- Monday Aft - October 21, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 996 MP  Geomean: 519 MP
(based on 27 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Mike Pemberton - Ron Saltis 61.90 1st A 0.70
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 58.33 1st A 0.70
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 58.04 2nd A 0.49
Carol Lilly - Pat Shaw 55.95 2nd A 0.49
Ilona Smith - Ken Ellenberger 55.65 3rd A 0.35
Alan Greenberg - Valerie Greenberg 54.76 2nd B 0.22
Gary Feldman - Peggy Nielsen 52.38 3rd A 0.35
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>October 21, 2019   |CLUB NO.>127100    | 10/21/2019 16:12
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DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A    1     .     .     98.00  58.33  0.70(A)
 2 Sally Van Valin        Gary Van Valin           B    .     .     .     62.00  36.90
 3 Alan Greenberg         Valerie Greenberg        B    .     2     .     92.00  54.76  0.22(B)
 4 Joan Cathcart          Gwen Wagner              C    .     .     .     70.00  41.67
 5 Mark Robbins           Deborah Triolo           B    2     1     .     97.50  58.04  0.49(A)
 6 Ilona Smith            Ken Ellenberger          A    3     .     .     93.50  55.65  0.35(A)
 7 Dick Zizic             John Eliason             A    .     .     .     75.00  44.64
                                          Totals                         588.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Richard Wagner         Ruric Nye                C    .     .     .     77.50  46.13
 2 Peggy Nielsen          Gary Feldman             B    3     2     .     88.00  52.38  0.35(A)
 3 Nita Whaley            Louise Shaffer           B    .     .     .     67.50  40.18
 4 Elaine McAdams         Anne Conn                C    .     .     .     75.50  44.94
 5 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A    1     .     .    104.00  61.90  0.70(A)
 6 Pat Shaw               Carol Lilly              C    2     1     1     94.00  55.95  0.49(A)
 7 Mary Jane Graham       Irene Petroff            B    .     .     .     81.50  48.51
                                          Totals                         588.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠KQT
Q76
A543
♣KQ8
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A6
AKJ43
KQ76
♣T9
♠J974
982
8
♣J7532
♠8532
T5
JT92
♣A64
16
172
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣6 ♥5 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1/2  ♦5 ♠5/6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -100 2NT*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  2♠ S +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  120          5.00   1.00  1N N +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  100          4.00   2.00  2 W -2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        100    3.00   3.00  1N N -2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        110    2.00   4.00  2 W      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        140    1.00   5.00  2 W +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        170    0.00   6.00  2 W +2   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A4-McAdams-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North's 1NT passes around to West. What will West do? 2 works whether that shows just hearts or hearts and a minor--not for those playing DONT: 2 in that case. Inwardly shuddering, East shows heart preference if she must. If South starts with the J, East must be careful to ruff diamonds in her hand. It figures that any big cards are more likely in North's hand, of course.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1NTPassPass
2All pass  

North opens 1NT and two passes put the decision to West. West's action will vary wildly based on system. A penalty double is possible, though I don't love defending 1NT when it's possibly touch-and-go. I've shown 2 here as either natural or hearts-and-a-minor. Systemically, if West bid 2 showing diamonds-and-a-major, East would be the one declaring 2. If West makes a penalty double, East has a tough bid without discussion. A typical agreement is that if you run out of a penalty double, you play as though your side had opened 1NT (transfers and Stayman ). That could lead to a 2 bid praying for a major and maybe bidding 3 over 2, but this auction is simpler. Whatever happens, 2 is the likely result.

North probably leads the K which gives declarer time to set up a spade trick and a diamond ruff. Not only that, but the spade lead forces North into an impossible situation. Say declarer starts with the A and another spade. North wins and now what? A trump seems like the best hope, but you don't want to switch away from the Q. Maybe a third spade, hoping to get a spade ruff is best. If North tries that, declarer can win the spade and play the good 9, pitching a losing club (and hoping that a hand with Qxx has to ruff). Now the defenders have to play on trump to prevent declarer from ruffing two diamonds or else declarer will take 10 tricks.



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2 ♠KJT82
AK97
Q9
♣K5
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠75
8432
AT2
♣QT63
♠AQ93
JT5
K543
♣J9
♠64
Q6
J876
♣A8742
16
611
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1 2♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT4/6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.50   0.50  2♠ N      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  110          5.50   0.50  2♠ N      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A4-McAdams-Conn
   50          4.00   2.00  1N W -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        100    3.00   3.00  2N S -1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        200    1.00   5.00  3N S -2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        200    1.00   5.00  3N N -2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    1.00   5.00  2N S -2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. Don't let the 16 HCP seduce you into a 1NT opener with nine cards in the major suits. South will take a forced preference for spades. North should realize that it's a reluctant preference and not push even with so many HCP. East doesn't have an appealing lead. He may choose the J in hopes his partner has some values there.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1Pass1NT
Pass2Pass2
Pass2NTAll pass 

I love opening notrump with five-card majors. I love opening 1NT with (5-4-2-2) shape. That said, when I have a 5-4-2-2 with five of a major and a side four-card suit, I won't open 1NT. You have a straight-forward rebid after opening 1 and are much more likely to find a good fit by bidding this way. After 1- pass-1NT- pass-2- pass-2, North had to decide whether to invite or not. I think the intermediate spots in spades and hearts make it worth a 2NT continuation. South wants the auction to end as her shape and lack of intermediates makes this much closer to a minimum than a maximum.

