- Thursday Aft - December 27, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 895 MP  Geomean: 509 MP
(based on 22 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Donald Cline - Gary Feldman 57.92 1/2nd A 0.51
Raeann Koerner - Rosemary Reitz 57.92 1/2nd A 0.51
Doug Hahn - Iris Acutt 55.83 1st A 0.60
Irene Petroff - Mike Gaddis Jr 55.00 2nd A 0.42
John Anderson - Lorraine Salvatore 53.75 2nd C 0.22
Carole Cardinal - Michelle Rosenzweig 50.00 2nd B 0.22
Jim Sherren - John Nelson 43.33 1st C 0.16
EVENT>Thursday Afternoon Pairs |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>December 27, 2018  |CLUB NO.>131102    | 12/27/2018 20:03
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1300/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Donald Cline           Gary Feldman             A   1/2    .     .     69.50  57.92  0.51(A)
 2 John Nelson            Jim Sherren              C    .     .     1     52.00  43.33  0.16(C)
 3 Judy Kupperman         Jay Fuller               C    .     .     .     48.00  40.00
 4 Michelle Rosenzweig    Carole Cardinal          B    .     2     .     60.00  50.00  0.22(B)
 5 Raeann Koerner         Rosemary Reitz           B   1/2    1     .     69.50  57.92  0.51(A)
 6 Anne Cline             Ron Saltis               A    .     .     .     61.00  50.83
                                          Totals                         360.00

EVENT>Thursday Afternoon Pairs |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1300/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Charles Patrick        Annetta Patrick          B    .     .     .     60.50  50.42
 2 Lorraine Salvatore     John Anderson            C    .     .     2     64.50  53.75  0.22(C)
 3 Mike Gaddis Jr         Irene Petroff            B    2     2     .     66.00  55.00  0.42(A)
 4 Doug Hahn              Iris Acutt               C    1     1     1     67.00  55.83  0.60(A)
 5 Jeff Steward           Harry Anand              C    .     .     .     43.50  36.25
 6 Anne Conn              Susan Lang               C    .     .     .     58.50  48.75
                                          Totals                         360.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠A8
T98654
K82
♣T2
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KT9
AJ73
QJ65
♣AQ
♠Q76
KQ
A9743
♣J74
♠J5432
2
T
♣K98653
7
1712
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥3 ♠4 NT1
EW: 6 4 3♠ 6NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        210    5.00   0.00  2N W +3   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Steward-Anand
        430    4.00   1.00  3N W +1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A6-Conn-Lang
        460    3.00   2.00  3N E +2   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
        490    1.00   4.00  3N W +3   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        490    1.00   4.00  3N W +3   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        490    1.00   4.00  3N E +3   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Patrick-Patrick

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
3NTAll pass  

South must consider her opening lead. On this illustrated auction, while neither East nor West have shown spade length, there is no guarantee that North is holding spades. It's likely that North may have three spades. So leading a spades is a consideration.

The club suit however is longer and perhaps attacking the longer suit is better for the defense. The difficulty of trying the clubs first is that South has no outside entry to her suit should she establish it.

After some consideration we think South will attack spades. Declarer will play low from dummy. North will win her ace. It doesn't matter whether she shifts or returns the suit, the remaining tricks belong to East.

She will win the return, unblock the KQ, play a club to the queen and lead the Q from dummy. When the finesse works, she can discard her two clubs on dummy's good hearts and repeat the diamond finesse.


