- Saturday Morn - November 23, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1704 MP  Geomean: 1097 MP
(based on 28 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Charles Clarke - Ken Thompson 63.39 1st A 1.40
Deborah Triolo - Mark Robbins 58.63 1st A 1.40
Patrick White - Ron Westwood 56.25 2nd A 0.98
Irene Petroff - Mike Gaddis Jr 54.17 2nd A 0.98
Josh Rosenbluth - Peggy Nielsen 53.57 3rd A 0.70
Sara Carlson - William Carlson Jr 52.68 3rd A 0.70
Barbara Fitzgerald - Dennis Charles 46.73 1st C 0.24
EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>November 23, 2019  |CLUB NO.>131102    | 11/23/2019 14:46
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DIR> Nancy Hall      |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/499  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=4/C=0                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Dagmar Ragnow          Marilyn Brett            A    .     .     .     69.00  41.07
 2 Roseann Buckley        Rosemary Reitz           B    .     .     .     86.50  51.49
 3 William Carlson Jr     Sara Carlson             A    3     .     .     88.50  52.68  0.70(A)
 4 Christy Kadin          Maurine Moore            A    .     .     .     85.50  50.89
 5 Mike Gaddis Jr         Irene Petroff            B    2     2     .     91.00  54.17  0.98(A)
 6 Louise Shaffer         Anne Conn                B    .     .     .     69.00  41.07
 7 Mark Robbins           Deborah Triolo           B    1     1     .     98.50  58.63  1.40(A)
                                          Totals                         588.00

EVENT>Ven Sa Morn Opn Prs -NcH |SESSION>Saturday Morn|SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/499  |CLUB>Ventura Unit Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=7/B=4/C=3                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Barbara Fitzgerald     Dennis Charles           C    .     2     1     78.50  46.73  0.24(C)
 2 Josh Rosenbluth        Peggy Nielsen            B    3     1     .     90.00  53.57  0.70(A)
 3 Ken Thompson           Charles Clarke           A    1     .     .    106.50  63.39  1.40(A)
 4 Carol Gottlieb         Anita McDermott          C    .     .     .     60.50  36.01
 5 Larry Pelletier        Gary Ansok               A    .     .     .     88.00  52.38
 6 Ron Westwood           Patrick White            A    2     .     .     94.50  56.25  0.98(A)
 7 Lorraine Salvatore     John Anderson            C    .     .     .     70.00  41.67
                                          Totals                         588.00

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
  430          6.00   0.00  3N S +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Westwood-White
  170          0.00   6.00  3 S +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

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          5.00   1.00  4♠ S      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  620          5.00   1.00  4 S      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  620          5.00   1.00  4 N      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  140          3.00   3.00  3♠ N      A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        100    1.00   5.00  3N S -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        100    1.00   5.00  4 S -1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Westwood-White
        100    1.00   5.00  4 N -1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

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
        110    4.50   1.50  2♠ W      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        110    4.50   1.50  2♠ W      A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ W +1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        110    4.50   1.50  1♠ W +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ W +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Westwood-White
        150    1.00   5.00  3♣ S -3   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        200    0.00   6.00  2♠ W +3   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok

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
        200    6.00   0.00  3♠ W +2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        650    2.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A6-Westwood-White

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
  200          6.00   0.00  3N E -4   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
   50          4.50   1.50  1N W -1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A6-Westwood-White
   50          4.50   1.50  2♣ E -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        110    2.00   4.00  2 E +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        110    2.00   4.00  2 E +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        110    2.00   4.00  2 E +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        130    0.00   6.00  2 E +2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

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
        150    6.00   0.00  5♣ S -3   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        620    4.00   2.00  4 E      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        620    4.00   2.00  4 E      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A6-Westwood-White
        620    4.00   2.00  4 E      A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        650    1.00   5.00  4 E +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        650    1.00   5.00  4 E +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        650    1.00   5.00  4 E +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

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
 1470          6.00   0.00  6N S +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  710          5.00   1.00  4♠ S +3   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  680          4.00   2.00  4♠ N +2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  650          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  650          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  650          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A6-Westwood-White
  620          0.00   6.00  4♠ S      A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

