- Monday Aft - January 7, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 646 MP  Geomean: 423 MP
(based on 22 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored, missing masterpoint data for 1 ACBL player)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 61.83 1st A 0.60
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 61.08 1st A 0.60
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 58.42 2nd A 0.42
Gary Feldman - Peggy Nielsen 55.17 2nd A 0.42
Irene Petroff - Marilyn Waples 49.00 1st B 0.24
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>January 7, 2019    |CLUB NO.>127100    | 01/07/2019 15:54
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/750/400   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=3/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Joan Glenn             Elaine McAdams           A    .     .     .     68.80  57.33
 2 Ruric Nye              Pat Shaw                 C    .     .     .     41.50  34.58
 3 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    1     .     .     73.30  61.08  0.60(A)
 4 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        A    2     .     .     70.10  58.42  0.42(A)
 5 Marilyn Waples         Irene Petroff            B    .     1     .     58.80  49.00  0.24(B)
 6 Joseph Gaynor          Surendra Gajewar         B    .     .     .     46.96  39.13
                                          Totals                         359.46

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/750/400   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
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 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              B    1     1     .     74.20  61.83  0.60(A)
 2 Anne Conn              Louise Shaffer           A    .     .     .     64.00  53.33
 3 Carol Jarboe           Nita Whaley              C    .     .     .     38.61  32.18
 4 Mary Jane Graham       Ginny Rockefeller        C    .     .     .     53.20  44.33
 5 Roseann Buckley        Mark Robbins             A    .     .     .     62.90  52.42
 6 Peggy Nielsen          Gary Feldman             B    2     2     .     66.20  55.17  0.42(A)
                                          Totals                         359.11

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q8
T632
T54
♣AJT8
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A74
97
32
♣K97652
♠K6532
J4
KQ96
♣43
♠JT9
AKQ85
AJ87
♣Q
7
79
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 4 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.50   0.50  4 S +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
  450          4.50   0.50  4 S +1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  420          3.00   2.00  4 S      D2-Nye-Shaw vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  200          1.50   3.50  3 S +2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  200          1.50   3.50  2 S +3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
  170          0.00   5.00  3 S +1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D2-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. Whether North bids 2 or has a way to show single raise values with four card support depends on their partnership agreement. The minor suit honors are all favorable placed. but few will get to the game: what if the East and West hands were reversed?



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
Pass2Pass21
Pass2NT2Pass4
All pass   
  1. artificial game try
  2. would accept a Game Try in spades

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3-4, and 10.

The Bidding: After South opens 1 in 3rd seat, West isn't eager to preempt with their weak club suit. North's raise to 2 shows 3+ hearts and 6-10 points. If playing Constructive Raises , North's raise shows 8-10 points. North's Queen doubleton isn't quite worth 3 Support Points, but North's club trick is worth more than 5 HCP. North's hand merits a constructive raise. Similarly, South's Queen singleton isn't worth 5 Support Points. Opposite a constructive raise, South can reasonably bid game.

Opposite a simple raise, South makes a Game Try. In his "Game Tries" article, Steve Robinson shares the advice of many experts. Because help suit Game Tries are often helpful to the defense, many experts prefer using Game Tries which ask rather than tell. Using the next step as an artificial bid asking which, if any, Game Try responder would accept is a good approach. With that agreements, South's 2 bid is an artificial Game Try. North's 2NT bid says North would accept a Game Try in spades. South places the contract in 4.

The Play: Declarer has 5 heart tricks. Declarer can establish a spade winner to discard a diamond from dummy. This limits diamond losers to 1. Declarer has 10 tricks: 1 + 5 + 1 + 2 ruffs + 1.