2 ♠T98753
J5
76
♣A94
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠QJ6
97643
K954
♣T
♠-
AKT82
QT832
♣K75
♠AK42
Q
AJ
♣QJ8632
5
612
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3♠  ♦2 ♥2 NT4
EW: 4 5  ♣4 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.50   0.50  5♠ N -1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        100    4.50   0.50  4♠ N -1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        450    2.00   3.00  4 E +1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A6-Conn-Lang
        450    2.00   3.00  4 E +1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        450    2.00   3.00  4 E +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Steward-Anand
        650    0.00   5.00  5* E     A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
3 ♠AQ64
J43
KT642
♣6
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠952
KT65
Q53
♣AT8
♠KJ83
8
87
♣KQJ973
♠T7
AQ972
AJ9
♣542
10
910
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3 1/-♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♠7/6
EW: 2♣  ♦3 ♥3 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          5.00   0.00  3♠ E -5   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
  140          4.00   1.00  3 S      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
  110          3.00   2.00  2 S      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A6-Conn-Lang
         50    1.50   3.50  4 S -1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
         50    1.50   3.50  4 S -1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Steward-Anand
        100    0.00   5.00  4 S -2   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
4 ♠64
96
T8754
♣AQ86
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K3
A84
AKJ92
♣T73
♠AQT52
Q75
Q
♣KJ42
♠J987
KJT32
63
♣95
6
1514
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5/4 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 4 2 4/3♠ 5/4NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -660 5NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        600    4.50   0.50  3N W      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        600    4.50   0.50  3N W      A6-Cline-Saltis vs A5-Steward-Anand
        620    3.00   2.00  4♠ W      A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
        630    2.00   3.00  3N W +1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        660    0.50   4.50  3N W +2   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        660    0.50   4.50  3N W +2   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A6-Conn-Lang

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass2TransferPass
2Pass3NTAll pass

When West first sees dummy she will have visions of overtricks. Her first thought is that she will have five diamond tricks and with the spade spots sh'e holding there may be a good play for five spade tricks.

North will lead a diamond. Declarer will win in dummy and play a spade to her ace to continue spades. She the suit fails to split favorably declarer will concede a spade trick to South. She will return a diamond. Declarer will win a high diamond.

Her only way back to the good spades in dummy is by playing a club. When North plays low declarer should finesse the J. Declarer can now cash dummy's good spades discarding two hearts and one club.

She will come to her hand with the A expecting to cash her good diamonds however North will win one diamond as well as her A.


5 ♠7654
T63
KT
♣Q953
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQ93
Q8542
84
♣K6
♠A2
9
AQJ762
♣AT74
♠JT8
AKJ7
953
♣J82
5
1015
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦0 ♥4 ♠1 NT1
EW: 4♣ 6 3 6♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    5.00   0.00  5 E +1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        460    2.00   3.00  3N W +2   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A6-Conn-Lang
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A5-Steward-Anand

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass3Pass
3NTAll pass  

North will lead a spade which declarer will win in hand with an Honor when South plays the 10. West will immediately try the diamond finesse.She will unblock the A and come to her hand with the K. She has no other entries to her hand so she will cash her good spades noting the fall of the J from the South hand, Her 9 has grown into a trick. She cashes that card and leads another diamond.

North pops with the king and declarer is home with six diamond tricks. She's cash her A before conceding the thirteenth trick to the defense.


6 ♠QJ5
AT4
QT652
♣95
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KT983
Q75
A8
♣K64
♠A74
KJ92
J3
♣AQJ3
♠62
863
K974
♣T872
9
1216
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4♣ 1 4 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW/4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        600    5.00   0.00  3N E      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A6-Conn-Lang
        620    4.00   1.00  4♠ E      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A5-Steward-Anand
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        650    1.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Hahn-Acutt

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1NTPass
2TransferPass2Pass
3NTPass4All pass

East will accept the spade transfer and later prefer spades to notrump as she has three spades.

East must lose the obvious spade and A. The question is whether shw will lose a diamond trick.

If South's opening lead is a diamond then declarer will lose a diamond trick later in the play.

Should South lead a suit other than diamonds declarer can win, cash her two spades and play on hearts. North can win, cash her high spade and exit a diamond. Declarer will win and continue with hearts. She can discard dummy's losing diamond on on her long heart.


7 ♠QJ73
QJ85
J
♣QT96
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠542
AT3
QT632
♣AJ
♠AT86
K976
AK
♣K85
♠K9
42
98754
♣7432
9
1117
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥2 ♠3 NT2
EW: 2/1♣ 4 3/4 4♠ 4/5NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          5.00   0.00  6N E -3   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A5-Steward-Anand
  100          4.00   1.00  3N E -1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        600    3.00   2.00  3N E      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A6-Conn-Lang
        630    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        630    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        630    1.00   4.00  3N E +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Hahn-Acutt

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1Pass
1NTPass3NTAll pass

We can see some West players passing their hand. Int that case East will open 1NT and West will raise to game. (South will be on lead and may start a club.)

With West declaring North will lead a low spade, declarer will play low from dummy. Double dummy, South should play the 9 and continue the suit then she holds the first spade trick. However in practice South can place three spades in the West hand she expects at least one to be higher then her nine. So we expect most South players to play their king. South cannot envision the future in spades for her side and she will switch, most likely to a club.