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          5.50   0.50  2♠ S +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  140          5.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  110          3.50   2.50  2♠ N      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A6-Westwood-White
  110          3.50   2.50  2♠ N      A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
         50    2.00   4.00  2♠ N -1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        100    0.50   5.50  3N N -2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        100    0.50   5.50  3♠ N -2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
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
  100          5.50   0.50  2N E -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  100          5.50   0.50  1♣ E -1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
         90    3.50   2.50  1N E      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Westwood-White
         90    3.50   2.50  1N E      A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        110    1.50   4.50  2 E      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        110    1.50   4.50  3♣ E      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        150    0.00   6.00  1N E +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
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
  150          6.00   0.00  2N S +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  140          5.00   1.00  2 S +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ E      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ E      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Westwood-White
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        140    2.00   4.00  2♠ E +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
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
        120    6.00   0.00  2N W      A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        400    5.00   1.00  3N W      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        430    3.00   3.00  3N W +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Westwood-White
        430    3.00   3.00  3N W +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        430    3.00   3.00  3N W +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        460    1.00   5.00  3N E +2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        490    0.00   6.00  3N W +3   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
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          5.50   0.50  4♠ N      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  620          5.50   0.50            A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        100    3.00   3.00  3N N -1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        100    3.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        100    3.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        200    1.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        400    0.00   6.00  3N N -4   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A6-Westwood-White
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
        150    5.50   0.50  3 W +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        150    5.50   0.50  2 W +3   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        630    3.50   2.50  3N E +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        630    3.50   2.50  3N E +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        660    2.00   4.00  3N E +2   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        690    1.00   5.00  3N E +3   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        800    0.00   6.00  2* N -3  A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Westwood-White

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          6.00   0.00  4♠ S      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        100    5.00   1.00  5♠ S -2   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        300    4.00   2.00  5♠* S -2  A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        450    2.00   4.00  5 W      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        450    2.00   4.00  5 W      A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        450    2.00   4.00  4 W +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        980    0.00   6.00  6 W      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Westwood-White

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
   50          6.00   0.00  5 W -1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Westwood-White
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        130    3.50   2.50  3 W +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        150    1.00   5.00  4 W +1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        300    0.00   6.00  3 S -3   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
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
    PASS       6.00   0.00  Pass Out  A4-Kadin-Moore vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        100    3.50   2.50  3♠ N -2   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        100    3.50   2.50  4 S -2   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        100    3.50   2.50  3 S -2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A6-Westwood-White
        100    3.50   2.50  3 S -2   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        110    1.00   5.00  3♣ W      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        130    0.00   6.00  3♣ W +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
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
         50    6.00   0.00  3♠ S -1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        500    5.00   1.00  5♠* S -3  A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        510    3.00   3.00  5 W +2   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A6-Westwood-White
        510    3.00   3.00  5 E +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        510    3.00   3.00  5 E +2   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
       1010    1.00   5.00  6 W +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
       1210    0.00   6.00  6* W     A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles

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      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  140          5.50   0.50  2 N +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
   50          4.00   2.00  4♣ E -1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A6-Westwood-White
        100    3.00   3.00  2♠ S -1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        110    2.00   4.00  3♣ E      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        200    0.50   5.50  3♠ S -2   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        200    0.50   5.50  3* N -1  A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
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
  450          6.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ S      A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A6-Westwood-White
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  420          3.00   3.00  4♠ N      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  170          0.00   6.00  3♠ N +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
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
  170          6.00   0.00  2♠ N +2   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  140          3.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A6-Westwood-White
  140          3.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  140          3.50   2.50  1♠ N +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  140          3.50   2.50  1♠ N +2   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  110          1.00   5.00  1♠ N +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        120    0.00   6.00  1N E +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
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          6.00   0.00  4 E -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        140    5.00   1.00  2 E +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        420    2.50   3.50  4 E      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        420    2.50   3.50  4 E      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        420    2.50   3.50  4 E      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        420    2.50   3.50  4 E      A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A6-Westwood-White
        450    0.00   6.00  4 E +1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
22 ♠72
K87
T98
♣QJ876
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KQJ54
JT
A432
♣AK
♠AT93
A9652
Q65
♣4
♠86
Q43
KJ7
♣T9532
6
1810
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 1♣ 4 5 6/5♠ 6/5NT
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -1440 6NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    4.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        650    4.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
        650    4.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
        650    4.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        650    4.00   2.00  4♠ W +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        680    1.00   5.00  4♠ W +2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A6-Westwood-White
       1430    0.00   6.00  6♠ W      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis

A diamond lead from North beats all slams, by West, who is likely to be declarer in spades. On any other lead, or with East declarer, the diamond lead gives away a trick, and on any other lead, repeated heart finesses, combined with the 3-3 heart break and the "power" of the JT9 combination, provide sufficient tricks for twelve in all.