Against 2NT, what should West lead? I guess I would lead a club and see what happened. Declarer has problems. While the lead isn't really a concern, declarer needs to find some tricks. With so few entries to my hand, it doesn't seem worthwhile to try setting up clubs. Instead, I'd win this card with my A and play a spade to the 10. When that loses to the Q, there's not much hope left. East will likely continue with a club and dummy wins it. Now is the time to try the K, hoping to see the 9 or to find out if spades are splitting. East might choose to win or duck this trick, unsure of what to play next. The defense can now take the next five tricks (one spade, two diamonds and two clubs) for down one if East switches to diamonds. If East ducks, declarer can take 7 tricks, but would need to switch to hearts immediately. If declarer plays another spade, the defense can take the next six tricks for down 2. Maybe opening 1NT would have worked better on this hand. Oh well.



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3 ♠843
KQ
KJT73
♣J75
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KQT
JT4
A64
♣AK84
♠A652
A765
92
♣QT3
♠J97
9832
Q85
♣962
10
1710
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5♣ 2 5 5♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -650 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        630    0.50   5.50  3N W +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        630    0.50   5.50  3N W +1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A7-Graham-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West has a maximum 1NT opener. East will check for a major and bid 3NT. North leads from the interior sequence in diamonds, which will have West scrambling with only a single stopper. When clubs break he has ten tricks without losing the lead. No time to get creative on this one.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass3NTAll pass

This is an auction that might actually be duplicated at most tables. West has a very standard 1NT opening. North doesn't really have a reason to get involved, and East should use Stayman . West bids 2. North doesn't need to make a lead-directing bid since she is likely going to be on lead. East jumps to 3NT and that ends the auction.

North should lead the J as the top of an interior sequence. Declarer can count 8 tricks (three spades, one heart, one diamond, and three clubs), but needs to find one more to make her contract. It's clear that the opening lead is dangerous. She should duck two rounds of diamonds to try to sever communication between the defenders. Let's say that the defense plays three rounds of diamonds to start. What should declarer's next move be? It's probably best to just run her side suits and look for the club J. She'll pick up any 3-3 plus a 4-2 or 5-1 with singleton or doubleton jacks. With everything working, declarer can take 10 tricks.



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4 ♠T86
A4
87542
♣AKJ
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A9732
T86
Q3
♣Q98
♠Q5
KJ73
KT6
♣T742
♠KJ4
Q952
AJ9
♣653
12
89
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2 2♠ 3/4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4 ♠4/5 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          6.00   0.00  3N S      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  150          4.50   1.50  2N N +1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          4.50   1.50  1N N +2   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  120          3.00   3.00  1N S +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
    PASS       2.00   4.00  Pass Out  A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        100    0.50   5.50  3N N -1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        100    0.50   5.50  2N N -1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A7-Graham-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North reluctantly opens 1. South bids 1 and North (again, reluctantly) bids 1NT. He'll pass South's invitational 2NT but do reasonably well when the high diamond honors cooperate--as do the black Queens. Bid this one? Not likely!



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass1
Pass1NTAll pass 

West passes and North opens 1. East passes and South bids 1. West might think about bidding 1, but I wouldn't vulnerable with such a mediocre suit and hand. North rebids 1NT and I know that there are Souths that would invite, but I'm not one of them. I trust partner to open 1NT with 15-counts and really good 14-counts. That means that I'm inviting a game that's at best 25 points and I have absolutely nothing "extra". Even those that invite won't end up in game, but I bet my partners are happier in 1NT than 2NT.

East has to lead something, so she probably tries a club, which will reveal the friendly club position. Declarer should work on diamonds. AJ10 is one of my favorite undervalued holdings. It results in two tricks about 75% of the time, much better than AQ2. AJ9 isn't quite that good, but it's still a holding worth being familiar with. The best play is to lead low to the 9. This will pick up two tricks with honor-10 onside, still a good chunk of the time (about 40% of the time, for those percentage-oriented readers). On this deal, it results in a lot of tricks for declarer. The friendly lie means that you could have made a game, but it's not one you'd like to be in. Plus 150 or 180 should be a good score anyway.



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5 ♠A6
A42
AK982
♣A73
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QT432
865
73
♣K94
♠7
QJ7
JT654
♣QJT2
♠KJ985
KT93
Q
♣865
19
57
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          5.00   1.00  3N N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  600          5.00   1.00  3N N      A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  600          5.00   1.00  3N N      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  120          3.00   3.00  2N N      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        100    1.50   4.50  3N N -1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        100    1.50   4.50  3N N -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        200    0.00   6.00  3N N -2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North has an "ugly" 19 HCP (who doesn't like half the deck?) and opens 1. South bids 1. What South does next over North's 2NT depends on their agreements, but all roads lead to 3NT when they don't have a major suit fit. What will West lead? It might be a diamond if North hadn't opened them, but this time the club sequence appeals--and will give declarer maximum worries.



