- Monday Aft - June 17, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1001 MP  Geomean: 582 MP
(based on 24 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Christopher Gillmon - Peggy Nielsen 58.50 1st OA 2.33
Anne Cline - Donald Cline 57.83 2nd OA 1.75
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 57.00 3rd OA 1.31
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 56.33 4th OA 0.98
Anne Conn - Elaine McAdams 51.33 2nd OB 0.88
Joseph Gaynor - Richard Wagner 50.48 3rd OB 0.66
Alan Greenberg - Marilyn Waples 48.25 2nd SB 0.41
EVENT>Longest Day Charity Open |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>June 17, 2019      |CLUB NO.>127100    | 06/17/2019 16:04
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Alzheimer Fund               |MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A   4     .     .   |   2     .     .     67.60  56.33  0.98(OA)
 2 Deborah Triolo         Mark Robbins             A   3     .     .   |   1     .     .     68.40  57.00  1.31(OA)
 3 Alan Greenberg         Marilyn Waples           B   .     .     .   |   .     2     .     57.90  48.25  0.41(SB)
 4 Carol Hayhurst         Buki Burke               B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     53.00  44.17
 5 Richard Wagner         Joseph Gaynor            B   .     3     .   |   .     1     .     60.57  50.48  0.66(OB)
 6 Joan Cathcart          Gwen Wagner              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     52.60  43.83
                                          Totals                                            360.07

EVENT>Longest Day Charity Open |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> D E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Peggy Nielsen          Christopher Gillmon      B   1     1     .   |   1     1     .     70.20  58.50  2.33(OA)
 2 Nita Whaley            Louise Shaffer           B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     54.55  45.46
 3 Elaine McAdams         Anne Conn                C   .     2     .   |   .     2     .     61.60  51.33  0.88(OB)
 4 Ginny Rockefeller      Doug Hahn                C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     45.91  38.26
 5 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     57.30  47.75
 6 Anne Cline             Donald Cline             A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     69.40  57.83  1.75(OA)
                                          Totals                                            358.96

Hands and Results
1 ♠AK32
3
AK864
♣AQ9
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q87
K652
JT2
♣T84
♠J65
AQ974
97
♣KJ3
♠T94
JT8
Q53
♣7652
20
611
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3♠ 2NT  ♥6/5
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  3♠ N      D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D3-McAdams-Conn
  130          4.00   1.00  4 N      D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  110          2.50   2.50  3 N      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  110          2.50   2.50  3 N      D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline
   50          1.00   4.00  3 E -1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
         50    0.00   5.00  4 N -1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North will be disappointed when the bidding starts 1--1--P--2. His best option is to double. How will South respond? He might choose to bid 2 or even 2 (surely North has four). If. on the other hand, West has made a preemptive raise to 3 and North doubles, it's scarier for South. Knowing partner has a big hand, he might even elect to pass.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 11Pass
2DblPass2
All pass   

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5, 7, and 17.

The Bidding: North doesn't have the shape to open 2NT. So North begins by opening 1. After East overcalls 1, South has nothing to say. It is common to play a jump raise as preemptive. Here, West, with a flat hand, isn't eager to preempt. Raising to 2 seems prudent because it is fit showing, obstructive, and lead directional. North's double is takeout oriented. East has nothing to say. South, faced with no attractive choices, chooses the cheapest bid. East's failure to make a Game Try over 2 should serve as a warning to West. If East-West compete to 3, North will double again. South has no desire to bid at the 3-level. South leaves the double in, hoping North has the strength to beat 3.

If West passes 2, should North invite game? South had the opportunity to respond 1 or make a Negative Double . South's failure to do so suggests South is quite weak and/or doesn't have 4 spades. If South has only 3 spades, North will be tapped in the long hand. Passing 2 seems best.

The Play in 2: After West leads a heart, East-West attempt to tap declarer. Declarer is worried about losing control of the hand. So declarer discards 2 potential club losers. East-West cannot profitably lead a 4th round of hearts. So they switch to a club, knocking out North's bare Ace. A declarer who could see through the backs of the cards would draw trump, conceding a spade trick, and would claim 9 tricks: 3 + 5 + 1. Lacking x-ray vision, declarer needs to consider what would happen if spades don't break 3-3. Drawing 2 rounds of trump and allowing the defense to score their remaining 2 trump allows declarer to maintain trump control. The defense scores 3 hearts and 2 trump tricks to hold declarer to 8 tricks.

