- Saturday Morn - September 1, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1302 MP  Geomean: 561 MP
(based on 22 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Kenneth Thompson - Larry Pelletier 70.19 1st A 1.10
Bob Bradish - Josh Rosenbluth 67.19 2nd A 0.77
Joe Conti - Marilyn Brett 59.38 3rd A 0.55
Dagmar Ragnow - Nancy Hall 48.96 4th A 0.39
Kenneth Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 48.31 1st B 0.48
George Peckham - Nancy Wood 45.11 2nd B 0.34
Sheila Moore - Teresa Moore 42.84 2nd C 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A
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DATE>September 1, 2018  |CLUB NO.>131102    | 09/01/2018 14:59
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DIR> Tom Ciacio      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=11/B=6/C=4                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Larry Pelletier        Kenneth Thompson         A    1     .     .     75.80  70.19  1.10(A)
 2 Marsha Vandiver        Kenneth Vandiver         C    .     1     1     52.18  48.31  0.48(B)
 3 Joann Bowen            Anita Flood              A    .     .     .     46.83  43.36
 4 Bob Deal               Panda Kroll              C    .     .     .     42.50  39.35
 6 Dennis Charles         Floyd Richards           B    .     .     .     48.29  44.71
 7 Teresa Moore           Sheila Moore             C    .     .     2     46.27  42.84  0.22(C)
 8 Bob Bradish            Josh Rosenbluth          A    2     .     .     72.56  67.19  0.77(A)
 9 Dean Cunningham        Joanne Cunningham        C    .     .     .     45.56  42.19
10 Dagmar Ragnow          Nancy Hall               A    4     .     .     52.88  48.96  0.39(A)
11 Nancy Wood             George Peckham           B    .     2     .     48.72  45.11  0.34(B)
12 Marilyn Brett          Joe Conti                A    3     .     .     64.13  59.38  0.55(A)
                                          Totals                         595.72

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q
AQT8754
-
♣QJ984
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠JT983
2
KT654
♣T5
♠K62
J963
832
♣762
♠A754
K
AQJ97
♣AK3
11
44
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 2 6 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦5 ♥1 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +1440 7♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          4.00   0.00  6 N      A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        100    2.00   2.00  6N S -2   A3-Bowen-Flood vs A11-Wood-Peckham
        100    2.00   2.00  6N S -2   A6-Charles-Richards vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
        100    2.00   2.00  6N S -2   A12-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        150    0.00   4.00  6N S -3   A9-Cunningham-Cunningham vs A7-Moore-Moore

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass2
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass3
Pass4Pass6
All pass   

Some readers who don't care about showing a good hand with 1-2;3 will just bid that way, but there will be hands that are difficult to bid with that approach, and the facility with which the present hand reaches a good slam will create a surprise when the other hands arise.

For those who wish to limit their hands without losing the club suit, a simple 2 bid over 2 (how bad can it be to rebid a seven card suit?) and when South hopefully tries 2, hears the first club noise from North. Then 3 by South seems easy, for a Game Force has long since been established, and 3 is just a bid to allow North room to express an opinion.

Well 4 expresses a fifth club, and since 3 was not originally bid, then North's value is clearly marked as in the lower range. North has bypassed 3NT, so 6 is a sound bid by South, knowing of the fit and producing 21 HCP should suffice for slam.



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2 ♠54
K642
KQ52
♣873
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠QJ96
JT
AJT73
♣AT
♠AT
AQ875
84
♣9642
♠K8732
93
96
♣KQJ5
8
1310
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4/5 ♦4 ♥4 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 3 3 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  2N E -1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A4-Deal-Kroll
         90    2.50   1.50  1N W      A3-Bowen-Flood vs A11-Wood-Peckham
         90    2.50   1.50  2 W      A12-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        140    1.00   3.00  2 E +1   A9-Cunningham-Cunningham vs A7-Moore-Moore
        210    0.00   4.00  2N W +3   A6-Charles-Richards vs A10-Ragnow-Hall

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Pass1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
PassPass  

A comfortable contract, 1NT. As the cards actually lie, 2 scores 20 points higher, but the pattern suggests playing notrump -- no heart fit, length and/or values scattered, too few points for an invitational sequence.

If West opens a weak 1NT with, say 12-14 or 13-15 playing the original version of Precision , then 2 lands happily in the correct spot, but without enough compelling argument to compel changing system or the contract reached using a strong notrump platform.



