- Saturday Morn - October 5, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1410 MP  Geomean: 572 MP
(based on 21 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Sara Carlson - William Carlson Jr 62.50 1st OA 3.00
Dagmar Ragnow - Marilyn Brett 60.94 2nd OA 2.25
Charles Clarke - Ken Thompson 60.42 3rd OA 1.69
Anne Cline - Larry Pelletier 57.30 4th OA 1.27
Ken Ellenberger - Mark Robbins 47.40 1st OB 1.51
Ken Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 45.83 1/2nd OC 1.07
Naum Grutman - Nava Grutman 45.83 1/2nd OC 1.07
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A
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DATE>October 5, 2019    |CLUB NO.>131102    | 10/07/2019 16:08
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Appreciation game       |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   54.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=11/B=7/C=5                      ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Charles Clarke         Ken Thompson             A   3     .     .   |   3     .     .     65.25  60.42  1.69(OA)
 2 William Carlson Jr     Sara Carlson             A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .     67.50  62.50  3.00(OA)
 4 Ken Vandiver           Marsha Vandiver          C   .    2/3   1/2  |   .    2/3   1/2    49.50  45.83  1.07(OC)
 5 James Kadin            Lee Brown                C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     45.00  41.67
 6 Jim Cooke              Dolores Mattox           C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     47.81  44.27
 7 Josh Rosenbluth        Gary Feldman             B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     47.81  44.27
 8 Raymond Kilius         Paula Reach              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     41.63  38.55
 9 Naum Grutman           Nava Grutman             C   .    2/3   1/2  |   .    2/3   1/2    49.50  45.83  1.07(OC)
10 Ken Ellenberger        Mark Robbins             B   .     1     .   |   .     1     .     51.19  47.40  1.51(OB)
11 Anne Cline             Larry Pelletier          A   4     .     .   |   4     .     .     61.88  57.30  1.27(OA)
12 Dagmar Ragnow          Marilyn Brett            A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     65.81  60.94  2.25(OA)
                                          Totals                                            592.88

Hands and Results
1 ♠AK9
J96
T2
♣AKJT5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J7642
AQ8
AQ4
♣32
♠QT
KT42
9763
♣Q87
♠853
753
KJ85
♣964
16
137
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 3 2♠ 1NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.00   0.00  2♣ N -2   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    3.00   1.00  2♠ E +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
        150    1.50   2.50  1N N -3   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
        150    1.50   2.50  3♣ N -3   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        170    0.00   4.00  2♠ W +2   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTPassPass
Pass   

Normal auction. East leads a normal 2 and the defense grabs the first four tricks. West would like to discourage a club lead, encourage a spade lead, and is neutral about diamonds -- declarer is going to have to play diamonds at some point, so the defense can set about other suits.

West can discard the 2 if playing standard signals, and East should lead a spade -- when all else is unclear, lead a major suit against a notrump contract. The Q will be an easy shift, especially if North has let go of the 9 on trick four. With no certain way to dummy, declarer is likely to lead A, K, J, to take four clubs and two spades, down 1.

Down 1 also on a diamond shift -- East will always get the Q.

EW score better playing the hand, but neither has a reasonable avenue to compete. J7642 is just not enticing.



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2 ♠AJ7
-
K432
♣AJT985
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KQT95
KQT43
T
♣Q2
♠62
98652
AQ97
♣43
♠843
AJ7
J865
♣K76
13
126
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 3 2NT  ♥4/3 ♠5
EW: 3 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +100 4*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          4.00   0.00  4♣ N      A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
  100          2.50   1.50  5 W -2   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
  100          2.50   1.50  4 W -2   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
   50          1.00   3.00  4 W -1   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        100    0.00   4.00  5♣ N -1   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
12Dbl3
344All pass

He who bids last, cries most.

Follow the LAW -- EW should play to the ten trick level, having ten hearts between them. NS should not compete beyond 4, having just nine trumps.

South can hardly double -- the contract goes set only because EW's clubs are 2-2.



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3 ♠J974
K63
AJT5
♣Q9
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠862
942
Q762
♣KJ3
♠AK5
QJT87
4
♣T854
♠QT3
A5
K983
♣A762
11
610
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4 3♠ 2NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  2N S +1   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
  140          3.00   1.00  3♠ N      A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
         50    1.00   3.00  3N S -1   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
         50    1.00   3.00  3 S -1   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
         50    1.00   3.00  3 N -1   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass1NT
PassPassPass 

If East bids 2, South will make a Support Double(s) , and NS will play spades, their best scoring contract -- hardly the result that East envisioned.

