- Monday Aft - June 3, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1097 MP  Geomean: 700 MP
(based on 28 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Buki Burke - Dagmar Ragnow 65.08 1st A 0.80
Christopher Gillmon - Joseph Gaynor 59.52 2nd A 0.56
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 59.13 3rd A 0.40
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 57.64 1st A 0.80
Anne Conn - Louise Shaffer 52.43 2/3rd A 0.48
Ilona Smith - Ken Ellenberger 52.43 2/3rd A 0.48
Nita Whaley - Tricia Mills 51.74 2nd C 0.22
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 48.81 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> E N-S
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DATE>June 3, 2019       |CLUB NO.>127100    | 06/03/2019 16:26
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   72.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1100/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    .     .     .     68.00  47.22
 2 Tee Downard            Ginny Rockefeller        C    .     .     .     56.57  39.28
 3 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A    .     .     .     53.71  37.30
 4 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    .     2     .     70.29  48.81  0.22(B)
 5 Christopher Gillmon    Joseph Gaynor            B    2     1     .     85.71  59.52  0.56(A)
 6 Dagmar Ragnow          Buki Burke               A    1     .     .     93.71  65.08  0.80(A)
 7 Mike Pemberton         Ron Saltis               A    3     .     .     85.14  59.13  0.40(A)
 8 Gary Feldman           Peggy Nielsen            B    .     .     .     62.86  43.65
                                          Totals                         575.99

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> E E-W
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AVE>   72.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1100/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=4                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Tricia Mills           Nita Whaley              C    .     .     2     74.50  51.74  0.22(C)
 2 Elaine McAdams         Pat Cunningham           C    .     .     .     57.00  39.58
 3 Perry Shapiro          Jody Shapiro             C    .     .     .     66.50  46.18
 4 Anne Conn              Louise Shaffer           B   2/3    2     .     75.50  52.43  0.48(A)
 6 Marilyn Waples         Irene Petroff            B    .     .     .     72.00  50.00
 7 Ilona Smith            Ken Ellenberger          A   2/3    .     .     75.50  52.43  0.48(A)
 8 Deborah Triolo         Mark Robbins             C    1     1     1     83.00  57.64  0.80(A)
                                          Totals                         504.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠T86
K432
KT43
♣43
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AQ3
JT765
J95
♣KT
♠KJ74
8
Q8
♣AQJ987
♠952
AQ9
A762
♣652
6
1113
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 4♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    5.50   0.50  2♣ E +2   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        130    5.50   0.50  2♣ E +2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        140    4.00   2.00  3♠ E      E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        430    3.00   3.00  3N W +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
        460    0.50   5.50  3N W +2   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        460    0.50   5.50  3N W +2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E6-Waples-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

E-W will be sorry if they get into 3NT--IF N-S take their two diamond tricks and then cash two hearts. However, that's unlikely when West has bid hearts. There are ten tricks available with luck: six clubs, a diamond, and some spades. It's hard to take 11 tricks when they take the first three!



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

Whenever dealing with an issue of bidding, it's important to differentiate bids that are "right" and bids that are a choice. Bids that are right would be bid by 90+% of experts given the hand. Bids that are a choice would have many different opinions on what to do. The first three bids shown here are "right," in that they are clear cut. The fourth bid and beyond are difficult problems. West could choose 2, 2NT, 3NT and no one would say that it was wrong. 2 which is a conventional bid called fourth-suit-forcing should force the E-W partnership to game. With 11 points and a 5-card suit, I think the hand is reasonably comfortable forcing to game (we'd rather have 13 or a better suit or better stoppers, but that's life), and 2 allows partner to show delayed heart support which could be beneficial. 2NT is invitational and shows a balanced hand, which is an apt description, as I prefer to treat 11 counts as invitational. However, this is a pretty good 11 count (with a five-card suit). Lastly 3NT would show a game forcing balanced hand; this is also a reasonably accurate description. I would prefer going through the fourth-suit-forcing route rather than 3NT directly since partner may have extra shape that could dictate your final contract. That said, I still think 2NT is probably my preference as partners could open all sorts of ugly hands. East has a beautiful 13 count, and partner is likely to have hearts under control so I wouldn't mess around, but would just bid 3NT.

