- Monday Aft - June 18, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1014 MP  Geomean: 529 MP
(based on 28 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Anne Cline - Donald Cline 59.03 1st OA 2.63
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 58.68 2nd OA 1.97
Ilona Smith - Ken Ellenberger 56.60 3rd OA 1.48
Gary Van Valin - Sally Van Valin 55.16 1st SA 1.31
Alan Greenberg - Ruric Nye 54.76 2nd SA 0.92
Gwen Wagner - Joan Cathcart 53.97 3rd SA 0.66
Irene Petroff - Mary Jane Graham 48.26 1st SC 0.47
EVENT>Longest Day Champ        |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>June 18, 2018      |CLUB NO.>127100    | 06/18/2018 21:50
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Charity Club Championship    |MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   72.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=7/C=5                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Anne Conn              Elaine McAdams           C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     64.00  44.44
 2 Gary Feldman           Carol Lilly              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     62.86  43.65
 3 Dagmar Ragnow          Dick Zizic               A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     61.71  42.85
 4 Mark Robbins           Roseann Buckley          B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     74.86  51.99
 5 Joan Cathcart          Gwen Wagner              C   .     4     3   |   3     3     .     77.71  53.97  0.66(SA)
 6 Sally Van Valin        Gary Van Valin           C   4     2     1   |   1     1     1     79.43  55.16  1.31(SA)
 7 Alan Greenberg         Ruric Nye                C   5     3     2   |   2     2     2     78.86  54.76  0.92(SA)
 8 Ronald Landgraff       Joseph Gaynor            B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     76.57  53.17
                                          Totals                                            576.00

EVENT>Longest Day Champ        |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   72.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     84.50  58.68  1.97(OA)
 2 Nita Whaley            Louise Shaffer           B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     54.50  37.85
 3 Lorraine Salvatore     Sharon Matthews          C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     62.50  43.40
 4 Irene Petroff          Mary Jane Graham         C   .     .     .   |   .     2     1     69.50  48.26  0.47(SC)
 5 Richard Wagner         Susan Lang               C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     66.50  46.18
 6 Anne Cline             Donald Cline             A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .     85.00  59.03  2.63(OA)
 7 Ken Ellenberger        Ilona Smith              B   3     1     .   |   3     1     .     81.50  56.60  1.48(OA)
                                          Totals                                            504.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠T76
Q8
642
♣AKQ85
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AJ9843
3
KJT93
♣7
♠-
AJT976542
8
♣T64
♠KQ52
K
AQ75
♣J932
11
95
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 3NT  ♦6 ♥5/4 ♠6
EW: 2  ♣4 ♦6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +300 4*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  4 E -2   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          5.50   0.50  4* E -1  D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
         50    4.00   2.00  3♣ N -1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        420    2.00   4.00  4 E      D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        420    2.00   4.00  4 E      D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        420    2.00   4.00  4 E      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        590    0.00   6.00  4* E     D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

With a nine card suit, East opens 4. South is pretty sure he's being robbed, but will he dare double? If not, he'll be on lead and the K is reasonable. That lets declarer pitch a loser, most likely a diamond. Even so, declarer will lose three diamonds and a trump. The defense is less effective with the A lead. Now declarer can shag two clubs (on the K and the A and make the bid.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 14Dbl
All pass   

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 5-6, and 12.

The Bidding: When West picks up their hand, they plan to follow Grant Baze's "6-5 come alive" advice. North's 11 HCP hand falls just short of the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. North's strong club suit merits an upgrade. North's Queen-doubleton merits a downgrade. Opening 1 has lead directional value and forces the opponents to use their defensive bidding. Opening 1 seems best. East has a clear 4 preempt. In his "Negative Double s" article, Larry Cohen explains why you should play Negative Doubles through infinty. If a Negative Double isn't available, what would South bid? South certainly doesn't have a heart stack. South's high level Negative Double is takeout and/or strength showing. West's discards their plan to "come alive" in the auction. North, with a minimum opener, converts South's Negative Double for penalty.

