- Thursday Aft - June 6, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 196 MP  Geomean: 151 MP
(based on 15 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Linda Forsyth - Mary Kay Imdieke 57.17 1st OA 0.85
Kathy Masi - Sharon Matthews 54.85 2nd OA 0.64
Barry Tronstad - Denise Tronstad 51.61 3rd SA 0.32
EVENT>299er Prs                |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> B
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DATE>June 6, 2019       |CLUB NO.>131102    | 06/06/2019 21:47
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DIR> Gruber          |RATING>Club Championship (80%, 70%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   3 |MP LIMITS>300/200/100    |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=3                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mary Kay Imdieke       Linda Forsyth            C   1     1     .   |   1     1     1     96.04  57.17  0.85(OA)
 2 Ginger Lynch           Harry Anand              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     80.52  47.93
 3 Kathy Masi             Sharon Matthews          B   2     2     .   |   2     2     .     92.14  54.85  0.64(OA)
 4 Jeffrey Steward        Dennis Charles           A  NE     .     .   |   NE    .     .     72.73  43.29
 5 Mimi Draves            Mark Eckhout             A  NE     .     .   |   NE    .     .     90.60  53.93
 6 Iris Acutt             Allen Dahl               C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     75.09  44.70
 7 Sally Rea              Tim Rea                  B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     78.17  46.53
 8 Denise Tronstad        Barry Tronstad           B   .     .     .   |   3     .     .     86.71  51.61  0.32(SA)
                                          Totals                                            672.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AKT73
A53
J8
♣K62
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q8
QJT86
AQ52
♣AJ
♠542
K42
K63
♣QT84
♠J96
97
T974
♣9753
15
168
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2 3  ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -100 3♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  4 E -1   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B4-Steward-Charles
        110    2.00   1.00  2 W      B3-Masi-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea
        140    0.50   2.50  2 W +1   B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
        140    0.50   2.50  2 W +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTAll pass 

North has an easy 1NT opening bid. We've often discussed the idea that one should open 1NT with a five card major on a hand which has 15 - 17 HCPs and no good rebid. The North hand fits the bill perfectly.

West, in the balancing seat, also has a decision to make. There are two schools of thought on what action she should take. One school suggests that West pass especially when her opponents are vulnerable. With high card values balanced between side there is a chance for EW to go +200 if they defend. This does not apply to this board as NS are not vulnerable however West is armed with the information that values are likely split. Consequently whichever side declarers will likely struggle to make their contract.

The other school of thought is to always compete and not allow your opponents to play in 1NT.

The outcome of this board is dependent upon which school West belongs. If West belongs to the first school and passes North will most likely make her contract. East is likely to lead a club in which case North will win one club, one heart and five spades. North has no entry to dummy so her only choice is to cash her top spades in the hope of finding the Q doubleton. This is her lucky day. If East tries to "hit her partner" on the opening lead and tries a heart the defense will win seven tricks and set declarer by one trick. In this situation North will have to play from her hand is not likely to score a club trick.

On the other hand, if West comes from the school which suggests she compete, her side will get to three hearts, a contract which makes.

This afternoon, members of the first school will not score as well.


2 ♠A8
T7532
AQ5
♣876
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q94
KQ64
942
♣T92
♠KJ62
AJ8
T76
♣Q43
♠T753
9
KJ83
♣AKJ5
10
711
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 2 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥5 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.00   0.00  1N S +2   B3-Masi-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea
  110          1.50   1.50  3 S      B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  110          1.50   1.50  2 S +1   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B4-Steward-Charles
   90          0.00   3.00  1N N      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
3 ♠86
J73
AQ96542
♣K
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A9754
Q9
T7
♣Q654
♠KQT3
AT862
KJ3
♣3
♠J2
K54
8
♣AJT9872
10
813
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 3/2 3♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -300 4♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    2.50   0.50  4 N -2   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
        100    2.50   0.50  4♣ S -2   B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
        200    1.00   2.00  5 N -4   B3-Masi-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea
        500    0.00   3.00  5♣* S -3  B2-Lynch-Anand vs B4-Steward-Charles
4 ♠Q73
K852
J532
♣J3
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A
A9
K987
♣Q98765
♠J95
JT43
AQT4
♣A4
♠KT8642
Q76
6
♣KT2
7
1312
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣2 ♦2 ♥5 NT2
EW: 5♣ 5 1/2 1NT  ♠4
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -600 5-EW/5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          3.00   0.00  3N E -3   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
  100          1.50   1.50  4 E -1   B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  100          1.50   1.50  4♣ W -1   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B4-Steward-Charles
        110    0.00   3.00  3 E      B3-Masi-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
2Pass3NTAll pass

At matchpoints we strive to play in 3NT rather than in five of a minor. This may be one of those deals where the notrump game will fail.