The Play in 3X: South is likely to lead the 3. Assuming the 3 isn't a singleton, North knows declarer has at most 2 diamonds. North cashes their diamond winners and leads a 3rd round of diamonds, forcing declarer to ruff. Declarer has 5 quick losers and cannot afford to lose a 2nd club, a 3rd spade, or a Trump Promotion . When hearts break 3-1, declarer's options are limited. Declarer uses the King entry to lead a spade from dummy, hoping North has the Ace and King. North rises with the a high spade, cashes their second high spade, and exits a spade. Declarer uses dummy's Queen entry to lead a club from dummy. North recognizes they would be end played if they rise with the Ace. So North ducks a small club (or covers the 10 with the Queen). Now declarer is end played. Down 2 scores +300 for North-South.



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2 ♠K3
63
QT96532
♣Q8
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J954
JT9
AK7
♣A42
♠AQ82
AK5
J4
♣KJ95
♠T76
Q8742
8
♣T763
7
1318
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦4 ♥3 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6♣ 2/3 4 7♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -1510 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    5.00   0.00  4♠ E      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        450    3.50   1.50  4♠ E +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        450    3.50   1.50  4♠ E +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        510    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +3   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline
        990    0.00   5.00  6N E      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

With 18 HCP, most will choose to open the East hand 1, jumping to 4 over West's 1 response. A West who passes hastily will regret it. Knowing partner has at least 18 points and four spades, he should at least try for slam, perhaps by cuebidding a clubs, his lowest ranking Ace. East can now cue in hearts and West in diamonds. 6 is enough when the trump king is missing.



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3 ♠A
QJ954
KT853
♣73
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K532
K86
A62
♣862
♠T74
A32
QJ974
♣K9
♠QJ986
T7
-
♣AQJT54
10
1010
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3 3♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline
  150          3.50   1.50  4♣ S +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  150          3.50   1.50  3♣ S +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D3-McAdams-Conn
  130          2.00   3.00  4♣ S      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
         50    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
         50    0.50   4.50  3N N -1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This is much too good a hand to preempt in clubs. Just open 1 and plan to bid the spades twice--this time uncovering a nasty misfit which should keep N-S out of game. Even if the defense takes those little clubs off the dummy, clubs will play very well indeed, thanks to the spade spots and the fact that the 10 falls.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1Pass1
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass2Pass3
All pass   

The Bidding: South's hand easily meets the Rule of 20 . With just 1½ quick tricks, South's hand falls short of the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener . Grant Baze advised "6-5 come alive" , saying a 6-5 hand is worth an extra Ace. Here, South with 2 good suits, has a clear 1 opening bid. North's 5-5 hand merits an upgrade for their heart texture. North's singleton Ace merits a downgrade. With 5-5 in the red suits, North begins with a 1 response. After South shows their spade suit, North expects the board to be a misfit. Going low with a 1NT rebid seems best. South's 2 bid shows 6-5 distribution, but less strength than a jump to 3. North, worried about communication with South's 6+ card club suit, takes a preference for clubs.

The Play in 3: West doesn't have an attractive lead. A diamond lead allows declarer to discard a heart loser. Declarer uses the Ace entry to finesse against the King. Since declarer cannot get to dummy to repeat the finesse, they need to attempt to drop the King. Here, the King drops and the spades cooperate for 1 loser. Declarer has 10 tricks: 4 + 6.

Declarer may try a ruffing finesse in spades, but West has no reason to cover. Because the 10 falls, declarer has just 1 spade loser with or without a ruff.

The Play in Notrump: East is likely to lead the Queen, top of an honor sequence. Since North has the guarded King, there isn't much incentive for West to rice with the Ace. After declarer wins the King, declarer might finesse against the King. Declarer can return to hand with the Ace to repeat the club finesse. Declarer can cash out for 8 tricks: 1 + 1 + 6.

Some declarers may attempt to steal a heart trick, by leading the 10, hoping East-West Hold Up . Since ducking risks putting the King under a Tenace , it is best for West to cover. When West's King holds, West cashes the Ace and leads a diamond. The defense has 5 tricks: 2 + 3. Declarer may risk trying to establish spade winners, hoping the 10 drops. This allows the defense to score 6 tricks: 1 + 2 + 3.



