- Saturday Morn - August 10, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1778 MP  Geomean: 1121 MP
(based on 27 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Gary Ansok - Larry Pelletier 59.23 1st A 1.40
Raeann Koerner - Ray Koerner 58.58 2nd A 0.98
Irene Petroff - Mike Gaddis Jr 56.85 1st A 1.40
Dagmar Ragnow - Marilyn Brett 54.96 2nd A 0.98
Dennis Charles - Floyd Richards 53.72 3rd A 0.70
Sara Carlson - William Carlson Jr 52.38 3rd A 0.70
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>August 10, 2019    |CLUB NO.>131102    | 08/11/2019 08:38
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1300/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=3/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 William Carlson Jr     Sara Carlson             A    3     .     .     88.00  52.38  0.70(A)
 2 Gary Feldman           Buki Burke               B    .     .     .     85.00  50.60
 3 Dagmar Ragnow          Marilyn Brett            A    2     .     .     92.34  54.96  0.98(A)
 4 Anne Cline             Maurine Moore            A    .     .     .     72.92  43.40
 5 Mike Gaddis Jr         Irene Petroff            B    1     1     .     95.50  56.85  1.40(A)
 6 Carol Hayhurst         Ginger Lynch             C    .     .     .     72.16  42.95
 7 Bob Gruber             Linda Gruber             A    .     .     .     81.58  48.56
                                          Totals                         587.50

EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1300/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=5/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Josh Rosenbluth        Ken Ellenberger          B    .     .     .     80.00  47.62
 2 Dennis Charles         Floyd Richards           B    3     2     .     90.25  53.72  0.70(A)
 3 Ken Thompson           Charles Clarke           A    .     .     .     88.50  52.68
 4 Larry Pelletier        Gary Ansok               A    1     .     .     99.50  59.23  1.40(A)
 5 Ray Koerner            Raeann Koerner           C    2     1     .     98.41  58.58  0.98(A)
 6 Maxine Grimm           W. Ann Wilson            B    .     .     .     64.62  38.46
 7 Judy Kupperman         John Anderson            B    .     .     .     65.33  38.89
                                          Totals                         586.61

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
        150    6.00   0.00  3♣ W +2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        460    4.50   1.50  3N E +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        460    4.50   1.50  3N E +2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        480    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        480    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Charles-Richards
        490    1.00   5.00  3N E +3   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        510    0.00   6.00  4♠ E +3   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok

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          5.50   0.50  3N S      A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  600          5.50   0.50  5 S      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  190          4.00   2.00  2 N +5   A4-Cline-Moore vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  170          2.50   3.50  2 N +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  170          2.50   3.50  3 N +3   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  140          1.00   5.00  3 N      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        100    0.00   6.00  4 N -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Charles-Richards

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
  110          4.50   1.50  3 S      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  110          4.50   1.50  3 S      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  110          4.50   1.50  3 S      A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  110          4.50   1.50  3♣ N      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Charles-Richards
  100          2.00   4.00  2♠ E -1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        100    0.50   5.50  3 N -2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        100    0.50   5.50  2 S -2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson

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
  200          5.92   0.08  3 S +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  170          4.75   1.25  3 S +1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  140          3.58   2.42  3 S      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Charles-Richards
        100    1.83   4.17  4♠ N -1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        100    1.83   4.17  3 S -1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        200    0.08   5.92  4♠ N -2   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok

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
  680          6.00   0.00  4 N +2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  620          4.50   1.50  4 S      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  620          4.50   1.50  4 N      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  200          2.50   3.50  3 N +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  200          2.50   3.50  2 N +3   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  170          0.50   5.50  2 N +2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A2-Charles-Richards
  170          0.50   5.50  2 N +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A6-Grimm-Wilson

