- Club Champ - November 7, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1696 MP  Geomean: 994 MP
(based on 28 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bob Bradish - Charles Clarke 69.64 1st OA 2.92
Donald Cline - Gary Feldman 58.93 2nd OA 2.19
Josh Rosenbluth - Ken Thompson 55.65 3rd OA 1.64
Larry Pelletier - Raeann Koerner 55.36 4th OA 1.23
Marilyn Brett - Maurine Moore 54.46 5th OA 0.92
John Anderson - Lorraine Salvatore 51.19 3rd OB 0.85
Nancy Hall - Rosemary Reitz 49.11 4th OB 0.64
Buki Burke - Dagmar Ragnow 47.92 2nd SB 0.22
EVENT>Ven Th Aft Opn Prs - RmG |SESSION>Club Champ   |SECTION> A N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>November 7, 2019   |CLUB NO.>131102    | 11/07/2019 16:05
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Bob Gruber      |RATING>Club Championship (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/2400/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Judy Kupperman         Barry Brenner            C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     63.50  37.80
 2 Gary Feldman           Donald Cline             A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     99.00  58.93  2.19(OA)
 3 Bob Bradish            Charles Clarke           A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .    117.00  69.64  2.92(OA)
 4 JoAnn Bowen            Carol Hayhurst           B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     80.00  47.62
 5 Dagmar Ragnow          Buki Burke               B   .     .     .   |   .     2     .     80.50  47.92  0.22(SB)
 6 Rosemary Reitz         Nancy Hall               B   .     4     .   |   3     1     .     82.50  49.11  0.64(OB)
 7 Ilona Smith            Dick Zizic               A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     65.50  38.99
                                          Totals                                            588.00

EVENT>Ven Th Aft Opn Prs - RmG |SESSION>Club Champ   |SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/2400/500  |CLUB>Ventura Unit
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=3                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Mike Gaddis Jr         Arline Benzien           B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     69.50  41.37
 2 Dennis Charles         Tim Rea                  C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     78.50  46.73
 3 Josh Rosenbluth        Ken Thompson             B   3     1     .   |   1     1     .     93.50  55.65  1.64(OA)
 4 Larry Pelletier        Raeann Koerner           B   4     2     .   |   2     2     .     93.00  55.36  1.23(OA)
 5 Maurine Moore          Marilyn Brett            A   5     .     .   |   3     .     .     91.50  54.46  0.92(OA)
 6 Lorraine Salvatore     John Anderson            C   .     3     .   |   .     .     1     86.00  51.19  0.85(OB)
 7 Saurin Chakrabarti     Ben Wada                 C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     76.00  45.24
                                          Totals                                            588.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠T92
A7643
A7
♣K75
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K
9
QJ9863
♣AJT62
♠QJ85
KQ8
T54
♣984
♠A7643
JT52
K2
♣Q3
11
118
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣5 ♦5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1 1NT  ♥5 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 18 = -3
Par: +100 2NT*-EW/3♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4* W -2  A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A5-Moore-Brett
  140          5.00   1.00  3 N      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Charles-Rea
  100          4.00   2.00  4 W -2   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        100    2.00   4.00  4♠ S -2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        100    2.00   4.00  4♠ S -2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        100    2.00   4.00  4* N -1  A6-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        150    0.00   6.00  4♠ S -3   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 All pass  

The outcome of this auction depends upon South. In third seat it's not unusual to make bizarre bids however South doesn't really have much a suit and her values are in her short suits. We think most Souths will pass quietly.

West will not come into the auction if South passes. Although she has 11 cards in the minors she fears that her opponents control the majors and she doesn't want to give her opponents the opportunity to win the auction and declare in a low level contract.

Should South bid in third seat West will bid an Unusual notrump and her side will declarer in 3.

We expect this deal to be passed out.