At tables where a conservative North passes as dealer, East preempts 4. Larry Cohen recommends playing Takeout Doubles thru infinity . With that understanding, South's double is takeout oriented. West passes smoothly, hoping North bids a suit. Larry Cohen advises a "high-level takeout double should be removed only if the partner of the doubler has lots of shape. Certainly a pull to the 5-level should not be undertaken unless the distribution is extreme (like a 6-card suit, or a big 2-suiter, or a void...)." Here, North's hand is balanced. North isn't confident a 4 or 5 will make. North prefers to defend 4X.

The Play: Against a preempt, it is common to lead an Ace to look at dummy. Normally, North would signal attitude on South's Ace lead. Here, it should be clear to both North and South that a Suit Preference signal is what is needed. With that understanding, North plays the 2 to ask for a club. A heart switch, or a club switch and then a heart holds declarer to 8 tricks. Declarer cannot benefit from dummy's King or Ace. On the King lead, declarer can discard a loser and escape for down 1.

Tips for Advancing Players: Take a look at your convention card. If you have an upper limit for Takeout Double , Negative Double , or responsive doubles, discuss removing the limit with your partner. You will have to wait a long time to have a trump stack against a high-level preempt.



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2 ♠JT943
T98543
QT
♣-
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠-
AKJ72
AK982
♣T82
♠K82
-
7643
♣KQJ943
♠AQ765
Q6
J5
♣A765
3
159
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣1 ♦1 ♥6 NT2
EW: 6♣ 5/6 -/1 3/1NT
       ♥6/7 ♠4
LoTT: 21 - 19 = +2
Par: -800 6♠*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  5 W -3   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
   50          5.00   1.00  5♣ E -1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        140    4.00   2.00  2 W +1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Cline-Cline
        170    3.00   3.00  4 W +2   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        420    1.50   4.50  5 W +1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        420    1.50   4.50  5♣ E +1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        500    0.00   6.00  4♠* S -2  D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D4-Petroff-Graham

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has a good enough suit for 3. Knowing that partner should have an excellent suit, especially if on ly six cards long, West might even just bid 6 right away. If South has been bold enough to try 3, 6 looks like even a better bet. Play is easy--just knock out the A and make sure you've drawn all the trump.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
244NTPass
5All pass  

The Bidding: East's 9 HCP hand falls just short of the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. East's hand would play well in spades, diamonds, or clubs. At favorable vulnerability, some will preempt in their strong 6-card club suit, hoping to obstruct North-South's expected heart fit. The downside of preempting is missing a potential spade or diamond fit. Opening 1 could easily get the partnership too high. Passing seems best. South opens 1. West's 2 Michaels Cue Bid shows 5+ hearts and 5+ in an undisclosed minor. North, with 5-card spade support and a void, makes a 4 preemptive raise.

East isn't sure who is making what. At favorable vulnerability, West has a wide range for a Michaels cue bid. East's heart void, fit with either minor, and source of tricks makes a minor suit game possible or slam possible. If West is weak, 5 or 5 should be a good sacrifice. The ACBL requires East to wait 10 seconds before acting over North's jump bid. This helps avoid communicating whether East has an easy or difficult decision. Here, East bids 4NT to ask West to bid their minor. West's 5 bid ends the auction.

The Play: The defense cannot navigate a ruff against 5 by West. With diamonds breaking 2-2, declarer has no trouble scoring 12 tricks.



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3 ♠QT87
KJT42
2
♣K83
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A43
Q765
5
♣JT952
♠KJ652
A8
A9763
♣Q
♠9
93
KQJT84
♣A764
9
714
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠4
EW: 2♠  ♣6 ♦5/4 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          5.50   0.50  4♠* E -2  D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  500          5.50   0.50  3♠* E -2  D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  110          4.00   2.00  3 S      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          3.00   3.00  3♠ E -1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D4-Petroff-Graham
   90          2.00   4.00  2 S      D1-Conn-McAdams vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.00   5.00  2N N -2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Cline-Cline
        110    0.00   6.00  2♠ E      D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D5-Wagner-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South surely opens 2, which will pass around to East. East may balance with 2 and is likely to buy the hand. Though all those little diamonds may shut him up. If he does bid 2, West might raise with 10 support points. No joy there with the nasty spade break.