In 3NT, we can see that the defense can take two diamonds and three heart tricks, but the defenders don't always know that. Is North or South the partner who is supposed to switch to hearts? I don't know. Defenders might only cash two, three, or four tricks. Once declarer gets in, she has 10 tricks, so anything could happen. The double-dummy says 4 can make, but it's not a good contract; it requires 3-3 spades. I'd rather take my chances in 3NT.



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2 ♠Q973
76
J83
♣A987
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A
Q52
AT975
♣Q543
♠KJT8542
KT8
Q
♣J2
♠6
AJ943
K642
♣KT6
7
1210
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ 1 2NT
       ♣6/7 ♥6 ♠4/5
EW: 2♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E6-Waples-Petroff
   50          4.00   2.00  3♠ E -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        110    3.00   3.00  2♠ E      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        200    1.00   5.00  4N N -2   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
        300    0.00   6.00  3 S -3   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E1-Mills-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 3. Will South resist doubling and settle for a likely defensive plus? Of course, if the West and North hands were reversed...it's all a guess.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  3All pass

The East hand is a maximum in high card points for a favorable 3 call, but the short-suit honors don't rate to be helpful. Adventurous Souths might choose to act, but the vulnerability likely stops them. If South doubles, North might choose to pass, bid 4 or venture 3NT--I might still be at the table thinking about it.

Against 3, South has an annoying lead problem. On a diamond lead, East should take a finesse (strange, with a singleton) since the A can later be used to pitch a heart. You only want to take risks like that when you can be sure to rid another loser later. If East had the J instead of the 10, then taking the finesse wouldn't be worth it since now the opponents could cash two clubs and a heart plus the diamond and possibly a spade. On a club lead, declarer should likewise try to set up the Q for a heart pitch. Either way, declarer will likely lose a heart, two clubs and a spade. The double-dummy lead is a spade, and that's certainly possible, but I don't think I would find it.



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3 ♠AQJ63
AJT
J83
♣J6
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T9
Q8763
KQT5
♣83
♠874
4
A972
♣KQT72
♠K52
K952
64
♣A954
14
79
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3♠ 3NT  ♣6 ♦5
EW: 2  ♣6 ♥5 ♠3 NT3/4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3♠ N +2   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E1-Mills-Whaley
  180          5.00   1.00  1N N +3   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
  170          4.00   2.00  2♠ N +2   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  140          2.50   3.50  2♠ N +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  140          2.50   3.50  2♠ N +1   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
         50    1.00   5.00  4♠ N -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        150    0.00   6.00  4♠ N -3   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E6-Waples-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 in third seat. With 10 HCP and a doubleton, South will use Drury if that convention is available. North has a reasonable bid for game if he likes those Jacks--but many will be conservative and discount the jacks and the flatness of the hand. Will East start with the K or with her singleton heart. The heart is a friendly choice for declarer--especially if West rises with the Queen.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1Pass21
Pass22Pass2
All pass   
  1. Reverse Drury
  2. Some game interest

I love Reverse Drury, because I have partners who don't know how to take a joke. On this hand, the North hand has a boring 1 call (I'd consider 1NT also, but with four-of-a-kind jacks, it's not worth the upgrade), but at these colors I would also open 1 with: KQ105 9832 7 K762. I only included that K so my boss (Larry Cohen) wouldn't get flashbacks to his days with Marty Bergen. I don't want my partner burying me in 3 with a limit-raise. The South hand is worth its best-possible raise which is to use Reverse Drury. Playing standard methods, after 1 P 3 I would just bid game with the North hand. Stopping in 3 is much better. Speaking of my boss, he might be upset to see East-West selling out to a known fit on the 2-level, but vulnerable and with both hands showing real values, this is a dangerous balancing situation.

East will lead her singleton and West must think quickly. What holding can the 4 be from? It can't be a doubleton since West would lead high-low and there is no card missing lower than the four. So it is either a singleton or from three. Either way, partner is known not to hold the ace (who leads away from an ace against a suit contract?) so if partner has three, then declarer has the singleton A and if partner has one, playing the Q can only help declarer. Some Wests might even figure out that the missing cards are the AJ10 and if partner has three, that partner would have led low from J104, which is virtually impossible (lead the jack). If West plays low quickly, declarer might only take 9 tricks. If West plays the Q or thinks for a long time before playing low, declarer will take 10 tricks.



