- Monday Aft - April 29, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 890 MP  Geomean: 580 MP
(based on 16 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 61.90 1st A 0.80
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 60.12 2nd A 0.56
Anne Cline - Susan Lang 54.17 3rd A 0.40
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D
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DATE>April 29, 2019     |CLUB NO.>127100    | 04/29/2019 16:03
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   42.0 |TOP>   3 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ginny Rockefeller      Doug Hahn                C    .     .     .     37.00  44.05
 2 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    .     .     .     43.50  51.79
 3 Anne Cline             Susan Lang               B    3     2     .     45.50  54.17  0.40(A)
 4 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    2     1     1     50.50  60.12  0.56(A)
 5 Marilyn Waples         Anne Conn                C    .     .     .     30.00  35.71
 6 Mike Gaddis Jr         Louise Shaffer           A    .     .     .     37.00  44.05
 7 Peggy Nielsen          Gary Feldman             B    .     .     .     40.50  48.21
 8 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    1     .     .     52.00  61.90  0.80(A)
                                          Totals                         336.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠K
AKJ972
A75
♣AT4
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJ953
-
JT86
♣KQ53
♠A876
Q54
KQ94
♣82
♠T42
T863
32
♣J976
19
911
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣6 ♦3 ♠2 NT4
EW: -/1♣ 4 4♠  ♣6/7 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    2.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Waples-Conn
        170    2.00   1.00  3♠ W +1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        170    2.00   1.00  2♠ W +2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        590    0.00   3.00  4♠* W     D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D3-Cline-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Lots of quick tricks in the North hand, but too many losers for a 2 opener, so North opens 1. East and South will probably pass, but West will reopen with a double. Now North should bid 3, showing good long hearts as well as extra points. That probably won't deter a 3 bid from East, which West hopes is justified in bidding 4. This comes back to South, and a South who likes to compete will go for 5. He knows there's little likelihood of hearts as defensive tricks.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1PassPass
1Dbl23
34DblAll pass

North opens 1, very excited about his hand, and then partner has to go and pass--why bother picking up 19 counts? South knows that the auction is unlikely to end in 1 and will get a chance to show support for partner later. West balances with 1--not a double. With a void, partner is too likely to be able to leave a double in so I don't like balancing with double. North's double of 1 is takeout and East's 2 is a cuebid raising spades. South bids 3 to show the delayed support (after passing the first time, partner isn't going to expect you to hold too much) and West competes to 3. North didn't need much encouragement. If I were guessing, players in the newcomer and non-life master games will probably play this in some partscore and the open games might find their way to a game contract (likely doubled) one way or the other.

The play in hearts is straightforward as declarer will likely lose one in each suit. This shouldn't be too bad for North-South as the opponents can make some number of spades depending on how well they guess the spade suit.



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2 ♠Q652
AKT5
984
♣75
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J74
83
QJ53
♣QT32
♠K9
J742
AK62
♣A94
♠AT83
Q96
T7
♣KJ86
9
615
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3♠  ♣6 ♦5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    3.00   0.00  1N E      D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    2.00   1.00  2♠ S -1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        150    0.50   2.50  1N E +2   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Waples-Conn
        150    0.50   2.50  1N E +2   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D3-Cline-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East starts the auction with 1NT, which will pass out at many tables. East might even eke out 1NT if he gets four diamonds, two clubs and a spade. At worst, he'll be down one if the defenders find their heart stash.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1NTAll pass

As North, I would like to balance with the majors, but the vulnerability is preventing me from sticking my neck out. If I were non-vulnerable and I had a bid available to show both majors, I would make it. There's a popular saying, "Vulnerability is for children." I just turned 60, but I guess I never grew up. Vulnerability makes a huge difference in these partscore battles. It's fine to bid more non-vul because as long as you don't get doubled, you can afford to go down two without much concern. The opponents will almost always be scoring at least 110 or 120 without you bidding. Once you become vulnerable, it no longer matters if you get doubled since your down two will be a disaster when your opponents had no intention of bidding a game.