1NT, on the other hand, should be seen by East as a defensive opportunity with good hearts and two spade entries.

And West will lead --- ?? The heart is the winner.



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4 ♠KJ952
Q
J963
♣T84
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q63
952
87542
♣J3
♠T874
84
Q
♣AKQ962
♠A
AKJT763
AKT
♣75
7
311
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 5 2♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥0 ♠3 NT0
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          4.00   0.00  4 S +2   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
  650          1.50   2.50  4 S +1   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A8-Kilius-Reach
  650          1.50   2.50  4 S +1   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A5-Kadin-Brown
  650          1.50   2.50  4 S +1   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
  650          1.50   2.50  4 S +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Dbl
Pass123
Pass4All pass 

A double followed by a jump in a major to the three level by the doubler shows almost game in hand -- and North should accept with the Q and some other values. Normally, the K would be a great card on the auction, as well as the spade length. Today, the J is the best non-trump card in the dummy!



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5 ♠KT975
T8732
3
♣43
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AJ64
9
AQ65
♣KJ52
♠Q83
AQ64
J94
♣AQ8
♠2
KJ5
KT872
♣T976
3
1515
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4/5♣ 4 3 3/4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  6N E -3   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
   50          3.00   1.00  5N E -1   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A5-Kadin-Brown
        430    1.50   2.50  3N E +1   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A8-Kilius-Reach
        430    1.50   2.50  3N E +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        460    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1NTPass
2Pass2Pass
3NTAll pass  

On a different auction, West might have investigated slam. However, the 2 reply to Stayman is the worst possible news, creating a misfit and leading to pessimism and downgrading of the hand. No borderline slams should be sought under such circumstances.

Staying outof a bad slam should be rewarded by a few extra matchpoints for those in fields that are unrestrained.



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6 ♠KJ832
AK96
KQ42
♣-
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠A7
Q8753
J85
♣954
♠T64
J4
T973
♣J872
♠Q95
T2
A6
♣AKQT63
16
72
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 4 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥3 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  980          3.50   0.50  6♠ N      A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A8-Kilius-Reach
  980          3.50   0.50  6♠ N      A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
  460          1.50   2.50  3N S +2   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A5-Kadin-Brown
  460          1.50   2.50  3N N +2   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
  430          0.00   4.00  3N S +1   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass1Pass3
Pass3Pass3
Pass4Pass4
Pass5Pass6
Pass6Pass6
All pass   

South has too good a hand to rebid 2, of course, and should use the enhanced value of the Q as a justification for the 3 rebid -- there are, after all, lots of tricks in sight. 3 by North is exploratory, just in case South decided not to reverse into a poor Qxxx suit, and reveals five spades. 3 shows three spade support, and trumps are now set. Now what is North supposed to do? 4NT is clearly wrong, for whatever answer South gives would be unclear -- is one of South's key cards the A or not? This is the prototype hand for books to decry using Blackwood with a void. So North uses the alternate exploratory tool -- control bidding. All further bids are for that purpose alone. 4 shows an ace or king, for it is virtually impossible for North to have diamond shortness without club support. South, lacking a heart control and having already stretched a tiny bit to make the 3 jump rebid, simply signs off in 4.

At the point of bidding 5, showing major slam interest, to South it clearly appears that North cannot employ Roman Keycard Blackwood . Why would that be? Well, because of a club void, of course! So after denying a heart control with the 4 bid, and with North bidding 5, still trying, South shows the diamond control North is missing -- at which point North knows South has the A and South knows that North has the K. 5 now shows two control honors, having already shown one with 5. South cannot bid seven without the A, of course, so the correct slam is reached.

A good conversation, but it would not have been unreasonable, either, for either South (after 5) to have employed the Grand Slam Force -- North's spades might have included the AK, and then all thirteen tricks would likely be available with the use of the club suit. In that event, 5NT would ask about trump honors and 6 would have shown just one, so 6 would be the final spot.