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4 ♠Q6
9763
76543
♣Q2
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A82
T842
J92
♣853
♠KJT974
AKQ5
K
♣K6
♠53
J
AQT8
♣AJT974
4
519
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4 4♠ 4/-NT
       ♣5/4 ♦5/2 NT10/5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    6.00   0.00  2 E +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        170    4.00   2.00  3♠ E +1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        170    4.00   2.00  2♠ E +2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        170    4.00   2.00  3 E +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        200    1.50   4.50  3♠ E +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        200    1.50   4.50  3♠ E +2   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        650    0.00   6.00  4♠ E +1   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E8-Triolo-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South overcalls 2, which passes back to East. East has choices: reopen with a double, jump shift into 3 or (a distant third) jump in spades. If East jump shifts, West should bid game in spades. If East doubles, West will just bid 2, but should go on to the game if East now bids 3. It's a tough hand, but support and partner's Ace should encourage West to be optimistic even with this pancake of a hand.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass12
2Pass4All pass

What is the East hand actually worth? I don't know, but I do know that I would start with 1 and then try to figure it out. South bids 2 and West makes an aggressive raise. The A is as good a card as you can have, so I recommend raising with that plus the three-card support. East's hand is now worth 4--problem solved.

South probably leads the J and now East should make 11 tricks. Do you see how? Declarer draws two rounds of trump and plays hearts. Declarer knows that playing a club to the king won't work. Instead, declarer should play a diamond. When South wins, what can she do? Playing a diamond or a club will allow West to take that 11th trick. In order to avoid this, South would have had to start with the A before exiting a heart or spade, but that's not a remotely normal line of defense.



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5 ♠AJ962
A97654
2
♣A
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K43
8
K8643
♣T763
♠85
QJT3
AT95
♣KQ8
♠QT7
K2
QJ7
♣J9542
13
612
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 4♠ 2NT  ♦5
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
  650          5.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  650          5.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E1-Mills-Whaley
  140          2.00   4.00  3 N      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  110          1.00   5.00  2♠ N      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        100    0.00   6.00  4 N -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 and bids 2 over South's 1NT. Since 2 is a reverse and forcing for one round, South now bids 2NT. Then North bids 3 and now South should continue on to game--I'd prefer spades, hoping to ruff a heart on the dummy.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NT
Pass2Pass2NT
Pass3Pass4
All pass   

I dislike reverses, but 6-5 hands are strong enough that you don't need a massive amount of high card points to bid your suits naturally. Here, North opens 1 and bids spades twice to show a hand that is 6-5. I think South will choose spades, rather than hearts, planning on being able to ruff out the third heart.

On this auction, East might choose to lead a trump (often a good idea when you have length in declarer's primary suit). West, once again, should not play third hand high (what's the point?). Declarer should still plan on ruffing a heart in dummy, so she might play the K and a heart towards the A. Now if West ruffs, they are ruffing a loser instead of a winner. Either way, declarer should come around to 10 tricks. Even drawing trump and then playing hearts will work. It's worth noting that our evaluation of the North hand was proven right: we make a game with 22 combined high card points even with the hearts splitting badly.



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6 ♠KJT932
4
K8
♣QJ72
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A76
T63
J7543
♣K6
♠Q854
AJ8
AT9
♣853
♠-
KQ9752
Q62
♣AT94
10
811
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT6/5
EW: 2/1 1NT  ♣4/3 ♥5 ♠6/5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 2-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.50   0.50  2 S      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  110          5.50   0.50  3♣ S      E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
         50    3.50   2.50  3♠ N -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
         50    3.50   2.50  2♠ N -1   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        100    2.00   4.00  3N N -2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        150    0.50   5.50  3N S -3   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
        150    0.50   5.50  4♠ S -3   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Waples-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1--this hand is too good for a preempt. North bids 1. Now South bids 2 or 2, depending on how well South likes her hand. Either way, North should pass. Play misfits as low as possible.



