- Monday Aft - December 24, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 911 MP  Geomean: 672 MP
(based on 14 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Don David Wilson - Joseph Gaynor 66.67 1st A 0.70
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 57.29 2nd A 0.49
Joan Glenn - Louise Shaffer 53.13 3rd A 0.35
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 50.00 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D
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DATE>December 24, 2018  |CLUB NO.>127100    | 12/24/2018 16:29
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   24.0 |TOP>   2 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Dick Zizic             Ken Ellenberger          A    .     .     .     20.50  42.71
 2 Judy Kupperman         Carol Hayhurst           B    .     .     .     21.00  43.75
 3 Don David Wilson       Joseph Gaynor            A    1     .     .     32.00  66.67  0.70(A)
 4 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    .     2     .     24.00  50.00  0.22(B)
 5 Irene Petroff          Ginny Rockefeller        C    .     .     .     17.50  36.46
 6 Valerie Greenberg      Alan Greenberg           B    2     1     .     27.50  57.29  0.49(A)
 8 Louise Shaffer         Joan Glenn               A    3     .     .     25.50  53.13  0.35(A)
                                          Totals                         168.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q4
K842
95
♣AKQ96
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT9
AQJ5
J62
♣J32
♠K8652
T6
A84
♣T74
♠J73
973
KQT73
♣85
14
137
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1 1NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          2.00   0.00  1N S +1   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
  110          1.00   1.00  2♣ N +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    0.00   2.00  2♣ N -2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

With the points so evenly divided, no one will get far. North opens 1 and South bids 1. Now North bids 1. South might: pass, bid 1NT, bid 2. Who knows which is right? NT works well when the clubs come in for five tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 11Pass
2Dbl2All pass

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 5, 8-9, and 14.

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East is a bit light for a 1 overcall. Even so, overcalling 1 seems best because of its obstructive value. South has nothing to say. West's 2 cue bid shows an invitational or better spade raise. North's double shows a good club suit. West has a choice between passing and bidding 2. A common agreement is an immediate bid to the forced level is the weakest action. With that agreement, East's 2 bid shows a minimum overcall.

As Larry Cohen discusses in his "I Can't Stand It" , allowing the opponents to play in their fit at the 2-level is typically losing bridge. Here, South's failure to make a Negative Double after the 1 overcall suggests South doesn't have hearts or is too weak to act. South's pass over 2 suggests South doesn't have a club fit. So it isn't likely North-South have better than a 7-card fit. If East-West have an 8-card spade fit and North-South have a 7-card fit, the Law of Total Tricks predicts a total of 15 tricks are available between a North-South contract and a East-West contract. South, with 3 spades, isn't eager to compete. The lack of a fit in a rounded suit improves North's defensive potential. Competing to the 3-level isn't attractive. North prefers to defend 2.

Note that if East doesn't overcall 1, North-South will arrive at 1NT and score +90.


The Play in 2: The defense has 3 quick club winners. With the King offside, the defense will collect a heart trick. The trump suit is frozen. Declarer cannot avoid a spade loser if the defense doesn't break spades. Declarer has 2 potential diamond losers. Declarer can discard a diamond on dummy's long heart. The defense scores 6 tricks to beat 2 a trick.



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2 ♠T94
JT2
AKJ93
♣43
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠6
65
QT654
♣AT965
♠KQ852
Q43
87
♣K72
♠AJ73
AK987
2
♣QJ8
9
610
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 4 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥3/2 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          1.50   0.50  4 S +1   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  650          1.50   0.50  4 S +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
  120          0.00   2.00  2N N      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West may try a really obnoxious 2NT (5-5 in the minors), forcing North to eke out a raise at the three level. East would do well to keep quiet. South bids 4 and West is on lead. His singleton spade doesn't look like a great idea when he has only two hearts, so a low diamond seems a reasonable choice.



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3 ♠AJT952
5
AT6
♣Q72
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K43
K96
K943
♣AK5
♠87
AQJ
QJ75
♣J943
♠Q6
T87432
82
♣T86
11
1611
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦3 ♥6 NT4
EW: 1/3♣ 3/4 -/1 -/1NT
       ♥6/7 ♠6 NT6/7
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          2.00   0.00  3N W -3   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  200          0.50   1.50  3N W -2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
  200          0.50   1.50  3N W -2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1NT. Even if North bids 2, East will bid 3NT. If only South had the missing minor suit honors...When North leads the J (top of an interior sequence), South should unblock with her Queen. Then West can't hold up or he goes down an extra trick--and it's bad enough already.



