- Thursday Aft - July 25, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1605 MP  Geomean: 1149 MP
(based on 18 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored, missing masterpoint data for 1 ACBL player)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Buki Burke - Dagmar Ragnow 68.06 1.78 Red, 1.78 Blk
Dennis Charles - Mike Gaddis Jr 62.50 1.34 Red, 1.33 Blk
Charles Clarke - Jean Claude Tavard 56.94 1.00 Red, 1.00 Blk
Debra Triolo - Marilyn Brett 54.17 0.75 Red, 0.75 Blk
EVENT>NAP Open Pairs           |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A
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DATE>July 25, 2019      |CLUB NO.>131102    | 07/25/2019 16:07
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club - North American Pairs  |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/2500/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=6/C=1                      ,---,------------,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   | Qualifiers |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt| A   B   C  |Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ------------ ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Charles Clarke         Jean Claude Tavard       A   Q            3     .     .   |   3     .     .     61.50  56.94  1.00Red
                                                                                                                        1.00Blk
 2 Maurine Moore          Gary Feldman             A   Q            .     .     .   |   .     .     .     54.50  50.46
 3 Richard Fox            Evelyn Fox               B       Q        .     .     .   |   .     .     .     46.00  42.59
 4 Rosemary Reitz         Nancy Hall               B       Q        .     .     .   |   .     .     .     46.00  42.59
 5 Kent Jones             John Anderson            B                .     .     .   |   .     .     .     42.50  39.35
 6 Harry Anand            Ginger Lynch             C           Q    .     .     .   |   .     .     .     36.00  33.33
 7 Ilona Smith            Dick Zizic               A   Q            .     .     .   |   .     .     .     54.00  50.00
 8 Dennis Charles         Mike Gaddis Jr           B   Q   Q        2     1     .   |   2     1     .     67.50  62.50  1.34Red
                                                                                                                        1.33Blk
 9 Debra Triolo           Marilyn Brett            B   Q   Q        4     2     .   |   4     2     .     58.50  54.17  0.75Red
                                                                                                                        0.75Blk
10 Dagmar Ragnow          Buki Burke               A   Q            1     .     .   |   1     .     .     73.50  68.06  1.78Red
                                                                                                                        1.78Blk
                                          Totals                                                         540.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠732
932
J32
♣J943
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J
KT65
K965
♣KQ82
♠QT
AQ84
QT874
♣A7
♠AK98654
J7
A
♣T65
2
1214
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣4 ♦2 ♥2 NT6
EW: 3♣ 5 5  ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  590          4.00   0.00  4♠* S     A9-Triolo-Brett vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        150    3.00   1.00  4 E +1   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A5-Jones-Anderson
        170    2.00   2.00  3 E +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Fox-Fox
        400    1.00   3.00  5 E      A4-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
        450    0.00   4.00  5 E      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11
DblPass2Pass
4All pass  

South may take a second bid however that will not deter EW from getting to their heart game.

South will lead the A. She knows that there will be little help from partner on this deal. North cannot hold very many high cards. For lack of anything better South should continue spades allowing declarer to ruff in dummy.

While the spade continuation does not help the defense the important consider is that it doesn't help declarer. On this deal declarer's task is to bring the diamonds home with one loser.

Declarer knows that South has at least six spades, she will follow to two rounds of hearts. East would like to cash three clubs to get a better count of the South hand however if she does so she may be in the wrong hand to play diamonds correctly.

If East is thinking about this problem then the way to play this board is to cash two rounds of trump and then to play three rounds of clubs.

Playing in this order declarer now knows that South has one or two diamonds but not three. South is also more likely to hold the A than North as South overcalled. (Had South bid 2 then perhaps declarer should place the A in the North hand and then lead a diamond toward her hand.) So declarer can play a trump to her hand and lead a diamond toward dummy. When South pops up with the A declarer has solved the problem on the hand and will make an overtrick. Had South played a low diamond, East would play the king from dummy and then when she leads a diamond toward her hand she will trap North's J.


2 ♠T974
K3
KQ643
♣52
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠5
T852
T5
♣J97643
♠AJ32
Q94
A7
♣AKQT
♠KQ86
AJ76
J982
♣8
8
120
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3♠  ♣4 ♥6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 1 2NT  ♦4 ♠4
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +100 3NT*-EW/4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  5♣ W -2   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
        130    3.00   1.00  4♣ E      A9-Triolo-Brett vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        150    1.50   2.50  2N E +1   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
        150    1.50   2.50  2N E +1   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A5-Jones-Anderson
        180    0.00   4.00  2N E +2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Fox-Fox
3 ♠942
AK84
986
♣T73
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠JT65
73
T75
♣AJ54
♠873
T6
AQ432
♣962
♠AKQ
QJ952
KJ
♣KQ8
7
66
21
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 1 4 1/2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Fox-Fox
  450          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
  420          2.00   2.00  4 S      A4-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
  400          1.00   3.00  3N S      A9-Triolo-Brett vs A2-Moore-Feldman
  150          0.00   4.00  2N S +1   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A5-Jones-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   2NT
Pass3Pass3
Pass4All pass 

West will lead a defensive J. Declarer will win, draw trump, cash her high spades, play a trump to dummy and lead a club toward her hand. When East plays low declarer will play the K, West winning the trick. West must avoid playing clubs and she can patiently exit a diamond. This solves declarer problem in the diamond suit however declarer was always getting diamonds right.

As long as West avoids leading a club declarer must lose two clubs and one diamond.


4 ♠QJT
K32
JT2
♣AQJT
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A9
AJ865
874
♣854
♠76542
T
K65
♣K972
♠K83
Q974
AQ93
♣63
14
96
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥5 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          3.50   0.50  3N N +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Anand-Lynch
  630          3.50   0.50  3N N +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A9-Triolo-Brett
  180          1.00   3.00  2N S +2   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A2-Moore-Feldman
  180          1.00   3.00  2N N +2   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A4-Reitz-Hall
  180          1.00   3.00  1N N +3   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A3-Fox-Fox

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass1
Pass1NTPass3NT
All pass   

East may lead a spade. She hopes partner has something in the suit as she knows she has an entry in clubs to her hand. West will take the A and return the suit, declarer winning in hand. Declarer is planning to work on diamonds and clubs so upon winning the second round of spade she will place the J on the table.

It matters not whether East covers however the correct play is for East to play the king on the jack in case partner holds the 10.) Not likely since declarer led the J.) Declarer will win four diamond tricks. Upon getting to dummy declarer will lead a club toward her hand and finesse. East will take her king and clear the spades.

Declarer however will have her nine tricks, two spades, four diamonds and three clubs. After cashing her winners declarer will lead a heart from her hand giving her a tenth trick.


5 ♠Q5
A5
9653
♣AKQ62
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J876
T4
AKQ
♣9543
♠T432
QJ762
JT74
♣-
♠AK9
K983
82
♣JT87
15
104
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 2 1♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          3.00   1.00  3N N +1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A3-Fox-Fox
  630          3.00   1.00  3N N +1   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A2-Moore-Feldman
  630          3.00   1.00  3N N +1   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A4-Reitz-Hall
  150          1.00   3.00  3♣ N +2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Anand-Lynch
  130          0.00   4.00  3♣ N +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A9-Triolo-Brett

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTPass2
Pass2Pass3NT
All pass   

There is very little to the play of this deal. East will lead a card. Declarer will win and take her 10 tricks, three spades, two hearts and five clubs.

North is concerned that is she tries for an extra trick the defense will switch to diamonds and possibly take four diamond tricks.


6 ♠9842
Q853
542
♣A7
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KQJ3
A972
T
♣JT98
♠A75
J4
AQ86
♣K432
♠T6
KT6
KJ973
♣Q65
6
1114
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2/1 2♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  5♣ W -2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Anand-Lynch
        120    3.00   1.00  1N E +1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A3-Fox-Fox
        150    2.00   2.00  1N E +2   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        600    0.50   3.50  3N E      A5-Jones-Anderson vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        600    0.50   3.50  3N E      A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A4-Reitz-Hall

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

EW will get to the theoretically correct contract as their side has 25 HCPs however the bridge gods will not smile on them on this deal.

South will lead a heart in an attempt to "hit her partner." Declarer will play low from dummy and North will win her Q to return the suit.

Declarer must choose between working on clubs or diamonds. Since she has more clubs she will decide to attack that suit. Upon winning the A declarer will immediately lead the J from dummy finessing and losing a trick to South who must be patient. It is tempting to cash the 10 however this will establish a second heart for declarer so South should exit a club. North can take her ace and return a diamond. (North can see the 9 in dummy and knows to not return that suit.)

If declarer finesses South will win the K. She can now take the 10 as the setting trick.

If East wins the A she does not have enough tricks to make her contract.


7 ♠AQ3
T986
AK87
♣A5
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠2
J52
9632
♣QJ643
♠JT86
KQ74
T54
♣87
♠K9754
A3
QJ
♣KT92
17
46
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 4 6♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥3 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          4.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A5-Jones-Anderson
  650          1.50   2.50  5♠ S      A2-Moore-Feldman vs A4-Reitz-Hall
  650          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +1   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A3-Fox-Fox
  650          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +1   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A7-Smith-Zizic
  650          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Clarke-Tavard

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass4
Pass5Pass5
Pass6All pass 

South's correct rebid is 2. While we would like the bid to show six spades on this auction it shows five as it's a default bid. South is not strong enough to bid 3. That would be a "high level reverse" and promises a better hand.

North sets spades a trump and South will bid the game. North shows her club control and South cooperates and shows the A. That's all North needs to hear to bid the slam.

Declarer has 12 tricks off the top. She will win the opening lead and if necessary unblock the QJ. Next will come the AQ uncovering the spade layout. Declarer will now take the spade finesse to avoid a spade loser. Note that the correct play in spades is to cash the AQ in case East has four spades. Declarer can do nothing when West has four spades.

After drawing trump declarer can cash two high clubs and dummy's high diamonds to come to 12 tricks.


8 ♠T652
K72
654
♣QT7
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J74
653
QT9
♣KJ84
♠KQ8
T98
KJ2
♣A952
♠A93
AQJ4
A873
♣63
5
713
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1 1♠ 1NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  1N S +2   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A7-Smith-Zizic
  110          2.50   1.50  2♠ N      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
  110          2.50   1.50  1♠ N +1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A4-Reitz-Hall
         50    1.00   3.00  2♠ N -1   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A5-Jones-Anderson
        140    0.00   4.00  1♣* E     A6-Anand-Lynch vs A3-Fox-Fox
9 ♠T6532
Q7
72
♣J832
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QJ7
AT982
KQ
♣AK4
♠AK
KJ65
T94
♣QT75
♠984
43
AJ8653
♣96
3
1913
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥1 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6♣ 2 6 4♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -1440 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        240    4.00   0.00  1N W +5   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A3-Fox-Fox
        680    3.00   1.00  4 W +2   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A7-Smith-Zizic
       1430    1.00   3.00  6 W      A2-Moore-Feldman vs A4-Reitz-Hall
       1430    1.00   3.00  6 W      A9-Triolo-Brett vs A5-Jones-Anderson
       1430    1.00   3.00  6 W      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Clarke-Tavard

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
2Pass3Pass
4NTPass51Pass
6All pass  
  1. 2 Keycards without the Q

North will lead partner's suit. Fortunately for her South bid making it easy for North to decide what to lead.

South will take her ace. Declarer has the remaining tricks if she can find the Q.

There one consideration. If South preempted with 2 declarer knows South holds six diamonds and may be short in hearts. This is reason enough to first cash the A and lead a heart toward dummy. North will play the Q and declarer's problems are over.

If South is silent declarer will cash the high trump and drop the queen as she has nine trump.


10 ♠QT86
K
T74
♣K5432
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KJ
AJ97
A983
♣AJT
♠7
T32
KQJ5
♣Q9876
♠A95432
Q8654
62
♣-
8
188
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5 NT3
EW: 3♣ 4/3 2 1NT  ♠4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790          4.00   0.00  4♠* S     A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A6-Anand-Lynch
  200          2.50   1.50  3N W -2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Reitz-Hall
  200          2.50   1.50  3 W -2   A3-Fox-Fox vs A5-Jones-Anderson
  100          1.00   3.00  3N W -1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        150    0.00   4.00  2N W +1   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1Pass2Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

East has an easy pass in first seat. South would like to say something about her hand however there is no bid available to her. She considers preempting 2 however this loses the heart suit. So South will pass quietly and await developments.

West will open 1 and East shows her support. West's 2NT bid should show extras. With a minimum opener West can pass 2.

North will lead a spade. South will win her ace and continue spades. North must unblock the 10 saving the 6 as an entry to the South hand. If North keeps both high spades the defense will allow declarer to make her contract. West will play on clubs, losing to North however the defense will win three spades and one club. Declarer will have one spade, one heart, four diamonds and four clubs. OOPS!!. That's 14 tricks for the defense and offense. Well, the defense will get four first and declarer will score nine and her contract.

If North unblocked then as soon as the defense wins their next trick they can take four more spade tricks, scuttling the contract.


11 ♠983
Q942
T872
♣K6
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KJT754
J8
4
♣QT93
♠Q
AK75
AJ653
♣A85
♠A62
T63
KQ9
♣J742
5
718
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3/2 ♦4 ♥4 ♠1 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 3 5♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        230    4.00   0.00  2♠ W +4   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Reitz-Hall
        420    3.00   1.00  4♠ W      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        450    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A6-Anand-Lynch
        450    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
        460    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   A3-Fox-Fox vs A5-Jones-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
PassPass1Pass
1Pass2Pass
2Pass4All pass

East's 2 bid is a reverse and shows extra values, usually in the vicinity of 18 HCPs. West will show extra spade length. East has an excellent hand and although she only has one spade it's an honor so she bids the spade game.

The play of this deal comes to how declarer will handle the club suit. West must lose one spade. She can avoid heart and diamond losers as East holds controls in those suits and can cover West's cards.

West will lose at most two clubs and will make her contract. If she can hold those losers to one she will make an overtrick for an excellent matchpoint score.

Declarer will win the opening lead which will be a red card. She can play the Q. South will likely duck the first round of spades. Declarer can cash dummy's remaining red high cards and ruff a diamond to come to hand to draw the remaining trump.

And so we come to the play of the club suit. One option is to play a club to the ace in dummy and return a club guessing whether to play South for the king or the jack. A good guess will make an overtrick.

The other way to play the club suit is one which is suggested by Eric Rodwell. He suggests that declarer lead the Q from her hand. When North covers declarer wins the ace in dummy and can dislodge the J, holding her losers to one club thus making an overtrick.


12 ♠J9732
KQ
Q762
♣KJ
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q65
T832
AJT
♣865
♠AK8
AJ74
K53
♣932
♠T4
965
984
♣AQT74
12
715
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 3 1♠ 1NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3 W -1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A6-Anand-Lynch
         90    2.50   1.50  1N E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Reitz-Hall
         90    2.50   1.50  1N E      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        140    1.00   3.00  2 W +1   A3-Fox-Fox vs A5-Jones-Anderson
        150    0.00   4.00  1N E +2   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
13 ♠A2
AJ875
5
♣AKT97
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q3
KQT
98642
♣QJ3
♠KT876
43
AKQT7
♣6
♠J954
962
J3
♣8542
16
1012
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♦3 ♠4 NT5
EW: 4 2♠ 1NT  ♣4/5 ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.00   0.00  3 N -1   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A5-Jones-Anderson
        130    2.50   1.50  3 E +1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A7-Smith-Zizic
        130    2.50   1.50  3 E +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Fox-Fox
        200    1.00   3.00  3 N -2   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        300    0.00   4.00  4 N -3   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Anand-Lynch
14 ♠QJ42
KQ9
J63
♣JT4
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠A86
T72
AQ2
♣AK62
♠K973
863
KT87
♣Q7
♠T5
AJ54
954
♣9853
10
178
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 3 2 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4 E -2   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A7-Smith-Zizic
         50    3.00   1.00  2 S -1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Fox-Fox
        180    2.00   2.00  1N W +3   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Anand-Lynch
        400    0.50   3.50  3N W      A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        400    0.50   3.50  3N W      A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A5-Jones-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass2NTPass
3NTAll pass  

East does not have a great hand but she has enough to invite the notrump game. West, with a maximum for her opening bid, easily accepts the game invitation.

North will probably lead a spade. Actually on this layout it matters not what North leads as declarer will win the opening lead and cash nine tricks. (The favorable split in diamonds will give declarer her ninth trick.) If North leads a heart for some reason the defense will win the first four tricks however declarer will win the remaining tricks.


15 ♠94
QJ7
A97
♣AK973
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠7
A9542
KQ32
♣J86
♠K8532
K6
T8654
♣Q
♠AQJT6
T83
J
♣T542
14
108
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2♠ 3NT  ♦4 ♥6
EW: 3  ♣2 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          4.00   0.00  2N S +2   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Anand-Lynch
  120          3.00   1.00  2N N      A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A5-Jones-Anderson
  110          2.00   2.00  3♣ N      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Fox-Fox
        100    0.50   3.50  1N N -1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A7-Smith-Zizic
        100    0.50   3.50  2♠ S -1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A9-Triolo-Brett
16 ♠Q95
T65
AT
♣JT642
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠876
9832
K54
♣K53
♠AJ2
AKQ74
J963
♣Q
♠KT43
J
Q872
♣A987
7
617
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2♠  ♦6 ♥5 NT6
EW: 1/- 2 1NT  ♣4 ♦7/6 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +110 2♠-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3 E -2   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Reitz-Hall
        140    2.00   2.00  3 E      A2-Moore-Feldman vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
        140    2.00   2.00  3 E      A3-Fox-Fox vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
        140    2.00   2.00  3 E      A9-Triolo-Brett vs A6-Anand-Lynch
        620    0.00   4.00  4 E      A5-Jones-Anderson vs A7-Smith-Zizic
17 ♠T953
73
AQ532
♣AK
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJ7
JT4
J8
♣QT983
♠K842
A982
K
♣J762
♠A6
KQ65
T9764
♣54
13
711
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 2 2♠ 4NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦2 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.50   0.50  2 N +3   A3-Fox-Fox vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
  150          3.50   0.50  2 N +3   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Reitz-Hall
  130          1.00   3.00  3 N +1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
  130          1.00   3.00  2 N +2   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A7-Smith-Zizic
  130          1.00   3.00  2 N +2   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A6-Anand-Lynch
18 ♠74
A4
J8765
♣J876
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AK985
T87
AT2
♣A4
♠T2
KQ65
KQ943
♣Q3
♠QJ63
J932
-
♣KT952
6
1512
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣  ♦2 ♥3 ♠3 NT1
EW: 4 4 4/3♠ 5/2NT  ♣5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -460 5NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  4♠ W -3   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Reitz-Hall
  100          3.00   1.00  3N W -2   A9-Triolo-Brett vs A6-Anand-Lynch
        430    2.00   2.00  3N E +1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
        460    0.50   3.50  3N E +2   A3-Fox-Fox vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
        460    0.50   3.50  3N E +2   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A7-Smith-Zizic

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
3NTAll pass  

South does have a comfortable opening lead. She knows that West holds four spades and that it is likely East holds four hearts. (East opened 1 and rebid notrump so it is more probable she has hearts than clubs.) So South will lead a club, declarer will play low from dummy and win her queen.

East is expecting to win five diamonds and at least two spades so she has set her sights on overtricks. Given the spade spots she holds, the percentage play is to run the 10. That's a great decision for the offense as it will give declarer at least three spade tricks whether South covers or ducks.

Declarer can play a heart toward her hand when she is in dummy to generate a trick or two in that suit. North will duck the first heart lead but declarer will counter by playing another round of spades.

East will discover the diamond layout when later in the play as she will save her diamonds for last. She can still win four diamonds by finessing North.

Declarer should come to three spades, two hearts, four diamonds and two clubs.


19 ♠853
AKQ52
KJ9
♣K5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K96
874
6543
♣AQ2
♠AT42
T3
T7
♣T9643
♠QJ7
J96
AQ82
♣J87
16
94
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4 1♠ 4NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦3 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   0.00  4 N +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Jones-Anderson
  430          3.00   1.00  3N S +1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A7-Smith-Zizic
  420          2.00   2.00  4 N      A4-Reitz-Hall vs A9-Triolo-Brett
  400          1.00   3.00  3N N      A6-Anand-Lynch vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
  200          0.00   4.00  1 N +4   A3-Fox-Fox vs A2-Moore-Feldman

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1NTPass3NT
All pass   

While the style of the modern game is to open aggressively, few will open the South hand as it does not contains very many aces or kings. South will pass quietly and await developments.

North will open 1NT even though she holds five hearts. This opening avoids an awkward rebid and gets the values of the hand on the table. South now comes alive and bids the notrump game.

East will lead a club, West will play the queen and declarer will win one club trick. She has no further stoppers in clubs and will take her winners. She can cash five hearts and four diamonds. The defense will win three tricks.

If East leads a spade, West will win her king and return the suit. East will win her ace and will clear spades. Declarer will win her spade trick and will now cash her red suit winners, again coming to 10 tricks.


20 ♠KJ2
T8653
JT
♣Q76
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠75
K942
753
♣AJ95
♠AQT98643
-
KQ2
♣K2
♠-
AQJ7
A9864
♣T843
7
814
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣ 1/- 3/2
       ♣7/6 ♦7/6 ♠3/2 NT3/2
EW: 4♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -500 5*-S-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    4.00   0.00  5 N -2   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A7-Smith-Zizic
        650    1.50   2.50  5♠ E      A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Jones-Anderson
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   A3-Fox-Fox vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +1   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
21 ♠AKQJ9
A93
87
♣T86
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T76
862
KQ642
♣Q5
♠8542
JT7
AJT
♣943
♠3
KQ54
953
♣AKJ72
14
76
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 5 5♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦5 ♥0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +650 5♠-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   0.00  3N N +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Jones-Anderson
  260          3.00   1.00  2♠ N +5   A3-Fox-Fox vs A2-Moore-Feldman
  170          2.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   A1-Clarke-Tavard vs A7-Smith-Zizic
        100    0.50   3.50  3N S -1   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        100    0.50   3.50  3N S -1   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass2
Pass4All pass 

There is a saying at this game: "He who knows goes!" North will unilaterally bid the spade game. Her suit is self - supporting. And while she would like to have one more spade, life isn't perfect.

East will lead the J. Declarer will win and draw trump in four rounds. She will then cash her hearts and when the suit splits she has an additional trick.

The essence of this deal is to find the Q. If North guesses correctly and plays the AK she will have 13 tricks. If North takes the club finesse, a play which is the probability favorite, West will win her queen and switch to diamonds holding declarer to 11 tricks. There is little reason to cash the high clubs as South has only eight clubs.


22 ♠742
KQJT74
QJ4
♣4
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q8
86
KT65
♣KT982
♠KJT9
532
A98
♣AJ6
♠A653
A9
732
♣Q753
9
813
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣3 ♦4 ♠5 NT6
EW: 4♣ 3 1♠  ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  2N E -3   A4-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Fox-Fox
  100          3.00   1.00  2♠ E -1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Anand-Lynch
         50    1.50   2.50  3 N -1   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
         50    1.50   2.50  3 N -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        100    0.00   4.00  3 N -2   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
23 ♠8654
832
JT53
♣K7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ973
97
64
♣A853
♠KQ
AQT65
A9
♣J964
♠T2
KJ4
KQ872
♣QT2
4
916
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 4♣ 3 3♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW/3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   1.00  3N E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Triolo-Brett
  100          3.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Anand-Lynch
  100          3.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
        110    1.00   3.00  3♣ E      A5-Jones-Anderson vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
        120    0.00   4.00  2N E      A4-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Fox-Fox

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
PassPass1NTPass
2TransferPass2Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

South will lead a diamond. Declarer will win and cash five spades using the A as an entry to dummy. Declarer will cash the K and when she plays the Q South will drop the ten. Declarer can now afford to overtake as the 9 has grown up and will be higher than any spades North may hold.

South will be under pressure to make three discards. She can easily shed one heart. In the end she must keep her diamonds and will discard two clubs hoping that her partner holds something in that suit.

All is well for the defense and the contract will fail. Declarer, after cashing her spades needs one more trick to make her contract. Hearts is the only suit which offers hope so she will exit dummy with a heart. On this layout she cannot guess right and will lose a heart trick to South who will cash four diamond tricks. If South places a high diamond on the table North must be careful to unblock one of her diamond honors. It would be a shame for the defense to block the suit and only score three diamond tricks.


24 ♠A2
76
Q732
♣K8654
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠853
Q5432
A8
♣JT9
♠KQJ6
AJT9
54
♣Q73
♠T974
K8
KJT96
♣A2
9
713
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2NT  ♥5 ♠6
EW: 2  ♣4 ♦3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.50   0.50  3♠ E -3   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Anand-Lynch
  150          3.50   0.50  4 S +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A9-Triolo-Brett
  130          2.00   2.00  4 S      A4-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Fox-Fox
   50          0.50   3.50  3 W -1   A2-Moore-Feldman vs A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr
   50          0.50   3.50  3 W -1   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
25 ♠-
J6
KT763
♣AKT864
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AQ4
AK752
A8
♣J72
♠JT8732
Q9
9
♣Q953
♠K965
T843
QJ542
♣-
11
185
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4  ♥4 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1/2 4♠ 1NT  ♣6/5 ♦3
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -100 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  3 N      A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
         50    3.00   1.00  5 N -1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Smith-Zizic
        100    2.00   2.00  3♣ N -2   A3-Fox-Fox vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        500    1.00   3.00  5* N -3  A5-Jones-Anderson vs A4-Reitz-Hall
        620    0.00   4.00  4♠ E      A6-Anand-Lynch vs A2-Moore-Feldman
26 ♠3
Q954
72
♣KQ9654
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KJ95
K862
J854
♣8
♠AQT87
-
AKQ93
♣T72
♠642
AJT73
T6
♣AJ3
7
815
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♦1 ♠1 NT3
EW: 6 6♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -1430 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    4.00   0.00  4♠ E +1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Smith-Zizic
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A3-Fox-Fox vs A9-Triolo-Brett
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A4-Reitz-Hall
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
27 ♠64
AT7542
Q5
♣KQ7
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠J
QJ986
J642
♣A64
♠AQT8
3
AKT98
♣T32
♠K97532
K
73
♣J985
11
913
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦1 ♥6 NT4
EW: 1/-♣ 4 1 2NT  ♣7/6 ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  4 E -1   A10-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Smith-Zizic
         50    3.00   1.00  2♠ S -1   A8-Charles-Gaddis Jr vs A1-Clarke-Tavard
        130    2.00   2.00  3 E +1   A5-Jones-Anderson vs A4-Reitz-Hall
        150    1.00   3.00  3 W +2   A6-Anand-Lynch vs A2-Moore-Feldman
        500    0.00   4.00  3* N -3  A3-Fox-Fox vs A9-Triolo-Brett