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Michael Berkowitz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2NTPass3
Pass3Pass31
Pass3NTAll pass 
  1. Smolen

North upgrades to open 2NT with a control heavy hand plus a good five-card suit. South should have a tool to show this hand. I've chosen to show an auction using Smolen. Without Smolen, you could use Stayman and then bid 3. Many pairs have taken to playing a convention called Puppet Stayman , but if you don't have an answer for how to show this type of hand, I'd rather not use it over 2NT openings (or 2 followed by 2NT). North would like to play notrump even with partner showing a lot of major-suit cards. 3NT will end the auction.

East has an opening lead problem and could lead the five-card suit, but QJ10 is a good enough holding, and generally safer than leading from J10xxx. It's a tough battle for the contract as declarer starts with 8 tricks and finding trick 9 isn't easy after this lead. Declarer needs to hold up a couple of times and then go to work on spades or hearts. I expect many different results based on lead and play.



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6 ♠A65
AK5
AT76
♣Q95
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QT97
Q63
52
♣AK62
♠K84
T42
KQJ3
♣J84
♠J32
J987
984
♣T73
17
1110
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1 1 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  2 E -1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
   90          4.50   1.50  1N N      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Wagner-Nye
   90          4.50   1.50  1N N      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
         50    2.50   3.50  1N N -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A7-Graham-Petroff
         50    2.50   3.50  1N N -1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.00   5.00  2N N -2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        110    0.00   6.00  2♠ W      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Once East opens 1 in third seat, what will North do? Double and 1NT are both possibilities. If it's 1NT, East can make a penalty double with his nice 10 points. If it's a double, East's best bet is 1 NT. South will just keep his head down and hope for the best.



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7 ♠T42
T652
AJ65
♣AJ
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ5
Q84
-
♣KQ87652
♠A
J9
KQT987432
♣3
♠K98763
AK73
-
♣T94
10
1010
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♥3 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +500 4*-EW/4♣*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   1.00  5* E -3  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  800          5.00   1.00  5* E -3  A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  800          5.00   1.00  5* E -3  A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  620          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        200    1.00   5.00  5♠ S -2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        200    1.00   5.00  5♠ S -2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    1.00   5.00  4♠ S -2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

No one looking at the North hand would know how nuts the distribution is elsewhere around the table. South opens 1 and West bids 3. North bids 3. And here comes East with nine diamonds. Who's going to resist bidding 4? At this point, we're out of makeable contract territory, but there may well be more bidding. Shoals and fireworks ahead!



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8 ♠JT2
AKQ8
AJ93
♣64
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AQ54
JT75
75
♣A72
♠K87
632
KQ62
♣Q95
♠963
94
T84
♣KJT83
15
1110
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1/-  ♦7/6 ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 1♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          6.00   0.00  1N N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A7-Graham-Petroff
   50          5.00   1.00  2♠ W -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Wagner-Nye
         50    3.50   2.50  1N N -1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
         50    3.50   2.50  1N N -1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
         90    1.50   4.50  1N E      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
         90    1.50   4.50  1N E      A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    0.00   6.00  1N N -2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A4-McAdams-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1NT. This will probably pass out, unless North is lucky enough to be rescued by E-W. The points are almost evenly divided, and the two level is too high for anyone, alas. North may get lucky and get a diamond lead, giving him two tricks, unless East errs and leads K--in which case declarer has three diamond tricks and a play for making 1NT.



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9 ♠Q3
KQ9854
J4
♣T76
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠95
A2
QT532
♣KQJ9
♠K876
J3
AK98
♣A42
♠AJT42
T76
76
♣853
8
1215
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦2 ♠5 NT3
EW: 4♣ 5 2/1♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    6.00   0.00  2 N -1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        100    5.00   1.00  3 N -2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        150    3.50   2.50  4 W +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        150    3.50   2.50  3 W +2   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        600    2.00   4.00  5 W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        630    0.50   5.50  3N W +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        630    0.50   5.50  3N W +1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2. East doubles. South probably passes, though I like the idea of a preemptive raise. Now, East knows he has an opening hand, but it's really hard to bid NT with only the one stopper and nothing in spades, so his choice is likely 5. That will suffer against any who do bid the NT game. Toujours adace!



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10 ♠KJ9652
Q
T93
♣A32
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠T87
J3
KJ642
♣JT6
♠Q4
AT864
8
♣KQ954
♠A3
K9752
AQ75
♣87
10
611
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1 3♠ 2NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          5.00   1.00  2♠ N      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  110          5.00   1.00  2♠ N      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  110          5.00   1.00  2♠ N      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  100          3.00   3.00  3♣ E -1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        200    1.50   4.50  4♠ N -2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        200    1.50   4.50  3♠ N -2   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        300    0.00   6.00  3♠ N -3   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East may open a Rule of 20 1--that will muzzle South. West bids 1NT and surely North will overcall spades. Now East bids her second suit if she's feeling feisty--the three level is getting up there...South may just give up and double for penalties. This one will be all over the place. If East passes 2, South still doesn't have a clear action to take.



