- Thursday Aft - June 13, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 94 MP  Geomean: 39 MP
(based on 10 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Mark Eckhout - Tim Rea 56.00 0.49 Red, 0.48 Blk
Murray Rosenbluth - Susan Lang 56.00 0.49 Red, 0.48 Blk
Allen Dahl - Suzanne Brenner 55.00 0.49 Blk
EVENT>Thursday Afternoon Pairs (300/100/20) |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> B
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DATE>June 13, 2019      |CLUB NO.>131102    | 06/13/2019 16:08
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club - North American Pairs  |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   25.0 |TOP>   2 |MP LIMITS>300/100/20     |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT C=6/D=3/E=2                       ,---,------------,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   | Qualifiers |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt| C   D   E  |Rnk-C|Rnk-D|Rnk-E|Rnk-C|Rnk-D|Rnk-E| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ------------ ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Debra Malian           Ann Nickerson            E                .     .     .   |   .     .     .     23.50  47.00
 2 Tim Rea                Mark Eckhout             C   Q           1/2    .     .   |  1/2    .     .     28.00  56.00  0.49Red
                                                                                                                        0.48Blk
 3 Suzanne Brenner        Allen Dahl               D   Q            .     .     .   |   .     1     .     27.50  55.00  0.49Blk
 4 Robert Carrier         Inge Schroeder           E                .     .     .   |   .     .     .     19.00  38.00
 5 Barry Brenner          Doug Hahn                C                .     .     .   |   .     .     .     24.00  48.00
 6 Susan Lang             Murray Rosenbluth        C   Q           1/2    .     .   |  1/2    .     .     28.00  56.00  0.49Red
                                                                                                                        0.48Blk
                                          Totals                                                         150.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠642
JT984
KJ9
♣A5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT83
AK65
T
♣KQ76
♠KQ97
3
A532
♣JT94
♠J5
Q72
Q8764
♣832
9
1610
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥5 ♠1 NT3
EW: 6♣ 1 2 6♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    2.00   0.00  4♠ E      B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
        430    1.00   1.00  3N W +1   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
        450    0.00   2.00  4♠ E +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B1-Malian-Nickerson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
1Pass1Pass
3Pass4All pass

There's little to comment on this deal. EW will get to their spade game. Declarer can come to 12 tricks if she ruffs two diamonds in dummy or two hearts in her hand.

Declarer must be careful to not draw trump prematurely as she does want the two ruffs. She will win the lead as quickly as possible, cash a high heart and ruff a heart. She can exit her hand with a club (If the ace has not already been played to ruff another heart. She can complete the task of drawing trump. She has 12 tricks in the form of four spades, two hearts, two heart ruffs, and three clubs. Oops!! That's only 11 tricks, good thing she has the A for 12.


2 ♠AJ83
A6
AQ43
♣Q96
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KT74
T854
75
♣AT4
♠9652
KQ9
86
♣K752
♠Q
J732
KJT92
♣J83
17
78
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 2 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          1.50   0.50  3N N      B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
  600          1.50   0.50  3N N      B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
  130          0.00   2.00  3 N +1   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B2-Rea-Eckhout

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1NTPass2
Pass2Pass2NT
PassPass3NTAll pass

South has an inglorious hand. She holds only eight HCPs and more than her share of those points are in jacks and a singleton queen. However she does have a five card suit which improves the value of her hand.

Regardless she should invite game with the eight points. North will accept gladly.

East will lead a club thus making declarer's task easier as this will guarantee a club trick for the offense. West will take her ace and continue the suit. It matters not whether East takes her king or plays low in anticipation of winning her king later and scoring her long club. Without tyhe club lead declarer must locare the 10 to score one trick in the suit.

Declarer is in the driver's seat and will get to dummy to lead the Q. This gives her two spades, one heart, five diamonds and one club for nine tricks and her contract.There is no opportunity to develop another trick without help from the defense. And they've already done enough to help declarer.


3 ♠96
K9432
76
♣K975
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠J8
AJ876
T83
♣Q82
♠Q7432
Q
KQJ95
♣JT
♠AKT5
T5
A42
♣A643
6
811
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          2.00   0.00  1N S      B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
         50    1.00   1.00  2N S -1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
       1100    0.00   2.00  4* N -5  B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
4 ♠KQJ76
AJ
65
♣AJ75
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A4
Q875
KT8
♣T643
♠T9853
T943
32
♣K8
♠2
K62
AQJ974
♣Q92
16
93
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 2 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5 ♠3/4 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          1.50   0.50  3N S +1   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
  630          1.50   0.50  3N N +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
  600          0.00   2.00  3N S      B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B3-Brenner-Dahl

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass2
Pass3Pass3
Pass3NTAll pass 

We can see declarer winning 11 tricks at quite a few tables. East will probably lead a heart given the bidding. She wants to keep her spades as a surprise for North although on this deal East's spades will prove to be irrelevant.

