. The defense can navigate 2 heart ruffs and can score 2 diamond tricks.

The Play in 5X: East is likely to lead a high spade. When dummy tables with a singleton, it is common to signal Suit Preference . Here, East is likely to cash their Ace and then force dummy to ruff a spade with their King (or Queen), hoping to Promote a Trump trick for West. Now declarer can only ruff 1 more spade, and West's 10 (or 9) is promoted. Fortunately for declarer, diamonds break 3-3. So declarer can discard a losing spade on a long diamond to escape for down 2.



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4 ♠JT543
K762
J8
♣73
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KQ96
QT
T73
♣KT52
♠-
AJ943
AQ62
♣QJ94
♠A872
85
K954
♣A86
5
1014
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3/2 ♦4 ♥3 ♠6 NT4
EW: 4♣ 3 3/4 1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -620 4-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3N E -1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        170    3.50   1.50  3 E +1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        170    3.50   1.50  2 E +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        300    2.00   3.00  2♠ N -3   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        400    1.00   4.00  3 S -4   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        950    0.00   5.00  3N* W +1  D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. With such good distribution and quick tricks, South doubles. Some may redouble with the West hand (10+ HCP and no more than two hearts; some will try 1). If it's redouble, North bids 1 since he has a cleat preference among the unbid suits. His one-level response promises no more than 7-8 points (how true!). Now East has to decide--bid a minor or pass if North has bid 1. Either way, he has promised his opening was not light and West might try the NT game--amply rewarded this time.



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5 ♠AQJ93
A97
J8
♣A95
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T4
J542
54
♣QJ862
♠K76
63
K9632
♣T43
♠852
KQT8
AQT7
♣K7
16
46
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 6 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          5.00   0.00  6♠ N      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  690          3.00   2.00  3N N +3   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  690          3.00   2.00  3N N +3   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D5-Shaw-Nye
  690          3.00   2.00  3N N +3   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
  680          1.00   4.00  4♠ N +2   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.00   5.00  6 S -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

N-S will get to game in spades or NT, depending on the style used by the partnership. East should know what he's going to play when North leads the J so he can act smoothly--no hitching to give the position away.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTPass31
Pass3Pass42
Pass5Pass5
Pass5Pass6
All pass   
  1. artificial, 5-card major ask
  2. artificial, spade slam try

The Bidding: If North opens 1, North will not have a convenient rebid over a 1NT response. North prefers to open 1NT with a 5-card major to well describe their strength and shape, and avoid a rebid problem. Some partnerships use a jump to 3 as Puppet Stayman to learn if opener has a 5-card or 4-card major. The downside of with Stayman with a game forcing hand and one 4-card major is that opener may needlessly share information about their distribution. To avoid helping the defense, many expert partnerships prefer using Low Information Puppet Stayman . Here, it makes no difference. North's 3 response shows a 5-card spade suit. South, with 15 Support Points, a Losing Trick Count of 6, and controls in all side suits, is worth a slam try. The standard way to make a slam try is to bid the other major. North is happy to cooperate. North, concerned about 2 quick diamond losers, prefers cue bidding to Roman Keycard . When South shows a diamond control, North-South arrive at 6.

At tables where North opens 1, South uses a Two Over One Game Force sequence to show a game forcing hand with 3-card spade support. After cue bidding and Roman Key Card, North-South arrive at 6.

The Play: Declarer loses the finesse against the King. Declarer ruffs a club in the short hand and finishes drawing trump. Declarer test hearts, hoping to discard their diamond loser. When hearts break 4-2, declarer relies on the diamond finesse for their 12th trick. The finesse succeeds, and declarer is +1430.



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6 ♠753
JT9
742
♣QJ42
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠84
764
KQ863
♣A95
♠KQT962
KQ
T9
♣T86
♠AJ
A8532
AJ5
♣K73
4
910
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♦6 ♠4/5 NT6
EW: 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2 S      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
         50    4.00   1.00  3 S -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        100    3.00   2.00  3 S -2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        170    2.00   3.00  2♠ E +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        200    0.50   4.50  3N S -4   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.50   4.50  4♣ N -4   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 2, South has nothing better to do than to overcall 3. The clubs will set up, but how to play them still to have an entry to get rid of a losing diamond? It may not be possible. Down one will be a common result.



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7 ♠A6
T9
AQ754
♣K642
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T97542
J87
9
♣853
♠KQ83
AK5
K3
♣AQJT
♠J
Q6432
JT862
♣97
13
122
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2 1/-
       ♣4/3 ♥7/6 ♠2 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5♠ 2NT  ♦4 ♥5
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        120    4.00   1.00  2N E      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        200    3.00   2.00  3♠ W +2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and East doubles. South may bid 1 or even raise diamonds just to muddy the waters, and if he does, will West respond? No matter: East will insist upon a bid from partner and then raise spades. That should be enough to encourage West to get excited about his long suit. Will West have the imagination to bid the spade game? He'll be rewarded.