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23 ♠A93
52
T53
♣A6532
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q542
QT843
Q9
♣84
♠KJ8
AK97
J84
♣Q97
♠T76
J6
AK762
♣KJT
8
614
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2NT  ♥5 ♠5
EW: 2 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          5.50   0.50  1N N +1   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  120          5.50   0.50  1N N +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A6-Westwood-White
  100          4.00   2.00  3 W -1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        110    2.50   3.50  2 W      A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        110    2.50   3.50  1 W +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        140    1.00   5.00  2 W +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
        200    0.00   6.00  1N* N -1  A4-Kadin-Moore vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
24 ♠A43
J532
Q8
♣KT54
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠QJT872
K6
AJ
♣J73
♠K95
87
KT76542
♣2
♠6
AQT94
93
♣AQ986
10
126
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4  ♦3 ♠3 NT6
EW: 2 4♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -100 5*-NS/5♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.50   0.50  5 S      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  450          5.50   0.50  4 S +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  420          4.00   2.00  4 S      A4-Kadin-Moore vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
         50    3.00   3.00  5 N -1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ W      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
        170    0.50   5.50  3♠ W +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
        170    0.50   5.50  2♠ W +2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A6-Westwood-White
25 ♠A954
Q72
J5
♣KJ95
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT82
K53
982
♣AQ8
♠K73
A964
AT63
♣63
♠Q6
JT8
KQ74
♣T742
11
1011
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠6
EW: -/1 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6/7 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          6.00   0.00  2 S      A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Westwood-White
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A4-Kadin-Moore vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
    PASS       2.50   3.50  Pass Out  A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
26 ♠KQ972
AK9
72
♣AT5
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J8
QT872
QT93
♣63
♠T53
J64
AKJ6
♣Q74
♠A64
53
854
♣KJ982
16
511
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 5♠ 3NT  ♥6
EW:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥6 ♠0 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  650          5.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  620          4.00   2.00  4♠ N      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Westwood-White
  200          2.50   3.50  3♠ S +2   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  200          2.50   3.50  3♠ N +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  170          1.00   5.00  3♠ N +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  150          0.00   6.00  2N N +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
27 ♠AK752
954
J4
♣Q53
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠JT9
7
A98762
♣862
♠84
KQ632
KQ5
♣T74
♠Q63
AJT8
T3
♣AKJ9
10
510
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 4♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♥4 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          6.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles
  450          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  450          4.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  420          2.50   3.50  4♠ S      A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  420          2.50   3.50  4♠ N      A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  170          1.00   5.00  3♠ N +1   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
        100    0.00   6.00  3N S -2   A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Westwood-White
28 ♠8
K965
KJ4
♣AQJ84
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠2
QT8432
976
♣T53
♠KJ954
AJ7
82
♣962
♠AQT763
-
AQT53
♣K7
14
29
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 2 5♠ 6/4NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥5 ♠2 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +2000 7*-EW-8
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1370          6.00   0.00  6 S      A3-Carlson Jr-Carlson vs A6-Westwood-White
  690          5.00   1.00  3N S +3   A7-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Salvatore-Anderson
  660          4.00   2.00  3N N +2   A6-Shaffer-Conn vs A5-Pelletier-Ansok
  650          3.00   3.00  4♠ S +1   A2-Buckley-Reitz vs A4-Gottlieb-McDermott
  620          2.00   4.00  5 S +1   A5-Gaddis Jr-Petroff vs A3-Thompson-Clarke
  250          1.00   5.00  2♠ E -5   A1-Ragnow-Brett vs A2-Rosenbluth-Nielsen
  170          0.00   6.00  4 S +2   A4-Kadin-Moore vs A1-Fitzgerald-Charles