Declarer will win the heart lead and try the diamond finesse. West should hold up in an effort to give declarer problems with communication between the North and South hands. Declarer can now call for a spade from dummy, winning in her hand to play another diamond. West must win.She will exit a heart or a club. If she plays a heart declarer will win and play a club toward dummy. East can take her king. East must now return a spade least declarer take 11 tricks - one spade, three hearts, five diamonds and two clubs.


5 ♠AK
Q7
KQJT5
♣J982
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠96
KJ96
A432
♣T54
♠QT5
A832
76
♣KQ63
♠J87432
T54
98
♣A7
16
811
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2  ♣6 ♦5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          2.00   0.00  2♠ N      B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
        100    1.00   1.00  2♠ N -1   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
        200    0.00   2.00  3 N -2   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
6 ♠J9
KJT64
97
♣K985
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q654
82
KQT43
♣J4
♠AKT72
Q7
62
♣A763
♠83
A953
AJ85
♣QT2
8
813
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3  ♦5 ♠3 NT6
EW: 2 3♠  ♣5 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    1.50   0.50  3♠ E      B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        140    1.50   0.50  2♠ E +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
        200    0.00   2.00  2♠ E +3   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
7 ♠AKT
72
AQT94
♣853
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q4
T63
K876
♣KT76
♠J863
QJ5
J3
♣AQ92
♠9752
AK984
52
♣J4
13
811
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3 3♠ 2NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          2.00   0.00  3♣ E -3   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
  140          1.00   1.00  2 S +1   B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
  130          0.00   2.00  2 N +2   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
8 ♠AT4
AKQ9
6
♣A8742
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KQ7
8643
Q94
♣963
♠986532
T2
AT875
♣-
♠J
J75
KJ32
♣KQJT5
17
74
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 1 6/5 5NT  ♠5
EW: 1♠  ♣1 ♦6 ♥1 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +980 6-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          2.00   0.00  3N N +2   B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
  420          0.50   1.50  4 N      B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
  420          0.50   1.50  5♣ N +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B2-Rea-Eckhout

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass3Splinter
Pass6All pass 

North opens and South makes a Splinter Bid supporting clubs and showing a singleton spade. Looking at her hand North knows her side has no spade losers. She holds solid hearts and a singleton diamond. She hopes her partner has good clubs which she should for her bid. Strictly speaking South promises club length however she also promises values and since she has a singleton spade and nothing in hearts (as North has the suit in her hand) South's values are in diamonds and clubs. So South should have a good club holding.

North can win the opening lead, draw trump and ruff two spades in dummy to make her 12 tricks.


9 ♠K9
Q
Q8732
♣KJ532
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT76
KJ763
A65
♣T
♠52
AT954
KT4
♣AQ6
♠AQ843
82
J9
♣9874
11
913
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦6 ♥2 ♠6 NT4
EW: 1 5 1♠ 3NT  ♣5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    1.00   1.00  4 E +1   B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        650    1.00   1.00  4 E +1   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
        650    1.00   1.00  4 E +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
10 ♠Q842
965
AJT64
♣6
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AT6
KT
9872
♣T432
♠J97
2
KQ5
♣AKJ975
♠K53
AQJ8743
3
♣Q8
7
714
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 2NT  ♥3 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 20 = -3
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          2.00   0.00  4 S      B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
        100    0.50   1.50  4 S -1   B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        100    0.50   1.50  4 S -1   B4-Carrier-Schroeder vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
11 ♠AKT85
K3
A3
♣T853
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠72
AJT654
K76
♣K2
♠Q9643
Q982
84
♣96
♠J
7
QJT952
♣AQJ74
14
114
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 2♠ 1NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦2 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +400 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          2.00   0.00  5♣ S +1   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
         50    1.00   1.00  5♣ S -1   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
        100    0.00   2.00  3N N -2   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B3-Brenner-Dahl

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
11Pass2
Pass3Pass5
All pass   

Some East players will stretch and support partner's hearts however we think most will pass quietly as they hold long spades, North's bid suit.

West must choose between leading a spade or a heart as South has bid both of her suits. We don't like to lead unsupported aces however on this deal West may not have a better choice at the table.

So let's have West lead the A. Declarer will win the continuation and try the club finesse which will lose to West.

Declarer can win the return. If West tries a diamond declarer can play low from dummy and win in hand. Regardless of the return South has an interesting play in diamonds. South can try the diamond finesse. If West covers the Q South has the remaining diamond tricks. Look at what happens if West plays low. Declarer can now play to the A and ruff a spade to come to her hand. She can now ruff a diamond dropping West's king and establishing her suit.