I hate making a lead with the South hand, but I'm not fancy--I'd lead a fourth-best spade. Partner will need to find a nice play of ducking the Q at trick one for this lead to not cost. I think he should find it--playing the Q only wins if partner lead from AKxx, whereas playing low is right if partner lead from Axxx or Kxxx. You don't have to figure these out at the table (although picturing the hidden hands is one of the ways to really improve your game), but keep in mind that queens should capture jacks. If North plays low, declarer is headed down. If North plays the queen, then he will likely make by attacking clubs.



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3 ♠T9
J95
Q952
♣KQ82
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AK52
K73
AT87
♣AJ
♠843
QT82
KJ3
♣T74
♠QJ76
A64
64
♣9653
8
196
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 4 3♠ 3/4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.00   0.00  3N E -2   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Waples-Conn
        120    2.00   1.00  2N W      D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    1.00   2.00  2N W +1   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D3-Cline-Lang
        630    0.00   3.00  3N W +1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

1--1; 2NT--3NT is a likely auction for East-West. North is pretty unlucky. His opening club lead gives declarer an extra trick and he's also unlucky enough to have the J. This is a lucky hand for West with well-placed missing cards and his own most useful 10s.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

The West hand's priority should be to show both strength and shape with a 2NT rebid. Bidding 1 would be too little, and 2 should have a more distributional hand. Why should the East hand continue with a flat 6 points opposite 18 or 19? The tens combined with what could be very useful cards in diamonds tip the scales towards bidding for me.

I would lead the 10 here. In general, when the declaring hand is very strong (and balanced), you want to make a passive lead rather than an aggressive lead away from an honor. Leading a club is a high risk-high reward proposition that I might venture at IMPs, but is too dangerous at matchpoints. Declarer starts with two spade tricks, two diamonds, and a club for five tricks. When you need a lot of help, it can sometimes help to duck a trick if your opponents can't attack anything successfully. If the 10 is not covered by South, I would duck to keep my LHO on lead. If they continue spades I would win and try some finesses. Lucky for me, I can see which way to finesse diamonds on the hand record. The normal percentage play in hearts works quite well.



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4 ♠K76
AK9
KQJT
♣J76
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠43
Q
A8752
♣QT853
♠QT9
J8654
94
♣AK2
♠AJ852
T732
63
♣94
17
810
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 4♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♥4 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          3.00   0.00  2♠ N +2   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
  140          2.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D5-Waples-Conn
        100    1.00   2.00  2♠ N -1   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D3-Cline-Lang
        200    0.00   3.00  3N N -2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1NT. Will South use Stayman and then bid 2 to play if the answer is 2, or will he just transfer to spades in the first place? That will depend on their agreements. No one will get to this game, but it plays like a dream, even setting up a third heart trick.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1NTPass2
Pass2All pass 

After a 1NT opening, your agreements might dictate your choice as responder. I imagine a lot of Souths will just transfer to spades and be done. West might think about 2NT at some point, but the vulnerability (again!) stops them from getting in the way. Garbage Stayman is a convention that I like a lot for more practiced partnerships (although I want to be clear that most people play too many conventions and most, including this, are not required to do well). With Garbage Stayman the responder bids 2 intending to either A) pass any response or B) correct 2 to 2 to show a weak hand with both majors. Here, you may wind up playing in a 4-3 heart fit instead of a 5-3 spade fit so I might still choose the path shown here. Another convention that wasn't required.

There will likely be a lot of +170s when the spades behave, but that doesn't mean you should be in game. The best scores might wind up being those who get to defend 3 or, even better 3x. Another win for those sufficiently fearful of vulnerability.