2 ♠AJT73
942
AK82
♣3
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K8
AJ7
JT764
♣962
♠Q92
K6
Q9
♣KQJT75
♠654
QT853
53
♣A84
12
913
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣3 ♦5 NT4
EW: 3♣ 2 -/3NT
       ♥5 ♠5 NT6/9
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -400 3NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    4.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        100    4.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A5-Moore-Brett
        100    4.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        100    4.50   1.50  3♠ N -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        110    1.50   4.50  3♣ E      A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        110    1.50   4.50  3♣ E      A6-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        130    0.00   6.00  4♣ E      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Charles-Rea
3 ♠AT84
AQJ6
Q84
♣J2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KQ62
987
AKJ53
♣T
♠J7
KT32
T7
♣Q8653
♠953
54
962
♣AK974
14
136
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣5 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          6.00   0.00  2N N      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Charles-Rea
  100          5.00   1.00  2 E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
   90          4.00   2.00  2♣ S      A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A5-Moore-Brett
         90    3.00   3.00  2 W      A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        100    1.00   5.00  3♣ S -2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        100    1.00   5.00  2♣* S -1  A2-Feldman-Cline vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        100    1.00   5.00  2♣ S -2   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
4 ♠J8
A2
KJ95
♣KJT64
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠4
K9864
AQT72
♣83
♠AKQ532
Q53
863
♣5
♠T976
JT7
4
♣AQ972
13
911
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1/-NT
       ♦4 ♥4 ♠4/3 NT7/6
EW: 2 3 2/3♠  ♣4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-W/3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  2N S +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  110          4.00   2.00  3♣ N      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  110          4.00   2.00  3♣ N      A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A5-Moore-Brett
  110          4.00   2.00  3♣ N      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A2-Charles-Rea
  100          1.50   4.50  3♠ E -1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  100          1.50   4.50  4 W -1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        140    0.00   6.00  3 W      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
5 ♠J7
KJ4
T98753
♣J8
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠QT96
83
K64
♣Q952
♠AK853
A6
J
♣KT643
♠42
QT9752
AQ2
♣A7
6
715
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1  ♣2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4♣ 4♠  ♦5 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        230    6.00   0.00  3♠ E +3   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        420    4.00   2.00  4♠ E      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A2-Charles-Rea
        420    4.00   2.00  4♠ E      A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        420    4.00   2.00  4♠ E      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        450    1.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        450    1.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        450    1.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Moore-Brett

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass12
234All pass

East has an easy opening bid. South will overcall and West will show spade support. Some Norths will stretch and show their heart support. Regardless East will bid the spade game as she has an outside five card suit.

The clubs sit favorably and declarer will bring the suit home with one loser. She will lose one club and may not lose a heart. Also declarer may not lose a diamond. East will at some point lead a diamond toward dummy. South must fly with the ace lest she will lose that trick.

If South tries to be clever and starts with the A and continues clubs hoping for a ruff her side will only get two tricks as declarer will win, draw trump and discard a heart on her fifth club.


6 ♠Q95
87
98432
♣AT5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AT62
KT42
AQ5
♣87
♠J73
J96
K
♣J96432
♠K84
AQ53
JT76
♣KQ
6
136
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 -/1NT
       ♣4 ♥5 ♠5 NT6/7
EW: 2♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -100 2NT*-N/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.50   0.50  1N S +2   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A2-Charles-Rea
  150          5.50   0.50  1N S +2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  120          3.00   3.00  1N S +1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  120          3.00   3.00  1N S +1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  120          3.00   3.00  1N S +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          1.00   5.00  4♣ E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Moore-Brett
   90          0.00   6.00  1N S      A6-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
7 ♠T5
K764
2
♣AKT876
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K3
A952
KQ43
♣Q43
♠QJ764
QJ
JT95
♣92
♠A982
T83
A876
♣J5
10
147
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠ 3NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣4 ♥4/5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +500 4*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          6.00   0.00  3N W -4   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  200          5.00   1.00  2♠ E -2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  150          4.00   2.00  3♣ N +2   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A2-Charles-Rea
  110          3.00   3.00  2♣ N +1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  100          1.50   4.50  2♠ E -1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  100          1.50   4.50  2♠ E -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Moore-Brett
        100    0.00   6.00  3♣ N -1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
8 ♠QJ7
K93
A9862
♣A8
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A5
T852
Q4
♣Q7642
♠KT9643
QJ
JT7
♣T3
♠82
A764
K53
♣KJ95
14
87
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 2 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4/5 ♠6 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          6.00   0.00  2N N +2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  130          5.00   1.00  2 N +2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
         50    3.50   2.50  2N N -1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
         50    3.50   2.50  4 N -1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        100    1.50   4.50  3N N -2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        100    1.50   4.50  3 N -2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A5-Moore-Brett
        150    0.00   6.00  4 N -3   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A2-Charles-Rea