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8 ♠AK973
QJT
J96
♣53
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠QJT6
AK652
KQ7
♣Q
♠82
97
85432
♣KT84
♠54
843
AT
♣AJ9762
11
173
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1NT  ♦5 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1 1  ♣5 ♠5/6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   1.00  2 W -1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
   50          4.00   1.00  2 W -1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
   50          4.00   1.00  3 E -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        100    1.00   4.00  1N S -2   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    1.00   4.00  2♠ N -2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    1.00   4.00  1♠ N -2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D5-Shaw-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West will have high hopes when he opens 1--but they will be dashed by the auction. North will bid 1 and East will be delighted to pass. Now South has to decide: just pass or try to improve the contract with 2--as long as 2 is not forcing in their agreement. If it is, he has to pass. When East ruffs the third heart, he should sift to a diamond for maximum tricks.



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9 ♠A9842
A632
QJT5
♣-
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K765
Q974
AK86
♣J
♠Q3
JT85
92
♣85432
♠JT
K
743
♣AKQT976
11
133
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 2♠ 4NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦3/4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          5.00   0.00  3N N +2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  400          4.00   1.00  3N S      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Shaw-Nye
  130          3.00   2.00  3♣ S +1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
         50    1.50   3.50  3N N -1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
         50    1.50   3.50  4♣ S -1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    0.00   5.00  5♣ S -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and rebids 2 over South's 2. When South now repeats the clubs North may shrug and bid 3NT, but if he bids 3 to show a stopper, South will bid the NT. 10 tricks are in the bag when the J falls.



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10 ♠AK932
K5
J6
♣Q874
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠T4
A732
82
♣KJT62
♠85
T86
AKQT743
♣3
♠QJ76
QJ94
95
♣A95
13
89
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 3♠  ♦4 NT5
EW: 2 1NT  ♣5 ♥4 ♠4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  3♠ N      D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
         90    4.00   1.00  2 E      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        100    2.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        400    0.00   5.00  5♠ N -4   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 3 which passes around to North. 3 looks do-able, and South will surely raise to game. If East shifts to the 3, Declarer must rise with the Ace or it could get extra expensive. West could win, return a club, get in with the A and give East yet another ruff. Ugh.



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11 ♠632
KT73
JT742
♣6
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJ98
Q4
865
♣K832
♠T54
AJ6
AKQ3
♣JT4
♠AK7
9852
9
♣AQ975
4
815
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♦5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 1♠ 2/1NT  ♥5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2 N      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  100          4.00   1.00  2* E -1  D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Shaw-Nye
   50          2.50   2.50  1N E -1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
   50          2.50   2.50  3 E -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    1.00   4.00  3 N -1   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        150    0.00   5.00  1N E +2   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. North might answer 1 or 1, though Pass is certainly defensible. 1 would really frustrate East. He knows he may well have the best hand at the table, but bid what?? 1NT even if it's natural seems all wrong without a real club stopper. N-S may well get the hand at 2.



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12 ♠7
K9
K864
♣AJ7652
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQT8432
QJ7
53
♣9
♠K6
AT86432
972
♣K
♠J95
5
AQJT
♣QT843
11
910
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5  ♥0 ♠0 NT0
EW: 4 4♠  ♣2 ♦2 NT3
LoTT: 21 - 21 = 0
Par: +100 5♠*-EW/5*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          5.00   0.00  5♣ S      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        170    4.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        230    3.00   2.00  3♠ W +3   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        420    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        450    0.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 3. East may think it likely the hand will produce a lot of tricks, but only if there's a heart fit and missing honors are well-placed. Well, they are. It will be held to ten tricks with either minor suit lead (surely North won't underlead the A), but will take all 13 tricks with a trump lead--this time.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
3All pass  

The Bidding: West's hand falls just short of the Rule of 20 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. Preempting 3 risks missing a heart fit. In his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article,Andrew Gumperz advises agreeing to preempt aggressively in 1st and especially 3rd seat. Preempting 3 seems best. In his "Bidding Over Preempts" article, Roger Lee advises "when one of us has shortness, it pays to bid if it's reasonable." North has spade shortness, but it isn't reasonable for North to act at the 4-level with unfavorable vulnerability. East's hand has potential, but East has nothing to say. South's spade length and the unfavorable vulnerability make it risky for South to act. Preempts work at the club and at world championships.

