- Saturday Morn - October 12, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1508 MP  Geomean: 704 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Charles Clarke - Ken Thompson 59.26 1st OA 2.81
Gary Ansok - Larry Pelletier 56.94 2nd OA 2.11
Sara Carlson - William Carlson Jr 55.09 3rd OA 1.58
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 53.70 1st OB 1.40
Ken Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 52.78 2nd OB 1.05
James Kadin - Lee Brown 51.85 2nd SC 0.46
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A
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DATE>October 12, 2019   |CLUB NO.>131102    | 10/12/2019 16:23
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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=10/B=6/C=4                      ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Dennis Charles         Floyd Richards           B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     51.00  47.22
 2 Raymond Kilius         Paula Reach              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     42.50  39.35
 3 Charles Clarke         Ken Thompson             A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .     64.00  59.26  2.81(OA)
 4 Mark Robbins           Deborah Triolo           B   4     1     .   |   4     1     .     58.00  53.70  1.40(OB)
 5 Gary Ansok             Larry Pelletier          A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     61.50  56.94  2.11(OA)
 6 Lee Brown              James Kadin              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     2     56.00  51.85  0.46(SC)
 7 Dagmar Ragnow          Marilyn Brett            A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     51.50  47.69
 8 Bob Deal               Panda Kroll              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     39.00  36.11
 9 Ken Vandiver           Marsha Vandiver          C   .     2     .   |   .     2     1     57.00  52.78  1.05(OB)
10 William Carlson Jr     Sara Carlson             A   3     .     .   |   3     .     .     59.50  55.09  1.58(OA)
                                          Totals                                            540.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠QT74
AKT4
976
♣J5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AK9862
Q72
A82
♣4
♠-
9653
Q43
♣Q87632
♠J53
J8
KJT5
♣AKT9
10
134
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3/2 3/2 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥4 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  2♠* W -3  A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  430          3.00   1.00  3N N +1   A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  200          2.00   2.00  3♠ W -4   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Charles-Richards
  120          1.00   3.00  1N S +1   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
  100          0.00   4.00  2♠ W -2   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Clarke-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
1DblPass2
Pass2NTAll pass 

North's auction is automatic through South's rebid of 2, but then must make an assessment between a simple preference to 2 or a 2NT rebid, typically promising about 11 HCP. Well, the major suit holdings are good and the matchpoint advantage of playing notrump should sway most players.

3NT seems out of reach during the bidding, but the favorable location of both minor suit queens plus the fact that East is essentially endplayed before the opening lead means that the notrump contract will easily provide ten tricks.

Should be a fairly even board.



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2 ♠K93
KQ86543
K3
♣4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J5
92
AJ854
♣JT93
♠AT82
7
QT9762
♣Q7
♠Q764
AJT
-
♣AK8652
11
78
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 6 2/3♠ 4NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♥1 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 21 = -1
Par: +1100 7*-EW-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          3.50   0.50  6 N      A6-Brown-Kadin vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
 1430          3.50   0.50  6 N      A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
  680          1.50   2.50  5 N +1   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Charles-Richards
  680          1.50   2.50  4 N +2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  650          0.00   4.00  5 N      A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
115Pass
Pass5Pass6
PassPassPass 

Nice try, EW, but North ain't giving up and South must love the heart honors and three first round controls.

If East bids 2 to begin operations, South will double and no matter how high West continues the diamond barrage, North will bid hearts. South will still find a slam bid.

Well, on paper -- but bidding slams is usually going to obtain about 75% on such boards. Courage and evaluation will carry the day for this matchpoint hunt.



