- Saturday Morn - November 23, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 130 MP  Geomean: 59 MP
(based on 26 players, 2 non ACBL players ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ken Richardson - Patty Richardson 65.08 1st A 0.56
Fahim Shah - Keith Selbrede 63.89 2nd A 0.39
Naum Grutman - Nava Grutman 61.51 1st A 0.56
James Kadin - Lee Brown 55.95 3rd A 0.28
Ken Vandiver - Marsha Vandiver 55.56 2nd A 0.39
Kay Mendel - Owen Smith 52.38 2nd C 0.21
Robert Carrier - Saurin Chakrabarti 51.59 2nd B 0.29
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH (499/200/100) |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> B N-S
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DATE>November 23, 2019  |CLUB NO.>131102    | 11/23/2019 14:37
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (80%, 70%, 60% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>499/200/100    |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Saurin Chakrabarti     Robert Carrier           B    3     2     .     65.00  51.59  0.29(B)
 2 Jim Weeks              Helen Weeks              B    .     .     .     58.50  46.43
 3 Denise Tronstad        Barry Tronstad           B    .     .     .     55.50  44.05
 4 Joan Cathcart          Mary Naumann             C    .     .     .     54.50  43.25
 5 Marsha Vandiver        Ken Vandiver             A    2     .     .     70.00  55.56  0.39(A)
 6 Naum Grutman           Nava Grutman             C    1     1     1     77.50  61.51  0.56(A)
 7 Susan Lang             Harry Anand              B    .     .     .     60.00  47.62
                                          Totals                         441.00

EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH (499/200/100) |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> B E-W
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AVE>   63.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>499/200/100    |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=6/C=5                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Linda Forsyth          Joyce Tuttle             C    .     .     .     48.50  38.49
 2 Ken Richardson         Patty Richardson         C    1     1     1     82.00  65.08  0.56(A)
 3 Cindy Lebus            Al Bayly                 C    .     .     .     42.50  33.73
 4 Lee Brown              James Kadin              A    3     .     .     70.50  55.95  0.28(A)
 5 Dolores Mattox         Jim Cooke                C    .     .     .     51.00  40.48
 6 Fahim Shah             Keith Selbrede           B    2     2     .     80.50  63.89  0.39(A)
 7 Owen Smith             Kay Mendel               C    .     .     2     66.00  52.38  0.21(C)
                                          Totals                         441.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AQ43
Q875
A84
♣Q5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J965
AK
652
♣T943
♠T8
962
QJT73
♣K87
♠K72
JT43
K9
♣AJ62
14
86
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 4 4/3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦6 ♥2 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-S/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          6.00   0.00  4 S      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B4-Brown-Kadin
  200          5.00   1.00  2 S +3   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
   90          4.00   2.00  1N S      B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
         50    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
         50    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B7-Smith-Mendel
         50    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        100    0.00   6.00  3N N -2   B7-Lang-Anand vs B6-Shah-Selbrede

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass2Pass4
All pass   

South has a really nice twelve-count with a fitting diamond honor, so does not put pressure on partner to make the final decision to bid game.

Making four seems routine, so this should be a relatively flat board.



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2 ♠A9642
J9432
AK
♣7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T
KQ85
T9742
♣964
♠KJ75
-
863
♣KJT853
♠Q83
AT76
QJ5
♣AQ2
12
58
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♣ 2 3 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥3 ♠3 NT4/3
LoTT: 14 - 18 = -4
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          6.00   0.00  4 N      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B4-Brown-Kadin
  600          5.00   1.00  3N S      B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
  200          4.00   2.00  3♠ N +2   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  140          3.00   3.00  3♠ S      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        100    1.00   5.00  4 S -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        100    1.00   5.00  4 N -1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        100    1.00   5.00  4 N -1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B6-Shah-Selbrede

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1NT
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass4
All pass   

How rude! West has a trump stack and can defeat 4. . .. But how? We are going into the depths of double-dummy play, unnatural unless assisted by the bidding of the opponents -- let's say that East opened 1 or 3 and West doubled 4. There -- that should serve as the basis for the following analysis!

Although a singleton lead is not recommended when holding four good trumps, analyzing the play after the lead of the T will reveal the declarer's general plan: Declarer wins the A, unblocks diamonds, and takes the club finesse, then cashes the Q, A, and ruffs a club. Then a heart lead reveals the expected (remember the double?) heart split, and declarer inserts the T! Now West is endplayed, because declarer has stripped his hand of clubs and diamonds and West stripped himself of spades. Now a diamond lead offers a ruff-sluff and there is still a trump position that will prevail against West's trump stack (J in the dummy is crucial to success).