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11 ♠Q92
AK32
T53
♣J75
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T74
Q4
AKJ
♣AK932
♠853
J6
Q98762
♣T4
♠AKJ6
T9875
4
♣Q86
10
173
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3♠  ♣6 ♦3 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥3 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          6.00   0.00  5* E -3  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  170          5.00   1.00  1 S +3   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  140          3.50   2.50  3 S      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  140          3.50   2.50  3 N      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Graham-Petroff
   50          1.50   4.50  3 W -1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
   50          1.50   4.50  3 W -1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        150    0.00   6.00  1N W +2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-McAdams-Conn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Will West open 1NT or decide that it's too good and start with 1? I prefer 1NT because of rebid issues. I wouldn't want to jump to 2NT later with this major suit holding. North passes. East has to decide whether to pass or declare diamonds at the three level--not a happy thought, either. A low heart opening lead scares declarer till her Queen wins. Now she cashes her six diamond winners and two club winners and laughs all the way to the bank. Who will get that lucky?



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12 ♠T9
65
KQT86
♣K863
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠J65
K82
J952
♣J92
♠K432
JT974
A4
♣AT
♠AQ87
AQ3
73
♣Q754
8
612
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3/4 1♠ 1/2NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +130 4-N/4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          6.00   0.00  4♣ N      A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  110          4.50   1.50  3 N      A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  100          3.00   3.00  2* E -1  A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Graham-Petroff
   50          2.00   4.00  3 E -1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        100    1.00   5.00  3 N -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        300    0.00   6.00  3N S -3   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A1-Wagner-Nye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. South really can't double, but might fudge a point and overcall 1NT. Not vulnerable, West raises to 2 and North has a reasonable 2NT. It's a long slog to get eight tricks and requires East to have the K and West to have the J. Maybe declarer will get lucky and the opponents will break the clubs.



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13 ♠KJ9873
Q9
AKQ
♣95
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠A52
762
T86
♣AJ82
♠4
KT5
J9752
♣T763
♠QT6
AJ843
43
♣KQ4
15
94
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 3 5♠ 3/5NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦6/5 ♥3 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +660 5NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          5.00   1.00  4♠ N +2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  680          5.00   1.00  4♠ N +2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  680          5.00   1.00  4♠ N +2   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  650          1.50   4.50  5♠ N      A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  650          1.50   4.50  4♠ N +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  650          1.50   4.50  4♠ N +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  650          1.50   4.50  4♠ N +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North will end up in the spade game. East leads a low diamond (for lack of anything better), and North counts losers: One in spades, maybe one in hearts, noe in diamonds, one in clubs. When the hearts cooperate. there's an overtrick to be had.



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14 ♠AT75
A94
T
♣J8654
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J943
6
KJ95
♣QT93
♠KQ
J3
87643
♣AK72
♠862
KQT8752
AQ2
♣-
9
713
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 1♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦5
EW: 2♣ 2  ♥2/1 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1100          6.00   0.00  4♠* E -5  A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  480          5.00   1.00  4 S +2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  450          2.50   3.50  4 S +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  450          2.50   3.50  4 S +1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  450          2.50   3.50  4 S +1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  450          2.50   3.50  4 S +1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  420          0.00   6.00  4 S      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

There's a lot of action on the first round with this hand: 1--1--X(Negative)--2(Limit Raise in Hearts). South will love the bidding (Little does she know the actual diamond situation). Still, she may get an opening diamond lead. Just remember to ruff any losing diamond before the dummy runs out of trump.



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15 ♠A983
4
KQ3
♣AJ973
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠KJ2
AKQT
954
♣QT5
♠QT64
J9872
T7
♣62
♠75
653
AJ862
♣K84
14
153
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 1♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣2 ♦1 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +500 5*-EW-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4* W -2  A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  150          4.50   1.50  2 S +3   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  150          4.50   1.50  3♣ N +2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  100          3.00   3.00  2♠ W -2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A4-McAdams-Conn
   50          2.00   4.00  3 W -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        110    1.00   5.00  2 W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    0.00   6.00  2 W +2   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A7-Graham-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT. Will North act? DONT users can bid 2, thus relieving East of the necessity of getting out of the NT. Once West has used up the one level, it will be hard for N-S to maneuver to a minor suit game. Either minor plays equally well when both break and West, as expected, has the missing Q.



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16 ♠T8
Q65
AK4
♣KQJT2
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AKQ942
KJ2
6
♣854
♠J65
A7
Q9852
♣763
♠73
T9843
JT73
♣A9
15
137
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2  ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♠  ♣5 ♦5 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        100    5.00   1.00  3♣ N -2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ W      A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ W      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

The bidding starts 1--2--2--Pass. West musn't let that lovely spade suit sucker him into bidding on. He has a minimum hand. Sure, if the opponents push, he may bid 3, but not to issue an invitation.