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4 ♠5
K54
98
♣AQT8653
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KJ8
J873
AKJT
♣K9
♠QT63
Q962
642
♣J2
♠A9742
AT
Q753
♣74
9
165
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ -/1 -/1♠ 4NT
       ♦6/7 ♥6 ♠6/7
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦5 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  870          4.90   0.10  3♣* N +1  D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
  130          2.50   2.50  3♣ S +1   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D3-McAdams-Conn
  130          2.50   2.50  3♣ N +1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  130          2.50   2.50  3♣ N +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          0.10   4.90  1N W -1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When West opens 1NT, North might bid 3, showing a good suit and a reasonable hand. East will pass. Will South just pass? Certainly that's excusable. But consider: any missing club honors are more likely to be in the West hand, so nine tricks may be easy to bag. Are you a gambler?



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5 ♠A6
JT943
A863
♣JT
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠853
AKQ762
942
♣2
♠KQJ742
8
KQ5
♣K93
♠T9
5
JT7
♣AQ87654
10
914
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1  ♥5 ♠3 NT5
EW: 2 3♠  ♣3 ♦6 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  670          5.00   0.00  3♣* S     D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D3-McAdams-Conn
  100          3.50   1.50  4♠ E -2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          3.50   1.50  4♠* E -1  D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
   50          1.50   3.50  4♠ E -1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
   50          1.50   3.50  4♠ E -1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    0.00   5.00  3♠ E      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Seeing all four hands, it may be possible to take four defensive tricks on this hand, but many E-W pairs will get to and make the spade game, just losing the three aces. South has preempted in clubs: will she lead the Ace even with this holding, or perhaps make a neutral lead of the 10 or J? If declare can get trump out, he pitches his two"extra" club losers on the high hearts.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
3Pass41Pass
4All pass  
  1. heart shortness, slam interest

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South has a choice between passing, overcalling 2, and preempting 3. North is a passed hand. So a jump overcall can be wide ranging. However, the vulnerability is unfavorable and South's club texture is mediocre. A lead directing 2 overcall seems best. West, with 12 Support Points and a source of tricks, cue bids 3 to show an invitational or better spade raise. East, with 17 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 5, is strong enough to bid game. Since West is unlimited, East should show willingness to cooperate with a slam try. East's jump to 4 is a Splinter bid, showing heart shortness and slam interest. West, with all their high cards opposite East's shortness, declines the slam try.

The Play: In their "Winning Suit Contract Leads" book, David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "side-suit singletons are excellent leads and should nearly always be chosen." Should South lead their singleton when they know declarer is also short in hearts. South's 10-9 doubleton offer the potential for an overruff or a Trump Promotion . South doesn't have a particularly attractive alternative. Leading a heart seems best.

Here, South's singleton heart is the only lead which beats 4. The heart lead damages declarer's communication and prevents declarer from enjoying discards on dummy's remaining 2 heart winners. Without the benefit of the discards, declarer needs to take lobbing finesses towards their diamond honors and needs to ruff club losers. North-South will not allow declarer to do so. The defense has 3 quick winners and will score a ruff or an additional trick in a side suit to beat 4.



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6 ♠KJ4
A4
87532
♣A96
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT96
Q9
AKJ9
♣JT4
♠Q753
K32
QT6
♣872
♠82
JT8765
4
♣KQ53
12
157
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4  ♦6 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♠  ♣4 ♦6 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3♠ W -2   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  140          3.50   1.50  3 S      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Cline-Cline
  140          3.50   1.50  3 S      D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          2.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    1.00   4.00  2♠ W      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        120    0.00   5.00  1N W +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT in third seat. This passes to South. Give up? Bid those hearts even though they're so weak? Surely North has some points, but where are they? West will surely fail at 1NT, but that's not so bad when the opposition has makeable heart or club contracts. Few will use Stayman with the East hand: it's too good--or not good enough!



