- Monday Aft - November 25, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 1111 MP  Geomean: 521 MP
(based on 19 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Anne Cline - Donald Cline 70.00 1st OA 2.19
Christopher Gillmon - Elaine McAdams 63.00 2nd OA 1.64
Debra Triolo - Mark Robbins 59.50 3rd OA 1.23
Arline Benzien - JoAnn Bowen 56.00 4th OA 0.92
Gwen Wagner - Richard Wagner 55.50 2nd OB 0.78
EVENT>Open Club Champ          |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>November 25, 2019  |CLUB NO.>127100    | 11/25/2019 16:00
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Chris Gillmon   |RATING>Club Championship (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   50.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1000/300  |CLUB>Ojai Valley Civic Bridge
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=6/C=2                      ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 JoAnn Bowen            Arline Benzien           A   4     .     .   |   4     .     .     56.00  56.00  0.92(OA)
 2 Donald Cline           Anne Cline               A   1     .     .   |   1     .     .     70.00  70.00  2.19(OA)
 3 Richard Wagner         Gwen Wagner              B   .     2     .   |   .     2     .     55.50  55.50  0.78(OB)
 4 Christopher Gillmon    Elaine McAdams           B   2     1     .   |   2     1     .     63.00  63.00  1.64(OA)
 5 Mark Robbins           Debra Triolo             A   3     .     .   |   3     .     .     59.50  59.50  1.23(OA)
 6 Peggy Nielsen          Anne Conn                B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     38.00  38.00
 7 Ruric Nye              Nita Whaley              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     27.00  27.00
 8 Carol Jarboe           Pat Shaw                 C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     36.00  36.00
 9 Tricia Mills           Louise Shaffer           B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     44.00  44.00
10 Ron Saltis             Mike Pemberton           A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     51.00  51.00
                                          Totals                                            500.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠A
KT2
AQ976
♣J854
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQJ9
A83
K43
♣KQT
♠87543
975
J2
♣632
♠T62
QJ64
T85
♣A97
14
181
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 2 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  3 N      A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A7-Nye-Whaley
   90          3.00   1.00  2 N      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
   50          1.50   2.50  3♠ E -1   A8-Jarboe-Shaw vs A2-Cline-Cline
   50          1.50   2.50  2♠ E -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
         50    0.00   4.00  2 S -1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

What is West going to bid after 1 is opened on her left and 1 bid on her right? Partner must be pretty broke, but double is a reasonable choice--and a few might bid 1NT. North rebids 2 (or makes a Support Double(s) or redouble) and East is delighted to pass. If North bids 2, South will correct to 2. If North shows support, South is a bit on the spot, knowing it's a seven card fit--who said this would be easy?



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
1NTDbl1Pass2
PassPass2Pass
Pass3Pass3
Pass3All pass 
  1. support

I'm making guesses at what people would do here. I think 1--p--1--1NT is normal enough. North's Support Double(s) is by agreement, but I like to play it on this auction. East might choose to pass to stay out of the way with only one point (and not a good one either). South might have a brief vision of passing, but I wouldn't relish defending with this hand opposite a normal opener. Repeating a suit on the lowest level after a Support Double doesn't guarantee 5 of them, it just shows a desire to play 2-of-the-major. West and North will pass and now East has to decide whether to come alive. I can't stomach letting my opponents play in a 2-level major fit, so I'll bid 2. Two more passes and North faces a similar decision: allow the opponents to play in a 2-level fit in a major or balance? You know my view. North should bid 3 to give South a clearer picture of his hand. East is probably relieved to not be declarer and passes. South corrects to 3and West makes a delayed raise to 3. Notice that none of our balancers get raised immediately as we don't want to punish partner for attempting to push up the opponents.

South could lead anything but a club. If South leads a diamond, it's important to lead the 5. I know some people love leading top of nothing, but not against suit contracts. Look how important it is for North to know the count in diamonds. If North thinks partner has diamond shortness, he will attempt to give partner ruffs. The defenders should take 2 diamonds, 2 hearts and 2 black aces, but since they can make 110, they would have need to double to do better.