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3 ♠K
Q95
AT852
♣T632
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q864
AJ742
J3
♣KJ
♠T532
K6
Q
♣AQ8754
♠AJ97
T83
K9764
♣9
9
1211
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 3♠  ♦3 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  130          3.00   1.00  3 S +1   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Charles-Richards
  110          2.00   2.00  3 N      A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  100          1.00   3.00  4♠ E -1   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        140    0.00   4.00  3♠ W      A6-Brown-Kadin vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
2Pass3All pass

I always point out Flannery opening bids and the appropriate continuations when they arise. The 3 bid is invitational to game and West quickly passes. The difficult suit happens to be trumps, and the proper way to handle it is to duck around a trick in the suit,

A standard opening bid of 1 will create a divergence between/among 1, 2, and perhaps 1NT forcing, primarily because West has not yet been able to describe the 4-5 major suit pattern. 1 on a T-high suit might not be very appealing without prior knowledge of Opener's pattern, and still after West raises spades, East will be trying for game with a 3 bid. Some West's might bid on to game with the KJ holdings.

Flannery does have concrete advantages (and some disadvantages), and is worthy of consideration. 3 making three.



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4 ♠Q76
Q8
J763
♣Q654
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T543
J653
-
♣AKJT7
♠KJ9
74
KQ9854
♣32
♠A82
AKT92
AT2
♣98
7
99
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2NT  ♣5/6 ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1 1♠  ♥5/6 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          4.00   0.00  2N S      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
  110          2.50   1.50  2 S      A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  110          2.50   1.50  2 S      A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Brown-Kadin
        200    0.50   3.50  2N N -2   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
        200    0.50   3.50  2 S -2   A1-Charles-Richards vs A3-Clarke-Thompson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

If East opens a light 1, South has an easy 1 overcall and should land on his feet. A 2 (non-Flannery) opening will get South into some difficulties, for finding the one and only makeable contract higher than 1 is 2NT!

On the other hand, if East opens 1 and South overcalls, a Negative Double by West risks a 2 rebid, leading to a negative score and fewer matchpoints than otherwise likely.

Results all over the place, the highest risk being to an overly aggressive NS auction. North's quacky misfit should silence him from any forward-going action.



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5 ♠94
AJ8
A874
♣J654
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q86
K52
T3
♣QT982
♠AKT72
Q94
652
♣A7
♠J53
T763
KQJ9
♣K3
10
713
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1  ♣5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 2♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3♠ E -1   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Brown-Kadin
        110    3.00   1.00  2♠ E      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   A1-Charles-Richards vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        140    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        140    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A4-Robbins-Triolo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
2PassPassPass

The uncertain distribution plus unfavorable vulnerability should discourage NS's particiapation with flattish hands, but North might double 2 after having originally passed. South, in that case, needs to select a contract on the basis of safety (3) rather than maximum gain (3), for there is no assurance of a plus score, opposite North's original pass. Safety first, trump quality = safety.



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6 ♠AQT42
Q76
42
♣Q92
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J5
AK52
KJT5
♣A64
♠976
T984
AQ8
♣K83
♠K83
J3
9763
♣JT75
10
169
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3 4 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -500 4♠*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4 W -1   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        150    3.00   1.00  2N W +1   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Brown-Kadin
        170    2.00   2.00  3 W +1   A1-Charles-Richards vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        620    0.50   3.50  4 W      A8-Deal-Kroll vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
        620    0.50   3.50  4 W      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass? 

Game makes, yes, but because of the fortuitous West doubleton and non-wasted spade, and the diamond fit/club discard and 3-2 trumps. A really close game, and one hears that plus scores are to be coveted, close games eschewed.

So where is the decision point? East should either bid 4 and take the blame for a disaster, credit for success, or 3 and be prepared to win the postmortem either way!



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7 ♠A32
Q873
A74
♣843
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠765
A65
QT
♣AKQ97
♠QJ
KJ942
J983
♣T5
♠KT984
T
K652
♣J62
10
158
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦6 ♥3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 3  ♦6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  2 E -1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
        140    2.50   1.50  3 W      A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
        140    2.50   1.50  3 W      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Charles-Richards
        170    0.50   3.50  3 W +1   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        170    0.50   3.50  2 E +2   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A7-Ragnow-Brett

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1NTPass2Pass
2PassPass2
3PassPassPass

West has nice clubs and nice hearts, so might well take the push. South's 2 bid is typical matchpoint competitive stuff.

East's hand is rather undefined for West's decision, but again, matchpoint scoring suggests bidding.



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8 ♠T7
QT4
KJ842
♣KJ5
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KQJ6
KJ76
T6
♣AT7
♠A932
A952
Q
♣Q986
♠854
83
A9753
♣432
10
1412
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥3 ♠3 NT6
EW: 4♣ 4 4♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -420 4♠-EW/4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   1.00  4 W -1   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
   50          3.00   1.00  4 E -1   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
   50          3.00   1.00  4 E -1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Charles-Richards
        420    0.50   3.50  4 W      A2-Kilius-Reach vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
        420    0.50   3.50  4 W      A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass1Pass
2Pass4All pass

West is scheduled to lose one heart, one diamond, and one club -- but the play of the club suit will prove challenging -- do you play twice toward the AT7, relying on the excellent spots, or ace and toward the Q986? The probabilities suggest the losing, former action. Unless North makes a 1 overcall, suggesting values, the normal play in clubs will be take and will fail. However, a 1 overcall should probably lead West to the other line of attacking clubs, leading to success.

In the event that North does overcall and West does tackle clubs successfully, how many Norths will understand that the overcall led to a poor result? Was the 1 bid so obstructive or so likely to lead to buying the contract that it should have been made? Was the diamond lead the only likely line of defense to any EW contract? If not, then passing the North hand would have been the better part of valor, and setting the 4 contract might well be the reward.



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9 ♠KT82
AJ954
J7
♣T5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠63
KQ872
A542
♣43
♠AQJ75
T63
8
♣QJ72
♠94
-
KQT963
♣AK986
9
910
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2NT  ♥5/4 ♠6/5
EW: 2  ♣5/4 ♦3 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N N      A6-Brown-Kadin vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
         50    2.00   2.00  3N N -1   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
         50    2.00   2.00  3N N -1   A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
         50    2.00   2.00  4 S -1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Charles-Richards
        150    0.00   4.00  2 N -3   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A4-Robbins-Triolo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
2DblPass3
Pass3All pass 

Prediction -- lots of bidding beyond the ability to make the final contracts, whether "won" by NS or EW!

Some East players will open the bidding 1 and that will launch many South players immediately to heights unbecoming the assets held. Perhaps South is unlucky to have partner's holdings totally (well, except for the J) be totally worthless. Or perhaps having a more pessimistic outlook would look less than fondly at the xx and being fearful that North might have useless heart honors might not be quite as unexpected as one concludes after the disaster.

2 is not a bad bid at all, and a later 3 will at least somewhat describe a good hand with both minors, without having a perfecto. Perfect!?

West will do "something" after a 2 overcall -- 2, perhaps, or a Negative Double . 2, somewhat of a stretch, at least shows values and concentration, if a slight overbid. North might double, objecting to 2 (penalty). East will pass, but South will pull to 3, now convinced of the wastage opposite, and just lowering the objective to a making contract. North's 3 fills that bill nicely.



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10 ♠K8
AK3
AQJ
♣AKT94
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q64
QT98
764
♣Q63
♠JT32
J74
T53
♣852
♠A975
652
K982
♣J7
24
62
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 5 5♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥2 ♠2 NT0
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 2220          4.00   0.00  7N N      A1-Charles-Richards vs A6-Brown-Kadin
 1440          3.00   1.00  6N N      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  720          1.50   2.50  3N N +4   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
  720          1.50   2.50  3N N +4   A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  690          0.00   4.00  3N N +3   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Robbins-Triolo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass2Pass2
Pass3NTPass6NT
All pass   

24 HCP, a very good five card suit, and good quality honors makes 3NT for standard bidders a good rebid after a 2 waiting bid. South should eschew Stayman 4 and simply make a value decision.

Other ways of responding to 2 opening bids should not change much. Playing control step responses, 2 - 2, showing an ace and a king, should force game and North could rebid 2NT, without feat of being passed. Then south might utilize Stayman, but after a denial and South's signoff, showing a balanced hand with that ace and king, North would select, again, 6NT.

Kokish 2 - 2; 2! - 2 (forced); 2NT would lead to South's having to make the slam try. After 3 - 3, 4NT would be quantitative and North again accepts.

With the Q onside third, making all thirteen tricks will not be a problem -- one finesse, repeated, will solve all problems'



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11 ♠QT875
K2
4
♣AQ653
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠96
J73
AK765
♣KJT
♠J43
965
QT932
♣84
♠AK2
AQT84
J8
♣972
11
123
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 6 6♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +980 6♠-NS/6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +2   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
  480          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +2   A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  450          2.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  420          1.00   3.00  4♠ N      A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
  230          0.00   4.00  3 S +3   A1-Charles-Richards vs A6-Brown-Kadin
12 ♠86432
A962
T6
♣85
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ7
J4
QJ2
♣Q764
♠KT5
QT5
A97
♣AKJ2
♠9
K873
K8543
♣T93
4
1317
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦5 ♠4 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 3♠ 4NT  ♥6/5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  6N E -3   A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A8-Deal-Kroll
   50          3.00   1.00  5♣ W -1   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
        430    1.50   2.50  3N E +1   A1-Charles-Richards vs A6-Brown-Kadin
        430    1.50   2.50  3N E +1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        460    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
13 ♠AT94
J93
JT875
♣J
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠653
AKQT85
6
♣KQ9
♠Q8
74
AQ943
♣A874
♠KJ72
62
K2
♣T6532
7
1412
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 ♥2 NT3
EW: 3♣ 2 5 3NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  6 W -3   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Brown-Kadin
        170    2.50   1.50  3 W +1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        170    2.50   1.50  3 W +1   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
        620    1.00   3.00  4 W      A1-Charles-Richards vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        660    0.00   4.00  3N E +2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
14 ♠84
QJ75
AT4
♣A943
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠Q5
AK86
Q76
♣KJ62
♠AKJ73
943
J98
♣Q8
♠T962
T2
K532
♣T75
11
1511
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥5 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 2 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    4.00   0.00  2N W      A8-Deal-Kroll vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
        180    3.00   1.00  2N W +2   A1-Charles-Richards vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        400    2.00   2.00  3N W      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        430    0.50   3.50  3N W +1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        430    0.50   3.50  3N W +1   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Brown-Kadin
15 ♠JT2
J986
8542
♣62
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AQ76
AQ7
A76
♣J75
♠K9843
K3
J3
♣AT93
♠5
T542
KQT9
♣KQ84
2
1711
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 1 1 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    4.00   0.00  4♠ E      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A1-Charles-Richards vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        450    2.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
        460    0.00   4.00  3N W +2   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Brown-Kadin
16 ♠AKQJ95
52
9
♣KT52
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠742
J87
KT3
♣Q964
♠T3
KQT64
AJ765
♣J
♠86
A93
Q842
♣A873
13
611
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4♠ 4NT  ♦5 ♥4
EW: 2 2  ♣2 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  450          3.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
  420          1.50   2.50  4♠ N      A2-Kilius-Reach vs A1-Charles-Richards
  420          1.50   2.50  4♠ N      A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
  140          0.00   4.00  3♠ N      A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A6-Brown-Kadin
17 ♠AKQ53
J542
A4
♣A4
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠9
AQ987
976
♣KJT9
♠T82
-
KQJT83
♣Q832
♠J764
KT63
52
♣765
18
108
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3/2♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦3
EW: 4♣ 3  ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 4♠*-S-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  5* E -1  A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A6-Brown-Kadin
         50    2.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A8-Deal-Kroll
         50    2.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
         50    2.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
        130    0.00   4.00  3 E +1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A1-Charles-Richards
18 ♠AJT9864
A6
-
♣AKQ8
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠32
Q9
AKT9743
♣T4
♠Q5
42
Q865
♣J9765
♠K7
KJT8753
J2
♣32
18
95
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 7 7♠  ♦6 NT6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥0 ♠0 NT0
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: +2210 7♠-NS/7-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  710          2.00   2.00  5♠ N +2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
  710          2.00   2.00  4♠ N +3   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A8-Deal-Kroll
  710          2.00   2.00  5 S +2   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
  710          2.00   2.00  5 S +2   A9-Vandiver-Vandiver vs A6-Brown-Kadin
  710          2.00   2.00  4 S +3   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A1-Charles-Richards