The same line works against a diamond lead: Cash the AK, take the club finesse (or cash the A, then the club finesse), cash the A and ruff a club, cash the A, and play to the T. Viola!

A trump would be a terrible opening lead. Believe it or not, only a club lead forces defeat of this contract, essentially by preventing the diamond unblock! The third diamond cannot be cashed, so the "Strip" part of the strip-endplay cannot be completed for lack of entries!

So perhaps there is something to East's bidding some number of clubs and to leading partner's suit, after all!
*Bid it your way -- everyone has different thoughts and different systems to bid hands like North's. The one shown would seem to be the most common. Debating or discussing bidding methods was not the point of this analysis -- just the play and defense.



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3 ♠8543
KQ9
T87
♣AJT
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKQ62
8753
AJ
♣K9
♠JT
JT
Q432
♣87642
♠97
A642
K965
♣Q53
10
174
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1  ♣6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1♠ -/1NT
       ♦6 ♥5 NT6/7
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         80    6.00   0.00  1♠ W      B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ W +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ W +1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        140    1.50   4.50  1♠ W +2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        140    1.50   4.50  1♠ W +2   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        140    1.50   4.50  1♠ W +2   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        140    1.50   4.50  1♠ W +2   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B4-Brown-Kadin

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1PassPassDbl
RdblPassPass2
PassPassPass 

Wests may take various final actions here, from the shown pass to rebidding the strong five card suit, to bidding the awful heart suit, or the winning double. Nothing is clear, however, and many will either pass, having shown the full extent of the hand, expecting partner East to figure it out, or rebid 2, not trusting partner to figure it out.

Double is probably better by a margin, but that also relies on partner's judgment and the partnership's defensive skills.

On the lead of the A, East should play the J, and West must underlead the remaining KQxx to East's "known" T. Of course the play of the jack promises the ten in standard signaling, but not quite everyone exactly knows that, and some less experienced players will have played the jack from jack-"x," Nope. The jack promises the ten, and West must rely on East to have known and played the correct card. The play of the jack is an attitude/strength signal, and not a count signal.

Having won trick two with the T, East can defeat the contract with the play of any card at all, save the Q!

So the double will almost surely pick up that extra fifty points for the double -- plus 100 EW. A paltry gain, perhaps, and a tiny bit risky, needing both good play and good trumps in the East hand to succeed. That is why the double is unlikely as West's final choice.



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4 ♠3
T52
AKQ64
♣7632
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KJ75
KQ3
97
♣AKT9
♠AT9864
A6
532
♣84
♠Q2
J9874
JT8
♣QJ5
9
168
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦5 ♥5 ♠0 NT0
EW: 3♣ 1 2 5♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   70          6.00   0.00  1 N      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B5-Mattox-Cooke

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass41Pass
4All pass  
  1. Transfer to 4 (Texas)

Simple auction, automatic result.

Why, however, is it that many will transfer to spades at the two level and then bid 4 from the East hand? Well, some of those players do not play Texas (the immediate bid of 4, transferring), some don't trust their partners to recognize it and they don't want to play 4, and some don't understand the difference between the auctions.

For those who play both Jacoby Transfers and Texas Transfers, you should understand that the two-step auction, transferring to 2 and then choosing 4 as the continuation, is a slam try! It's part of the system. Opener is expected to bid on with a maximum hand and a good fit, either via Roman Keycard Blackwood or by control bidding, as deemed appropriate. An appropriate hand for a 1NT opener to choose to bid on would be one chock-full of controls and either four trumps or three to a reasonable trump holding (QJx or better would be very suitable).

On this hand, however, the auction should be exactly as shown.



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5 ♠K7653
K5
852
♣K73
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J84
J6432
JT7
♣AT
♠AT9
A
A643
♣Q9864
♠Q2
QT987
KQ9
♣J52
9
714
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2 1 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  1N W -2   B7-Lang-Anand vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
   50          5.00   1.00  2♣ E -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        100    4.00   2.00  2 S -1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E +1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        120    2.00   4.00  1N W +1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        200    0.50   5.50  1N N -2   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        200    0.50   5.50  2 S -2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B7-Smith-Mendel

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11?
PassPassDblPass
1NTPassPassPass

There may be a couple of variations from the auction given in the bidding diagram, West's passing 1 doubled being the most lucrative, but 1NT seems a bit safer, considering that West has really awful trump quality. Length, yes. Quality questionable.