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7 ♠T32
87632
Q3
♣AJ8
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J
KJ9
J982
♣T7642
♠AKQ5
QT4
AK6
♣K93
♠98764
A5
T754
♣Q5
7
621
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥4 ♠3 NT2
EW: 4♣ 4 3 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 13 - 16 = -3
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.50   0.50  3N E -2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  200          4.50   0.50  3N E -2   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  100          3.00   2.00  3N E -1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        600    2.00   3.00  3N E      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        630    0.50   4.50  3N E +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Cline-Cline
        630    0.50   4.50  3N E +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

It's amazing how much better six HCP look when partner has opened 2NT! Unless they are playing Puppet Stayman , West happily just bids 3NT. Assuming that South leads a spade, East wins on the dummy. What now? Clubs are scary, but it is an eight card fit. Least low and insert the 9. Get to the dummy with a heart and do it again, low toward the K3. This pays off when there are two entries to the dummy in hearts.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
PassPass2NTPass
3NTAll pass  

The Bidding: After 2 passes, North must decide whether to open Open Light in Third Seat . The ACBL's Open Chart disallows "A Natural or Quasi-Natural 1-level opening bid in any seat that could contain less than Near-Average Strength." Near average is defined as "a hand that has at least 8 HCP or meets the Rule of 17 ." Opening 1 or 1 would be a psych. If you open the North hand in 3rd seat and your partner isn't surprised you have less than 8 HCP, you likely have an implicit partnership agreement and could be penalized.

After North passes in 3rd seat, East opens 2NT. West knows their partnership has 26-27 HCP. West's hand merits a downgrade for the singleton Jack. West has a 5-card suit and some texture. Forcing to game seems best. Jerry Helms recommends against playing Puppet Stayman Over 2NT because of the difficulty handling hands which are 5-4 in the majors. Partnerships with good memories may play Muppet Stayman . If playing a version of Puppet Stayman , West might look for a 5-3 heart fit. Either way, East-West arrive in 3NT.

The Play: South's standard lead is their 4th best spade. Leading low clubs from dummy offers a 72% chance for 3 club tricks. A Safety Play is available which offers a 98% chance for 2 club tricks. Entries are a problem. Attacking hearts risks helping North-South establish 1 or more long heart winners. Declarer prefers to attempt to establish an additional heart winner. Cashing the AK and leading a low diamond towards dummy offers an 85% chance for 3 diamond tricks and almost an 11% chance for 4 diamond tricks. Here, when the Queen drops on the 2nd round, declarer has a marked finesse against the 10. If declarer risks a lobbing finesse in clubs before establishing South's long spade, declarer can score 11 tricks: 4 + 2 + 4 + 1.

The unlikely lead of the Queen is required to guarantee 3 tricks for the defense.



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8 ♠Q52
J72
QT9873
♣8
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KJT8
Q64
K2
♣KQ92
♠A64
K983
65
♣J754
♠973
AT5
AJ4
♣AT63
5
148
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  2N W -2   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D6-Cline-Cline
         50    3.50   1.50  3N N -1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D3-McAdams-Conn
         50    3.50   1.50  3 N -1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
         90    2.00   3.00  1N E      D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        110    1.00   4.00  1♠ W +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    0.00   5.00  1♠ W +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This auction starts 1--1; 1 for E-W. With nothing in diamonds, East may now bid 2, which West should take as a hint and pass. East should have four or five clubs for this bidding as well as no whisper of a diamond card.



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9 ♠T73
AT2
QJ87
♣853
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KJ954
J9754
T5
♣6
♠A
83
K6432
♣KQ942
♠Q862
KQ6
A9
♣AJT7
7
512
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.50   0.50  3N S      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  400          4.50   0.50  3 E -4   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
  300          3.00   2.00  2♣ E -3   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  150          1.50   3.50  1N S +2   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D6-Cline-Cline
  150          1.50   3.50  1N S +2   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
         50    0.00   5.00  2N S -1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D3-McAdams-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 and South either doubles or bids 1NT. Assuming that he doubles, will West bid 1? It's a really obnoxious user-up of bidding space. There's not much North can do with only seven HCP, though he might push a bit and bid 1NT (he does also have two 10s, after all). South, with 16 is strong enough to raise to 2NT, but there it will die.



