- Monday Aft - June 25, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1207 MP  Geomean: 734 MP
(based on 22 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 66.67 1st A 0.60
Dick Zizic - Ken Ellenberger 55.83 1st A 0.60
Pat Shaw - Ruric Nye 53.75 2nd A 0.42
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 52.08 2nd A 0.42
Mark Robbins - Roseann Buckley 51.25 1st B 0.24
Ginny Rockefeller - Irene Petroff 49.58 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
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DATE>June 25, 2018      |CLUB NO.>127100    | 06/25/2018 16:08
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1200/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=3/C=0                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Louise Shaffer         Joan Glenn               A    .     .     .     58.50  48.75
 2 Anne Conn              Peggy Nielsen            B    .     .     .     50.50  42.08
 3 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    2     .     .     62.50  52.08  0.42(A)
 4 Mark Robbins           Roseann Buckley          B    .     1     .     61.50  51.25  0.24(B)
 5 Dick Zizic             Ken Ellenberger          A    1     .     .     67.00  55.83  0.60(A)
 6 Ronald Landgraff       Joseph Gaynor            B    .     .     .     60.00  50.00
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1200/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Elaine McAdams         Else Lundbye             C    .     .     .     44.00  36.67
 2 Bob Bradish            Buki Burke               A    .     .     .     55.00  45.83
 3 Pat Shaw               Ruric Nye                C    2     1     1     64.50  53.75  0.42(A)
 4 Mary Jane Graham       Carol Lilly              C    .     .     .     57.00  47.50
 5 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    1     .     .     80.00  66.67  0.60(A)
 6 Irene Petroff          Ginny Rockefeller        B    .     2     .     59.50  49.58  0.22(B)
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q97
K983
AT3
♣Q93
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AKT
2
K96
♣KJ7642
♠6532
AJ654
J8
♣AT
♠J84
QT7
Q7542
♣85
11
1410
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 1 2 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    5.00   0.00  3♣ W      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        130    3.50   1.50  3♣ W +1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        130    3.50   1.50  2♣ W +2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        140    2.00   3.00  3 E      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        210    1.00   4.00  2N E +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        430    0.00   5.00  3N W +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D3-Shaw-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 in fourth seat. East bids 1 and West rebids 2. Now East can use New Minor Forcing to ask for three card support (West has already denied holding four hearts). Without hearts, West can now bid 2NT, promising a diamond stopper. Many will stop below game, which is just as well since most will lose a club trick and only make eight tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
1Dbl12
PassPassDblPass
3All pass  

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 7, 10, and 13.

The Bidding: North and East falls short of the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. South has nothing to say. West opens 1 in 4th seat. North has a choice between passing and doubling for takeout. North has support for the unbid suits, but the Queen would be more valuable in another suit. In general, it is good to get in and out of the auctions quickly. Passing can lead to a difficult decision at a higher level. Doubling seems best. East responds 1. South's quacky 6 Support Points are a bit light for a Free Bid . Since North and South are both passed hands, the risk of going overboard is low. South obstructs with an advance to 2 with an 8+ card diamond fit.

West isn't eager to compete to 3. So West passes. North is done with the auction. East knows West didn't have a penalty double available. A double of 2 would have been a Support Double showing 3-card heart support. Since West opened in 4th seat, West expects a positive score. East has a strong passed hand. East isn't eager to defend 2. Reopening with a double is clear. Now West must guess whether to convert the double for penalty, introduce their 3-card spade suit, or rebid 3. Most will reasonably choose to rebid their 6-card club suit. Bidding 2 is an interesting gamble at Matchpoints , but most will not risk playing in a potential 3-3 fit.

The Play in 3: North will likely lead a heart. Declarer wins the Ace. Declarer's diamond texture provide a 77% chance of scoring a diamond trick. The book line is to lead the Jack. Some declarer's may prefer a lobbing finesse towards the King. If South holds the Ace, declarer can score the King and navigate a diamond ruff. The downside of ruffing a diamond is declarer must play to drop the Queen. Finessing against North for the Queen offers a 26% chance of scoring 5 club tricks and an 85% chance for 4+ club tricks. If declarer misguesses the diamonds, the defense must break clubs for declarer to prevent a diamond ruff. Leading the Jack from dummy may combine chances. When dummy comes down, South should plan what they will do on the lead of the Jack. This allows South to play to trick 2 in tempo. If South covers. declarer can establish a diamond winner without a ruff. If South ducks smoothly, declarer must guess whether to play the King or let the Jack ride. Here, the winning play is to let the Jack ride. If declarer gets the clubs and diamonds right, they can score 10 tricks.

