- Monday Aft - September 3, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1207 MP  Geomean: 666 MP
(based on 28 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Anne Cline - Donald Cline 61.97 1st A 0.80
Buki Burke - Dagmar Ragnow 59.72 1st A 0.80
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 59.30 2nd A 0.56
Mark Robbins - Roseann Buckley 58.87 2nd A 0.56
Elaine McAdams - Marie Offerman 56.36 3rd A 0.40
Carol Lilly - Pat Shaw 54.93 3rd A 0.40
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
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DATE>September 3, 2018  |CLUB NO.>127100    | 09/03/2018 16:14
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   72.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1200/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=4/C=0                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Louise Shaffer         Anne Conn                B    .     .     .     54.59  37.91
 2 Marie Offerman         Elaine McAdams           B    3     2     .     81.16  56.36  0.40(A)
 3 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    .     .     .     76.33  53.01
 4 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A    .     .     .     73.91  51.33
 5 Dagmar Ragnow          Buki Burke               A    1     .     .     86.00  59.72  0.80(A)
 6 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    2     1     .     85.39  59.30  0.56(A)
 7 Sally Van Valin        Gary Van Valin           B    .     .     .     46.09  32.01
                                          Totals                         503.47

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   72.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1200/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Carol Lilly            Pat Shaw                 C    3     2     1     79.10  54.93  0.40(A)
 2 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    .     .     .     76.86  53.38
 3 Roseann Buckley        Mark Robbins             B    2     1     .     84.77  58.87  0.56(A)
 4 Anne Cline             Donald Cline             A    1     .     .     89.23  61.97  0.80(A)
 5 Ginny Rockefeller      Mary Jane Graham         C    .     .     .     61.43  42.66
 6 Ilona Smith            Ken Ellenberger          A    .     .     .     67.14  46.63
 7 Peggy Nielsen          Nita Whaley              B    .     .     .     43.82  30.43
 8 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    .     .     .     74.10  51.46
                                          Totals                         576.45

Hands and Results
1 ♠T875432
K5
96
♣82
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AKJ
Q872
AQ874
♣K
♠Q6
9
5
♣AQJT97643
♠9
AJT643
KJT32
♣5
3
199
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣0 ♦5/6 ♠5 NT0
EW: 6♣ 1 2♠ 5NT  ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -920 6♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    6.00   0.00  5♣ E +1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        440    4.00   2.00  5♣ E +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        440    4.00   2.00  5♣ E +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        440    4.00   2.00  5♣ E +2   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        920    1.50   4.50  6♣ E      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        920    1.50   4.50  6♣ E      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        940    0.00   6.00  6♣ E +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When East opens 5, West should just close her eyes and bid the slam. Surely partner has either a nine card suit or eight and an outside trick. South will cash her Ace and look around for another trick. Nope!



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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass55
6All pass  

Guest commentator, Dr. Kenneth Horneman

It's not often that you get a nine card suit, so there aren't a lot of good rules for how to bid them. Many experts would try to get tricky with the East hand by passing originally, or perhaps opening 1, hoping that the opponents will later double them, but this approach sometimes backfires, and I wouldn't recommend it for most players. The practical bid with the East hand is to just open 5. You may have noticed that I didn't say anything about the North hand. That may tell you something about how I feel about preempting with a 7222 hand and a suit headed by a 10. South doesn't have a great hand for starting the bidding at the six level, but many players will follow the mantra "6-5, come alive" and bid anyway. On this particular hand, this might help West out. Holding the King, it looks like the prospects in 6 will depend on whether East has a control. If South passes, West will just be guessing, and might choose to bid 6 hoping that the defense won't lead s if there are two losers there. However, if South bids 5, now West will now that East is highly likely to have shortness, as South is almost certain to have at least six of them, and West has four. South's bid also makes it more likely that the King or Queen are onside, if East needs either of those finesses for a 12th trick. On the actual hand, East does indeed have shortness, and with a ninth , no finesse will be necessary. In fact, 13 top tricks are available if South doesn't lead the Ace. Certainly, any pairs who bid and make a slam will have an excellent score.