If South interjects with either a 1 or 2 overcall EW may be able to avert disaster and play in 5, the more likely minor suit game. To bring home either 5 or 5 declarer must solve both minor suits. If declarer can place South with long spades she will have a easier time of solving the diamond suit. In her play of the diamonds she will cash the A followed by the K to learn of the bad split. She can now take the marked diamond finesse.

An interesting point about playing in diamonds is that declarer must play clubs prior to drawing trump. If South leads a spade declarer will win in dummy. She must now play to the A and continue with a club toward dummy rising with the queen if South ducks. Furthermore, if South ducks and dummy's queen wins the trick declarer must continue clubs. Her line is difficult now for if she ruffs a club she will create a diamond trick for North. Declarer no longer has the entries to dummy to draw trump and run clubs. She might try drawing one round of trump, get to dummy with the A and run clubs but North can thwart that plan by ruffing. Although East can overruff she cannot return to dummy and draw North's last trump. To succeed East must duck the third round of clubs to South unless North ruffs.

If EW are in the notrump game, South will surely win a spade. North must show encouragement in the suit. Declarer will win the first round of spades and play on clubs. When South wins her club trick she must now play a low spade to North's queen. North can continue spades to set the contract.


5 ♠98
A6532
QJT5
♣A2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K52
KQ84
AK9
♣K53
♠AQ64
J7
642
♣QJT4
♠JT73
T9
873
♣9876
11
1810
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3 NT2
EW: 4♣ 2 2 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        210    3.00   0.00  1N W +4   B3-Masi-Matthews vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        400    2.00   1.00  3N W      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Lynch-Anand
        430    0.50   2.50  3N W +1   B4-Steward-Charles vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
        430    0.50   2.50  3N W +1   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B7-Rea-Rea

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
1Pass1Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

Some North players will open their hand but we think most will pass quietly. While North has some values her heart suit is lacking texture and is not worth very many tricks. If North does open the auction will be passed to West who will start with a double as she is too strong to bid 1NT in the balancing seat.

Against the notrump game, North will lead a high diamond. Both sides are racing to get the most tricks and the defense will win. North will score two aces and two diamonds before declarer can get to 10 tricks. If North's opening lead is any suit other than diamonds declarer will gain a tempo and come to 11 tricks. She will win the opening lead and knockout one ace. She can regain the lead to knockout the other ace, She now has three spades, three hearts, two diamonds and three clubs.


6 ♠Q864
J
QJ543
♣K96
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJT7
94
K98
♣AJT8
♠A52
AK873
T62
♣53
♠93
QT652
A7
♣Q742
9
1211
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 2 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B7-Rea-Rea
  100          1.50   1.50  3N E -1   B3-Masi-Matthews vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
  100          1.50   1.50  2 E -1   B4-Steward-Charles vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
        120    0.00   3.00  2N W      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Lynch-Anand
7 ♠K86
JT87
J2
♣9532
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T52
Q4
Q963
♣AJ64
♠AQJ9
6
AKT85
♣QT8
♠743
AK9532
74
♣K7
5
916
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥5 ♠0 NT0
EW: 5♣ 6 1 6♠ 1NT
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: -1430 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    2.50   0.50  2 E +3   B3-Masi-Matthews vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        150    2.50   0.50  4♣ W +1   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B7-Rea-Rea
        170    1.00   2.00  3 E +3   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Lynch-Anand
        200    0.00   3.00  4 S -2   B4-Steward-Charles vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   2
Pass3DblPass
4Pass4Pass
5All pass  

Some may be tempted to open the South hand with a 1 bid. While we have no quarrel with the bid we prefer 2 as it is more descriptive of the hand - hearts and little on the outside.