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2 ♠A643
KQT95
A
♣K87
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KQJ75
J82
85
♣T64
♠T
7643
KQJ93
♣Q53
♠982
A
T7642
♣AJ92
16
78
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 3 5 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦4 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.50   0.50  2 N +2   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  170          4.50   0.50  2 N +2   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  150          3.00   2.00  3♣ N +2   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  120          2.00   3.00  2N N      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        100    0.50   4.50  3♠ N -1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

After three passes. North opens 1. Since East is unlikely to bid even with those great diamonds, South bids 1NT. North has enough to now reverse to 2, showing his nice hand, and South with nine HCP can bid 3NT. Luckily for declarer, West has no entries.



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3 ♠AKQ9
AQJ4
A9643
♣-
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠64
T97
Q872
♣A986
♠JT8
653
KT
♣KQJ32
♠7532
K82
J5
♣T754
20
610
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3 4♠ 2NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦2 ♥1 ♠1 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  2♣* W -1  D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
  130          4.00   1.00  1 N +3   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  110          3.00   2.00  1 N +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
         50    1.00   4.00  3N N -1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
         50    1.00   4.00  3N N -1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
         50    1.00   4.00  4♠ S -1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North will just open 1--and might buy the hand. Still, if East overcalls 2, North can reopen with a double and then cross her fingers and put South in the spade game. It's a tough hand for a 2 opener since South will probably bid 2--and what will North bid now? Best case scenario would be that South would bid a major in response to 1 and North could then bid game, Not this time!



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass12Pass
Pass3Pass3
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: Opening a Strong 2 Clubs with a 3 suited hand is risky. Sometimes preemption makes it difficult to show their shape. Here, North's shape is difficult to show after opening 2 even without preemption. Opening 1 risks playing 1 when a game is available. However, opening 1 seems best because it leaves room to show North's shape if 1 doesn't pass out. East lacks the desired strength and length for a 2 overcall. Even so, a 2 overcall seems best because it is obstructive and lead directing. South is too weak to act. West has 4-card club support, but the unfavorable vulnerability and their balanced hand argue against raising the overcall opposite a passed hand. North has a choice between reversing and cue bidding. With a 3-suiter cue bidding seems best. South shows their spade suit. North places the contract at 4.

At tables where East passes, South shouldn't be eager to pass 1 with just a doubleton. South responds 1, hoping to improve the contract. North's double jump shift to 4 is a Splinter bid showing 4+ spades, game forcing values, and club shortness. South has no slam interest to put it mildly. South's 4 bid ends the auction.

At tables where North opens a Strong 2, East isn't eager too overcall 3 at unfavorable vulnerability with their balanced hand. It is common to respond 2 Diamonds Waiting . North shows their diamond suit. Because a 3 or 3 rebid should show a 5-card suit, South offers 3NT as the final contract. North has to guess whether to pass or show a major.

The Play in 4: With spades breaking 3-2, declarer has 10 tricks: 4 + 4 + 1 + 1 ruff.



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4 ♠84
9842
J64
♣Q982
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AKT9
T53
AQ52
♣T3
♠J76532
AKJ6
T
♣AJ
♠Q
Q7
K9873
♣K7654
3
1314
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥0 ♠0 NT0
EW: 1♣ 2 6 7♠ 7NT
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -2220 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    4.50   0.50  4♠ E +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        650    4.50   0.50  4♠ E +1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        680    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
        680    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        710    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +3   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
       1430    0.00   5.00  6♠ E      D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and East responds 1, pleasantly surprised when West raises spades. It's very hard to bid the grand slam unless you can see all four hands--you have to take the diamond finesse and refuse the heart finesse: would you do that at the table?



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
2Pass31Pass
42Pass4NTPass
53Pass6All pass
  1. a deceptive bid aimed at confirming West's trump length
  2. 4+ spades, willing to accept a Game Try , a diamond control, no rounded suit control
  3. 0 or 3 key cards, it must be 3 on this auction

The Bidding: After West opens 1, East, with 4 hearts and longer spades, responds 1. West's raise to 2 shows a minimum opener with a spade fit. As Steve Weinstein discusses in his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, an opener with 3-card support and shortness or a small doubleton may choose to raise responder's major. East's 18 Support points are inflated by their singleton in opener's suit. Even so, East's hand merits a slam try. East could Splinter in their partner's suit. The upside of Splintering is positioning partner to judge whether the hands fit well together. The downside is East will not be able to determine whether the partnership has a 10-card spade fit. Missing the Queen is less of a concern if the partnership has a 10-card fit. Alternatively, East could use the partnership's method to distinguish 3-card support from 4+ card support. The downside is West will not be consulted on whether the hands fit well together.

A deceptive 3 bid seems best because it decreases the likelihood of a club lead and it allows East to learn whether West has 4+ spades. West, with a maximum for the auction and 4 spades, can jump to 4. Since East could be using this sequence as a slam try, West, with 3 key cardscue bids their diamond control. It is common to cue bid 1st and 2nd round controls. So West's 4 cue bid denies control of a rounded suit and shows 4 spades. East asks for key cards. After learning the partnership has all the key cards, East places the contract at 6.

The Lead: South expects East-West to have a 9+ card spade fit. Since East didn't ask about the Queen, East-West have a 10+ card spade fit and/or they have all the key cards. Leading the Queen could be costly if partner has Jxx and declarer guesses correctly. Otherwise, the Queen lead is likely to be passive. South knows West has the Ace. Since West denied a rounded suit control West is either balanced or semi-balanced. An aggressive lead may be needed if declarer has a source of tricks to discard potential losers. It isn't clear that is the case here. South may opt for a hopefully passive Queen lead. The downside of the Queen lead is declarer will infer South doesn't have a better passive lead available. That will help declarer judge how to play the hand and may help declarer find a Squeeze . An aggressive lead seems preferable. South has to guess which aggressive lead will be profitable. If East showed their heart suit, it is easier for South to find a club lead.

The Play: A heart lead is a disaster for the defense. Declarer will have no trouble taking all the tricks. The Queen lead gives declarer the tempo to draw trump, cash the Ace and take a heart finesse against North. The finesse loses, but declarer can discard dummy's losing club on a heart winner. Declarer has 12 tricks. The play is similar on a diamond lead. Declarer rises with the Ace and plays safely to make their slam.

The only lead which gives declarer a problem is a club lead. Declarer wins North's Queen with their Ace, and draws trump. A losing heart or diamond finesse would allow the defense to cashe a club winner to beat 6. Finessing North for the Queen offers 50% chance of success. Finessing South for the King offers a 50% chance of success. Can declarer do better? Yes, declarer should combine chances. Attempting to drop the Queen provides 4 heart tricks when a defender has a singleton or doubleton Queen, or when South is void in hearts, almost a 20% chance. If the Queen doesn't drop or is not marked with North, declarer can fall back on the diamond finesse. Here, the Queen drops and declarer can discard dummy's club loser on a heart winner. Declarer has all the tricks: 6 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 1 ruff.



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5 ♠J932
432
A982
♣A3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQ875
KT8
7
♣9652
♠A4
976
QT3
♣KJT87
♠T6
AQJ5
KJ654
♣Q4
9
810
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2 1NT  ♣3 ♠5
EW: 3♣ 2♠  ♦3 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW/4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.50   0.50  3 S +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  130          4.50   0.50  2 N +2   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  120          3.00   2.00  2N S      D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  110          2.00   3.00  3 S      D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        100    0.50   4.50  3 S -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        100    0.50   4.50  3 S -1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D1-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. In modern, more aggressive style, West may overcall 1 and North can reasonably bid 1NT, which is often going to buy the hand. With 10 HCP and spade tolerance, however, East may not bid 2. If that passes to North, will he now bid diamonds? And will that end the auction of will West now come to life and raise clubs? Stay tuned.



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6 ♠5
T98
AT4
♣QJ9653
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJ
K64
J983
♣AK72
♠QT9843
AJ72
K5
♣4
♠A762
Q53
Q762
♣T8
7
1510
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 1 4 5/4♠ 4NT  ♣5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -650 5♠-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
        170    4.00   1.00  2♠ E +2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        600    3.00   2.00  3N W      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ E      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ E      D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        790    0.00   5.00  4♠* W     D2-Nye-Shaw vs D2-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has the wrong hand for a preempt, but may bid 1. West's response is 3NT, showing 13-15 points and a doubleton spade. Now East will prefer spades and happily bid 4. Who knows? South may lead the unbid major and give declarer an extra trick.



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7 ♠QJ7
AKQ8
QT64
♣87
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AK53
JT32
7
♣KT94
♠T986
75
KJ9832
♣A
♠42
964
A5
♣QJ6532
14
118
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2 1 3♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3♠ E -1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
         90    4.00   1.00  2 E      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        100    3.00   2.00  3N N -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        200    1.50   3.50  2N N -2   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        200    1.50   3.50  3♣ S -2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
        300    0.00   5.00  2 N -3   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D2-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

With both majors, West might risk 1 with only 11 HCP. In that case, North would double and East certainly bids 1. South passes and West tries 1, probably sighing with relief when East now says 1. At last! a fit: What will South lead? It's not obvious since there is no unbid suit. He might try a low heart, since North has doubled and it's dummy's second suit.



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8 ♠AJ954
Q86
3
♣QT93
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠76
AJT3
Q9754
♣62
♠KQ83
7
AK86
♣KJ74
♠T2
K9542
JT2
♣A85
9
716
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦3/2 ♠6 NT4
EW: 1♣ 4 1♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.30   0.70  4 E -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
   50          4.30   0.70  4 E -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        110    2.50   2.50  3 E      D2-Nye-Shaw vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        130    1.30   3.70  3 E +1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        150    0.10   4.90  2♠ N -3   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D5-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 (with 4-4 in the minors, open the higher one). West bids 1 and is thrilled to go back to diamonds when East bids 1. His nice 16 HCP may lead East to now try 2NT, but WEst can't be faulted for preferring diamonds.



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9 ♠AJ762
82
QJ987
♣2
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠4
KQ543
T53
♣K987
♠Q95
AT7
K6
♣AQJ43
♠KT83
J96
A42
♣T65
8
816
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4♠  ♣2 ♥3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4  ♦3 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +200 5*-EW/5♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          5.00   0.00  3♠ N +1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
         50    3.50   1.50  3♠ S -1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
         50    3.50   1.50  2♠ N -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        620    1.50   3.50  4 E      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        620    1.50   3.50  4 E      D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        650    0.00   5.00  4 W +1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D1-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1NT. West will transfer to hearts and then bid 2NT. East will count his points and hearts and bid the heart game. His hand is worth a bit more in hearts than in NT--and when he sees the spades, he'll be glad he "corrected."



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10 ♠T2
KJ
A842
♣87543
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠765
T63
JT
♣KQ962
♠AQJ9843
974
76
♣A
♠K
AQ852
KQ953
♣JT
8
611
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 4  ♠2 NT5
EW: 2♠  ♣5 ♦2 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +500 4♠*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  130          4.00   1.00  3 S +1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        100    3.00   2.00  5 S -1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        140    2.00   3.00  3♠ E      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        300    1.00   4.00  4♣ N -3   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D1-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has a mighty good hand for a preempt, but some will relish the nuisance value of 3 and do it anyway. South will certainly not go quietly, either doubling or perhaps bidding 4. West won't want to defend, though and may try the sacrifice. Even doubled, it's better than defending 4, it turns out. Note that East can't get to the dummy for the trump finesse, so he starts by laying down the Ace. Bingo! Now he cashes the club ace draws a round of trump with the Q and has the 7 as an entry. Of course, it may be too late if N-S have already collected their five defensive tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  121
Pass2NT2Pass3
Pass4All pass 
  1. 5+ hearts and 5+ in a minor
  2. asking with game interest

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South has a choice between passing, a Michaels Cue Bid . and a 2 overcall. As Larry Cohen discusses in his "Michaels Cue Bid" article, it is common to use a Michaelss Cue Bid with a preemptive hand and with a strong hanfd. In both cases, continuations are easy. Some partnerships avoid using Michaels with an intermediate hand because it often isn't clear how to proceed. When vulnerable, good suits are expected. South's singleton King and J10 doubleton are extra values, but it isn't clear how valuable they are. Making a Michaels cue bid seems best.

It is common to play a double of a Michaels cue bid shows interest in penalizing one of overcallers suits. Here, the only suit West can penalize is clubs. A raise to 3 typically shows 3+ spades and 7-10 points. With an invitational or better raise, West could cue bid 3. Competing to 3 has obstructive value. A light 3 bid is risky. Even when it is right to play 3, opener may raise to game. Passing seems best.

North, with valuable supporting heart honors and a fit for partner's minor, sees the potential to score 10 tricks. It is common to use an advance to 2NT as an artificial ask for overcaller's minor. If an advance to 3 is used to signoff in partner's minor, a 2NT response shows game interest. With those agreements, North bids 2NT. East has no interest in defending a minor suit contract. East's 3 small hearts make competing to 3 risky. East doesn't have much defense. Responder had no interest in penalizing North-South at the 3-level. The potential for a North-South game increases the upside of competing to 3. At tables where East passes, South shows their diamond suit. North places the contract in 4 expecting to take 10 tricks in the red suits.

At tables where East bids 3 over North's 2NT asking bid, South has a choice between passing and bidding 4. Since North might have game interest opposite the rounded suits, it is risky for South to show the red suits. Passing seems best. North has little interest in defending 3. A 4 bid here should be pass or correct. When South corrects to diamonds, North expects 10 tricks to be available in a heart contract and places the contract in 4. When East doesn't double, West chooses to sacrifice in 4 knowing their club honors have questionable defensive value and their spade length hurts East's defensive potential.

The Play in 4: As expected, declarer has 10 winners in the red suits. The defense cannot navigate a ruff or tap declarer.

The Play in Spades: The defense has 5 quick winners in the red suits. Declarer cannot reach dummy. So they cannot take the losing spade finesse. Declarer is forced to drop South's King. South is likely to lead the King, top of an honor sequence. North should make certain a 3rd round of diamonds isn't led. Taking 5 tricks is easy if North wins the second round of diamonds. If South switches to the Ace, North must unblock and later ruff the 3rd round of hearts to score 5 tricks.



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11 ♠5
-
AQ52
♣KQ976542
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠A982
K3
KJ987
♣JT
♠QT
AQT98764
3
♣83
♠KJ7643
J52
T64
♣A
11
128
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 1♠  ♥3 NT4
EW: 3  ♣2 ♦4 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   0.50  5 E -2   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  100          4.50   0.50  4* E -1  D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
   50          3.00   2.00  4 E -1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
         50    2.00   3.00  5♣ N -1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        150    1.00   4.00  6♣ N -3   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        420    0.00   5.00  4 E      D2-Nye-Shaw vs D1-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

If South opens 2, North has a real problem: there he is with eight clubs, so what to do? He may try 3 or even 4, only to hear West bid 4. South will lead her A, but what then? North should put on the 2 to encourage a diamond shift. Worst would be to now lead a low spade,



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12 ♠653
K8643
J43
♣KJ
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AJT984
AT
K
♣7543
♠Q7
975
T76
♣AQT96
♠K2
QJ2
AQ9852
♣82
8
128
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣1 ♥6 ♠1 NT1
EW: 6♣ 6♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          5.00   0.00  2 S      D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        200    3.50   1.50  2♠ W +3   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        200    3.50   1.50  4 S -2   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        300    2.00   3.00  3 N -3   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
        480    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +2   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        590    0.00   5.00  4♠* W     D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D2-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1, East bids 1NT, and South bids 2 or even 3(yes, too many points but 2 has so little preemptive value). This is a magic hand with the clack honors behaving so docilely--but look what would happen if you reversed those holdings in the defenders's hands. Overtricks are never unwelcome.