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4 ♠T
T73
K972
♣J9865
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KQ43
982
J43
♣QT3
♠A976
J65
T865
♣A4
♠J852
AKQ4
AQ
♣K72
4
89
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 3 1♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  210          5.50   0.50  2N S +3   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  210          5.50   0.50  1N S +4   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Wagner-Lang
  150          4.00   2.00  2N S +1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline
  120          2.50   3.50  2N S      D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  120          2.50   3.50  2N S      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  110          0.50   5.50  3♣ S      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          0.50   5.50  1♣ S +2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D4-Petroff-Graham

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In fourth seat, will South fudge by a point and open 2NT? What looks like at least eight or none tricks is killed by the lack of entries to the North hand. If West starts with a low spade, the defense should take six tricks: four spades and two aces.



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5 ♠J42
9
A8743
♣KQ63
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠A7
KJT63
52
♣J754
♠K98
Q8742
96
♣A98
♠QT653
A5
KQJT
♣T2
10
99
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 4♠  ♣6 ♥4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2  ♦3 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +500 5*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  620          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Wagner-Lang
  620          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  170          3.00   3.00  3♠ S +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  130          2.00   4.00  4 S      D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline
   50          1.00   5.00  4 W -1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        100    0.00   6.00  3♠ S -1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. North's hand revalues to 13 support points, so he should make a strenuous try for game-like bidding Drury and then raising to the three level. Play is easy with two trump losers and the A. Just make sure to draw trump after ruffing a heart.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
Pass21Pass4
All pass   
  1. artificial, invitational (or better) spade raise

The Bidding: After South opens 1 in 3rd seat, West has nothing to say. North, with 13 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 7, would force to game opposite a 1st or 2nd seat opener. Since Opening Light in Third Seat is a common winning strategy, North must consider the possibility South doesn't have a full opener. To avoid getting too high opposite a subminimum opener, it is common to play Drury . As Gavin Wolper discusses in his "Reverse Drury and Passed Hand Bidding" article, it is common to rebid your major to show a subminimum opener. Here, South's 14 Support Points and LTC of 6 suggest bidding game. Even if South goes low and bids an artificial 2 to show a full opener, North will place the contract at 4.

The Play: Declarer is fortunate the 2-2 diamond break prevents a defensive ruff. The 3-2 spade break allows declarer to limit spade losers to 2. Declarer has 10 tricks: 4 + 1 + 1 ruff + 5. The defense collects their 2 high spades and the Ace.



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6 ♠KQ5
K96
AKQ
♣QJ87
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T984
T3
9753
♣954
♠J632
4
J864
♣KT63
♠A7
AQJ8752
T2
♣A2
20
05
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 7 4♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥0 ♠2 NT0
LoTT: 15 - 18 = -3
Par: +1520 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1520          6.00   0.00  7N N      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Wagner-Lang
 1010          2.50   3.50  6 S +1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
 1010          2.50   3.50  6 S +1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D4-Petroff-Graham
 1010          2.50   3.50  6 S +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
 1010          2.50   3.50  6 S +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
 1010          2.50   3.50  6 S +1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
 1010          2.50   3.50  6 S +1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North will be startled when South opens the bidding. He should know that slam is quite likely. When South shows three aces. North should go for the Grand Slam. There are tricks to burn: 14 without a finesse!



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass3NT1
Pass4NTPass52
Pass53Pass64
Pass7NTAll pass 
  1. serious slam interest
  2. 0 or 3 key cards
  3. Queen ask
  4. Q and no outside King

The Bidding: After South opens 1, North plans how best to look for slam. With responder holding 20 HCP, many partnerships will reach slam if a slam is available. Reaching the highest scoring slam may be necessary on this board. North begins with a 2 Two Over One Game Force . East rebids their heart suit. For partnerships using the Bergen 2/1 Style , South's 2 rebid shows extra length. North's 3 bid shows 3-card support. At this point both North and South are unlimited. To differentiate a serious slam try from the willingness to cooperate with a slam try, many expert partnerships use an artificial Serious 3NT bid. With that agreement, South, with 18 Support Points, 3 key cards, and a Losing Trick Count of 5, bids 3NT to show serious slam interest. North is pleasantly surprised South has serious slam interest.