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7 ♠AJT9643
Q72
Q
♣A7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠85
AT9854
KJ9
♣53
♠2
J
A86543
♣KQT86
♠KQ7
K63
T72
♣J942
13
810
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣3 ♦1 ♥5 NT6
EW: 3♣ 5 1  ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -500 5♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.50   0.50  4♠ N      E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  620          5.50   0.50  4♠ N      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
  170          4.00   2.00  2♠ N +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  140          3.00   3.00  3♠ N      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        100    1.00   5.00  5♠ N -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        100    1.00   5.00  4♠ N -1   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    1.00   5.00  4♠ N -1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North will probably get to initiate the bidding with 1, giving East the chance to use the Unusual NT to show long minor suits. South's 3 bid shows support and 8-10 points. Will East bid 4? And what then? If North tries 4, he may shove the opponents into a makeable 5. This one will be all over the place, I predict.



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8 ♠KJ95
K32
J97
♣K42
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ
QT97
KT64
♣AJT
♠T8732
J854
A53
♣5
♠64
A6
Q82
♣Q98763
11
165
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  2♠ W -2   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
  100          5.50   0.50  2♠ W -2   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E6-Waples-Petroff
   90          4.00   2.00  2♣ S      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E1-Mills-Whaley
         50    3.00   3.00  3♣ S -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        110    2.00   4.00  2♠ W      E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        150    1.00   5.00  1N W +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        500    0.00   6.00  5♣* S -3  E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E8-Triolo-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT. East can take a chance and bid 2, planning to pass a major suit response and to bid 2 to play if the answer is 2. This time he lucks in to a major suit response. What will North lead? He knows partner has some points, but where? He might start with a low club or diamond--the majors are less appealing on this auction.



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9 ♠J8
KQ6543
J4
♣K92
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠Q432
T98
K852
♣43
♠A76
A7
AQT93
♣QT7
♠KT95
J2
76
♣AJ865
10
516
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♦4 ♠5 NT6
EW: 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  3♠ W -3   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  200          5.00   1.00  3 N +2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        110    2.00   4.00  2♠ W      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        110    2.00   4.00  2♠ W      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
        110    2.00   4.00  3 E      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        110    2.00   4.00  3 E      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        110    2.00   4.00  3 E      E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E6-Waples-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2 and East may shrug and just bid 3 or might double since he has three in each of the black suits. This time, 3 works a lot better, but who knows at the table? East should hope South has the K to minimize losers in that suit. South may throw a spanner in the works if he raises hearts, figuring his black suit honors are well placed.



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10 ♠A986
Q85
Q2
♣AQ75
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q
KJ3
AKT7654
♣63
♠J43
AT74
J983
♣K9
♠KT752
962
-
♣JT842
14
139
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3♠  ♦1 ♥1 NT2
EW: 5 3 1NT  ♣4 ♠4
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -500 5♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          5.00   1.00  3♠ S +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  170          5.00   1.00  3♠ S +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  170          5.00   1.00  3♠ S +1   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        130    3.00   3.00  4 W      E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        150    1.50   4.50  4 W +1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        150    1.50   4.50  3 W +2   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        600    0.00   6.00  5 W      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E8-Triolo-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. North doubles and East bids 1. South may not have points, but he has stellar shape and bids 1. West bids 2 or even a pushy 3, either way, North has nothing to say--his double told his whole story. Not that South is finished; with this great distribution, he'll bid again. East has four diamonds, though, and shouldn't go quietly.



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11 ♠8
QJ54
Q863
♣Q983
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AJ652
A732
92
♣AK
♠KT74
96
AK74
♣J75
♠Q93
KT8
JT5
♣T642
7
1611
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠1 NT2
EW: 1♣ 3 3 6♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    6.00   0.00  4♠ W      E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        450    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        450    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
        450    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        450    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        450    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        450    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 and East shows a limit raise; everyone should get to game. Those who espouse "eight ever, nine never" will lose a spade trick and make 5, there being no place to park that losing heart.