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
  420          6.00   0.00  4 S      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  200          5.00   1.00  5♠* E -1  A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
         50    3.50   2.50  4 S -1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A2-Charles-Richards
         50    3.50   2.50  4 S -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        100    1.00   5.00  4 S -2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        100    1.00   5.00  4 S -2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        100    1.00   5.00  4 S -2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
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
  990          6.00   0.00  4♠* S +1  A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  680          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  680          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A2-Charles-Richards
  650          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  650          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  650          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  620          0.00   6.00  4♠ S      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
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
  150          6.00   0.00  4N W -3   A4-Cline-Moore vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  100          4.50   1.50  3N W -2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  100          4.50   1.50  3N W -2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
   50          2.50   3.50  3N W -1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
   50          2.50   3.50  5♣ W -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        400    1.00   5.00  3N W      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        430    0.00   6.00  3N W +1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A2-Charles-Richards
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          6.00   0.00  3♠ N      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        170    4.00   2.00  3 W +1   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        170    4.00   2.00  3 W +1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        170    4.00   2.00  1 W +3   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        620    1.00   5.00  4 W      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        620    1.00   5.00  4 W      A4-Cline-Moore vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        620    1.00   5.00  4 W      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A2-Charles-Richards
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
  200          5.50   0.50  3N E -2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  200          5.50   0.50  2N W -2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  100          4.00   2.00  1N W -1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A2-Charles-Richards
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        130    1.00   5.00  2 E +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        130    1.00   5.00  2 E +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        130    1.00   5.00  2 E +2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
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
  980          5.50   0.50  6♠ S      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  980          5.50   0.50  6♠ N      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A2-Charles-Richards
  510          3.50   2.50  4♠ S +3   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  510          3.50   2.50  4♠ S +3   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  480          1.00   5.00  5♠ S +1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  480          1.00   5.00  4♠ S +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  480          1.00   5.00  4♠ S +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A5-Koerner-Koerner

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
  120          6.00   0.00  2N N      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A2-Charles-Richards
  100          4.50   1.50  3♠ E -2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  100          4.50   1.50  2♠ E -2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
   50          1.50   4.50  2♠ E -1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
   50          1.50   4.50  2♠ E -1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
   50          1.50   4.50  2♠ E -1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
   50          1.50   4.50  2 W -1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
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
  600          6.00   0.00  3N S      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  200          4.00   2.00  3♠* E -1  A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Charles-Richards
  200          4.00   2.00  3♠ E -2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  200          4.00   2.00  3♠ E -2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
   90          2.00   4.00  2 S      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        500    1.00   5.00  4* N -2  A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        670    0.00   6.00  2♠* E     A2-Feldman-Burke vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
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
  110          6.00   0.00  2♠ S      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  100          4.50   1.50  2N E -2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  100          4.50   1.50  3 W -2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Charles-Richards
         50    2.00   4.00  3N N -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
         50    2.00   4.00  2♠ S -1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
         50    2.00   4.00  2♠ N -1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        300    0.00   6.00  2♠* S -2  A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
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
   50          6.00   0.00  4 W -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        420    4.00   2.00  4 W      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        420    4.00   2.00  4 W      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Charles-Richards
        420    4.00   2.00  4 W      A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        450    2.00   4.00  4 W +1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        480    0.50   5.50  4 W +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        480    0.50   5.50  4 W +2   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
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
  300          6.00   0.00  5 E -3   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  200          5.00   1.00  5♠ W -2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  150          4.00   2.00  3♣ N +2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  130          3.00   3.00  4♣ S      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Charles-Richards
  100          2.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        100    1.00   5.00  5♣* N -1  A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        170    0.00   6.00  3♠ E +1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
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
  110          6.00   0.00  2 S +1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
   50          4.50   1.50  4 W -1   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
   50          4.50   1.50  3 W -1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        140    1.50   4.50  3 W      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        140    1.50   4.50  3 W      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        140    1.50   4.50  3 W      A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A2-Charles-Richards
        140    1.50   4.50  2 W +1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
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
        420    5.50   0.50  4♠ W      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        420    5.50   0.50  4♠ W      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        450    3.00   3.00  5♠ W      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        450    3.00   3.00  5♠ W      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        450    3.00   3.00  4♠ W +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        480    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        500    0.00   6.00  6* S -2  A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A2-Charles-Richards
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
  200          5.50   0.50  6 E -2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  200          5.50   0.50  6 E -2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  100          3.00   3.00  6 E -1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  100          3.00   3.00  6 E -1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A2-Charles-Richards
  100          3.00   3.00  4 E -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        600    1.00   5.00  3N E      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        630    0.00   6.00  4N W      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
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   0.00  1♠ N -1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        210    4.50   1.50  2N W +3   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        210    4.50   1.50  1N E +4   A4-Cline-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        600    2.50   3.50  3N E      A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        600    2.50   3.50  3N E      A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A2-Charles-Richards
        630    1.00   5.00  3N E +1   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        660    0.00   6.00  3N E +2   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
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
        480    3.50   2.50  5 E +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   A4-Cline-Moore vs A2-Charles-Richards
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        480    3.50   2.50  4 E +2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        980    0.00   6.00  6 E      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

