- Saturday Morn - August 18, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1870 MP  Geomean: 1213 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Sara Carlson - William Carlson Jr 62.50 1st A 1.00
Ken Thompson - Larry Pelletier 55.09 2/3rd A 0.60
Marilyn Brett - Maurine Moore 55.09 2/3rd A 0.60
Bob Bradish - Josh Rosenbluth 51.85 4th A 0.35
Dennis Charles - Floyd Richards 51.39 2nd B 0.34
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A
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DATE>August 18, 2018    |CLUB NO.>131102    | 08/18/2018 14:57
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/2300/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=6/C=2                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Larry Pelletier        Ken Thompson             B   2/3    1     .     59.50  55.09  0.60(A)
 2 Teresa Moore           Sheila Moore             C    .     .     .     55.00  50.93
 3 Dennis Charles         Floyd Richards           B    .     2     .     55.50  51.39  0.34(B)
 4 Ilona Smith            Dick Zizic               A    .     .     .     45.50  42.13
 5 Marsha Vandiver        Ken Vandiver             C    .     .     .     44.50  41.20
 6 Marilyn Brett          Maurine Moore            A   2/3    .     .     59.50  55.09  0.60(A)
 7 William Carlson Jr     Sara Carlson             A    1     .     .     67.50  62.50  1.00(A)
 8 Bob Bradish            Josh Rosenbluth          A    4     .     .     56.00  51.85  0.35(A)
 9 JoAnn Bowen            Anita Flood              B    .     .     .     45.00  41.67
10 Nancy Wood             George Peckham           B    .     .     .     52.00  48.15
                                          Totals                         540.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AQJT7
953
8
♣KQ32
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠4
T6
QT6532
♣J874
♠K953
KQJ74
J94
♣5
♠862
A82
AK7
♣AT96
12
310
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 5♠ 3NT  ♦6
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥5 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   A6-Brett-Moore vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Charles-Richards
  450          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A2-Moore-Moore
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      A4-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        150    0.00   4.00  6♣ S -3   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 123
Pass4Pass4
Pass4Pass5
Pass4Pass5
Pass5All pass 

As beautiful as the South hand feels, with seen controls, it is a mixed bag hand, with two glaring negatives: three small trumps is a concern, as is the completely different evaluation using the Losing Trick Count. Surprisingly, but revealingly, South's is an EIGHT loser hand, generally not even considered minimum opening bid value, and 4333 patterns are notoriously a negative influence on evaluation. The contrast is that every non-loser is a magnificent control! South can push and push and push with the seven controls (A=2, K=1), but the negatives should be sufficient cause to subside when opener repeatedly defers.

The 3 cue guarantees spade support, of course, along with at least invitational values. 4 is a forward-going move, which will propel some Souths willy-nilly to slam. But the South player we are kibitzing takes a more scientific bent, control bidding thrice (4, 5, and 5) to show extreme slam interest (with reservations). North cannot provide the necessary heart control or trump solidity, and the partnership may very reluctantly subside.

It is not often that praise goes to a partnership that sniffs and sniffs and sniffs at slam yet can stop short. Now is the time. Three factors -- lack of trump solidity, lack of secondary or tertiary heart control, and card placement of the critical missing values in trumps (what value justifies the 2 overcall without the K?) would suggest not bidding the slam. Can your partnership achieve the required level of communication and understanding? If so, you are in elite company.



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2 ♠A43
Q42
KQT53
♣K2
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KT
KT73
A9
♣A7653
♠92
J965
872
♣QJ84
♠QJ8765
A8
J64
♣T9
14
144
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/5 4/5♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦2 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +650 5♠-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          4.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  230          3.00   1.00  3♠ N +3   A6-Brett-Moore vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
  170          2.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Charles-Richards
  140          1.00   3.00  2♠ S +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  110          0.00   4.00  2♠ S      A9-Bowen-Flood vs A2-Moore-Moore

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1DblPass2
Pass3Pass4
All pass   

Not all NS pairs will get to game in spades, but let's support the concept. Either promoting for the fit with nine trumps (known only to South) or by Losing Trick Count (6 for North, 8 for South), the game is borderline but biddable, playing all of the honors held by EW to be favorably located (repeating one theme of hand one of this set). Again it is useful to observe that all bidding is a two-edged sword; West opened the bidding hoping for a favorable positive contract, but the opponents have evaluated their hands as if they could see the location of all of the missing high cards. How about that.... they can!