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4 ♠T9
J543
T874
♣T64
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K742
K9
Q93
♣A873
♠Q65
AQT82
A2
♣Q95
♠AJ83
76
KJ65
♣KJ2
1
1214
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
EW: 4/3♣ 1 4 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          1.50   0.50  4 E -1   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  100          1.50   0.50  4 E -1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
         90    0.00   2.00  2 E      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

E-W will get to their NT game after an auction like 1--1; 1--2(4th suit). Poor North has no idea what to lead. Clearly, South has some points, but where are they? Diamonds are the only unbid suit, but North might almost as well lead the third card from the left. He can't guess that the 10 would be devilishly effective.



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5 ♠AQ2
AT842
AT6
♣98
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KJ4
7
7432
♣QJ732
♠8765
KQJ
K9
♣T654
♠T93
9653
QJ85
♣AK
14
79
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3/4 1♠ 2NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +620 4-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          1.50   0.50  4 N      D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
  620          1.50   0.50  4 N      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  170          0.00   2.00  3 N +1   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When South shows a limit raise, North will surely bid 4. The atrocious heart break will hurt, but since they are high, declarer can ignore them and work on his other problems: spade finesses and diamond finesses. What will East lead? either a trump or a low club looks likely. Use the club winners as entries to take finesses, diamonds first. The fourth diamond will give a pitch for North's low spade.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass3
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East has nothing to say. South's 11 Support Points and Losing Trick Count of 8 suggest inviting game. South AK doubleton isn't pulling its full weight. The QJ85 is a nice combination. The 4th trump and spade texture may be valuable. South is on the border between a constructive raise and a limit raise. Given that the King is guaranteed to take a trick, a constructive raise seems best. South's jump to 3 shows an invitational hand with 4+ hearts. North's 15 Support Points suggest accepting the invitation. North's LTC of 7 suggests declining the invitation. The 4-3-2-1 point count tends to under value Aces and gives no credit to Tens. Accepting the invitation seems best.

The Play: A heart lead or a club lead gives declarer the tempo to discard a losing spade on a diamond. A spade lead is needed to beat 4. If playing standard leads, East would lead their 4th best spade. If declarer calls for the 9 or 10 from dummy, it is easy to get the defense right. It isn't likely East led away from KJx(x). So there isn't much upside to play the 10 or 9. If declarer calls for dummy's 3, West must duck. That would be expensive if East led away from Q765. Playing low gives the defense the chance to go wrong and allow declarer to make 4.



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6 ♠A82
J76
QT6
♣AK42
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QT97654
3
852
♣T6
♠J
AK82
AJ743
♣Q97
♠K3
QT954
K9
♣J853
14
215
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2NT  ♦5 ♠5
EW: 1/- 2♠  ♣4 ♦7/6 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          2.00   0.00  2N E -4   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
  100          1.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
         50    0.00   2.00  3 S -1   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Whether or not South bids 1, West makes a weak jump in spades (2 is plenty). North will certainly want to bid 4, which East daren't double. He should know West has nothing to contribute to the defense. Just wait quietly for your four defensive tricks.



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7 ♠KT5
QT8
J953
♣K86
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠96
AK952
KQT4
♣QT
♠743
63
A862
♣A975
♠AQJ82
J74
7
♣J432
9
148
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦3 ♥4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 4 3 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          2.00   0.00  3 W -2   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
         90    1.00   1.00  1N E      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
        130    0.00   2.00  2 W +2   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East responds 1NT to West's 1, probably barring South from showing those spades. When West voluntarily bids diamonds, East will be glad for the known fit. Hearts only play better when they are 3-3 in the defensive hands, not so likely.