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
  300          6.00   0.00  5♠ E -3   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  200          4.50   1.50  4♠ E -2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  200          4.50   1.50  3♠ E -2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        170    3.00   3.00  3♠ E +1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        200    2.00   4.00  3♠ E +2   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        620    0.50   5.50  4♠ E      A4-Cline-Moore vs A2-Charles-Richards
        620    0.50   5.50  4♠ E      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
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
 1070          6.00   0.00  3♣* N +2  A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  710          5.00   1.00  4♣* N     A2-Feldman-Burke vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  200          4.00   2.00  3 W -2   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  130          2.50   3.50  3♣ N +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  130          2.50   3.50  2♣ N +2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  100          1.00   5.00  2 W -1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A2-Charles-Richards
        100    0.00   6.00  5♣ N -1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
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
  110          5.92   0.08  3♣ S      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
   50          4.17   1.83  3 W -1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
   50          4.17   1.83  3 W -1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        100    2.42   3.58  3 N -2   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        110    0.67   5.33  2 W      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        110    0.67   5.33  2 W      A4-Cline-Moore vs A2-Charles-Richards
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
  800          6.00   0.00  4♠* E -3  A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Charles-Richards
  160          5.00   1.00  1♠* S     A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        100    3.50   2.50  1♠* S -1  A4-Cline-Moore vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
        100    3.50   2.50  1♠* S -1  A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        150    1.50   4.50  3♠ S -3   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
        150    1.50   4.50  3♣ E +2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        300    0.00   6.00  1♠* S -2  A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
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
  680          6.00   0.00  4 S +2   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
  650          3.00   3.00  5 S      A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  650          3.00   3.00  4 S +1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Charles-Richards
  650          3.00   3.00  4 S +1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  650          3.00   3.00  4 S +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  650          3.00   3.00  4 S +1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
        100    0.00   6.00  6 S -1   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
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          5.50   0.50  4 N +1   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
  450          5.50   0.50  4 N +1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  420          3.00   3.00  4 N      A2-Feldman-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
  420          3.00   3.00  4 N      A4-Cline-Moore vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
  420          3.00   3.00  4 N      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  170          1.00   5.00  3 N +1   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A5-Koerner-Koerner
         50    0.00   6.00  6 N -1   A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Charles-Richards
28 ♠Q9763
75
T3
♣A854
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K852
Q4
J64
♣QT92
♠JT
K863
A75
♣KJ76
♠A4
AJT92
KQ982
♣3
6
812
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2♠  ♣5 NT6
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥5 ♠5/4 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  2 S +1   A7-Gruber-Gruber vs A7-Kupperman-Anderson
  110          5.00   1.00  2 S      A1-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Charles-Richards
   50          3.50   2.50  2N E -1   A4-Cline-Moore vs A1-Rosenbluth-Ellenberger
   50          3.50   2.50  3♣ E -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        100    2.00   4.00  2 S -1   A3-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Grimm-Wilson
        200    1.00   5.00  4 N -2   A2-Feldman-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Ansok
        300    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   A6-Hayhurst-Lynch vs A5-Koerner-Koerner