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13 ♠963
QT3
83
♣KT952
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AQT854
J6
J76
♣Q6
♠72
A987
KQT954
♣8
♠KJ
K542
A2
♣AJ743
5
109
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1  ♦2 ♠2 NT6
EW: 4 4♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -500 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        100    3.50   1.50  5♣ N -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        100    3.50   1.50  4♣ N -1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
        110    2.00   3.00  3 E      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        130    1.00   4.00  2 E +2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        750    0.00   5.00  5* E     D2-Nye-Shaw vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 2 and South has to decide whether to bid 3 or 2NT (pretty dangerous with only A2 in diamonds). West trots out 2 and North should make a preemptive club raise. Who wants to defend knowing our side has at least 10 clubs? This could be fun (for N-S, anyway).



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14 ♠QJT5
-
AT54
♣KJ762
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠A86
AJ9763
73
♣85
♠4
QT5
KQ962
♣AT43
♠K9732
K842
J8
♣Q9
11
911
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3♠  ♦5 ♥2 NT3
EW: 1 4 2NT  ♣5 ♠3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -100 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          5.00   0.00  4♠* S +1  D5-Waples-Petroff vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
  450          4.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  420          3.00   2.00  4♠ S      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
         50    1.00   4.00  4♠ S -1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        420    0.00   5.00  4 W      D2-Nye-Shaw vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 2, North doubles, and East makes raises to 3. South should still bid 3 and no one could blame North for bidding 4. Only careful defense will beat this one. The 3-1 spade break is a bit of an impediment, though, since even after a friendly heart lead, South has a lot of hearts to ruff. He'll need to set up the clubs to minimize losers.



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15 ♠J985
9873
J3
♣Q74
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠7
AK52
A862
♣8653
♠4
JT64
Q954
♣KJT2
♠AKQT632
Q
KT7
♣A9
4
117
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♠ 1NT  ♣4/3 ♦4 ♥3
EW: 3♣ 3 3  ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +300 5*-EW/5*-EW/5♣*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  4♠ S +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  620          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  620          3.50   1.50  4♠ S      D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ S +1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    0.50   4.50  4♠ S -1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        100    0.50   4.50  4♠ S -1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D1-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South has a reasonable 2 opener based on tricks rather than points. North will use a negative response if he has one, and South bids his spades. Now North should go to 4, showing support but NO aces or kings. That should stop South from having any delusions about slam.



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16 ♠QT942
T43
AJ9
♣86
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠873
J8
K72
♣JT942
♠KJ65
AQ7
T853
♣K5
♠A
K9652
Q64
♣AQ73
7
513
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 4 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6/5 ♦6/5 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          5.00   0.00  2N N +2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
  140          2.50   2.50  2 S +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  140          2.50   2.50  2 S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  140          2.50   2.50  2 S +1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  140          2.50   2.50  2 S +1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
         50    0.00   5.00  3 S -1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South bids 1 and North raises to 2. Will anyone bid this game? Not likely. Look at all the finesses which have to work to make the game bid look good. This is not a "percentage" game to bid.



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17 ♠QJ976
Q97
A7
♣K75
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K8
J653
854
♣A864
♠54
A82
QJT63
♣J32
♠AT32
KT4
K92
♣QT9
12
88
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 2 4♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  420          4.50   0.50  4♠ N      D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  170          3.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  140          2.00   3.00  3♠ N      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
         50    1.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        100    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D5-Buckley-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and South will see to it that they get to the spade game, even with his very flat hand. At least he knows partner has to have a short suit somewhere. East will be delighted to lead the ultra-safe Q to start the lay, leaving declarer to deal with those KQ109 situations in hearts and clubs. North might quickly play three rounds of diamonds just to deprive the opponents of an easy exit when they win the K or A.