if South covers, West



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2 ♠T6
KQ72
953
♣A862
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J987
J5
A4
♣KQ543
♠A2
A94
QJT82
♣JT9
♠KQ543
T863
K76
♣7
9
1112
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2 2NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
    PASS       5.00   0.00  Pass Out  D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        130    4.00   1.00  4♣ W      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        150    3.00   2.00  2♣ W +3   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        180    2.00   3.00  1N E +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        400    1.00   4.00  3N E      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        460    0.00   5.00  3N E +2   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D2-Bradish-Burke

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and rebids 1NT (not 2) over the 1 response. West might eke out 2NT, though many will pass--and no one should be bidding this hand to game, A little heart lead will make declarer glad not to be in game.



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3 ♠64
AQT97
Q9753
♣J
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q832
J5
J
♣T98752
♠AKT97
K842
4
♣643
♠J5
63
AKT862
♣AKQ
9
410
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4 2NT  ♣5 ♠5
EW: 2♣ 2♠  ♦1 ♥1 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  5 S      D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D3-Shaw-Nye
  130          3.00   2.00  4 S      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Graham-Lilly
  130          3.00   2.00  3 S +1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  130          3.00   2.00  2 S +2   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
         50    0.50   4.50  5 S -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    0.50   4.50  5 S -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and North responds 1. Now East bids 1 and South 2. West may try an aggressive single raise, but must be careful at this vulnerability. Without a spade lead, declarer can take 11 tricks, eliminating a spade loser on the clubs. Alas, not this time.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass113
34All pass 

The Bidding: After South opens 1, North's first obligation is to look for a major suit fit. So North responds 1. East overcalls 1. South's jump to 3 shows long diamonds and extra values. West competes to 3 despite the unfavorable vulnerability. North's strong 5-card heart suit and diamond support suggest a red suit game may be available. North's diamond length increases the risk of a ruff in a heart contract. North's doubleton spade is a negative. On this auction, South is likely to have wasted values in clubs. A 4 bid would be non-forcing. North could temporize with 4 to give South a chance to show 2-card heart support. If South raises clubs, North would correct to 5. However, it isn't clear 5 is making. Bidding 4 seems best.

South, with 2 small spades, is likely to pass 4. Over 4, South can show their 2-card heart support. North passes, hoping the defense cannot navigate diamond ruffs.

The Play in Diamonds: The defense has 2 quick spade winners. If the defense cashes their spades, declarer needs a successful finesse against the King to score 11 tricks. Here, the finesse fails and declarer has just 10 tricks. If the defense doesn't lead spades, declarer can discard dummy's spade losers and score 12 tricks.

The Play in Hearts: With diamonds breaking 1-1, the defense cannot navigate a diamond ruff. Declarer can ruff the 3rd round of spades in the short hand. Declarer leads a heart to their 10 or Queen. With the Jack doubleton onside, declarer escapes for 1 heart loser and scores 10 tricks.

The Play in 3X: Some may allow the vulnerability to persuade them to penalize 3. The defense shouldn't have difficulty scoring their 5 quick winners to score +200, beating all tables where North-South don't reach 4.



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4 ♠A
AJ9
KJT6
♣A7653
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KT7652
532
2
♣T98
♠Q83
QT6
AQ95
♣J42
♠J94
K874
8743
♣KQ
17
311
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 4 4/3 2NT  ♠6/5
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 ♥2 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.50   0.50  2N S +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D3-Shaw-Nye
  150          4.50   0.50  2N N +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        100    3.00   2.00  5 N -1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        200    1.50   3.50  3N N -2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        200    1.50   3.50  4 S -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        400    0.00   5.00  3N S -4   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D4-Graham-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 (plenty good enough to reverse). Depending on style, South will bid 1 or 1. Will a vulnerable West preempt now on this shoddy spade suit? Not likely. If South bid 1, North may raise to 3, showing extras. On this flat nine-count, South will quit first chance. If South responds 1, North's reverse to 2 is a one round force: now it's South who will raise diamonds. East will be an interested observer.