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2 ♠A
J864
KJ9763
♣K7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q32
K32
542
♣QT82
♠J984
A975
A8
♣AJ5
♠KT765
QT
QT
♣9643
12
714
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥5/4 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♦5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -110 2♠-EW/2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3N W -4   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  150          3.00   1.00  2N W -3   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  110          2.00   2.00  2 N +1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
   90          0.50   3.50  2 N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
   90          0.50   3.50  2 N      A8-Jarboe-Shaw vs A2-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 and is disappointed when partner responds 1NT. North overcalls 2, which will likely pass back to West. The best West can do is 3--really, the three level with this balanced seven count? I doubt it.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1NT2All pass 

East opens 1, and South should pass at these colors and with such a lousy suit. Overcalls are not about point count, but suit quality and here the suit quality is so-so and the hand doesn't have enough strength to compensate. West bids 1NT with his flat hand and in possession of major-suit values. North's 2 is risky, particularly at these colors, but I think he has just enough. None of the remaining players has enough to act. On Board 1, I recommended aggressive balancing, but in that case the opponents were in a known (or likely) major-suit fit. Here the opponents aren't known to be in a fit and are in a minor.

Double dummy shows the North-South pair making only one diamond, but that's because a low trump lead would set 2. Who would find that? Not me. It looks like an easy +90 or more for North-South.



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3 ♠K97
83
9843
♣K853
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A865
KQ
QJ7
♣QJT4
♠Q3
T654
AKT
♣A976
♠JT42
AJ972
652
♣2
6
1513
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5 ♠5/3 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 2 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        600    2.50   1.50  3N W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
        600    2.50   1.50  3N W      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        630    1.00   3.00  3N W +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        690    0.00   4.00  3N W +3   A8-Jarboe-Shaw vs A2-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT and will play 3NT after East checks for a heart fit. North's choice is a low club--which neither helps nor hurts his side. Nine tricks are pretty easy to see. West can try for a tenth trick by leading a low spade toward the dummy. When the Q wins, he now leads a low heart toward his hand to establish his heart trick. The club finesse is marked, too, by the opening lead.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass3NTAll pass

Sometimes the simple auctions are best. West opens 1NT with a junky 15 count. While I recommend upgrading good 14's to bid 1NT, I don't think you should downgrade out of notrump bids. East uses Stayman and West shows his spades. East now jumps to 3NT and West will know that East has hearts; there's no need to actually bid the hearts as they are implied.

Against 3NT, North might lead either a diamond (passively) or a club. There's a slight inference to lead a diamond in that partner didn't make a lead-directing double of 2. Whatever the lead, it looks like declarer should find 10 tricks: four clubs, three diamonds, a heart and two spades. Yes there are some entry problems but I still think 10 tricks are likely.



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4 ♠KQJ752
QJ2
96
♣Q2
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T9
KT963
KQJ8
♣J4
♠A864
84
75
♣KT953
♠3
A75
AT432
♣A876
11
107
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5/6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +110 2♠-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   0.00  3N N +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  140          3.00   1.00  3♠ N      A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        100    2.00   2.00  3N S -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        300    1.00   3.00  3N S -3   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        400    0.00   4.00  3N S -4   A8-Jarboe-Shaw vs A2-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North has a stellar 2 opener. South would be wise to pass, but will West give up? Vulnerable, he'd be wise to stay out of it. What will East lead? If it's a club, North will benefit if he remembers second hand low. Then he has to go after trump, the only problem left to solve in this hand.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass2All pass 

West passes (though this is close to a bid in some systems) and North could choose 1 or 2. I'm a two-spade bidder on this deal as I am second-seat vulnerable which is the situation where you should have the best possible preempt. The queens and jacks aren't enough to convince me that this is worth an opening one-bid. No one else has much to say so 2 is likely to be the final contract (West could balance with double or 2N for takeout hand convert clubs to diamonds, but he is 5-4 the wrong way in the red suits for this to be attractive).

East has to lead something and anything could be right. When there's a preempter declaring, you can get aggressive if you choose, so a club lead is possible. With the ace of trump in my hand, though, I would look for a ruff in one of the red suits. North has two losers in spades, one heart loser, one in diamonds and one in clubs. Double dummy says North can make 2 and South can't which is interesting, but not something I'd invest too much time investigating.



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5 ♠A3
QJT8
A962
♣T86
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KQT8752
94
Q3
♣94
♠96
AK2
JT5
♣QJ532
♠J4
7653
K874
♣AK7
11
711
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3 2NT  ♣6 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 2♠  ♦4 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +100 3♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   0.00  4 S      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  100          2.00   2.00  4♠ W -2   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          2.00   2.00  4♠ W -2   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  100          2.00   2.00  3♠* W -1  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
        110    0.00   4.00  2♠ W      A8-Jarboe-Shaw vs A2-Cline-Cline

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South may open light in third seat, though he'd worry about what to do if partner bids 1. Not this time: West will grab the hand with 3, safe against this vulnerable opponent. Down one will be quite a success when the opponents have nine tricks in hearts. It's important to bid 3 rather than only 2--over which North can make a Negative Double .



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
3PassPassDbl
Pass4All pass 

North holds a prime 11-count with two aces and a nice sequence in QJ108. Still it's not an opening I expect to see at every table. South responds 1 and West gets to jump however high he thinks wise at favorable vulnerability. I'm a 3 bidder. North passes and East passes as well. Now South should balance with a card-showing double to show values. North can now show hearts. Don't make the mistake, with the North hand, of thinking that you should have shown hearts over 3 immediately as a bid of 4 would have shown a big hand. When partner has values, as here, you'll get a chance later to show your fit. Note that some Wests will be tempted to move to 4 after the opponents find 4 with the colors in their favor. Don't! Once you've made the opponents guess, don't give them a second bite at the apple.

All that said, 4 is a gross spot to play. Declarer has one spade loser, two heart losers, at least one diamond loser and a club loser. All of that, plus no clear way to get rid of them. It will likely take some help from the opponents to come close to making. It looks like double dummy has an endplay occurring to get an overtrick. These are great situations for the common game: if you see that double dummy shows you could make 3, but you only made 2, check to see what the field did. If you see lots of -200's for North-South, you can relax about your play. Note how poorly East-Wests will do if the West player falls in love with his hand and bids past 3.



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6 ♠93
AK2
KJT9
♣A763
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T42
Q964
A543
♣J9
♠KQ
873
Q872
♣8542
♠AJ8765
JT5
6
♣KQT
15
77
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 4 5♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥3 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          4.00   0.00  4♠ S +2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  430          3.00   1.00  3N N +1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  400          1.50   2.50  3N N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  400          1.50   2.50  3N N      A2-Cline-Cline vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  170          0.00   4.00  3♠ N +1   A9-Mills-Shaffer vs A3-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South may not be loaded down with high card points, but this hand merits a 1 opener. North will bid 3 NT to show her doubleton spade and 13-15 points, and South continues on to 4. If West starts with a low heart, South might duck and wins with the J in his hand. Or he can defer the finesse for now so he can lead towards the trump in his hand. When East rises with the K, South wins and goes back to the dummy to lead spades again, in case (as it is this time), East has both missing high honors.



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7 ♠K54
AT53
K8
♣QJT9
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A96
984
AQT742
♣6
♠JT32
KJ72
5
♣K532
♠Q87
Q6
J963
♣A874
13
108
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2NT  ♦5/6 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1/- 1♠  ♣5 ♦7/6 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  580          4.00   0.00  1N* S +2  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  500          3.00   1.00  2N E -5   A2-Cline-Cline vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  300          2.00   2.00  3 E -3   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  120          1.00   3.00  2N N      A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
   90          0.00   4.00  2♣ N      A9-Mills-Shaffer vs A3-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 2 and North doubles. South's best choice is 2NT--it's risky to pass and convert the double to penalties with only J9xx. North's 13 isn't enough to raise to game. Once he sees the dummy, South knows East has no more diamonds. He can afford to take the K and still has the suit stopped.



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8 ♠53
QJ6
K62
♣A7653
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AKQJT86
2
T875
♣Q
♠94
KT3
AQJ43
♣K94
♠72
A98754
9
♣JT82
10
1213
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2  ♦1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5 5♠ 4NT  ♣6 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    4.00   0.00  4♠ W      A2-Cline-Cline vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        450    3.00   1.00  4♠ W +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        480    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +2   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
        480    1.50   2.50  4♠ E +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        510    0.00   4.00  4♠ E +3   A9-Mills-Shaffer vs A3-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

With this terrific suit, West opens 1 and eventually bids 4. The opponents only get one trick unless they take both available on tricks one and two. After an initial heart lead, defenders should look at the dummy and go for a club winner before it disappears on the long diamonds.



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9 ♠K86
Q2
Q6543
♣QJ9
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠JT7543
54
A72
♣87
♠-
J9873
J9
♣AT5432
♠AQ92
AKT6
KT8
♣K6
10
56
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 2 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠3 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +460 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00  3♣* E -2  A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  490          3.00   1.00  3N S +3   A2-Cline-Cline vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  460          2.00   2.00  3N S +2   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  400          1.00   3.00  5 N      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  210          0.00   4.00  1N S +4   A9-Mills-Shaffer vs A3-Wagner-Wagner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East has a shapely hand, but it's hard to argue for a vulnerable preempt of 3 with this suit. That leaves the field open for South to bid 2NT, which North will happily raise to game. The opening spade lead gives declarer a trick. When he goes to work on diamonds, a low lead to the 10 in the closed hand will be most profitable.



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10 ♠QT75
AJ73
T2
♣KQ7
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K863
QT
K97
♣A932
♠J4
K986
QJ64
♣J86
♠A92
542
A853
♣T54
12
128
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣6 ♦6 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♥6 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +80 1♠-NS/1-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00  1 N +1   A9-Mills-Shaffer vs A3-Wagner-Wagner
   80          3.00   1.00  1 N      A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
        100    2.00   2.00  2 N -1   A2-Cline-Cline vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        150    1.00   3.00  1N E +2   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        200    0.00   4.00  3N N -2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. Some will double with the North hand because they have both majors--only to be very unhappy if South should bid diamonds. This time East bids 1, South passes, and West bids 1. East bids a NT. If South decides to lead hearts--the unbid suit--it will help declarer. At least a low diamond would have been neutral. Even so, it's unlikely declarer will ever find seven tricks. Let's hope he can confine the damage to -100.



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11 ♠AQ
654
AKQ82
♣Q72
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠T42
K
JT93
♣AK963
♠J9853
AQJ9
764
♣4
♠K76
T8732
5
♣JT85
17
118
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1NT  ♦6 ♠4
EW: 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 16 = -2
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          3.50   0.50  2N N      A2-Cline-Cline vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  120          3.50   0.50  1N N +1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  100          2.00   2.00  3♠ E -2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Nye-Whaley
   50          1.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   A10-Saltis-Pemberton vs A4-Gillmon-McAdams
         50    0.00   4.00  2 N -1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A9-Mills-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1NT--a slight underbid with 17 HCP and such a good suit, but rebids could be a nightmare otherwise. A low spade really doesn't help declarer--he has no entry to the dummy. West should be suspicious when North leads the Q and hold up once.



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12 ♠KT
T976
A9
♣A9743
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ53
K3
JT
♣KQJ5
♠864
QJ54
K875
♣62
♠972
A82
Q6432
♣T8
11
176
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2♠ 1/2NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3♠ W -2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Nye-Whaley
   50          3.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   A2-Cline-Cline vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
         90    2.00   2.00  1N W      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        110    1.00   3.00  2♠ W      A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        140    0.00   4.00  1♠ W +2   A10-Saltis-Pemberton vs A4-Gillmon-McAdams

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This West hand is too good and too shapely to open 1NT, so he goes for 1. East raises, and of course West goes to 3 with this nice hand. No joy from East--he barely eked out a raise. North's likely lead of the 10 will gain nothing for the defense. It's easy to see other choices when all four hands are visible.



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13 ♠AKQ75
K6
AK86
♣T6
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠-
AQJ9742
942
♣Q83
♠9432
85
QT7
♣A542
♠JT86
T3
J53
♣KJ97
19
96
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2/3 4♠ 2NT  ♥4
EW: 3  ♣5 ♦3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +500 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          4.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  620          2.50   1.50  4♠ N      A2-Cline-Cline vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  620          2.50   1.50  4♠ N      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        100    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        100    0.50   3.50  4♠ N -1   A10-Saltis-Pemberton vs A4-Gillmon-McAdams

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North will ignore West's preempt and bid the spade game after partner raises on the first round of bidding. Even the bad spade break is no problem, not to speak of the 3-3 diamond break and the A in the East hand.