The Play in 4 or 4: Declarer has 3 quick losers in the minors. With the King onside, declarer has more winners than they need. The defense must cash their winners carefully to hold declarer to 10 tricks. If North-South play 3rd and 5th Leads , it is easy for South to recognize the need for a club shift. Using 4th best leads, South cannot be sure whether North has 3 or 4 diamonds.

The Play in 5 or 5: North's singleton spade and South's singleton heart limit major suit losers to 2 tricks. With an 11-card club fit, playing for the King to drop offers a 52% chance of success. That's 2% better than finessing against the King. When the King drops, declarer has 11 tricks.



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13 ♠KQJT842
-
T75
♣965
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠-
Q86
8642
♣AKJ742
♠76
KT9543
AKQ3
♣T
♠A953
AJ72
J9
♣Q83
6
1012
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣1 ♦1 ♥2 NT3
EW: 5/6♣ 5/6 5  ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -1100 6♠*-NS-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  3♠ N      D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        200    3.50   1.50  4♠ N -2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        200    3.50   1.50  4♠ N -2   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        650    2.00   3.00  4 E +1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        800    1.00   4.00  5♠* N -3  D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        850    0.00   5.00  5* E     D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 3 and South should raise at least to 4--or even 5--right away. Knowing his side has 11 spades, it's likely they have only one defensive trick. Don't wait to sacrifice.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 34Pass
4Pass5All pass

The Bidding: After North preempts 3, East overcalls 4. South expects at most 1 spade trick on defense. South has nice hearts, but questionable defense against a minor suit contract. Both East and West may have singleton spades. If each values their shortness, they may get too high. Raising spades may make East-West wary of duplicated shortness. Bidding 4 makes it easy for West to make a Responsive Double . A minor suit game or slam may be available. Passing 4 seems best. West, with 15 Support Points, a heart fit, a spade void, and a source of tricks, is a bit strong to pass East's vulnerable 4 overcall. Cue bidding 4 seems best. East, with just 2 key cards, offers 5 as the final contact, ending the auction.

The Play in Hearts: Since declarer needs to ruff spades in the short hand, declarer cannot avoid losing 2 hearts. Declarer has the rest of the tricks.

The Play in Spades: East is likely to lead a high diamond. When dummy tables, it should be easy for the defense to cash their 5 minor suit winners. Declarer has the remaining 8 tricks.

The Play in Diamonds: If diamonds are declared by East, the defense cannot navigate a heart ruff. Declarer can score 12 tricks if they guess the heart suit or risk a finesse against the Queen.



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14 ♠8752
A5
9843
♣T95
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠JT63
Q84
KQ
♣KQ64
♠KQ9
KJ962
T65
♣A8
♠A4
T73
AJ72
♣J732
4
1313
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 4 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        420    0.50   4.50  4 E      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        420    0.50   4.50  4 E      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

E-W will get to 4 without much effort. And no effort will stop them from losing the three out-standing Aces. How about a spade ruff? It's rarely right to lead a doubleton with only three little trump, but it will pay off this time. North grabs the A the first time the suit is led so he can return a spade. And then South can take the setting trick A.



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15 ♠A5
AJ8
8742
♣JT85
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QJT8762
72
T3
♣Q4
♠94
9653
KQ96
♣K93
♠K3
KQT4
AJ5
♣A762
10
58
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 5 5NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣2 ♦3 ♥2 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          5.00   0.00  3N S +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  600          4.00   1.00  3N S      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  500          3.00   2.00  4♠* W -3  D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
  300          2.00   3.00  3♠* W -2  D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        100    0.50   4.50  3N S -1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.50   4.50  3N S -1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Shaw-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT. Not vulnerable, West might inject 2, but that shouldn't deter North from 3NT with his spade stopper and 10 HCP. Win the spade on the table and take the club finesse. Come home with two spades, four hearts, a diamond and three clubs.



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16 ♠A43
75
KQ52
♣8765
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠8765
Q863
63
♣AKT
♠JT9
J9
AT9874
♣32
♠KQ2
AKT42
J
♣QJ94
9
96
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ -/1 1 1♠ 2NT  ♦6/7
EW:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  3N N      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
  110          4.00   1.00  2♣ S +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
   90          3.00   2.00  1N N      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.00   3.00  2 S -1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        100    0.50   4.50  3N N -2   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    0.50   4.50  3N N -2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Unless East gets frisky and opens 2 in third seat, South will get to overcall hearts. North quite reasonably bids 2NT and South, liking her hand, bit 3NT. If only East had the 10...