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5 ♠QJ842
JT2
J8
♣653
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K3
KQ875
AK
♣KJ87
♠7
A943
QT5432
♣QT
♠AT965
6
976
♣A942
5
198
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣2 ♦1 ♥1 NT2
EW: 4♣ 5 5 5NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  6 W -1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        450    4.00   1.00  4 W +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        460    3.00   2.00  3N W +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        480    2.00   3.00  4 W +2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        500    0.50   4.50  4♠* S -2  D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        500    0.50   4.50  4♠* N -2  D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Shaw-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Whether West opens 1 or even 2NT, this one will end up in hearts, cashing everything but those two missing Aces when the Opening lead is a spade. South should look at those diamonds, shudder, and cash the A. Otherwise the diamonds will set up for declarer to ditch all those losers,



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6 ♠Q8
QJ976
4
♣QT986
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠53
K8543
A97
♣K53
♠K97642
T
QJ5
♣AJ7
♠AJT
A2
KT8632
♣42
7
1011
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ -/1  ♦6 ♥6/7 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1/- 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦7/6 ♥6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.50   0.50  3♠ E -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Lilly
  200          4.50   0.50  3♠ E -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Shaw-Nye
         50    3.00   2.00  3 S -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    1.50   3.50  3♠ E      D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        140    1.50   3.50  2♠ E +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        200    0.00   5.00  2N S -4   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

I will be surprised if any East doesn't open 1: possession of the "boss" suit is such a tactical advantage. If South bids 2, will West try 2? Or a Negative Double with only 10 HCP. North will certainly keep mum. East rebids 2 and buys the hand. Defense won't be fun. Will South lead a diamond? He then gets in and gives partner a ruff, but declarer can afford trump losers as long as he eventually gets 8 tricks.



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7 ♠98653
5
T93
♣AJ65
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AKQT4
87
AQ84
♣72
♠J2
KT4
K62
♣KQT93
♠7
AQJ9632
J75
♣84
5
1512
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 3♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  4♠* W -1  D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  100          3.50   1.50  4♠ W -1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  100          3.50   1.50  4♠ W -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        100    2.00   3.00  3 S -1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        140    1.00   4.00  3♠ W      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        690    0.00   5.00  3N E +3   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 3. West must remember the Laws--and the ethics--which require an enforced pause before he overcalls 3. Now East will bid 3NT with 12 HCP and a heart stopper. Luckily the holder of the A has no more hearts.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   3
3Pass3NTAll pass

The Bidding: After South preempts 3, West overcalls 3. North happily passes. East, with 12 HCP, a heart stopper, and a good 5-card suit, wants to choose the right game. In 4, East's King can be finessed on the opening lead. Bob Hamman advised "if a number of bids are available and one of them is three no-trump, that's the bid." East follows Hamman's Rules and the auction ends at 3NT.

The Play: It isn't always clear what the goal is when defending in a Matchpoints game. Here, the Queen lead may beat 3NT if North has 2 hearts and an entry. If North has just 1 heart, the Queen lead may be quite costly. A passive can prevent East from scoring their King. The choice between an active defense and a passive defense is very common. South must use their judgment and table feel. The lack of an outside entry decrease the upside of an active lead. Here, the Queen lead allows declarer to score 11 or 12 tricks. A passive lead holds declarer to 10 tricks.



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8 ♠AJ73
T6
K8653
♣63
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠2
KQ9854
Q42
♣752
♠KQ654
2
JT
♣AK984
♠T98
AJ73
A97
♣QJT
8
713
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 1♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  250          5.00   0.00  4♣ E -5   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  200          4.00   1.00  3N W -4   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  100          3.00   2.00  2♠ E -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Lilly
   50          1.50   3.50  2N W -1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D2-Bradish-Burke
   50          1.50   3.50  3 W -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    0.00   5.00  2♠ N -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D3-Shaw-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West can justify 2 with this reasonable suit. East should restrain herself--this is no time to try to wriggle. -50 will be a great result for E--W: but only if East has the restraint to PASS.