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14 ♠AKQT5
K
J4
♣AK632
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J96
JT3
AQT3
♣Q98
♠732
987642
K97
♣5
♠84
AQ5
8652
♣JT74
20
103
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 1 5♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦5 ♥6 ♠0/1 NT0/1
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.00   0.00  4♠ N      A2-Cline-Cline vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  400          2.50   1.50  3N S      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  400          2.50   1.50  5♣ S      A10-Saltis-Pemberton vs A4-Gillmon-McAdams
  170          0.50   3.50  3♣ N +3   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  170          0.50   3.50  2♣ N +4   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

After three passes North opens 1. When partner responds 1NT, he jump-shifts to 3. That South happily raises, and the club game will be the choice at most tables. An aggressive lead from East would be a low diamond. Hearts would be unlikely to help, but who knows? Without a diamond lead, declarer may score an overtrick since the spades come in for lots of discards.



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15 ♠Q98
A83
QJ7
♣AK54
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠JT742
K
T52
♣T876
♠63
9654
A8643
♣Q2
♠AK5
QJT72
K9
♣J93
16
46
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 3 6 4♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥1 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690          4.00   0.00  3N N +3   A2-Cline-Cline vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  680          3.00   1.00  4 S +2   A10-Saltis-Pemberton vs A4-Gillmon-McAdams
  650          1.00   3.00  5 S      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  650          1.00   3.00  4 S +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  650          1.00   3.00  4 S +1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A7-Nye-Whaley

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Not many will get to a slam with only a shared 30 HCP. But it plays like a dream when the Q is doubleton and the K on side--and the 9 finessable by an alert declarer. That's asking a lot, though--and the game with an overtrick or two is more likely.



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16 ♠J75
J43
AQ5
♣JT62
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠T42
AKQ6
JT2
♣Q73
♠AQ
T952
K964
♣AK4
♠K9863
87
873
♣985
9
1216
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5 5 2♠ 5/4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  3N W -1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        180    3.00   1.00  2N E +2   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        630    2.00   2.00  3N E +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        650    0.50   3.50  4 E +1   A2-Cline-Cline vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        650    0.50   3.50  4 E +1   A6-Nielsen-Conn vs A5-Robbins-Triolo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. Whether East bids 1 or 1 now, they'll end up in the heart game. North doesn't have a great lead: it will either be the unbid major--a low spade--or perhaps a club. Either way, the only losers are a diamond and a spade. NO place to put them when E and W both quite balanced hands.



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17 ♠QT9
8
KT843
♣J952
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A8
Q9654
J9
♣AK74
♠J752
AKJT72
-
♣QT6
♠K643
3
AQ7652
♣83
6
1411
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣2/1 ♥1 ♠6 NT2
EW: 5♣ 6 1NT  ♦4 ♠6
LoTT: 21 - 22 = -1
Par: -800 7*-NS-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        480    2.50   1.50  5 W +1   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        480    2.50   1.50  4 E +2   A2-Cline-Cline vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        480    2.50   1.50  4 E +2   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        480    2.50   1.50  4 E +2   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        980    0.00   4.00  6 E      A6-Nielsen-Conn vs A5-Robbins-Triolo

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Wow--what will West do when East opens 2? The small doubleton diamond is a worry unless the partnership have a way to ask for shortness (an uncommon gadget). 12 tricks are there to pluck with little effort, but there's no obvious path to slam for many partnerships.



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18 ♠AK72
QT5
J532
♣74
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q93
J983
K987
♣62
♠J4
A42
AQ4
♣J9853
♠T865
K76
T6
♣AKQT
10
612
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 1 3♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.50   0.50  3♠ N      A2-Cline-Cline vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  140          3.50   0.50  2♠ N +1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  100          2.00   2.00  1N E -2   A6-Nielsen-Conn vs A5-Robbins-Triolo
    PASS       1.00   3.00  Pass Out  A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        100    0.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A9-Mills-Shaffer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If East opens 1, as many will, it will be very hard for N-S to get into the bidding. Few Norths will choose to overcall the four card spade suit, even with the AK at the top. But if West bids a red suit and then passes East's 1NT rebid, North might just balance and uncover the spade fit belatedly.



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19 ♠8
AKJT972
K75
♣82
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠KJ73
85
T9
♣AQ963
♠AQ9542
63
84
♣KJ7
♠T6
Q4
AQJ632
♣T54
11
1010
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 4  ♣2 ♠2 NT2
EW: 3♣ 3♠  ♦0 ♥0 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +200 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  510          4.00   0.00  4 N +3   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  480          2.00   2.00  5 N +1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A7-Nye-Whaley
  480          2.00   2.00  4 N +2   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  480          2.00   2.00  4 N +2   A6-Nielsen-Conn vs A5-Robbins-Triolo
  100          0.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A2-Cline-Cline vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   3
Pass4PassPass
Pass   

Szybkie 4 kier nie pozwoli EW na wejście do licytacji, zwłaszcza w niekorzystnych. Nie znajdą więc oni dobrej obrony pikami.
Wist w asa pik. Nie będzie łatwo odebrać swoich trzech lew. Nawet jeśli W zniechęci, co nie jest niemożliwe, skoro ma asa trefl i E zmieni na trefla, to skąd W ma wiedzieć, że trzeba wziąć trefla, a nie pika? Ciężka sprawa.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   3
Pass4PassPass
Pass   

Quick 4 hearts will most likely keep EW quiet, especially vul against not, so they will not find 4 spades contract, which is a good save.
Spade ace looks like a normal lead. EW can cash three tricks, but it is not so easy. Lets say W will discourage in spades because he has club ace and E would shift. How he should know what to cash? To be honest I do not know. Looks a little like a guess.



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20 ♠752
KT982
932
♣83
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KJ86
A6
86
♣AQJ97
♠9
754
AKJT54
♣KT4
♠AQT43
QJ3
Q7
♣652
3
1511
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦1 ♥5 ♠5 NT1
EW: 6♣ 6 2 2♠ 6NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -1440 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  3N W -2   A6-Nielsen-Conn vs A5-Robbins-Triolo
  100          3.00   1.00  5♣ W -1   A2-Cline-Cline vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        170    2.00   2.00  3♣ W +3   A1-Bowen-Benzien vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        660    1.00   3.00  3N W +2   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A7-Nye-Whaley
        690    0.00   4.00  3N W +3   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A9-Mills-Shaffer

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass3Pass
3Pass3Pass
3NTPassPassPass

E pokaże kara, czy to przez 3 trefl, czy 2 bez atu, czy jeszcze inaczej i krótkość pik, więc W zalicytuje 3 bez atu. Z 5422 można oczywiście otworzyć 1 trefl, ale finalny kontrakt prawdopowodbnie będzie ten sam. 6 trefl jest przyzwoite, ale ciężko to wylicytować, zwłaszcza na maksy, gdzie przekroczenie firmówki może być kosztowne.
Wist w 10 kier. Rozgrywający bije drugiego, gra karo do asa, pięć trefli i musi trafić karo. Do trefli N może wyrzucić wszystkie piki, a S też dwa piki. Karo prawdopodobnie zostanie zaimpasowane, więc bez dwóch.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass3Pass
3Pass3Pass
3NTPassPassPass

E will show diamonds (by 3 clubs, 2nt or whatever) and short spades, so W is going to bid 3nt.W can open 1 club with 5422, but the final contract would likely be the same. 6 clubs looks ok here, but it is not easy to reach, especially in matchpoints, when going over 3nt might be costly.
10 (or 9) of hearts would be the lead. Declarer will likely take the second heart, play diamond to the ace, cash five clubs and face a diamond decision. N can pitch three spades to clubs, and S two spades. Declarer would probably go with the odds and finesse, so two down.