Declarer may be able to read the spade position. Since South played the K, West can place the missing spade honors in the North hand. We think she gains the lead in hand she should elad a spade toward dummy. North will split her honors and declarer should duck. She cam later lead a third round of spades from her hand to win two spade tricks.

There is more complex line to 10 tricks. North can be squeezed or endplayed on the run of the diamonds. Look what happens on this line.

South wins the opening spade lead and shifts to a club. Declarer takes the ace, unblocks the AK and comes to her hand with a heart to cash two more rounds of diamonds.

North must find three discards.She can discard one spade, one heart and one club keeping two cards in each suit. Declarer can play a black suit, let's say clubs. She takes the king and exits a club. North must exit a spade which declarer will win in dummy to return a spade. North must finally lead away from her J. (The same thing happens if declarer plays spades first. in the six card ending.


8 ♠K92
AQ5
KJ864
♣Q5
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A53
86
T932
♣9732
♠JT
KJT972
7
♣AKJT
♠Q8764
43
AQ5
♣864
15
413
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2 3♠ 2/-NT
       ♣3/2 ♥4/3 NT8/6
EW: 2♣ 3  ♦4 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A5-Steward-Anand
  170          4.00   1.00  2♠ N +2   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A6-Conn-Lang
  100          3.00   2.00  4* E -1  A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
         50    2.00   3.00  3♠ S -1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        170    1.00   4.00  3 E +1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        530    0.00   5.00  3* E     A6-Cline-Saltis vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
9 ♠K32
6
AT543
♣AQT3
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J5
AQ54
KJ972
♣64
♠T98
932
Q86
♣K987
♠AQ764
KJT87
-
♣J52
13
115
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3/2 5♠ 2/1NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
  430          4.00   1.00  3N N +1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Steward-Anand
  420          2.00   3.00  4♠ S      A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
  420          2.00   3.00  4♠ S      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  420          2.00   3.00  4♠ S      A6-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
         50    0.00   5.00  4♠ S -1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A6-Conn-Lang
10 ♠QT632
J4
Q95
♣JT7
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KJ9
K96
AJ3
♣KQ94
♠874
AT8752
KT4
♣6
♠A5
Q3
8762
♣A8532
6
177
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3 5 2♠ 5NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4 W -1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        140    4.00   1.00  2 W +1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A6-Conn-Lang
        180    3.00   2.00  2N W +2   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Steward-Anand
        200    2.00   3.00  2 W +3   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        650    0.50   4.50  4 W +1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        650    0.50   4.50  4 W +1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
11 ♠J5
7
QJT7642
♣QJ7
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q762
AJ4
K9
♣K643
♠T98
KQT862
5
♣A85
♠AK43
953
A83
♣T92
7
139
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 3♠ 3NT  ♦4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  3 N      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Steward-Anand
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
         50    0.50   4.50  4 N -1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A6-Conn-Lang
         50    0.50   4.50  4 N -1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
12 ♠K5
Q4
9842
♣KQT76
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QT972
73
AQJ6
♣92
♠AJ
KJ9852
K5
♣A85
♠8643
AT6
T73
♣J43
10
916
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:
       ♣6/5 ♦3/2 ♥3/2 ♠2/1 NT3/2
EW: 1♣ 4 4 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  3N E -3   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  100          4.00   1.00  3N E -2   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        140    3.00   2.00  2 E +1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Steward-Anand
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A6-Conn-Lang
        420    1.50   3.50  4 E      A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        430    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Pass
1Pass3Pass
4All pass  

East has a lot of work to do on this board. Sh meed to take the spade finesse. She needs to take a heart finesse. She needs to discard her losing clubs on dummy's good diamonds.

In a world without rules she could keep leading from dummy however on this board she has very few entries to dummy and must do all these things.

It appears that East has only one entry to dummy however she can create a second entry by squandering her K.

Let's look at what happens. Declarer will win the lead and play a diamond to the board. She needs to work on trump so she leads a heart to her jack. South will win. Declarer will win the return and play her K to the ace in dummy. She can discard a club on the high diamond in dummy and lead a spade to her jack. Now she can cash a high heart and give up a heart.

On this line she will lose two hearts and one club.