North checks for key cards to see if South's interest was based on a void. North learns they have all the key cards with the Queen, but they are missing the King. At this point, North can count 13 tricks: 3 + 6 + 3 + 1. North isn't aware of South's 7th heart. North places the contact at 7NT.

The Play: Declarer takes all the tricks.



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7 ♠87
A86
QJ72
♣9863
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KJ954
K9532
-
♣AQT
♠AQT63
Q
KT963
♣J5
♠2
JT74
A854
♣K742
7
1312
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥3 ♠0 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 3/4 6♠ 3NT
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -1430 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    6.00   0.00  4♠ W +1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        680    3.50   2.50  5♠ W +1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        680    3.50   2.50  4♠ W +2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        680    3.50   2.50  4♠ W +2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        680    3.50   2.50  4♠ W +2   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline
        710    0.50   5.50  4♠ W +3   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        710    0.50   5.50  4♠ W +3   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Wagner-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When West opens 1, East is really too strong just to jump to 4: that preemptive bid denies an opening hand. There are two routes to 12 tricks: take the club finesse, which happens to work this time. Or--play a heart; North won't resist winning with that singleton on the dummy, and now the K discards the club and dummy trumps. But will the dummy have enough trumps? Yes, since hearts are 4-3. How to get there? Maybe if East can Splinter (bid 4 over the 1 opener).



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8 ♠7654
AK8
KJ6
♣976
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AJ2
QJ9765
AQ2
♣J
♠KT93
-
987
♣AT8432
♠Q8
T432
T543
♣KQ5
11
157
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4/3 ♦4 ♥4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2/3 2 3♠ 1NT
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  3 W -2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  100          5.50   0.50  3 W -2   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Wagner-Lang
   50          4.00   2.00  2 W -1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        110    2.50   3.50  2 W      D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline
        110    2.50   3.50  1 W +1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        140    1.00   5.00  3♠ E      D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   6.00  2 W +3   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens and rebids hearts, and East will have no good place to go. What will North lead? The choices are unpleasant. He may start with three rounds of hearts. A club gives nothing away, while diamonds or spades both help declarer, as it happens, as will those trump leads. Assuming that East has answered 1 to the 1 opener, it's a less likely choice for North.



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9 ♠965
94
KQJ543
♣A8
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A32
AKJ863
8
♣T73
♠J8
T72
A762
♣K652
♠KQT74
Q5
T9
♣QJ94
10
128
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♥3 NT4
EW: 2/1♣ 4 2NT  ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -500 4♠*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    6.00   0.00  3 N -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        150    5.00   1.00  4♠ S -3   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    3.00   3.00  3 W +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline
        170    3.00   3.00  2 W +2   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        170    3.00   3.00  2 W +2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        200    1.00   5.00  4♠ S -4   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        650    0.00   6.00  4 W +1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Wagner-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North's 2 passes around to West who bids 2. East may raise the hearts, though he should be afraid that West's balancing bid isn't all that great. Bidding game is most unlikely--it depends on a trump break and the friendly placement of the A: a lot to ask for.



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10 ♠KQ6
854
T82
♣A962
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠JT85
AK7
6
♣KJ753
♠A93
QJ
AQ9753
♣84
♠742
T9632
KJ4
♣QT
9
1213
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥5 ♠2 NT4
EW: 3♣ 3 2 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   1.00  3N W -2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  200          5.00   1.00  3N E -2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  200          5.00   1.00  3N E -2   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Graham
  100          2.50   3.50  3N E -1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  100          2.50   3.50  4♠ W -1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        600    1.00   5.00  3N W      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        630    0.00   6.00  3N W +1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

E-W will probably end up in the NT game and North will have to lead. A low club will be helpful to declarer, as will the decent diamond break. save the hearts for an entry to the closed hand and go to work on the diamonds. Bless the club length, too.