South's overcall was given a question mark because of the lack of quality cards -- no aces, no synergy (not that the Q and J would be better values if located in one suit), and no distribution. Furthermore, the value of a vulnerable overcall should be such that partner can count on sound values. Such values are not present in the South hand and may lead to North's bidding too high or doubling the opponents when they bid on, only to find the contract cannot be beaten.

1NT will make if West guesses the club suit.



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6 ♠T74
53
T84
♣T9743
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J63
T982
AKQ3
♣J5
♠Q982
AQJ764
97
♣A
♠AK5
K
J652
♣KQ862
0
1113
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦3 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
EW: 4 5 4♠ 5NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  5* E -1  B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
  100          5.00   1.00  5 E -1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        150    4.00   2.00  5♣ S -3   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        620    2.50   3.50  4 E      B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        620    2.50   3.50  4 E      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        650    0.50   5.50  4 E +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        650    0.50   5.50  4 E +1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B5-Mattox-Cooke

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Dbl
2NTPass4All pass

2NT is a four-card limit raise -- a convention that apparently has several names, but which I know as "Jordan."

East knows what to do, and the auction ends with a good evaluation.

The most likely result will be 4 making four, for there is simply no reason to pick off the singleton K.

No ruffs, no danger. Just find his majesty.



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7 ♠Q84
KQ95
AJ2
♣K76
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠3
AJ874
K93
♣J954
♠976
T632
74
♣AQ82
♠AKJT52
-
QT865
♣T3
15
96
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5 5♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♥5
EW: 1♣ 2  ♦2 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680          6.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   B7-Lang-Anand vs B4-Brown-Kadin
  650          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
  650          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B7-Smith-Mendel
  630          3.00   3.00  3N N +1   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
  620          1.50   4.50  4♠ S      B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
  620          1.50   4.50  4♠ S      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  170          0.00   6.00  2♠ S +2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B6-Shah-Selbrede

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass3NTPass4
All pass   

Some folks play that the 3NT bid shows a doubleton spade, but I don't see any advantage in that at all. Surely there is another way to bid such hands without removing all of the bidding space from 1 (or 1) through 3NT. Using 3NT as a 4333-type hand promising three trumps and a 13-15 HCP hand at least offers a choice of games and some sense of whether the hand belongs in slam.

The problem with such space-consuming bidding for either usage is that the exploration for fit and controls is lost. Once 3NT has been employed, North must subside, having fully described the fit and values, even if forlornly hoping for slam. If you want to explore slam, keep the bidding LOW.

On the lead of the A (against a hypothetical slam?) declarer trumps and discards club on the KQ, making seven when the finesse works.

On any other lead, including a diamond, eleven tricks will be the maximum -- declarer can establish five diamonds and six given spades, but with spades 3-1, there is not time to discard losing clubs and then ruff a club. Had spades split 2-2, twelve tricks would have been available without a club lead.

The moral for the defense -- don't lead unsupported aces, even against slam bids.