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3 ♠853
7654
Q6
♣Q854
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QJ97
J82
J93
♣AT2
♠AK4
A9
T754
♣K973
♠T62
KQT3
AK82
♣J6
4
914
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    4.00   0.00  1N E      A6-Brett-Moore vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    3.00   1.00  3 S -2   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Charles-Richards
        120    1.50   2.50  1N E +1   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A2-Moore-Moore
        120    1.50   2.50  1N E +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        150    0.00   4.00  1N E +2   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
PassPass1NTPass
PassPass  

1NT will do better at the human level than the truth as viewed by computer. A normal heart opening lead will provide two hearts, four spades, and three clubs, for a total of nine tricks and plus 150 for EW. To do better, the defense must lead a diamond to the Q followed by a heart shift, setting up three hearts along with the three cashable diamonds, holding declarer to seven tricks.

But hearts would be the normal chosen suit, and even on a diamond lead, a diamond back is reflexive but ineffective. So plus 150 will be below average but a frequent and not destructive result.



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4 ♠A9
J94
872
♣QT972
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KQ84
AT862
A9
♣A8
♠J732
73
KJ654
♣65
♠T65
KQ5
QT3
♣KJ43
7
175
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥4 ♠3 NT6
EW: 3 3 4♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  5♠ E -2   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  100          3.00   1.00  1N W -1   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Brett-Moore
         90    2.00   2.00  1N W      A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        100    1.00   3.00  3♣ N -1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Moore-Moore
        120    0.00   4.00  1N W +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A3-Charles-Richards

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
4All pass  

"Is it something I said?" asks East, who would rather have been playing a part score. Until the dummy decks amidst oohs and ahhs from the opponents, resignedly.

Three tricks to lose and only three tricks, when spades split. Those Easts who pass and those Wests who bid 3 only and not 4 will regret unaggressive actions.



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5 ♠QJ52
AJ932
63
♣J3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AT97
4
QT854
♣975
♠K
765
AKJ7
♣QT864
♠8643
KQT8
92
♣AK2
9
613
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT6
EW: 3♣ 3  ♥4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -110 3-EW/3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.00   1.00  2 N +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A3-Charles-Richards
  140          3.00   1.00  2 N +1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Moore-Moore
  140          3.00   1.00  2 N +1   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Brett-Moore
   50          1.00   3.00  1N E -1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        100    0.00   4.00  4 N -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A9-Bowen-Flood

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11
Dbl3PassPass
Pass   

A general rule of thumb known as a corollary to the LAW of Total Tricks is to bid, in competition, to the bidding level where the number of tricks for which you contract equals (or is less than) the number of trumps held by your side's combined assets. Thus, NS supposedly will do well here by bidding 3, for they nave nine trumps and in LOTT theory, the three level should be "safe." Well, the theory is not infallible. On this hand the defense can lead a low spade to the king, then a low diamond to the T, followed by the A and a spade ruff, then another diamond underlead and a fourth round of spades for second ruff. In all, with this defense, the defenders take four spade tricks (including two high cards and two ruffs) along with two diamond tricks, and 3 goes set 200. But be practical. Can you believe that the defense as outlined above, starting with one ace underlead and followed by two more, will often occur? Probably not.

As often, the only tricks that will be taken by standard pedestrian defense will be two diamonds and two spades. Making three, plus 140 for NS.

Should NS feel guilty about plus 140? Not a bit of it. Putting reasonable pressure on the opponents to defend (or declare) properly is part of the game. Pressure often wins.

As here.