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11 ♠Q86
Q5
JT8432
♣Q4
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KT5
KJT764
A
♣J87
♠J9732
982
75
♣A52
♠A4
A3
KQ96
♣KT963
7
125
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 4  ♥4/5 ♠4/5 NT6
EW: 2 2♠  ♣3 ♦2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +130 4-NS/4♣-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  4 W -3   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  130          3.50   2.50  4 S      D1-Conn-McAdams vs D6-Cline-Cline
  130          3.50   2.50  4 N      D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  130          3.50   2.50  4 N      D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Graham
  130          3.50   2.50  3♣ S +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Wagner-Lang
  100          1.00   5.00  3 E -2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        140    0.00   6.00  1 W +2   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Few choose to open 1NT with doubletons in both majors, South opens 1 planning to reverse into diamonds. West overcalls 1, which passes back to South. Now South bids 2 and North will come to life if he has to, having found a great fit.



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12 ♠AQ
763
QT853
♣Q43
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠J432
9
A964
♣AT82
♠K865
Q854
J72
♣K9
♠T97
AKJT2
K
♣J765
10
99
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1/-NT
       ♦5 ♠5/4 NT7/6
EW: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          6.00   0.00  2N N      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          4.50   1.50  2 S      D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  110          4.50   1.50  2 S      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
   50          3.00   3.00  3 E -1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        100    2.00   4.00  3 N -1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        300    1.00   5.00  4 S -3   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D6-Cline-Cline
        400    0.00   6.00  4 S -4   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 in fourth seat. West may double with this great shape (he has already passed, so it's reasonable). North raises hearts and West may try 2. There's a lot to do in 2--and even more in the 3 North is likely to try. There are at least five losers; luckily, East isn't strong enough to assay a penalty double.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPassPass1
Dbl212All pass
  1. artificial, good heart raise

The Bidding: After 2 passes, East must decide whether to open light in 3rd seat. As Josh Donn discusses in his "Light Third Seat Openers" article, "the two main reasons to open light in third seat are to preempt the opponents (or at least get them bidding defensively) and to direct the lead." Here, East doesn't want to direct the lead. Passing seems best. South's singleton King and holding just 3 spades are negatives. The Rule of 15 advises opening in 4th seat. Passing could be the winning decision, but most will reasonably open 1. Now West Doubles for Takeout . North, with 11 Support Points for hearts, wants to show an invitational raise. David Lindop recommends playing Drury in competition. Larry Cohen advises against playing Drury in competition. Many expert partnerships prefer playing Transfers Over a Double of One of a Major rather than Drury . With that understanding, North responds an artificial 2 to show a good heart raise. East advances to 2. Now North-South must guess whether to defend 2 or compete to 3. The Law of Total Tricks advises against competing to 3 with an 8-card fit.

The Play in 2: West is likely to lead a small spade. Declarer reasonably finesses against the King. When the finesse loses, East can set 2 by leading the King. At Matchpoints , where overtricks can be very costly, leading the King could be a disaster. East prefers a passive heart or spade return. Now declarer can knockout the Ace and score 8 tricks: 1 + 1 ruff + 5 + 1.

The Play in 2: South will likely lead a high heart. When dummy tables with a singleton, it is common to signal Suit Preference . Here, North doesn't have a particular preference. So North plays the 6 which isn't easy for South to read. If the defense play 2 rounds of trump, declarer could play North for Jxx or Qxx and try to establish clubs by finessing against North. This establishes clubs with 1 loser. Now declarer can score 9 tricks. If declarer doesn't risk the club finesse, they can score 8 tricks by ruffing 2 clubs. If South switches to a diamond at trick 2, declarer can score 8 tricks on a Cross-Ruff . On an initial trump lead and continuation, declarer can score 9 tricks by end playing South.



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13 ♠K73
J976
K
♣A7542
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QJ4
8
AQJT6
♣KJT3
♠A9652
A432
943
♣8
♠T8
KQT5
8752
♣Q96
11
148
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥5 ♠1 NT1
EW: 1♣ 6 1 6♠ 5NT
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -1430 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4♠ E -3   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  100          5.00   1.00  2N W -1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        100    4.00   2.00  3 S -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        110    3.00   3.00  2♠ E      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Cline-Cline
        120    2.00   4.00  2N W      D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        170    1.00   5.00  3♠ E +1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        650    0.00   6.00  4♠ E +1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 , North might double, and East bids 1. Now South might offer 2 and West may be able to show three card spade support, depending on partnership agreements. North has done all he should do. Will East pursue slam, or even game? Maybe not unless pushed into it. And don't forget how unlikely it is that anyone will drop that K singleton and offside.