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10 ♠96
KJT975
T9864
♣-
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AQ2
842
K52
♣QJ82
♠KJT543
A6
AJ
♣A54
♠87
Q3
Q73
♣KT9763
4
1217
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1  ♣3 ♠1 NT1
EW: 3♣ 4/5♠ 5NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        630    4.90   0.10  3N W +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D6-Cline-Cline
        650    3.70   1.30  4♠ E +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        680    2.50   2.50  5♠ E +1   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
       1430    0.70   4.30  6♠ E      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
       1430    0.70   4.30  6♠ E      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D3-McAdams-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North should be the obstructive one this time: After east opens 1, if West bids a Forcing 1NT, North jumps to 3 if he's pushy. East will brush that off with 3 and West will raise to the game. The heart bid might save South from a costly lead of a low diamond, though I think a low club more likely. That will give North a ruff, though, alas, there's no way back into the South hand.



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11 ♠AJ7
K976
843
♣T93
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KT943
3
AKT5
♣AJ2
♠652
AQJT54
92
♣75
♠Q8
82
QJ76
♣KQ864
8
157
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥3/4 ♠3/4 NT4/5
EW: 1♣ 2 3 3♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW/3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.90   0.10  3N E -3   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
  100          3.70   1.30  4♠ W -2   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        110    2.50   2.50  2♠ W      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    1.30   3.70  2♠ W +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        420    0.10   4.90  4♠ W      D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens the "boss" suit and should declare in spades. East has to be careful not to get carried away with that nice heart suit when he has no side entries. His hand is worth only a single raise. Still, West likes his hand generally and I think there's a great chance that 4 will be the common final contract at many tables. The duplication of values will be a glaring problem.



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12 ♠QJ82
95
T2
♣Q9654
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A965
Q872
KJ93
♣2
♠T73
T4
Q864
♣KT87
♠K4
AKJ63
A75
♣AJ3
5
105
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          5.00   0.00  2N S      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        100    3.50   1.50  3N S -1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    3.50   1.50  3N S -1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        200    1.50   3.50  3N S -2   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    1.50   3.50  3N S -2   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D6-Cline-Cline
        300    0.00   5.00  3 S -3   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

In fourth seat. I wouldn't blame South for opening 2NT. If he does open 1, that's where he'll play. He and East have really balanced hands, the other two not so much. If it's 1, West would be better off leading a low diamond--lead a long suit when you have a trump stack, if feasible. He should be aware that East can't have much.



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13 ♠98
642
T84
♣JT987
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠A52
QJ
KJ963
♣Q65
♠QJT64
A73
Q52
♣A2
♠K73
KT985
A7
♣K43
1
1313
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥5 ♠1 NT1
EW: 2/1♣ 6/5 1 6/5♠ 6/5NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -1440 6NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    5.00   0.00  3 W +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        650    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        650    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        650    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        650    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        680    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South is strong enough to bid 2. West cuebids hearts to show a limit raise or better in spades. East will try to sign off in 3, but West carries on to the game. Poor South--all those nice cards and he'll keep feeling endplayed and at risk. He knows partner is broke.



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14 ♠QJ43
J85
K93
♣J96
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AKT6
Q764
AT8
♣A8
♠9
AT2
QJ752
♣KT42
♠8752
K93
64
♣Q753
8
1710
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5 5 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        430    4.50   0.50  3N W +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        430    4.50   0.50  3N W +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        460    2.00   3.00  3N W +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D6-Cline-Cline
        460    2.00   3.00  3N W +2   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        460    2.00   3.00  3N W +2   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        490    0.00   5.00  3N W +3   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT and will end up in the NT game. The reasonable small spade lead--especially so if East didn't use Stayman--will cost a defensive trick. Then the placement of the K will also be friendly.



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15 ♠Q7
KQ8543
93
♣J73
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠8542
92
8764
♣T42
♠AJ96
AT
AKJT5
♣Q5
♠KT3
J76
Q2
♣AK986
8
019
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♦5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   1.00  3 N      D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D6-Cline-Cline
  140          4.00   1.00  3 N      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  140          4.00   1.00  3 N      D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          2.00   3.00  3♠ W -1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
         80    1.00   4.00  1♠ W      D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        100    0.00   5.00  4 N -1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. North bids 1 and East has to decide what to do. With all the bidding he's already heard, he knows partner can have very little. Still, he doubles, South may make a Support Double(s) if they play that gadget, and West would reluctantly bid 2. Who knows? That could even buy the hand. Missing those high honors, West still has to lead trump so he can get them out and run those diamonds.