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8 ♠T3
2
76543
♣AT432
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K75
A986
AT
♣Q865
♠AQJ4
JT54
KQ2
♣K9
♠9862
KQ73
J98
♣J7
4
1316
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3/2 5 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    2.00   0.00  3N W      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
        460    0.50   1.50  3N W +2   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
        460    0.50   1.50  3N E +2   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and raises 1 to 2. East will be delighted to bid game and then will sigh with relief when the 4-1 trump break is at least on the better side--only one sure loser as it is, while there would be two if North held those cards. Give up a club and a heart and call it a day.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
2Pass2Pass
3Pass3NTPass
4All pass  

The Bidding: After West opens 1, East's priority is to look for a major suit fit. With 4-4 in the majors, East responds 1. West's 2 rebid shows a minimum opener with heart support. Raising with 3-card support is often beneficial when holding shortness or a small doubleton. In his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, Steve Weinstein advises "holding 4 spades and 3 hearts? This is a common and difficult situation. As a partnership we won’t bid 1 unless our hand is good enough to support hearts over partner’s possible 1NT. One of our general principles is that correcting partscores shows extra values. There are exceptions to this, but 1m-1; 1-1NT; 2 is not one of them--that is clearly defined as 4 spades, 3 hearts, a singleton in the other minor and extra values." East rebids a natural and forcing 2 ensure the partnership plays in the right strain.

West's 3 rebid shows 4 hearts and is non-forcing. East's 3NT rebid offers a choice of games and guarantees a diamond stopper. In his "Matchpoints" book, Kit Woolsey advises a suit contract tends to score better than notrump when trumps are needed as a stopper or ruffs are needed to score additional tricks. Looking at the Ace, West is confident East's shape is 4-4-3-2. So 2 club ruffs may be available in a heart contract. Since West may control the 3rd or 4th round of clubs, it isn't clear whether a loser is being ruffed. West can ruff the 3rd round of diamonds or 4th round of spades. Again, it isn't clear whether West will be ruffing a loser. The auction and the distribution suggest a diamond will be led. The auction suggests diamonds are well stopped. East should have extra values and a notrump oriented hand to offer a choice of games. Most of the field will be in 4. If East is a strong declarer, they will likely score well in 4. If East-West need a top, choosing 3NT is a reasonable gamble.

The Play in 4: Double finessing allows declarer to pickup the heart suit for 1 loser. Dummy's club doubleton prevents the defense from scoring a 2nd club trick. The defense scores a heart and a club to hold declarer to 11 tricks for +450.

The Play in 3NT: Declarer can score the same 11 tricks in notrump for +460 if given time. South must find the Jack lead to hold declarer to 10 tricks.



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9 ♠K
KJT86543
94
♣J5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J9876
-
T752
♣AQ92
♠-
AQ972
AQ6
♣KT873
♠AQT5432
-
KJ83
♣64
8
715
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦4 ♥6 NT4
EW: 4♣ 2 1 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    2.00   0.00  3 N -3   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
        200    1.00   1.00  4 N -4   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        250    0.00   2.00  4 N -5   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

No one could blame North for opening 4. Will South take a chance and bid 4? Who can tell? This one will try the patience of any declarer. Use the sole entry to the board to lead diamonds. And play it fast and get it over with!



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 4All pass 

The Bidding: Normally, you don't want to preempt 4 with an outside King or Ace. Here, the vulnerability is favorable. So many will open 4 with their 8-card suit. Larry Cohen advises playing Takeout Doubles thru infinity saying "what would you do if RHO opened 4? and you held: 3 AK54 AQ74 K842? You would double, of course. But, to call this a "Penalty" double makes no sense." Larry rightly goes on to say "What are the odds that you will get dealt a trump stack when your opponent also has a very long, usually good suit? Infinitesimal!) If you ever do get dealt a penalty double, you have to calmly pass, hopefully in tempo, and pray that your partner Doubles for Takeout . You will then be able to convert (by passing) for penalties. If they buy it undoubled, so be it -- you can't cater to everything."

Here, East follows Larry's advice and passes smoothly after the mandatory 10 second pause after a skip bid. South isn't happy, but cannot be sure 4 is any better. West has the shape to act, but lacks the strength. At unfavorable vulnerability a takeout double could lead to a massive penalty. Passing seems best. At tables where East-West have foregone takeout oriented doubles at the 4-level, this is the "infinitesimal" chance they have been waiting for. Over a penalty double, East might run to spades which will fare better, but is still a disaster.

The Play in 4: East's standard lead is their 4th best club. West wins the Ace. West sees all the spades other than the King. West knows declarer is facing a horrendous trump break. Leading a spade risks declarer discarding a loser. West prefers to cash their Queen. When East plays the 3, West knows East started with 5 clubs. Continuing clubs gives declarer a chance to shorten their trump which may allow for an end play. West prefers switching to diamonds. East takes their Ace. East will score 4 trump tricks as long as they don't lead trumps for declarer. The defense scores 7 tricks for down 4.