12 ♠Q5
K874
A832
♣K84
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K63
Q93
KJ975
♣A5
♠J974
JT52
T6
♣973
♠AT82
A6
Q4
♣QJT62
12
132
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1/2 1/2 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5/4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          2.00   0.00  3N N +1   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
  180          1.00   1.00  2N S +2   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
  150          0.00   2.00  3♣ S +2   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B1-Malian-Nickerson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1PassPass2
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass   

North has no bid over West's 1 opener so she must pass quietly. South will balance with 2 and we think North's 2NT should show extra values, at least an opening hand as North can pass 2. South bids the game.

East will lead the 10. This has the effect of making declarer's 8 a second stopper in the suit (if she needs it.) Declarer will win her ace and immediately lead a club. The trick will likely hold.

Declarer can place the high cards in the West hand, else West would not have an opening bid. So whenever she is in dummy she will lead a spade toward her hand.

Declarer will come to nine tricks in two spades, two hearts, one diamond and four clubs.North ahs little chance for an overtrick as the defense will have four tricks, one spade, two diamonds and one club.


13 ♠T854
965
J95
♣KJ6
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KJ2
Q72
T642
♣A74
♠Q763
AJ84
3
♣QT95
♠A9
KT3
AKQ87
♣832
5
109
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1/2NT  ♣6 ♥5 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          2.00   0.00  1N S +1   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
   90          1.00   1.00  1 S +1   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
        100    0.00   2.00  3 S -1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
14 ♠AKQT7
T984
AT
♣J7
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠98
J7653
Q2
♣AQT4
♠542
2
87653
♣K865
♠J63
AKQ
KJ94
♣932
14
93
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3 5♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥3 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  520          2.00   0.00  3N S +4   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
  490          1.00   1.00  3N S +3   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
  420          0.00   2.00  4 N      B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B3-Brenner-Dahl

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass21Pass2
Pass4All pass 
  1. New Minor Forcing

North will use some form of New Minor Forcing to inquire about three card spade support. When South shows that support North will bid the spade game.

We think East will lead a club and the defense will take the first two tricks. Declarer will win and draw trump. Her contract is not in jeopardy however the overtrick is not assured. We can see North leading a diamond toward dummy and finessing the J. This will give the defense another trick.

We can also see East leading a diamond which solves the suit for declarer and guarantees two overtricks. The diamond lead gives declarer four tricks in the suit and if the defense hasn't taken any clubs they will not get any tricks in clubs.


15 ♠8
QT82
KQT63
♣965
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AKJ652
5
A95
♣JT2
♠QT973
A63
J82
♣73
♠4
KJ974
74
♣AKQ84
7
137
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 4  ♠4 NT5
EW: 3♠ 2NT  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.00   0.00  5♠ W -2   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B3-Brenner-Dahl
   50          1.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
        100    0.00   2.00  5 S -1   B5-Brenner-Hahn vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
16 ♠A3
82
8542
♣Q7432
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠J9865
94
J973
♣J9
♠KQ742
K653
KQT6
♣-
♠T
AQJT7
A
♣AKT865
6
313
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 6/5 5NT  ♦5 ♠4
EW: 2/1 3/2♠  ♣0 ♥1 NT1
LoTT: 22 - 21 = +1
Par: +1100 7♠*-E-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  230          2.00   0.00  2 S +4   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
  190          0.50   1.50  4♣ N +3   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
  190          0.50   1.50  2♣ S +5   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
17 ♠Q954
JT764
Q
♣J82
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AK83
Q3
987
♣KQ65
♠J6
AK982
AJ62
♣T7
♠T72
5
KT543
♣A943
6
1413
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 2 4 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          1.50   0.50  3N W -1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
   50          1.50   0.50  3N E -1   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        120    0.00   2.00  2N W      B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B1-Malian-Nickerson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass2Pass
3NTAll pass  

This deal might play better in hearts however we don't see many EW pairs bidding the heart game. We expect the field to reasonably be in 3NT.

Declarer will struggle and we think many will fail as the cards are not friendly to declarer.

That said, North does not have an easy lead. Both her suits have been bid by the offense. Declarer has six top tricks. She can develop one or two clubs depending upon the location of the A. She can develop a third spade trick if she immediately leads a spade toward the jack. (However this is not a normal play.)

Most likely West will play on hearts. (She'll have an easier time if North starts the suit and think this may happen at a few tables.) Declarer will cash the Q and lead a heart toward dummy. If North splits her honors declarer will win and continue the suit. The heart spots will allow the suit to come home with one loser. If North plays low we think declarer should play low from dummy. If South wins the trick declarer will have four heart tricks when she regains the lead. On this layout, ducking strikes gold allowing declarer to win four heart tricks.She can shift her attentiopn to clubs to establish a few tricks in that suit.