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16 ♠J43
J43
T9875
♣T5
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K2
Q87
J642
♣KJ76
♠AQ987
AT2
KQ
♣Q32
♠T65
K965
A3
♣A984
2
1017
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥4 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4/3♣ 3/2 3/2 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    4.50   0.50  2♠ E +2   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        170    4.50   0.50  2♠ E +2   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        600    3.00   2.00  3N W      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        630    1.50   3.50  3N W +1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        630    1.50   3.50  3N E +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        690    0.00   5.00  3N W +3   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D6-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East is heavy for 1NT with 17 HCP and a five card major. If he opens 1, West bids 1NT. South's best bet is 2NT, which West will raise to game on his nice 10 HCP. For lack of anything better to do, North leads the 10. Declarer has at least 10 tricks to pocket when South has the K.



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17 ♠A75
AQ6
KQ763
♣AK
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJT9864
T4
-
♣9864
♠K32
J9732
92
♣J72
♠-
K85
AJT854
♣QT53
22
35
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6/7♣ 7 4/5 1♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥2 ♠6 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: +1520 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  990          5.00   0.00  6N N      D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  940          3.00   2.00  6 S +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-McAdams-Conn
  940          3.00   2.00  6 S +1   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  940          3.00   2.00  6 S +1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline
  520          1.00   4.00  3N N +4   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  440          0.00   5.00  5 S +2   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2. South might even bid 3--since he will be declarer in a diamond contract in any case. West should go quietly--bidding those spades without even a trick in the suit is really risky, particularly on equal vulnerability. North checks for Aces and Kings and should be able to count to 13 and bid a grand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 21Pass22
4Dbl3Pass5
Pass5NTPass6
Pass7All pass 
  1. strong, artificial, game forcing
  2. waiting
  3. shows a strong balanced hand

The Bidding: North is too strong to open 2NT. So North begins with a strong, forcing, and artificial 2 opening. East has nothing to say. South's diamonds aren't strong enough for a 3 response. So South responds 2 Diamonds Waiting . In his "Better Preempts: What is the upside?" article, Andrew Gumperz advises preempting after a strong 2 because the opponents likely have a game or a slam and have not exchanged any shape information. The question is whether to preempt 3 or 4. Either might go for more than the value of a game. West's spade texture makes it highly unlikely a 3 preempt will be penalized. A 4 preempt is more likely to penalized. 8 tricks will be needed for a profitable sacrifice against a game. West isn't likely to score a trick on defense. It isn't clear North-South have a slam. East might have 2 defensive tricks. If East can provide 2 tricks in a spade contract, 4 will be a profitable sacrifice against a game. If East's defensive tricks are in diamonds, 4 could go for a big number when a slam isn't available. Even so, a 4 preempt seems best because it forces North-South to guess at a high level.

For recommendations on handling interference in your strong 2 auctions, see Karen Walker's Strong 2 Clubs article. Karen advises using opener's double to show "A strong notrump hand. This shows balanced distribution, but doesn't have to promise a stopper in the overcalled suit. Responder can pass for penalties or bid on with standard notrump sequences (Stayman and transfers)." After North doubles, East has nothing to say. A strong 2 opener typically has a Losing Trick Count of 4. South has 3 Cover Cards plus a spade void. South is too strong to jump to 6. Beginning with a cue bid seems best. What would a 5NT bid mean here? Some partnerships play 5NT as Pick-a-Slam . If so, North can bid 5NT to offer 2 places to play (6 or 6NT). With just 1 spade stopper, that isn't ideal. Bidding 6 seems best. If available, a natural 5NT bid, showing a spade stopper, seems best. Now South's 6 is clearly a grand slam try. North has an easy 7 bid. At tables where North bids 6, South must guess whether to bid 7. East-West could have as much as 8 HCP. Some of their honors must be in spades, but they could easily have a trick in clubs or hearts. With just 1 key card, passing 6 is a reasonable guess.

The Play: Declarer draws trump and claims all the tricks.