There are variations to the play depending upon what the defense does. South might lead a club to start the defense. In this case the defense will win their club trick early and declarer may ruff a club in dummy.

The defense might play on hearts. This will help declarer however she will still lose two heart tricks. And she will have the tempo to discard one club on the diamonds.

All the variations lead to the same 10 tricks for declarer.


13 ♠K
KJT952
2
♣AKJ63
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠A876
43
T97654
♣Q
♠JT542
A
AKJ8
♣972
♠Q93
Q876
Q3
♣T854
15
613
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♦2 ♠2 NT5
EW: 5 5♠ 2NT  ♣3 ♥3
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790          5.00   0.00  4* N     A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A5-Steward-Anand
  620          3.50   1.50  4 N      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  620          3.50   1.50  4 N      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A6-Conn-Lang
        100    2.00   3.00  5 N -1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        170    1.00   4.00  3♠ E +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        200    0.00   5.00  5* N -1  A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
14 ♠T92
53
K65
♣AQ542
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠QJ8653
K876
3
♣J8
♠4
A942
JT84
♣T973
♠AK7
QJT
AQ972
♣K6
9
75
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 5NT  ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦2 ♠6 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          5.00   0.00  3N S +2   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
  400          2.00   3.00  3N S      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  400          2.00   3.00  3N S      A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A5-Steward-Anand
  400          2.00   3.00  3N N      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
  400          2.00   3.00  3N N      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A6-Conn-Lang
  400          2.00   3.00  3N N      A6-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
2PassPass2NT
Pass3NTAll pass 

A word about the auction is needed here. Normally West might try a takeout double in an effort to find a fit with partner however on this board she knows that partner is a passed hand. Bidding 2 may be more disruptive to the opposition.

North wants to show her values at her first turn to bid however she has no bid at her disposal which describes her holding so she will pass quietly.

Declarer has 10 easy tricps and needs to do something special to make the eleventh.

West may lead a low spade. This is the easy route to 11 tricks as declarer will play the 10 from dummy winning the trick.

If West leads a heart declarer will be pointed to how to play the diamond suit. From the play of the hart spots declarer should read that hearts are 4 - 4. This means that West who started with six spades and four heart has only three cards in the minors, strongly suggesting that if anyone has four diamonds it would be East.

So in playing the diamond suit declarer can takee the K and lead a diamond toward her hand, covering the diamond played by East.

Declarer can now take her K and play a club to the board. She will cash the board's high club and repeat the diamond fineese, winning fove diamonds.


15 ♠K9
T976
A3
♣KQJT9
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠JT52
J5
Q965
♣863
♠A764
Q832
J
♣A752
♠Q83
AK4
KT8742
♣4
13
411
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3 1♠ 4/3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  4 N      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  600          3.50   1.50  3N S      A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A5-Steward-Anand
  600          3.50   1.50  3N N      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A6-Conn-Lang
  180          2.00   3.00  2N N +2   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        100    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        100    0.50   4.50  4 N -1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass2
Pass3NTAll pass 

We expect a range of results on this board.

Note that on this layout is West leads the J her side can win three spade tricks. East however must duck the trick unless North plays her king. If East is first to lead the suit declarer will win two tricks in spades. At most tables North will be declaring the notrump contract.

IF East leads a spade declarer has 10 easy tricks. She will have two spades, two hearts, two diamonds and four clubs.

Interestingly East's best lead is a club as it goves nothing away.

Let's look at South's line of play. She will win the club and continue the suit until East takes her ace. She will win the return and play on diamonds by cashing the ace and continuing the suit. When she discovers the bad break for her side she will try the heart suit for extra tricks. With the hearts splitting 4 -2 and the J dropping she can force three heart tricks.

So her 10 tricks will be one spade, three hearts, two diamonds and four clubs.