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass2
Pass2Pass3
Pass5Pass5
Pass6All pass 

Will West overcall 3 over a 2 weak two bid? South has seven hearts, but 3 is rather much, vulnerable, so 2 is the selected opening. For the moment, let's assume that West passes, and then we will come back to that issue.

Do you subscribe to the idea that a new suit in response is nonforcing? Such a pessimistic view. Some (of my) partnerships play at least that a new Major suit is forcing, while minors are nonforcing, but I'd rather play all new suits forcing, some of them (3) being conventional.

Anyhow, playing a reasonable (not to say the only way) 2 as forcing in response to South's weak two, surely Kx is good enough for a raise, music to North's ear. Then 5 is Exclusion 0314 Roman Keycard Blackwood , and 5 shows "1," hence South holds the K, at least doubleton.

Yes, it is not shown how to find out if South has the Q or three trumps, or assurance of holding the K, or the Q or J, or a doubleton club, for seven, but such perfection is unlikely to matter much.

Here, even missing both major queens, seven rolls. Lucky? Yes. But at least bid the small slam, please. If you don't play 2 as forcing, you are going to be gambling a lot with your selection, whatever it is.

If West overcalls 3, then you go back to the same issue -- is 3 forcing? If not, roll the dice. On the assumption that you don't bid 3 on weak hands and just long spades (bidding on a misfit is a bad foundation for good results), then you should treat is as forcing. Then South will raise and North will be deprived of the Exclusion bid, but at least can make some assumptions as to the location of key honors and bid 6.



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19 ♠4
T75
973
♣KQ9863
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠653
64
KT852
♣JT2
♠AKJT9872
AQ2
6
♣A
♠Q
KJ983
AQJ4
♣754
5
418
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 3  ♠2 NT2
EW: 5♠ 4NT  ♣4 ♦6 ♥4
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -500 6*-NS/6♣*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    4.00   0.00  4♠ E +1   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A8-Deal-Kroll
        680    1.50   2.50  5♠ E +1   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A1-Charles-Richards vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2DblPass
3Pass4All pass

East shows a monster hand needing almost nothing to have a fair shot at game in his own hand. West has only one favorable combination of factors -- three trumps and two hearts, but not, surely, enough for bidding more.

But East's sequence is so strong that changing West's K to the ace would be enough. That's how strong the sequence is.

Many will just bid 4, and likely that will end the conversation. NS just don't seem to have enough continue the competition, although they have a good sacrifice in either clubs or hearts.



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20 ♠T865
AQ82
9
♣KT86
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AQ9732
KT954
6
♣Q
♠K
63
KJT8432
♣A32
♠J4
J7
AQ75
♣J9754
9
1111
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2NT  ♦4 ♥6 ♠5
EW: 1 1 2♠  ♣3 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  4♠ W -4   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  200          2.50   1.50  3N W -2   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
  200          2.50   1.50  4 W -2   A1-Charles-Richards vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        110    0.50   3.50  2♠ W      A6-Brown-Kadin vs A8-Deal-Kroll
        110    0.50   3.50  3 E      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
21 ♠962
AQT92
64
♣752
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQ743
-
KQ975
♣AT4
♠KJ8
763
AJ2
♣J963
♠T5
KJ854
T83
♣KQ8
6
1510
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♦1 ♠1 NT2
EW: 4♣ 6 6♠ 2NT  ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    4.00   0.00  3♠ W +2   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        450    2.50   1.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Charles-Richards vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        450    2.50   1.50  4♠ W +1   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A8-Deal-Kroll
        480    0.50   3.50  4♠ W +2   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        480    0.50   3.50  4♠ W +2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Ansok-Pelletier
22 ♠84
KQ2
A3
♣AJT532
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AQT
AJ873
T8
♣Q96
♠762
6
KQJ6542
♣87
♠KJ953
T954
97
♣K4
14
136
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1♠ 2/3NT  ♦3
EW: 4  ♣4 ♥5 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 4NT*-N-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    3.50   0.50  4♣ N -1   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A1-Charles-Richards
         50    3.50   0.50  2♣ N -1   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        110    2.00   2.00  3 E      A2-Kilius-Reach vs A8-Deal-Kroll
        150    1.00   3.00  4♠ S -3   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    0.00   4.00  3♠ S -4   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Brown-Kadin
23 ♠6
JT96
AK98
♣QJ97
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KT83
AQ874
Q32
♣6
♠Q9
K52
T64
♣A8432
♠AJ7542
3
J75
♣KT5
11
119
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2♠  ♥5 NT6
EW: 2  ♣6 ♦6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3 W -2   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Brown-Kadin
  100          2.50   1.50  3 W -1   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A1-Charles-Richards
  100          2.50   1.50  2 W -1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A8-Deal-Kroll
        100    1.00   3.00  2♠ S -1   A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        200    0.00   4.00  2♠ S -2   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
24 ♠AKQT986
T4
KQ82
♣-
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠42
Q97
A963
♣T854
♠J75
AKJ82
J4
♣AJ2
♠3
653
T75
♣KQ9763
14
615
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3♠  ♣5 ♥4 NT6
EW: 2/3  ♣6 ♦5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +100 4*-W-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3♠ N +1   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A1-Charles-Richards
  140          2.50   1.50  3♠ N      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Brown-Kadin
  140          2.50   1.50  2♠ N +1   A2-Kilius-Reach vs A8-Deal-Kroll
         50    1.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   A4-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Clarke-Thompson
        100    0.00   4.00  4♠* N -1  A7-Ragnow-Brett vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
25 ♠K96
92
AKT652
♣Q8
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠T8742
KQ654
Q3
♣K
♠A53
873
9
♣AJT642
♠QJ
AJT
J874
♣9753
12
109
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2♣ 3 2♠  ♦3 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          4.00   0.00  4* W -3  A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
  110          2.00   2.00  3 N      A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
  110          2.00   2.00  3 N      A6-Brown-Kadin vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  110          2.00   2.00  2 N +1   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        140    0.00   4.00  3♠ W      A8-Deal-Kroll vs A1-Charles-Richards
26 ♠T864
A94
T85
♣652
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠2
QT65
963
♣AK973
♠K7
K8
AK72
♣QJT84
♠AQJ953
J732
QJ4
♣-
4
916
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣3 ♦4 ♥5 NT6
EW: 4♣ 3/2 1/-
       ♥7/6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  5♣ E -1   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
        100    3.00   1.00  3♠ S -1   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A2-Kilius-Reach
        130    2.00   2.00  4♣ E      A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Ragnow-Brett
        200    1.00   3.00  3♠* S -1  A8-Deal-Kroll vs A1-Charles-Richards
        600    0.00   4.00  5♣ E      A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
27 ♠Q72
AJT
AK9
♣A972
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T9863
K98
QT
♣J83
♠KJ4
6432
8764
♣K4
♠A5
Q75
J532
♣QT65
18
67
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5/4 4 2♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥2/3 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  490          4.00   0.00  3N N +3   A6-Brown-Kadin vs A2-Kilius-Reach
  460          2.00   2.00  3N S +2   A3-Clarke-Thompson vs A9-Vandiver-Vandiver
  460          2.00   2.00  3N N +2   A5-Ansok-Pelletier vs A4-Robbins-Triolo
  460          2.00   2.00  3N N +2   A8-Deal-Kroll vs A1-Charles-Richards
  430          0.00   4.00  3N S +1   A10-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Ragnow-Brett