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18 ♠63
9652
9872
♣942
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AK2
KT83
J63
♣QJ7
♠JT854
-
AKQT54
♣K3
♠Q97
AQJ74
-
♣AT865
0
1413
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♦1 ♠1 NT2
EW: 1♣ 6 6/5♠ 5NT  ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -980 6♠-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    5.00   0.00  4♠ E      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        450    3.50   1.50  4♠ E +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        450    3.50   1.50  4♠ E +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        460    2.00   3.00  3N W +2   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline
        480    0.50   4.50  4♠ E +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        480    0.50   4.50  4♠ E +2   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

With 6-5, East opens his six card diamond suit. West bids 1. East bids 1 and West 3NT. East shouldn't quit. Bid 4 and complete the pattern of the hand. That should galvanize West into trying for slam. Holding two aces, no one should wonder if South doubles, but he'll be sorry--really so if he leads the A first.



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19 ♠KQT87
54
J86
♣QT2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠93
AQ
QT754
♣AK87
♠J62
872
A932
♣643
♠A54
KJT963
K
♣J95
8
155
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣4 ♦4 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.50   0.50  2♠ N      D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          4.50   0.50  2 S      D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-McAdams-Conn
         50    3.00   2.00  3 S -1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
         90    2.00   3.00  1N W      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        110    1.00   4.00  3 W      D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        120    0.00   5.00  1N W +1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline
20 ♠A982
762
AQ84
♣AT
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠JT
A9853
KT93
♣J8
♠K76
QJ4
J765
♣653
♠Q543
KT
2
♣KQ9742
14
97
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/5♣ 4/5♠ 2/4NT
       ♦5/6 ♥5/6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +650 5♠-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.00   0.00  4♠ S      D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  170          4.00   1.00  3♠ N +1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D6-Cline-Cline
  130          3.00   2.00  3♣ S +1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          2.00   3.00  3 W -1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        100    1.00   4.00  6♠ S -1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D3-McAdams-Conn
        300    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -3   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
21 ♠2
K95432
-
♣Q96432
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQT8
6
A9864
♣J85
♠J97643
AJ8
KQ2
♣7
♠K5
QT7
JT753
♣AKT
5
1111
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4  ♦4 ♠1 NT3
EW: 3 5♠ 1NT  ♣2 ♥2
LoTT: 21 - 19 = +2
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  850          5.00   0.00  5* N     D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    4.00   1.00  3♠ E +1   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        230    3.00   2.00  3♠ E +3   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        480    1.00   4.00  4♠ W +2   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
        480    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +2   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D6-Cline-Cline
        480    1.00   4.00  4♠ E +2   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D3-McAdams-Conn
22 ♠Q82
94
84
♣AQ8643
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT97
J863
K93
♣J9
♠J653
A5
AQT652
♣7
♠K4
KQT72
J7
♣KT52
8
911
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1  ♦3 ♠2 NT5
EW: 4 4♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -300 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          5.00   0.00  4♣ N      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          4.00   1.00  3♣ N      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D6-Cline-Cline
  100          3.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
         50    2.00   3.00  4♣ N -1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
        140    1.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D3-McAdams-Conn
23 ♠QJ97
AT
K
♣KT6543
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K5
Q96543
Q4
♣AJ7
♠62
J2
J97652
♣Q82
♠AT843
K87
AT83
♣9
13
124
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1 5♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5/6 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          3.00   2.00  5♠ S      D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
  650          3.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  650          3.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  650          3.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D6-Cline-Cline
  650          3.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   5.00  3 N -2   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D3-McAdams-Conn
24 ♠AKQJT8
QT52
-
♣K74
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠6543
43
QJ85
♣AQ2
♠9
A9876
764
♣J983
♠72
KJ
AKT932
♣T65
15
95
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4/5 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +2   D2-Triolo-Robbins vs D4-Rockefeller-Hahn
  450          4.00   1.00  4♠ N +1   D1-Bowen-Benzien vs D2-Whaley-Shaffer
  420          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D3-Greenberg-Waples vs D6-Cline-Cline
  420          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D5-Wagner-Gaynor vs D5-Saltis-Pemberton
  420          2.00   3.00  4♠ N      D6-Cathcart-Wagner vs D1-Nielsen-Gillmon
  170          0.00   5.00  2♠ N +2   D4-Hayhurst-Burke vs D3-McAdams-Conn