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7 ♠8
AK7
K92
♣AKJ953
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J543
J6542
A8
♣84
♠T976
Q9
QT743
♣T2
♠AKQ2
T83
J65
♣Q76
18
64
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 3 3 3♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥4 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 14 - 17 = -3
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1370          3.50   0.50  6♣ S      A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
 1370          3.50   0.50  6♣ N      A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A8-Kilius-Reach
  690          2.00   2.00  3N N +3   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
  620          1.00   3.00  5♣ S +1   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A5-Kadin-Brown
  170          0.00   4.00  3♣ N +3   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass3Pass3NT
Pass4Pass4
Pass4Pass4
Pass6NTAll pass 

Sometimes 18 HCP just don't amount to enough to bid slam opposite some of today's opening bids, and South's opening bid here is a prime example of the bad hands that get opened. However, North would have to be the coward of the century not to explore and finally bid a slam when South has opened in North's six-card suit and clarified the presence of the trump queen.

Double jump shifts in response to an opening bid are well employed as Splinter bids for various reasons, rather than as preemptive seven card suits, and here South provides the bad news that there is significant honor wastage opposite North's shortness (3NT). North trudges on with 4, Minorwood (Clubs were agreed as trump with the 3 bid). South shows one key card (A), using 1430 responses, and 4 asks about the trump queen. 4 acknowledges ownership thereof plus the K -- these responses are analogous to the queen ask structure after 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood .

That should be enough for North to bid slam, and to protect the K, 6NT is offered. Let's count to see why -- six club tricks are assured, plus the AK and the AK, for eleven tricks, and only nine of South's points have been employed. With either major suit queen the tally is eleven, and that is opposite a borderline opener. At worst, the slam should be on the position of the A.

Well, South does have the worst hand possible, but the slam still makes.



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8 ♠AQ84
T2
QJ7
♣A974
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠53
854
AKT6
♣KQT6
♠J762
AK9
842
♣J82
♠KT9
QJ763
953
♣53
13
129
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  2 S +1   A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A8-Kilius-Reach
   50          2.50   1.50  2N W -1   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
   50          2.50   1.50  2N E -1   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
         50    1.00   3.00  1N S -1   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        120    0.00   4.00  1N W +1   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A5-Kadin-Brown
9 ♠T92
T94
Q4
♣J9653
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠874
K73
JT762
♣T2
♠A5
J862
K8
♣AKQ87
♠KQJ63
AQ5
A953
♣4
3
417
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠ 1/-NT
       ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 NT7/6
EW: 1♣ 1 2  ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3♠ S      A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A5-Kadin-Brown
  110          2.50   1.50  2♠ S      A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
  110          2.50   1.50  2♠ S      A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
         50    1.00   3.00  3♠ S -1   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        150    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -3   A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A8-Kilius-Reach
10 ♠AT85
87532
65
♣A8
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q76
T4
KT32
♣KQT5
♠KJ93
6
AQ987
♣J74
♠42
AKQJ9
J4
♣9632
8
1011
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1NT  ♣4 ♦3 ♠5
EW: 3♣ 4 2♠  ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3 S      A8-Kilius-Reach vs A5-Kadin-Brown
    PASS       2.50   1.50  Pass Out  A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
    PASS       2.50   1.50  Pass Out  A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    1.00   3.00  4 S -1   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
        200    0.00   4.00  4 S -2   A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
11 ♠AT4
765
A763
♣T75
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠8753
QT832
T
♣J86
♠KQ962
-
K842
♣AK43
♠J
AKJ94
QJ95
♣Q92
8
315
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1 1 1NT  ♣5 ♠4/3
EW: 1♣ 3♠  ♦6/5 ♥6/5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  160          4.00   0.00  1* S     A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        140    3.00   1.00  2♠ E +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        150    1.50   2.50  4 S -3   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        150    1.50   2.50  3 S -3   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A5-Kadin-Brown
        170    0.00   4.00  3♠ E +1   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
12 ♠QJ742
854
A53
♣J5
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K
AJT2
KT84
♣AK86
♠A9653
K763
QJ
♣74
♠T8
Q9
9762
♣QT932
8
1810
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥1 ♠3 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5 6 4♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    3.50   0.50  3 W +2   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    3.50   0.50  3 E +2   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        400    2.00   2.00  3N W      A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        420    1.00   3.00  4 W      A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
        430    0.00   4.00  3N W +1   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A5-Kadin-Brown
13 ♠J6432
KQ9
K975
♣6
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KQ85
7
J32
♣AKT93
♠A
T432
AT864
♣QJ7
♠T97
AJ865
Q
♣8542
9
1311
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥6 ♠5 NT4
EW: 5♣ 4 1♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -600 5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.50   0.50  3N E -1   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
  100          3.50   0.50  3N E -1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        130    1.50   2.50  3♣ W +1   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        130    1.50   2.50  3♣ W +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Kadin-Brown
        300    0.00   4.00  2♠ N -3   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
14 ♠32
Q65
T652
♣K643
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠86
AK94
AK43
♣T75
♠A97
T72
J9
♣AQ982
♠KQJT54
J83
Q87
♣J
5
1411
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3/2 ♥2 ♠6 NT2
EW: 5♣ 4 5 1♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  5♣ E -2   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Kadin-Brown
   50          3.00   1.00  2N E -1   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
        100    1.50   2.50  3♠ S -2   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        100    1.50   2.50  2♠ S -2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        150    0.00   4.00  3♣ E +2   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A11-Cline-Pelletier