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5 ♠QJ9532
AT7
A84
♣4
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠64
J82
J6532
♣A73
♠AK87
KQ
Q7
♣KT982
♠T
96543
KT9
♣QJ65
11
617
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣5 ♦5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2 1NT  ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 2NT*-EW/3*-EW/3♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          3.00   0.00  2♠ N      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          2.00   1.00  3♣ E -2   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
   50          1.00   2.00  1N E -1   D5-Waples-Conn vs D3-Cline-Lang
        100    0.00   3.00  2♠ N -1   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1--not 2 with two outside aces and a void. East's best bet is 1NT, which is likely to buy the hand. Unlucky of the clubs to be 4-1, but seven tricks should develop even so, with a little persistence in the club suit.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 11NTAll pass

People often come to me with bidding problems. "You hold ...", etc. Then they'll give me some auction and say, "What do you do?" And I have to say, "Hold on!" They don't give me the important details: IMPs or matchpoints? Vulnerable or not-vulnerable? Am I playing against Zia and Hamman or against Gladys and Myrtle (apologies to the Gladyses and Myrtles reading this, I was talking about an entirely different Gladys and Myrtle). On this hand, if I were North, I would re-open non-vulnerable or playing against weak pairs who are unlikely to double (and might give me an extra trick or two in the play).

On the 10 lead, North can't afford to overtake so everyone will duck. Now South probably switches to a heart. The two sides might go back and forth a bit and when the clubs don't work, declarer should be happy to get out plus .



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6 ♠62
QJ8
865
♣KQJT5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJT9843
T92
Q3
♣7
♠Q
A7
KT72
♣A98642
♠A75
K6543
AJ94
♣3
9
613
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2  ♠4 NT6
EW: 3♠  ♣6/5 ♦5 ♥4 NT4/3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.00   0.00  3 S      D5-Waples-Conn vs D3-Cline-Lang
        140    1.50   1.50  3♠ W      D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        140    1.50   1.50  3♠ W      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    0.00   3.00  2♠ W +2   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 and South 1. At this point, West might even try 3, buying the hand: North has three card heart support but can't commit to the game level with so few points. Alert defenders won't allow that singleton spade on the dummy to be used for ruffing a heart.



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7 ♠AKQ54
Q97
KJ
♣986
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T9832
854
AQ7
♣Q3
♠7
KJ
T96432
♣AK42
♠J6
AT632
85
♣JT75
15
811
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣4 ♦3 NT6
EW: 4  ♣6 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          2.50   0.50  2♠ N      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          2.50   0.50  2 N      D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        110    1.00   2.00  3 E      D5-Waples-Conn vs D3-Cline-Lang
        150    0.00   3.00  3 E +2   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Modern style says to open 1NT with the North hand, though I suspect 1 will also be popular. If it is 1NT, will East overcall that long lousy suit? Then South will use a "shadow" double or else just bid a non-forcing 2. Vulnerable, both sides have to be careful.



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8 ♠Q98
AJT7
653
♣732
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AT54
K32
982
♣JT6
♠K73
8654
KJT74
♣4
♠J62
Q9
AQ
♣AKQ985
7
87
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 4 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2/1 ♦6 ♥3 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          3.00   0.00  3N S +2   D5-Waples-Conn vs D3-Cline-Lang
  400          2.00   1.00  5♣ S      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  170          0.50   2.50  3♣ S +3   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
  170          0.50   2.50  3♣ S +3   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

In fourth seat, South can open 3 to show a good six card suit and a decent opening hand, inless his agreement says South has too many points. In that case, the auction will go 1--P--1--p
3. North can't be blamed for passing in either case on this flat seven count. Think of all that goes right: clubs break, the K is on side and so is the K. Don't even think about bidding this game!



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9 ♠942
JT74
95
♣KJT7
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT87
AK
KT8
♣9854
♠Q5
Q652
AQ74
♣A63
♠AK63
983
J632
♣Q2
5
1114
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 3 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    3.00   0.00  1N E +1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D5-Waples-Conn
        130    2.00   1.00  2 E +2   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        180    1.00   2.00  2N E +2   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        600    0.00   3.00  3N E      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Cline-Lang

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When they don't uncover a major suit fit, E-W will play 3NT. Without a club lead it's less scary to play the NT game. Only playing South for the J will get the overtrick the hand analysis shows. Not to worry.