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass12Dbl
Pass2NTPass3NT
All pass   

We see many NS pairs overbidding this deal. North will open, East will jam the auction and South will double as she does not have a bid to make. When the auction gets back to North she may try 2NT.

South with a great supporting hand must decide whether to place the partnership in game. We think most Souths will do so.

East will lead a spade to partner's ace and win the return then clear the suit.

She doesn't know it yet however the J is a magical card as it will give her access to her running spade suit.

North will win the third round of spades and scramble for tricks. She will win three clubs, one spade, two hearts and two diamonds. Her only hope for a ninth trick is in diamonds. Unfortunately for North East holds the jack and her game contract will fail.


9 ♠AQ85
AT943
AJ7
♣8
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K962
J6
KT6
♣AK42
♠7
KQ72
Q532
♣QT65
♠JT43
85
984
♣J973
15
149
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 ♥6 NT6
EW: 2/3♣ 2 1 1NT  ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 3♣-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3 E -2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Moore-Brett
  100          5.00   1.00  3♣ E -1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
         50    4.00   2.00  2 N -1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Charles-Rea
         90    2.00   4.00  1N E      A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
         90    2.00   4.00  1N E      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
         90    2.00   4.00  1N E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        120    0.00   6.00  1N E +1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
10 ♠K74
K96
A4
♣AKQJ9
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AQ9853
742
KJ7
♣8
♠J62
QJ53
T832
♣74
♠T
AT8
Q965
♣T6532
20
104
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 2 3NT  ♠5
EW: 1♠  ♣2 ♦4 ♥5 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          6.00   0.00  3N N +1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  600          4.00   2.00  3N N      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  600          4.00   2.00  5♣ N      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  600          4.00   2.00  5♣ N      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  150          1.00   5.00  1N N +2   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Charles-Rea
  150          1.00   5.00  3♣ N +2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  150          1.00   5.00  3♣ N +2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Moore-Brett

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
2DblPass3
Pass3NTAll pass 

East will lead a low spade, her partner's suit giving North her ninth trick. North will win one spade, two hearts, one diamond and five clubs. On the run of the clubs EW will feel some pressure however they should handle it. East can afford to discard two diamonds and one heart. West can discard three hearts and one spade.


11 ♠QT32
KQ86
76
♣973
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K98
AJ2
T943
♣A64
♠J4
973
KQJ82
♣T85
♠A765
T54
A5
♣KQJ2
7
127
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 3♠  ♦6 NT6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥4 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          6.00   0.00  2♠ S +2   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  140          3.50   2.50  2♠ S +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Moore-Brett
  140          3.50   2.50  2♠ S +1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Charles-Rea
  140          3.50   2.50  2♠ S +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  140          3.50   2.50  2 S +1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
   50          1.00   5.00  3 W -1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
         50    0.00   6.00  1N S -1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
12 ♠J6
5
Q652
♣AK9765
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠T72
KJ94
J3
♣QT83
♠54
87632
AT987
♣4
♠AKQ983
AQT
K4
♣J2
10
74
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 6♠ 5/6NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦5 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +1400 7*-EW-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          5.50   0.50  4♠ S +2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  680          5.50   0.50  4♠ S +2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  660          3.50   2.50  3N S +2   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  660          3.50   2.50  3N N +2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  650          1.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A2-Charles-Rea
  650          1.50   4.50  4♠ S +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        100    0.00   6.00  5♠ S -1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A5-Moore-Brett

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPassPass1
Pass1NTPass4
All pass   

South would like to bid 3 however that bid is not forcing and she fears partner may pass.