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17 ♠K9
85
K7653
♣KQ74
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJT432
AQ3
A8
♣T6
♠A876
JT9762
Q9
♣3
♠5
K4
JT42
♣AJ9852
11
137
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2  ♥0/1 ♠0 NT0
EW: 5 6♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦4/5
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: -800 7♣*-NS-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  550          6.00   0.00  5♣* S     A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Wagner-Nye
         50    5.00   1.00  5♣ S -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        200    4.00   2.00  5 N -4   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        230    3.00   3.00  3♠ W +3   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        420    2.00   4.00  4♠ W      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        450    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        510    0.00   6.00  4♠ W +3   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

After three passes, West opens 1. Whether or not North now bids, East raises the spades. There's little likelihood that E-W will bid game, let alone slam, but it plays like a dream when both majors cooperate. Overtricks galore.



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18 ♠K63
AK2
QJ943
♣J3
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AJ
QJ98
T72
♣K842
♠Q9874
763
K
♣T965
♠T52
T54
A865
♣AQ7
14
115
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2/3 1♠ 4NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥4 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          6.00   0.00  3N N +1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  210          5.00   1.00  1N S +4   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  150          3.50   2.50  1N S +2   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  150          3.50   2.50  2 N +3   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  130          1.50   4.50  2 N +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  130          1.50   4.50  2 N +2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  110          0.00   6.00  3 N      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A7-Graham-Petroff

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West may elect to pass since he can't really tolerate a spade response. North opens 1. South bids 1NT and buys the hand. The hand plays well when the K is onside--if South realizes that North would wait to cover the second diamond lead from the table if he could. SO maybe he has a singleton. In that case, finesse dummy's 9 going back for all the marbles and 10 tricks when the A is also on side.



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19 ♠A764
53
9762
♣842
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠3
J7
QJT853
♣J963
♠T9
AKQT8
AK
♣QT75
♠KQJ852
9642
4
♣AK
4
518
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♠  ♣3 ♦2 ♥4 NT2
EW: 4♣ 3 3  ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +200 5♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          6.00   0.00  4♠ S      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  170          2.50   3.50  3♠ S +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  170          2.50   3.50  3♠ S +1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  170          2.50   3.50  3♠ S +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  170          2.50   3.50  2♠ S +2   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  170          2.50   3.50  2♠ S +2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  170          2.50   3.50  2♠ S +2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass344
PassPassDblPass
5PassPassPass

Wszystko jest proste tylko do blokujących trzech pików. Potem może pójść różnie. Informacja o 9+ pikach u przeciwników pozwala spodziewać się jakiegoś fitu u partnera, więc 4 kier wygląda sensownie, ale na pewno kontra też jest opcją. S tak czy siak powie 4 pik i piłka wraca do E. Jak się dobrze przyjrzeć tej ręcę, to ona wcale tak fajnie nie wygląda. Ani specjalnej ofensywy, ani defensywy. Mimo to ciężko jest nie zaistnieć jescze raz z 18pc na maksy, zwłaszcza, że przeciwnicy zalicytowali w korzystnych, więc mogą jak najbardziej bronić. W może zarządzić 5 karo albo spróbować 4 bez atu z intencją przeniesienia trefli w kara, żeby pokazać tolerancję kierową. Z niezłym kolorem optowałbym za 5 karami. Ten kontrakt niespecjalnie ma kto skontrować. N ma asa i cztery atuty, ale malutkie, a partner nie gwarantował dwóch lew. Z kolei S ma dwie lewy, ale jego partner może nie mieć żadnej.
Wist najprawdopodobniej nastąpi w asa pik. Teraz konieczna jest zmiana na trefla, żeby obłożyć (gwoli formalności obkłada też zmiana na kiera). N powinien sam się zorientować - partner - otworzył i powiedział 4 pik, ale S może pomóc partnerowi - do asa pik dokładając np. damę. On wie, że drugi pik nie przechodzi i trzeba ściągnąć swoje lewy.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass344
PassPassDblPass
5PassPassPass

Everything is clear only up to 3S which is a preemptive raise. The fact that opponents have 9+ spades makes 4H bid reasonable, because you might expect some fit, but double is an option for sure. South bids 4S anyway and now it is back to East. His hand does not really look so great but it is really hard not to double. West can bid 5D or 4NT with an intention to correct 5C to 5D to show some tolerance for hearts. With decent suit I opt for 5D. It gives less space for opps and he does not really expect to make his game. Shall N or S double? It is doubtful. N has an ace and for trumps but little ones and partner did not guarantee two tricks. S has two tricks but partner might have nothing.

It is almost impossible for N to lead a club. Spade ace seems pretty standard. Now a club shift is needed to even beat the contract but given the fact that partner opened the bidding and then bid 4S it should be easy. S could of course help his partner f.e. by playing spade queen at trick one. He knows that they can cash only one spade and shift is needed.