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10 ♠J
AK93
J632
♣KJ75
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AKQ5
T852
QT85
♣4
♠98632
J
K74
♣A986
♠T74
Q764
A9
♣QT32
13
118
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♦5 ♠3 NT5
EW: 2 3♠  ♣4 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    3.00   0.00  3 S -1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Cline-Lang
        140    1.50   1.50  3♠ E      D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D5-Waples-Conn
        140    1.50   1.50  2♠ E +1   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        170    0.00   3.00  2♠ E +2   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West has a rational third seat opening of 1 or 1, depending on their style. Either way, they'll find their spade fit and enjoy the innate preemptive value of the highest ranking suit. This time the J is on the wrong side, but declarer should have no trouble with this partial even so. A heart lead is possible from either side of the table.



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11 ♠K96
Q632
KQJT3
♣Q
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠J8743
AJ74
52
♣T8
♠AQT
KT
764
♣A7643
♠52
985
A98
♣KJ952
13
613
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 2/1
       ♣7/6 ♥6 ♠4 NT6/5
EW: 1/- 3♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥7/6 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          2.00   1.00  2 N      D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D5-Waples-Conn
   90          2.00   1.00  2 N      D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
   90          2.00   1.00  2 N      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Cline-Lang
        140    0.00   3.00  3♠ W      D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. Unless he wants to bid 2, East has few options. With such a poor suit, he might elect to pass. In that case, South bids 1NT. If East does overcall 2, North will reopen with a double and South will joyfully pass, converting it to a penalty double. When North gets in, he should lead trump, not fooling around with the majors.



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12 ♠-
K98532
J754
♣832
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠KT54
AQ64
Q93
♣54
♠A9863
J
AT6
♣KQT7
♠QJ72
T7
K82
♣AJ96
4
1114
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1/2♣ 1 4♠ 3NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  4♠* E -1  D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
   50          1.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D5-Waples-Conn
   50          1.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-Cline-Lang
        420    0.00   3.00  4♠ E      D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

At most tables, East will get to open 1. West will show a limit raise by whatever means they have in their agreement, and East should be pleased to go to game, especially if she knows West has four card support. Even the nasty break should not stop it.



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13 ♠532
QJ7
AJ83
♣KQ3
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K7
85
754
♣A98752
♠AT986
96
KT92
♣JT
♠QJ4
AKT432
Q6
♣64
13
78
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2 1♠ 3NT  ♣5
EW: 1♣  ♦5 ♥4 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    1.50   1.50  4 S -1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        100    1.50   1.50  4 S -1   D3-Cline-Lang vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        100    1.50   1.50  4 S -1   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D5-Waples-Conn
        100    1.50   1.50  4 S -1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North somewhat reluctantly opens 1. An aggressive East might bid 1, but that won't stop South from bidding hearts. In fact, it helps North to know South has at least five hearts. The unlucky spade break might cost a trick, but it all depends on the opening lead. If it's the J, West will grab the Ace and high low in spades to get her ruff.



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14 ♠984
6
AT8762
♣AQT
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠K632
K53
J5
♣J985
♠AJ5
AJ9
KQ943
♣K3
♠QT7
QT8742
-
♣7642
10
818
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 1 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  3 E -2   D3-Cline-Lang vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
   50          2.00   1.00  3N E -1   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D5-Waples-Conn
        150    1.00   2.00  2N E +1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        430    0.00   3.00  3N E +1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

N-S may have wildly distributional hands--not so E-W. East opens 1 and West responds 1. East's best rebid is 2NT, which West should certainly carry on to game. An opening heart lead helps declarer, but it's hard for South to imagine how bothersome a club lead would be.