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

25 HCP for EW, but the 3NT game will often be missed when South barrages in spades. If East passes as dealer, South will open 2, weak, and West will double for takeout. Now if East bids 3, that will end the auction, so East must take a huge position and bid 3NT. Not routine, so bidding 3NT will be very fruitful -- so long as the contract makes!

The double-dummy way to play clubs is to lead from the West hand to the queen, dropping the jack, and then returning to the West hand to run the 7, followed by the ten. Five club tricks and five other tops make ten. Where is the eleventh? In the heart suit -- with an avoidance play Feature . Play the clubs as advertised, returning a heart after the club queen smothers the jack. Then just cover South's heart. When hearts are 3-3, you can add a heart trick to the computation above = eleven!

That's all well and good, but risky. Suppose South hold the singleton KING of clubs? Then the better line would have been to play the A on the first round, and that is a bit safer. Now the same technique (after the actual fall of the J) will ensure ten tricks.



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15 ♠Q
J975
AKQT97
♣92
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠J93
AQT63
3
♣KJT5
♠K8652
K
J8542
♣Q8
♠AT74
842
6
♣A7643
12
119
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW/2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4♠* E -1  A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Kadin-Brown
        110    3.00   1.00  2♠ E      A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
        200    1.50   2.50  3 N -2   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
        200    1.50   2.50  3 N -2   A9-Grutman-Grutman vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        800    0.00   4.00  3* N -3  A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
16 ♠94
QT3
AJ42
♣JT83
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AJ873
A8
K876
♣75
♠K
KJ9542
T9
♣AQ62
♠QT652
76
Q53
♣K94
8
1213
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥3 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 2 4 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.50   0.50  3N E -1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
  100          3.50   0.50  4 E -1   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
        620    2.00   2.00  4 E      A8-Kilius-Reach vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
        630    0.50   3.50  3N W +1   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        630    0.50   3.50  3N E +1   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
17 ♠7642
76542
9
♣K63
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KJ5
T83
Q854
♣JT2
♠AT3
KQJ
KT3
♣AQ84
♠Q98
A9
AJ762
♣975
3
719
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥4 ♠3 NT2
EW: 3♣ 4 3 3♠ 5NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -460 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        180    4.00   0.00  1N E +3   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        210    3.00   1.00  2N W +3   A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
        400    2.00   2.00  3N W      A8-Kilius-Reach vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
        430    1.00   3.00  3N E +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        460    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
18 ♠T74
J765
JT
♣AT97
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠6
AT94
Q98742
♣54
♠K8
KQ8
K653
♣KQJ6
♠AQJ9532
32
A
♣832
6
617
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4
EW: 2/1♣ 4 2  ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3N E -4   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
  140          2.50   1.50  3♠ S      A1-Clarke-Thompson vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
  140          2.50   1.50  3♠ S      A8-Kilius-Reach vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
   50          1.00   3.00  5 W -1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        130    0.00   4.00  4 E      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A9-Grutman-Grutman

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

No one will play 3NT, of course -- 3 making three is the normal result, virtually flat across the field -- except for the brave souls who find a reason to bid four spades.... preempting against a phantom?



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19 ♠T95
QJ52
J753
♣52
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A62
A7
AK6
♣AT964
♠43
63
QT98
♣KQJ87
♠KQJ87
KT984
42
♣3
4
198
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣1 ♦2 NT2
EW: 6♣ 5 5NT  ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -1100 6♠*-NS/6*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    4.00   0.00  2♣ W +3   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
        600    3.00   1.00  5♣ W      A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        630    2.00   2.00  3N W +1   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A8-Kilius-Reach
        660    1.00   3.00  3N W +2   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
        690    0.00   4.00  3N W +3   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A1-Clarke-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

A rather lucky slam that depends on a lucky diamond guess. Ten top tricks in notrump is far more likely after a heart or spade lead, not wishing to risk the diamond finesse.



