- Monday Aft - July 1, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 719 MP  Geomean: 490 MP
(based on 19 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Gary Feldman - Peggy Nielsen 58.50 1st A 0.50
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 58.50 1st A 0.50
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 54.50 2nd A 0.35
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 52.00 2nd A 0.35
Anne Conn - Louise Shaffer 49.50 2nd B 0.22
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 46.50 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> E N-S
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DATE>July 1, 2019       |CLUB NO.>127100    | 07/01/2019 15:51
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/750/200   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=5/B=4/C=0                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Gary Feldman           Peggy Nielsen            B    1     1     .     58.50  58.50  0.50(A)
 2 Deborah Triolo         Mark Robbins             B    .     2     .     46.50  46.50  0.22(B)
 3 Irene Petroff          Marilyn Waples           B    .     .     .     46.00  46.00
 4 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        A    2     .     .     54.50  54.50  0.35(A)
 5 Elaine McAdams         Pat Cunningham           B    .     .     .     44.50  44.50
                                          Totals                         250.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> E E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/750/200   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=5/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ginny Rockefeller      Mary Jane Graham         C    .     .     .     41.00  41.00
 2 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              B    1     1     .     58.50  58.50  0.50(A)
 3 Anne Conn              Louise Shaffer           B    .     2     .     49.50  49.50  0.22(B)
 4 Helen Elardo           Nita Whaley              B    .     .     .     49.00  49.00
 5 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    2     .     .     52.00  52.00  0.35(A)
                                          Totals                         250.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠J72
A3
A86
♣KQ942
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A54
K95
J43
♣JT83
♠T983
T86
Q72
♣A76
♠KQ6
QJ742
KT95
♣5
14
96
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 3/4 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4/5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +420 4-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          3.50   0.50  3N N      E3-Petroff-Waples vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  400          3.50   0.50  3N N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    1.00   3.00  3N N -1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
         50    1.00   3.00  3N N -1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
         50    1.00   3.00  4 S -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E3-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North starts with 1. When South responds 1, North has a choice: 1NT or 2. I think 1NT is the better choice with this balanced hand. South may use New Minor Forcing and then North can rebid the clubs. 3NT makes, but it's not that easy to bid when South has a singleton.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass21Pass22
Pass23Pass3NT
All pass   
  1. artificial, wants to invite game, offer a choice of 3NT and 4, or play 2
  2. forced
  3. invitational with 4+ hearts

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5-6, and 10.

The Bidding: North opens 1 or 1NT depending on their notrump range and their upgrade style. At tables where North opens 1, South responds 1. North's 1NT rebid shows a weak notrump hand with less than 4 hearts. South's shortness in partner's club suit is a negative. South's 5-card heart suit and honor combinations in the unbid suits merit an upgrade. Inviting game seems best. Some partnerships use New Minor Forcing to look for a major suit fit and show invitational or better values. Two-Way New Minor Forcing is easier because it immediately separates invitational and game forcing hands. Two-Way New Minor Forcing is better because it offers more choice of game auctions, and doesn't crowd strong auctions. Playing 2-Way new minor forcing, South's 2 bid is artificial showing a heand which wants to play 2, wants to invite game, or wants to offer a choice between 3NT and 4 with North disclosing nothing more than their heart length. After North's forced 2 rebid, South's 2 bid shows an invitational hand with 5+ hearts. North, with a maximum and just 2 hearts, places the contract at 3NT.

At tables where North opens a 14-16 1NT, South uses a Jacoby Transfer to hearts followed by a 3 bid, showing 9+ cards in the red suits and game forcing values. North has clubs well stopped, but has just a partial spade stopper. North knows South has 5+ hearts and 4+ diamonds. Since South didn't use Stayman, South has less than 4 spades. North has some concern about spades, but doesn't have an easy way to assess whether 3NT is viable. A 3 bid should show 3+ card heart support. A 3 bid should be a cue bid in support of diamonds. Lacking a way to show their concern, North offers 3NT as the final contract, ending the auction.

The Play: North is likely to lead the 10, top of an "honor" sequence. Declarer wants to preserve entries to dummy. So declarer ducks. West knows declarer has the Jack. West ducks to allow the 10 to force the Jack. Declarer lacks the heart texture to benefit from a pushing finesse. So declarer unblocks the Ace and leads low towards dummy's hearts.

If East-West use the Smith Echo signal, West echoes to show they like spades. East doesn't particularly like spades. If East discourages spades, dummy's singleton club strongly suggests a club shift. With just A76, East isn't eager to see a club shift. Tempo can be a problem when using the Smith Echo. Here, a slow signal by East may provide unauthorized information which helps West. If not playing Smith Echo, should the defenders signal their heart Count ? Declarer denied 3+ hearts in the auction. So there is no need for a count signal. Many expert partnerships use count as their primary signal on declarer's lead. When count is known or not needed, they use their secondary signal which is typically Suit Preference . Here, East signals with the 8 and then the 6 to show doubt.

Either way, there is no benefit for West to Hold Up their King. Dummy's singleton club may persuade West to shift to the Jack, top of an honor sequence. The lead of the Jack denies the Queen, but could be the top of an interior sequence. Declarer plays the Queen to make it ambiguous who holds the King. To help identify interior sequence leads, some partnerships play Coded Nines and Tens . Coded leads are not recommended at trick 1 because they can be so helpful to declarer. After trick 1 with dummy in view, the defense can better judge whether a coded lead will be helpful. Playing coded leads, the Jack denies a higher honor. So East will not make the mistake of returning a club to give declarer an overtrick.

With hearts and diamonds breaking 3-3, declarer has no trouble scoring 9 tricks.



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2 ♠AJ32
A4
K62
♣J865
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KQT965
T76
J74
♣T
♠4
98532
AT8
♣A732
♠87
KQJ
Q953
♣KQ94
13
68
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          2.50   1.50  3N S      E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  600          2.50   1.50  3N S      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
  600          2.50   1.50  3N S      E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  600          2.50   1.50  3N N      E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
  150          0.00   4.00  2N N +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. West has a well-justified 2 overcall. Now North should look at the vulnerability to decide: penalty double or the NT game. On this vulnerability, North should choose the game. Be sure to bid 3NT since 2NT is only invitational and can be passed.



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3 ♠T7
KQ65
9732
♣T32
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AK9
J92
5
♣AQJ976
♠J853
T743
864
♣54
♠Q642
A8
AKQJT
♣K8
5
151
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4 -/2 -/1♠ -/3NT
       ♣5/6 ♥6/8 ♠6/7 NT5/9
EW: 1♣  ♦3 ♥5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  2 S +3   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  130          3.00   1.00  3 S +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          2.00   2.00  2♠ S      E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
         50    1.00   3.00  4 S -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.00   4.00  5 N -2   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E3-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and West overcalls 2. North is so weak she passes, though with this distribution she wouldn't need a much stronger hand to use a Negative Double . A few will count this hand to six in support of diamonds and at least bid 2 (6+ points and at least four diamonds). That simple raise will galvanize South into looking for game--with a club stopper to protect. will he dare the NT game? It makes with a club lead.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   2NT
Pass3Pass3
Pass3NTAll pass 

The Bidding: South's 19 HCP semi-balanced hand with 5 diamond tricks is more powerful than most 20-21 HCP balanced hands. Opening 2NT could cause a slam to be missed. Opening a Strong 2 Clubs seems like an overbid. If North cannot respond to a 1 opening bid, a game isn't likely. Opening 2NT seems best because it protects South's King.

At tables where South opens 2NT, West has a difficult decision if a natural 3 overcall is available. It is common to play a double of a 3 overcall by responder as Stayman. A double by opener could be penalty or takeout oriented depending on partnership agreement. The unfavorable vulnerability increases the likelihood 3 will be penalized. If South has 20-21 HCP, North and East have a combined 4-5 HCP. West's strength and source of tricks decrease the likelihood North-South have a game. Going for 200 against a partscore would be expensive. If 3NT is making, 3 could easily go for more than value of a non-vulnerable game. There is no need for a lead directing bid. West will likely be on lead. Passing seems best. North, with 5 HCP uses Stayman to look for a heart fit. Jerry Helms advises against playing Puppet Stayman Over 2NT because of the difficulty with hands which our (54) in the majors. Some expert partnership prefer Muppet Stayman to handle hands with (54) in the majors. Either way, North places the contract in 3NT when a heart fit isn't available.

At tables where South opens 1, West overcalls 2, a Negative Double asking partner to bid at the 2-level should show at least 8 points. After North and East pass, South reverses into spades. West has a nice hand, but they have already shown 6+ diamonds and 13+ points. Passing is reasonable at unfavorable vulnerability. North takes a preference to diamonds. South's Reverse opposite a passed hand shows a strong hand, but not necessarily this strong. It isn't clear that 3NT or 4 are safe. South has 6 quick winners. A club lead against 3NT would provide declarer's 7th trick while likely establishing West's club suit. To make 3NT on a club lead, North will need to provide 2 winners without losing the lead. The decision to open 1 has given South a difficult guess. Passing is risky, but so is bidding 3NT.

The Play in 3: The common lead from AK9 is the Ace. West isn't eager to setup declarer's second suit, but wants to see dummy. After West leads the Ace and East discourages, West expects declarer to hold the Queen. Declarer has at most 16 HCP outside of hearts. Declarer might not reversed opposite a passed hand with just 16 points. Declarer likely has the Ace. If declarer has the shape for their reverse, declarer has at most 4 cards in the rounded suits. If declarer has 3 hearts, a club loser could be discarded on dummy's long heart. Cashing out seems best.

Here, cashing out isn't necessary. On a passive defense, declarer discards a club loser on a heart winner. Declarer scores 10 tricks: 3 + 2 ruffs + 5.

The Play in 3NT: A club lead gives declarer their 9th trick. On a passive defense, declarer needs to end play West to score their 9th trick. Declarer is fortunate East cannot gain the lead.



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4 ♠A82
QT863
QT94
♣Q
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q73
95
AK2
♣K6432
♠JT94
72
J76
♣AJT8
♠K65
AKJ4
853
♣975
10
127
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3  ♣4 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1♠  ♦4 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3 N +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          3.00   1.00  4♣ W -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
    PASS       2.00   2.00  Pass Out  E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
         90    0.50   3.50  1N W      E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
         90    0.50   3.50  2♣ W      E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E4-Elardo-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. Will North overcall? It's marginal with so weak a suit as these hearts. If he does bid 1, East can use a Negative Double . South won't care: he will surely raise hearts. Be wary, though, with such flat distribution.



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5 ♠A542
Q65
94
♣K932
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KJT3
JT2
J72
♣AQ8
♠98
AK7
KQ853
♣T65
♠Q76
9843
AT6
♣J74
9
1212
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥4 ♠3/4 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 3 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    4.00   0.00  3 E +1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        150    3.00   1.00  1N E +2   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        180    2.00   2.00  2N E +2   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        400    1.00   3.00  3N E      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        460    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 and will end up in NT. With 12 HCP opposite 12, not everyone will find the game. Don't forget that East's hand is worth an extra playing point because of the decent five card diamond suit. The N-S hands are well-placed from declarer's point of view, and 10 tricks should be a common outcome.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
3NTAll pass  

The Bidding: East's hand falls short of the Rule of 20 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. However, East's prime honors and good 5-card suit merit an upgrade. Opening 1 is clear. West's priority is to look for a major suit fit. After West responds 1, East's 1NT rebid shows a weak notrump hand with less than 4 spades. Should West treat their hand as invitational or a Game Force ? The answer depends on how light East opens. Jacks typically don't carry their 1 HCP weight. Here, West's Jack is working in support of partner's suit. West's heart Jack is bolstered by the Ten. West's Jack is top of an interior sequence. Assuming a reasonable opening style, West prefers to treat their hand as a Game Force and places the contract at 3NT.

The Play: South is likely to lead a heart which finesses North's Queen. If diamonds break 3-2, attacking diamonds will bring declarer to 8 tricks: 3 + 4 + 1. Declarer needs a 2nd club trick or a spade trick for their 9th trick. Declarer has all suits well stopped. So declarer may prefer attacking spades first to unblock the suit. If North has the Queen, a club shift would guarantee a 2nd club trick. Declarer doesn't want South to cover the initial spade lead because that would block the spade suit. So declarer should lead the 8 first to put South to the test. If South ducks, declarer scores 11 tricks. If South covers, the King covers the Queen. Now North must Hold Up their Ace. When a low spade is led from dummy, North must duck again. Declarer turns to diamonds. When a low diamond is led towards dummy, South is concerned the Jack will provide an entry allowing declarer to establish a 3rd spade winner. South must rise with the Ace and shift to a club to hold declarer to 10 tricks.

Without precise defense after a heart lead, declarer will score 11 tricks: 3 + 3 + 4 + 1.



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6 ♠AKQ62
93
AQ95
♣82
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T5
AKT64
K6
♣AKJ5
♠J984
Q72
42
♣QT94
♠73
J85
JT873
♣763
15
185
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣2 ♥3 ♠6 NT4
EW: 3/4♣ 3 -/3NT
       ♦3/5 ♠5/6 NT5/9
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -300 4*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.50   0.50  4 W -1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  100          3.50   0.50  4 W -1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
         50    2.00   2.00  1♠ N -1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    1.00   3.00  3♠ N -3   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        200    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -4   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1, full of optimism. North overcalls 1 and East may revalue her hand to count the useful doubleton and raise to 2. South has no trouble passing. West now rebids 3 and North has to decide if it's worth it, not vulnerable, to bid 4. East passes, having told her whole story. South chooses North's second suit by passing. Now it's up to West: bid again or give up?



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
11PassPass
222Pass
PassDblPass3
3All pass  

The Bidding: After West opens 1 in 3rd seat, North overcalls 1. East is a bit light for a free raise. West shows their club suit, and East shows their diamond suit. East 2 bid shows a hand with heart support that was too weak to freely raise initially. South has a diamond fit, but is quite weak. A raise to 3 has some upside because West cannot make an unambiguous Game Try unless playing Maximal Doubles . If East-West are playing Maximal Doubles, it is more difficult to penalize 3. Even so Freely Bidding 3 may get partner off to a bad lead or may encourage North to get too high. Passing seems best. North can balance if appropriate.

East's failure to raise hearts initially is a warning to West. Even so, West's Losing Trick Count of 5 suggests a game may be available. With North showing spade and diamonds, there is substantial risk of losing 4 tricks in the pointed suits. Making a Game Try seems to aggressive. North doesn't want to defend 2. So North balances with a double. South shows their diamond support. Doubling 3 is risky. If 3X goes down 1, it will not compensate for 3 making. Bidding 3 is clear despite what is suggested by the Law of Total Tricks .

The Play: Declarer is fortunate hearts break 3-2. As expected, declarer has 4 losers in the pointed suits. Declarer has 9 tricks: 5 + 4.



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7 ♠A3
J3
K98743
♣K86
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠976
KQT76
AQ6
♣J3
♠K852
98542
J5
♣52
♠QJT4
A
T2
♣AQT974
11
124
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6/5♣ 4 2♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +1370 6♣-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          4.00   0.00  5♣ S      E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          2.50   1.50  4♣ S +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  150          2.50   1.50  3♣ S +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  100          1.00   3.00  3 W -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.00   4.00  5♣ S -1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E3-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

The auction starts 1--1--2. An aggressive East will now make a preemptive raise to 3: he knows the opponents have no heart worries. South already knows North isn't interested in spades (he didn't make a Negative Double ), but 4 is scary--he may let it pass back to North to see what he has to say. If East goes quietly--as many will--South repeats her clubs and North will have a hard time going on. It's a "magic" hand with clubs breaking and the A on side.



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8 ♠KT
Q84
KT9874
♣Q4
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQJ7
KJ963
AQ
♣T7
♠9642
A75
32
♣A953
♠853
T2
J65
♣KJ862
10
178
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
EW: 1♣ 4 4/5♠ 2/4NT  ♦5
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -450 5♠-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    4.00   0.00  2 W +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        170    2.50   1.50  3 W +1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    2.50   1.50  2 W +2   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        240    1.00   3.00  1N W +5   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        420    0.00   4.00  4 W      E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West is too good--and too shapely--to open 1NT, so 1 it is. If North passes, East ekes out a raise which West will carry on to game. But what if North interferes with 3? Now East can still justify a raise--two aces, three trumps and a doubleton. Nothing will keep West out of the game if East acts. Should East pass, West will reopen with a double or maybe even bid NT--but all roads lead to the heart game on most auctions.



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9 ♠9873
KJ
J96
♣KJ43
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K5
T7543
8754
♣AQ
♠QJ4
962
AKT32
♣T6
♠AT62
AQ8
Q
♣98752
9
910
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3♠  ♦4 ♥4 NT5
EW: 2 2  ♣4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.00   1.00  3♠ N      E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
  140          3.00   1.00  3♠ N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
         50    1.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        110    0.00   4.00  3 E      E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This hand might even pass out. If South does open 1, North will respond 1 and East (a passed hand) bids 2. Will South resist 2? I hope not. Play is straightforward when trump are 3-2. And, what joy, the AQ are in the West hand.



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10 ♠T52
54
KJT62
♣KJ4
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q964
KQJ92
97
♣83
♠873
T73
Q
♣T97652
♠AKJ
A86
A8543
♣AQ
8
82
22
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 6 1/2 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥5 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1370 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1370          4.00   0.00  6 N      E3-Petroff-Waples vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  690          3.00   1.00  3N S +3   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  660          2.00   2.00  3N S +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  630          1.00   3.00  3N S +1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.00   4.00  6 N -2   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E3-Conn-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South starts with 2. North starts with 2 and is unsurprised when South rebids 2NT. What now for North? 3 is not natural. Most likely he'll just bid 3NT, held to 11 tricks with a heart lead.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass21
Pass22Pass2NT
Pass33Pass3NT4
Pass45Pass46
Pass6All pass 
  1. strong, artificial, forcing
  2. artificial, waiting
  3. artificial, forces 3NT
  4. forced
  5. slam try in diamonds, optional RKC
  6. slam positive, 1 or 4 key cards

The Bidding: South is too strong to open 2NT. So South begins with a Strong 2 Clubs . Preempts over a strong artificial 2 have great upside because North-South likely have a game or slam but no information about distribution has been shared. Here, the vulnerability combined with a 5-card heart suit discourages West from interfering. A 2 overcall would be lead directional, but West is likely to be on lead. Passing seems best. It is common to play 2 Diamonds Waiting . For most partnership's East's 2NT bid shows 22-24 HCP. If playing the Kokish Relay , South's 2NT bid shows 22-23 HCP. So North expects the partnership to have 30-31 (32) HCP. Typically, 33 points are needed for balanced hands to make 6NT. So North may reasonably choose not to look for slam.

If North chooses to make a slam try, they should do so in diamonds. Many expert partnerships use an artificial 3 bid as a relay to 3NT. Now responder can make a slam try in a minor or both minors. South will enthusiastically accept a slam try in diamonds.

At tables where West overcalls 2, the expectations for a 3 response are loosened. Responder no longer needs 2 of the top 3 honors. After North's natural and game forcing 3 response, South will drive to slam.

The Play in 6: With a 10-card diamond fit missing the Queen, declarer has an 89% for 5 diamond tricks. If West overcalled 2, the Vacant Spaces principle suggests East is more likely to hold 3 diamonds. So cashing the King first offers a 93% chance for 5 diamond tricks. Here, East's singleton King falls on the first round. Now declarer has 11 winners. Declarer doesn't need to finesse against the Queen. South's Jack spade can be discarded on the 3rd club winner. A heart ruff provides declarer's 12th trick. Declarer scores 12 tricks: 2 + 1 + 1 ruff + 5 + 3.

The Play in Notrump: When West leads the King, top of an honor sequence, East is concerned about the potential for a Bath Coup . Playing standard signals, East discourages with the 3. If playing Upside Down Count , East shouldn't be eager to signal with the 10. It might be a valuable card. Discouraging with the 7 is prudent. With diamonds breaking 2-1, declarer has 11 winners. Declarer cannot score a ruff for their 12th trip. So declarer might rely on a finesse against the Queen for their 12th trick if in 6NT. Since a losing finesse would allow West to cash a heart winner, declarer might prefer playing for a Squeeze or a Squeeze end play. A Squeeze is highly unlikely. Playing for a Squeeze end play seems best. Declarer wins the first round of hearts and cashes their minor suit winners ending in dummy. East and West must come down to 4 cards.

When the Queen falls, West knows East cannot have another high card point. So West must guard their Queen. West cannot afford to keep their high hearts because they would then be end played. West must hope East has the 10. West discards their Queen-Jack to avoid the end play and hold declarer to 11 tricks. At tables where East signals with the 10, West cannot avoid the end play.



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11 ♠63
QJT7542
KT5
♣3
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQT754
6
QJ8643
♣-
♠K98
8
972
♣AQ8762
♠J2
AK93
A
♣KJT954
6
99
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4  ♦3 ♠2 NT6
EW: 3 3♠  ♣5 ♥2 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  5♠* W -1  E3-Petroff-Waples vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
         50    2.50   1.50  6 N -1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.50   1.50  5 S -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        100    0.50   3.50  6 N -2   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        100    0.50   3.50  5* N -1  E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. Unless they have some unusual gadget to show "top and bottom" suits, West bids 1 or even 2. North hasn't much to say yet. East raises spades and now South shows his hearts. That will galvanize North. Wow--hearts. But will E-W go quietly? They may well push.



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12 ♠QT985
AJ95
764
♣2
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A32
KQ
AKQJT5
♣93
♠J76
T43
82
♣AKT74
♠K4
8762
93
♣QJ865
7
198
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦3 ♠5 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 1♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  5 W -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        150    3.00   1.00  1N E +2   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        430    2.00   2.00  3N E +1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        460    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        490    0.00   4.00  3N W +3   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. North has interesting shape but not a lot of points and passes. East keeps it open with 1NT, not being strong enough for 2. What will West rebid? East's response shows some clubs (he has no four card major, but he still has 13 cards in his hand). With his running diamond suit and a spade stopper, he might just try NT--and will be rewarded this time.



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13 ♠T754
K9
AT
♣QT942
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠AKQJ8
AQJ874
7
♣7
♠632
T3
964
♣KJ653
♠9
652
KQJ8532
♣A8
9
174
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 1NT  ♥3 ♠3
EW: 3 3♠  ♣5 ♦3 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          4.00   0.00  3N N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  300          3.00   1.00  4♠ W -3   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  100          2.00   2.00  3♠ W -1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        170    1.00   3.00  3 W +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        620    0.00   4.00  4♠ W      E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 3, unwittingly giving West the chance to bid 4--"pick a major. I have a great hand." Unluckily, East has a bad hand. With a spade lead, North could beat this contract, but, not being clairvoyant, he'll start with partner's suit.



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14 ♠A742
Q75
AK95
♣QJ
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J95
KJ92
64
♣AT92
♠T863
A6
J7
♣K8653
♠KQ
T843
QT832
♣74
16
98
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1/-
       ♣4 ♥7/6 ♠6/5 NT5
EW: 2♣  ♦4 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: +90 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  2♠ N +1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  120          3.00   1.00  1N N +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
   90          2.00   2.00  1N N      E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        100    0.50   3.50  2N N -2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    0.50   3.50  4 N -2   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1NT and buys the hand--unfortunately at many tables. Clubs and hearts will make his life miserable, but any inattention by the defense will give him time to garner five diamonds and three spades.



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15 ♠8
AJT876
KQ6
♣J75
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AJT95
Q
A95
♣Q842
♠Q7643
K
T432
♣T63
♠K2
95432
J87
♣AK9
11
135
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ -/1 4/5 1/3NT
       ♦6/7 ♠5/6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 21 = -3
Par: +650 5-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3 N +1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  150          3.00   1.00  4♠ W -3   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
   50          2.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    0.50   3.50  5 N -1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        100    0.50   3.50  5 N -1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 but not even five card support can justify 4 from East. North has plenty of playing power to bid 2, but N-S may not find their excellent heart game without some pushing from the opponents. Sometimes we should just go quietly.



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16 ♠J875
KQ8
Q7
♣Q654
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠Q96
AJ962
A64
♣T2
♠AT2
T4
JT852
♣A97
♠K43
753
K93
♣KJ83
10
119
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥5 ♠6 NT6/5
EW: 2 2  ♣5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  2N E -5   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          3.00   1.00  2♠ N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
    PASS       1.00   3.00  Pass Out  E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
    PASS       1.00   3.00  Pass Out  E3-Petroff-Waples vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
    PASS       1.00   3.00  Pass Out  E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Yet another hand in this set which may well pass out. East will be reluctant to open 1 with no good rebid after partner responds 1. With good flat shape but only 10 HCP (and aceless), will South actually open what could be a nasty can of worms? If he does, West might bid 1 and then North will be inspired with to make a Negative Double or to bid 1NT. Could get ugly.



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17 ♠A8532
K8
952
♣K87
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠T9
JT72
KQ7
♣JT92
♠J764
A9
84
♣Q6543
♠KQ
Q6543
AJT63
♣A
10
77
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦3 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2 S +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        100    2.50   1.50  3N S -2   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        100    2.50   1.50  3N N -2   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        150    1.00   3.00  3N N -3   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.00   4.00  5N N -4   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Elardo-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. Please don't be tempted to open 1 so you can reverse--how would partner ever figure out you have five hearts? North will bid 1. If, over 2, North tries 2NT, South will repeat the diamonds and then North, playing matchpoints, may well go for the 30 point tricks.



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18 ♠J765
9764
743
♣K9
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K3
A8
AKJT862
♣65
♠Q42
K53
Q95
♣AJ42
♠AT98
QJT2
-
♣QT873
4
1512
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 -/1♠  ♣5 ♦2 ♠6/7 NT2
EW: 2/1♣ 5 5NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        430    3.50   0.50  3N E +1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        430    3.50   0.50  3N E +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        460    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        460    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        460    1.00   3.00  3N E +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Elardo-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East has the sort of 12 point hand I'd be tempted to pass. If he does, so will South (usually) and West opens 1. East's response is 2NT, effectively blocking South, and West will be happy to go for the NT game. Let North hold the K and win the return with the A. Be glad it wasn't a spade lead!



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19 ♠72
KQT3
T753
♣T65
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T43
98
KQ62
♣KQJ3
♠J986
A5
AJ984
♣72
♠AKQ5
J7642
-
♣A984
5
1110
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4  ♦4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2  ♣5 ♥3 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.00   0.00  4 S      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  170          2.00   2.00  3 S +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
  170          2.00   2.00  3 N +1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  170          2.00   2.00  2 S +2   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
  140          0.00   4.00  3 S      E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
20 ♠AQJ85
AQ5
Q5
♣A82
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T973
KJ6
J987
♣J3
♠K
T984
KT42
♣Q974
♠642
732
A63
♣KT65
19
68
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3/2 4♠ 4/3NT
EW:  ♣2/3 ♦6 ♥4 ♠3 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   0.00  4♠ N      E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        100    2.00   2.00  3N S -1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        100    2.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        100    2.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -2   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
21 ♠Q2
864
AT8542
♣Q7
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠85
T72
KQ97
♣T954
♠AKT9743
AJ5
63
♣3
♠J6
KQ93
J
♣AKJ862
8
512
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 2  ♠4 NT5
EW: 2♠  ♣4/3 ♦6 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    3.00   1.00  5♣ S -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        140    1.50   2.50  3♠ E      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        140    1.50   2.50  2♠ E +1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        170    0.00   4.00  3♠ E +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
22 ♠K8
AJ6
JT632
♣T97
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠742
Q952
AQ84
♣32
♠T96
K43
75
♣AKQ64
♠AQJ53
T87
K9
♣J85
9
812
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1 1NT  ♦6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    3.50   0.50  2♠ S -1   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
         50    3.50   0.50  2 N -1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    2.00   2.00  2♠ S -2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
        110    1.00   3.00  2 W      E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    0.00   4.00  3 W      E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
23 ♠AQT872
A752
AJ4
♣-
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K65
J96
KT93
♣832
♠J9
K3
8652
♣QJ975
♠43
QT84
Q7
♣AKT64
15
77
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 2/3 6 5♠ 3/5NT
EW:  ♣3/4 ♦4 ♥1 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +1430 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
  650          2.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  650          2.50   1.50  4 S +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
  620          0.00   4.00  4♠ N      E3-Petroff-Waples vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
24 ♠T875
Q92
AQ7
♣A52
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K632
J85
KJ65
♣J3
♠A
AK743
T84
♣T984
♠QJ94
T6
932
♣KQ76
12
911
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5
EW: 1 2  ♣6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/2♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3♠ N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
   50          3.00   1.00  3 E -1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    2.00   2.00  4♣ N -2   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        110    1.00   3.00  2 E      E3-Petroff-Waples vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham
        150    0.00   4.00  3♠ S -3   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
25 ♠T4
A52
J97
♣KJ732
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠Q8
T87
T865
♣A854
♠AK7532
Q43
K43
♣T
♠J96
KJ96
AQ2
♣Q96
9
612
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 1  ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦6 ♥4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          3.00   1.00  3♣ N +1   E1-Feldman-Nielsen vs E2-Wagner-Wagner
  130          3.00   1.00  3♣ N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E3-Conn-Shaffer
  130          3.00   1.00  3♣ N +1   E5-McAdams-Cunningham vs E5-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          1.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   E2-Triolo-Robbins vs E4-Elardo-Whaley
        100    0.00   4.00  2N S -2   E3-Petroff-Waples vs E1-Rockefeller-Graham