She holds a strong suit and partner has implied two card support although it is possible that North may hold only one spade.

West's lead will help declarer. If West starts a diamond East will win and return the suit. Declarer now has a parking spot for one of her losing hearts and she can ruff the other one. On a heart lead declarer needs to ruff only one heart. On the lead of a spade or club declarer will have to take the club finesse which works on this layout.

At some tables South will play two rounds of spades before all the trump are drawn. East will ruff in and hold declarer to 11 tricks.


13 ♠J6
AKT843
Q9
♣JT3
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠QT9532
QJ6
AK8
♣A
♠87
92
T7643
♣K986
♠AK4
75
J52
♣Q7542
11
163
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2/3NT  ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4 E -3   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A2-Charles-Rea
  200          5.00   1.00  3♠* W -1  A6-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  100          3.00   3.00  3♠ W -1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          3.00   3.00  2♠ W -1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A5-Moore-Brett
  100          3.00   3.00  2♠ W -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        200    1.00   5.00  4 N -2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        300    0.00   6.00  3N S -3   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NT
23All pass 

North stretches at her second turn to bid as she does have a nice heart suit. South will not carry on to game.

North most likely must lose one heart so she has nothing to lose in truing the heart finesse. She will get to dummy and finesse the 10. When the finesse works North will lose no hearts.The defense will win two clubs and two diamonds.


14 ♠Q2
K97
QJT83
♣KQ7
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠A83
85
AK
♣AT9542
♠T54
J643
97654
♣J
♠KJ976
AQT2
2
♣863
13
152
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2 2♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥4 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +400 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.50   0.50  3N N +1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A2-Charles-Rea
  430          5.50   0.50  3N N +1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  400          4.00   2.00  3N N      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  110          3.00   3.00  2 S      A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          2.00   4.00  3♣ W -2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
         90    1.00   5.00  1N W      A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        100    0.00   6.00  2 N -2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A5-Moore-Brett
15 ♠KQ72
54
KT8
♣KQ92
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠JT983
QT62
A42
♣4
♠A
AJ83
J953
♣J653
♠654
K97
Q76
♣AT87
13
711
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1♠ 2NT  ♦6 ♥4
EW: -/1 2  ♣4 ♦6/7 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          6.00   0.00  3♣ N +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  100          5.00   1.00  2♠ W -2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A5-Moore-Brett
        100    3.00   3.00  1N S -1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        100    3.00   3.00  1N S -1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A2-Charles-Rea
        100    3.00   3.00  1N S -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        200    1.00   5.00  1N S -2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        300    0.00   6.00  2N S -3   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
16 ♠AQ85
96
KJ2
♣K987
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠64
AQ53
AQ75
♣AT3
♠KJ9732
742
T9
♣Q6
♠T
KJT8
8643
♣J542
13
166
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠3 NT6
EW: 1 2 4♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4 E -3   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  100          4.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  100          4.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  100          4.00   2.00  2♠ W -1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        110    1.50   4.50  2♠ W      A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A2-Charles-Rea
        110    1.50   4.50  2♠ E      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        140    0.00   6.00  2♠ W +1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A5-Moore-Brett
17 ♠T8543
JT95
6
♣JT9
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠97
K4
KJT5432
♣KQ
♠A62
A83
AQ9
♣A753
♠KQJ
Q762
87
♣8642
2
1218
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦0 ♥5 ♠5 NT0
EW: 4♣ 7 2 2♠ 7NT
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -1520 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        440    5.50   0.50  5 W +2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        440    5.50   0.50  5 W +2   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        520    3.00   3.00  3N E +4   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        520    3.00   3.00  3N E +4   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        520    3.00   3.00  3N E +4   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Charles-Rea
        940    1.00   5.00  6 W +1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
       1020    0.00   6.00  6N E +1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Moore-Brett

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass2NTPass
3Pass6All pass

All slams are fun!! Even the ones which go down.

