- Thursday Aft - August 1, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1544 MP  Geomean: 935 MP
(based on 30 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored, missing masterpoint data for 1 ACBL player)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Nancy Hall - Rosemary Reitz 62.50 1st A 1.20
Charles Clarke - Jean Claude Tavard 59.52 1st A 1.20
Marilyn Brett - Ron Saltis 57.14 2nd A 0.84
Debra Triolo - Josh Rosenbluth 54.46 3rd A 0.60
Anne Cline - Larry Pelletier 52.98 2nd A 0.84
Dick Zizic - Ilona Smith 52.38 3rd A 0.60
John Anderson - Lorraine Salvatore 49.70 2nd B 0.34
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>August 1, 2019     |CLUB NO.>131102    | 08/01/2019 21:38
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DIR> Gruber          |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/2400/600  |CLUB>Ventura Unit
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ken Thompson           Ruth Tracy               B    .     .     .     86.50  51.49
 2 JoAnn Bowen            Carol Hayhurst           B    .     .     .     74.50  44.35
 3 Anne Cline             Larry Pelletier          B    2     2     .     89.00  52.98  0.84(A)
 4 Dagmar Ragnow          Buki Burke               B    .     .     .     74.00  44.05
 5 Rosemary Reitz         Nancy Hall               B    1     1     .    105.00  62.50  1.20(A)
 6 Donald Cline           Gary Feldman             A    .     .     .     78.50  46.73
 7 Ilona Smith            Dick Zizic               A    3     .     .     88.00  52.38  0.60(A)
 8 Barry Brenner          Doug Hahn                C    .     .     .     76.50  45.54
                                          Totals                         672.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Thursday Aft |SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/2400/600  |CLUB>Ventura Unit
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Roseann Buckley        Raeann Koerner           B    .     .     .     74.50  44.35
 2 Ron Saltis             Marilyn Brett            A    2     .     .     96.00  57.14  0.84(A)
 3 Josh Rosenbluth        Debra Triolo             B    3     1     .     91.50  54.46  0.60(A)
 4 Harry Anand            Ginger Lynch             C    .     .     .     65.00  38.69
 5 Jean Claude Tavard     Charles Clarke           A    1     .     .    100.00  59.52  1.20(A)
 6 Elaine McAdams         Irene Petroff            B    .     .     .     80.00  47.62
 7 Lorraine Salvatore     John Anderson            C    .     2     1     83.50  49.70  0.34(B)
 8 Anne Conn              Judy Kupperman           C    .     .     .     81.50  48.51
                                          Totals                         672.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠42
KT95
AQ4
♣QT73
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT8753
Q3
97
♣KJ9
♠J9
J86
KJ53
♣A642
♠KQ6
A742
T862
♣85
11
1010
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/- 1  ♣6 ♦7/6 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1♣ 3♠ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  4♣ E -3   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A4-Anand-Lynch
         50    6.00   1.00  3 S -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        110    4.00   3.00  2♠ W      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        110    4.00   3.00  2♠ W      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        110    4.00   3.00  2♠ W      A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        140    1.50   5.50  2♠ W +1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        140    1.50   5.50  2♠ W +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        170    0.00   7.00  3♠ E +1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Saltis-Brett

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
2DblPass3
All pass   

Is 11 the new 12 for opening bids? Possibly. I open a lot of 11 counts and this North hand has some charm - two 10s and a little shape, but I`d rather have a five-card suit or something that looks like a potential source of tricks (QJ109). East has an easy pass, and South is in third chair. People will almost certainly open this, but I think it`s wrong. I prefer to treat third seat openings as a chance to overcall; you should be doing it either because you have a suit you want partner to lead or want to compete in the auction or want to preempt your opponents. Opening hands with flat 9 counts will yield a lot of 1NT down 2 when the opponents might make 1NT, go down, or pass out the hand. On this hand, West might choose whether to open or not based on casino count (high card points + spades) or CRIFS (Cohen`s Rule in Fourth Seat-- look left and right and if you think you will do better by playing, bid). If West does open, 2 is a better choice than 1 since it might buy the auction. A fourth-seat 2 bid isn`t preemptive, it shows 10-15 and 6 spades. The rest of the auction is a guess. North might feel her hand is worth a takeout double, and if so, South will compete to 3. Should East do anything? Not likely.

The play in hearts will not be particularly fun for South as she has to lose two diamonds, two clubs, one heart and one spade. Of course, I know some Wests will lead the ace of spades, costing the defense a trick as unsupported ace leads often do. If East-West play the hand in spades, declarer can make 9 tricks fairly easily since most leads from North will give away a trick. Without a helpful lead, declarer can pitch a club loser on a diamond herself.



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2 ♠T9
984
JT
♣JT8743
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠82
T5
AK732
♣KQ96
♠AKJ643
K732
85
♣A
♠Q75
AQJ6
Q964
♣52
2
1215
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥5 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4/3 2 4♠ 4/3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -430 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    7.00   0.00  3♠ E +1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ E      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ E      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ E      A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        430    2.00   5.00  3N W +1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        450    0.50   6.50  4♠ E +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        450    0.50   6.50  4♠ E +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A8-Conn-Kupperman

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
2Pass2Pass
2NTPass3Pass
3NTAll pass  

West`s hand is just good enough to make a game-forcing bid in a Two Over One Game Force system. East should show hearts before rebidding spades to show a specific pattern of 6-4. Now West has to choose whether to play in 3NT or 4. At matchpoints, opting for 3NT is reasonable and partner could also convert 3NT to 4.

On the likely club lead, declarer must not cash the A before crossing to dummy! There are a couple of reasons for this, but the biggest is that if you do and then the finesse loses, you can no longer reach the East hand. (The other is that a 4-1 split with a stiff queen will cause a similar problem anyway). South probably wishes she could telepathically ask partner for a heart lead, but that`s not how life works. If the East-West pair plays in spades, declarer can cash the A and then go to dummy to finesse.



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3 ♠KJ8
62
A85
♣QJT52
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q974
KQJ4
KQ2
♣83
♠A63
875
J763
♣K94
♠T52
AT93
T94
♣A76
11
138
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 1 3NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          6.50   0.50  3N E -4   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
  400          6.50   0.50  3 W -4   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  200          4.50   2.50  1N E -2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
  200          4.50   2.50  2 W -2   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  110          2.00   5.00  3♣ N      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  110          2.00   5.00  3♣ N      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
  110          2.00   5.00  2♣ N +1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          0.00   7.00  3 W -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Saltis-Brett

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1NTAll pass

West opens 1, and North passes--I don't particularly like overcalling with such a middling suit and only 11 points on the two-level. East bids 1NT and after two passes, the auction reverts to North. Is now the time for 2? It's close, but this auction usually means that the responder (East) has clubs, which might scare me off. An additional consideration is the vulnerability. With your opponents vulnerable, you will score better defeating a contract than making 2.

South will likely lead a major-suit, and declarer will have to do a lot of work. North should switch to clubs whenever she eventually gets in, and declarer might guess how to block the suit (ducking twice). The results will be all over the place, but down one seems most likely. The double dummy says N-S can make 3NT, but that's an analysis you can completely ignore unless you enjoy those kind of problems.



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4 ♠KQJ
T65
QT932
♣97
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A53
KQ82
KJ865
♣4
♠962
A3
4
♣AKJ8653
♠T874
J974
A7
♣QT2
8
1312
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥5 ♠5 NT2
EW: 4♣ 3 2 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  3N W -2   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  100          4.00   3.00  3N W -1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
  100          4.00   3.00  3N W -1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
  100          4.00   3.00  3N W -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  100          4.00   3.00  3N E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  100          4.00   3.00  5♣ E -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        600    0.50   6.50  3N W      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        600    0.50   6.50  3N W      A5-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass2Pass
2Pass3Pass
3NTAll pass  

West opens 1 and East has only 12 HCP, but way too much playing strength not to Game Force . After 2, West could try 2. The West hand is unbalanced enough to want to explore for a minor-suit game or slam and 2 will convince partner of shape later on (even if she will think you might be 6-4). Now partner's rebid of 3 will usually deny a four-card major and 3NT seems the likely spot.

This hand shows the problem with misfits as 3NT is going down on a normal-looking spade lead. Is it possible to make? Sure, if North doesn't lead a spade or if the defenders don't signal carefully at the end, then declarer may sneak by. Expect a hard-earned bad result if your opponents are in 3NT making.



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5 ♠Q9874
83
KT
♣AJT4
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠5
KT7
AQJ8652
♣73
♠AKJ632
J42
4
♣865
♠T
AQ965
973
♣KQ92
10
109
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1  ♦4/5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2 1♠  ♣4 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  3♠* E -2  A6-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Saltis-Brett
   50          5.00   2.00  2♠ E -1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
   50          5.00   2.00  4 W -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Anand-Lynch
   50          5.00   2.00  3 W -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        110    3.00   4.00  3 W      A5-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        200    2.00   5.00  3 S -2   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        400    1.00   6.00  4 S -4   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        500    0.00   7.00  4♣ S -5   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Buckley-Koerner

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass2Dbl
33NTAll pass 

If bridge players say they never wind up in bad contracts, they're either lying or cheating. After a 2 opening, South could pass or bid 3. Pass could miss out on game if West raises spades, and 3 could go for a big number. Double is the most flexible option. West should bid 3, although you need partnership agreement for what bids in the auction should mean. Some play it would promise spade support, others don't. I might do it anyway and rebid diamonds if my partner bid more spades. North has to make a guess. 3NT could be right, and partner should have something in diamonds, right?

Dummy comes down, and yikes! This is a ridiculous contract. I count 6 tricks for the declarer. Mostly, North will hope her opponents give some tricks away at some point, but it is an ugly looking spot. Whenever in a bad contract, don't give up. The difference between down two and down three could be a lot of matchpoints on this board. I would think -100 for N-S might be an okay score.



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6 ♠8762
76
AKT65
♣Q6
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠93
AQT
J8432
♣982
♠AQT54
J43
9
♣AJ53
♠KJ
K9852
Q7
♣KT74
9
712
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2♠ 1/-NT
       ♦5 ♥6 NT7/6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  3♠ E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Anand-Lynch
         50    4.00   3.00  2 S -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
         50    4.00   3.00  2 S -1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
         50    4.00   3.00  2 S -1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
         50    4.00   3.00  2 S -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
         50    4.00   3.00  2 S -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        100    1.00   6.00  2 S -2   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        200    0.00   7.00  3N S -4   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A6-McAdams-Petroff

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1NTPass2Pass
2All pass  

I love light overcalls, but there are some important ideas for when it's okay to make them. Good times for light overcalls are when you are on the one-level, when you (and/or partner) are passed hands, or when you know the opponents are going to a game. The South hand has some strength, but the terrible suit quality should prevent you from making noise. Is 2 the worst bid ever? No. It's a matter of style, but I prefer the pass shown. After a semi-forcing 1NT pass 2, you might try to bid 2 now, but pass is still fine when the opponents could be going anywhere. A preference back to 2 (technically a false-preference, but playing in spades looks better from West's perspective) returns the auction to South in balancing-seat. Am I really going to pass three times with a five-card suit and a 12 count? Yup. The opponents likely have only 7 trumps, which speaks to playing defense.

South will probably lead a low heart, and declarer will have some issues. After winning in dummy and running the 9, another heart may force declarer to try to drop a spade honor. If not, North can potentially get a heart ruff. All sorts of results are possible and this is a classic matchpoint board where any plus score should be good.



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7 ♠T54
Q8
985
♣JT543
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠8
AK5
KQT43
♣AQ98
♠K932
T9764
AJ7
♣K
♠AQJ76
J32
62
♣762
3
1811
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5 5 2♠ 5/4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  4 E -1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        630    5.50   1.50  3N W +1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        630    5.50   1.50  3N E +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        650    4.00   3.00  4 E +1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        660    3.00   4.00  3N E +2   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        680    2.00   5.00  4 W +2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        690    1.00   6.00  3N E +3   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        710    0.00   7.00  4 E +3   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A5-Tavard-Clarke

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass11
Dbl1Pass3Pass
4All pass  
  1. Support Double(s)

After P 1 P 1, South should overcall. I listed some criteria for light overcalls on the prior board, and this meets two of my preferred situations-- it's on the one-level, and you are a passed hand. West makes a Support Double and East has some tough choices to make. How much is that hand worth? The K isn't a great holding, and might lead you to think about notrump, but the singleton club is a problem. I think 3 is about right. West might bid 3 on the way to game, but East's lousy trumps will probably convince her to sign off in 4.

This is one of those hands where it's hard to imagine anyone in a heart contract not taking exactly 11 tricks. That said, I've been surprised before. I think anyone taking more tricks probably has a funny story and anyone taking fewer has a sad one.



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8 ♠AJ97
82
AQ4
♣K732
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠-
A97654
K76
♣Q986
♠KT632
KQJ3
T52
♣J
♠Q854
T
J983
♣AT54
14
910
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠  ♥4 NT6
EW: 3 1NT  ♣4 ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  4* W -2  A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
         50    6.00   1.00  3♣ N -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        100    5.00   2.00  4♠ S -2   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        140    4.00   3.00  3 W      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        170    3.00   4.00  3 W +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        300    2.00   5.00  3♠* S -2  A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        420    0.50   6.50  4 W      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        420    0.50   6.50  4 W      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
2Dbl4?

This 2 bid breaks the "rule" about not opening a preempt with a void, but rules aren't important when it comes to preempts. The only thing that's important is style, and you want to make sure your partner understands what to expect regarding your style. Some players open very light in some seats and very sound in others, or open very light 3-level preempts, but sound 2-level preempts. In most of my partnerships, this West hand looks like a non-vulnerable first seat preempt. North doubles and East bids 4. Now what? South is a little light for 4, but has some shape.

If South passes, 4 is touch-and-go. North might lead a club and now finding all of the defense's tricks isn't clear. It turns out that the defenders need to play very passively to defeat this contract, but the dummy doesn't make that immediately clear. If South bids to 4, East is probably going to double. Notice how important it is for the preempter to let partner decide what to do. Preempting and bidding again is almost never right. Spades will not be fun for declarer.



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9 ♠KJ8
AT7
T983
♣976
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AQ654
632
A
♣AQT2
♠T9732
Q984
Q7
♣K3
♠-
KJ5
KJ6542
♣J854
8
167
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♥5 ♠4
EW: 1♣ 1 2♠  ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 20 = -4
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  5♠ E -3   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
  200          5.00   2.00  5♠ W -2   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A2-Saltis-Brett
  200          5.00   2.00  4♠ W -2   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  200          5.00   2.00  4♠ W -2   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  100          3.00   4.00  4♠ W -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        140    1.50   5.50  3♠ W      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        140    1.50   5.50  3♠ W      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        790    0.00   7.00  4♠* W     A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A5-Tavard-Clarke

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass2
233Pass
4All pass  

Another unusual looking preempt, but in third-seat the range for preempts is wide. At third-seat favorable, anything could be going on. West bids 2 and North raises diamonds. With such a flat hand and defense in spades, it's not worth jumping to 4. East raises to 3 (again, flat hands with some defense shouldn't make preemptive jumps) and West will bid 4.

Unfortunately for declarer, there are three heart tricks and two spade tricks that the defense will always win (unless declarer takes a club finesse for some reason, which is unlikely). The best results for N-S will be for those pairs who played against East-Wests in love with vulnerability attempting to sacrifice in 5. Sacrifices are always iffy, but doing it when your hand has defense (as both North and South do) can lead to a lot of -300 against the opponent's part score.



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10 ♠4
AKQ42
A9842
♣62
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AK8
J983
76
♣AJ54
♠J9752
6
KJ
♣KQT97
♠QT63
T75
QT53
♣83
13
1310
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2  ♣2 ♠3 NT4
EW: 5♣ 4♠ 3NT  ♦4 ♥5
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -500 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  4♠ E -3   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  100          4.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          4.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  100          4.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
  100          4.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        130    2.00   5.00  3♣ E +1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        170    1.00   6.00  3♠ E +1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        620    0.00   7.00  4♠ E      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo

Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
223Pass
4All pass  

Another hand where style matters. The East hand is certainly light. I considered showing pass here, but I think the devil on my shoulder would convince me to open. Once that happens, partner is going to force to 4. If East shows more discretion and passes, after a third seat 1 opening, North's 2NT might keep the E-W pair out of spades. The North hand presents an interesting case for whether or not to make a two-suited bid. On the auction shown, it might be best to bid hearts to convey to partner where you live (not to mention showing the lead you prefer). If West opens 1 instead, you might bid unusual 2NT to give partner more of a choice.

In 4, the play is complicated. but it will likely go down at least one due to the bad split in the spade suit. It's actually a decent contract. You'll hear phrases like that all the time in bridge writing (or conversation), but I know some people have no idea why a contract is decent or not. The primary thing to consider is whether you'd like to be in that contract looking only at the declarer/dummy hands. Here, declarer thinks she will lose one spade (and the Q might drop), one heart, and hopefully only one diamond. It's far from a cold contract (one that will always make), but it will make a lot of the time.



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11 ♠KT8742
AJ74
93
♣J
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AQ653
KT
AQ842
♣5
♠9
Q653
J65
♣KQ843
♠J
982
KT7
♣AT9762
9
158
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦4/5 ♥6 NT6
EW: 1/-♣ 2 1NT  ♣7/6 ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.50   0.50  3N E -1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
   50          6.50   0.50  3N E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Saltis-Brett
         50    5.00   2.00  3 N -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
         90    3.50   3.50  2 W      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
         90    3.50   3.50  2 W      A5-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        110    2.00   5.00  3 W      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        400    0.50   6.50  3N E      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        400    0.50   6.50  3N E      A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A4-Anand-Lynch
12 ♠KT87
QJ
AK72
♣854
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AJ965
T2
JT96
♣Q6
♠Q4
A98
Q854
♣AJT3
♠32
K76543
3
♣K972
13
813
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6 ♦4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2 2NT  ♣6 ♥4 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  2N E -4   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  140          6.00   1.00  2 S +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
  110          4.50   2.50  2 S      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  110          4.50   2.50  2 S      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Saltis-Brett
   50          2.00   5.00  2♠ W -1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
   50          2.00   5.00  2♠ W -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A4-Anand-Lynch
   50          2.00   5.00  2♣ E -1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        200    0.00   7.00  1N S -2   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
13 ♠AJ73
J2
765
♣K654
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠T854
A8654
T2
♣72
♠Q62
QT973
A84
♣T9
♠K9
K
KQJ93
♣AQJ83
9
48
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 2♠ 1NT  ♥5
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦2 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +600 5-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          7.00   0.00  5♣ S +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  600          5.00   2.00  5♣ S      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  600          5.00   2.00  5♣ S      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
  600          5.00   2.00  5♣ S      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  170          3.00   4.00  2♣ S +4   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
  150          2.00   5.00  3♣ S +2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        100    1.00   6.00  6♣ S -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        200    0.00   7.00  3N N -2   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Saltis-Brett
14 ♠AK7
QJ85
A52
♣T54
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J82
2
KQT86
♣KQ63
♠Q63
96
J974
♣J987
♠T954
AKT743
3
♣A2
14
114
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 5♠ 4NT  ♣6 ♦5
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥2 ♠1 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   3.00  5 S      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
  450          4.00   3.00  4 S +1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
  450          4.00   3.00  4 S +1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  450          4.00   3.00  4 S +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Saltis-Brett
  450          4.00   3.00  4 S +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  450          4.00   3.00  4 S +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  450          4.00   3.00  4 S +1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
         50    0.00   7.00  6 S -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
15 ♠KT864
9865
AJ4
♣K
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A5
AKQ4
7
♣T76542
♠QJ2
J7
KT9853
♣A3
♠973
T32
Q62
♣QJ98
11
1311
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥4 ♠5 NT4/3
EW: 3♣ 3 2 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.50   0.50  3N W -1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
   50          6.50   0.50  3 E -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        110    3.50   3.50  3 E      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        110    3.50   3.50  3 E      A5-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        110    3.50   3.50  3♣ W      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        110    3.50   3.50  3♣ W      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        150    1.00   6.00  2N E +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        430    0.00   7.00  3N E +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Saltis-Brett
16 ♠K985
KQ6
T3
♣QT65
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠A432
T432
J5
♣K72
♠QJ6
75
AK8762
♣83
♠T7
AJ98
Q94
♣AJ94
10
810
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣4 ♥5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 2-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  1N E -2   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  110          5.50   1.50  3♣ S      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  110          5.50   1.50  3♣ S      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
  100          4.00   3.00  3 E -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
         50    3.00   4.00  3 S -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
         90    1.50   5.50  2 E      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
         90    1.50   5.50  2 E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        100    0.00   7.00  2N S -2   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A2-Saltis-Brett
17 ♠7
KQT43
T97
♣Q632
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KT32
A9
J65
♣AK95
♠9854
75
KQ82
♣T87
♠AQJ6
J862
A43
♣J4
7
155
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 2♠  ♦6 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          6.50   0.50  3 N +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  170          6.50   0.50  2 N +2   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  110          5.00   2.00  2 S      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          4.00   3.00  2N W -2   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A4-Anand-Lynch
   50          3.00   4.00  1N W -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A2-Saltis-Brett
         50    2.00   5.00  4 S -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        120    1.00   6.00  1N W +1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        140    0.00   7.00  3♠ E      A5-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
18 ♠Q74
AT9
QT743
♣J3
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AJT52
KQ8
K8
♣T72
♠K8
J642
J962
♣KQ8
♠963
753
A5
♣A9654
9
1310
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 3 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          7.00   0.00  1N E -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
         90    5.00   2.00  1N E      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A4-Anand-Lynch
         90    5.00   2.00  1N E      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
         90    5.00   2.00  1N E      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        110    3.00   4.00  2 E      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        140    2.00   5.00  3♠ W      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        300    1.00   6.00  2 N -3   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        500    0.00   7.00  2* N -2  A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A2-Saltis-Brett
19 ♠JT3
Q653
83
♣A873
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A82
K842
KQ4
♣965
♠Q9754
T7
952
♣KJ4
♠K6
AJ9
AJT76
♣QT2
7
126
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1/2  ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♠  ♣5 ♦5 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  1N S +2   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Saltis-Brett
  120          5.50   1.50  1N S +1   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  120          5.50   1.50  1N S +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
   90          3.00   4.00  1N S      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
   90          3.00   4.00  1N S      A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
   90          3.00   4.00  1N N      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
         50    1.00   6.00  1N S -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        100    0.00   7.00  1N S -2   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
20 ♠QT653
K32
82
♣AQ6
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠9842
85
AJ96
♣K97
♠K7
A64
QT7543
♣54
♠AJ
QJT97
K
♣JT832
11
89
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 3♠  ♦5 NT6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♥2 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Saltis-Brett
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  200          2.50   4.50  3 S +2   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Anand-Lynch
  200          2.50   4.50  3 S +2   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
         90    1.00   6.00  2 E      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        100    0.00   7.00  4 S -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
21 ♠JT65
985
T972
♣86
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠742
T73
A63
♣KJ97
♠Q83
AKJ642
J
♣QT2
♠AK9
Q
KQ854
♣A543
1
813
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 1♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4/3 1NT  ♦3 ♠5/4
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -200 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    5.50   1.50  5 S -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        100    5.50   1.50  4 S -1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        100    5.50   1.50  4 S -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        100    5.50   1.50  4 S -1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
        170    3.00   4.00  3 E +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        420    1.50   5.50  4 E      A5-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        420    1.50   5.50  4 E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        590    0.00   7.00  4* E     A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
22 ♠T9543
K975
T5
♣43
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQ6
QT42
K873
♣T6
♠K7
83
AJ96
♣AJ982
♠J82
AJ6
Q42
♣KQ75
3
1113
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥4 ♠6 NT4
EW: 3♣ 4 3 1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  3N W -3   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
  100          5.00   2.00  3N W -1   A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
  100          5.00   2.00  3N E -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
  100          5.00   2.00  1N E -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
        110    3.00   4.00  3♣ E      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        120    2.00   5.00  2N W      A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        150    0.50   6.50  2N E +1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        150    0.50   6.50  1N E +2   A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
23 ♠83
A982
K8532
♣T2
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ97
T43
A76
♣Q86
♠KQ654
KJ75
Q
♣K97
♠T2
Q6
JT94
♣AJ543
7
1114
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6 ♥5 ♠3 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 4♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          6.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
  100          6.00   1.00  4♠ E -1   A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        140    3.50   3.50  3♠ E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        140    3.50   3.50  2♠ E +1   A6-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ E      A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ E      A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ E      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A5-Tavard-Clarke
24 ♠KQT5
98542
A92
♣2
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J94
-
K643
♣AQJT85
♠6
AKQT63
87
♣K764
♠A8732
J7
QJT5
♣93
9
1112
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2 3♠  ♣1 ♥4 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3  ♦5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -100 4♠*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.50   0.50  4 E -1   A5-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Buckley-Koerner
   50          6.50   0.50  5♣ W -1   A1-Thompson-Tracy vs A2-Saltis-Brett
        140    5.00   2.00  3 E      A8-Brenner-Hahn vs A8-Conn-Kupperman
        400    3.50   3.50  5♣ W      A6-Cline-Feldman vs A4-Anand-Lynch
        400    3.50   3.50  5♣ W      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-McAdams-Petroff
        420    2.00   5.00  5♣ W +1   A4-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        500    1.00   6.00  1* N -3  A2-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Triolo
        920    0.00   7.00  6♣ W      A3-Cline-Pelletier vs A5-Tavard-Clarke