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10 ♠6
8754
A7
♣AQT986
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AJT
T63
8653
♣KJ7
♠Q873
KQJ
J942
♣42
♠K9542
A92
KQT
♣53
10
99
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/5♣ 4 2♠ 4NT  ♦6
EW:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          2.00   0.00  3N S +1   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    1.00   1.00  3N S -1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        300    0.00   2.00  3N S -3   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. Playing 2/1, North will bid 1NT and then have to guess what best to do over South's 2. 2NT might be the best bet--or would it be 3? There's no sure solution. With the "two-tiered" club finesses, plan to play the 8 when West plays low. Then get back there and repeat. Lucky this time.



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11 ♠K4
J98
AK5
♣QJT96
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQT7
AT742
Q943
♣-
♠J982
65
JT862
♣42
♠653
KQ3
7
♣AK8753
14
122
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 3NT  ♦4 ♠5
EW: 3 2♠  ♣2 ♥6 NT2
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          2.00   0.00  3N S +2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
  430          1.00   1.00  3N N +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
  150          0.00   2.00  2♣ S +3   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. West doubles. North's choice depends on their agreements, but the eventual contract will be 5 in the South or 3NT in the North. South will certainly plump for clubs, though North's declaring may seem safer considering the spade situation. It's more likely that West has it on this auction, but who knows for sure?



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12 ♠7643
932
A75
♣AK7
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QT9
KJ8
96432
♣62
♠J8
Q54
KQJ8
♣T543
♠AK52
AT76
T
♣QJ98
11
69
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          2.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
  200          0.50   1.50  2♠ N +3   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
  200          0.50   1.50  2♠ N +3   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and revalues her hand when North has a major. North is delighted to bid the spade game even though his spades are very weak. Surely partner has some of the big ones? Indeed. And a singleton diamond which makes those little trumps in the dummy very welcome, too.



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13 ♠K
AQT74
K9854
♣53
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AQJ4
KJ96
6
♣AJ82
♠76
853
QT3
♣KQT94
♠T98532
2
AJ72
♣76
12
167
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣3 ♥6 NT5
EW: 3♣  ♦3/4 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          2.00   0.00  2 N +2   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
        100    1.00   1.00  3 N -1   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        500    0.00   2.00  4♣* N -2  D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and South surely bids 1 (this is the wrong hand for a weak jump, though). Now North bids 2, promising at least four of them in this auction, and South is delighted to pass. If somehow E-W now bid 3, South can revalue the hand and push diamonds one more time.



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14 ♠AKQ7
KT73
AK75
♣A
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J8653
A654
Q2
♣64
♠2
QJ982
J4
♣QJT52
♠T94
-
T9863
♣K9873
23
77
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 7 1 5♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣3/4 ♦0 ♥5/6 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +1440 7-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  440          2.00   0.00  5 N +2   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
  180          1.00   1.00  2N N +2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North has a sort of nightmare hand to open. 23 HCP is great, sure, but after 2, what now? South will quit ASAP unless North shows diamonds. And many a North will take a chance and rebid 2NT. Then what? Some may have 3 available to ask for a minor suit, which might get them to the diamond game since South can revalue if diamonds are trump. And then the diamonds are polite enough to break 2-2, creating two entries to the table. What a friendly hand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass4
Pass4NTPass5NT1
Pass62Pass63
All pass   
  1. even number of key cards and a useful void
  2. Queen ask
  3. no Queen

The Bidding: After 2 passes, West suspects North has a big hand. In his "Light Third Seat Openers" article, Josh Donn advises "The two main reasons to open light in third seat are to preempt the opponents (or at least get them bidding defensively) and to direct the lead." Here, opening 1 is obstructive, but isn't lead directional. Opening 1 is lead directional and somewhat obstructive. Most will reasonably pass in 3rd seat.