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15 ♠8
J9543
AK5
♣KJ74
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AK942
K6
J3
♣A952
♠QJT
QT82
Q42
♣Q83
♠7653
A7
T9876
♣T6
12
159
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 3♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  3♠ W -1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        110    2.00   1.00  2♠ W      D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D5-Waples-Conn
        140    0.50   2.50  2♠ W +1   D3-Cline-Lang vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        140    0.50   2.50  2♠ W +1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West has the "boss" suit and will declare in spades. The pitch developed by opening high diamonds from the defense is really no help, though, since the discard doesn't save any losers for declarer. Play North for the K and score up nine tricks.



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16 ♠K9864
J7
AJ987
♣7
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠Q
K98654
Q4
♣KJ42
♠AJT752
T3
-
♣A9865
♠3
AQ2
KT6532
♣QT3
9
119
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4  ♣1 ♥3/2 ♠4 NT6
EW: 6♣ 3 3♠  ♦3 NT6
LoTT: 22 - 20 = +2
Par: -300 6*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          2.50   0.50  4 S      D3-Cline-Lang vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  130          2.50   0.50  3 S +1   D7-Nielsen-Feldman vs D5-Waples-Conn
         50    1.00   2.00  5 N -1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        140    0.00   3.00  2 W +1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If West opens 1, East will be less than thrilled to hear 2 from North, promising spades and a minor. It will be hard for South to believe that North's minor is diamonds: he can bid 2NT to ask. Once South knows of the massive fit, he shouldn't be willing to defend. Even with no diamonds, East leads partner's suit. Declarer should be afraid of a ruff and might just go up with the Ace, getting in to draw trump.



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17 ♠AJ75
AQ63
KQ8
♣97
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QT98
KJ
9763
♣K42
♠K643
2
J42
♣AT863
♠2
T98754
AT5
♣QJ5
16
98
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 5 1♠ 4NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥2 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          2.50   0.50  4 N +1   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  450          2.50   0.50  4 N +1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Waples-Conn
  200          0.50   2.50  2 N +3   D3-Cline-Lang vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
  200          0.50   2.50  2 N +3   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1NT. South should be interested in the heart game even before he knows North has four card support, but a 3 response to the transfer tells all: maximum points, four hearts and a useful doubleton. Even so, South will settle for game: good thing with two unavoidable club losers after competent defense.



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18 ♠T76543
A87
43
♣Q8
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠QJ
JT953
A
♣AKT42
♠K98
42
KJ975
♣953
♠A2
KQ6
QT862
♣J76
6
157
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 2 1NT  ♠5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  3♣ W -2   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Waples-Conn
   50          1.50   1.50  3N E -1   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
   50          1.50   1.50  3♣ W -1   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
         90    0.00   3.00  1N E      D3-Cline-Lang vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. West has the wrong number of points for 2NT (showing hearts and clubs) in most agreements, so will bid 1. North bids 1 and East passes. Over South's 1NT rebid, West bids 2. East might pass or might "convert" to hearts because of the value of major suit tricks.