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3 ♠J986
753
T932
♣43
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KQ75
K8
Q7
♣JT862
♠A4
AJ42
A654
♣K97
♠T32
QT96
KJ8
♣AQ5
1
1116
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 5/4♣ 3/2 3/2 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    4.00   0.00  2♠ W +1   A3-Bowen-Flood vs A11-Wood-Peckham
        200    3.00   1.00  3 N -4   A9-Cunningham-Cunningham vs A7-Moore-Moore
        600    1.50   2.50  3N E      A6-Charles-Richards vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
        600    1.50   2.50  3N E      A12-Brett-Conti vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        630    0.00   4.00  3N E +1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A4-Deal-Kroll

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   11
PassPassDblPass
Pass1PassDbl
PassPassPass 
  1. Borderline opening bid. Pass with 4333 is not unreasonable.

It isn't often that the opponents can get you at the one level, and this shows why. Although the 1 contract can be set two tricks, that's only 300, while 3NT gains a much bigger reward.

So the auction is not ideal for EW, and regardless how uncomfortable NS may be, EW need to view the larger picture.

Instead of passing 1 doubled, West should bid 2NT, showing more than one club stopper and about 11-12 HCP. 1NT would put too much pressure on East. 2NT reveals all and makes 3NT the easy bid for East.

All of the comments in the preceding paragraph are made on the assumption that the double was correct. No question if the balancing 1NT shows just 11-14, as most play. But those who bid 1NT with 11-16 "Crowhurst" style, will get a 2 range-ask/Stayman bid, and 2NT by East would show the maximum range. Then 3 would "re-Stayman" and after 3 (hearts), 3NT would offer a choice between 4 and 3NT, with maximum confidence in obtaining the best possible result.



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4 ♠AJT
KJ932
AJ9
♣A8
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠9
A8
Q76542
♣QJ65
♠Q7632
QT5
KT83
♣2
♠K854
764
-
♣KT9743
18
97
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 3♠ 1NT  ♦4
EW: 2  ♣2 ♥2 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          3.50   0.50  4 N +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  650          3.50   0.50  4 N +1   A6-Charles-Richards vs A3-Bowen-Flood
  140          2.00   2.00  3 N      A7-Moore-Moore vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
        100    1.00   3.00  4 N -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
        300    0.00   4.00  3N N -3   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Deal-Kroll

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass2
Pass2NTPass4
All pass   

South has a simple raise to 2, no more and no less. North's 2NT shows extras and a balanced hand, something like the values held, perhaps. South has no interest in notrump or slam, so should simply bid game.

North will have some guessing to do without the assistance of EW. It is not at all clear that a singleton club lead is ideal with the East cards -- why would he want a ruff, holding a natural trump trick? Regardless, the 2 will be a popular lead, and then North will want to ruff a diamond to get to dummy to lead a heart. North may go wrong if West plays low, for North's perception of the type of holdings from which a singleton has been led probably exclude the actual holding. So the J may well be inserted, losing to the Q. Then the defense comes to its club ruff plus two heart honors, and that leaves declarer needing to ruff the other low diamond (can do) and finding the spade queen (Should do).

But it won't be anything like a flat board. Not at all. For one thing, the spade suit might be misguessed later on, and for another, some declarers will play the K and then be in a position to make eleven tricks if also the spade queen is located.



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5 ♠A974
QT874
K
♣Q93
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T53
AJ962
Q92
♣75
♠K862
3
AJ3
♣KJT64
♠QJ
K5
T87654
♣A82
11
712
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-
       ♣5/4 ♦6/5 ♥7/6 ♠5 NT5/4
EW: 2♣ 1 2♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3N W -4   A12-Brett-Conti vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
  100          3.00   1.00  2N E -2   A6-Charles-Richards vs A3-Bowen-Flood
   50          1.50   2.50  1N W -1   A7-Moore-Moore vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
   50          1.50   2.50  2♣ E -1   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Deal-Kroll
         80    0.00   4.00  1♠ E      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1Pass
1NTPassPassPass

North's eleven is rather awful, and should not be opened. Note to fellow-travelers in the Flannery Quest: You should NOT open such hands with 2!! The danger is that responder, who has been designated the side's captain, will carry you overboard with a fully acceptable game try or game bid and it will be YOUR fault for opening. It is a strange symptom of the bidding disease in which the goal of some is to disrupt the enemy rather than engage in a constructive bidding conversation with partner. Nothing will be lost by North by passing if the hand belongs to NS. Nothing will be gained by North by bidding when the hand belongs to EW, save to provide a roadmap for the opponents to use in the play of the hand.



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6 ♠764
K86
K732
♣KJ7
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQ8
A975
6
♣AT985
♠KT932
Q
JT94
♣642
♠J5
JT432
AQ85
♣Q3
10
146
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2  ♣3 ♠4 NT6
EW: 4♣ 3♠ 1NT  ♦6 ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    4.00   0.00  2♠ W      A11-Wood-Peckham vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        140    2.00   2.00  3♠ E      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        140    2.00   2.00  3♠ E      A12-Brett-Conti vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    2.00   2.00  1♠ E +2   A7-Moore-Moore vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
        150    0.00   4.00  3 N -3   A6-Charles-Richards vs A3-Bowen-Flood

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Pass1Pass
2PassPassPass

Yes, raise with three trumps! With alacrity when holding two honors in the suit, a singleton for a ruffing value, and aces -- suit contract cards.

East has not enough to try for game. 3 is the limit of the hand and simultaneously the best scoring contract, as major suits often provide.



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7 ♠K6
-
JT953
♣T76542
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T87532
T93
K6
♣98
♠QJ
AK82
A742
♣KQ3
♠A94
QJ7654
Q8
♣AJ
4
319
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2  ♥5 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2 3♠  ♣3 ♦5/4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    4.00   0.00  2N E +1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A3-Bowen-Flood
        200    3.00   1.00  2 S -2   A7-Moore-Moore vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        600    1.50   2.50  3N S -6   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        600    1.50   2.50  3N E      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A6-Charles-Richards
        620    0.00   4.00  4♠ W      A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
1PassPassPass

How rude! South feels fully justified in his overcall, North correctly declines to rescue (despite the fact that 2 is a far better contract, "rescuing partner is seldom right, and often gets the partnership overboard when overcaller has a good hand).

East sees red (for the opponent) and decides to defend. Why? Because West did not act. With heart length in the West hand being one good reason for West to pass, that brightens the prospect for defense. If West has heart shortness, one would expect a bid with any values.

For those who bid 1 with the West hand because you have a long spade suit, despite your lack of justifying values, you should not be surprised to be in game going set, now should you?

Everyone has a judgment to make. East has the last chance and should choose to defend.



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8 ♠652
KJT875
5
♣K52
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A87
32
QT63
♣AJ74
♠QJT
964
AJ974
♣Q8
♠K943
AQ
K82
♣T963
7
1110
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1NT  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 3  ♥5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  3♠ E -3   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
         50    3.00   1.00  3 N -1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A6-Charles-Richards
        100    2.00   2.00  3 N -2   A12-Brett-Conti vs A3-Bowen-Flood
        110    1.00   3.00  2 E +1   A7-Moore-Moore vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        130    0.00   4.00  3 W +1   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass2PassPass
DblPass33
PassPassPass 

North has rather a questionable second seat weak two bid (second seat should have a pretty much classic weak two hand), but it is not far off and a useful strategic move, even if partner might expect a bit more.

After two passes (South cannot expect to make game despite 12 HCP), West should double (it IS matchpoints, after all), and when EW find their maximum contract of 3, South will bid 3, more or less hoping for a make.

Alas.

But 3 down two doubled is slightly better at minus 100 than minus 110 at 3, so South's 3 bid should pick up a fair number of matchpoints.



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9 ♠Q765
65
J32
♣K985
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠92
973
AT85
♣Q762
♠T83
AQT
KQ7
♣AT43
♠AKJ4
KJ842
964
♣J
6
615
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣5 ♦5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2/1 1NT  ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    3.00   1.00  2 S -1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A6-Charles-Richards
         50    3.00   1.00  2 S -1   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
         50    3.00   1.00  2 S -1   A7-Moore-Moore vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        120    0.50   3.50  1N E +1   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        120    0.50   3.50  1N E +1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A3-Bowen-Flood
10 ♠5
T87
AK964
♣QJ73
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J2
AKJ4
QJT32
♣K4
♠AT863
6
8
♣A98652
♠KQ974
Q9532
75
♣T
10
158
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 4♣ 2 1 2♠ 2/3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  6♣ E -4   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  100          3.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A6-Charles-Richards
        130    2.00   2.00  3♣ E +1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        600    0.50   3.50  3N W      A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A7-Moore-Moore
        600    0.50   3.50  3N W      A3-Bowen-Flood vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
11 ♠974
A8
Q942
♣KQ76
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AJ862
K9
7
♣AT852
♠K3
J543
AJ863
♣J3
♠QT5
QT762
KT5
♣94
11
1210
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 3♣ 1 1 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.88   0.13  3N W -2   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A7-Moore-Moore
   50          2.00   2.00  3N E -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A4-Deal-Kroll
   50          2.00   2.00  2N W -1   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        140    0.13   3.88  3♠ W      A3-Bowen-Flood vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
12 ♠92
AKT75
965
♣K62
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠T4
Q9843
J743
♣85
♠AKQJ83
J6
A8
♣A93
♠765
2
KQT2
♣QJT74
10
319
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♥6 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1 2♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A7-Moore-Moore
   50          3.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        110    2.00   2.00  2♠ E      A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        140    0.50   3.50  2♠ E +1   A3-Bowen-Flood vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        140    0.50   3.50  2♠ E +1   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A6-Charles-Richards
13 ♠KQT9753
J93
84
♣5
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠J842
KQ4
A95
♣JT9
♠6
T62
K62
♣AKQ864
♠A
A875
QJT73
♣732
6
1112
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦6 ♥5/6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 1 4NT  ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3♠ N      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
        100    3.00   1.00  3♠ N -1   A4-Deal-Kroll vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
        130    2.00   2.00  4♣ E      A9-Cunningham-Cunningham vs A6-Charles-Richards
        500    1.00   3.00  4♠* N -2  A3-Bowen-Flood vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
        600    0.00   4.00  3N W      A7-Moore-Moore vs A11-Wood-Peckham
14 ♠J98
KQT764
K9
♣K6
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠32
92
QJT654
♣AJ5
♠AK75
J8
A83
♣T973
♠QT64
A53
72
♣Q842
12
812
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5/4 ♦3 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.50   0.50  3 N      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
  140          3.50   0.50  3 N      A9-Cunningham-Cunningham vs A6-Charles-Richards
        100    1.50   2.50  4 N -2   A4-Deal-Kroll vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    1.50   2.50  3 N -2   A7-Moore-Moore vs A11-Wood-Peckham
        130    0.00   4.00  3 W +1   A3-Bowen-Flood vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
15 ♠J76
54
QJ83
♣A875
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠842
AKQT3
A54
♣92
♠T953
87
KT976
♣QJ
♠AKQ
J962
2
♣KT643
8
136
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦5 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 1 1♠  ♣3 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.00   0.00  2♣ S +2   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
   50          3.00   1.00  2 W -1   A9-Cunningham-Cunningham vs A6-Charles-Richards
         80    1.50   2.50  1 W      A3-Bowen-Flood vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
         80    1.50   2.50  1 W      A4-Deal-Kroll vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    0.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   A7-Moore-Moore vs A11-Wood-Peckham
16 ♠AQ862
K95
Q4
♣AJT
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KJ4
742
AKJ2
♣952
♠T975
QT6
9865
♣74
♠3
AJ83
T73
♣KQ863
16
122
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 5 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦4 ♥2/0 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          4.00   0.00  3N N +2   A4-Deal-Kroll vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  400          3.00   1.00  3N N      A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A11-Wood-Peckham
  150          1.00   3.00  3♣ S +2   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
  150          1.00   3.00  3♣ N +2   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A7-Moore-Moore
  150          1.00   3.00  2♣ N +3   A12-Brett-Conti vs A6-Charles-Richards
17 ♠AQ652
765
5
♣J654
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K9
4
A976
♣AKT732
♠T87
AK832
QJT
♣98
♠J43
QJT9
K8432
♣Q
7
1410
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5 NT3
EW: 3/4♣ 1/2 2 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.50   0.50  3N W -1   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
   50          3.50   0.50  3N W -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A6-Charles-Richards
        110    2.00   2.00  2♣ W +1   A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A7-Moore-Moore
        130    1.00   3.00  3♣ W +1   A4-Deal-Kroll vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        150    0.00   4.00  4♣ W +1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A11-Wood-Peckham
18 ♠A9543
2
AQ53
♣QT4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J872
KJ65
T86
♣A5
♠T
Q9843
974
♣K963
♠KQ6
AT7
KJ2
♣J872
12
95
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 4♠ 4NT  ♥5
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          4.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A11-Wood-Peckham
  620          2.50   1.50  4♠ N      A1-Pelletier-Thompson vs A7-Moore-Moore
  620          2.50   1.50  4♠ N      A4-Deal-Kroll vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  600          1.00   3.00  3N S      A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A10-Ragnow-Hall
        100    0.00   4.00  3N S -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A6-Charles-Richards
19 ♠KJ8732
-
KQT6
♣Q85
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QT6
KJ843
954
♣J4
♠-
T75
AJ7
♣KT97632
♠A954
AQ962
832
♣A
11
78
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 5♠ 3NT  ♣5/4 ♥6
EW: 2♣  ♦3 ♥6 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A6-Charles-Richards vs A4-Deal-Kroll
  450          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A3-Bowen-Flood
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      A11-Wood-Peckham vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      A12-Brett-Conti vs A7-Moore-Moore
20 ♠AJT943
83
-
♣JT853
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠5
T75
KQ653
♣K762
♠82
KJ6
9872
♣AQ94
♠KQ76
AQ942
AJT4
♣-
6
810
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 6 7♠ 3NT  ♦5/6
EW: 1  ♣5/6 ♥1 ♠0 NT4
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +2210 7♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  710          4.00   0.00  4♠ N +3   A12-Brett-Conti vs A7-Moore-Moore
  680          3.00   1.00  4♠ N +2   A6-Charles-Richards vs A4-Deal-Kroll
  650          1.50   2.50  4♠ N +1   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  650          1.50   2.50  4♠ N +1   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  140          0.00   4.00  3 S      A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A3-Bowen-Flood

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPassPass1
Pass1Pass4
Pass4Pass4
Pass5Pass6
All pass   

Having soundly passed, North is free to express the value of the hand with some freedom. Playing 1 showing typically a five card suit (Flannery), South is quite sure of the fifth spade and can force to game with the 4 Splinter . North, freed, as suggested, by the original pass, can show the diamond control, and South persists in the exploration for slam, heartened by the diamond control. Now North, with a void in diamonds and SIX good spades AND South's persistence, jumps to 5, "How good are your trumps?"

South very must likes his spades, thank you, but has also listened carefully for declaration of a heart control from North. Having heard naught, 6 is deemed enough.

It was awfully hard to disclose the diamond void and heart doubleton, which makes the grand slam a piece of cake.

But the bet will be that bidding the small slam should be worth many matchpoints.



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21 ♠87
A52
AT9654
♣Q2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠964
J94
KQ82
♣J65
♠QT532
763
J73
♣43
♠AKJ
KQT8
-
♣AKT987
10
73
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 4 7 3♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦3 ♥0 ♠4 NT0
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1470          4.00   0.00  6N N +1   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A3-Bowen-Flood
  720          1.50   2.50  3N S +4   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  720          1.50   2.50  3N S +4   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  720          1.50   2.50  3N S +4   A12-Brett-Conti vs A7-Moore-Moore
  720          1.50   2.50  3N N +4   A6-Charles-Richards vs A4-Deal-Kroll

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
Pass1Pass2
Pass3Pass41
Pass5!2Pass7
All pass   
  1. Since game has been forced, this is Minorwood.
  2. Two aces and the trump queen

With problems in the club suit, heart suit, and spade suit, as well as the diamond void, 7NT is never in the picture, except by slap-dash, devil-may-care bidding. No amount of "knowledge" about the partner's hands can justify such a contract, even if you put the NS hands face-up on the table. That contract would not be chosen.

Instead, North should pass as dealer (you would have to shift the Q into the diamond suit, substituting it for a low spot to retain the pattern in order to stretch a reasonable light opener out of that).

Then South will open 1 (not 2, as some might do, enjoying the sound of the bid or the look of that bidding card on the table). In general, 2 openers with long minors and four card majors are notoriously difficult to bid, absent specialized methods (which, having, might justify the use). Instead, open 1 and then create a Game Force with a jump shift. That just about fully rationalizes the bids in the bidding diagram.

The 3 bid is good based on South's promise of long clubs for the jump shift (balanced hands will rebid 2NT or will have opened 2), plus the possession of the two red aces will be happy assets for South.

Despite the possession of the diamond void, asking for key cards seems somewhat justified, although generally frowned upon. Here the inherent ambiguity will be resolved by signing off in 6 if an ace is missing, but when both are shown PLUS the Q, how can you not bid the grand??



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22 ♠K7
J985
AQ94
♣T42
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT6
K4
K732
♣AKJ8
♠J8543
AQT732
-
♣53
♠Q92
6
JT865
♣Q976
10
187
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥1 ♠1 NT2/3
EW: 2♣ 6 5♠ 3/4NT  ♦6
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -1400 7*-NS-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.50   1.50  3N W -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  100          2.50   1.50  4 E -1   A3-Bowen-Flood vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  100          2.50   1.50  4 E -1   A6-Charles-Richards vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
  100          2.50   1.50  4 E -1   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A4-Deal-Kroll
        650    0.00   4.00  4 W +1   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
23 ♠K2
Q87
J52
♣Q9764
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ76
A954
AT7
♣T2
♠AT3
T32
K643
♣A85
♠9854
KJ6
Q98
♣KJ3
8
1111
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3 3 3♠ 3NT  ♣6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3N E -2   A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A4-Deal-Kroll
    PASS       1.50   2.50  Pass Out  A3-Bowen-Flood vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
    PASS       1.50   2.50  Pass Out  A6-Charles-Richards vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
    PASS       1.50   2.50  Pass Out  A11-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
    PASS       1.50   2.50  Pass Out  A12-Brett-Conti vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
24 ♠QT754
J
AJ943
♣96
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K8
T74
KT862
♣J54
♠J963
K85
Q
♣KQT73
♠A2
AQ9632
75
♣A82
8
711
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ 2 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣6/7
EW:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4 ♠4 NT5/4
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  2 S +1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth
  110          2.50   1.50  2 S      A6-Charles-Richards vs A2-Vandiver-Vandiver
  110          2.50   1.50  2 S      A10-Ragnow-Hall vs A4-Deal-Kroll
  100          1.00   3.00  3♣ E -2   A3-Bowen-Flood vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        100    0.00   4.00  2 S -2   A11-Wood-Peckham vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
25 ♠2
K872
863
♣J9642
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT865
A3
A94
♣QT3
♠KQ93
T4
KT72
♣A87
♠A74
QJ965
QJ5
♣K5
4
1112
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣6 ♦4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 2 4/3♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    4.00   0.00  4 S -1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        140    3.00   1.00  3♠ W      A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A6-Charles-Richards
        170    1.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A11-Wood-Peckham
        170    1.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   A4-Deal-Kroll vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        170    1.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   A7-Moore-Moore vs A3-Bowen-Flood
26 ♠J95
Q653
742
♣854
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KQT842
T7
A98
♣K2
♠76
K82
K653
♣AT73
♠A3
AJ94
QJT
♣QJ96
3
1210
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2/1♣ 3/2 1/- 4♠ 3/2NT
       ♥7/6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    4.00   0.00  2♠ W      A12-Brett-Conti vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
        140    3.00   1.00  2♠ W +1   A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A6-Charles-Richards
        170    2.00   2.00  2♠ W +2   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A11-Wood-Peckham
        200    1.00   3.00  2♠ W +3   A4-Deal-Kroll vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson
        620    0.00   4.00  4♠ W      A7-Moore-Moore vs A3-Bowen-Flood
27 ♠4
KT8
J932
♣AT843
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJ9
AJ9754
AT6
♣9
♠763
Q632
KQ7
♣Q65
♠AKT852
-
854
♣KJ72
8
129
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 3♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣2 ♦4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  4* W -2  A8-Bradish-Rosenbluth vs A6-Charles-Richards
  170          3.00   1.00  3♠ S +1   A12-Brett-Conti vs A9-Cunningham-Cunningham
  100          2.00   2.00  4 W -2   A7-Moore-Moore vs A3-Bowen-Flood
   50          1.00   3.00  3 W -1   A2-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A11-Wood-Peckham
        100    0.00   4.00  4♠* S -1  A4-Deal-Kroll vs A1-Pelletier-Thompson