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20 ♠Q
Q8
764
♣A965432
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠92
642
QJT9
♣KQT8
♠A7653
KJ97
AK3
♣J
♠KJT84
AT53
852
♣7
8
816
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥6 ♠6 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 1 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  3♠ E -3   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  100          5.00   1.00  2 E -1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        120    4.00   2.00  1N W +1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        150    3.00   3.00  1N W +2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        800    1.50   4.50  3♣* N -3  A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        800    1.50   4.50  3♣* N -3  A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
       1100    0.00   6.00  3♣* N -4  A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Pass
1NT2DblPass
PassPass  

Nie polecam otwarcia 3 trefl z tą kartą. Pusty as i krótkie damy wyglądają obrzydliwie. Natomiast wejście 2 trefl po bez atu wygląda sensownie. Mamy w końcu siedmiokart. E daje kontrę wywoławczą, które to ustalenie zyskuje u nas coraz większą popularność, a W z ochotą ukarnia. Wygląda, że nie wygrają, a 200 na maksy wygląda smakowicie.
Po wiście w asa karo W dokłada damę i obrońcy ściągają trzy sztuki. Widząc ten stół nie jest trudno zagrać w czwartej lewie w kiera. W konsekwencji bez dwóch i 500.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Pass
1NT2DblPass
PassPass  

I do not recommend to open 3C with North hand. Empty suit and queens in majors makes the preempt looks awful. But overcall over 1NT makes sense. You still have your seven cards. East doubles for take out and West might easily convert to penalty. He has a pretty decent club holding.
There is not so much in the play. Ace of diamonds lead - West plays the queen and they cash three of them. Now seeing this dummy it is not so difficult to switch to a heart and soon EW collect 500 for down two.



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21 ♠A832
KT943
83
♣72
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J976
A8
K62
♣T853
♠KT
J2
AQ954
♣J964
♠Q54
Q765
JT7
♣AKQ
7
811
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2♠  ♣5 ♦5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2  ♥3 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3 N +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  170          4.50   1.50  2 N +2   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  170          4.50   1.50  2 N +2   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  140          2.50   3.50  3 N      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  140          2.50   3.50  2 N +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  100          1.00   5.00  3 E -2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        100    0.00   6.00  3 N -1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Dbl
13PassPass
Pass   

E ma tylko 11 punktów z drugim waletem, ale trochę składu, niezłe blotki i korzystne założenia skłaniają do otwarcia. W meczu z kartą S można pewnie spasować. Rzadko wygramy końcówkę, dwie częściówki to 6 impów, a postawić można. Na maksy jednak nie można odpuszczać rozdań. N licytuje 2 lub 3 kier, zależnie od ustaleń. Można grać, że 2 pik oznacza tu dobrą kartę z kierami, 2 karo z treflami, a skoki na poziom trzech są średnie. Wówczas 3 kier. W innych przypadkach raczej trzeba powiedzieć dwa. Ma to pewne znaczenie dla rozdania, gdyż po 2 kierach W prawdopodobnie ożywi trzema karami, a wówczas na 3 kier E ma szansę oddać wist karowy, co ograniczy rozgrywającego do 9 lew. W innym przypadku wyjdzie w trefla albo króla pik i lew dziesięć.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Dbl
13PassPass
Pass   

East hand is only 11 with jack doubleton but some spots, some shape and green vs red I would for sure open the bidding. South double is not the classic one, especially with passed partner but I think passing with 14 pc is loosing bridge in matchpoints. North might bid 2 or 3 hearts. If you play in here that 2S is cue bid for hearts, 2D is cue bid for clubs and 3H is a bit worse, than it seems accurate bid.
East has to lead something. Given the bidding he might go for spade king, which won't be so great.Anyway it is very difficult to lead diamond and that is the only lead to hold declarer to 9 tricks.



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22 ♠A5
K9862
J654
♣32
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K864
AQJ
K83
♣AT8
♠QJT73
T
AT97
♣Q95
♠92
7543
Q2
♣KJ764
8
179
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3/4 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 1 4♠ 3/4NT
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -630 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        170    5.00   1.00  3♠ E +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        620    3.50   2.50  4♠ W      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        620    3.50   2.50  4♠ W      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        630    1.50   4.50  3N W +1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        630    1.50   4.50  3N W +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        650    0.00   6.00  4♠ W +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1NTPass2Pass
2NTPass3Pass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