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12 ♠A943
Q
5
♣KQ97542
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠J652
JT83
T763
♣A
♠T8
K974
KQJ8
♣J86
♠KQ7
A652
A942
♣T3
11
610
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 3♠ 3NT  ♦5 ♥5
EW: 2 2  ♣1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: +800 6*-EW/6*-EW-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          6.00   0.00  3N S +2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
  630          4.50   1.50  3N S +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
  630          4.50   1.50  3N S +1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  600          2.00   4.00  3N S      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  600          2.00   4.00  3N S      E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E1-Mills-Whaley
  600          2.00   4.00  3N N      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        100    0.00   6.00  4N S -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Will North open 1 or 3? There are arguments for either one. If it's 1, South will be sure that there's game somewhere, starting with 1. When North bids 1, South jumps to 3NT. Will North go quietly or convert to clubs? Either might be reasonable.



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13 ♠KQJ94
AQ9
72
♣875
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠A3
85
A654
♣AKJ96
♠852
K64
Q98
♣Q432
♠T76
JT732
KJT3
♣T
12
167
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2♠  ♣4 ♦5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2 2NT  ♥4 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  4♣ W -2   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
  110          5.00   1.00  2♠ N      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        100    4.00   2.00  3♠ N -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        110    2.00   4.00  3♣ W      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        110    2.00   4.00  3♣ W      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        110    2.00   4.00  3♣ W      E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        130    0.00   6.00  2♣ W +2   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. South bids 2 and West 3. North passes and so does East. How about South? His hand is worth eight if spades are trumps. How optimistic are you?



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14 ♠K
Q83
98754
♣KT62
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠QJT
752
KQ3
♣8543
♠A96
K94
AJT62
♣A7
♠875432
AJT6
-
♣QJ9
8
816
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2♠  ♦4 NT4
EW: 3 3NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: -300 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          6.00   0.00  3♣ N +1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  110          5.00   1.00  2♠ S      E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
   50          4.00   2.00  3 E -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        150    2.00   4.00  2N E +1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        150    2.00   4.00  1N E +2   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        180    0.00   6.00  2N W +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E1-Mills-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1NT and accepts the invitation when West bids 2NT. South leads a spade at most tables, though that turns out to more helpful to declarer than a heart would have been. Now nine tricks are easy with few fears about how the hearts break.



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15 ♠KJT74
A6
K3
♣9842
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A65
K8542
AT5
♣A3
♠Q932
QJ3
Q84
♣J76
♠8
T97
J9762
♣KQT5
11
158
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2/3 1♠ 1NT  ♣4/5 ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  4 W -2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  100          5.50   0.50  4 W -2   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
   50          3.50   2.50  2N W -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
   50          3.50   2.50  2 W -1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        140    1.00   5.00  3 W      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        140    1.00   5.00  3 W      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        140    1.00   5.00  3 E      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E1-Mills-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT and may well buy the hand. Luckily, North is more likely to lead a spade than a club, which gives declarer time to work on the hearts.



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16 ♠A
T97
QT96
♣AT642
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠96532
43
8432
♣93
♠J7
K85
AJ5
♣KQ875
♠KQT84
AQJ62
K7
♣J
10
014
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 6 5♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3/1 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +980 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          4.50   1.50  4 S +2   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  480          4.50   1.50  4 S +2   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
  480          4.50   1.50  4 S +2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Mills-Whaley
  480          4.50   1.50  4 N +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  450          1.50   4.50  4 S +1   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  450          1.50   4.50  4 N +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  150          0.00   6.00  2N N +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Triolo-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South starts with 2 and raises North's 2 to show a big hand. North should be thrilled: an eight card fit, two Aces and the prospect of ruffs in the short hand. Check for Aces and try the heart slam.



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17 ♠Q632
Q983
T43
♣J5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠84
AT72
AQJ7
♣632
♠K975
K654
2
♣QT87
♠AJT
J
K9865
♣AK94
5
118
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          6.00   0.00  3 S      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
   90          4.50   1.50  1N S      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
   90          4.50   1.50  2 S      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E6-Waples-Petroff
         50    2.50   3.50  2N S -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
         50    2.50   3.50  2 S -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        100    1.00   5.00  1N S -2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        110    0.00   6.00  2 W      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Triolo-Robbins

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. North will probably answer, planning to pass the rebid--though this time it's 2 and North should re-evaluate his options and bid 2. West will just sit in the bushes and wait to take tricks.