After North opens a Strong 2 Clubs , East wants to interfere with their 5-5 hand. Overcalling 2 is reasonable. Here, it makes it easier for North-South to bid their slam. It is common to use a double to shows a bust. With the King and a heart void, South doesn't have a bust. South plans to show both their suits. So South begins with 3, natural and game forcing. West advances to 3. North infers South's heart shortness. North's 4 bid establishes the diamond fit. South's King and heart void offer the potential to cover 3-4 of North's losers. South cue bids their heart control. North asks for Key Cards. South's 5NT bid shows an even number of key cards and a useful void. North's 5 bid is a Queen Ask . South's 6 bid denies the Queen and ends the auction.

At tables where East-West don't interfere, North opens a strong 2. South responds 2 Diamonds Waiting . North's 2NT bid shows a hand too strong to open 2NT. Continuations vary by partnership agreement. Some play Puppet Stayman Over 2NT . Since puppet has difficulty with 5-4 hand, many experts prefer Muppet Stayman . With those agreements, South may look for a spade fit. Another common expert agreement is to use an artificial 3 bid to ask opener to bid 3NT. Then responder can show a long minor or both minors. That agreement pays dividends on this hand. Many will not be eager to bypass 3NT despite their shape and will place the contract in 3NT.

The Play in 6: Declarer is fortunate diamonds break 2-2. Declarer has an easy route to 12 tricks: 3 + 5 + 2 + 2 ruffs. Declarer has a variety of ways to go after a 13th trick. Playing for the Jack to drop or for a Squeeze seems best. Here, West is Squeezed in the majors.

The Play in 3NT: With diamonds breaking 2-2, declarer has 10 winners. 3 + 5 + 2. If East leads a heart, declarer has their 11th trick. On a club lead, declarer can score an 11th trick with a spade finesse or a Squeeze end play.



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15 ♠84
K
AK7
♣KQT8654
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AKT
T853
JT9
♣J72
♠Q7532
AQ9762
85
♣-
♠J96
J4
Q6432
♣A93
15
98
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1  ♥1 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5 5♠  ♣1 ♦1 NT1
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    1.50   0.50  5♠ E      D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
        450    1.50   0.50  4 W +1   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
        480    0.00   2.00  4 W +2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In third seat, North opens 1. East bids 2 (5-5 or more in the majors). This will bring West to life, bidding 4 against his non-vulnerable opponents. Will North dare 5? It's hard to know what's right, but his minor suit winners aren't getting much on defense. Still, vulnerable. North has to be careful.



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16 ♠Q943
KQT5
3
♣Q963
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠T5
A974
9752
♣K74
♠KJ82
63
AQT
♣AT82
♠A76
J82
KJ864
♣J5
9
714
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5/4 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2 1 1♠ 1NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          2.00   0.00  2♣ E -2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
  100          1.00   1.00  1N E -1   D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
        200    0.00   2.00  2 S -4   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and rebids 1 over West's red suit response. West bids 1NT and buys the hand. North should lead the Q--look at the lead grid for NT on the back of the convention card if you don't believe me. Now East should drop the J. North really needs to know where that Jack is.



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17 ♠AK4
KT753
9
♣KQ97
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠3
642
AT64
♣JT542
♠J75
J
KQJ53
♣A863
♠QT9862
AQ98
872
♣-
15
512
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦5
EW: 2♣ 2/1  ♥0 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +980 6♠-NS/6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          1.50   0.50  4♠ S +2   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  480          1.50   0.50  4 N +2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
  450          0.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once North opens 1, South should evaluate her hand with hearts as trump and make at least a limit raise. Using modern bidding practices, North will know South has four trumps/ With his excellent distribution and wealth of high cards in the side suit, North might consider 5, which says, "Bid slam if you have two of the top three." If North elects to use Blackwood, South jumps to 6, showing an Ace and a club void. With only 23 HCP, N-S have the great shape to bring in a slam.



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18 ♠AKJ64
Q
KQ32
♣AJ4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q832
AJ32
97
♣KT5
♠T5
K974
AJ64
♣Q96
♠97
T865
T85
♣8732
20
1010
0
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 NT5
EW: 1 1/2NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♠6
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.00   0.00  3 W -2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
        100    1.00   1.00  2♠ N -1   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
        300    0.00   2.00  4♠ N -3   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Even if West opens a light 1, North will double. East bids 1 or 1 and South will be delighted to pass. Over 1 and West's 1, North shows his extra points with 1 and is disappointed when South passes again. He would also bid 2 if East bids 1 and West raises. Unfortunately, there are no entries to the South hand. Undoubled, -100 won't be painful, but -200 will be nasty.