East will open and show her values at her second turn. West will show her diamond length. East, with excellent diamond support will bid the slam.

West will win the opening lead, draw trump, unblock clubs, get to dummy to discard her losing spade on dummy's A to make an overtrick.


18 ♠T63
AJ4
8753
♣K92
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AJ4
3
KT94
♣Q8543
♠KQ85
T7
AQ62
♣AJT
♠972
KQ98652
J
♣76
8
1016
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣0 ♦0 ♠0 NT0
EW: 6♣ 6 6♠  ♥6 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -980 6♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   1.00  3N E -3   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  150          5.00   1.00  3N E -3   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  150          5.00   1.00  3N E -3   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Charles-Rea
        170    3.00   3.00  3♠ E +1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        490    2.00   4.00  3N E +3   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Moore-Brett
        510    1.00   5.00  4♠ E +3   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        800    0.00   6.00  4* S -3  A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1NTPass
3NTAll pass  

The question on this deal is whether South will show her heart suit. If she chooses to be silent EW will get to the notrump game. South will lead a low heart and the defense will win the first seven tricks.

The vulnerability suggests that South remain silent. She effectively has five HCPs as the J is of questionable value. Her heart length may prompt her to bid.

If South bids 2 West will come into the auction by showing her clubs and EW will get to the club game. Since the K is onside declarer will make an overtrick.


19 ♠A74
AJT85
86
♣QJ8
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠J95
976
943
♣K975
♠QT863
K432
T5
♣T6
♠K2
Q
AKQJ72
♣A432
12
45
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 7 5/6 2♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦0 ♥1 ♠5 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +1440 7-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  990          6.00   0.00  6N S      A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Charles-Rea
  490          3.50   2.50  3N S +3   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  490          3.50   2.50  3N S +3   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  490          3.50   2.50  3N S +3   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Moore-Brett
  490          3.50   2.50  3N S +3   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  460          1.00   5.00  3N S +2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  420          0.00   6.00  4 N      A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   2
Pass2Pass3
Pass4Pass6
All pass   

South has an awkward first bid however since she has a four loser hand we think that 2 serves best.

Depending upon partnership agreement North may show her heart suit immediately. In partnerships where 2 shows a hand with zero to three HCPs, North will bid 2 and later show her hearts. And partnerships who play Kokish as a response to 2 will bid 2NT. This is a long winded way of saying that the auctions will vary at the table.

Regardless, we expect most pairs to get to the diamond slam. Some Souths will opt for the notrump slam however we are concerned with entries to the North hand.

If North is declarer in 6 and East leads a club to start the defense declarer can guarantee her contract by playing low from dummy. She will have three clubs, six diamonds, one hearts and two spades. North does have a play for an overtrick however it risks making the slam. North can win the A, draw trump, play a heart to dummy and continue with the J, taking the ruffing finesse. If East has the K and the 9 drops then she has 13 tricks. The risk is that if West holds the K or the 9 does not fall then declarer will fail in her slam.

If South is declarer she will not be faced with this question as West cannot safely attack the club suit.

Interestingly if West lead a heart, declarer can almost certainly place the K in the East hand. (We almost never lead away from a king against a slam.) However because of a lack of entries to dummy South will have to take the ruffing finesse immediately. She must win the A and advance the J. If East covers she can draw trump and get to dummy to discard her club losers on good hearts. If East follows low declarer advance the 10, the ruffs a heart high establishing the suit in dummy.