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19 ♠AKT4
9
94
♣KQT943
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠85
AK743
Q5
♣AJ65
♠QJ762
Q5
AK8732
♣-
♠93
JT862
JT6
♣872
12
1412
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦2 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 5 3 4♠ 4NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    3.00   0.00  3 W      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Waples-Conn
        630    1.50   1.50  3N W +1   D3-Cline-Lang vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        630    1.50   1.50  3N W +1   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        990    0.00   3.00  4♠* E +1  D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
20 ♠63
KQJ86
3
♣QT865
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AJ987
7542
A
♣J94
♠KQT2
A9
Q95
♣AK32
♠54
T3
KJT87642
♣7
8
1018
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 5♠ 4NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        600    3.00   0.00  3N E      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Waples-Conn
        650    1.50   1.50  4♠ W +1   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        650    1.50   1.50  4♠ E +1   D1-Rockefeller-Hahn vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        800    0.00   3.00  4* S -3  D3-Cline-Lang vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
21 ♠9
AT3
KJT64
♣QT94
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QT65
KJ6
53
♣AKJ2
♠872
Q92
AQ87
♣865
♠AKJ43
8754
92
♣73
10
148
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♣ -/1 1 2♠ 1NT  ♦6/7
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    3.00   0.00  1N E      D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
        100    2.00   1.00  1N N -1   D5-Waples-Conn vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        120    1.00   2.00  1N E +1   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        200    0.00   3.00  1N N -2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Cline-Lang
22 ♠A
AQT95
AQ
♣A8652
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q9642
J62
T852
♣Q
♠T875
K8
K73
♣KJ94
♠KJ3
743
J964
♣T73
20
510
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 1 3 2NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          3.00   0.00  1 N +3   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  140          1.50   1.50  1 N +2   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
  140          1.50   1.50  1 N +2   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Cline-Lang
        100    0.00   3.00  2N N -2   D5-Waples-Conn vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
23 ♠AK4
KJ54
A765
♣98
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠9752
T92
K83
♣J72
♠JT63
Q873
4
♣KQT3
♠Q8
A6
QJT92
♣A654
15
48
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 3 2♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥3 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1370 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          3.00   0.00  3N S +3   D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
  660          1.50   1.50  3N S +2   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  660          1.50   1.50  3N N +2   D5-Waples-Conn vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
  240          0.00   3.00  2N N +4   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Cline-Lang
24 ♠K732
A
Q984
♣AKJ6
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠6
KQJT4
AJT52
♣74
♠QJT
87532
K7
♣852
♠A9854
96
63
♣QT93
17
116
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥4
EW: 1 3  ♣3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          2.50   0.50  5* W -2  D2-Saltis-Pemberton vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
  300          2.50   0.50  5* W -2  D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer
  100          1.00   2.00  4* W -1  D5-Waples-Conn vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
   50          0.00   3.00  4 W -1   D4-Wagner-Wagner vs D3-Cline-Lang
25 ♠AT82
A95
AJ94
♣J3
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K654
Q872
K53
♣84
♠QJ93
4
QT872
♣765
♠7
KJT63
6
♣AKQT92
14
85
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 1/- 7 1♠ 7NT  ♦7/6
EW:  ♣0 ♦6 ♥0 ♠5 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: +1520 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1020          3.00   0.00  6N N +1   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
 1010          2.00   1.00  6 S +1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
  490          1.00   2.00  3N N +3   D5-Waples-Conn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
  480          0.00   3.00  4 S +2   D3-Cline-Lang vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
26 ♠AK8
AKQ
A975
♣KJ4
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J7
T954
Q63
♣AQT3
♠QT65
763
KJT
♣862
♠9432
J82
842
♣975
24
96
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 1 1♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    2.00   1.00  3N N -1   D3-Cline-Lang vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        100    2.00   1.00  3N N -1   D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    2.00   1.00  2N N -1   D5-Waples-Conn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.00   3.00  3N N -2   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
27 ♠T62
9875432
T
♣Q3
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQ87
QT
Q43
♣AJ75
♠J53
6
KJ9852
♣K94
♠K94
AKJ
A76
♣T862
2
158
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♦2 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 5 3♠ 3NT  ♥4
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          3.00   0.00  2 S      D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    1.50   1.50  4 S -1   D3-Cline-Lang vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
         50    1.50   1.50  4 S -1   D5-Waples-Conn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner
        550    0.00   3.00  5* E     D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
28 ♠AJT984
94
Q5
♣984
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠KQ653
T3
32
♣QJ76
♠72
KQ2
AKJ97
♣A53
♠-
AJ8765
T864
♣KT2
7
817
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
EW: 2♣ 3/2 1/- 1♠ 3/1NT
       ♥7/6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  3♣ W -1   D3-Cline-Lang vs D1-Rockefeller-Hahn
        150    2.00   1.00  2N E +1   D6-Gaddis Jr-Shaffer vs D2-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    1.00   2.00  2♠* N -1  D8-Bowen-Benzien vs D7-Nielsen-Feldman
        500    0.00   3.00  2♠* N -2  D5-Waples-Conn vs D4-Wagner-Wagner