North is tempted to elevate the preempt. However she has few HCPs and her side is vulnerable. In the end we think North will take a bid because of her fourth heart.

East will start her side with a double. West will show her lowest ranking suit, clubs. East will now bid her diamond suit, at the same time showing that she holds extras.

South will lead a heart and continue the suit. Declarer will trump the second heart, draw trump. She needs either the spade finesse or the club finesse to work. On this afternoon's layout, both work so East will win 12 tricks.

d;lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllss


8 ♠J54
QJ4
J985
♣953
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K63
K963
KT62
♣A8
♠QT872
A8
AQ3
♣JT2
♠A9
T752
74
♣KQ764
5
1313
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4 ♠2 NT2
EW: 2♣ 4 3 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  3N W -2   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Lynch-Anand
        420    2.00   1.00  4♠ E      B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B7-Rea-Rea
        450    1.00   2.00  4♠ E +1   B4-Steward-Charles vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
        460    0.00   3.00  3N W +2   B3-Masi-Matthews vs B5-Draves-Eckhout

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
1NTPass21Pass
2Pass3NTPass
4All pass  
  1. New Minor Forcing

This deal provides the opportunity for some sophisticated bridge thinking, West will open and East will bid spades. West will show her minimum opener. East now launches in New Minor Forcing hoping to find partner with three spades. West first shows her four hearts and East bids the notrump game.

Here comes the important deduction. The only reason East would have used new minor forcing is if she either held four hearts or five spades. (Without either holding East would simply bid 3NT directly.) So when East bids 3NT after West shows hearts, West knows her partner must hold five spades. West can now bid the spade game.

The only issue on this deal is for declarer to find the J. If South holds AJ9 then declarer must always lose two spade tricks regardless how she plays the suit. So declarer should lead a spade toward dummy and play the K once the nine appears from the South hand. Declarer's only option now for an extra spade trick is to play North for the J. East calls for a low spade from dummy and plays the 10 from her hand when North follows low. Bingo!! Making an overtrick.


9 ♠AKJ985
T
A6
♣KT93
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QT72
Q7653
98
♣J5
♠643
K92
K2
♣A8762
♠-
AJ84
QJT7543
♣Q4
15
510
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 2 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥5 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +400 3NT-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          2.83   0.17  3N S      B4-Steward-Charles vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  170          1.50   1.50  3♠ N +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Masi-Matthews
         50    0.17   2.83  5 S -1   B7-Rea-Rea vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NTForcing
Pass2Pass3
Pass3Pass4
Pass5All pass 

Those playing Standard American will have different auction as South will bid 2 at her first turn. While this bid is highly invitational it is not forcing. South players who use 2/1 must first bid 1NT and they will then invite.

With distributional hands we don't see many pairs ending in 3NT and we expect most will get to the diamond game.

The defense will get two tricks. The obvious K and one other. If they start a club they will get the A. On any other lead declarer may win, to cash the A and ruff a heart. She can then play two high spades discarding clubs. Although declarer can ruff another heart in dummy she must in the end lose a heart trick on this line.

For declarers in 3NT, communication is an issue. However the cards lay favorably for declarer and she should be able to come to nine tricks.


10 ♠T7652
2
Q42
♣QJ97
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠8
53
AJT8753
♣AT6
♠QJ94
T6
K9
♣K8532
♠AK3
AKQJ9874
6
♣4
5
99
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2♠ 3/-NT
       ♣5 ♦3 NT9/4
EW: 2♣ 3  ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +500 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          1.50   1.50  4 S      B4-Steward-Charles vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  620          1.50   1.50  4 S      B7-Rea-Rea vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
  620          1.50   1.50  4 S      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Masi-Matthews
11 ♠KQT85
QT7
T85
♣AT
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠743
AJ632
K
♣9732
♠92
95
AJ632
♣J854
♠AJ6
K84
Q974
♣KQ6
11
86
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          2.83   0.17  3N S +1   B4-Steward-Charles vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  420          0.83   2.17  4♠ S      B7-Rea-Rea vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth
  420          0.83   2.17  4♠ N      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Masi-Matthews

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1NT
Pass2TransferPass3
Pass3NTPass4
All pass   

We love predicting flat boards as they never ever seem to come to pass. In theory everyone should get to 4 on this deal. In theory declarer should lose 3 tricks.