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9 ♠A84
Q863
KT964
♣4
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QJ532
J
Q3
♣J9876
♠97
T9754
J752
♣K5
♠KT6
AK2
A8
♣AQT32
9
74
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 5 4♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥2 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  490          4.00   1.00  3N S +3   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  490          4.00   1.00  3N S +3   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  490          4.00   1.00  3N S +3   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  430          1.50   3.50  3N S +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  430          1.50   3.50  3N S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        100    0.00   5.00  6N S -2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Graham-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North's nine HCP look a lot better after South opens 2NT. He checks for a heart fit and happily bids the NT game. A low spade is very friendly to declarer--if only East had that 10 instead of South!



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10 ♠98432
K62
76
♣982
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠6
QJT873
J3
♣T765
♠AKQJ7
A5
Q954
♣J3
♠T5
94
AKT82
♣AKQ4
3
417
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2  ♣6 ♦6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  3N E -3   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  200          4.00   1.00  3 W -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        200    3.00   2.00  4♣ N -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        300    1.00   4.00  3♣ S -3   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        300    1.00   4.00  3♣ S -3   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        300    1.00   4.00  3♣ S -3   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and South overcalls 2. West and North both pass. Now East may try 2NT. If he does, West will come to life and run to 3. Unless he's incredibly lucky, West will be down one, losing minor suit tricks before he can get in to sluff on those lovely spades.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  12
All pass   

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South would like a 6-card suit for a 2 overcall. South doesn't have the shape for a takeout double or an Unusual 2 Notrump overcall. South's strength makes passing unattractive. Overcalling 2 seems best. West doesn't have the strength to respond 2 or make a Negative Double . North doesn't have anything to say. East is happy to defend a vulnerable 2 contract.

The Play: West has 2 attractive leads. In their "Winning Suit Contract Leads" book, David Bird and Taf Anthias report their simulations show "singletons are usually better leads than those from honor
sequences such as K-Q-J or Q-J-10." Here, a singleton in partner's suit is particularly attractive. East wins the first trick with the Jack and then continues with the Ace showing a Suit Preference for hearts. On the 3rd round of spades, declarer isn't eager to discard a card in a rounded suit. Ruffing high or low could be costly. Ruffing with the 10 is a winner when East has both missing honors. Ruffing with the 8 seems best because it has upside when East has the 9. East overruffs and shifts to the Queen. Declarer must cover to hinder defensive communication. East wins their Ace. Declarer cannot avoid losing 2 more tricks for down 2.



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11 ♠AK86
54
KJ6542
♣8
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠JT53
Q763
AQ9
♣A5
♠4
KJT82
73
♣KQ732
♠Q972
A9
T8
♣JT964
11
139
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠  ♣5 ♥3 NT5
EW: 1♣ 4 -/2NT
       ♦4 ♠3/4 NT4/8
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -100 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        170    4.00   1.00  3 E +1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Bradish-Burke

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West has the only hand pattern which asks for a three card 1 opener. If they have a way to show the diamonds naturally, North will use it; otherwise he'll likely pass rather than bid the four card spade suit. No matter: East is going to bid hearts and then the heart game. It will be rare for N-S to find the spade save.



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12 ♠A73
65
QT7543
♣A7
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠T942
K9
AJ2
♣KQT5
♠KQ5
AJT8
986
♣982
♠J86
Q7432
K
♣J643
10
1310
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥5 ♠4/3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 1 1 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   0.50  2N W -2   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  100          4.50   0.50  1N W -2   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
   50          3.00   2.00  2 E -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        110    1.50   3.50  2♠ W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        110    1.50   3.50  2♠ W      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        170    0.00   5.00  1♠ W +3   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. If North does bid 1, East's 1 bid now denies an interest in spades, so West just rebids 1NT. Otherwise it will be East who is playing NT. Will they bid game? Unlikely, And then there's the luck of the placement of the A as well as finding the J in the slot and finessing for it. Reverse the N-S hands and eight tricks would be lucky.