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19 ♠KT632
62
A3
♣K743
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QJ97
83
QT642
♣82
♠54
KJ974
KJ5
♣Q65
♠A8
AQT5
987
♣AJT9
10
510
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 2 4 5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +920 6♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          2.00   0.00  3N S +1   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  180          1.00   1.00  2N S +2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
         50    0.00   2.00  3N S -1   D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
20 ♠AKQJ3
KT5
J7
♣QJ9
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠82
AQ
AQT8654
♣A8
♠T65
J842
932
♣K53
♠974
9763
K
♣T7642
17
164
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥6 NT2
EW: 4 2NT  ♣5 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    1.00   1.00  4 W      D1-Zizic-Ellenberger vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
        130    1.00   1.00  4 W      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D5-Petroff-Rockefeller
        130    1.00   1.00  3 W +1   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
21 ♠94
QJ
7543
♣J7542
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQ2
AT96
KQ
♣AT83
♠A8765
K854
986
♣6
♠JT3
732
AJT2
♣KQ9
4
187
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥1 ♠1 NT2
EW: 1♣ 1 6 6♠ 4NT
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -980 6♠-EW/6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    2.00   0.00  3 W +2   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
        480    0.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
        480    0.50   1.50  4 E +2   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
22 ♠QJ62
T7
AK83
♣KQ6
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KT9
AQ98642
Q2
♣4
♠A8753
KJ5
JT
♣A82
♠4
3
97654
♣JT9753
15
1113
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2  ♥2 ♠3 NT2
EW: 4 3♠ 2NT  ♣3 ♦3
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -100 5♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          2.00   0.00  6 W -2   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
  100          1.00   1.00  6 W -1   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
        620    0.00   2.00  4 W      D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
23 ♠KJ4
J542
5
♣AQ652
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q973
T63
AJ86
♣84
♠A85
AK9
KQT97
♣K3
♠T62
Q87
432
♣JT97
11
719
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦3 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
EW: 4 2 3♠ 3NT  ♣5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -500 4♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        600    1.50   0.50  3N E      D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
        600    1.50   0.50  3N E      D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
        620    0.00   2.00  4♠ W      D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
24 ♠KJ73
K32
A
♣A8632
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠8
J876
JT863
♣974
♠AT642
54
972
♣KQT
♠Q95
AQT9
KQ54
♣J5
15
29
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥2/3 ♠3 NT2
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          2.00   0.00  3N N +1   D8-Shaffer-Glenn vs D6-Greenberg-Greenberg
  400          1.00   1.00  3N S      D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
        100    0.00   2.00  6N N -2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Wilson-Gaynor
25 ♠KT9
62
KQJ83
♣T97
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J872
AT85
A9742
♣-
♠Q643
K94
T5
♣A642
♠A5
QJ73
6
♣KQJ853
9
99
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠5
EW: 1/- 2♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥7/6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          2.00   0.00  1N N +2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  110          1.00   1.00  3♣ S      D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
  100          0.00   2.00  3♠ E -1   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
26 ♠AJ863
KT5
J8
♣Q65
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KQT7
J864
Q
♣J984
♠94
A9
KT9762
♣T73
♠52
Q732
A543
♣AK2
11
97
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3♠ 3NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 14 = +2
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          2.00   0.00  2♠ N +1   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
  120          1.00   1.00  2N S      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
        100    0.00   2.00  2N S -1   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
27 ♠Q86
T964
A93
♣T84
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KJT5
A8
QJ764
♣Q5
♠742
752
KT2
♣J963
♠A93
KQJ3
85
♣AK72
6
134
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          2.00   0.00  1N S +2   D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  120          1.00   1.00  1N S +1   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
         50    0.00   2.00  3 S -1   D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
28 ♠Q9752
T
J96
♣AK76
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AJ3
Q64
A32
♣Q542
♠K4
KJ9872
KQ84
♣8
♠T86
A53
T75
♣JT93
10
1312
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥2 ♠6 NT5
EW: -/1♣ 4 5 2NT  ♣6/7 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          2.00   0.00  3N N +2   D3-Wilson-Gaynor vs D1-Zizic-Ellenberger
  620          1.00   1.00  4♠ N      D6-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Kupperman-Hayhurst
  120          0.00   2.00  2N N      D5-Petroff-Rockefeller vs D4-Wagner-Wagner