16 ♠J4
AJ75
9432
♣K82
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AT92
K642
AQT
♣Q5
♠Q86
T983
765
♣A64
♠K753
Q
KJ8
♣JT973
9
156
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♥4 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2/3 1/2♠ 2/3NT  ♣6 ♦6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -500 4*-NS/4♣*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   0.00  2♣ S +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          3.00   2.00  1N W -1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  100          3.00   2.00  1N W -1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A5-Steward-Anand
  100          3.00   2.00  2 E -1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
         90    1.00   4.00  1N W      A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        120    0.00   5.00  1N W +1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A6-Conn-Lang
17 ♠T973
T854
Q652
♣3
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJ86
QJ6
AK
♣A982
♠AK54
32
T83
♣KJ65
♠2
AK97
J974
♣QT74
2
1711
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 1 4♠ 3NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
   50          3.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
   50          3.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A6-Conn-Lang
   50          3.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        400    1.00   4.00  3N W      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A5-Steward-Anand
        420    0.00   5.00  4♠ E      A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A4-Hahn-Acutt

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass4All pass

We don't usually go after a ruff when we have long trump however on this board North may lead her singleton club. Declarer will call for the Q from dummy and win her ace. Declarer can draw two rounds of trump, learning of the bad split. She plays a third round and then leads a heart toward her hand. South will take her ace.

Giving North a club ruff helps declarer make her contract. After North ruffs declarer will concede another heart establishing her Q for a club discard from dummy. Declarer can ruff her fourth club in dummy to come to 10 tricks.

If North declines the club ruff declarer can still succeed. She plays as above drawing three rounds of trump. and leads a heart toward her hand. She can again force a heart trick for a club discard from dummy. Now however, West can lead a club toward dummy. If North ruffs declarer will play high from dummy.

There are other variations to this board. South might switch to a diamond. Declarer will wina nd should follow the same line. The defense cannot do more than win two hearts and either one club or one club ruff.


18 ♠J973
K652
A8
♣K83
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AT8
J
KT9752
♣762
♠Q42
T984
Q6
♣QJ95
♠K65
AQ73
J43
♣AT4
11
87
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3/2 2♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  3 N      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        100    3.00   2.00  4 S -1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A6-Conn-Lang
        100    3.00   2.00  3 S -1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A5-Steward-Anand
        100    3.00   2.00  3 S -1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        200    1.00   4.00  4 S -2   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        400    0.00   5.00  4 N -4   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A4-Hahn-Acutt

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
2DblPass2
Pass4All pass 

This is a horrible board for declarer. Nothing will work for her.

The partnership belongs in the heart game on the basis that they have the combined strength. Their values are in aces and kings. But none of the suits, other than hearts fit well.

Let's look at the suits individually. The spade suit is frozen. If declarer plays on spades she must lose two spade tricks. Admittedly she will win two spades eventually however she will lose two tricks in the suit first.

Declarer has four heart tricks if she draws trump. She may do better to try score her tricks individually as if often the case however on this board if she tries to ruff a diamond in dummy East will overruff. Declarer is left with the same four heart tricks.

She will win one diamond. Her only possibility to score another trick using diamonds is to try for a diamond ruff but as we've discussed above East will overruff. Finally declarer has two club tricks. The only way she will come to three clubs is if East leads the Q.

The only consolation for declarer is that every other South will be facing the same misfortune. EW on the other hand will revel in their good fortune of setting declarer no matter how she struggles.


19 ♠94
AT95
53
♣Q8743
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q876
KJ76
J
♣KT92
♠KT53
843
KQ964
♣5
♠AJ2
Q2
AT872
♣AJ6
6
108
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ -/1 1 1NT  ♦6/7 ♠5
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          5.00   0.00  1N S +1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A6-Conn-Lang
  100          4.00   1.00  2♠ E -1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
   90          2.50   2.50  1N S      A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
   90          2.50   2.50  1N S      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
         50    0.50   4.50  1N S -1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
         50    0.50   4.50  1N S -1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A5-Steward-Anand
20 ♠AQ9
A
Q875
♣Q8652
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T8542
T65
93
♣AJT
♠763
KJ742
K6
♣743
♠KJ
Q983
AJT42
♣K9
14
57
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 6 3 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦1 ♥4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +1370 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          4.50   0.50  3N N +2   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A5-Steward-Anand
  660          4.50   0.50  3N N +2   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
  630          2.50   2.50  3N S +1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  630          2.50   2.50  3N N +1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
  600          0.50   4.50  3N S      A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A6-Conn-Lang
  600          0.50   4.50  3N S      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass1
Pass2Pass3NT
All pass   

North opens 1 to prepare for her rebid. She would like to open 1 to better reflect the shape of her hand however she is not will placed for a rebid over South's likely 1 response. A bid of 2 would show a six card suit and 2 would be a reverse showing a much stronger hand.