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2 ♠A6432
A982
62
♣62
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠QJ
QT
T87
♣KQJT93
♠K9875
J653
K9
♣85
♠T
K74
AQJ543
♣A74
8
117
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 4 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          6.00   0.00  3N S +2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Cline-Cline
  130          4.00   2.00  3 S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
  130          4.00   2.00  2 S +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  130          4.00   2.00  2 S +2   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          1.00   5.00  3 S      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  110          1.00   5.00  3 S      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
  110          1.00   5.00  2 S +1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D1-Lilly-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West can ignore those quacks in the majors and bid a supremely irritating 3. That should stifle any impulse for North to bid: with only 8 HCP, any action could be truly foolhardy. This will pass back to South, and all he can do rationally is bid 3. If West only ids 2, North might chance a Negative Double--and they might even find their 3NT (making when the K is onside).



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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass1Pass2
All pass   

Guest commentator, Dr. Kenneth Horneman

The friendly lie of the suit insures that N/S can make 10 tricks in NT, but it's hard to see how they can get to NT at all, much less bid game. South has a normal 1 opening and some West's will venture a 2 call, although the hand is a pretty awful two level overcall. No shortness, no defense, three low honor cards in doubleton suits. Notice that East has two Kings, and West still can only make five tricks in a contract against good defense. If West does bid 2, North should double, and N/S might again be playing 2, but if East competes to 3, N/S won't even need to double this for a good score, and won't even need to set it by four. With so many N/S pairs playing and going +130, a +150 score by N/S would score well. Note that some N/S pairs will play something known as "Reverse Flannery" and will have an immediate 2 bid by North to show a hand with five s, four s and less than invitational values. It's debatable whether this is the best bid to make, even if available, on the actual hand. With 5422 distribution, no good spot cards in the major suits, and Aces which will be valuable in any contract, North might will decide to just bid 1 even if they can show both majors over the 1 opening. There will be some pairs playing 2, for sure.

How will a contract fair? A lead is likely, and declarer will usually play for a ruff, which will get overruffed. It looks declarer is likely to lose one trick, one trick, and either a overruff, or a second trick. There won't be much variance from +130 at those tables where N/S play in s. The play will be much trickier in a N/S contract, though declarer can make a lot of tricks if they are careful. All in all, anything better than +130 should be a great score for N/S.



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3 ♠Q86
K8764
K
♣QT53
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠JT75
A
AJ75
♣AK62
♠AK942
QJ93
Q43
♣4
♠3
T52
T9862
♣J987
10
1712
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥4 ♠0 NT1
EW: 4♣ 4 2 7♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -2210 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  5♠ W -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        650    3.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Cline-Cline
        650    3.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        650    3.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        650    3.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        680    0.50   5.50  5♠ E +1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        680    0.50   5.50  4♠ E +2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D1-Lilly-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and should revalue her hand when East bids 1: it's worth 19 not 17. Most won't Splinter with a singleton Ace. But East should surely revalue his hand, too: check for Aces (not usual with similar hands, but it's all that's available), settling for 6. At the table, it's only making 13 tricks when the Q is on side and declarer drops the singleton K offside--not very plausible.



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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1Pass
4Pass4NTPass
51Pass52Pass
53Pass6All pass
  1. Three keycards
  2. Do you have the Queen of trump
  3. No

Guest commentator, Dr. Kenneth Horneman

N/S should be able to get to 6 on this hand, and mnay matchpoints will be dependent on how declarer plays the and suits. West has one of the most awkward hand types to bid in standard bidding, namely a 4441 hand with better than opening strength. At least West has a suit, so will have a natural bid of 1 available if East bids in their shortness. Some North's will overcall 1 (this seems to be the day for ugly overcalls, but an overcall is unlikely to slow N/S down.

Against a 6 contract, expect most South players to lead the 10. Declarer will need to decide how likely he thinks the South player is to lead from a suit headed by the KT9 against a slam. I suspect most players would not lead from this suit if holding the King, especially if West has opened 1. So, if declarer reasons that way, they should go up with the Ace. This will reap a bonanza on this hand. Not only will North's King come down under the Ace, but declarer can with A, to the Ace, ruff and now can make the good play of finessing the 9. This may seem anti-percentage, given the old adage "Eight ever, Nine never", but the reality is that finessing versus playing for a 2-2 split is very close to an even proposition. So, given that North has a singleton, the odds favor North having the Queen. If declarer does get both suits right, they will make all 13 tricks. There will certainly be some -100 scores for E/W when declarer gets both suits wrong.