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14 ♠87
KQT9
AT83
♣K96
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J9653
A6
QJ64
♣J3
♠T42
8743
92
♣Q754
♠AKQ
J52
K75
♣AT82
12
92
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 5 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          5.00   1.00  3N S +2   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
  460          5.00   1.00  3N S +2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  460          5.00   1.00  3N S +2   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  430          1.50   4.50  3N S +1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D5-Wagner-Lang
  430          1.50   4.50  3N S +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Petroff-Graham
  430          1.50   4.50  3N S +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Cline-Cline
  430          1.50   4.50  3N N +1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT. North will use Stayman and settle for the NT game. The 11th trick materializes if Declarer realizes that the 9 is gone. He can lead diamonds a third time and develop another trick.



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15 ♠T7
Q8
KQ854
♣AJ42
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠643
T
AT63
♣QT985
♠A852
J7642
7
♣K73
♠KQJ9
AK953
J92
♣6
12
68
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 3 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          6.00   0.00  3N N +2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  630          5.00   1.00  3N S +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Petroff-Graham
  600          4.00   2.00  3N N      D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
   50          3.00   3.00  3♣ E -1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Cline-Cline
        100    1.50   4.50  3N N -1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.50   4.50  4 S -1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        200    0.00   6.00  3N N -2   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and rebids spades over North's 2. Now North will go for the NT game and East must guess what to lead. There seems little reason to lead a major, so he may try a low club, which is certainly the best defensive bet.



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16 ♠QJT54
6
KT2
♣AJT6
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠A82
AQT75
3
♣K874
♠K96
932
AQ754
♣Q2
♠73
KJ84
J986
♣953
11
1311
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥2 ♠4 NT2/3
EW: 3♣ 3 5 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  4 W -2   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        120    5.00   1.00  1N E +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        140    4.00   2.00  3 W      D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D6-Cline-Cline
        170    2.50   3.50  3 W +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        170    2.50   3.50  3 W +1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        620    0.50   5.50  4 W      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        620    0.50   5.50  4 W      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

WEst opens 1, North bids 1 and East shows a limit raise in hearts, With only 13 highs, West may have to be pushed into the game, but it plays nicely IF declarer handles the two-tiered trump finesse properly and leads the 9 first, letting it ride if South doesn't cover.



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17 ♠JT75
T
AJ852
♣K93
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AK9864
QJ
73
♣654
♠Q
K8762
T96
♣AQT2
♠32
A9543
KQ4
♣J87
9
1011
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 1 1♠  ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          6.00   0.00  3 N      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
   50          4.50   1.50  2♠ W -1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
   50          4.50   1.50  3 E -1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        100    3.00   3.00  3 N -2   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        110    2.00   4.00  2♠ W      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    0.50   5.50  2♠ W +1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        140    0.50   5.50  2♠ W +1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

If South doesn't open a light 1, will West let this hand pass out? He'll probably bid 2 over 1 (making East grumble a bit?). All the E-W heart points are wasted, but at least the K is on side. This hand will deteriorate rapidly when East shows up with all those hearts. Ugh.



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18 ♠K6
J4
J97542
♣852
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T972
A83
A8
♣AT94
♠A4
KT762
T3
♣KJ76
♠QJ853
Q95
KQ6
♣Q3
5
1211
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4 1♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.00   0.00  4 E -1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        140    5.00   1.00  2 E +1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        170    2.50   3.50  3 E +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        170    2.50   3.50  2 E +2   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D6-Cline-Cline
        170    2.50   3.50  2 E +2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    2.50   3.50  2 E +2   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        420    0.00   6.00  4 E      D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Whether or not East opens a Rule of 20 1, South will bid 1. West would be delighted to raise hearts, but how does he make sure to get to the heart game without just jumping to 4? Cuebid the spades to show a limit raise or better and then bid the game with those aces and what you hope is a useful doubleton. E-W are much less likely to get to their game is East passes initially. What will be South's opening lead? Either the K or the Q will be popular.