2 bez atu to maksimum z trzema lub czterema pikami, ale wówczas najczęściej 4333. Wydaje się to bardziej frekwencyjne ustalenie od "góra z dwoma starszymi figurami". 3 karo naturalne, 3 kier z wartości. Mając singla do wartości partnera E może spróbować 3 bez atu. N prawdopodobnie wyjdzie mimo wszystko w kiera, zwłaszcza, że nie widać specjalnie atrakcyjnych alternatyw i za chwilę EW będą pisać 630. Wszystko to wygląda pięknie ładnie i nie uważam powyższej sekwencji za niemożliwą, ale sądzę, że na zdecydowanej większości stołów kontraktem będzie 4 pik.z 5431 wiedząc o ficie E nie będzie szukał kwadratowych jaj i wysteruje końcówkę pikową. Po prawdopodobnym wiście treflowym można ten kontrakt przegrać, bijąc pierwszego trefla i umożliwiając przeciwnikom wzięcie przebitki. Grający przeciwko wistującym odmiennie będą mieli nieco łatwiej, gdyż 2 często będzie z dubla, ale nadal przepuszczenie nie jest oczywiste. Przy wiście naturalnym po 3 trefl rozgrywający będzie miał bardzo ciężkie zadanie.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
1NTPass2Pass
2NTPass3Pass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

2NT is superaccept with 3 spades or 4 and most likely triple three. Rest is natural(ish). I think North would lead heart anyway. He does not really have any good options. 10 tricks would be the most likely result.
Of course it all looks great on a diagram and I do not think this bidding is impossible but for sure the majority of the field will play in 4 spades. This contract might easily go down after a likely club lead. To make declarer needs to duck first club playing North exactly for 32 doubleton and also ace of spades. Not so easy.



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23 ♠AKT32
K83
Q5
♣QT7
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q8
J9
AK98732
♣A9
♠J954
A642
-
♣KJ854
♠76
QT75
JT64
♣632
14
149
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥5 ♠3 NT5/4
EW: 3♣ 3 1 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  4 W -2   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  100          5.00   1.00  3♣ E -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        110    3.00   3.00  3 W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        110    3.00   3.00  3 W      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        110    3.00   3.00  2 W +1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        600    0.50   5.50  3N E      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        600    0.50   5.50  3N E      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
11DblPass
2PassPassPass

Optymistycznie nastawiony W może śmiało powiedzieć 3 karo. Duże tej karcie nie brakuje. Nie zmieni to jednak licytacji jego partnera.
N prawdopodobnie ściągnie AK pik na wiście i skończy się na 9 lewach.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
11DblPass
2PassPassPass

West hand is not so far away from bidding 3 diamonds, but East will not get excited anyway.
North will probably cash two spades on the lead and switch to a heart. Declarer takes, cashes two diamonds, club to the king and spade jack. Just made for 110.



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24 ♠T97
KJ72
AJT
♣K72
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A863
Q4
982
♣AJ95
♠KQJ542
A6
63
♣QT6
♠-
T9853
KQ754
♣843
12
1112
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4  ♣4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 1/-♣ 3♠ 2NT  ♣7/6 ♦2 ♥2
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    5.50   0.50  3♠ E +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    5.50   0.50  3♠ E +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        420    3.00   3.00  4♠ E      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        420    3.00   3.00  4♠ E      A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        420    3.00   3.00  4♠ E      A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        450    0.50   5.50  4♠ E +1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        450    0.50   5.50  4♠ E +1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass11Dbl
2NT34Pass
PassPass  

Osobiście otworzyłbym z ręką W, ale zgadzam się, że ta ręka to nie najpiękniejsze 11. Trochę kwestia stylu. Ostatecznego kontraktu by to jednak nie zmieniło. 2 bez atu to dobra karta z czterema pikami. Pewne wątpliwości może budzić aktywność NS - kontra z 5 punktami i 3 kier, ale jeden ma renons, a drugi wie, że partner jest krótki w pikach i ma wyłączenie, a to może być ostatnia okazja, żeby zaistnieć. Końcówki pikowej nie ma jednak kto skontrować.
Po wiście w króla karo N powinien dołożyć waleta i dosyć oczywista zmiana na kiera w drugiej lewie kładzie kontrakt.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass11Dbl
2234
4PassPassPass

I would open the bidding with West hand but I agree this is not such a great 11 and most players would probably pass. If West opens the contract would be 4 spades anyway.
South leads king of diamonds. North follows with the jack and it is pretty obvious to shift to a heart at trick two. One down for 50.



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25 ♠K
AK8
KQ9853
♣AK8
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠A852
2
AJ64
♣6543
♠Q9764
J94
7
♣QJT7
♠JT3
QT7653
T2
♣92
22
96
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4 3NT  ♣5 ♠4
EW: 1/2♣ 3♠  ♦3 ♥3 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +200 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.50   0.50  4 S +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  450          5.50   0.50  4 S +1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  420          3.50   2.50  4 S      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  420          3.50   2.50  4 S      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A1-Wagner-Nye
  400          2.00   4.00  3N N      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  130          1.00   5.00  1 N +3   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A7-Graham-Petroff
         50    0.00   6.00  5 S -1   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass3Pass3
Pass4PassPass
Pass   

N nie może powiedzieć 2 karo, gdyż byłby to acol, a do tego trochę tej ręce brakuje. Czasem dobrze będzie spasować z ręką S, jeśli trafimy na misfity, ale jakiś fit kierowy pozwala myśleć o końcówce. Na EW wychodzi 9 lew w piki, ale zupełnie nie mają się jak zamieszać, zwłaszcza w niekorzystnych założeniach.
Po wiście treflowym rozgrywający bierze i gra króla karo. Skończy się pewnie na 10 lewach. Albo obrońcy wezmą przebitkę, albo rozgrywający odda drugiego pika.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass3Pass3
Pass3Pass4
PassPassPass 