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13 ♠AQT8
T94
9
♣KT982
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K943
J8
JT5
♣QJ43
♠J752
K6
A864
♣A76
♠6
AQ7532
KQ732
♣5
9
812
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 5 2/1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥1 ♠6/5 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  4 S      D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  230          3.50   1.50  3 S +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  230          3.50   1.50  2 S +4   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  200          2.00   3.00  3 S +2   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  170          1.00   4.00  2 S +2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Shaw-Nye
  140          0.00   5.00  3 S      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Graham-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When East opens 1, South bids 1. West is just barely strong enough for a Negative Double . North raises hearts, remembering to count the diamond ruffing value. South should cross her fingers and bid game. A diamond lead makes life easy; diamonds set up for lots of tricks. And then there are the two major suit kings right where you want 'em.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11
Dbl224
All pass   

The Play: After East opens 1, South overcalls 1. East makes a Negative Double showing exactly 4 spades. North shows an invitational or better heart raise by cue bidding 2. Since it is common to treat a 2 cue bid as natural, North's cue bid shows 3+ card heart support. Many expert partnerships use 2NT as an artificial invitational or better heart raise with 4-card support. If so, North 2 cue bid shows 3-card support or a defensively oriented hand with 4 hearts. East's raise to 2 shows a minimum opener with 4-card spade support. With 3-card spade support, East would have made a Negative Double .

South, with a Losing Trick Count of 4 is interested in at least game. With both opponents bidding and East showing diamonds, looking for slam is a bit ambitious. Bidding 4 seems best.

The Play: With East holding the Ace, as expected, leading a diamond from dummy makes it easy for declarer to setup their diamond suit. If West leads the Queen, declarer should duck. Declarer doesn't want East on lead to shift to a heart. Here, the King is onside. So declarer can score 11 tricks even if East leads a heart through declarer on trick 2.



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14 ♠Q865
986
AJ
♣AJ82
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AT
A53
QT985
♣KT7
♠KJ743
KJ742
62
♣9
♠92
QT
K743
♣Q6543
12
138
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1/2 4 3♠ -/3NT
       ♣5 NT6/9
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3♠ E -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
   50          3.50   1.50  2♠ E -1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          3.50   1.50  4 E -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        140    2.00   3.00  2 E +1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        170    0.50   4.50  2 E +2   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        170    0.50   4.50  2 E +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Bradish-Burke

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and North doubles. East should ignore the double and bid 1. Rats--here's the perfect Michaels Cue Bid hand and partner opened. Eventually E-W will play hearts, though not often at the game level--just as well when the "wrong" opponent has the Q.



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15 ♠Q873
763
K42
♣942
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠J52
T982
965
♣K76
♠94
AQJ4
QJ3
♣T853
♠AKT6
K5
AT87
♣AQJ
5
410
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 1 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ S      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  600          2.00   3.00  3N S      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Graham-Lilly
  600          2.00   3.00  3N S      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  600          2.00   3.00  3N S      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Shaw-Nye
  110          0.00   5.00  1 S +2   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 2NT and will end up in 4 after Stayman. West doesn't have a great lead: he may try the 10, reluctant to lead trump holding the J. With a trick to lose in every suit but spades, the game comes home.



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16 ♠J3
T9763
63
♣AQJ9
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AK82
Q5
KQ852
♣K6
♠95
AK
AJ97
♣T8532
♠QT764
J842
T4
♣74
8
1712
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥6 ♠5 NT4
EW: 3♣ 5 1 1/2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -600 3NT-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  6 W -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        600    2.50   2.50  3N W      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        600    2.50   2.50  3N E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        600    2.50   2.50  3N E      D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        600    2.50   2.50  5 W      D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        630    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

This hand is too good for 1NT, so West opens 1. East doesn't have a good answer: a diamond raise usually promises five card support and he has no spade stopper, so it will probably be 2. Now West bids 2 and East can settle for 3NT. Happily there are nine top tricks without meddling with the club suit.



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17 ♠K64
7
KJT7532
♣K8
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠8
QJT962
-
♣QJ7654
♠AQ953
A3
A964
♣A9
♠JT72
K854
Q8
♣T32
10
618
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1  ♣1 ♥1 ♠5/4 NT5
EW: 6♣ 6 1♠ 2/-NT
       ♦5 NT8/6
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  470          5.00   0.00  3* N     D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  150          4.00   1.00  4♠ W -3   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
  100          3.00   2.00  7♣ W -2   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Bradish-Burke
   50          2.00   3.00  4 W -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        420    0.50   4.50  4 W      D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        420    0.50   4.50  5♣ W +1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Graham-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

With two outside kings, North can open 1 or pass: it's just the wrong hand for a preempt opposite an unpassed partner. If it's 1, East is likely to double with 18 HCP. South will bid 1 and there's nothing West can do: yikes! North rebids he diamonds, East bids 2NT and West still won't know what to do. If North passes, East opens 1, South passes, and West bids 1NT. Now North can preempt with impunity. East will make a penalty double or rebid NT; either wy West will scramble out into hearts.



