- Monday Aft - October 14, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 938 MP  Geomean: 512 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 67.71 1st A 1.00
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 60.42 2/3rd A 0.60
Dick Zizic - John Eliason 60.42 2/3rd A 0.60
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 50.00 2nd B 0.39
Louise Shaffer - Nita Whaley 48.44 3rd B 0.28
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> E
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DATE>October 14, 2019   |CLUB NO.>127100    | 10/14/2019 15:50
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 70% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   48.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/800/250   |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=7/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Mike Pemberton         Ron Saltis               A    .     .     .     47.50  49.48
 2 Sally Van Valin        Gary Van Valin           B    .     .     .     43.00  44.79
 3 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A   2/3    .     .     58.00  60.42  0.60(A)
 4 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    1     1     .     65.00  67.71  1.00(A)
 5 Mark Robbins           Deborah Triolo           A   2/3    .     .     58.00  60.42  0.60(A)
 6 Pat Shaw               Carol Jarboe             C    .     .     .     42.50  44.27
 7 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              C    4     2     1     48.00  50.00  0.39(B)
 8 Peggy Nielsen          Anne Conn                B    .     .     .     43.50  45.31
 9 Nita Whaley            Louise Shaffer           B    .     3     .     46.50  48.44  0.28(B)
10 Elaine McAdams         Mary Jane Graham         C    .     .     .     28.00  29.17
                                          Totals                         480.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠65
AJ832
Q2
♣KJ72
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠T94
KQ975
963
♣Q4
♠Q872
4
JT74
♣A853
♠AKJ3
T6
AK85
♣T96
11
77
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 4 4♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥3 ♠2/3 NT2
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          3.50   0.50  3N S +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  460          3.50   0.50  3N S +2   E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E2-Van Valin-Van Valin
  430          1.50   2.50  3N S +1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  430          1.50   2.50  3N S +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  400          0.00   4.00  3N S      E10-McAdams-Graham vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If you're looking for an excuse to open this hand, use the "Rule" of 20. South, don't be seduced by visions of 2/1 into bidding 2 rather than 1. Just Just make sure you end up in game. North rebids 2 and now South happily bids 3NT. West might lead a diamond just because it's the unbid suit. Declarer can take the spade finesse and then lead the 10. Be careful about entries back and forth, and you should make several overtricks. Poor West, he hasn't much and it's all right where declarer would choose it to be.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1NT
Pass21Pass2
Pass3NT2All pass 
  1. artificial, 5+ hearts
  2. choice of games

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1-2, 4, 8, and 12.

The Bidding: North's hand meets the Rule of 20 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener, but fails the Suggestion of 22 with just 1½ quick tricks. North's Queen-doubleton merits a downgrade. Passing seems best. South opens a strong notrump in 3rd seat. North uses a Jacoby Transfer to show 5+ hearts. North's 3NT rebid offers a choice of games. South, with a doubleton heart, prefers the notrump game.

The Lead: North's transfer warns West not to lead a heart. West hopes to find East's suit or at least make a passive lead. East had a chance to double the 2 Jacoby Transfer if they strongly desired a diamond lead. Leading a spade seems best because it is likely to be passive.

The Play: A spade lead finesses East's Queen. Declarer has 7 quick winners: 3 + 3 +1. Declarer's club texture guarantees 2 club winners can be established. Running the 10 (or 9) offers a 33% chance of developing a 3rd club winner. Declarer would prefer that West doesn't cover. So declarer begins with the 9. If West fails to recognize the need to cover, declarer has 3 club tricks. Running the 10 offers a 64% chance for 3 heart tricks and a 94% chance for 2 heart tricks. Here, 2 tricks are available. Declarer scores 11 tricks: 3 + 2 + 3 + 3.

At tables where West covers the 9 (or 10) with the Queen, declarer could score 3 club tricks by finessing against East for the 8. That would be a losing line if West had Q8x. So declarer isn't willing to risk that line. Instead, declarer will turn to hearts. The play on hearts squeezes East. East must give up their guard in spades, diamonds, or clubs allowing declarer to score their 11th trick. If West fails to split their heart honors on the lead of the 10, East will be caught in a Progressive Squeeze and declarer will score 12 tricks.



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2 ♠A
T954
T7643
♣J82
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K983
KJ
AK82
♣743
♠QJ642
8763
9
♣AT5
♠T75
AQ2
QJ5
♣KQ96
5
147
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1  ♠3 NT5
EW: 4♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  2♠ E -1   E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E2-Van Valin-Van Valin
        100    3.00   1.00  1N S -1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
        140    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        140    1.00   3.00  2♠ E +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
        140    1.00   3.00  1♠ E +2   E10-McAdams-Graham vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When South opens 1. what will West do? Double seems like a very bad idea with a doubleton heart, NT is out with no club stopper, and 1 and 1 are both unappealing. If West passes, North will eke out a red suit response. I prefer 1, but if it's 1 West will thank you--now he can double to show his two suits, and East will joyfully revalue her hand and bid spades, maybe even with a jump. It's unlikely they'll get to game, but the hand plays well when South has the high club honors and declarer can shag a club loser on the K.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
Pass1Pass1NT
DblPass2All pass

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West doesn't have the shape to act. Some bridge teachers advise responder to pass with less than 6 HCP. As Josh Donn discusses in his "Responding Light" article, many of the best partnerships in the world frequently respond with less than the expected values. The goals of a light response are "to prevent the opponents from finding their best contract, to reach game in case a fit is located, and to improve the contract to a better partscore." Here, North knows a 3-3 club fit is a possibility. North expects East-West to have a spade fit. Passing makes it easy for East-West. North prefers to respond 1 or 1 depending on whether they bid up the line or play Walsh style . Either way, East is a bit light to overcall 1. South's 1NT rebid shows a weak notrump hand.

At tables where North responded 1 and South rebid 1NT, West has an easy takeout double showing the pointed suits. East advances to 2. North-South aren't eager to risk the 3-level. West, with a Losing Trick Count of 7 and 3 small clubs isn't eager to make a game try.

At tables where North responded 1 and South rebid 1NT, it is more difficult for West to act. South's failure to rebid 1 tells North that East-West have a 9-10 card spade fit. 1NT is likely to be an ugly contract. Since South has at most 6 cards in the majors, a minor suit fit is likely. If playing Two-Way New Minor Forcing , which is easier and better than New Minor Forcing , South rebids an artificial 2 to force South to bid 2. When 2 passes around, East must make a balancing decision. Since North-South didn't make a game try, East expects North-South to have 18-22 points, and expects their side to have 18-22 points. East has no interest in defending 2. South has denied a 4-card major. The vulnerability is favorable. Doubling for takeout seems best. West shouldn't be tempted to defend 2. East-West are likely to have an 8 or 9 card diamond fit. Bidding 2 is clear.

At tables where North passes South's 1 opening bid, East balances with a 1 overcall. Now West, with 15 Support Points, cue bids to show a spade fit and invitational or better values. East, with 10 Support Points, doesn't have have enough to accept the game, but East's diamond shortness gives East enough Cover Cards to cooperate. Some partnerships may treat a jump to 3 as a short suit game try. Half of West's hand is diamonds, but at least they are quick winners. West might then make a counter game try of 3. East, with no help in hearts, signs off in 3. Most partnerships will not have a way to make a short suit game try. East might fudge with a game try in hearts. West is happy to accept a game try in hearts. At most tables, East-West will reasonably play in a spade part-score.

The Play in Spades: South is likely to lead the King, top of an honor sequence. North encourages. Declarer wins and cashes 2 diamonds discarding a losing club. Declarer can pickup a 4-0 spade break on either side. Leading towards the Queen-Jack or leading the Queen (or Jack) offers a 100% chance of avoiding a 2nd spade loser (assuming no defensive ruffs). Declarer has a choice of finessing against South for the Queen or the Ace to hold heart losers 1. The auction suggests playing South for the Ace.

Declarer hopes to ruff 2 hearts in the short hand. So declarer delays drawing trump. Declarer returns to hand with a diamond ruff and takes a lobbing finesse towards the King. South wins the Ace. South encouraged a club continuation. So North either has a doubleton or has the Jack. South may risk under leading the Queen to put North on lead for a diamond ruff. If so, declarer should recognize the risk and ruff high. Declarer must guess whether to play for a 2-2 spade break or play South for the 10. To score 10 tricks, declarer must finesse against South for the 10. If South plays North for a club doubleton, they will cash the Queen and exit a club. Declarer ruffs, cashes the King, and leads a spade for the board. When North plays their Ace on air, declarer has no trouble scoring 10 tricks on a Cross-Ruff .



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3 ♠K9
KJT954
K8632
♣-
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q52
63
T9
♣QT9854
♠AT8764
Q
AJ7
♣J72
♠J3
A872
Q54
♣AK63
10
412
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4 3NT  ♣5 ♠5
EW: 1/2♣ 2♠  ♦2 ♥2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.00   1.00  4 N +1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  450          3.00   1.00  4 N +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  450          3.00   1.00  4 N +1   E10-McAdams-Graham vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
  170          1.00   3.00  3 N +1   E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E2-Van Valin-Van Valin
        100    0.00   4.00  6* N -1  E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and then raises North's hearts even after West bids 1. North can jump to 4 and should have no trouble making it. Hearts are 2-1 and he can avoid two spade losers if he has to with a discard on the clubs.



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4 ♠KQ3
KQJ
AQ9
♣A765
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J842
973
J865
♣42
♠T
AT86
KT32
♣QJ98
♠A9765
542
74
♣KT3
21
210
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 1 3/2 4/3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  620          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  620          3.00   1.00  4♠ N      E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E2-Van Valin-Van Valin
  600          1.00   3.00  3N N      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
        100    0.00   4.00  4♠ S -1   E10-McAdams-Graham vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North has a terrific 2NT opener. South transfers and then bids 3NT. Even with this very flat hand, the percentage choice is the spade game. Who wouldn't like +420 better than +400? North knows South has a doubleton: what if it's in clubs? Could be disastrous...



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass2NTPass31
Pass3Pass3NT2
Pass4All pass 
  1. artificial, 5+ spades
  2. choice of games

The Bidding: After North opens 2NT, South uses a Jacoby Transfer to show 5 or more spades. South's 3NT rebid offers a choice of games. South isn't asking North to use their judgment. South is asking North to count their spades. North, with 3-card spade support places the contract in 4.

The Play in 4: This board illustrates the benefits of using a Jacoby Transfer to right-side the contract. If South declared 4, a diamond lead by West finesses North. Declarer will lose a trick in each suit for down 1. The Jacoby Transfer protects North's diamond holding from the lead. East is likely to lead the Queen, top of an honor sequence. Declarer wins the Ace and can finesse against East for the Jack to score a 3rd club trick. Declarer now has 10 tricks: 4 + 2 + 1 + 3. On a passive heart lead, declarer can score 10 tricks by end playing East.

The Play in 3NT: East is likely to lead the Queen, top of an honors sequence. As discussed above, declarer can now score 3 club tricks. Declarer scores 10 tricks: 4 + 2 + 1 + 3. On a passive spade or heart lead, declarer can score 10 tricks by end playing East. A diamond lead is required to hold declarer to 9 tricks.



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5 ♠KJT43
K3
JT8
♣AJ5
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q87
T954
Q9
♣QT82
♠A6
Q762
AK52
♣764
♠952
AJ8
7643
♣K93
13
613
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 1 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
   50          1.00   3.00  3 W -1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
        100    0.00   4.00  2♣ N -1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E7-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Over East's double of 1, South bids 2, demonstrating the real preemptive value of a single raise in the majors. This hand plays like a dream when West has both black Queens--how cooperative! Get to the dummy with the A and lead the 9: success.



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6 ♠KJ9
JT64
AQ3
♣KJ9
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠4
AKQ7
K94
♣87542
♠Q853
9852
T62
♣Q3
♠AT762
3
J875
♣AT6
15
124
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 5 1 5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥6 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          4.00   0.00  2N N +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  170          2.50   1.50  2♠ N +2   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  170          2.50   1.50  2♠ N +2   E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
  150          1.00   3.00  2N N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
         50    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E5-Robbins-Triolo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

I wouldn't blame any West who decided to open 1 in third seat to make sure of a heart lead. North bids 1NT and most Easts will look at the flat 4 HCP and pass even with four card heart support. South transfers and bids 2NT, and North goes back to spades. Now South reasonably bids the spade game.



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7 ♠AT87
KJ76
A8
♣K87
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K96
AQ2
Q4
♣QT542
♠QJ2
983
K653
♣A63
♠543
T54
JT972
♣J9
15
1310
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥6 ♠6 NT5/4
EW: 2/3♣ -/1 1♠ 2NT
       ♦6 ♥6/7
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1100          4.00   0.00  2* E -4  E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
         90    3.00   1.00  2♣ W      E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
        100    2.00   2.00  1N N -1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        110    0.50   3.50  2♣ W +1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
        110    0.50   3.50  2♣ W +1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E7-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. North either bids 1NT or doubles. If it's 1NT, East makes a penalty double. If North doubles, it's East who bids 1NT. South might have a way out if North bids 1NT and East doubles: Redouble asks North to bid 2, and then South can bid 2 to play--IF they have that agreement.



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8 ♠AQ87
AT9432
A
♣A9
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K2
86
KJ863
♣T762
♠JT964
K
QT74
♣K54
♠53
QJ75
952
♣QJ83
18
79
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 6 2♠ 4NT  ♦5
EW: 1/2  ♣5 ♥1 ♠4/5 NT1
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +980 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          3.50   0.50  4 N +2   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  480          3.50   0.50  4 N +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  450          1.50   2.50  4 N +1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  450          1.50   2.50  4 N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  170          0.00   4.00  3 N +1   E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E8-Nielsen-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North is within a whisker of opening 2, but his suit isn't good enough to consider it with this five loser hand. But he'll gladly bid game when South raises. Don't be misled by the Double Dummy analysis saying it makes 12 tricks. Would you really drop the K offside? And what if neither black finesse works? Be realistic and enjoy the hand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass2
Pass21Pass32
Pass4All pass 
  1. artificial game try
  2. would not accept any game try

The Bidding: After North opens 1, East has a choice of overcalling 1, making a takeout double, or passing. East's 9 HCP hand merits a downgrade for their singleton King. Overcalling with a weak hand and a weak suit isn't attractive. Similarly, East's 12 Support Points should be downgraded. A takeout double should show a better hand. Passing seems best.

At most tables, South will raise to 2 showing 3+ hearts and 6-10 points. North's 22 Support Points are somewhat inflated. Ruffs in the long hand don't normally produce extra tricks. North's Losing Trick Count of 4, however, is comparable to that of a Strong 2 Clubs opener. North should make a slam try. A 4 Splinter bid showing a Game Force with short diamonds would be an awkward slam try. There is no room for South to cue bid below 4. Using a game try as a slam try seems best. Steve Robinson's "Game Tries" article explains why Game Tries which ask where help is available are better than Game Tries which tell where help is needed. North bids an artificial 2 to ask where South would accept a game try. South's 3 rebid denies the willingness to accept any game try. A slam is unlikely opposite a hand which wouldn't accept a game try. North places the contract at 4.

In his "Single Raise Constructive" , Andrew Gumperz recommends using a direct simple raise to show "a good 8 to a bad 10 points plus three or more trumps" because it helps opener recognize when a game try might be productive and avoid the 3-level when a game try will not be accepted. With that agreement, South cannot make a constructive raise. So South responds 1NT, planning to take a preference to hearts. North's 2 rebid is a Reverse shows 17+ points with 4+ spades and longer hearts. It is common to play Blackout or lebensohl over reverses . Either way, a 2NT rebid would be artificial showing a hand willing to stop below game. Here, South isn't sure whether the QJ are working cards, but South's Queen and spade doubleton offer the potential to contribute 3 tricks. Bidding 3 directly to establish a Game Force seems best. North knows South doesn't have a limit raise for hearts. South would have jumped to 4. South either has a doubleton heart and some values or has a less than constructive heart raise which was upgrade to a Game Force after the reverse. Either way, North is happy to play 4. Since South could have a hand like Kxx Kx xxx KQxxx or Kx Kx KQxx xxxxx, North cue bids to look for slam. South will not cooperate. The auction ends at 4.

The Play: East doesn't have a particularly attractive lead. A spade lead seems best because it is likely to be passive and West might be able to ruff a spade at some point. Since the Jack lead denies the Queen and since East wouldn't lead away from the Ace, West knows there is no upside to playing the King. Declarer wins with the Queen. With a 10-card heart fit missing the King, finessing offers a 50% chance of avoiding a heart loser. Dummy doesn't have an entry in the minors. So declarer cashes the Ace, dropping the King. The King is a plausible False Card . If West knows East is leading from length, East will the 10. So the King could be dropped from Kxx to encourage a high ruff from dummy. Declarer wants to ruff 2 hearts. Cashing the Ace would be expensive if the King is guarded and onside. Ruffing spades in the shorthand seems best. Declarer has good heart texture. So declarer ruffs the 3rd round of spades high. When West doesn't overruff, declarer infers the King is offside. Declarer backs their judgment by attempting to drop the King. Here, declarer's inference is rewarded. Declarer scores 12 tricks: 2 + 2 ruffs + 6 + 1 + 1.



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9 ♠AJ3
J96
873
♣A752
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠754
K87
AK965
♣K3
♠KQT98
AT432
JT
♣T
♠62
Q5
Q42
♣QJ9864
10
1310
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦2 ♥2 ♠1/2 NT2
EW: 4/5 4 5♠ -/2NT
       ♣6 NT6/8
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -3   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        170    3.00   1.00  1♠ E +3   E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E3-Zizic-Eliason
        620    2.00   2.00  4♠ E      E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
        650    1.00   3.00  4♠ E +1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        680    0.00   4.00  4♠ E +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Robbins-Triolo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Anyone who's heard of the Rule of 20 opens 1 with the East hand. This so-called Rule gives you permission to bid with a shapely hand whose points are well-positioned. West will get the hand to game--which makes because we're lucky and North has the AJ3.



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10 ♠82
KQ5
T53
♣AK843
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠54
9862
AKQJ7
♣JT
♠KQT763
AJT
92
♣Q7
♠AJ9
743
864
♣9652
12
1112
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦4 ♥4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 3 3 2♠  ♣5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 17 = -2
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  100          2.50   1.50  3N E -1   E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  100          2.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        110    1.00   3.00  2♠ E      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        140    0.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E3-Zizic-Eliason

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East is too good for 2 in first seat (maybe yes in third seat). East bids 1NT or 2 depending on their agreement, but will be reluctant to go on when East just rebids the spades as cheaply as possible. It's an unlucky hand when South has AJx of trump--just be glad he has only three of them. The diamonds will provide pitches, but will they be in time? A club is the likely opening lead if North has overcalled.



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11 ♠AKT9
Q942
74
♣KQ8
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q542
JT63
3
♣A962
♠J76
A8
AQT98
♣754
♠83
K75
KJ652
♣JT3
14
711
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N N      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  150          3.00   1.00  1N S +2   E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  120          2.00   2.00  1N S +1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
   90          1.00   3.00  1N S      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E10-McAdams-Graham
         70    0.00   4.00  1 E      E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E3-Zizic-Eliason

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. East bids 1. Now South is justified in a 1NT overcall, unless he wants to pass so partner will reopen with a double which he can convert to penalties. It's a close call on this vulnerability. If E-W were vulnerable, pass would be close to automatic.



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12 ♠KQ54
AJ
KQ
♣AKJT3
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠J76
8432
85
♣9654
♠T9832
K75
643
♣82
♠A
QT96
AJT972
♣Q7
23
13
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 6 5/4♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥1 ♠2 NT0
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1470          3.00   1.00  6N N +1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
 1470          3.00   1.00  6N N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
 1470          3.00   1.00  6N N +1   E8-Nielsen-Conn vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
 1440          1.00   3.00  6N S      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        100    0.00   4.00  6♣ N -1   E9-Whaley-Shaffer vs E3-Zizic-Eliason

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2. With an opening hand and a six card suit, South should already be thinking about slam. He's thrilled when North rebids 2NT instead of the feared spade (Don't most of us think about a worst case scenario?) On this auction, South is justified in asking for Aces and Kings. Discovering that they're off a King, he may still take the chance at the Grand slam. Turns out there are 14 tricks without the heart finesse.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass2Pass2
Pass2NTPass3
Pass3Pass4
Pass41Pass4NT2
Pass53Pass54
Pass55Pass5NT6
Pass67Pass7NT
All pass   
  1. heart control, cooperating with a diamond slam try
  2. RKC
  3. 0 or 3 key cards
  4. asking for the Queen
  5. Queen and King
  6. Specific King Ask
  7. King

The Bidding: After West passes, North opens a Strong 2 Clubs . East wants to interfere with the auction. The vulnerability is favorable. North-South certainly have a game or slam. No information about shape has been exchanged. The problem is East's hand is balanced with a weak 5-card suit. Passing seems best. A 3 response would show 8 points and 5+ diamond with 2 of the top 3 honors. So East responds 2 Diamonds Waiting . North could show their clubs and then their spades, but that creates an awkward auction. North prefers to rebid 2NT to advertise a 22-24 HCP balanced hand. If playing the Kokish Relay , North's 2NT rebid shows 22-23 HCP.

South expects a slam or grand slam to be available. South begins by looking for a heart fit. Jerry Helms advises against using Puppet Stayman Over 2NT over 2NT because of the difficulty with hands where responder is (54) in the majors. South uses Stayman or Muppet Stayman and learns North has 4 spades and not 4 hearts. South's 4 rebid is a slam try. It is more common to cue bid to cooperate with the slam try, and to bid 4NT as a slam negative. Here, North's KQ doubleton is valuable. Cooperating with the slam try is clear. North cue their bids their heart control. Since East-West have at most 5 HCP, South doesn't have to worry about East-West cashing 2 club winners. South asks for key cards. North shows 0 or 3 key cards. South knows it is 3. South uses a Queen Ask to learn North has the King and the King. South's 4NT bid asks for Specific Kings and shows interest in a grand. North shows their King. If North has 3+ clubs, South can count 12 tricks: 2 + 1 + 6 + 3. South knows of 19 of North's HCP: K + A + KQ + AK. North has 3-5 more HCP. It is reasonable to expect North's additional high cards to provide a 13th trick. If there aren't 13 quick winners, a Squeeze or finesse may provide the 13th trick. South places the contract at 7NT.

The Play: Declarer has 15 quick winners. Declarer announces their plan to unblock the diamonds, the clubs, and the spades, and claims 13 tricks.



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13 ♠KJ743
J762
42
♣43
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QT5
KT5
AK97
♣982
♠A62
AQ93
T3
♣KJ65
♠98
84
QJ865
♣AQT7
5
1214
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 3/2 3 2/1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          4.00   0.00  3N W -4   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
  200          3.00   1.00  3N W -2   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  100          1.50   2.50  3N W -1   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          1.50   2.50  2N E -1   E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        630    0.00   4.00  3N E +1   E10-McAdams-Graham vs E4-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. West bids 2NT and East is happy to bid 3NT. A low spade is friendly, but then there are the other three suits. Test the diamonds first: lead the 10 and let it ride if South doesn't cover. If South does split her honors, get back to the table and finesse the 9 anyway.



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14 ♠Q952
Q52
875
♣Q64
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠7
JT843
K3
♣KT532
♠KJT84
AK76
AJ62
♣-
♠A63
9
QT94
♣AJ987
6
716
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥2 ♠4/2 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3/2 5 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  4 W -1   E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        150    3.00   1.00  3♣ S -3   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
        420    1.50   2.50  4 W      E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
        420    1.50   2.50  4 E      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
        450    0.00   4.00  5 W      E10-McAdams-Graham vs E4-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South passes (not enough diamonds for the Unusual NT), and West bids 1NT. Now East bids 2. Even if South now doubles to show the two unbid suits, West won't care--revaluing her hand with a nice nine card trump fit. And the hand is golden, even making an overtrick if declarer takes the heart finesse.



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15 ♠A765
JT86
987
♣K2
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠T9
KQ942
KQT2
♣J8
♠QJ43
A5
AJ43
♣T73
♠K82
73
65
♣AQ9654
8
1112
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦4 ♥5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3 2  ♣5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3 W -1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
        110    1.50   2.50  2 W      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
        110    1.50   2.50  2 W      E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
        110    1.50   2.50  2 W      E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        110    1.50   2.50  3 W      E10-McAdams-Graham vs E4-Greenberg-Greenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If South starts with 3, it will be hard for E-W to get into the bidding, an equally hard for them to make a penalty double. Call it larceny if you wish, but preempts work.



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16 ♠T64
Q65
KQT92
♣96
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AJ93
A2
AJ73
♣AJ3
♠8752
J93
864
♣K72
♠KQ
KT874
5
♣QT854
7
194
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♦6 ♠4 NT5
EW: 1 3♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  2N W -2   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
  140          3.00   1.00  2 S +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
         50    2.00   2.00  2 S -1   E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        120    1.00   3.00  2N W      E10-McAdams-Graham vs E4-Greenberg-Greenberg
        140    0.00   4.00  3♠ E      E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E5-Robbins-Triolo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 with high hopes, somewhat dashed when this passes around to South. South will either bid 1 or 2NT, if they play that 2NT shows 5-5 in the two lower unbid suits. If it's 1, West can double to show support for the other suits and extras. North raises the hearts and East still stays out of it. This hand could be very expensive for N-S, given the vulnerability.



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17 ♠J872
842
QJ8
♣943
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT6
65
753
♣AQJT2
♠KQ9
AK73
AK942
♣K
♠543
QJT9
T6
♣8765
4
1122
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦1 ♥2 ♠1 NT1
EW: 6♣ 6 5 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        490    4.00   0.00  3N E +3   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        520    3.00   1.00  3N E +4   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
        990    1.00   3.00  6N E      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
        990    1.00   3.00  6N E      E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
        990    1.00   3.00  6N E      E6-Shaw-Jarboe vs E5-Robbins-Triolo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East has a hand with which he might decide to open 2 and rebid 2NT--ACBL condones this with this hand pattern and a high singleton. West will surely think slam, and indeed there are 12 top tricks. Otherwise East might open 1, but it will be very hard for West to visualize slam in that case. This is a tough one.



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18 ♠J9753
J954
62
♣63
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KQT2
Q
QT87
♣QT94
♠A864
KT3
J9
♣AJ85
♠-
A8762
AK543
♣K72
2
1113
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♦6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3/2♣ 1/- 2/1♠ 2NT
       ♦7/6 ♥4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +100 3NT*-EW/3♠*-E/4♣*-E-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          4.00   0.00  4♠* W -2  E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  200          3.00   1.00  4♠ E -4   E6-Shaw-Jarboe vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
  170          2.00   2.00  1 S +3   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
  100          1.00   3.00  2♠* W -1  E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
   50          0.00   4.00  3♠ E -1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South bids 1 and West makes a Negative Double . North has heart support but will pass this bow-wow at most tables. East bids 1 (showing four spades but a minimum hand) and now South bids 2, her second suit. West bids 3, inviting game, and East will probably accept, little knowing how wild the distribution actually is since his hand is pretty flat.



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19 ♠KJ4
J863
A
♣QT864
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T
KT4
973
♣AJ7532
♠A872
752
KJT54
♣K
♠Q9653
AQ9
Q862
♣9
11
811
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦5
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.00   1.00  3♠ S      E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
  140          3.00   1.00  1♠ S +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
  110          1.00   3.00  2♠ S      E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
         50    0.00   4.00  4♠ S -1   E6-Shaw-Jarboe vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
20 ♠A9
QT962
943
♣T72
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KT8754
A74
AJT7
♣-
♠QJ63
K3
Q5
♣AQ843
♠2
J85
K862
♣KJ965
6
1214
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥5/6 ♠1 NT1
EW: 2♣ 5/4 1 6♠ 5/4NT
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -1430 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        210    4.00   0.00  2N E +3   E1-Pemberton-Saltis vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
        650    3.00   1.00  4♠ W +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +2   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        680    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E7-Wagner-Wagner
       1430    0.00   4.00  6♠ W      E6-Shaw-Jarboe vs E5-Robbins-Triolo
21 ♠3
AKJ6532
J4
♣J43
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AKJ987
Q4
AK85
♣9
♠QT42
87
93
♣AT752
♠65
T9
QT762
♣KQ86
10
176
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦6 ♠1 NT4
EW: 1♣ 1 5♠  ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    4.00   0.00  3♠ W +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
        450    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
        450    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
        450    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   E5-Robbins-Triolo vs E10-McAdams-Graham
        450    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E1-Pemberton-Saltis
22 ♠AQT82
Q82
A8
♣J53
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K97
T96
K76
♣K984
♠653
A54
QJT432
♣7
♠J4
KJ73
95
♣AQT62
13
97
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 4 4♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          4.00   0.00  3N N +1   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
  240          3.00   1.00  1N S +5   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  180          2.00   2.00  1N S +3   E5-Robbins-Triolo vs E10-McAdams-Graham
         50    1.00   3.00  2N N -1   E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E1-Pemberton-Saltis
        100    0.00   4.00  2N N -2   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
23 ♠AQT5
J
K983
♣AK87
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠32
K653
JT72
♣JT3
♠98
QT942
AQ64
♣64
♠KJ764
A87
5
♣Q952
17
58
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 2/1 6♠ 4NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥6 ♠1 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          4.00   0.00  6♠ S      E5-Robbins-Triolo vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  680          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
  680          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe
  680          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
  680          1.50   2.50  4♠ S +2   E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E1-Pemberton-Saltis
24 ♠KQ65
KJ753
Q76
♣Q
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AJT92
942
JT8
♣J7
♠743
AQT6
-
♣986543
♠8
8
AK95432
♣AKT2
13
76
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 5 2 4/3NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦2 ♥5 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +430 4NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  920          4.00   0.00  6 S      E4-Greenberg-Greenberg vs E8-Nielsen-Conn
  490          3.00   1.00  3N S +3   E5-Robbins-Triolo vs E10-McAdams-Graham
  420          2.00   2.00  5 S +1   E2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs E9-Whaley-Shaffer
  130          1.00   3.00  4 S      E7-Wagner-Wagner vs E1-Pemberton-Saltis
         50    0.00   4.00  6 S -1   E3-Zizic-Eliason vs E6-Shaw-Jarboe