In he end declarer will have two spades, four hearts, one diamond and two clubs.


18 ♠KJ92
85
JT542
♣A6
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A64
J2
AKQ876
♣J4
♠T73
AQT94
9
♣KT95
♠Q85
K763
3
♣Q8732
9
159
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 2 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          1.50   0.50  4 W -3   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
  150          1.50   0.50  3 W -3   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
   50          0.00   2.00  4 E -1   B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
19 ♠AQJ
AQ3
KT9
♣KT85
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KT765
J542
A3
♣AJ
♠9842
-
QJ87
♣Q7643
♠3
KT9876
6542
♣92
19
135
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 4 2NT  ♣6 ♠4
EW: -/1♣ 2♠
       ♣6/7 ♦5 ♥3/4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          2.00   0.00  4 S      B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
         50    1.00   1.00  2N N -1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
        100    0.00   2.00  4 S -2   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
20 ♠T
K9
J7652
♣AKJ64
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K96543
T7
T9
♣732
♠A
AQJ542
AKQ
♣T85
♠QJ872
863
843
♣Q9
12
320
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 2/1
       ♣7/6 ♥3 ♠4/3 NT6/3
EW: 4 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          2.00   0.00  2N E -3   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B1-Malian-Nickerson
        140    1.00   1.00  2 E +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
        500    0.00   2.00  3* N -2  B2-Rea-Eckhout vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
21 ♠QT62
9872
862
♣Q3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K7
AKQJ4
K97
♣AK2
♠J854
T3
AQT43
♣76
♠A93
65
J5
♣JT9854
4
237
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥0 ♠3 NT0
EW: 2♣ 6 6 4♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    2.00   0.00  3N W      B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
        490    1.00   1.00  3N W +3   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        510    0.00   2.00  4 W +3   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B2-Rea-Eckhout

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
2Pass2WaitingPass
2NTPass3CheckbackPass
3Pass3NTAll pass

A rather elaborate auction will get EW to the notrump game.

Most play that a 2NT opener shows 20 - 21 HCPs so on this deal /west will open 2 and then bid notrump showing 22 - 24 HCPs. East bids 3 to check for a major suit fit. There are many variations of how to play this sequence and responses however West will show hearts and East will bid the notrump game.

The lead is irrelevant as West has 12 tricks. She has five hearts, five diamonds and two clubs. South will eventually score her A


22 ♠K
54
AKQJ74
♣Q982
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQJT97
T63
82
♣JT
♠2
AK982
T93
♣K765
♠86543
QJ7
65
♣A43
15
810
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3  ♥2 ♠4 NT5
EW: 3 3♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          2.00   0.00  3 N +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
  110          1.00   1.00  3 N      B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
        300    0.00   2.00  5* N -2  B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
23 ♠KJ864
KQ3
954
♣KJ
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T32
AT5
KJT32
♣52
♠AQ9
2
Q7
♣QT98743
♠75
J98764
A86
♣A6
13
810
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2  ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    1.50   0.50  3 S -1   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B2-Rea-Eckhout
        100    1.50   0.50  3 S -1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        110    0.00   2.00  3♣ E      B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
24 ♠532
A53
AQ83
♣A74
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T764
QJ74
K975
♣T
♠AJ8
KT982
T42
♣QJ
♠KQ9
6
J6
♣K986532
14
611
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 2 1♠ 4NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦4 ♠6 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +920 6♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  610          2.00   0.00  4♣* S +1  B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
  420          1.00   1.00  5♣ S +1   B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
  150          0.00   2.00  4♣ S +1   B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B2-Rea-Eckhout

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass112
Pass3Pass5
All pass   

We can envision South getting super frisky on this deal. She does have the values for her 2 response. While she has nine HCPs she does have heart shortness and club length. Either allows her to revalue her hand upwards.

North, for lack of anything better to do supports clubs. When the auction come around to South we think most will bid the club game rather than remain silent.

West will lead a heart and declarer will call for the ace from dummy. She will draw trump in two rounds and try the diamond finesse. When in dummy she will lead a spade toward her hand. East should play low. Declarer will win the spade and play a diamond to dummy to play another spade toward her hand. East will take her ace this time.

The play of the hand is over as declarer has 12 tricks.


25 ♠A972
98
965
♣T865
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J4
AQ6543
72
♣QJ3
♠QT3
T2
AQT43
♣K97
♠K865
KJ7
KJ8
♣A42
4
1011
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 2 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -100 2♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.00   0.00  2 W -1   B1-Malian-Nickerson vs B4-Carrier-Schroeder
        140    1.00   1.00  3 W      B6-Lang-Rosenbluth vs B5-Brenner-Hahn
        600    0.00   2.00  3N E      B3-Brenner-Dahl vs B2-Rea-Eckhout