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18 ♠J42
A9
J8654
♣K83
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T53
KQT5
K
♣AQ754
♠AK9876
32
9732
♣6
♠Q
J8764
AQT
♣JT92
9
147
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1♣ 4♠  ♦5/6 ♥5/6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        140    4.00   1.00  3♠ E      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        170    3.00   2.00  3♠ E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        200    2.00   3.00  3♠ E +2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        420    1.00   4.00  4♠ E      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        450    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has a picture book 2 opener. West will be please to go to 4. Lacking any other information, South makes the safe lead of the J. Unless a greedy East takes the club finesse there are only three losers.



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19 ♠JT
9853
982
♣AQJ2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A42
AT72
KQT7
♣76
♠Q76
K
AJ63
♣KT854
♠K9853
QJ64
54
♣93
8
1313
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥5 ♠5 NT3
EW: 4♣ 5 2/1 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N E -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
  100          3.50   1.50  3N W -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  100          3.50   1.50  3N W -1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        100    2.00   3.00  2♣ N -2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        600    1.00   4.00  3N E      D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        630    0.00   5.00  3N W +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
20 ♠KQ8742
976
63
♣KQ
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A963
AQJ8
872
♣T7
♠J
KT
QJ54
♣AJ6432
♠T5
5432
AKT9
♣985
10
1112
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 ♥4 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 2/1 1NT  ♠6/5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3 W -2   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Graham-Lilly
  100          4.00   1.00  3 W -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        100    2.50   2.50  2♠ N -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        100    2.50   2.50  2♠ N -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        110    1.00   4.00  2♣ E +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        130    0.00   5.00  3♣ E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
21 ♠T96542
32
JT
♣KT3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J8
AKJ86
A
♣A9876
♠AQ
94
Q98532
♣QJ2
♠K73
QT75
K764
♣54
4
1711
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥1/2 ♠5/6 NT2
EW: 6/5♣ 4 5 1♠ 5/1NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -920 6♣-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   1.00  3N W -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Bradish-Burke
   50          4.00   1.00  4 W -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
   50          4.00   1.00  5 E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        140    2.00   3.00  2 W +1   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        430    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        460    0.00   5.00  3N E +2   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
22 ♠AT63
JT7
Q96
♣T54
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K2
K9652
874
♣QJ3
♠QJ754
A8
AJT2
♣A2
♠98
Q43
K53
♣K9876
7
916
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4 ♠4 NT5/4
EW: 2♣ 4 3 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW/3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   1.00  3N E -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Bradish-Burke
  100          4.00   1.00  2N W -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          4.00   1.00  2N E -1   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
        120    2.00   3.00  2N W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        130    1.00   4.00  3 E +1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        140    0.00   5.00  1♠ E +2   D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D3-Shaw-Nye
23 ♠K84
Q96
KJ9853
♣A
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AT652
KJ8
AT4
♣K6
♠97
753
Q6
♣QT9742
♠QJ3
AT42
72
♣J853
13
154
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1 1♠ 2NT  ♣5
EW: 1/2♣  ♦4 ♥4/5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          5.00   0.00  2N S      D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D3-Shaw-Nye
  110          4.00   1.00  2 N +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    2.00   3.00  3 N -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Bradish-Burke
        100    2.00   3.00  3 N -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    2.00   3.00  2 N -1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D4-Graham-Lilly
        500    0.00   5.00  3N S -5   D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
24 ♠T873
5
AKT7
♣QJ85
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K954
KJ862
43
♣K9
♠A6
A3
J8652
♣AT72
♠QJ2
QT974
Q9
♣643
10
1013
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 3 1♠ 1NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   80          5.00   0.00  1♠ N      D4-Robbins-Buckley vs D1-McAdams-Lundbye
   50          3.50   1.50  3N E -1   D2-Conn-Nielsen vs D4-Graham-Lilly
   50          3.50   1.50  2♠ W -1   D1-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Bradish-Burke
         50    2.00   3.00  2♠ S -1   D6-Landgraff-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    1.00   4.00  2 W      D5-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D3-Shaw-Nye
        140    0.00   5.00  2 W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Petroff-Rockefeller