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17 ♠AKQ762
96
Q74
♣T7
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J4
AJ53
AT2
♣AKJ4
♠-
QT87
K653
♣Q6532
♠T9853
K42
J98
♣98
11
187
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣1 ♦1 ♥0 NT2
EW: 6♣ 6 7 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -1400 7♠*-NS-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    5.00   0.00  3♠ N -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        170    4.00   1.00  4♣ E +2   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        230    3.00   2.00  3 E +3   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        300    2.00   3.00  4♠* N -2  D2-Koerner-Burke vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        510    1.00   4.00  4 E +3   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        750    0.00   5.00  5* E +1  D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 2 and South should go right to 4. Many play that double is penalty oriented and 4NT is the take-out bid here, but either way East should realize that her shapely hand is worth more than its seven HCP with that lovely spade void. 6 is rational (though scary)--and it may get South to try 6 which surely will be doubled. Down five is -1100, too much if N-S aren't bidding the grand slam.



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18 ♠82
A53
Q964
♣KQT6
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠75
KQT62
K83
♣A92
♠AQJ9643
7
T75
♣J8
♠KT
J984
AJ2
♣7543
11
128
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 1 1  ♠3 NT6
EW: 3♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
   50          4.00   1.00  3♠ E -1   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        140    3.00   2.00  3♠ E      D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        170    1.50   3.50  3♠ E +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        170    1.50   3.50  3♠ E +1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        420    0.00   5.00  4♠ E      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D5-Shaw-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East's 3 will buy this hand. What will South lead? Declarer needs to knock out the A to shag a minor suit loser--before he takes the trump finesse. Since South is unlikely to lead a club, the hand will be more manageable.



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19 ♠AKQT3
J96
-
♣KJ652
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠64
A75432
974
♣T7
♠8752
KQ
AKJ53
♣93
♠J9
T8
QT862
♣AQ84
14
413
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4♠ 3NT  ♦6 ♥5
EW:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  400          4.00   1.00  5♣ N      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
  170          3.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  150          2.00   3.00  3♣ N +2   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D5-Shaw-Nye
  140          1.00   4.00  2♠ N +1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  100          0.00   5.00  3 W -1   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
20 ♠A
T954
K865
♣9654
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K98542
Q
QJT
♣AT7
♠JT63
A32
732
♣KQ3
♠Q7
KJ876
A94
♣J82
7
1210
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2  ♣6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 4♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
    PASS       4.00   1.00  Pass Out  D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ W      D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
21 ♠J
AK953
942
♣AT32
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠6
J82
KJT753
♣Q96
♠AT985
QT76
A6
♣J7
♠KQ7432
4
Q8
♣K854
12
711
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1/- 2♠  ♦4 ♥7/6 NT5
EW: 2 1NT  ♣4 ♥6 ♠4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2♠ S      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Shaw-Nye
   90          4.00   1.00  1N S      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
   50          3.00   2.00  3 W -1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        100    2.00   3.00  4♣ N -1   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        120    0.50   4.50  2N E      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        120    0.50   4.50  1N W +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
22 ♠T9862
JT854
K
♣AK
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AJ5
Q763
J96
♣864
♠43
K
AQT4
♣QJT975
♠KQ7
A92
87532
♣32
11
812
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠  ♣3 ♦5 NT6
EW: 3♣ 2  ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  110          4.00   1.00  2♠ N      D2-Koerner-Burke vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  100          2.50   2.50  2N E -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Shaw-Nye
  100          2.50   2.50  4♣ E -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    1.00   4.00  3♠ N -1   D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
        130    0.00   5.00  2♣ E +2   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
23 ♠K3
92
T97542
♣874
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠986
KQT3
86
♣T963
♠AQT54
764
AK3
♣A5
♠J72
AJ85
QJ
♣KQJ2
3
517
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 4♠ 3/2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.50   0.50  3 N      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
  110          4.50   0.50  3 N      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Shaw-Nye
        170    1.50   3.50  2♠ E +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
        170    1.50   3.50  2♠ E +2   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
        170    1.50   3.50  2♠ E +2   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        170    1.50   3.50  1♠ E +3   D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
24 ♠KQ97
AQ8642
J7
♣A
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AT63
3
Q653
♣7654
♠J2
K975
AT9
♣QJ98
♠854
JT
K842
♣KT32
16
611
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♥4 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          5.00   0.00  3 N +1   D2-Koerner-Burke vs D4-Nielsen-Conn
  140          3.00   2.00  3 N      D3-Pemberton-Zizic vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  140          3.00   2.00  3 N      D4-Greenberg-Lundbye vs D1-Smith-Ellenberger
  140          3.00   2.00  2 N +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.50   4.50  4 N -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Shaw-Nye
         50    0.50   4.50  3 N -1   D5-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins