- Saturday Morn - August 10, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 182 MP  Geomean: 93 MP
(based on 33 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mark Eckhout - Mimi Draves 69.05 1st A 0.72
Darlene Yeowell - Mona Hyman 64.55 1st A 0.72
Sally Rea - Tim Rea 61.64 2nd A 0.50
Ken Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 60.71 2nd A 0.50
Joyce Tuttle - Kay Mendel 51.19 1st B 0.42
Paula Reach - Raymond Kilius 50.53 3rd A 0.36
Bonnie Okamoto - Sandy Klein 50.26 4th A 0.25
Barry Tronstad - Denise Tronstad 48.81 2/3rd B 0.25
Carol Bartlett - Sharon Matthews 48.81 2/3rd B 0.25
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH (500/200/50) |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> B N-S
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DATE>August 10, 2019    |CLUB NO.>131102    | 08/10/2019 15:12
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 70%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   94.5 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>500/200/50     |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=6/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Kay Mendel             Joyce Tuttle             C    3     1     1     96.75  51.19  0.42(B)
 2 Bunny Raymond          Suzanne Brenner          C    .     .     .     67.50  35.71
 3 Marsha Vandiver        Ken Vandiver             A    2     .     .    114.75  60.71  0.50(A)
 4 Diane Di Conti         Joan Cathcart            A    .     .     .     87.19  46.13
 5 Mark Eckhout           Mimi Draves              A    1     .     .    130.50  69.05  0.72(A)
 6 Denise Tronstad        Barry Tronstad           B   4/5   2/3    .     92.25  48.81  0.25(B)
 7 Carol Bartlett         Sharon Matthews          B   4/5   2/3    .     92.25  48.81  0.25(B)
 8 Naum Grutman           Nava Grutman             C    .     .     .     86.63  45.84
 9 Saurin Chakrabarti     Robert Carrier           B    .     .     .     82.69  43.75
                                          Totals                         850.51

EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH (500/200/50) |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> B E-W
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AVE>   94.5 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>500/200/50     |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=4/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Carol Marquez-Olson    Linda Forsyth            C    .     .     .     62.00  32.80
 2 Raymond Kilius         Paula Reach              A    3     .     .     95.50  50.53  0.36(A)
 3 Patricia Torres        Marjorie Butler          A    .     .     .     82.50  43.65
 4 Bonnie Okamoto         Sandy Klein              C    4     2     1     95.00  50.26  0.25(A)
 5 Anne Conn              Barbara Fitzgerald       A    .     .     .     91.00  48.15
 6 Darlene Yeowell        Mona Hyman               A    1     .     .    122.00  64.55  0.72(A)
 7 Sally Rea              Tim Rea                  B    2     1     .    116.50  61.64  0.50(A)
 8 Susan Lang             Harry Anand              B    .     .     .     91.50  48.41
                                          Totals                         756.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q3
J752
KT864
♣KT
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT72
Q9
A7
♣QJ542
♠KJ95
AK63
92
♣A86
♠864
T84
QJ53
♣973
9
1315
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥2 ♠1 NT1
EW: 6♣ 2 4 6♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.50   0.50  3N E -1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
   50          6.50   0.50  3N E -1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B7-Rea-Rea
        400    5.00   2.00  3N W      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        420    4.00   3.00  4♠ W      B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        460    3.00   4.00  3N E +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B8-Lang-Anand
        480    2.00   5.00  4♠ E +2   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        490    0.50   6.50  3N E +3   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B3-Torres-Butler
        490    0.50   6.50  3N E +3   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1NTPass
2Pass2Pass
3NTPass4All pass

With immense good fortune this game contract can actually gather in twelve tricks! To accomplish that result, declarer finds hearts breaking, find the Q (a two-way guess), and both red suits favorably distributed in the West hand to afford a losing diamond discard without preparatory work. The club suit takes care of itself without assistance, any 3-2 break holding the loss to one trick -- note that taking the finesse is not the right play, for lack of the T or 9 in the declarer's combined assets.

Bidding slam is beyond the pale. Finding the Q will be good enough for about 2/3 of the matchpoints unless South decides to lead trumps...



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2 ♠Q
AK9864
A8732
♣4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K652
J72
J5
♣9832
♠AJ74
QT53
96
♣KQ6
♠T983
-
KQT4
♣AJT75
13
512
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 6 4 1♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦0 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +1370 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          7.00   0.00  3N S      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  170          5.00   2.00  3 N +1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  170          5.00   2.00  3 N +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B8-Lang-Anand
  170          5.00   2.00  2 N +2   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  150          2.00   5.00  3♠ W -3   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B3-Torres-Butler
  150          2.00   5.00  4 S +1   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  150          2.00   5.00  3 N +2   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B7-Rea-Rea
  130          0.00   7.00  4 N      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Dbl23
Pass3Pass4
Pass4Pass6
All pass   

It's always fun to bid slams when the opponents are both bidding -- it takes a highly distributional hand to accomplish the feat, and both North and South think their hands fill that requirement -- North's 6-5 distribution with two singletons and control-rich long suits fills the bill from that standpoint, and South's void in one opponent's suit, four in the raised suit, an ace in the fourth and three honors in diamonds all press the "Go" button for South. Suit agreement and a handful of control bids convince South that the slam should be bid.



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3 ♠J8
AKJ6
Q52
♣Q532
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AQ953
973
T3
♣AJ6
♠K76
QT42
J876
♣T9
♠T42
85
AK94
♣K874
13
116
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1 1NT  ♠5
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          7.00   0.00  2♣ N +2   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  110          6.00   1.00  2♣ N +1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  100          4.50   2.50  3♠ W -1   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  100          4.50   2.50  2♠ W -1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Kilius-Reach
   90          2.50   4.50  1N S      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B3-Torres-Butler
   90          2.50   4.50  2 S      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
         80    1.00   6.00  1♠ W      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B7-Rea-Rea
        100    0.00   7.00  3 S -2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B8-Lang-Anand

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Dbl2?

Without a partnership agreement, South will have to take a stab at the best contract. 3 will work, 3 not. What else is there? The only choices other than picking a suit and bidding it are pass (not to be contemplated), double, and 2NT.

Double would be "responsive," and that is a suitable call so long as partner does not believe it incorporates hearts necessarily. Getting to 3 in a 4-2 fit would be embarrassing. 2NT should be for the minors after East takes a call, not natural. It is hardly ever right to play notrump after the opponents have bid and raised a major suit (too narrow a target to try for specifically an eight trick contract and too narrow a range of stoppers in the opponents' suit). So use it either as a relay as in Lebensohl situations or for the minors.

The above considerations regarding the methods of competing for the contract against opponents who have opened the bidding and found a fit is crucial to good tournament bridge. Have a discussion with partner about this bread and butter auction -- designate a meaning for 2NT -- is it minors? A relay for picking a suit for a weak competitive hand? (Lebensohl). Does a double imply or deny specifically the unbid major (hearts?).

As usual, any agreement is better (by far!) than no agreement.



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4 ♠KJT732
J4
T83
♣Q9
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠98
98
QJ952
♣A854
♠Q64
KT2
AK74
♣J76
♠A5
AQ7653
6
♣KT32
7
713
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 4♠  ♦6 NT6
EW: 1 1/-NT
       ♣5 ♥3 ♠3 NT7/6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          7.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B8-Lang-Anand
  200          6.00   1.00  3 S +2   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B3-Torres-Butler
  140          4.00   3.00  3♠ N      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  140          4.00   3.00  3♠ N      B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  140          4.00   3.00  1 S +2   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  110          2.00   5.00  2♠ N      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        100    0.50   6.50  3♠ N -1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B7-Rea-Rea
        100    0.50   6.50  3 S -1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass11
22PassPass
Pass   

North's hand is really inadequate to open second seat vulnerable with a weak two bid. Better by far to keep the second seat vulnerable requirements at the very upper limits of a weak two bid (do you play 6-11 HCP weak two's, as many do? Then the wider range is only sensible if you vary the range to a narrower focus depending on position at the table and vulnerability. Second seat vulnerable should be 8+ - 11).

In any event, bidding game may be on the horizon, but basically is a very lucky make and precise play.

Plus 140 in hearts or spades is more likely.



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5 ♠-
KQJT95
KQJ4
♣Q76
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q4
862
T7532
♣K98
♠AKT32
73
A98
♣T43
♠J98765
A4
6
♣AJ52
14
511
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 5 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥2 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.50   1.50  4 N +1   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  650          5.50   1.50  4 N +1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B8-Lang-Anand
  650          5.50   1.50  4 N +1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  650          5.50   1.50  4 N +1   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  620          2.50   4.50  4 N      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  620          2.50   4.50  4 N      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B3-Torres-Butler
  200          1.00   6.00  2 N +3   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B7-Rea-Rea
  170          0.00   7.00  3 N +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 11Pass
Pass2Pass4
All pass   

Admittedly a strange auction by South, but is there any sensible alternative? After North rebids 2, the south hand's value is clarified. With a ruffing value and a proven 8 card heart fit, along with two aces and probably few, if any, spade losers, game seems a highly probable make.

South would have preferred, perhaps, a reopening double, but North's hand is better described by a 2 rebid and leads to a better result. It is precisely the reliance on North's judged rebid that leads South to the best contract.



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6 ♠AK543
K
K7
♣KQT74
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠8
AT4
QT98
♣AJ532
♠QJ762
63
A65432
♣-
♠T9
QJ98752
J
♣986
18
117
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♣ 2  ♦2 ♠4 NT5
EW: 5 1♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -500 5*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    6.50   0.50  4 S -1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B7-Rea-Rea
         50    6.50   0.50  3 S -1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B8-Lang-Anand
        100    4.50   2.50  4 S -2   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        100    4.50   2.50  3 S -2   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        150    2.00   5.00  4 S -3   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        150    2.00   5.00  4 N -3   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        150    2.00   5.00  4 E +1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        500    0.00   7.00  4♠* N -3  B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B3-Torres-Butler
7 ♠62
96
K753
♣AJ763
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T8
732
J864
♣KT52
♠3
KQJ4
AQT92
♣Q84
♠AKQJ9754
AT85
-
♣9
8
414
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/- 5♠ 4/2NT
       ♣6 ♦5/4 ♥7/5
EW: 1/-♣ 2  ♣7/6 ♥5 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          6.00   1.00  4♠ S +2   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B3-Torres-Butler
  680          6.00   1.00  4♠ S +2   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  680          6.00   1.00  4♠ S +2   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  650          2.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B8-Lang-Anand
  650          2.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B7-Rea-Rea
  650          2.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  650          2.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  620          0.00   7.00  4♠ S      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
8 ♠AT32
J8742
42
♣K5
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KJ86
AK9
73
♣AT62
♠Q4
-
KJ986
♣QJ8743
♠975
QT653
AQT5
♣9
8
159
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣3 ♦6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 1 1♠ 1NT  ♥4
LoTT: 17 - 20 = -3
Par: -100 3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  5♣ W -2   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B8-Lang-Anand
   50          6.00   1.00  5♣ W -1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B7-Rea-Rea
        110    4.50   2.50  3♣ W      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B3-Torres-Butler
        110    4.50   2.50  2♣ W +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        300    3.00   4.00  5* S -2  B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        430    1.00   6.00  3N W +1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        430    1.00   6.00  3N W +1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        430    1.00   6.00  3N W +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
9 ♠AQT9
92
J96
♣Q984
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J8
AKJ743
K8
♣AJ2
♠K53
T865
Q753
♣T3
♠7642
Q
AT42
♣K765
9
175
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2♠  ♦6 ♥3 NT4
EW: 4 3NT  ♣5 ♦6 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -300 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          7.00   0.00  3♠ S      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B3-Torres-Butler
  110          6.00   1.00  2♠ S      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        100    5.00   2.00  4♠* S -1  B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        170    3.00   4.00  3 W +1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B8-Lang-Anand
        170    3.00   4.00  2 W +2   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        170    3.00   4.00  1 W +3   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        620    0.50   6.50  4 W      B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B7-Rea-Rea
        620    0.50   6.50  4 W      B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
10 ♠875
A9632
K7
♣Q94
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KT3
85
AJ5
♣JT853
♠A94
KJT
QT9843
♣K
♠QJ62
Q74
62
♣A762
9
913
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 4 1♠  ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    6.00   1.00  3 E      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        110    6.00   1.00  3 E      B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B3-Torres-Butler
        110    6.00   1.00  2 E +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        130    2.50   4.50  2 E +2   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B7-Rea-Rea
        130    2.50   4.50  2 E +2   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        130    2.50   4.50  2 E +2   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        130    2.50   4.50  2 E +2   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B8-Lang-Anand
        300    0.00   7.00  3 N -3   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
11 ♠KQJT8
Q5
QT8
♣K96
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠9
JT642
764
♣QJ85
♠64
AK987
J5
♣T743
♠A7532
3
AK932
♣A2
13
48
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦1 ♠0 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +980 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1010          7.00   0.00  6♠ S +1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B8-Lang-Anand
  980          6.00   1.00  6♠ S      B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B3-Torres-Butler
  510          4.50   2.50  5♠ S +2   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  510          4.50   2.50  4♠ S +3   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  480          1.50   5.50  4♠ S +2   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B7-Rea-Rea
  480          1.50   5.50  4♠ N +2   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  480          1.50   5.50  4♠ N +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  480          1.50   5.50  4 S +2   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B4-Okamoto-Klein

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2NT1Pass32
Pass33Pass4NT4
Pass55Pass56
Pass67Pass6
All pass   
  1. Jacoby 2NT
  2. Singleton -- a choice
  3. waiting, not dismayed by the singleton bid
  4. 1430 RKCB
  5. 1 or 4 keycards
  6. Q?
  7. Yes, and the K

We were all taught that after a 2NT game forcing major suit raise using Jacoby 2NT that a jump to 4 of a suit showed a good five card side suit and that showing the singleton was secondary. This hand suggests that method has flaws. If South had bid 4 rather than 3, then North would have been forced to bid 4, or to adopt yet another convention where 4 would have been a generally strong bid, but without reference to hearts. That convention, popular in some circles, is known as "Last Train." The idea is that when space is limited to one bid or a signoff, the bid that is a non-signoff should show general slam interest. While a cute idea after a fashion, the lack of clarity puts me off, It would work here, for after Last Train, South would be in a position to bid 4NT. But so could he have done so directly over 2NT, so "Last Train" has little to gain.

This hand will drive to slam regardless, and the diagrammed bidding shows suggested bidding. How does South know about the Q? He does not, but the 3 bid by North suggests a hand appropriate for slam investigation, so North's judgement in selecting that bid should be sufficient encouragement to South.



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12 ♠KT73
A5
KQ5
♣AJ87
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠5
T942
A9864
♣T43
♠AQJ96
KJ3
J7
♣K65
♠842
Q876
T32
♣Q92
17
415
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♠ 1/-NT
       ♣6 ♦6/5 ♥5 ♠7/6 NT7/6
EW: 1 2  ♣6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  2♠ E -3   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  120          5.50   1.50  1N N +1   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B3-Torres-Butler
  120          5.50   1.50  1N N +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
   50          3.00   4.00  2♠ E -1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B7-Rea-Rea
   50          3.00   4.00  2♠ E -1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
   50          3.00   4.00  2♠ E -1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        100    0.50   6.50  2N N -1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        100    0.50   6.50  2N N -1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B8-Lang-Anand
13 ♠8
A97642
83
♣K832
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠4
KQJT5
A54
♣T654
♠KQJT965
3
T962
♣7
♠A732
8
KQJ7
♣AQJ9
7
106
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 3 3NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣2 ♦4 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  3♠ E -3   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  200          6.00   1.00  3♠ E -2   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B3-Torres-Butler
  100          5.00   2.00  2♠ E -1   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        110    4.00   3.00  2♠ E      B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        170    3.00   4.00  3♠ E +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B8-Lang-Anand
        200    1.50   5.50  4N S -2   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        200    1.50   5.50  4* N -1  B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B7-Rea-Rea
        300    0.00   7.00  3N S -3   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
14 ♠-
QT87
9875
♣AQJ82
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠QJ76
A9652
Q6
♣64
♠K54
KJ3
AJ32
♣T93
♠AT9832
4
KT4
♣K75
9
912
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1/2 1♠ 1NT  ♥5
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦5 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          7.00   0.00  3♣ N +1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  110          5.50   1.50  2♠ S      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  110          5.50   1.50  1♠ S +1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  100          4.00   3.00  4 W -2   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B8-Lang-Anand
    PASS       3.00   4.00  Pass Out  B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B2-Kilius-Reach
         50    1.00   6.00  3♠ S -1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B3-Torres-Butler
         50    1.00   6.00  2♠ S -1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
         50    1.00   6.00  3♣ N -1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B7-Rea-Rea
15 ♠Q62
754
Q653
♣J65
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AJ
AKJT96
J7
♣K84
♠T875
Q32
AK
♣QT92
♠K943
8
T9842
♣A73
5
1711
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣1 ♥1 ♠5 NT1
EW: 5♣ 5 2♠ 4/5NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    6.00   1.00  4 W      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        420    6.00   1.00  4 W      B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        420    6.00   1.00  4 W      B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B7-Rea-Rea
        450    3.00   4.00  5 W      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        450    3.00   4.00  4 W +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B8-Lang-Anand
        450    3.00   4.00  4 W +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        480    0.50   6.50  4 W +2   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B3-Torres-Butler
        480    0.50   6.50  4 W +2   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B2-Kilius-Reach
16 ♠943
75
62
♣AKJ975
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KQT85
8643
943
♣2
♠AJ72
AQJT
A87
♣T4
♠6
K92
KQJT5
♣Q863
8
516
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3  ♥3 ♠4 NT6
EW: 3 3♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦3
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  2♣ S +3   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  130          6.00   1.00  4♣ N      B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  100          5.00   2.00  4♠ E -1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B3-Torres-Butler
         90    4.00   3.00  1N E      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        110    3.00   4.00  2♠ W      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        140    1.50   5.50  3♠ E      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B8-Lang-Anand
        140    1.50   5.50  2♠ E +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B7-Rea-Rea
        170    0.00   7.00  3♠ W +1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
17 ♠A54
K86
T987
♣872
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJ3
QJT973
K5
♣KQ
♠986
A52
32
♣JT954
♠KT72
4
AQJ64
♣A63
7
145
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2/1♠  ♣5 ♥4/5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦4 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +100 3*-EW/3♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  4 W -3   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  130          6.00   1.00  3 S +1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  110          5.00   2.00  3 S      B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B3-Torres-Butler
         50    4.00   3.00  3 S -1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        110    3.00   4.00  2 W      B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        140    1.50   5.50  3 W      B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        140    1.50   5.50  3 W      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B8-Lang-Anand
        170    0.00   7.00  3 W +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B7-Rea-Rea
18 ♠3
QT73
K875
♣T852
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AKQJ9864
J6
A2
♣9
♠T72
5
T63
♣KQJ763
♠5
AK9842
QJ94
♣A4
5
156
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 4  ♣5 ♠2 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4♠  ♦3 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 21 = -1
Par: -200 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          7.00   0.00  5♠ W -1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B8-Lang-Anand
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B7-Rea-Rea
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        420    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        450    1.50   5.50  5♠ W      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        450    1.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B3-Torres-Butler
        500    0.00   7.00  6* S -2  B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
19 ♠J9642
T843
6
♣T75
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QT3
K765
AK743
♣K
♠A87
AQJ9
85
♣AJ63
♠K5
2
QJT92
♣Q9842
1
1516
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥1 ♠3 NT2
EW: 2♣ 4/3 6 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -1430 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  4♣ E -3   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B8-Lang-Anand
  200          6.00   1.00  6 E -2   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea
        620    4.50   2.50  4 E      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        620    4.50   2.50  4 E      B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        650    2.50   4.50  4 E +1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        650    2.50   4.50  4 E +1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B3-Torres-Butler
        660    1.00   6.00  3N E +2   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        680    0.00   7.00  4 E +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B2-Kilius-Reach
20 ♠K8543
A8
AT3
♣973
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠JT
K52
Q964
♣AQ42
♠AQ62
QJ63
K72
♣K5
♠97
T974
J85
♣JT86
11
1215
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥3/2 ♠4/3 NT3/2
EW: 4♣ 4 4 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   1.00  3N E -1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  100          6.00   1.00  3N E -1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B3-Torres-Butler
  100          6.00   1.00  4 W -1   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B8-Lang-Anand
        110    4.00   3.00  2♣ W +1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        150    3.00   4.00  2N E +1   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        600    1.50   5.50  3N E      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        600    1.50   5.50  3N E      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        630    0.00   7.00  3N E +1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea
21 ♠J82
7
QJT65
♣J865
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q65
QJ854
A987
♣T
♠KT7
AK962
2
♣AQ42
♠A943
T3
K43
♣K973
5
916
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥1 ♠5 NT4
EW: 1♣ 1 6 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        230    7.00   0.00  2 E +4   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        450    6.00   1.00  4 E +1   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B7-Rea-Rea
        480    2.50   4.50  4 E +2   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        480    2.50   4.50  4 E +2   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        480    2.50   4.50  4 E +2   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B8-Lang-Anand
        480    2.50   4.50  4 E +2   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B3-Torres-Butler
        480    2.50   4.50  4 E +2   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        480    2.50   4.50  4 E +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

West has just about the lowest high card values justifying a Splinter bid, but the distribution, trump quality, and high card quality justify using the conventional raise. West clearly wants to be in game, but simply bidding game is close to dereliction of duty in missing a potential slam.

How is this slam? An opening club lead from South makes the hand ice-cold, for a club loser disappears. Some players think that leading aces against slams is a fine idea, but let's add this hand to the considerably longer list of cases where the ace lead costs the contract.

On a red suit lead, declarer's analysis should be that only the position of the J should matter. While you and I can see that the hand can be made simply by playing a spade to the ten, let's look at a line of play designed to improve that chance:

Diamond lead, won by the ace.
Diamond ruff.
Trump to the queen.
Diamond ruff, dropping the K.
Trump to the jack.
Q.

Will South win and wonder what to do? If so, declarer calmly plays a spade to the ten and claims twelve tricks.

But South might win and shift to a club, when the spade finesse no longer matters.

In any event, the slam makes and can be bid.



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22 ♠K5
T87
KJ983
♣A72
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QT73
J2
QT72
♣986
♠AJ842
A63
A
♣KT43
♠96
KQ954
654
♣QJ5
11
516
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3/2  ♣4 ♠3 NT6/5
EW: 2♣ 4♠  ♦6 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -300 5*-S-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  3♠ E -1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B2-Kilius-Reach
        140    4.50   2.50  3♠ E      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B3-Torres-Butler
        140    4.50   2.50  3♠ E      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        140    4.50   2.50  3♠ E      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B7-Rea-Rea
        140    4.50   2.50  1♠ E +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ E      B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ E      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ E      B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B8-Lang-Anand
23 ♠AKT7
KJ4
8
♣AQ853
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J52
872
KQ43
♣KJ6
♠Q964
A9653
AT72
♣-
♠83
QT
J965
♣T9742
17
1010
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥5 NT6
EW: 2 2  ♣2 ♠6 NT4/5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +600 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  3 W -2   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B7-Rea-Rea
  170          6.00   1.00  2♣ N +4   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  130          4.00   3.00  4♣ N      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B3-Torres-Butler
  130          4.00   3.00  4♣ N      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  130          4.00   3.00  2♣ N +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  100          2.00   5.00  2 E -1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
   90          1.00   6.00  1♣ N +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
        100    0.00   7.00  5♣ N -1   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B8-Lang-Anand
24 ♠9865
63
AKJT7
♣42
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T2
QJT42
Q98
♣865
♠AK73
K987
654
♣AT
♠QJ4
A5
32
♣KQJ973
8
514
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2  ♣4 ♦3/4 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          7.00   0.00  2N S +2   B9-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  150          6.00   1.00  2♣ S +3   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  110          5.00   2.00  3♣ S      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  100          4.00   3.00  4 W -2   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B8-Lang-Anand
   90          3.00   4.00  2♣ S      B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
         50    2.00   5.00  3♣ S -1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B3-Torres-Butler
        100    1.00   6.00  4♣ S -2   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        110    0.00   7.00  2 W      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B7-Rea-Rea
25 ♠-
T854
QT9543
♣T92
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠3
AKQ
J62
♣AKJ765
♠QJ8752
96
8
♣Q843
♠AKT964
J732
AK7
♣-
2
185
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 3  ♣2 ♠6 NT4
EW: 5♣ 1♠  ♦3 ♥3 NT5
LoTT: 21 - 19 = +2
Par: -100 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  510          7.00   0.00  4* N     B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
  100          5.50   1.50  5♣ W -1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  100          5.50   1.50  5♣ E -1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Torres-Butler
         50    4.00   3.00  4 N -1   B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
        150    2.50   4.50  4♣ W +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
        150    2.50   4.50  4♣ W +1   B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B8-Lang-Anand
        300    1.00   6.00  4♠ S -6   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B2-Kilius-Reach
       1700    0.00   7.00  5♠* S -7  B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B7-Rea-Rea
26 ♠AQT92
A74
AT
♣Q92
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K8654
T
986
♣JT74
♠J73
KQ2
QJ72
♣863
♠-
J98653
K543
♣AK5
16
49
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 3 5 4♠ 4/3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥2 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 17 = -3
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.50   1.50  5 S      B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  650          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Torres-Butler
  620          3.00   4.00  4 S      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  140          2.00   5.00  3♠ N      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B8-Lang-Anand
        100    1.00   6.00  6 N -1   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B7-Rea-Rea
        200    0.00   7.00  6 S -2   B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
27 ♠KJ7
AKQJ6
J
♣AKT2
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T52
T
K98432
♣543
♠AQ6
9752
T7
♣J987
♠9843
843
AQ65
♣Q6
22
37
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 5 3/4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥2 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          6.50   0.50  4 N +1   B5-Eckhout-Draves vs B1-Marquez-Olson-Forsyth
  450          6.50   0.50  4 N +1   B6-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Torres-Butler
  420          3.00   4.00  4 N      B1-Mendel-Tuttle vs B2-Kilius-Reach
  420          3.00   4.00  4 N      B2-Raymond-Brenner vs B4-Okamoto-Klein
  420          3.00   4.00  4 N      B3-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B6-Yeowell-Hyman
  420          3.00   4.00  4 N      B4-Di Conti-Cathcart vs B8-Lang-Anand
  420          3.00   4.00  4 N      B7-Bartlett-Matthews vs B5-Conn-Fitzgerald
         50    0.00   7.00  6 N -1   B8-Grutman-Grutman vs B7-Rea-Rea