It looks like declarer must lose one heart and two diamonds. She may lose the diamonds as a diamond (K) to the ace and a ruff however she cannot lose any more on this layout.

Declarer has no option but to play West for the J. So when its time to play hearts she will play the K and then lead a heart toward dummy and finesse the 10. Declarer has five spades, two hearts and three clubs.

On any other line the defense will still win one heart and two diamonds.

Getting back to the idea of the flat board, some pairs may stop in 3NT, however we don't expect it to be very many. They too will make 10 tricks for a top and they will ruin our prediction.


12 ♠AKJ5
AK
A98
♣Q974
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QT64
QJ765
T2
♣KJ
♠932
T43
QJ74
♣T32
♠87
982
K653
♣A865
21
93
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 2 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          2.17   0.83  3N N +1   B4-Steward-Charles vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  630          2.17   0.83  3N N +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Masi-Matthews
  600          0.17   2.83  3N N      B7-Rea-Rea vs B1-Imdieke-Forsyth

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass   

East will lead a small diamond from that holding. (Alternatively East may try "hit" her partner and start either a spade or a heart.)

Regardless of the lead declarer should come to 10 tricks as she has three spades, two hearts, two diamonds and three clubs.

Play in clubs is fairly standard. Declarer sill cash the ace and lead a club toward dummy. As soon as West takes her K declarer has three club tricks as the suit offers a friendly split this afternoon.

If East leads a spade she makes it easier for declarer however even without the spade lead declarer should take the spade finesse. The reasoning is that the game is matchpoints and we strive to make overtricks. A more subtle reason is that at some tables East may lead a spade. So to keep up with declarers who got the spade lead North must try the spade finesse.


13 ♠KQ
A874
Q
♣AT9642
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠6432
QJ95
43
♣753
♠AJT95
K632
J86
♣K
♠87
T
AKT9752
♣QJ8
15
312
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 6 6NT  ♥6 ♠5
EW: 1  ♣0 ♦0 ♠6 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  720          3.00   0.00  3N N +4   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B3-Masi-Matthews
  640          2.00   1.00  5♣ N +2   B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B7-Rea-Rea
  150          0.50   2.50  3 S +2   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B2-Lynch-Anand
  150          0.50   2.50  3 S +2   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Steward-Charles

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass1Pass2
Pass3Pass4
Pass5All pass 

We are not big fans of minor suits games however this afternoon we have sever deals where playing at the five level seems most appropriate.

Playing in clubs declarer must lose the A.On this auction East may lead the A. This is not a lead we like however nothing else shows promise. Leading a heart into declarer's suit doesn't seem right not does leading a diamond although this would be our second choice.

Declarer will win the opening lead, cash the A, and ruff a heart. She can come to her hand with the Q to ruff ruff a second heart. She will now cash the K, discarding her last heart. She can now advance the Q planning to take the finesse. The defense has scored two tricks however declarer has made her contract.

This will be a scary board for the pairs in 3NT. The opening lead will be a heart or a spade depending upon which side the contract is being played.

Declarer will win the opening lead, unblock the Q and decide how to get to dummy. If declarer tables the A she may have 13 tricks unless East took her A. If declarer leads a low club toward dummy she will fail in her contact as the defense will score one club and either four spades or three hearts and one spade.