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19 ♠853
K4
QT97652
♣5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKT97
62
K83
♣KT6
♠J6
QJ53
4
♣QJ8742
♠Q42
AT987
AJ
♣A93
5
137
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1  ♣3/4 ♠5/6 NT5
EW: 3♣  ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          6.00   0.00  1N E -4   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  110          3.50   2.50  2 S      D1-Conn-McAdams vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  110          3.50   2.50  2 S      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D6-Cline-Cline
  110          3.50   2.50  2 S      D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          3.50   2.50  3 N      D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Petroff-Graham
         50    1.00   5.00  3N S -1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        140    0.00   6.00  1♠ W +2   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
20 ♠92
Q73
QJ96
♣QJ72
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q8763
KT52
KT3
♣9
♠AKJT4
J
852
♣T864
♠5
A9864
A74
♣AK53
8
89
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2/3 3 1NT  ♠3
EW: 3♠  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    6.00   0.00  4 S -1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        170    4.00   2.00  3♠ W +1   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D6-Cline-Cline
        170    4.00   2.00  3♠ E +1   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
        170    4.00   2.00  3♠ E +1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        200    2.00   4.00  4 S -2   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        650    1.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        790    0.00   6.00  4♠* E     D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D5-Wagner-Lang
21 ♠32
QT2
AQ8432
♣K4
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J9
J8543
JT9
♣Q72
♠T64
AK76
7
♣AT863
♠AKQ875
9
K65
♣J95
11
511
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 5♠ 4NT  ♣6/5 ♥5
EW: 1♣ 2  ♦1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          6.00   0.00  4♠ N +2   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Petroff-Graham
  650          5.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D5-Wagner-Lang
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  620          3.50   2.50  4♠ S      D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D6-Cline-Cline
  230          1.50   4.50  2♠ S +4   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  230          1.50   4.50  2♠ S +4   D8-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          0.00   6.00  3 W -1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
22 ♠6
QJT92
T9
♣98752
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J5
AK43
J82
♣AKQ6
♠AQ942
8765
K5
♣T3
♠KT873
-
AQ7643
♣J4
3
189
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3/1 3/2♠ 2/1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-E/3-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4 W -3   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
  200          4.50   1.50  4♠* E -1  D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
  200          4.50   1.50  3* E -1  D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D5-Wagner-Lang
  100          3.00   3.00  3 E -1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D6-Cline-Cline
   90          2.00   4.00  2 S      D1-Conn-McAdams vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        140    1.00   5.00  3♠ E      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        500    0.00   6.00  5* S -3  D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D4-Petroff-Graham
23 ♠AQ872
964
Q4
♣K97
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J
AKJT32
82
♣QJ83
♠T93
Q
AKJ5
♣A6542
♠K654
875
T9763
♣T
11
1214
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦4 ♥1 ♠6 NT2
EW: 5♣ 2 5 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    6.00   0.00  2♣ E +2   D1-Conn-McAdams vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        170    5.00   1.00  2 W +2   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D5-Wagner-Lang
        300    4.00   2.00  4♠ N -3   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith
        600    3.00   3.00  5♣ E      D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D4-Petroff-Graham
        650    1.00   5.00  4 W +1   D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D6-Cline-Cline
        650    1.00   5.00  4 W +1   D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
        650    1.00   5.00  4 W +1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
24 ♠KJ43
T83
AQ97
♣72
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠QT
Q92
K852
♣AQ98
♠8752
A76
T6
♣KT65
♠A96
KJ54
J43
♣J43
10
137
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2♠ 2NT  ♣5/6
EW: 1♣  ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  1N E -2   D7-Greenberg-Nye vs D5-Wagner-Lang
   50          5.00   1.00  2 W -1   D6-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Salvatore-Matthews
         90    2.50   3.50  1N W      D2-Feldman-Lilly vs D4-Petroff-Graham
         90    2.50   3.50  1N W      D3-Ragnow-Zizic vs D6-Cline-Cline
         90    2.50   3.50  1N E      D5-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Saltis-Pemberton
         90    2.50   3.50  2♣ W      D1-Conn-McAdams vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        500    0.00   6.00  3* N -3  D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D7-Ellenberger-Smith