20 ♠QJ3
AJ72
Q32
♣AK7
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KT96
K5
875
♣J983
♠A542
T
AKJ
♣T6542
♠87
Q98643
T964
♣Q
17
712
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2NT  ♣5 ♠5
EW: 2♣ 2♠  ♦5 ♥3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 19 = -3
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.50   0.50  4 N      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  620          5.50   0.50  4 N      A6-Reitz-Hall vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  200          4.00   2.00  2 N +3   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  150          3.00   3.00  1N N +2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A2-Charles-Rea
  140          1.00   5.00  3 N      A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  140          1.00   5.00  2 N +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  140          1.00   5.00  2 N +1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A5-Moore-Brett
21 ♠Q5
KT853
863
♣KJ3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J62
-
KJ95
♣Q86542
♠AT973
A97642
T7
♣-
♠K84
QJ
AQ42
♣AT97
9
78
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠4
EW: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♦6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          6.00   0.00  3♠* E -4  A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  120          5.00   1.00  2N S      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A5-Moore-Brett
   50          4.00   2.00  2♠ E -1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        100    3.00   3.00  3N S -1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        170    1.50   4.50  3♠ E +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Charles-Rea
        170    1.50   4.50  3♠ E +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        420    0.00   6.00  4♠ E      A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11NT
23Pass3NT
All pass   

East has 11 cards in the majors. She can't open 1 and later bid spades as this is a reverse and shows a much stronger hand. So we think East should either pass and await developments or open 1. We clearly prefer the aggressive position.

South will bid notrump. East will raise spades and North with an invitational hand will bid hearts. East cannot pass quickly enough. We expect most Souths to bid the notrump game.

West will lead her partner's suit. East will take her ace and continue the suit, establishing four tricks for the defense.

Declarer has several options, one being to play on hearts. She will place the Q on the table. East will take her ace and cash out.. Declarer should be able to win the remaining tricks. West will signal for a diamond so East will dutifully play the suit after cashing her spades. South should take her ace.

South has a good count of the East hand. West will show out on the first round of hearts marking East with six. East will have played five spades. So declarer knows that East has at most one club.

South should be able to unscramble her tricks and cash one diamond, one spade, three hearts and three clubs.


22 ♠5
T942
AQ862
♣KT7
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KT83
KQJ
JT
♣QJ86
♠Q976
A763
7543
♣A
♠AJ42
85
K9
♣95432
9
1310
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♥5 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2 3♠  ♣5 ♦6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          6.00   0.00  3N W -4   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  200          5.00   1.00  3♠ W -2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Charles-Rea
  100          4.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        110    2.50   3.50  2♠ W      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A5-Moore-Brett
        110    2.50   3.50  2 E      A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        140    1.00   5.00  3♠ W      A6-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        150    0.00   6.00  1♠ S -3   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
23 ♠Q987
952
AJT8
♣84
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T6
Q7
KQ9
♣KQJ762
♠AK42
KJ64
6432
♣5
♠J53
AT83
75
♣AT93
7
1311
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 ♥5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1 1  ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -90 2♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3N E -2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  100          4.50   1.50  3N W -1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  100          4.50   1.50  2N W -1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        110    3.00   3.00  2♣ W +1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A5-Moore-Brett
        150    2.00   4.00  2N W +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        180    1.00   5.00  2♣* W     A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Charles-Rea
        600    0.00   6.00  3N W      A6-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
24 ♠87
5
K753
♣AKQJT6
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠T9532
KQJ974
T
♣7
♠KQ4
T83
QJ86
♣954
♠AJ6
A62
A942
♣832
13
68
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 5NT  ♥5 ♠6
EW: 2  ♣2 ♦1 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          5.50   0.50  3N S +2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
  460          5.50   0.50  3N S +2   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  430          3.50   2.50  3N S +1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A5-Moore-Brett
  430          3.50   2.50  3N S +1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  400          2.00   4.00  5♣ N      A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  150          1.00   5.00  3♣ N +2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A2-Charles-Rea
        100    0.00   6.00  5N S -2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien

Ed Antosz Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1Pass3NT
All pass   

West has a hand similar to East's a little earlier this afternoon. She holds 11 cards in the majors. The difference this time is that she holds no aces in either suit.

