- Monday Aft - July 2, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 905 MP  Geomean: 627 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 69.00 1st A 0.50
Dick Zizic - Ken Ellenberger 60.00 1st A 0.50
Mark Robbins - Roseann Buckley 56.50 2nd A 0.35
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 56.00 2nd A 0.35
Anne Conn - Louise Shaffer 44.00 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>July 2, 2018       |CLUB NO.>127100    | 07/02/2018 15:55
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=5/B=3/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Joan Glenn             Elaine McAdams           B    .     .     .     46.00  46.00
 2 Helen Elardo           Marie Offerman           A    .     .     .     45.50  45.50
 3 Mark Robbins           Roseann Buckley          B    2     1     .     56.50  56.50  0.35(A)
 4 Dick Zizic             Ken Ellenberger          A    1     .     .     60.00  60.00  0.50(A)
 5 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    .     .     .     42.00  42.00
                                          Totals                         250.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=5/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    1     .     .     69.00  69.00  0.50(A)
 2 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    2     1     .     56.00  56.00  0.35(A)
 3 Marilyn Waples         Irene Petroff            B    .     .     .     40.50  40.50
 4 Mary Jane Graham       Ginny Rockefeller        C    .     .     .     40.50  40.50
 5 Anne Conn              Louise Shaffer           B    .     2     .     44.00  44.00  0.22(B)
                                          Totals                         250.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠83
853
AQT42
♣864
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AQ654
AQ72
86
♣J2
♠T97
KJ96
K975
♣K9
♠KJ2
T4
J3
♣AQT753
6
1310
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ -/1  ♦6/7 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
EW: 4 4♠  ♣5 ♦6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW/4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  3♣ S      A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
         50    3.00   1.00  4♣ S -1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        420    1.50   2.50  4♠ W      A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        420    1.50   2.50  4 E      A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        450    0.00   4.00  4 E +1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens a really irritating 3 in third seat. West will probably double, though that's risky with only two diamonds. East should jump to 4. South's lead is crucial to the defense. He won't want to lead clubs, so he might lead the 10 or even the J--the premier choice this time. North wins the A and returns a club. But no more tricks will materialize if declarer handles the spades: lead the 10 and let it ride if it's not covered. Two-tiered finesses like this take special handling.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
1Pass2Pass
2NT1Pass4All pass
  1. artificial game try

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 5, 8, and 14.

The Bidding: After 2 passes, South has a choice between passing, and opening 1. Since North is a passed hand, undisciplined preempts have upside. Opening 1 seems best because it is lead directional, constructive, and forces East-West to use their defensive bidding. West overcalls 1. North has nothing to say. East's aceless 10 HCP hand suggests a simple raise to 2. West's 15 Support Points suggest inviting game. West's Losing Trick Count of 6 suggest jumping to game. In Matchpoints , there is no need to stretch for game. As discussed in Steve Robinson's "Game Tries" article, it is best to use Game Tries which ask where help is available rather than helping the defense by disclosing where help is needed. Here, East has help in all side suits. East-West arrive in 4.

The Play: North leads the 4, and the defense takes the first 2 tricks. On the 2nd round of clubs, North should play the 6 as Suit Preference for diamonds. Here, 4 isn't a favorite to make despite the combined losing trick count of 14. Declarer needs the Ace onside and needs to pickup spades without a loser. Doubling finessing offers just a 9.6% chance of success. The favorable layout allows declarer to score 10 tricks.



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2 ♠T7
K82
T965
♣KJ94
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠8
T76543
73
♣A852
♠K52
J9
Q842
♣Q763
♠AQJ9643
AQ
AKJ
♣T
7
48
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 2 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥5 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A3-Waples-Petroff
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  620          0.00   4.00  4♠ S      A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A5-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South can certainly justify a 2 opener with five quick tricks, four losers, and a fine long suit. He can raise spades even with only two, since South figures to have a six card suit. But Blackwood will stop the prudent from bidding the slam, discovering that we're off a cashable Ace and the trump King makes it too dangerous. Of course, this time the trump finesse cooperates.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass2
Pass2Pass2
Pass2NTPass3
Pass4Pass4
Pass4NTPass5
Pass5All pass 

The Bidding: After South opens a Strong 2 Clubs , West has a choice between passing, preempting, and overcalling. The vulnerability is favorable, but West's heart suit is weak. Most will reasonably pass. It is common to use a 2 Diamonds Waiting response. South's 2 bid is natural and forcing. North's 2NT response is natural and game forcing, and denies 3 spades. South's 3 bid shows extra spade length. North cue bids their club control. South cue bids their diamond control. North is likely to ask for key cards. After learning the partnership is missing 2 key cards, North-South land in 5.

The Play: The heart blockage is unfortunate. Declarer must overtake their Queen to have a certain access to dummy. Dummy doesn't have enough entries to take a spade finesse and a diamond finesse. West can infer North holds the King from the auction, but it isn't clear cashing the Ace is necessary. Since South didn't choose a notrump contract, South's hand is likely unbalanced. Leading the Ace could be costly. A passive heart lead seems best. When dummy tables, West must decide what to do if declarer leads a low club towards dummy. Ducking smoothly may cause declarer to misguess the clubs. If West flies with the Ace, declarer will pitch their Jack after overtaking the Queen. Now with the King onside, declarer can score 12 tricks. If West ducks smoothly, declarer must guess the clubs to score 12 tricks.



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3 ♠AK754
Q2
A4
♣Q876
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠963
AK7
Q76
♣J942
♠82
JT984
K98532
♣-
♠QJT
653
JT
♣AKT53
15
104
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3♠ 2NT  ♦3 ♥3
EW: 4 4  ♣3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -100 4♠*-NS/5♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  5* W -2  A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
  420          2.00   2.00  4♠ N      A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
         50    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A3-Waples-Petroff
         50    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. Will East, vulnerable, trot out Michaels Cue Bid ? Wither way, South has a limit raise and N-S will get to game, not making it if East gets to ruff a club (but how likely is that?). If East does bid 2, West will love his minor suit and heart holdings and should get pushy.



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4 ♠Q95
J6
JT763
♣AT7
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KJ7
KQ843
AK4
♣93
♠T84
AT9
Q985
♣J42
♠A632
752
2
♣KQ865
8
167
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥4 NT5
EW: 1 3 1NT  ♣4 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2♣ S +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
  100          2.50   1.50  1N E -1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  100          2.50   1.50  4 W -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        180    1.00   3.00  1N W +3   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        620    0.00   4.00  4 W      A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A3-Waples-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West is more likely these days to open 1NT than 1. North, not being clairvoyant, leads a diamond and declarer mops of eight or nine tricks before the opponents see air again. Now, if West had opened 1, they'd be playing 2 with a similar result.



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5 ♠J93
Q9
J86
♣86543
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q52
AJ5
AT742
♣Q2
♠8764
T8632
Q95
♣9
♠AKT
K74
K3
♣AKJT7
4
132
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1/2♠ 3NT  ♦6 ♥5
EW: 1 2  ♣3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +300 4*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  240          4.00   0.00  1N S +5   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
  180          3.00   1.00  2N S +2   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A3-Waples-Petroff
  130          1.50   2.50  4♣ S      A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  130          1.50   2.50  3♣ S +1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        100    0.00   4.00  5♣ S -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 2NT. With this paltry four points, North can be forgiven for passing. Play second hand low on the opening diamond lead--likely East will go up with the Q and create another stopper for you.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass2
Pass2Pass2NT
Pass3NTAll pass 

The Bidding: South's balanced 21 HCP hand suggests opening 2NT. With prime honors and astrong 5-card suit, South may reasonably upgrade their hand and open a Strong 2 Clubs . Opposite a 2NT opener, North's quacky 4 HCP hand is unlikely to move. Opposite a strong 2 opener, North-South arrive at 3NT.

The Play: West doesn't have a passive lead available. So West leads their 4th best diamond, hoping to setup the suit. East uses the Rule of 11 to determine South has just 1 card above the 4. East plays the 9, forcing South's King. When clubs break 2-1, declarer has 8 winners. A spade finesse offers a 50% chance for a 9th trick. There is no rush to take the spade finesse. Declarer runs their clubs, ending in dummy. West has 2 easy heart discards, but is Squeezed on the 5th round of clubs. If West discards a diamond, declarer can establish a heart for their 9th trick. If West discards a spade, declarer has a choice between taking the spade finesse or playing to drop the Queen. If West discards in tempo, declarer may well guess wrong and allow the defense to score 6 tricks: 1 + 1 + 4. Declarers who read the end position and drop the Queen score 9 tricks.



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6 ♠Q6
T83
KQT932
♣86
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T9873
A9
J87
♣KQ9
♠A4
742
A65
♣AJT32
♠KJ52
KQJ65
4
♣754
7
1013
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2  ♣3 ♠5/3 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2♠ 2NT  ♦5/6 ♥5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          3.50   0.50  2 S      A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
  110          3.50   0.50  2 S      A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  100          1.50   2.50  3♠ W -1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  100          1.50   2.50  3♣ E -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        110    0.00   4.00  2♠ W      A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

The auction starts 1--1--1--2. East reasonably passes now, rather than rebidding his clubs at the three level. Will West act? He knows there's no spade fit, and he can't be sure East has club length. With only 10 HCP, no one could blame him for not acting--but a reopening double would find the nice club fit.



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7 ♠AJ87
Q
AJ8
♣KJ984
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q6
AKT5
Q653
♣Q75
♠T543
J9742
KT9
♣2
♠K92
863
742
♣AT63
16
134
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3♠ 2NT  ♦6 ♥4
EW: 3  ♣3 ♦6 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  210          4.00   0.00  1N N +4   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
  130          2.50   1.50  3♣ N +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  130          2.50   1.50  2♣ S +2   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.00   3.00  4♣ N -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        140    0.00   4.00  3 E      A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and North bids 2. Weak but with terrific shape, will East make a Negative Double ? Will South raise to 3--likely not with such a flat hand. West will be delighted to bid 2. Now North is strong enough to double or bid 3, and South will surely prefer clubs. Vulnerable, E-W can't safely push further.



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8 ♠AKQT4
962
Q7
♣954
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠8
K73
A9653
♣A863
♠9752
84
J842
♣QJ7
♠J63
AQJT5
KT
♣KT2
11
114
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦4
EW: 1♣ 3  ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  420          3.00   1.00  4 S      A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  420          3.00   1.00  4 S      A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A3-Waples-Petroff
  170          1.00   3.00  3 S +1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    0.00   4.00  5♠ N -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A5-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

At many tables, it will pass to South's 1 opener. North will show a limit raise, and South will surely bid game. West starts with his singleton spade. Declarer wins on the table and takes the trump finesse. This will be a frustrating hand for West: it's hard to fly on one wing.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
11Pass2
Pass2Pass3
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: West's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After West opens 1, North overcalls 1. East has nothing to say. South's priority is to show their spade support. So South cue bids 2 to show an invitational or better spade raise. North. with 12 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 8, is too weak to accept a Game Try . So North rebids 2. South, with 15 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 7, is worth another Game Try. It is common to play a raise to 3 as a Game Try looking for help in the trump suit. North is happy to bid 4. d

The Play: East has a choice between leading their partner's suit or leading the Queen, top of an honor sequence. A club lead is attractive and makes it easy for the defense to score 4 tricks. On a diamond lead, playing the King from dummy will not fool West. West knows East didn't start with Queen-Jack. East would have led the Queen. So declarer has the Queen, the Jack, or both. If declarer had the Jack, they would have finessed against East for the Queen. After winning the Ace, West seeing declarer can easily establish heart winners, must hope East has the QJx or East has a trump trick. Here, attacking clubs is the only way to hold declarer to 9 tricks.



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9 ♠A98754
6
762
♣532
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J63
AQJT3
KJ4
♣94
♠Q2
854
T95
♣QT876
♠KT
K972
AQ83
♣AKJ
4
124
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2/3 1 4♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥6/5 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
         50    2.50   1.50  4♠ S -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A3-Waples-Petroff
         50    2.50   1.50  4♠ N -1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        100    0.50   3.50  3N S -2   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        100    0.50   3.50  3N S -2   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once South opens 2NT, North will transfer and bid the spade game. West has the frustrating task of choosing an opening lead--and any suit might be wrong. Even trump, which seems innocuous, will be costly.



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10 ♠AK
983
KQ9643
♣42
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠JT87
JT752
T52
♣3
♠96543
AKQ4
-
♣AJ97
♠Q2
6
AJ87
♣KQT865
12
214
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 4 1NT  ♥3/2 ♠2
EW: 4 4♠  ♣3 ♦2 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -200 5*-NS/5♣*-S-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  4 N +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  130          2.00   2.00  4 N      A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A3-Waples-Petroff
  130          2.00   2.00  3 N +1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
  130          2.00   2.00  3 N +1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   4.00  5* N -1  A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South bids 2 West might just make a preemptive raise and then East will carry on to game. What a magic hand! Trump even break.



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11 ♠J97654
KJ2
A74
♣A
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQ3
A985
86
♣9764
♠K
764
KJT932
♣Q32
♠T82
QT3
Q5
♣KJT85
13
109
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 1  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    3.00   1.00  4♠ N -1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A3-Waples-Petroff
         50    3.00   1.00  3♠ N -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
         50    3.00   1.00  3♠ N -1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        100    1.00   3.00  4♠ N -2   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        150    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -3   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and East might well bid 3, buying the hand. Luckily, N-S won't know they can risk a penalty double, and -100 won't be painful. If East only bids 2, South can raise spades.



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12 ♠J3
98
KJ82
♣JT974
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QT8742
KJ54
-
♣K62
♠A9
763
A6543
♣A85
♠K65
AQT2
QT97
♣Q3
6
912
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ -/1
       ♣6/7 ♦6/7 ♥4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 2 4♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    4.00   0.00  3♠ W      A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        150    3.00   1.00  2N E +1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        170    2.00   2.00  3♠ W +1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        180    1.00   3.00  1N E +3   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   4.00  4♣ N -2   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West has the wrong hand for a preempt, so he passes and East will open 1. Unless they play very light NT overcalls, South passes, and now West will bid and rebid those spades. East can rebid 1NT even without a heart stopper on this balanced hand. Now West knows East has at least two spades.



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13 ♠K82
KQT8
A72
♣JT8
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QJ6
972
QJ3
♣Q973
♠T75
643
KT96
♣A42
♠A943
AJ5
854
♣K65
13
87
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 3 3♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          4.00   0.00  2N N      A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        100    1.50   2.50  3N N -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        100    1.50   2.50  3N N -1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        100    1.50   2.50  3N N -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        100    1.50   2.50  4♠ S -1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and plays 1NT. East's lead of the 10 looks even better when West shows up with the QJ. Declarer can come to an eighth trick either by setting up the 13th spade or by finding the A onside.



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14 ♠Q63
AT98
J74
♣KT7
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠KJT9
K
AKQT9
♣A94
♠4
QJ6532
63
♣Q632
♠A8752
74
852
♣J85
10
205
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
EW: 3♣ 4 4 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4 W -2   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
   50          3.00   1.00  3N E -1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    2.00   2.00  2N W +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        400    0.50   3.50  3N W      A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        400    0.50   3.50  3N W      A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West has a lot of points, but his best bet is still 1. East responds 1 --not a lot of points, but great shape. West rebids 2, a Game Force , and East bids 3. Now West would be wise to go on to the heart game: his partner's hand is worth more that way.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  2Pass
4All pass  

The Bidding: Conservative preempters may choose to pass as dealer because of the poor heart texture. As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, 1st seat is a favorable position for aggressive preemption. East's shape is good. Opening a Weak Two Hearts seems best. West can picture 10 tricks in hearts. If playing 2NT asks for a Feature and East shows the King, West would try 3NT. Here, 4 seems best.

At tables where East passes as dealer, West can open 1 or an offshape 2NT. Over a 2NT opening, East uses a Texas Transfer to play 4. Over a 1 opening, East responds 1. West's 2 jump shift is forcing to game. East rebids their hearts. A club lead is almost certain against 3NT. West must guess whether 3NT or 4 has better play. If West temporizes with 3, East's club holding makes 3NT an attractive option.

The Play in 3NT: Declarer's spade texture limits the defense to 2 spade tricks. South has no entry to cash their 5th. The defense can additionally score a heart and a club for their 3rd and 4th tricks. Declarer has no trouble scoring 9 tricks.

The Play in 4: South might lead the Ace to take a look at dummy. If so, South will shift to a club. If declarer ducks, the defense will score 4 tricks: 1 + 2 + 1. A declarer who can see through the backs of the cards would rise with the Ace, cash the King, and ruff out the Queen. Now cashes 3 diamonds, discarding a club. When the 10 is led from dummy, North can ruff with a natural trump trick or discard. Either way, declarer discards their last club and scores 10 tricks.

At tables where the Ace isn't led, declarer discards their spade loser on the 3rd round of diamonds. Now a lobbing finesse towards the Queen provides declarer's 10 trick.



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15 ♠AKT9
974
KT94
♣J2
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QJ8762
J2
75
♣986
♠4
QT8
AJ632
♣KQT4
♠53
AK653
Q8
♣A753
11
412
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2/1 4 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  2 S +3   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A3-Waples-Petroff
  170          3.00   1.00  3 S +1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  150          2.00   2.00  2N N +1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    0.50   3.50  4 S -1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        100    0.50   3.50  3 S -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

N-S will end up in 4 at most tables. If West leads the Q, and Alert declarer will know that he also has the J and gain an extra trick by finessing that Jack. The 109 are mighty big cards in this hand. Nice of trump to break, too.



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16 ♠T974
K63
K852
♣J5
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠863
A952
9
♣Q7432
♠Q5
J
AQJ74
♣AKT98
♠AKJ2
QT874
T63
♣6
7
617
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣1 ♦4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 5♣ 3 2NT  ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -600 5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.00   0.00  2 S -2   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    2.00   2.00  4♣ E +1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        150    2.00   2.00  3♣ E +2   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        150    2.00   2.00  3♣ E +2   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        250    0.00   4.00  5♠ N -5   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 but it's when he rebids in clubs that West will come to life. South overcalls 1, North raises hearts, and now East bids 3. West should come to life: her hand is worth a lot more than its six HCP. It's a lovely cross-ruff.



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17 ♠J7
J873
92
♣J9854
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QT92
65
QT4
♣AKT6
♠K6
KT
A87653
♣Q72
♠A8543
AQ942
KJ
♣3
3
1112
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣5 ♦3 ♠6 NT4
EW: 2/1♣ 4/3 1/-♠ 2/-NT
       ♥4/3 ♠7/6 NT8/6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.50   0.50  3 S      A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  140          3.50   0.50  2 N +1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
   50          2.00   2.00  4 E -1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
         50    1.00   3.00  3 S -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        460    0.00   4.00  3N W +2   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South has the wrong (Intermediate) values for Michaels Cue Bid , so bids 1. West bids an invitational 2NT, which passes back to South: 3 pushes the envelope. North takes his preference by passing. This will be fun to play.



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18 ♠Q
T8
Q762
♣JT8743
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K43
AK954
T3
♣Q62
♠AJ98
763
AK984
♣K
♠T7652
QJ2
J5
♣A95
5
1215
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥2 ♠3 NT2
EW: 4 5 4♠ 4NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3N W -2   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
   50          3.00   1.00  3N W -1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        400    2.00   2.00  3N E      A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        420    1.00   3.00  4 W      A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        450    0.00   4.00  4 W +1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

After East's initial diamond bid, West bids 1. Over the 1 rebid, West uses clubs, the Fourth Suit , to get more information from partner. He'll uncover the eight card heart fit and be pleased to bid the heart game. A likely lead is the J. There's usually little future from leading a singleton high honor like the Q--that rarely works.