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8 ♠KQ97
KJ9
QT752
♣K
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠J82
863
AJ6
♣QT82
♠T4
AT754
K9
♣A963
♠A653
Q2
843
♣J754
14
811
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT6
EW: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♦4 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  3♠ S      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B7-Smith-Mendel
    PASS       3.00   3.00  Pass Out  B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
         50    2.00   4.00  2♠ S -1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        110    0.50   5.50  1 E +1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        110    0.50   5.50  1 E +1   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
9 ♠J3
873
AQ543
♣KJ5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠Q87
QT2
J96
♣QT74
♠AT65
AK54
82
♣A32
♠K942
J96
KT7
♣986
11
715
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♦6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW/2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.50   1.50  2N E -2   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
  200          4.50   1.50  1N E -2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
  200          4.50   1.50  1N E -2   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B7-Smith-Mendel
  200          4.50   1.50  3♣ E -2   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
  100          2.00   4.00  1N E -1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
         90    1.00   5.00  1N E      B7-Lang-Anand vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        140    0.00   6.00  2 E +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
10 ♠7
QJT5
984
♣AKQJ4
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠QT
974
A65
♣T9763
♠AK6543
83
KQT2
♣8
♠J982
AK62
J73
♣52
13
612
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3  ♦3 ♠3 NT3
EW: 1 4♠  ♣5 ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: -500 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          6.00   0.00  3N S +1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
   90          5.00   1.00  2♣ N      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        100    4.00   2.00  4 S -1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        140    1.50   4.50  3♠ E      B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        140    1.50   4.50  2♠ E +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        140    1.50   4.50  2♠ E +1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        140    1.50   4.50  2♠ E +1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
11 ♠98432
Q85
K982
♣8
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KJ765
63
QJ75
♣A3
♠-
AJT92
AT6
♣KQT72
♠AQT
K74
43
♣J9654
5
1114
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥3 ♠6 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 3 1♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  4 E -2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  100          5.50   0.50  3 E -2   B7-Lang-Anand vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
   50          4.00   2.00  3N E -1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        110    3.00   3.00  3♣ E      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        180    2.00   4.00  1N E +3   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        400    1.00   5.00  3N W      B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        490    0.00   6.00  3N W +3   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B4-Brown-Kadin
12 ♠AT8
KQ4
AJ98
♣Q96
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠QJ5
JT6
542
♣KT75
♠74
A98753
KT7
♣82
♠K9632
2
Q63
♣AJ43
16
77
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 3♠ 1NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ S      B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B7-Smith-Mendel
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ N      B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ N      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
  620          4.50   1.50  4♠ N      B7-Lang-Anand vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
  600          2.00   4.00  3N N      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        100    0.50   5.50  4♠ S -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        100    0.50   5.50  4♠ N -1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
13 ♠T42
A98653
-
♣K985
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KJ95
Q72
AQT97
♣4
♠A8
KT
J843
♣AQJ76
♠Q763
J4
K652
♣T32
7
1215
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥5 ♠2 NT1
EW: 4♣ 6 2 4/5♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -1370 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  6 E -1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        130    5.00   1.00  3 W +1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        150    4.00   2.00  3 W +2   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
        170    3.00   3.00  4 W +2   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        180    2.00   4.00  2N W +2   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        630    1.00   5.00  3N E +1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        660    0.00   6.00  3N E +2   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B6-Shah-Selbrede

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

Unlikely that many will bid this slam, depending as it does only on a finesse for the king of trumps. Most will reside in game in notrump, taking the easy eleven tricks -- every finesse works!

If one were pressed to suggest a method to bid to this more or less 50-50 slam, here goes:

1NT 2
2 3 (forcing and natural)
3 3 (encouraging noises in support of diamonds without giving up on slam)
4 (control bid)
4 (Minorwood)
4NT (Two key cards without the trump queen)
6 (I heard encouraging noises -- without any diamond honors, must be good controls)

Yep.



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14 ♠K7642
82
K4
♣KJ96
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J98
KJT954
6
♣AT2
♠-
AQ76
AT9752
♣754
♠AQT53
3
QJ83
♣Q83
10
910
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣6 ♦5 ♥1 NT5
EW: 2 6 2NT  ♣6 ♠3
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: -500 6♠*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
  420          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  420          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B7-Smith-Mendel
  170          3.00   3.00  3♠ S +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
         50    1.50   4.50  4♠ S -1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B4-Brown-Kadin
         50    1.50   4.50  4♠ S -1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        450    0.00   6.00  5 W      B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B6-Shah-Selbrede

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

Don't bid slam with the EW cards, but be sure to take twelve tricks!

Playing any number of hearts, win the club lead, play A and ruff high, high trump overtaken in the East hand, ruff another diamond high, draw the opponents' last trump with East's remaining trump honor, and ruff a fourth diamond, ESTABLISHING East's remaining two diamonds for club discards! Ruff a spade, cash the two diamonds, and wind up losing just one spade --

Offered for making, not bidding, the slam.



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15 ♠QT82
J9
2
♣KT8542
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A7
Q5
AKQJ65
♣QJ6
♠K9643
864
843
♣A7
♠J5
AKT732
T97
♣93
6
197
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦3 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
EW: 4 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    3.50   2.50  4 W      B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        130    3.50   2.50            B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        400    0.00   6.00  5 W      B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
16 ♠Q876
A65
864
♣QJ6
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K92
943
AK9
♣K942
♠AJ
J2
QJ73
♣T8753
♠T543
KQT87
T52
♣A
9
139
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣3 ♦4/3 NT6
EW: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 3-EW/3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.50   0.50  3 E -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B4-Brown-Kadin
  100          5.50   0.50  4♣ W -1   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B7-Smith-Mendel
         50    4.00   2.00  3 S -1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
        100    3.00   3.00  3 S -2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        110    1.50   4.50  3♣ W      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        110    1.50   4.50  3♣ W      B7-Lang-Anand vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        120    0.00   6.00  1N W +1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
17 ♠JT42
75
QT6
♣Q973
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠-
AK982
AKJ542
♣T2
♠853
QJT63
87
♣KJ5
♠AKQ976
4
93
♣A864
5
157
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 3♠  ♦2 ♥0 NT6
EW: 5 6  ♣5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: -500 6♠*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  3♠ S      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
        200    5.00   1.00  3 E +2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        300    4.00   2.00  5♠* S -2  B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
        450    3.00   3.00  5 W      B7-Lang-Anand vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        480    2.00   4.00  4 E +2   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        500    1.00   5.00  5♠* S -3  B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        510    0.00   6.00  4 W +3   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B4-Brown-Kadin