14 ♠J98
T763
K43
♣Q73
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠-
QJ982
AQJ876
♣T4
♠QT5
AK54
T
♣AJ865
♠AK76432
-
952
♣K92
6
1014
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣3 ♦3 ♥1 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4 6 2NT  ♠5
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -800 6♠*-NS-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  4♣ E -1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Steward-Charles
        420    2.00   1.00  4 E      B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B2-Lynch-Anand
        450    0.50   2.50  5 E      B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B7-Rea-Rea
        450    0.50   2.50  4 W +1   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B3-Masi-Matthews
15 ♠52
JT9764
A84
♣K6
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠J9
32
KJ732
♣A975
♠Q74
AKQ5
Q96
♣Q83
♠AKT863
8
T5
♣JT42
8
915
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 2 1NT  ♥6 ♠4/5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 2NT*-EW/3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.00   0.00  3 E -3   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Steward-Charles
  100          2.00   1.00  3 W -2   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B2-Lynch-Anand
   50          1.00   2.00  2N E -1   B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B7-Rea-Rea
        200    0.00   3.00  3♠ S -2   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B3-Masi-Matthews
16 ♠KT9
K984
T62
♣K92
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠J86
A62
Q8754
♣75
♠Q73
75
AJ93
♣Q643
♠A542
QJT3
K
♣AJT8
9
79
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 5 3♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥2 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.00   0.00  4 N +1   B5-Draves-Eckhout vs B7-Rea-Rea
  420          2.00   1.00  4 N      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Steward-Charles
  200          1.00   2.00  2 N +3   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B2-Lynch-Anand
  170          0.00   3.00  2 N +2   B6-Acutt-Dahl vs B3-Masi-Matthews
17 ♠9653
J83
Q743
♣J9
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQT872
752
KJ2
♣K
♠A
AT9
A6
♣QT86543
♠J4
KQ64
T985
♣A72
4
1214
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥5 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 1 2 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.83   0.17  4♠ W -2   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        420    1.50   1.50  4♠ W      B2-Lynch-Anand vs B3-Masi-Matthews
        460    0.17   2.83  3N E +2   B7-Rea-Rea vs B4-Steward-Charles

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass2Pass
3Pass4All pass

The title of this deal is an attempt at humor however once West shows extra length in spades East's singleton is excellent support and we think she should bid the spade game.

North does not have a comfortable lead. WE strongly dislike leads form both queens and jacks. On this layout is North leads a diamond she will give declarer an extra trick. Perhaps for lack of a good lead, North may try a club. That won't work well for the defense as declarer will play low from dummy. IF South plays low declarer will score her K and if South rises with her ace dummy's clubs are established as a source of tricks. Declarer can win the return, play a spade to the ace, come to her hand with a diamond to draw trump. She can now return to dummy with a diamond to enjoy those good clubs.

If North starts a heart then the defense will score one club and two hearts.


18 ♠Q4
QJT
Q92
♣QT752
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠76
95
JT7543
♣J98
♠AT953
A7432
K
♣A4
♠KJ82
K86
A86
♣K63
9
215
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1 2NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥6 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          2.83   0.17  3♣ N      B7-Rea-Rea vs B4-Steward-Charles
        110    1.50   1.50  1♠ E +1   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B3-Masi-Matthews
        200    0.17   2.83  1N S -2   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
19 ♠K8
Q872
A3
♣KJ987
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AJ943
4
QJ8
♣5432
♠T7
AK653
K942
♣AQ
♠Q652
JT9
T765
♣T6
13
816
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4 ♠3 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4 2 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.83   0.17  3N E -1   B7-Rea-Rea vs B4-Steward-Charles
        110    1.50   1.50  2 E +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        120    0.17   2.83  2N E      B2-Lynch-Anand vs B3-Masi-Matthews
20 ♠74
Q64
QT432
♣A84
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AKT832
AK8
K86
♣5
♠QJ965
T97
A7
♣K76
♠-
J532
J95
♣QJT932
8
1710
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦6 ♥4 ♠1 NT2
EW: 1/- 2 6♠ 5NT  ♣6 ♦7/6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -1430 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        680    2.17   0.83  4♠ W +2   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B3-Masi-Matthews
        680    2.17   0.83  4♠ W +2   B7-Rea-Rea vs B4-Steward-Charles
        710    0.17   2.83  4♠ W +3   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Draves-Eckhout

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass3LimitPass
4NTPass51Pass
6All pass  
  1. 1 or 4 Keycards

East will make a Limit Raise according to partnership agreement. West,, with 17 HCPs, would normally bod game however this afternoon she has great shape. Its difficult to conceive of a 10 HCP hand which would not give West a chance to make game as long as that hand contained an ace. So West takes a chance and uses Blackwood to learn partner has one ace.

When dummy comes down, West is disappointed as the only way the contract will make is to find the A in the North hand. Today is West's lucky day as the layout she needs exists.

Perhaps West got to the lucky slam as a result of bad bidding.