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4 ♠J85
QT8
AJT97
♣95
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠6
9653
Q83
♣KT832
♠QT732
KJ72
42
♣64
♠AK94
A4
K65
♣AQJ7
8
56
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 6/5 2 4♠ 6/5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦1 ♥5/4 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +1440 6NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          5.50   0.50  3N S +3   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  690          5.50   0.50  3N S +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
  660          3.00   3.00  3N S +2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  660          3.00   3.00  3N S +2   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
  660          3.00   3.00  3N S +2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        100    1.00   5.00  6 N -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Cline-Cline
        200    0.00   6.00  3N S -2   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

No surprise that South opes 2NT after three passes. North will happily bid the game. Now West has to lead. His low club will give declarer at least two club tricks, though putting up the 9 will expand that to three tricks (and, yes, second hand low is usually right!). On the lie of the cards, declarer can also get three spade tricks, but East must have the both the Q and the 10 for that to be true. Then, the diamond finesse has to work. Don't beat up on yourself if you take 12 tricks: most won't! but no one is likely to bid this slam.



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Kenny Horneman Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPassPass2NT
Pass3NTAll pass 

North does have more than a minimum to respond to South's 2NT opening bid, but is not quite strong enough to invite South to bid a slam. With the strong opening in the South, West will not be certain what is the best lead. If West makes a normal opening bid of a , declarer will an easy time of it. Declarer can win the opening lead, play the King and a to the Jack. When this holds, declarer will know that the suit is coming in, and can next lead the Jack. Declarer will be fairly certain that East doesn't have the king, so it looks like the best play is to finesse twice into the West hand in s. Of course, on the actual hand, this will work out perfectly as East will be forced to cover the Jack, and now declarer can run the suit, pitch two s, and then lead another . East must cover again, but declarer can win the Ace, cash the nine, and the Ace, and then exit with a , forcing East to lead away from the King. This line of play will net declarer 12 tricks, but will not be found at most tables. Both +660 and +630 are likely to be more common scores than +690 for N/S.



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5 ♠5
JT7
KQT84
♣J742
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠A872
Q96542
7
♣63
♠KQ64
AK8
65
♣KQ98
♠JT93
3
AJ932
♣AT5
7
617
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4  ♥3 ♠3 NT4
EW: 4 4♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦3
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -200 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  710          6.00   0.00  4* S     D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  110          5.00   1.00  3 S      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
  100          4.00   2.00  2♠ E -2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
   50          3.00   3.00  4 E -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        200    1.00   5.00  2 E +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Cline-Cline
        420    0.00   6.00  4 E      D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D1-Lilly-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT and will end up in game in one of the majors, depending on how West proceeds. Some will use Stayman and then raise the spades, Others will transfer in hearts and then invite. The hand is enhanced by no wasted diamond points in the East hand. Still, West should count her hand as considerably ore valuable than its 6 HCP.



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6 ♠Q943
T8765
5
♣KQ5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K62
K432
KQT3
♣82
♠A8
AQ
AJ7642
♣JT7
♠JT75
J9
98
♣A9643
7
1116
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥4 NT2
EW: 5 2 2NT  ♣6 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -600 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   1.50  3N E -1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  100          4.50   1.50  3N E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Cline-Cline
  100          4.50   1.50  3N E -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
  100          4.50   1.50  6 E -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    1.50   4.50  2 E +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        150    1.50   4.50  2 E +3   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        660    0.00   6.00  3N E +2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and West has a bit of a bidding problem. Maybe calling this a limit raise in diamonds is better than bidding 2NT with no club stopper. Knowing that they 10 or 11 diamonds, an optimistic East might chance 3NT with no club stopper, but he will be killed with the 5-3 club fit of the opposition. 5 has only two club losers, but won't be a popular contract a matchpoints.



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7 ♠84
K962
T3
♣Q7632
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T75
JT754
Q984
♣T
♠KJ2
Q
KJ752
♣AK98
♠AQ963
A83
A6
♣J54
5
317
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1♠  ♦4 NT6
EW: 2  ♣4 ♥6/5 ♠6/5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -90 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  5N E -2   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
   90          5.00   1.00  2♣ S      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    4.00   2.00  2 N -1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E +1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        130    1.50   4.50  3 E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        130    1.50   4.50  2 E +2   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.00   6.00  1N S -2   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT. which passes around to East. What now? East might pass and wait for the sure profit. If 2 is natural (and it won't be universally so) East finds a good place to declare. He daren't double with only one heart. If East does bid 2, South is vulnerable and may just pass to try to stay out of trouble, though 2 is tempting--and won't be a disaster unless it's doubled.