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
234Pass
4Pass5Pass
6All pass  

There are so many ways to bid the West hand -- doubling first to show a really good hand later, bidding Michaels Cue Bid , and some even play Roman Jump overcalls or Schleifer (4 showing hearts and diamonds with a great hand -- some call this Leaping Michaels) --but most do not play the last named convention after one bids, only over weak two's.

Having to pick one for the diagram, the most common is likely to be Michaels -- 5-5 or better in hearts and either minor.

East shows enterprise by bidding 4, and South should bid 4. Failing to do so gives West room for a slam try -- 4. In competition, East might get away with 5, promising some sort of control, despite knowing the admonishment that a control bid at the five level promises an ace or a void.

So sue me! Without the club control bid, West would need a crystal ball to see the situation clearly enough to bid slam.

Meanwhile, are NS so sure that EW know what they are doing at the six level to save? And will the save get them many matchpoints? Minus 500 is no bargain when most of the field is minus 480.



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18 ♠J
QT75432
K54
♣Q8
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠765
98
QJ82
♣T942
♠AQT
KJ
T73
♣AKJ65
♠K98432
A6
A96
♣73
8
318
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣4 ♦5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 2 1NT  ♥4 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +100 4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.50   0.50  3 N      B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
  140          5.50   0.50  3 N      B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
  110          4.00   2.00  2♠ S      B7-Lang-Anand vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        100    2.50   3.50  2♠ S -1   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        100    2.50   3.50  2♠ S -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ E      B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        180    0.00   6.00  2N E +2   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
19 ♠KT74
K7
AQT6
♣875
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠83
T42
954
♣KQJ64
♠J65
AJ8
K732
♣T92
♠AQ92
Q9653
J8
♣A3
12
69
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3 4♠ 1NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥3 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.00   1.00  4♠ N      B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
  420          5.00   1.00  4♠ N      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
  420          5.00   1.00  4♠ N      B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
  170          2.00   4.00  3♠ S +1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B4-Brown-Kadin
  170          2.00   4.00  3♠ N +1   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  170          2.00   4.00  2♠ S +2   B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
         50    0.00   6.00  4♠ N -1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B7-Smith-Mendel
20 ♠QJT42
AJ
542
♣T84
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠63
QT865
AT8
♣765
♠K87
32
J96
♣AKJ93
♠A95
K974
KQ73
♣Q2
8
612
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1 3♠ 1NT  ♣5
EW: 2♣  ♦5 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
  140          5.50   0.50  1♠ N +2   B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Shah-Selbrede
  110          3.50   2.50  2♠ N      B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
  110          3.50   2.50  1♠ N +1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
         90    2.00   4.00  2♣ E      B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        100    1.00   5.00  2 S -1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B4-Brown-Kadin
        110    0.00   6.00  2♣ E +1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B7-Smith-Mendel
21 ♠AQ5
J42
J732
♣985
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K432
Q98
AT86
♣T6
♠J7
A7653
K
♣AKQ72
♠T986
KT
Q954
♣J43
8
917
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 4 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.50   0.50  4 E -1   B2-Weeks-Weeks vs B4-Brown-Kadin
   50          5.50   0.50  4 E -1   B5-Vandiver-Vandiver vs B3-Lebus-Bayly
        130    4.00   2.00  2♣ E +2   B4-Cathcart-Naumann vs B1-Forsyth-Tuttle
        170    3.00   3.00  3 E +1   B7-Lang-Anand vs B7-Smith-Mendel
        200    2.00   4.00  3 E +2   B6-Grutman-Grutman vs B5-Mattox-Cooke
        420    0.50   5.50  4 E      B1-Chakrabarti-Carrier vs B2-Richardson-Richardson
        420    0.50   5.50  4 E      B3-Tronstad-Tronstad vs B6-Shah-Selbrede