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6 ♠K762
J75
T2
♣J732
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T5
T84
J9853
♣K96
♠J93
KQ932
K74
♣54
♠AQ84
A6
AQ6
♣AQT8
5
49
22
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 1 5♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Moore-Moore
  450          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Brett-Moore
  450          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A4-Smith-Zizic
  450          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A9-Bowen-Flood
         50    0.00   4.00  3N S -1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A3-Charles-Richards
7 ♠QT6432
6
J64
♣J93
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K8
J982
K93
♣Q652
♠J
AQT7543
A82
♣K8
♠A975
K
QT75
♣AT74
4
914
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥2 NT2
EW: 1♣ 5 4NT  ♦6 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  5* E -1  A6-Brett-Moore vs A3-Charles-Richards
        650    2.50   1.50  5 E      A2-Moore-Moore vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        650    2.50   1.50  5 E      A9-Bowen-Flood vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        680    1.00   3.00  4 E +2   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        850    0.00   4.00  5* E     A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
8 ♠J8
KT9853
AJ
♣A87
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠64
AQ64
KQT85
♣T3
♠AQ5
72
6432
♣Q964
♠KT9732
J
97
♣KJ52
13
118
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠4/3 NT5/4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3♠ S +1   A6-Brett-Moore vs A3-Charles-Richards
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   A2-Moore-Moore vs A4-Smith-Zizic
  110          2.00   2.00  2 N      A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
         50    0.50   3.50  3♠ S -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
         50    0.50   3.50  3 N -1   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
9 ♠QJ53
Q98
AQT
♣A64
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KT8
72
532
♣T9852
♠A76
AKJ3
KJ98
♣QJ
♠942
T654
764
♣K73
15
319
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5/4 ♠5 NT5/4
EW: 3/4♣ 3 1/2 2♠ 1/2NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    3.50   0.50  1N N -2   A2-Moore-Moore vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        100    3.50   0.50  2 S -2   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        110    2.00   2.00  2 W +1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        120    1.00   3.00  2N E      A6-Brett-Moore vs A3-Charles-Richards
        150    0.00   4.00  1N N -3   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
10 ♠A
T932
T653
♣JT62
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J4
KQ6
QJ942
♣973
♠KQ85
A8
A8
♣AK854
♠T97632
J754
K7
♣Q
5
920
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥5 ♠5 NT2
EW: 5♣ 4 2 2♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3N E -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Moore-Moore
        630    3.00   1.00  3N E +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A6-Brett-Moore
        660    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        660    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        660    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
11 ♠AK873
T65
K2
♣J93
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJT54
AQ42
95
♣Q7
♠6
9
AQJT864
♣KT85
♠92
KJ873
73
♣A642
11
1110
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦1 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
EW: 2/3♣ 5 1 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    3.50   0.50  4 E      A9-Bowen-Flood vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        130    3.50   0.50  3 E +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Moore-Moore
        150    2.00   2.00  3 S -3   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        400    0.50   3.50  3N W      A3-Charles-Richards vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        400    0.50   3.50  3N E      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A6-Brett-Moore
12 ♠AK76
A9652
6
♣Q42
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠9432
KJ73
AT8
♣76
♠QJT5
4
KJ95
♣AJ53
♠8
QT8
Q7432
♣KT98
13
812
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ -/1 2/3
       ♦6/7 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1/2♠  ♣5/6 ♦6 ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +100 3♠*-W-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3 N      A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Smith-Zizic
  110          3.00   1.00  2 N      A10-Wood-Peckham vs A2-Moore-Moore