EW can make nine tricks in spades but they does not really have a way to get into the bidding red against white. If you switch diamonds with clubs it is an option for West to double one heart but with actual hand it looks risky.
West can go for ace of spades lead given the bidding and continue spades. In imps this hand is an easy 10 tricks but playing matchpoints declarer has some options. If he ducks a spade he goes down. Anyway it seems that the best line is to ruff and play king of diamonds. Now he still has 10 tricks no matter what the opponents do.



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26 ♠AT96
AQJ8
5
♣J753
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J5
965
AKJT32
♣62
♠Q4
K32
64
♣AKQT94
♠K8732
T74
Q987
♣8
12
914
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 4♠  ♣1 ♦1/3 NT1
EW: 4♣ 3 1NT  ♥5 ♠3
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: +200 5♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          6.00   0.00  4♣* E -2  A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  170          5.00   1.00  3♠ S +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  140          4.00   2.00  2♠ S +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  100          2.50   3.50  3N E -1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          2.50   3.50  3♣ E -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
         90    1.00   5.00  2♣ E      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        150    0.00   6.00  2 W +3   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A4-McAdams-Conn

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
3DblPass3
PassPassPass 

Mimo 17 punktów na linii końcówka pikowa jest całkiem przyzwoita - piki po 2 lub 4 lewy kierowe. Nie ma jej jednak zbytnio jak zalicytować. Już kontra na 3 karo jest agresywna. Czasem skończy się katastrofą, ale na maksy nie można chować głowy w piasek. Na części stołów E otworzy zapewne precisionem. Trochę uatrakcyjnia to kontrę, gdyż zwiększa się szansa na fit w którymś starym. A na jeszcze innych będzie pewnie róg - trzyróg. Sam bym otworzył bez atu z tą kartą. Ten kontrakt wygląda na proste bez dwóch, ale nie do końca. Jest pewien problem w pikach. Którą kartą ma zagrać N w drugiej lewie? 6 zablokuje kolor, a po 10 partner może pomyśleć, że rgr ma D9x i przepuścić. Czy powinien? Być może partner z A10x powinien w pierwszej lewie zagrać 10? Zwłaszcza po wiście odmiennym trójką, gdy wiadomo, że partner na pewno nie ma sześciu pików. To powinna być jakaś wskazówka. Nawet jeśli NS pobłądzą w pikach, to do wygrania jeszcze daleko. Prawdopodobnie rozgrywający zagra asa trefl, asa karo, króla trefl.. i skończy się znowu na dwóch wpadkowych.


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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Dbl22
33PassPass
Pass   

Despite only 17 HCP spade game for NS is a decent contract. More or less spades 2-2 or hearts coming in. But no one really can bid it. On some tables it might just go 1NT - 3NT. I would open 1NT with East and I guess many players will. It looks like easy two down over a spade lead but spade suit is tricky here, especially if you play standard reminder count. Which spades should North play at trick two? If he goes with the 10 partner might think it is A10x and duck the queen playing declarer for Q9x. There is some clue to get it right because maybe with A10x North should play the 10 at trick one. Depends if it is clear from the lead how many spades South can have. Even if they get it wrong declarer is still not home. He will probably try club ace, diamond ace, club king and likely finish with same two down.


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27 ♠AQT432
-
QT64
♣KT2
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K985
QJ9543
95
♣8
♠J6
K872
K87
♣9653
♠7
AT6
AJ32
♣AQJ74
11
67
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 -/1 5♠ 6NT  ♥6/7
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥6 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +1440 7-NS/7♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  490          6.00   0.00  3N S +3   A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A4-McAdams-Conn
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A7-Graham-Petroff
  440          1.50   4.50  5♣ S +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
  440          1.50   4.50  5♣ S +2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
  400          0.00   6.00  3N S      A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A1-Wagner-Nye
28 ♠9
J943
942
♣JT974
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠K75
A876
AQ83
♣53
♠AT8642
QT
T7
♣AK8
♠QJ3
K52
KJ65
♣Q62
2
1313
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥3 ♠1 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3 3 6♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    6.00   0.00  1♠ E +3   A7-Zizic-Eliason vs A7-Graham-Petroff
        230    5.00   1.00  2♠ E +4   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A2-Nielsen-Feldman
        420    3.50   2.50  4♠ E      A2-Van Valin-Van Valin vs A4-McAdams-Conn
        420    3.50   2.50  4♠ E      A3-Greenberg-Greenberg vs A6-Shaw-Lilly
        450    1.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A4-Cathcart-Wagner vs A1-Wagner-Nye
        450    1.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Whaley-Shaffer
        480    0.00   6.00  4♠ E +2   A6-Smith-Ellenberger vs A5-Saltis-Pemberton