An opening Weak Two Bod of 2 does not seem right holding five spades so we think most Wests will pass to await further developments. North will open and South will bid the notrump game. West does not have the appropriate hand to come into the auction at the four level.

South has 10 tricks off the top. Interestingly if she ducks the first two heart leads she will set the table for a squeeze against the East hand.

South can win the third round of hearts, East following suit three times. Now on the run of the clubs East must find three discards. She can comfortably discard one spade and one diamond, on the play of the last club she has no answer. If she discards a spade it will be an honor. Declarer can play a spade to her hand and win two spade tricks. If East discards a diamond South can win three diamond tricks.


25 ♠KQJ
8654
42
♣QT75
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠74
QT973
AK9
♣A64
♠A98
-
Q8653
♣KJ982
♠T6532
AKJ2
JT7
♣3
8
1310
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦1 ♥6 ♠6 NT2
EW: 5♣ 5 1 1♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  3N E -1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
  100          5.50   0.50  4 E -1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Moore-Brett
         50    4.00   2.00  4♠ S -1   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        100    3.00   3.00  3♠ S -2   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        130    1.50   4.50  3 W +1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A2-Charles-Rea
        130    1.50   4.50  2♣ E +2   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        150    0.00   6.00  3 E +2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
26 ♠AJ98
JT9
65
♣T754
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KQ7
A86
Q84
♣A986
♠T6
KQ74
K97
♣KQJ2
♠5432
532
AJT32
♣3
6
1514
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 4 1/-♠ 3/4NT
       ♠7/6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  3N W -1   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          5.50   0.50  3N W -1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        600    4.00   2.00  3N W      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        630    2.50   3.50  3N W +1   A6-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Moore-Brett
        630    2.50   3.50  3N W +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
        660    0.50   5.50  3N W +2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        660    0.50   5.50  3N E +2   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A2-Charles-Rea
27 ♠Q95
KJT9865
87
♣5
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AK6
7
KT542
♣K832
♠T87432
A2
QJ6
♣AT
♠J
Q43
A93
♣QJ9764
6
1311
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣6 ♦2 ♠2 NT4
EW: 1♣ 4 5♠  ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    6.00   0.00  3♠ E +2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        300    5.00   1.00  5* N -2  A6-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Moore-Brett
        450    2.00   4.00  5♠ E      A2-Feldman-Cline vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A2-Charles-Rea
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        450    2.00   4.00  4♠ E +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada
28 ♠AQ5
T74
A7
♣Q6542
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠JT
KQ6
QJT6
♣K873
♠K98743
AJ932
54
♣-
♠62
85
K9832
♣AJT9
12
128
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦6 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
EW: 4 4♠  ♣4 ♦5 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -420 4♠-EW/4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.50   0.50  3N W -3   A1-Kupperman-Brenner vs A2-Charles-Rea
  150          5.50   0.50  3N W -3   A4-Bowen-Hayhurst vs A1-Gaddis Jr-Benzien
  100          3.50   2.50  4 E -2   A2-Feldman-Cline vs A4-Pelletier-Koerner
  100          3.50   2.50  4 E -2   A3-Bradish-Clarke vs A6-Salvatore-Anderson
        170    2.00   4.00  2 E +2   A5-Ragnow-Burke vs A3-Rosenbluth-Thompson
        420    1.00   5.00  4 E      A6-Reitz-Hall vs A5-Moore-Brett
        450    0.00   6.00  4♠ E +1   A7-Smith-Zizic vs A7-Chakrabarti-Wada