  100          2.00   2.00  3♠* W -1  A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A6-Brett-Moore
   50          1.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   A3-Charles-Richards vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    0.00   4.00  1N N -1   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
13 ♠Q976
AQ
T532
♣873
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AJT2
T93
K874
♣AT
♠843
KJ752
AQ9
♣K9
♠K5
864
J6
♣QJ6542
8
1213
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦3 ♥2 ♠3 NT2
EW: 4 4 4♠ 4NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4 E -1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        620    3.00   1.00  4 E      A2-Moore-Moore vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        650    1.00   3.00  4 E +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A9-Bowen-Flood
        650    1.00   3.00  4 E +1   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Brett-Moore
        650    1.00   3.00  4 E +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Charles-Richards
14 ♠KQ9
A2
A964
♣KQT8
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠854
Q9874
K32
♣J4
♠AT73
KJ5
J5
♣A532
♠J62
T63
QT87
♣976
18
613
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 2-NS/2♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  1N N +2   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  110          2.50   1.50  3 S      A4-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Brett-Moore
  110          2.50   1.50  3 S      A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
   50          1.00   3.00  2 W -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Charles-Richards
        140    0.00   4.00  3 W      A2-Moore-Moore vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
15 ♠42
Q82
JT7653
♣K2
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AKQ8
JT9653
9
♣53
♠J973
K7
A842
♣Q64
♠T65
A4
KQ
♣AJT987
6
1010
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1NT  ♥4 ♠3
EW: 3 4♠  ♣5 ♦3 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          4.00   0.00  3N N +3   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A3-Charles-Richards
  100          3.00   1.00  3♠ W -2   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    1.00   3.00  3♠ E      A4-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Brett-Moore
        140    1.00   3.00  3 W      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A9-Bowen-Flood
        140    1.00   3.00  2 W +1   A2-Moore-Moore vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
16 ♠32
AT93
KT97
♣J93
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠JT54
K74
QJ
♣AQT6
♠K76
Q865
8652
♣K2
♠AQ98
J2
A43
♣8754
8
138
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 1 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  1N E -5   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Smith-Zizic
  110          3.00   1.00  2 N +1   A3-Charles-Richards vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  100          1.00   3.00  1N W -1   A2-Moore-Moore vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  100          1.00   3.00  1N E -1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
  100          1.00   3.00  1♠ W -1   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A6-Brett-Moore
17 ♠K63
AT976
Q2
♣A53
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A9754
K8
AKJ
♣JT6
♠QT2
Q3
97
♣KQ9742
♠J8
J542
T86543
♣8
13
169
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2  ♣3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  6N W -4   A2-Moore-Moore vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
   50          3.00   1.00  3N W -1   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A6-Brett-Moore
        140    2.00   2.00  2♠ W +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        150    1.00   3.00  3♣ E +2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        420    0.00   4.00  4♠ W      A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
18 ♠64
AT987
KJ4
♣K63
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q85
654
AT
♣98542
♠AKJ3
KQJ
987
♣AQJ
♠T972
32
Q6532
♣T7
11
621
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥4 ♠2/1 NT3/1
EW: 6♣ 1 2 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -920 6♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    4.00   0.00  2N E      A3-Charles-Richards vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        430    2.50   1.50  3N E +1   A2-Moore-Moore vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        430    2.50   1.50  3N E +1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        460    0.50   3.50  3N W +2   A9-Bowen-Flood vs A6-Brett-Moore
        460    0.50   3.50  3N E +2   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Smith-Zizic