So North opens 1 and is prepared to rebid 2 to show the minor suited mature of her hand.

South has a great hand but no reason to consider playing in a diamond slam. Her hearts are mediocre and she only holds one ace. So South will settle for the notrump game.

Declarer can wrapup 10 tricks rather quickly. She has three spades, one heart, five diamonds and one club.

West will lead a spade which neither helps nor hurts the defense. Declarer will win and play on diamonds. She will knockout the A to try establish some club tricks but West should know to shift to a heart as that's the only chance for the defense to score another trick. When West gets in with her second club trick she can play a heart to her partner's king.


21 ♠A654
A86
K863
♣KT
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠9872
KT52
J72
♣Q4
♠QJ
3
QT94
♣J98753
♠KT3
QJ974
A5
♣A62
14
66
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 6 5♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +1430 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          5.00   0.00  6 S      A6-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Conn-Lang
  690          4.00   1.00  3N S +3   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
  660          3.00   2.00  3N S +2   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A5-Steward-Anand
  630          1.50   3.50  3N S +1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
  630          1.50   3.50  3N S +1   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  620          0.00   5.00  4 S      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass1NTPass2Checkback
Pass2Pass4
All pass   

South will use Checkback or New Minor Forcing or a variant of one of these conventions to ask partner for three card heart support or a four card spade suit. (You may think that North cannot hold four spades but notice that our North bypassed the spade suit to bid the notrump game. We learned this treatment from the late Bill Melander, a two time North American Champion. Bill still holds the record as the oldest person to win a North American Championship.)

The layout is magical for declarer. The missing spade honors will fall. South will win the opening lead and table the Q. West will cover and dummy's ace will win the trick. Declarer can now ruff a club in dummy after cashing the high clubs and concede a heart to West 10.

South should score 12 tricks on this board.


22 ♠AK5432
75
T
♣A853
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T7
4
K9852
♣QJT94
♠QJ8
QJT9632
AQ6
♣-
♠96
AK8
J743
♣K762
11
612
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 3♠ 1NT  ♦4 ♥5
EW: 2 1  ♣4 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      A1-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
  200          3.00   2.00  3 E -2   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  170          2.00   3.00  2♠ N +2   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A5-Steward-Anand
         50    1.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        140    0.00   5.00  3 E      A6-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Conn-Lang
23 ♠876432
A85
954
♣7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJT5
9742
T
♣KJ98
♠9
QJ63
J8632
♣Q42
♠AK
KT
AKQ7
♣AT653
4
76
23
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 1 5♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥6 ♠2 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.50   0.50  3N S +1   A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A5-Steward-Anand
  630          4.50   0.50  3N S +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Conn-Lang
  620          2.50   2.50  4♠ S      A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
  620          2.50   2.50  4♠ N      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        200    0.50   4.50  4N S -2   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
        200    0.50   4.50  6♠ N -2   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   2
Pass2WaitingPass2NT
Pass3TransferPass3
Pass4All pass 

North starts with a waiting bid and transfers partner to spades after South shows a 22 - 24 notrump hand. North bids the spade game.

We love five card side suits and on this board South's club will provide the opportunity to make an overtick.

South will win the opening lead, can the A and ruff a club. She can play a spade to her hand to ruff another club. She follows with a second round of spades to ruff yet another club.

West now holds the top two spades.

Declarer will come to her hand with a diamond and place her fifth club on the table.She can discard her lsoing heart on the long club. West is helpless and can only score her two spades.


24 ♠T765
T9
QJT8762
♣-
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ4
AJ862
3
♣T654
♠K832
K743
9
♣A987
♠J9
Q5
AK54
♣KQJ32
3
1110
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣5 ♥2 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 3♠  ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          5.00   0.00  2 S +2   A5-Koerner-Reitz vs A4-Hahn-Acutt
   50          3.50   1.50  5 W -1   A1-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Salvatore-Anderson
   50          3.50   1.50  4 W -1   A2-Nelson-Sherren vs A3-Gaddis Jr-Petroff
        140    2.00   3.00  2 W +1   A6-Cline-Saltis vs A6-Conn-Lang
        420    0.50   4.50  4 W      A4-Rosenzweig-Cardinal vs A1-Patrick-Patrick
        420    0.50   4.50  4 E      A3-Kupperman-Fuller vs A5-Steward-Anand