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18 ♠97
Q9
AQ74
♣T8542
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠86
T87
JT6
♣AKQ73
♠Q543
K5432
85
♣96
♠AKJT2
AJ6
K932
♣J
8
105
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 6 3 6♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦1 ♥4 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          5.00   0.00  3N S +3   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  650          4.00   1.00  4♠ S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
  630          3.00   2.00  3N N +1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
  200          2.00   3.00  3♠ S +2   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  170          1.00   4.00  2♠ S +2   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  150          0.00   5.00  3 S +2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1. If West should overcall 2, North will wait for a reopening double--and he won't get it. With this rock crusher, South may just bid 3 instead--he won't want North converting his reopening double to penalties. North will enthusiastically raise diamonds, but they won't bid slam--that depends on a successful heart finesse since the defense has a cashing Ace.



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19 ♠743
A97653
K754
♣-
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠5
QT2
QJ932
♣AKJ5
♠AJ92
K8
AT
♣T7642
♠KQT86
J4
86
♣Q983
7
1312
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥6 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 -/1♠ 4/3NT
       ♥6 ♠6/7
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -630 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  4♣* W -1  D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  100          4.00   1.00  3 W -1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        110    3.00   2.00  3♣ W      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
        150    2.00   3.00  4♠ S -3   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        630    0.50   4.50  3N W +1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        630    0.50   4.50  3N E +1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
20 ♠AK63
J9
AK5
♣T952
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T
K763
J9632
♣K84
♠J8542
Q852
QT
♣Q3
♠Q97
AT4
874
♣AJ76
15
77
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3♠ 4NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥6/5 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.50   0.50  3N N +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  630          4.50   0.50  3N N +1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  600          2.00   3.00  3N N      D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
  600          2.00   3.00  3N N      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  600          2.00   3.00  3N N      D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    0.00   5.00  3N N -1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
21 ♠K862
32
AKT84
♣A5
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AJT
J76
J9652
♣K7
♠54
QT84
Q
♣J98432
♠Q973
AK95
73
♣QT6
14
105
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 3 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥4 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  630          4.00   1.00  3N N +1   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  200          3.00   2.00  3N W -4   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  140          2.00   3.00  2♠ N +1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
        100    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        100    0.50   4.50  4♠ N -1   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
22 ♠AK83
543
54
♣AK64
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠7654
-
AT983
♣QJT3
♠QJ92
AQJT6
762
♣8
♠T
K9872
KQJ
♣9752
14
710
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣4 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  2* E -3  D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  200          4.00   1.00  2♠ W -2   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
  120          3.00   2.00  2N N      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
        100    2.00   3.00  2N N -2   D2-Nye-Shaw vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        140    1.00   4.00  3♠ W      D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
        150    0.00   5.00  3♣ S -3   D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
23 ♠J964
762
4
♣AKJ74
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K5
9
J86532
♣Q832
♠Q732
AT854
AQT
♣6
♠AT8
KQJ3
K97
♣T95
9
612
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2♠ 3NT  ♦4
EW: 3/2  ♣3/4 ♥5 ♠5 NT4/3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +200 4*-E-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   D5-Waples-Petroff vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  600          2.00   3.00  3N S      D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Wagner-Wagner
  110          1.00   4.00  3♣ S      D2-Nye-Shaw vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
        100    0.00   5.00  2♠ N -1   D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
24 ♠76
K42
K7
♣J97543
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q4
Q8753
9543
♣82
♠AK9532
-
QJT86
♣T6
♠JT8
AJT96
A2
♣AKQ
7
410
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 3 1NT  ♦4 ♠4
EW: 3 3♠  ♣1 ♥4 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +100 4♠*-EW/4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.00   1.00  4 S      D2-Nye-Shaw vs D4-Graham-Rockefeller
  420          4.00   1.00  4 S      D5-Waples-Petroff vs D3-Jarboe-Whaley
  420          4.00   1.00  4 S      D6-Gaynor-Gajewar vs D5-Buckley-Robbins
  170          2.00   3.00  3 S +1   D3-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Nielsen-Feldman
  150          1.00   4.00  3♣ N +2   D1-Glenn-McAdams vs D2-Conn-Shaffer
  100          0.00   5.00  4* E -1  D4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs D1-Wagner-Wagner