- Monday Aft - July 15, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 735 MP  Geomean: 406 MP
(based on 23 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 59.17 1st A 0.60
Gary Feldman - Peggy Nielsen 58.00 1st A 0.60
Carol Lilly - Pat Shaw 56.83 2nd A 0.42
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 56.08 2nd A 0.42
Anne Conn - Elaine McAdams 50.43 2nd B 0.28
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>July 15, 2019      |CLUB NO.>127100    | 07/15/2019 16:15
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/800/200   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=5/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    2     .     .     67.30  56.08  0.42(A)
 2 Anne Conn              Elaine McAdams           B    .     2     .     60.52  50.43  0.28(B)
 3 Deborah Triolo         Mark Robbins             C    .     .     .     59.20  49.33
 4 Ginny Rockefeller      Carol Jarboe             C    .     .     .     58.90  49.08
 5 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    1     1     .     71.00  59.17  0.60(A)
 6 Ruric Nye              Christopher Gillmon      B    .     .     .     43.10  35.92
                                          Totals                         360.02

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   60.0 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/800/200   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=6/B=5/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Peggy Nielsen          Gary Feldman             B    1     1     .     69.60  58.00  0.60(A)
 2 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    .     .     .     62.09  51.74
 3 Nita Whaley            Louise Shaffer           B    .     .     .     52.00  43.33
 4 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    .     .     .     55.80  46.50
 5 Mary Jane Graham       Irene Petroff            B    .     .     .     52.40  43.67
 6 Pat Shaw               Carol Lilly              C    2     2     .     68.20  56.83  0.42(A)
                                          Totals                         360.09

Hands and Results
1 ♠J762
A9
KQ985
♣Q9
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AKQ
JT76
T2
♣7432
♠T843
Q52
A76
♣AT6
♠95
K843
J43
♣KJ85
12
1010
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 1♠  ♥6 NT6
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  210          5.00   0.00  1N S +4   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          3.00   2.00  1N S +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  150          3.00   2.00  1N S +2   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  150          3.00   2.00  1N S +2   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A5-Graham-Petroff
         50    1.00   4.00  2 S -1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        100    0.00   5.00  3 N -2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Unless North decides to rebid her diamonds, South will play 1NT. There's a lot to do, and it may not work! Win the second lead of hearts and start in on diamonds. They will knock out your second heart stopper and you still need a club trick. East has the A and no more hearts, so he may hold up. Mission accomplished since you now have four diamonds, two hearts and a club trick. If, however, East wins the club and leads a low spade, West has three more tricks to cash.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass1Pass1NT
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, and 7.

The Bidding: North's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. North's honor doubletons aren't carrying their full weight, but North's 5-card diamond suit headed by the King-Queen merits an upgrade. Opening 1 is clear. East has nothing to say. South's 1 response is forcing and shows 4+ hearts. North's 1 rebid shows 4 spades. If North has 6+ diamonds, North could have 5 spades. South offers 1NT as the final contract, ending the auction.

The Play in 1NT: West may choose to lead a club, the unbid suit. This gives declarer the tempo to score 8 tricks. A heart lead is needed to beat 1NT. Declarer needs the Ace as an entry to dummy's long diamonds. So South wins the King and attacks diamonds. East may Hold Up their Ace to force declarer to use the Ace as an entry. The risk of holding up is declarer may switch to another source of tricks after scoring 2 diamond tricks. Here, declarer knows East-West have 5 quick winners and are likely to be able to establish 2 heart winners. So if East Holds Up their Ace, switching to clubs is attractive. With the 10 falling, declarer can score 7 tricks if East Holds Up their Ace. If East also Holds Up their Ace, declarer will revert back to diamonds.



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2 ♠72
8642
K53
♣AKT4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J986
K97
AT
♣8763
♠QT5
AT5
Q742
♣Q52
♠AK43
QJ3
J986
♣J9
10
810
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2 1♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +110 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   0.00  2N S +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  120          3.00   2.00  2N N      A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  120          3.00   2.00  1N N +1   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  120          3.00   2.00  1N N +1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.00   4.00  1♠ S -1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        200    0.00   5.00  3N S -2   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1, and this time it's North who will play NT. What will East lead? If it's the unbid suit, ouch--the clubs now come in for dour tricks. If it's a low diamond (East's only four card suit), declarer should remember second hand low and will be rewarded with two diamond tricks. Another popular defensive choice after an auction like this is dummy's second suit, thus a low spade. West must have at least three spades and with any luck has four (like now).



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3 ♠52
2
AJ8763
♣AK82
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKJ3
8643
Q94
♣Q9
♠T
AT975
KT5
♣T653
♠Q98764
KQJ
2
♣J74
12
127
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 3♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  5* E -3  A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ S      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
         50    2.50   2.50  3♠ S -1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    2.50   2.50  3♠ N -1   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        150    1.00   4.00  4♠ S -3   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        300    0.00   5.00  4♠* S -2  A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1, effectively muzzling North at most tables. East bids 1. South's spades are sorry--he didn't open a weak two on this poor suit, and isn't tempted now, either. However, when West raises hearts and that passes back to South, he finally bids those spades and is well rewarded.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   2
Pass3All pass 

The Bidding: South has a choice between passing and opening a Weak Two Spades . South's spade suit is weak. South has good heart support. Preempting 2 makes it more difficult to find a potential heart fit. In his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, Andrew Gumperz advises agreeing to preempt aggressively in 1st seat. The favorable vulnerability makes preempting attractive. West has nothing to say over a 2 preempt. North is concerned about East-West competing in hearts, but isn't eager to advance the preempt with good defense and just 2 spades. If East-West are aggressive bidders, North might risk advancing the preempt, hoping they can double and beat 4.

If 2 is passed around, should East balance? East has just 10 Support Points, but West could have a good hand which lacked the shape or stoppers to act. In his "Bidding Over Preempts" lecture, Roger Lee advises "When we both have length, it is better to be a little conservative since we have losers in their suit. When one of us has shortness, it pays to bid if it's reasonable." Here, East has shortness, but just 10 Support Points. The unfavorable vulnerability makes bidding risky. In a money game or using IMPs scoring, East wouldn't be eager to act against a partscore. In Matchpoints , there is more upside for acting. 3 down 1 undoubled could be a top against 2 making. Roger Lee advises "if you don't want to defend the current contract, try to bid." Here, East has no desire to defend 2. So some may risk a takeout double. West, with 3 spade tricks may consider converting the double for penalty. West should keep in mind that East may have acted based on heart shortness. It isn't clear East can provide an additional 3 tricks on offense. Bidding 3 seems best. North isn't eager to defend 3, but only has 2-card spade support. North must guess whether it is better to defend 3 or bid 3. North expects North-South to have an 8-card spade fit, and expects East-West to have a 9-card (or better) heart fit. The Law of Total Tricks suggests 17 tricks to be available between a heart contract and a spade contract. If so, either 3 is making and 3 is going down, or 3 is making and 3 is going down. Given the favorable vulnerability, some may take the push to 3. North's diamond length makes defending attractive. If South is short in diamonds, diamond ruffs may allow North-South to beat 3. North expected 2 to make. So a 1 trick set of 3 isn't likely to score well. If choosing to defend, North needs to back their judgment with a penalty double.

At tables where South passes as dealer, West opens 1, their Convenient Minor . Many partnerships treat a jump cue bid as a natural preempt. Here, North has just 6 diamonds and North's diamond texture is mediocre. Since South is a passed hand, an undisciplined preempt can be a winning tactic. Here, North's strength combined with a weaker than desired diamond suit tips the balance in favor of passing. East responds 1. South overcalls 1. West's raise to 2 shows 4 hearts if playing Support Doubles . North's Responsive Double shows points and more than 1 place to play. East can place West with spades on this auction. East passes. South, is tempted to convert the double for penalty, but isn't confident about beating 2. Bidding 2 seems best. West has nice spades, but isn't confident about beating 2. Passing seems best. When 2 passes around, East competes to 3 based on the LAW of Total Tricks . South is happy to defend 3. Since South isn't sure 2 was making, there is less need to risk a penalty double.

The Play in Hearts: In their "Winning Suit Contract Leads" book, David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "When your trumps represent certain tricks anyway (for example, K-Q-J), do not lead a singleton." Without a diamond lead, declarer can score 8 tricks. A diamond lead allows South to ruff twice and get a Trump Promotion to score all 3 trump. This holds declarer to 7 tricks. If North showed the minors in the auction, South is more likely to find the killing lead.

The Play in Spades: Declarer cannot avoid losing 3 spades and a heart. Declarer has only 1 potential loser in the minors. Declarer may try to develop heart tricks to discard dummy's clubs and ruff a club. The defense can prevent that by drawing 2 rounds of trump. Declarer may try to establish dummy's long diamonds to provide a club discard. Here, declarer can setup dummy's diamonds if clubs are not led in time. West cannot profitably lead clubs. With the Queen dropping doubleton, declarer doesn't have a club loser. Declarer scores 9 tricks: 3 + 2 + 1 + 3.



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4 ♠T9
J2
AKJT75
♣KQ3
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KQJ854
K
Q3
♣JT94
♠7632
974
982
♣A87
♠A
AQT8653
64
♣652
14
124
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 6 6 6NT  ♠5
EW: 2♠  ♣5 ♦0 ♥0 NT0
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +1400 7♠*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  4♠* W -3  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  680          3.00   2.00  4 S +2   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  680          3.00   2.00  4 S +2   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  680          3.00   2.00  4 S +2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  650          1.00   4.00  4 S +1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
  620          0.00   5.00  4 S      A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This wildly distributional deal will be all over the place. Remember, though, when you read the makeable contracts that they are "double dummy" results. In fact, most declarers will finesse the K with four hearts missing and will lose to the singleton king. West will certainly open spades at the one or two level and North will just as surely overcall diamonds. It's more problematic after that.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
12Pass2
Pass3Pass3
Pass4All pass 

The Bidding: West's hand merits a downgrade for their singleton King and doubleton Queen. West's strong 6-card spade suit merits an upgrade. Opening 1 is clear. After North overcalls 2, East has a choice between passing, raising to 2, or a weak jump raise. A freely bid raise advertises constructive values. West might then invite game or jump to game and go for -200 on a partscore hand. A weak jump raise with no ruffing power also risks going for -200 on a partscore hand. Passing seems best. East's 2 bid is typically played as forcing after a 2-level overcall, but some prefer to play it as constructive and non-forcing. West has nothing to say. North isn't sure whether a game is available or which strain is best. North elects to show their club fragment. With North showing values in diamonds and clubs, South expects a game to be available. South forces with a 3 cue bid. North has heart tolerance. North's 4 bid ends the auction.

The Play: West leads the King, top of an honor sequence. Declarer wins their Ace. Declarer has a potential heart loser and 2 potential club losers. Lobbing finesses towards the King-Queen may allow declarer to avoid a 2nd club loser. If the Queen is onside and diamonds break 3-2, declarer may be able to discard all their clubs. Declarer has a choice between finessing against East for the King or playing for a singleton King. Normally, declarer would finesse. Here, West will hold the vast majority of East-West's 16 HCP for their 1 opening bid. East cannot have both the Ace and King. With East-West holding 10 spades, East would have acted over 2. Declarer may wish to smoke out the Ace before tackling the hearts. This risks helping the defense score 2 club tricks if East holds the Ace and West holds the guarded King. Crossing with a diamond to take a heart finesse risks a defensive ruff.

The likelihood of West holding the singleton King is less than 3%. However, West's opening bid makes it likely West holds the King. Declarer reasonably chooses to take the heart finesse. When the finesse loses, West knows it is time to cash out. If East didn't raise spades, West will not place them with 4 spades. Attempting to cash a spade winner allows declarer to score 12 tricks. A club switch is needed to hold declarer to 11 tricks.

Declarers who play to drop the King will be well rewarded. Declarer will score all the tricks. A club lead is needed to hold declarer to 12 tricks.



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5 ♠T
AJT
QJT952
♣653
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q632
Q986
83
♣972
♠AK87
5432
7
♣AT84
♠J954
K7
AK64
♣KQJ
8
411
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 1♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦2 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +600 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  630          4.00   1.00  3N S +1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  600          2.00   3.00  3N S      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
  150          0.50   4.50  1N S +2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  150          0.50   4.50  3 N +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Even vulnerable, North may open 2. East can just justify a double. South needs to make life very tough--bid 5 and be thrilled when it actually only loses the two black aces.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2Dbl3NT
All pass   

The Bidding: After North opens a Weak Two Diamonds , East well describes their hand with a takeout double. Methods over a takeout double vary by partnership agreement. Some play McCabe or Transfer McCabe to allow responder to request a lead or run to their own suit. Here, South expects diamonds to run. North's diamonds are headed by at most the Queen-Jack. So North likely has an outside Ace or King. With stoppers in all suits, South places the contract in 3NT.

The Play: A heart lead allows declarer to score the first 9 tricks. On a spade lead, East beast dummy's 10 with the King, lower of touching honors. East returns the 7, their original 4th best. Declarer splits their Jack-Nine. West wins the Queen. West's spade return establishes a spade winner for declarer. Now declarer has at least 9 of the remaining 10 tricks. So the count is right for a Squeeze . East expects declarer to have a heart honor. So East should see the need to cash the Ace. If East exits a spade, declarer wins and runs their diamonds. Declarer reaches a 3 card end position with North holding AJT and South holding K7 K (or equivalent). East must hold their Ace. West must hold the guarded Queen. The tempo of the defensive discards may help declarer read the end position. If the defender with the Queen has the Ace, declarer can score 10 tricks on a Squeeze. Here, the Ace and Queen are split. If East doesn't cash out, declarer can score 10 tricks by finessing against West for the Queen. Since a losing finesse risks going down, declarer needs to be confident of their card reading skills to take the finesse.



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6 ♠AK9
-
AQ53
♣KJ9865
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q764
872
KJT74
♣3
♠-
KQT643
986
♣AQT4
♠JT8532
AJ95
2
♣72
17
611
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2♣ 4♠ 2NT  ♦6/5 ♥6/5
EW: 1 1  ♣4 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1100          5.00   0.00  5* E -4  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
         50    4.00   1.00  4♠ S -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    2.50   2.50  4♠ S -2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    2.50   2.50  4♠ S -2   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        150    1.00   4.00  5♠ S -3   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        300    0.00   5.00  5♠* S -2  A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East is much too good to open more than 1. South will probably pass and West raise to 2. Now North doubles and South will come to life. He should bid 4. If West leads his 3, he'll shorten his trump and South will finesse him out of that Q. On the vulnerability a heart sacrifice isn't wise--it will get doubled and give the opponents 800 instead of 420.



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7 ♠AJ98
A952
Q8
♣KJT
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠63
T43
AKT952
♣42
♠752
J76
J763
♣975
♠KQT4
KQ8
4
♣AQ863
15
72
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 1 6 6♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦6 ♥0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS/6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1440          5.00   0.00  6N N      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
 1430          4.00   1.00  6♠ S      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ S +2   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  680          1.50   3.50  4♠ N +2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and West bids 2. North has the perfect hand for a Negative Double . South should at least jump to 4. North should realize that 4 shows extra points from South. He can bid 5, which invites partner to bid the slam if South can limit the diamond losers to just one. Bingo.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
2Dbl34
Pass5Pass6
All pass   

The Bidding: After North opens 1, West preempts 2. North's Negative Double shows 8+ points and 2 or more places to play. Normally, East wouldn't be eager to advance a preempt with a flat hand. Here, East has no defense. East knows the defense will score at most 1 diamond trick. Slam is likely for North-South. East expects 5-7 tricks to be available in a diamond contract. However, it will not be easy for North-South to penalize a diamond contract. Advancing the preempt to 3 seems a good balance of risk versus reward.

South, with 19 Support Points, forces with a 4 cue bid. North doesn't expect their Queen to have much value. Even so, North has more than South expected when they forced to game. North would like to make a slam try, learn if the partnership has a diamond control, and find the best strain. Sadly, there isn't much maneuvering room. North is too strong to offer 4, 4, or 5 as the final contract. A 5 or 5 slam try should show a longer suit or suggest that major and clubs. Cue bidding 5 to show slam interest and both majors seems best. South is happy to accept the invitation. South's 6 bid ends the auction.

The Play: After the defense collects their diamond trick, declarer wins the next trick, draws trump, and claims 12 tricks.



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8 ♠J52
A92
AKJ987
♣Q
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K943
Q73
Q43
♣943
♠876
KJ
T6
♣AKJT72
♠AQT
T8654
52
♣865
15
712
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣4
EW: 2♣  ♦4 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.90   0.10  3 N      A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
   50          3.70   1.30  3♣ E -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    2.50   2.50  4 S -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    1.30   3.70  4 S -2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        110    0.10   4.90  3♣ E      A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A5-Graham-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When North opens 1, East may elect to bid 3 since his majors are so poor and he wants to use up opponent bidding room. That will work when South has only six HCP. Will North give up or reopen with a double or even with 3 on this good suit? I predict a lot of varying results.



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9 ♠A5
A76
KJ8
♣AKQJ4
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠T96
4
AT65432
♣82
♠Q8743
QT92
7
♣T76
♠KJ2
KJ853
Q9
♣953
22
44
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 5 4♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥2 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  990          5.00   0.00  6N N      A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  450          3.00   2.00  5 S      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  450          3.00   2.00  4 S +1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  450          3.00   2.00  4 N +1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
         50    0.50   4.50  6 S -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Graham-Petroff
         50    0.50   4.50  6 N -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2 and will probably end up in the heart game or even slam. It founders on the abominable heart break. The odds are in favor of bidding this slam: rotten luck to get a 4-1 break with only the 4 in the singleton. There's a chance if the shortness is the nine or ten. Bad luck doesn't imply bad bidding.



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10 ♠T65
J974
J2
♣AQ43
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J
QT32
A865
♣JT65
♠KQ32
AK85
Q
♣K972
♠A9874
6
KT9743
♣8
8
817
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣3 ♥3/2 NT4
EW: 4♣ 4 3NT  ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  5 W -2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  140          4.00   1.00  3♠ S      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
  100          3.00   2.00  4 W -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        100    2.00   3.00  3♠ N -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        500    0.50   4.50  4♠* S -2  A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        500    0.50   4.50  3♠* S -2  A2-Conn-McAdams vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East has one of the hand patterns which allow a 1NT opener with a singleton (since the singleton is a high honor), but 1 will be more popular. Either way they should get to the heart game. Will South lead his singleton even with only one trump? This time it will probably work, but it's not considered good practice. Of course, South has wild distribution and may interfere in the E-W bidding even with so few points. Vulnerable he won't get too frisky.



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11 ♠863
AJ2
QT
♣Q9654
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AJ
Q76
AJ932
♣K82
♠KT42
KT43
8764
♣A
♠Q975
985
K5
♣JT73
9
1510
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥2 ♠3 NT2
EW: 2♣ 5 5 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3N W -2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Graham-Petroff
   50          4.00   1.00  3N W -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        140    3.00   2.00  3 E      A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        180    2.00   3.00  1N W +3   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        400    1.00   4.00  3N W      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
        430    0.00   5.00  3N W +1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT and will end up in the NT game since he lacks a four card major. The diamonds are happily 2-2. Which way will declarer play the spades? It's a "two-way" finesse, and it's easy to get them wrong.



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12 ♠J65
T763
J42
♣432
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K9
A9842
AQ86
♣AK
♠AQT732
K5
-
♣T8765
♠84
QJ
KT9753
♣QJ9
2
209
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦4 ♥1 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6♣ 3 5 7♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -1510 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        480    5.00   0.00  5♠ E +1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        490    3.50   1.50  3N W +3   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        490    3.50   1.50  3N W +3   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        510    2.00   3.00  4♠ W +3   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        520    1.00   4.00  3N W +4   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        980    0.00   5.00  6♠ W      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Even with two doubletons, 2NT looks appealing with the West hand. East should immediately think of slam since he knows there's at least an eight card spade fit. Few will even contemplate the Grand, but 6 should be a common choice.



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13 ♠72
K972
A94
♣JT92
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QT843
J54
85
♣873
♠J95
Q8
Q763
♣AKQ4
♠AK6
AT63
KJT2
♣65
8
314
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4/3 4 3NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥3 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.50   0.50  4 N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  620          4.50   0.50  4 N      A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
  600          3.00   2.00  3N S      A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  170          1.50   3.50  2 S +2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  170          1.50   3.50  2 N +2   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  150          0.00   5.00  1N S +2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 and South overcalls 1NT. North is just strong enough to try Stayman and will be delighted to revalue her hand when she knows of the heart fit. Ultimately, declarer will lose two clubs and a trump regardless of the opening lead (since I assume no one will lead the J--yikes!).



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14 ♠KJ832
J82
72
♣AQ2
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠Q76
AK63
Q95
♣K98
♠T95
Q7
AK83
♣6543
♠A4
T954
JT64
♣JT7
11
149
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ -/1
       ♦6/7 ♥6 ♠5/6 NT5/6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  2N W -2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A5-Graham-Petroff
   50          2.50   2.50  1N E -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          2.50   2.50  1N E -1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
   50          2.50   2.50  2♣ W -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
   50          2.50   2.50  2♣ W -1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
         90    0.00   5.00  2 E      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 and North bids 1. That may end the auction unless East raises clubs. No one is going far with this one. Whoever bids above the one level is likely to go set.



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15 ♠KT6
AJ964
A986
♣K
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠J9754
53
32
♣A876
♠AQ3
KQ7
QJT5
♣QT2
♠82
T82
K74
♣J9543
15
516
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-  ♣5 ♦6 ♥7/6 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 3♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3 E -4   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          4.00   1.00  2N W -2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A5-Graham-Petroff
   50          3.00   2.00  3♠ W -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        140    1.50   3.50  2♠ W +1   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        140    1.50   3.50  2♠ E +1   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
        170    0.00   5.00  2♠ E +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 and East bids 1NT. West will transfer to spades and then pass with only 5 HCP. On lead, South starts with the 2--leading partner's suit is usually the right idea. If North continues the hearts, East can win and use his second heart winner to discard a diamond loser in the dummy. Then when he plays clubs by leading the Ace, he'll be rewarded again when the King drops.



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16 ♠KT2
T7
AJT964
♣J9
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠A94
AK842
K7
♣642
♠763
9653
Q53
♣Q85
♠QJ85
QJ
82
♣AKT73
9
144
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3♠  ♥6 NT6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦4/3 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  3 W -2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  110          3.50   1.50  3 S      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  110          3.50   1.50  3 N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
         50    1.50   3.50  3 N -1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A5-Graham-Petroff
         50    1.50   3.50  4♣ S -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        100    0.00   5.00  3N S -2   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

The auction starts 1--3. Will South dare to raise? Not with this dismal 3-4-3-3 shape and only a pair of Queens. Save the pair for poker night. South has some points, but he should be alerted by his partner's preempt to go quietly. West might try something if that red King were elsewhere--this is a good time to go quietly.



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17 ♠AJ42
T84
854
♣863
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q9
AQJ72
J32
♣KJ9
♠T7
653
AT7
♣QT542
♠K8653
K9
KQ96
♣A7
5
146
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦4 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   0.00  4♠ S      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  170          4.00   1.00  3♠ S +1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  140          2.00   3.00  3♠ S      A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  140          2.00   3.00  2♠ S +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  140          2.00   3.00  2♠ S +1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
         50    0.00   5.00  4♠ S -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. West overcalls 2, which passes back to South. Loath to give up, South offers 3 and North will wisely take a preference for spades. Only if West panics and leads those hearts will South cash more than nine tricks on this hand.



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18 ♠K7
J432
QT76
♣K32
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQT53
75
J983
♣Q5
♠92
Q98
AK54
♣T864
♠J864
AKT6
2
♣AJ97
9
99
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 4 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥3 ♠6/5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  2 S +3   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  170          4.00   1.00  2 S +2   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  140          2.50   2.50  3 S      A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
  140          2.50   2.50  2 N +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    1.00   4.00  4 S -1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        300    0.00   5.00  1N N -3   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1, West bids 1 and North doubles (Negative). South should revalue her hand with that lovely singleton and bid 3, which North will carry on to game. That tempting club finesse is the normal way to play the suit.



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19 ♠AKJ93
A86
K43
♣42
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q2
KT5
Q965
♣J653
♠T654
742
AJ2
♣Q97
♠87
QJ93
T87
♣AKT8
15
87
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 3 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   1.00  3N S      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  400          4.00   1.00  3N S      A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
  400          4.00   1.00  3N N      A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
  180          2.00   3.00  2N N +2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  120          1.00   4.00  2N S      A2-Conn-McAdams vs A5-Graham-Petroff
   90          0.00   5.00  1N S      A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
20 ♠AT63
865
A92
♣AJ5
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KQ98
AKQ4
T63
♣73
♠J5
J732
J74
♣Q986
♠742
T9
KQ85
♣KT42
13
145
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          4.50   0.50  2N S      A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
  120          4.50   0.50  1N S +1   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  100          2.50   2.50  2 E -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          2.50   2.50  1 W -1   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    1.00   4.00  2♣ S -1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   5.00  1N S -2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
21 ♠Q6
K9863
9762
♣98
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠8732
T
KJT83
♣AJ6
♠AKJT9
75
AQ54
♣43
♠54
AQJ42
-
♣KQT752
5
914
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4  ♦1 ♠1 NT2
EW: 5 5/4♠ 2NT  ♣4 ♥3
LoTT: 21 - 19 = +2
Par: -450 5♠-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    5.00   0.00  4♠ E +1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        480    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        480    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        480    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        480    2.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        500    0.00   5.00  5* N -2  A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
22 ♠QT3
KJ
AKT643
♣83
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJ9
AT83
J9872
♣5
♠87642
Q9
Q5
♣QJ72
♠A5
76542
-
♣AKT964
13
97
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 3 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥4 ♠6/5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  3N N      A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  170          4.00   1.00  3 S +1   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.50   3.50  3N N -2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    1.50   3.50  4 S -2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        100    1.50   3.50  4 S -2   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    1.50   3.50  5♣ S -2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
23 ♠Q43
KT5
KT8
♣KT62
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AT872
AQ
Q72
♣A98
♠J965
82
AJ53
♣Q53
♠K
J97643
964
♣J74
11
168
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6/5 ♦3 ♠3 NT3
EW: -/1♣ 3/4 4♠ 1/3NT
       ♣6/7 ♥5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Graham-Petroff
  100          4.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman
        200    3.00   2.00  2♠ W +3   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        210    2.00   3.00  1N E +4   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        630    1.00   4.00  3N W +1   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
24 ♠QJ
9532
Q8
♣KJ632
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠93
KJT
KJT653
♣Q5
♠A752
A87
A942
♣A4
♠KT864
Q64
7
♣T987
9
1016
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦2 ♥5 ♠5 NT2
EW: 5 2 1/2♠ 5NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    4.50   0.50  3 W +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Wagner-Wagner
        150    4.50   0.50  3 W +2   A2-Conn-McAdams vs A4-Saltis-Pemberton
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A3-Triolo-Robbins vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A4-Rockefeller-Jarboe vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        460    2.00   3.00  3N E +2   A5-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Graham-Petroff
        750    0.00   5.00  3N* E +2  A6-Nye-Gillmon vs A1-Nielsen-Feldman