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20 ♠Q43
764
K3
♣T6432
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AK876
QJ2
T8764
♣-
♠52
K953
J2
♣AKJ85
♠JT9
AT8
AQ95
♣Q97
5
1012
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 3 2♠ 1NT
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  3N E -3   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A8-Kilius-Reach
  200          2.50   1.50  3N E -2   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
  200          2.50   1.50  3 E -2   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
  100          1.00   3.00  3♠ W -1   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
        140    0.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
21 ♠972
KQ65
T8
♣A652
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠543
942
A753
♣K93
♠AKQT
JT83
Q9
♣T87
♠J86
A7
KJ642
♣QJ4
9
712
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1NT  ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣6 ♦6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          3.50   0.50  1N N      A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
   90          3.50   0.50  2 S      A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A8-Kilius-Reach
         90    2.00   2.00  1N W      A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman
        120    1.00   3.00  1N W +1   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
        200    0.00   4.00  2 N -2   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
22 ♠A875
865
AQ3
♣K86
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠62
AJ74
762
♣QJ52
♠T3
QT92
JT5
♣A974
♠KQJ94
K3
K984
♣T3
13
87
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠  ♣5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♦4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A5-Kadin-Brown
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
  420          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A8-Kilius-Reach
         50    0.50   3.50  4♠ S -1   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
         50    0.50   3.50  4♠ S -1   A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
23 ♠863
AK4
KQ94
♣A53
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A7
T9853
T73
♣Q87
♠KJT94
Q6
A6
♣T942
♠Q52
J72
J852
♣KJ6
16
610
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1 1/2NT  ♣6 ♠5/6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          4.00   0.00  1N N      A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
        100    2.50   1.50  3N N -1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A8-Kilius-Reach
        100    2.50   1.50  2N N -1   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A5-Kadin-Brown
        140    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        200    0.00   4.00  1N N -2   A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
24 ♠K862
T2
Q9854
♣T3
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J5
KQ3
KJ76
♣KQ72
♠Q94
J9874
2
♣J654
♠AT73
A65
AT3
♣A98
5
154
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥5
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦4 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3♠ N +1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A8-Kilius-Reach
   50          3.00   1.00  3 E -1   A7-Rosenbluth-Feldman vs A5-Kadin-Brown
         50    1.50   2.50  3♠ S -1   A10-Ellenberger-Robbins vs A4-Vandiver-Vandiver
         50    1.50   2.50  3 N -1   A6-Cooke-Mattox vs A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson
        470    0.00   4.00  2* W     A11-Cline-Pelletier vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
25 ♠A72
96
Q3
♣AQJ762
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QJ85
JT732
K8
♣83
♠96
AKQ85
AT754
♣4
♠KT43
4
J962
♣KT95
13
713
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥3 NT6
EW: 2 4  ♣3 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -300 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  2♣ N +1   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
  100          3.00   1.00  5 W -1   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        170    2.00   2.00  3 E +1   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
        620    0.50   3.50  4 E      A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
        620    0.50   3.50  4 E      A8-Kilius-Reach vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
26 ♠KJ
Q9632
65432
♣K
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠QT98
T
QJ
♣J65432
♠65
KJ
AKT987
♣AT7
♠A7432
A8754
-
♣Q98
9
615
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 2♠  ♣5 ♦4 NT5
EW: 1♣ 3 2NT  ♥1 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   0.00  4 S      A5-Kadin-Brown vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
  200          2.50   1.50  3 N +2   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
  200          2.50   1.50  4* E -1  A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A9-Grutman-Grutman
        120    1.00   3.00  1N E +1   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
        200    0.00   4.00  4* S -1  A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
27 ♠AJ6
AQJ
AQJT83
♣6
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q42
764
95
♣KJT74
♠KT53
93
72
♣AQ985
♠987
KT852
K64
♣32
19
69
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 6 2NT  ♣5 ♠5
EW: 2♣  ♦1 ♥1 ♠6 NT1
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +980 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          3.50   0.50  4 S +2   A2-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A11-Cline-Pelletier
  480          3.50   0.50  4 S +2   A4-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A1-Clarke-Thompson
  170          1.00   3.00  4 N +2   A8-Kilius-Reach vs A6-Cooke-Mattox
  170          1.00   3.00  3 N +3   A5-Kadin-Brown vs A10-Ellenberger-Robbins
  170          1.00   3.00  3 N +3   A12-Ragnow-Brett vs A9-Grutman-Grutman