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19 ♠J72
J94
K74
♣QJT9
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A5
8753
J9832
♣32
♠Q8
AQT2
AT6
♣AK85
♠KT9643
K6
Q5
♣764
8
519
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥2 ♠6 NT4/3
EW: 1♣ 5/4 5/4 2/1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -650 5-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3 W -2   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
  100          2.50   1.50  5 W -1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  100          2.50   1.50  3 W -1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
         50    1.00   3.00  3♠ S -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   4.00  3N N -4   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A3-Waples-Petroff
20 ♠4
JT86
432
♣J9832
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠QJ976
-
AKT976
♣AQ
♠T852
A942
J5
♣KT5
♠AK3
KQ753
Q8
♣764
2
168
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♦2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 1♣ 4 5♠ 3NT  ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  5♠* W -1  A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        200    3.00   1.00  3♠ W +2   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        650    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        650    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        650    1.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
21 ♠Q873
64
J763
♣Q72
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T9654
AKQ8
Q92
♣6
♠AK2
32
AK
♣T98543
♠J
JT975
T854
♣AKJ
5
1114
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
EW: 3♣ 1 2 5♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3N E -1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        140    3.00   1.00  3♠ W      A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        170    2.00   2.00  2♠ W +2   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        420    1.00   3.00  4♠ W      A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        430    0.00   4.00  3N W +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
22 ♠AQ63
98
T9532
♣QJ
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T5
AKT64
Q8
♣AT84
♠J984
Q752
AKJ7
♣3
♠K72
J3
64
♣K97652
9
1311
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥1 ♠5 NT3
EW: 2 5 2♠ 4NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        230    3.50   0.50  3 W +3   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        230    3.50   0.50  3 W +3   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        680    1.00   3.00  5 W +1   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        680    1.00   3.00  4 W +2   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
        680    1.00   3.00  4 W +2   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
23 ♠72
A84
QJ7
♣Q7652
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KT6
J7652
3
♣KT94
♠Q954
KQ93
T965
♣3
♠AJ83
T
AK842
♣AJ8
9
77
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 1/2♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♦3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS/4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          3.00   1.00  3N S      A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  600          3.00   1.00  3N N      A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  600          3.00   1.00  3N N      A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A3-Waples-Petroff
        100    1.00   3.00  5♣ S -1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
        300    0.00   4.00  5 S -3   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
24 ♠K53
JT4
43
♣AJ832
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q92
KQ9863
86
♣54
♠J876
52
KQT92
♣Q9
♠AT4
A7
AJ75
♣KT76
9
78
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 1 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥6/5 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          4.00   0.00  3N S +2   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A3-Waples-Petroff
  430          3.00   1.00  3N S +1   A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton
  400          2.00   2.00  5♣ N      A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  150          0.50   3.50  2 W -3   A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
  150          0.50   3.50  3♣ N +2   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
25 ♠2
T7543
AQJ96
♣T9
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K965
QJ6
2
♣AK843
♠AT73
K9
K843
♣J76
♠QJ84
A82
T75
♣Q52
7
1311
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1  ♣3 ♦6 ♥6/7 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4♠ 3NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A1-Glenn-McAdams vs A2-Greenberg-Greenberg
  100          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A4-Zizic-Ellenberger vs A3-Waples-Petroff
         50    2.00   2.00  3 N -1   A5-Wagner-Wagner vs A5-Conn-Shaffer
        140    1.00   3.00  3♠ W      A2-Elardo-Offerman vs A4-Graham-Rockefeller
        800    0.00   4.00  4* S -4  A3-Robbins-Buckley vs A1-Saltis-Pemberton