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18 ♠Q83
AJT82
QJ84
♣T
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K42
K76
T653
♣872
♠AJ975
4
AK
♣KJ543
♠T6
Q953
972
♣AQ96
10
616
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2♠  ♦5 ♥4 NT5/6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
  100          5.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Mills-Whaley
   50          3.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
   50          3.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
   50          3.00   3.00  3♠ E -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        110    1.00   5.00  1♠ E +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        500    0.00   6.00  4* N -2  E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E4-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

What East wouldn't make a game try when West raises 1 to 2? If he tries a Help Suit game bid of 3, West will wisely sign off in 3. The nasty club break will even defeat this reasonable level.



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19 ♠AQT754
Q
J4
♣KQ96
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠82
T98652
Q82
♣74
♠6
K73
T963
♣AJT32
♠KJ93
AJ4
AK75
♣85
14
28
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/3♣ 3 1 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2/3 ♥6 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          5.00   1.00  6♠ S      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  980          5.00   1.00  6♠ S      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Mills-Whaley
  980          5.00   1.00  6♠ S      E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  480          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  480          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +2   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  480          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +2   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
        680    0.00   6.00  4 W +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
20 ♠KQJ5
732
QT86
♣96
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠43
KT984
3
♣AK542
♠T82
A65
972
♣JT73
♠A976
QJ
AKJ54
♣Q8
8
105
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠  ♣2 ♥3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4  ♦4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -200 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  4 W -2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  110          4.50   1.50  3 S      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  110          4.50   1.50  2 S +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        100    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        100    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        170    0.00   6.00  3 W +1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
21 ♠K85
KJ85
-
♣KJ8642
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QJ762
T94
K962
♣Q
♠A3
632
AQ8753
♣T7
♠T94
AQ7
JT4
♣A953
11
810
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4  ♦4/3 ♠6/5 NT5
EW: 3  ♣2 ♥2 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +300 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          6.00   0.00  4 N +1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  600          4.50   1.50  5♣ N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Mills-Whaley
  600          4.50   1.50  5♣ N      E7-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  170          3.00   3.00  3♣ N +3   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  150          2.00   4.00  4♣ N +1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
    PASS       1.00   5.00  Pass Out  E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        110    0.00   6.00  3 E      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
22 ♠A53
AQT75
432
♣A3
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠JT64
98
Q7
♣QJ974
♠92
J643
AKJT
♣K82
♠KQ87
K2
9865
♣T65
14
612
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3 1♠ 3NT  ♣5
EW: 2♣  ♦5 ♥4 ♠5/4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 15 = +2
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  1N N +2   E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  110          3.50   2.50  2 N      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
  110          3.50   2.50  2 N      E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
  110          3.50   2.50  2 N      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  110          3.50   2.50  2 N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
   90          1.00   5.00  1N N      E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
         50    0.00   6.00  3 N -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E1-Mills-Whaley
23 ♠AT9763
T942
7
♣JT
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J84
KJ865
943
♣82
♠Q2
A73
Q865
♣AQ94
♠K5
Q
AKJT2
♣K7653
5
514
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 1 3♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥6 ♠3 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          6.00   0.00  4♠ N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Triolo-Robbins
  140          4.50   1.50  3♠ N      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
  140          4.50   1.50  2♠ N +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Waples-Petroff
  110          3.00   3.00  3♣ S      E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        100    1.50   4.50  4♠ N -1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        100    1.50   4.50  3♣ S -1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        200    0.00   6.00  3N S -2   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
24 ♠873
974
AKT9
♣T54
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ2
6
Q8754
♣AQ76
♠K64
J532
J62
♣KJ2
♠JT95
AKQT8
3
♣983
7
149
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3  ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          6.00   0.00  2 S      E6-Ragnow-Burke vs E3-Shapiro-Shapiro
        110    4.00   2.00  2 W +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Waples-Petroff
        110    4.00   2.00  2 W +1   E8-Feldman-Nielsen vs E7-Smith-Ellenberger
        110    4.00   2.00  2♣ W +1   E5-Gillmon-Gaynor vs E1-Mills-Whaley
        120    1.50   4.50  1N W +1   E2-Downard-Rockefeller vs E4-Conn-Shaffer
        120    1.50   4.50  1N E +1   E1-Bowen-Benzien vs E2-McAdams-Cunningham
        130    0.00   6.00  2 W +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Triolo-Robbins