21 ♠742
742
KT6
♣KJT5
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AK
AKQ5
J987
♣986
♠JT865
T983
432
♣A
♠Q93
J6
AQ5
♣Q7432
7
175
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2 4 3♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    1.50   1.50  3♠ W      B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
        140    1.50   1.50  2♠ W +1   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        140    1.50   1.50  2 E +1   B7-Rea-Rea vs B2-Lynch-Anand
22 ♠AK6
764
AJT84
♣A2
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠74
Q2
Q752
♣JT763
♠QT
JT95
K63
♣Q985
♠J98532
AK83
9
♣K4
16
58
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 5 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥2 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          2.83   0.17  5♠ S +1   B7-Rea-Rea vs B2-Lynch-Anand
  450          0.83   2.17  4♠ S +1   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
  450          0.83   2.17  4♠ S +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Acutt-Dahl

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass2Pass2
Pass4All pass 

South faces the first big question on this deal of whether she should open her hand and if so what is the correct opening bid. With 10 cards in the majors we think its difficult to pass this hand. Even though all her values are outside the spade suit we think she should start with a 1 bid. Although the bid is not ideal we think her hand is wrong for a 2 opener.

North will temporize with 2 and then bid the spade game.

West will lead a club. Declarer should win in hand and try establish dummy's diamonds for a discard. Declarer should play a diamond ti the ace and ruff a diamond followed by a spade to the ace and another diamond ruff. South can continue with another spade to the king and another diamond ruff. Declarer can now get to dummy with the A to discard a losing heart on the long diamond.


23 ♠Q75
QJ85
QT95
♣A5
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AT84
72
AJ73
♣J82
♠KJ9
A96
8
♣KT7643
♠632
KT43
K642
♣Q9
11
1011
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5♣ 1 1 4/5♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    2.83   0.17  2♠ W      B7-Rea-Rea vs B2-Lynch-Anand
        130    0.83   2.17  3♣ E +1   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        130    0.83   2.17  3♣ E +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
24 ♠AQJ2
JT6
K6
♣KT75
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K98754
AQ4
73
♣Q3
♠63
87
AT94
♣AJ864
♠T
K9532
QJ852
♣92
14
119
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6/5 ♦6 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2/3♠ 1NT  ♦5/6 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          2.83   0.17  2 N +1   B8-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
  100          1.50   1.50  2♣ E -2   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        140    0.17   2.83  2♠ W +1   B7-Rea-Rea vs B2-Lynch-Anand
25 ♠AJ3
Q76
QJT87
♣98
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KT7
T952
964
♣K73
♠Q842
J84
K5
♣AQJ6
♠965
AK3
A32
♣T542
10
613
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 3 1 3NT  ♣7/6 ♠6
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          2.17   0.83  2N E -2   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B3-Masi-Matthews
  200          2.17   0.83  2 W -2   B4-Steward-Charles vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
  100          0.17   2.83  3♠ W -1   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
26 ♠J43
T75
A9
♣AT765
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠A85
AKJ86
8753
♣4
♠KQ972
92
Q4
♣KJ32
♠T6
Q43
KJT62
♣Q98
9
1211
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 1♣ 3 4♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    2.83   0.17  2 W      B2-Lynch-Anand vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
        140    1.50   1.50  1♠ E +2   B4-Steward-Charles vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        170    0.17   2.83  2♠ E +2   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B3-Masi-Matthews
27 ♠K32
97
AJ653
♣A62
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QT9
QJT853
94
♣T3
♠864
A42
QT8
♣QJ94
♠AJ75
K6
K72
♣K875
12
59
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 1 3♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          2.83   0.17  1♣ N +1   B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B3-Masi-Matthews
         50    1.50   1.50  4 N -1   B4-Steward-Charles vs B5-Draves-Eckhout
        100    0.17   2.83  4 N -2   B2-Lynch-Anand vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
28 ♠K865
3
J2
♣AJT986
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q73
AQ4
KQT64
♣KQ
♠AJT42
K8762
A
♣53
♠9
JT95
98753
♣742
9
1812
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥1 ♠2/1 NT1
EW: 1♣ 5 5 5♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    2.83   0.17  3N W      B2-Lynch-Anand vs B6-Acutt-Dahl
        420    1.50   1.50  4♠ E      B1-Imdieke-Forsyth vs B3-Masi-Matthews
        520    0.17   2.83  3N W +4   B4-Steward-Charles vs B5-Draves-Eckhout