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

It will not occur to anyone at all to bid 6, but that contract makes with maximum luck, while the pedestrian 3NT fails on a diamond lead. Unfair!

Even a system that finds the exact hands held by EW would not choose the club slam, which requires favorable placement of the opponents' cards more so than the combined resources of the constructive side.

To make 6 on a diamond lead, win the A, finesse the club, cross to the Q, repeat the trump finesse, cash the A, dropping the suit, and play all of the spades, discarding the remaining diamond loser from the West hand. Then give up a heart for the only loser.

Even if the hand is played a thousand times in the Common Game environment, no slams bid and made will be expected, and not more than two anticipated as off the road results.

Merely a scattering of results favorable to some 3NT declarers who receive a spade lead rather than a diamond, luck being the determining factor relative to the choice of lead against 3NT.



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19 ♠53
K863
-
♣KJT9863
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AT97
A54
9842
♣Q2
♠Q8
T7
AQJT76
♣754
♠KJ642
QJ92
K53
♣A
7
109
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 2♠  ♦4 NT6
EW: 2  ♣2 ♥2 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   0.00  4 S +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
  420          2.50   1.50  4 S      A4-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  420          2.50   1.50  4 N      A3-Charles-Richards vs A2-Moore-Moore
  200          1.00   3.00  2 S +3   A6-Brett-Moore vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
         50    0.00   4.00  4 S -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
20 ♠AKJT742
A2
Q8
♣AQ
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q95
Q96
KT6543
♣6
♠6
KT543
A9
♣KJ752
♠83
J87
J72
♣T9843
20
711
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2 3  ♠4/5 NT4/5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3♠ N      A6-Brett-Moore vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        100    3.00   1.00  3♠ N -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    1.50   2.50  4♠ N -2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A2-Moore-Moore
        200    1.50   2.50  4♠ N -2   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Bowen-Flood
        620    0.00   4.00  4 W      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
21 ♠K542
J98
653
♣A54
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AT83
654
A98742
♣-
♠QJ76
AQT
KQ
♣J862
♠9
K732
JT
♣KQT973
8
815
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦2 ♥5 ♠2 NT5
EW: 5 1 5♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
   50          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A5-Vandiver-Vandiver
        170    2.00   2.00  2♠ E +2   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Bowen-Flood
        200    1.00   3.00  4♣ S -2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A2-Moore-Moore
        450    0.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   A6-Brett-Moore vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
22 ♠J53
AQ3
K9762
♣65
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q7
KT2
QJ53
♣QT97
♠K2
J9
T8
♣AKJ8432
♠AT9864
87654
A4
♣-
10
1012
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 5 5♠  ♣5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2NT  ♦5 ♥2 ♠2
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +450 5♠-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   0.00  5 N      A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  200          3.00   1.00  3♠ S +2   A2-Moore-Moore vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  100          1.00   3.00  4♣ E -1   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Charles-Richards
  100          1.00   3.00  4♣ E -1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  100          1.00   3.00  4♣ E -1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A6-Brett-Moore
23 ♠AQ97
95
AK862
♣42
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠432
J63
Q94
♣AK76
♠J65
KQ87
J53
♣T53
♠KT8
AT42
T7
♣QJ98
13
107
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 2 4♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   0.00  4♠ N      A2-Moore-Moore vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  600          3.00   1.00  3N N      A10-Wood-Peckham vs A6-Brett-Moore
  180          2.00   2.00  2N S +2   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Charles-Richards
  150          0.50   3.50  2N S +1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  150          0.50   3.50  1N S +2   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Bowen-Flood
24 ♠AK
K9854
A3
♣AKT6
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J853
Q6
J75
♣QJ84
♠T97
JT
KT9864
♣53
♠Q642
A732
Q2
♣972
21
74
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6/5♣ 3/2 7 6/5♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦4 ♥0 ♠1 NT0/1
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +1510 7-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          4.00   0.00  6 N      A10-Wood-Peckham vs A6-Brett-Moore
  510          2.50   1.50  4 N +3   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  510          2.50   1.50  4 N +3   A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  480          0.50   3.50  4 S +2   A2-Moore-Moore vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  480          0.50   3.50  4 N +2   A4-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Charles-Richards
25 ♠-
QJ64
42
♣QJT8753
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K983
A92
AQ76
♣A4
♠QT72
753
853
♣K96
♠AJ654
KT8
KJT9
♣2
6
175
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♦5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1 2♠ 2NT  ♣4/5 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 3♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  4♠* E -2  A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
  200          3.00   1.00  4♠ E -2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  110          2.00   2.00  3♣ N      A6-Brett-Moore vs A2-Moore-Moore
        120    1.00   3.00  1N W +1   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        150    0.00   4.00  3N S -3   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Smith-Zizic
26 ♠Q742
JT
Q5
♣AQ987
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J983
876543
83
♣K
♠AT6
AK2
KJT96
♣42
♠K5
Q9
A742
♣JT653
11
415
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦3 ♥2 ♠5 NT6
EW: 3 4 2♠ 1NT  ♣4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -500 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    4.00   0.00  2 W      A6-Brett-Moore vs A2-Moore-Moore
        130    3.00   1.00  1 E +3   A3-Charles-Richards vs A9-Bowen-Flood
        150    2.00   2.00  1 E +4   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Smith-Zizic
        170    1.00   3.00  2 W +2   A10-Wood-Peckham vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        200    0.00   4.00  2 E +3   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
27 ♠J743
J53
AQJ9
♣J7
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KQ982
T982
T53
♣3
♠T65
4
8642
♣AQT82
♠A
AKQ76
K7
♣K9654
10
56
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 5 1♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   A3-Charles-Richards vs A9-Bowen-Flood
  450          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   A5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A4-Smith-Zizic
  420          2.00   2.00  4 S      A10-Wood-Peckham vs A7-Carlson Jr-Carlson
         50    0.50   3.50  4 S -1   A6-Brett-Moore vs A2-Moore-Moore
         50    0.50   3.50  4 S -1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson