- Saturday Morn - January 5, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1336 MP  Geomean: 730 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Charles Clarke - Ken Thompson 65.28 1st A 1.00
Josh Rosenbluth - Maurine Moore 58.33 2nd A 0.70
Marilyn Brett - Nancy Hall 57.87 3rd A 0.50
Gary Ansok - Larry Pelletier 53.70 4th A 0.35
Ken Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 47.22 1/2nd B 0.34
Dennis Charles - Floyd Richards 47.22 1/2nd B 0.34
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A
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DATE>January 5, 2019    |CLUB NO.>131102    | 01/05/2019 22:00
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1400/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=5/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Teresa Moore           Sheila Moore             C    .     .     .     37.00  34.26
 2 Josh Rosenbluth        Maurine Moore            A    2     .     .     63.00  58.33  0.70(A)
 3 Dennis Charles         Floyd Richards           B    .    1/2    .     51.00  47.22  0.34(B)
 4 Nancy Hall             Marilyn Brett            A    3     .     .     62.50  57.87  0.50(A)
 5 Bobbie Brenner         Anita McDermott          B    .     .     .     49.50  45.83
 6 Ken Vandiver           Marsha Vandiver          C    .    1/2    1     51.00  47.22  0.34(B)
 7 Ken Thompson           Charles Clarke           A    1     .     .     70.50  65.28  1.00(A)
 8 Larry Pelletier        Gary Ansok               A    4     .     .     58.00  53.70  0.35(A)
 9 Pradeep Garg           Usha Garg                C    .     .     .     45.00  41.67
10 Ilona Smith            Dick Zizic               A    .     .     .     52.50  48.61
                                          Totals                         540.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠QT9862
74
T
♣KT98
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A7
K3
87653
♣Q652
♠J54
A9652
J
♣AJ74
♠K3
QJT8
AKQ942
♣3
5
911
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥6
EW: 2♣ 1  ♦5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    3.00   1.00  4♠ N -1   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A3-Charles-Richards
         50    3.00   1.00  3 S -1   A4-Hall-Brett vs A1-Moore-Moore
         50    3.00   1.00  3 S -1   A9-Garg-Garg vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        100    1.00   3.00  3♠ N -2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        150    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -3   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Brenner-McDermott

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2PassPass
Pass   

An aggressive, non-traditional, weak two bid takes the pot. South has no reason to bid. Should North be happy when the dummy is exposed? Maybe neutral, but when the diamond situation prevents discards, there will be no joy in Mudville, for normal defense will defeat the contract.

The club suit will be of particular sadness, provided club ruffs are avoided and the ace not cashed.



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2 ♠K62
43
A76542
♣K8
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQ54
Q86
KT83
♣73
♠T93
KJ5
Q9
♣QJT42
♠J87
AT972
J
♣A965
10
119
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 1 1/2 1♠
       ♣7/6 NT5
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +110 2-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  2 S +1   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
  110          3.00   1.00  2 N +1   A4-Hall-Brett vs A1-Moore-Moore
  100          2.00   2.00  2N E -2   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A3-Charles-Richards
         90    1.00   3.00  1N E      A9-Garg-Garg vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        120    0.00   4.00  1N E +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Pass1NTAll pass

2 is not a particularly attractive bid over 1NT, but some will succumb to the itch to compete and will be rewarded by the 3-3 heart split and the favorable location of the A. South will try to ruff clubs in the dummy, which, although thwarted, will deprive West of trumps with which effectively to remove all of dummy's ruffing "strength."

Envision this play: 3, won in dummy, three rounds of clubs, ruffed by West as dummy discards a spade. 8, ruffed by declarer, and now a spade toward dummy's king! West is bolloxed. If he ducks the ace, another diamond is ruffed by declarer and then, on the last club, if West ruffs, the last spade is discarded and a spade ruff can be had, for the eighth trick. Nice. On the other hand, rising with the ace of spades gains nothing -- a trump shift is won, the spade king unblocked, and a diamond led from dummy. If, at that point, East rises with a trump honor, South discards a losing club, else South ruffs and ruffs a spade.

Oh, aren't those trump plays pretty?! Too bad most will not play 2, instead defending 1NT and leading the heart suit to defeat 1NT. Fine, that defense is successful, but not equivalent to the 110 available as above described in a heart contract.



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3 ♠J62
T432
A763
♣83
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K853
AK6
JT85
♣T2
♠97
J98
K942
♣KQ76
♠AQT4
Q75
Q
♣AJ954
5
119
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ -/1 1♠  ♦4 ♥6/7 NT5
EW: 3 1NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          3.50   0.50  1♠ S +1   A4-Hall-Brett vs A1-Moore-Moore
  110          3.50   0.50  1♠ S +1   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A3-Charles-Richards
         50    2.00   2.00  2N S -1   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        100    1.00   3.00  2 N -2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        110    0.00   4.00  1 E +2   A9-Garg-Garg vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Dbl11NTAll pass

Who needs stoppers? East should bid over the double, and 2 is certainly permissible, but West has promised length and values pretty much everywhere for the double, so why should East not bid 1NT?

Sadly, the Q will be misguessed in any contract, so all will not be rosy for declarer. But some defenses will slip and EW will have a fair share of plus scores for declaring 2 or 1NT.



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4 ♠QJ73
A
AQ985
♣QJ2
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AK65
T97
643
♣654
♠94
KJ643
JT2
♣A73
♠T82
Q852
K7
♣KT98
16
79
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 1 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          4.00   0.00  3N S +2   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
  600          2.50   1.50  3N N      A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
  600          2.50   1.50  3N N      A10-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Garg-Garg
  180          1.00   3.00  1N S +3   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A4-Hall-Brett
  110          0.00   4.00  2 N +1   A1-Moore-Moore vs A3-Charles-Richards

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass111NT
Pass2NTAll pass 

When contemplating a 1NT response over an intervening overcall, the quality of the stopper plus the overall strength of the hand should be factored. 1NT shows 8-10 HCP and a sure stopper or better, or perhaps 7 HCP with two stoppers, both denying four cards in an unbid major, of course.

North, with 16 HCP and the best heart stopper, envisions game (24-26 HCP and a five card suit, but should simply converse with partner by suggesting game. All of those HCP are not exactly of the gilt-edged variety, rather quacky, in fact. 2NT is enough, and that leaves room for South to participate. South will decline.

So you might ask, why did the auction die in a part score when the hand makes game? Well,that is so only because diamonds split 3-3, right? Right! A borderline game, with only 24 HCP, generally not recommended in matchpoint scoring.

We'll see how the field views it.



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5 ♠J6
AK652
2
♣J8754
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T7532
98
AKQ4
♣A2
♠KQ984
QJ743
8
♣96
♠A
T
JT97653
♣KQT3
9
138
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2  ♥6 ♠3 NT5
EW: 3♠  ♣3 ♦4 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3 E -2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Garg-Garg
   50          3.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    2.00   2.00  3♠ W +2   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A4-Hall-Brett
        420    1.00   3.00  4♠ W      A1-Moore-Moore vs A3-Charles-Richards
        500    0.00   4.00  4* S -2  A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass3
PassPassDblPass
3All pass  

For those players who have a weak major two-suited opening bid in their disposal, there might be a quick trip to 4 in the offing. South's 3 bid was made specifically for the purpose of obstructing a major suit conversation between EW, but East will not pass twice with these cards.

The main question is whether EW reach 4 or 3, and then what South will lead if South finds the onus of the opening lead on his shoulders. The K seems reasonable, and Declarer will win and play AK, with his fingers ready to discard the remaining losing club. North ruffs. Oops!

Making nine tricks is the limit of the hand, for the club lead was effective in creating a potential defensive winner.

If North is on lead and leads a singleton, the defense fails! Declarer takes the diamond ace and plays on spades. Now, the club suit being immune from immediate attack, declarer can overruff the second diamond, draw the last trump, travel to the dummy with the T (or more leisurely with a heart exit), and discard the losing club on another one of those diamonds.

The 3 bid was a valiant effort to annoy the opponents, but if it induced a diamond lead from North, it was not just in vain, but a failed experiment.



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6 ♠AK64
Q64
A75
♣J87
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠95
AK975
Q63
♣953
♠JT83
JT82
T9
♣AQ4
♠Q72
3
KJ842
♣KT62
14
98
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 1 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥6 ♠4/3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3 W -2   A1-Moore-Moore vs A3-Charles-Richards
  130          3.00   1.00  3♣ N +1   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
  110          1.50   2.50  3 S      A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A4-Hall-Brett
  110          1.50   2.50  3 S      A10-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Garg-Garg
         50    0.00   4.00  3♠ N -1   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Dbl2Dbl
Pass2All pass 

Decisions, decisions. Over half of the field will think it wise to open 1 in third seat, and I am more inclined to agree with the crumbling standards of third seat opening bids on this hand, for the bid at least has lead-directional value. That leaves North with an off-shape, yet clear takeout double and East a raise to 2: 3 would be poor because of all of the defense.

South wants to participate but should not pick a suit. A Responsive Double seems fine, for the potential 4-3 spade fit should not work out badly at all, with the ruffs coming in the short trump hand. If South were to want a minor suit selected, 2NT makes sense -- not natural in this context, rather, "please pick a minor."

All of those grandiose contracts making depend on finding the Q and smothering the T9 doubleton. Not happening. Find a contract you will likely make and play it well.



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7 ♠J7642
A
A92
♣Q832
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AT
T
KQJ73
♣AK754
♠KQ5
Q8543
864
♣JT
♠983
KJ9762
T5
♣96
11
178
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
EW: 3♣ 4 1 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    4.00   0.00  3 W +1   A9-Garg-Garg vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        600    3.00   1.00  3N E      A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        630    1.00   3.00  3N W +1   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Charles-Richards
        630    1.00   3.00  3N E +1   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A4-Hall-Brett
        630    1.00   3.00  3N E +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Moore-Moore
8 ♠KQ2
AQ764
6
♣Q743
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠5
K83
AQJ52
♣J852
♠T87
JT9
K97
♣KT96
♠AJ9643
52
T843
♣A
13
117
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 5♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦5
EW: 1/2♣  ♦6 ♥2 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          4.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Moore-Moore
  450          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A4-Hall-Brett
  450          2.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
  170          1.00   3.00  2♠ S +2   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Charles-Richards
  140          0.00   4.00  3♠ S      A9-Garg-Garg vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
9 ♠Q7652
QJ
A8
♣QJ96
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J84
T6532
JT32
♣K
♠AT9
A98
954
♣A873
♠K3
K74
KQ76
♣T542
12
512
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N S      A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A3-Charles-Richards
  200          3.00   1.00  3 W -2   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A4-Hall-Brett
  140          2.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Moore-Moore
        110    0.50   3.50  2 W      A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        110    0.50   3.50  2 W      A9-Garg-Garg vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
10 ♠AT8
KQ976
6
♣J743
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K53
A8542
954
♣A8
♠Q7
T
AKQJT87
♣QT5
♠J9642
J3
32
♣K962
10
1114
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1/-♠  ♦2 ♥6 ♠7/6 NT2
EW: 5 1 4NT  ♣6 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        630    3.00   1.00  3N W +1   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A4-Hall-Brett
        630    3.00   1.00  3N E +1   A3-Charles-Richards vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        630    3.00   1.00  3N E +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        660    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   A9-Garg-Garg vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        690    0.00   4.00  3N E +3   A1-Moore-Moore vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
11 ♠AQ64
A8
JT6
♣AQ84
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KJ952
J52
AK95
♣9
♠83
T9764
32
♣KJT3
♠T7
KQ3
Q874
♣7652
17
124
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  2♠* W -3  A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A4-Hall-Brett
  150          3.00   1.00  3 E -3   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
   90          1.50   2.50  1N N      A1-Moore-Moore vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
   90          1.50   2.50  1N N      A9-Garg-Garg vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        100    0.00   4.00  3N N -2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
12 ♠AQ764
QT
K972
♣J6
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠52
K9832
843
♣T53
♠JT8
A54
AQ6
♣Q984
♠K93
J76
JT5
♣AK72
12
313
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 3♠ 2/1NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♦4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3♠ N +1   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A4-Hall-Brett
  140          2.50   1.50  3♠ N      A3-Charles-Richards vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
  140          2.50   1.50  2♠ N +1   A1-Moore-Moore vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        100    0.50   3.50  2♣ S -1   A9-Garg-Garg vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
13 ♠K732
AK
A653
♣J96
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠T
7543
KJT
♣AQT84
♠AJ654
QJT6
Q82
♣5
♠Q98
982
974
♣K732
15
1010
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3 1♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  1N E -2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Charles-Richards
  100          3.00   1.00  3 E -1   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        120    2.00   2.00  2N E      A4-Hall-Brett vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    0.50   3.50  1N S -2   A1-Moore-Moore vs A9-Garg-Garg
        200    0.50   3.50  1N N -2   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
14 ♠AJ42
T9
QT53
♣QT8
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠KQ9
K43
AK76
♣K96
♠T65
A2
J842
♣A732
♠873
QJ8765
9
♣J54
9
189
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 3 2♠ 3NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.00   0.00  3 S -2   A4-Hall-Brett vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        150    3.00   1.00  1N E +2   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        400    1.00   3.00  3N W      A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        400    1.00   3.00  3N W      A10-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Charles-Richards
        400    1.00   3.00  3N E      A1-Moore-Moore vs A9-Garg-Garg
15 ♠752
64
742
♣AJ932
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠Q6
AK95
T93
♣8764
♠AJT83
2
AKJ865
♣K
♠K94
QJT873
Q
♣QT5
5
916
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♦1 ♠1 NT4
EW: 5 5♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        170    3.00   1.00  3 E +3   A4-Hall-Brett vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        230    1.50   2.50  2♠ E +4   A1-Moore-Moore vs A9-Garg-Garg
        230    1.50   2.50  2♠ E +4   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Charles-Richards
        480    0.00   4.00  4♠ W +2   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
16 ♠K8
AJ43
AKQJT
♣A6
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AQ76
Q98652
2
♣97
♠9
K7
9854
♣KT8542
♠JT5432
T
763
♣QJ3
22
86
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 3♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♦4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          4.00   0.00  3N N +1   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
  400          2.50   1.50  3N N      A3-Charles-Richards vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
  400          2.50   1.50  3N N      A9-Garg-Garg vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
  130          1.00   3.00  3 N +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Hall-Brett
         50    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A1-Moore-Moore
17 ♠T876
9
AQ654
♣K94
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KJ2
AQT4
T72
♣762
♠4
J752
K93
♣AQJT3
♠AQ953
K863
J8
♣85
9
1011
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4/2 ♦6 ♥2/3 NT2
EW: 3♣ 1 4 4NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  4♣* E -3  A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A1-Moore-Moore
   50          3.00   1.00  5 E -1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Hall-Brett
        100    2.00   2.00  3♠ S -2   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        150    1.00   3.00  4♠ S -3   A9-Garg-Garg vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        420    0.00   4.00  4 E      A3-Charles-Richards vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
18 ♠A2
A543
98642
♣J7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J973
KJT72
-
♣KT93
♠KQT85
Q6
AJ3
♣Q42
♠64
98
KQT75
♣A865
9
814
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣5 ♥4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2 3♠  ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    4.00   0.00  2♠ E +2   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A1-Moore-Moore
        420    2.50   1.50  4♠ E      A3-Charles-Richards vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        420    2.50   1.50  4♠ E      A9-Garg-Garg vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
        450    1.00   3.00  4♠ E +1   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        500    0.00   4.00  5* N -2  A10-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Hall-Brett
19 ♠52
T9732
J96
♣K98
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K8764
A4
AK84
♣42
♠A93
KJ8
T2
♣AT765
♠QJT
Q65
Q753
♣QJ3
4
1412
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 3 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        620    4.00   0.00  4♠ W      A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        630    3.00   1.00  3N E +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A3-Charles-Richards vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Hall-Brett vs A9-Garg-Garg
        680    0.00   4.00  4♠ W +2   A1-Moore-Moore vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
20 ♠64
A2
JT5
♣AKT654
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q73
43
KQ873
♣Q32
♠KT92
KJ876
A94
♣8
♠AJ85
QT95
62
♣J97
12
911
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2NT  ♦4 ♥5 ♠6
EW: 2 1 1♠  ♣4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  3♣ N      A4-Hall-Brett vs A9-Garg-Garg
   90          2.00   2.00  2♣ N      A3-Charles-Richards vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
   90          2.00   2.00  2♣ N      A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
   90          2.00   2.00  2♣ N      A10-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        300    0.00   4.00  4♣ N -3   A1-Moore-Moore vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
21 ♠T64
Q9863
87
♣T94
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠A32
KJ4
Q93
♣KQ65
♠K7
AT7
KT542
♣A32
♠QJ985
52
AJ6
♣J87
2
1514
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦1 ♥3 ♠4 NT1
EW: 6♣ 6 4 3♠ 6NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Brenner-McDermott
        150    3.00   1.00  2N W +1   A4-Hall-Brett vs A9-Garg-Garg
        400    2.00   2.00  3N E      A3-Charles-Richards vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        460    0.50   3.50  3N W +2   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        460    0.50   3.50  3N E +2   A1-Moore-Moore vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
22 ♠KT82
A7
KJT
♣9862
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQJ94
T95
Q943
♣Q
♠53
Q82
A86
♣AJT75
♠76
KJ643
752
♣K43
11
1111
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2NT  ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣6 ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  1N E -3   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
  200          2.00   2.00  2N E -2   A4-Hall-Brett vs A3-Charles-Richards
  200          2.00   2.00  2N E -2   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A9-Garg-Garg
  200          2.00   2.00  2N E -2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
    PASS       0.00   4.00  Pass Out  A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A1-Moore-Moore
23 ♠KJ
9653
A742
♣Q76
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QT8
QJT742
8
♣J42
♠A9752
A8
QJT
♣AK9
♠643
K
K9653
♣T853
10
618
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2♣ 5 4♠ 4NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  4 W -2   A4-Hall-Brett vs A3-Charles-Richards
  100          2.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
  100          2.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A1-Moore-Moore
        620    1.00   3.00  4♠ E      A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A9-Garg-Garg
        650    0.00   4.00  4 W +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver
24 ♠J42
JT75
KQJ97
♣9
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠985
AK964
4
♣AT73
♠AKQT3
Q2
AT83
♣42
♠76
83
652
♣KQJ865
8
1115
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥2 ♠0 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3 5 7♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -1510 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    4.00   0.00  4♠ E +1   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A1-Moore-Moore
        480    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A2-Rosenbluth-Moore vs A8-Pelletier-Ansok
        480    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A4-Hall-Brett vs A3-Charles-Richards
        480    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A7-Thompson-Clarke vs A9-Garg-Garg
        480    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Vandiver-Vandiver

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

This hand features the benefits of a trump fit, ruffing values, working honors, and -- a squeeze at the end. All of the above plus evenly splitting side suits creates an opportunity to take all thirteen tricks with just 26 HCP. Please notice that not a single honor in either hand is wasted. Not even an excess jack. Every ace and every KQ plays a crucial role. And then the squeeze provides the icing on the cake.

Win the K opening lead with the A, play to the A and ruff a diamond, spade to East, ruff another diamond. At this point, declarer might not be sure about the diamond position, but may have a glimmer that the North hand is the only one who can protect against East's last diamond.

Having ruffed two diamonds, there are no more trumps in dummy, so lead a heart to the precious queen, and play out all of the rest of the trumps. In the three card ending, declarer has the 2, T, and 4. The T turns out to exert pressure on North. Dummy has AK9, and the 9 exerts pressure on North as well. The confluence of those pressures plus the rule that requires a card be played on each trick leads to North's demise. Discarding the K would allow East to cash the T, and discarding any heart permits that suit to run.

Easy game.



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25 ♠AT6
9
AQ83
♣KT765
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠95
AT8765
74
♣A83
♠QJ742
K43
J6
♣942
♠K83
QJ2
KT952
♣QJ
13
87
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 1 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +400 5-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.50   0.50  3 N +2   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A4-Hall-Brett
  150          3.50   0.50  3 N +2   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
  130          2.00   2.00  3 S +1   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        100    0.50   3.50  3N S -2   A3-Charles-Richards vs A9-Garg-Garg
        100    0.50   3.50  3N S -2   A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A1-Moore-Moore
26 ♠T954
AQ2
A5
♣T873
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K
T84
K9862
♣AQJ6
♠A632
K963
QT73
♣K
♠QJ87
J75
J4
♣9542
10
1312
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥3 ♠4 NT2
EW: 4♣ 5 4 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4 E -1   A3-Charles-Richards vs A9-Garg-Garg
    PASS       3.00   1.00  Pass Out  A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A1-Moore-Moore
        630    1.50   2.50  3N W +1   A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A4-Hall-Brett
        630    1.50   2.50  3N E +1   A10-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Thompson-Clarke
        660    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
27 ♠J64
K4
AT87
♣T842
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AKT73
J753
652
♣7
♠Q85
T62
QJ9
♣AK93
♠92
AQ98
K43
♣QJ65
8
812
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 3♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          4.00   0.00  1N N      A3-Charles-Richards vs A9-Garg-Garg
        100    3.00   1.00  2N S -2   A6-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Rosenbluth-Moore
        110    1.00   3.00  2♠ W      A5-Brenner-McDermott vs A4-Hall-Brett
        110    1.00   3.00  2♠ W      A8-Pelletier-Ansok vs A1-Moore-Moore
        110    1.00   3.00  2♠ W      A10-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Thompson-Clarke