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8 ♠KT83
9864
K542
♣4
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q97
K2
AQ987
♣JT9
♠J6542
AQJT
JT6
♣3
♠A
753
3
♣AKQ87652
6
129
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2NT  ♦3 ♥5 ♠5
EW: 2 1 2♠  ♣4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +100 3♠*-EW/3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  3♠ E -2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
  100          5.50   0.50  4 W -2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
         50    4.00   2.00  5♣ S -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        100    2.50   3.50  4♣ S -2   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        100    2.50   3.50  4♣ S -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        300    1.00   5.00  4♣* S -2  D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Cline-Cline
       1100    0.00   6.00  5* N -5  D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and East responds 1. That won't slow South down at all--he'll go to 4 with his eight card suit, undoubled. And if E-W persist, they'll not make it. A win either way for South. If you want to jam the bidding, go as high as you're willing to go first chance you get.



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9 ♠9
AK72
QJ9432
♣T5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AKJ754
854
8
♣A94
♠T83
93
K65
♣KQ862
♠Q62
QJT6
AT7
♣J73
10
128
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3  ♣2 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 4♠  ♦3 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -100 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    6.00   0.00  4 N -2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    3.50   2.50  3♠ W      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        140    3.50   2.50  3♠ W      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        140    3.50   2.50  3♠ W      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        140    3.50   2.50  3♠ W      D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        170    1.00   5.00  3♠ W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        200    0.00   6.00  2♠ W +3   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D4-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North may open 1 using the Rule of 20 . South bids 1 and West has to decide whether to bid 1 or a really disruptive 2. Most will choose 1 and North will raise the hearts. Now East can bid 2. Will anyone go higher? N-S might push West into the spade game and they can't beat it if West takes the spade finesse.



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10 ♠32
QJ
AQJ5
♣AQ642
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J7654
9542
8
♣T85
♠KQT98
KT76
T2
♣93
♠A
A83
K97643
♣KJ7
16
18
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 1 1♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥6 ♠6 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1470          6.00   0.00  6N S +1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
  720          4.50   1.50  4N S +3   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  720          4.50   1.50  3N S +4   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Cline-Cline
  640          1.50   4.50  5 S +2   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  640          1.50   4.50  5 S +2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
  640          1.50   4.50  5♣ N +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  640          1.50   4.50  5♣ N +2   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, delighting North. North's best bet is 2. Now South has a bit of a problem. He has the points for 3, but jumping in this weak suit is a bad idea. Assuming that 2 is a Game Force , South might just bid 3 and now North bids 3. At that point, South can ask for Aces. If they are playing "1430" where 5 shows two aces and the Q, 7 is a good bet. And an aggressive bidder might even go for 7NT.



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11 ♠Q9
T5
KT9852
♣A72
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AKT543
Q8
74
♣984
♠86
KJ4
AJ63
♣KT65
♠J72
A97632
Q
♣QJ3
9
912
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1  ♣5 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 3♠ 2NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          6.00   0.00  2 S      D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
   50          5.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        110    4.00   2.00  2♠ W      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ W      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ W      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Cline-Cline
        430    0.00   6.00  3N E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 2 which passes out. What will North lead? South must have some points, but where are they? The 10 is a reasonable choice. West's best bet is second hand low. South will come up with the Q and has to shift: to what? Ouch--endplayed on trick one is how it will feel.



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12 ♠T75
KT2
AJ95
♣KQ4
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠643
Q943
K86
♣872
♠AKJ982
A87
7
♣T93
♠Q
J65
QT432
♣AJ65
13
512
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 2  ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦2 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +600 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  750          6.00   0.00  5* N     D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
  150          5.00   1.00  4 N +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  130          3.00   3.00  4 N      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  130          3.00   3.00  4 N      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D4-Cline-Cline
  130          3.00   3.00  3 N +1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  100          0.50   5.50  4♠ E -2   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  100          0.50   5.50  3♠ E -2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and East bids 1. South has a clear cut diamond raise--either 2 or 3 depending on their agreement. No bid from West. North will pass or bid 3 as necessary and now it's up to East: bid again? or be glad they're not in game and not rock the boat. It's chancy either way.



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13 ♠K874
Q93
53
♣AQ93
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AJT6
KJ864
J874
♣-
♠Q2
AT2
AT96
♣KJ82
♠953
75
KQ2
♣T7654
11
1014
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 4 4 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  5 E -2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  100          5.00   1.00  4 W -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        140    4.00   2.00  2 W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        150    3.00   3.00  1N E +2   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        620    2.00   4.00  4 W      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        630    0.50   5.50  3N E +1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        630    0.50   5.50  3N E +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and West eventually will declare in the heart game. The only safe lead North can make is a diamond, but will he choose it? That doubleton lead is not called an "idiot doubleton" for nothing--it's usually wrong. But this time it's the only way not to give away a trick. Call it the least of evils.



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14 ♠AKQ5
A8
AQ42
♣KJ3
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠3
JT973
K86
♣A854
♠J842
K52
JT3
♣T96
♠T976
Q64
975
♣Q72
23
85
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3/4 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          6.00   0.00  3N N +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
  430          3.50   2.50  3N N +1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
  430          3.50   2.50  3N N +1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  430          3.50   2.50  3N N +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  430          3.50   2.50  3N N +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  400          1.00   5.00  3N N      D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
  150          0.00   6.00  2N N +1   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 2 and suddenly South's two paltry queens look better. Even with 4-3-3-3, South may bid Stayman and go for the spade game. Alas, most will find only nine tricks, but 4 will be popular.



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15 ♠K2
AK97
J942
♣Q97
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A543
QT2
86
♣KT52
♠Q6
8643
QT3
♣J864
♠JT987
J5
AK75
♣A3
13
95
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 4 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦1/2 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          5.33   0.67  3N N +1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  630          5.33   0.67  3N N +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  620          3.58   2.42  4♠ S      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
  600          2.42   3.58  3N N      D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    0.67   5.33  3N N -1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        100    0.67   5.33  3N N -1   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North's response to South's 1 opener depends on agreements. If 1 NT is forcing, North can use it to check on a heart fit. His other choice is a jump to 3NT. I suppose someone could make a temporizing bid of 2 with the North hand, but it's not attractive on this weak suit.



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16 ♠65
T872
J4
♣Q9754
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AK4
QJ6
AKQ976
♣8
♠J932
A
853
♣AKJT2
♠QT87
K9543
T2
♣63
3
1913
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦0 ♥4 ♠2 NT0
EW: 5♣ 7 3 5♠ 7NT
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -2220 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        660    6.00   0.00  3N E +2   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        690    3.50   2.50  3N W +3   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        690    3.50   2.50  3N W +3   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        690    3.50   2.50  3N E +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        690    3.50   2.50  3N E +3   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
       1440    0.50   5.50  6N W      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D4-Cline-Cline
       1440    0.50   5.50  6N E      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Lilly-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West can certainly justify 2 as an opener, but the flaw is that partner is so likely to bid 2. Not this time, it turns out. Over 2, East has an eminently sensible 3, a positive response with long club suit. West will bid 3 and now East can try 3. West will bid 3NT and East must not quit. Do something! Make a delayed raise of diamonds, bid Gerber , anything to keep going to slam. Bid the grand? Only if declarer will take a first round club finesse. And ruff hearts before drawing trump. Won't be easy.



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17 ♠63
Q862
KJT8
♣J76
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AK75
AJT74
3
♣AKQ
♠842
K53
AQ5
♣8542
♠QJT9
9
97642
♣T93
7
219
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
EW: 6♣ 2 6 5♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  6 W -2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
   50          3.50   2.50  6 W -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
   50          3.50   2.50  6 W -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
   50          3.50   2.50  6 W -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
   50          3.50   2.50  6 W -1   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        430    1.00   5.00  3N W +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        450    0.00   6.00  4 W +1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D4-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West will almost universally declare in the heart game and take the 2-way heart finesse the "wrong" way. Then he also has to finesse the diamonds and find a 3-3 club break. Sound like a rational slam? Not to me.



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18 ♠K932
632
KT73
♣T9
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J76
QT
AJ642
♣KQ8
♠AQT5
54
Q9
♣AJ642
♠84
AKJ987
85
♣753
6
1313
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣3 ♦3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4 4♠ 1NT  ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.33   0.67  3 W -1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
   50          5.33   0.67  5♣ E -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    3.58   2.42  3 S -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        110    2.42   3.58  3♣ E      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D4-Cline-Cline
        130    1.25   4.75  3 W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        170    0.08   5.92  3♠ E +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and South bids 2. West has a decent hand but no heart stopper. He can bid 3 or 3; either is forcing. But the news won't be good. When the K is offside, ten tricks will be the limit--but -50 will have lots of good company.



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19 ♠A54
AQ9
JT6
♣AQJ3
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KT
63
AK984
♣KT98
♠J632
K852
32
♣762
♠Q987
JT74
Q75
♣54
18
134
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
EW: 1♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠5 NT4/5
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  2 W -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  110          5.00   1.00  1♠ S +1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
   90          3.50   2.50  1N N      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
   90          3.50   2.50  1N N      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
   80          2.00   4.00  1 S      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
         90    1.00   5.00  2 W      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        150    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D4-Cline-Cline
20 ♠9843
J
T6532
♣K87
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠76
K95
KQJ7
♣AQ43
♠J5
QT8432
A9
♣JT2
♠AKQT2
A76
84
♣965
4
158
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥3 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3  ♦6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.50   0.50  3♠ S      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  140          5.50   0.50  3♠ S      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
  100          3.00   3.00  4 W -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
  100          3.00   3.00  4 W -1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
  100          3.00   3.00  3 W -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D4-Cline-Cline
        170    1.00   5.00  3 E +1   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
        620    0.00   6.00  4 W      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
21 ♠93
T952
KJ6
♣AJ54
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQT852
AQ64
98
♣Q
♠KJ7
KJ83
743
♣T32
♠64
7
AQT52
♣K9876
9
148
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4  ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4 4♠  ♣2 ♦3 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -200 5*-NS/5♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    5.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
        170    5.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        170    5.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D4-Cline-Cline
        420    1.50   4.50  4♠ W      D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        420    1.50   4.50  4♠ W      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        420    1.50   4.50  4♠ W      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        420    1.50   4.50  4 W      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D1-Lilly-Shaw
22 ♠KJ6
KJ7
K87
♣K743
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠5432
T9
AJ2
♣A865
♠QT97
AQ6
964
♣QJ2
♠A8
85432
QT53
♣T9
14
911
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3  ♣6 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2♠  ♦5 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  1N N +2   D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  110          5.00   1.00  2 S      D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D4-Cline-Cline
  100          4.00   2.00  2♠ E -1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
   90          3.00   3.00  1N N      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        110    1.50   4.50  2♠ W      D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
        110    1.50   4.50  2♠ W      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        150    0.00   6.00  1N E +2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
23 ♠KJ8
AK742
T32
♣J5
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AT
653
Q75
♣KT973
♠Q976432
Q9
KJ8
♣2
♠5
JT8
A964
♣AQ864
12
98
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 3 3NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +500 4♠*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          6.00   0.00  4 N      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham
  170          5.00   1.00  3 N +1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
  140          4.00   2.00  3 N      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
  110          3.00   3.00  2 N      D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        100    1.50   4.50  4 N -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D4-Cline-Cline
        100    1.50   4.50  4 N -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
        200    0.00   6.00  4 N -2   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
24 ♠754
J
65
♣AKT8764
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AK6
KT53
98
♣QJ53
♠QJT83
842
AQJT7
♣-
♠92
AQ976
K432
♣92
8
1310
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦3 ♥4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 3 2 4♠ 2NT  ♣5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   2.00  3N W -1   D2-Offerman-McAdams vs D4-Cline-Cline
   50          4.00   2.00  4♠ E -1   D1-Shaffer-Conn vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          4.00   2.00  4♠ E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Smith-Ellenberger
   50          4.00   2.00  4♠ E -1   D5-Ragnow-Burke vs D3-Buckley-Robbins
   50          4.00   2.00  4♠ E -1   D7-Van Valin-Van Valin vs D7-Nielsen-Whaley
        420    0.50   5.50  4♠ E      D4-Zizic-Eliason vs D8-Wagner-Wagner
        420    0.50   5.50  4♠ E      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Rockefeller-Graham