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21 ♠AT876
KJ5
T
♣T976
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K93
Q43
852
♣AK54
♠Q5
9876
AK64
♣Q82
♠J42
AT2
QJ973
♣J3
8
1211
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  3♠ N      A2-Cline-Cline vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  110          3.00   1.00  2♠ N      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  100          2.00   2.00  3♣ W -2   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
   50          1.00   3.00  1N W -1   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
    PASS       0.00   4.00  Pass Out  A7-Nye-Whaley vs A1-Bowen-Benzien

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
11Dbl2
PassPassDblPass
2NTPassPassPass

Najlepsze co może zrobić W, to nie otwierać w tym rozdaniu licytacji, ale z 12 przyzwoitymi punktami nie jest to realne. E nie może pozwolić przeciwnikom grać 2 pik na 11 punktów, więc daje drugą kontrę. Niektórzy mogą otworzyć z pozycji E, zwłaszcza w korzystnych. Lubię otwierać na 11 pc, ale te wyglądają nie najlepiej. Finalny kontrakt i tak pewnie będzie 2 bez atu - W zainwituje, a E raczej nie znajdzie na przyjęcie. Również karta S wygląda na nadającą się na trzecioręczne otwarcie, ale w niekorzystnych wydaje się to zbyt ryzykowne.
Po wiście pikowym wszystko co może zrobić W, to ściągnąć swoje 6 lew i paść bez dwóch za 100. Przeciwnikom szło 2 pik, więc zapis nie powinien być zły.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
11Dbl2
PassPassDblPass
2NTPassPassPass

Best W can do here is to pass 4th seat, but he has regular 12 HCP so that is not really an option. E cannot let them play 2 spades with 11 count, so he doubles again. Some E might open the bidding. I like to open with 11 but this one looks pretty bad with Qx of spades. That most likely would not change the contract, because W will invite to game and E will reject. Also S hand might look like a 3rd seat opening but vul against not it seems too risky.
Spade lead and the best W can do is to cash his six tricks. Two down for a 100.



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22 ♠J9872
6
J4
♣AQ643
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠6
AT54
KQT653
♣J2
♠54
KJ32
92
♣KT975
♠AKQT3
Q987
A87
♣8
8
107
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦4 ♥4
EW: 2 3  ♣6 ♠2 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          3.50   0.50  4♠ S +1   A2-Cline-Cline vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
  450          3.50   0.50  4♠ S +1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  420          1.50   2.50  4♠ S      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  420          1.50   2.50  4♠ S      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  100          0.00   4.00  5 W -1   A7-Nye-Whaley vs A1-Bowen-Benzien

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
24Pass4
PassPassPass 

4 trefl to kolor z fitem. Wydaje się to lepsza odzywka niż nieciekawe 4 pik.
Wist w króla karo. Wszystko co musi zrobić rozgrywający, to zabić i zagrać kiera. Przeciwnicy nie będą mieli jak połączyć dwa razy atutów, więc 11 lew. Aby ograniczyć go do swojego, W musiałby wyjść w pika, co nie wydaje się proste.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
24Pass4
PassPassPass 

4 clubs shows clubs and support. I think it is better bid than just dull 4 spades.
W leads king of diamonds. Now declarer can make 11 tricks. He just need to take diamond and play a heart. W has only one spade so S will ruff four cards in dummy. To leave declarer with only ten tricks W will have to lead a trump but it is not an easy thing to do.



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23 ♠QJT762
A
94
♣QJT3
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠K54
KT3
Q7
♣98652
♠A
QJ84
AKJ652
♣K7
♠983
97652
T83
♣A4
10
818
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣5 ♦2 ♥3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 3 4/3 3NT  ♠4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -500 4♠*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4 W -1   A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
        100    3.00   1.00  3♠ N -1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        140    2.00   2.00  3 E      A2-Cline-Cline vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        150    1.00   3.00  3 E +2   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        660    0.00   4.00  3N W +2   A7-Nye-Whaley vs A1-Bowen-Benzien

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1Dbl2
33DblPass
3NTPassPassPass

NS mają obronę pikami za 500, ale N może mieć nadzieję na obłożenie końcówki przeciwników, więc powiedzenie 4 pik z jego kartą nie jest proste.
Wist w damę pik wzięty asem i kier do króla. Teraz N wie, że rozgrywający ma dwa króle, więc nie powiniem mieć asa trefl. Gra więc damę trefl. Ciężko to puścić - N z sześcioma pikami jest kandydatem do posiadania krótszych trefli, a poza tym z rzadka może mieć asa. Prawdopodobny wynik to 3 bez atu swoje.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass2Dbl3
PassPassDblPass
3NTPassPassPass

NS have a good save - 4 spades is only 2 down but N might hope they will not make 3NT, so it is not so easy to bid 4 spades with his hand.
Queen of spades lead. Declarer takes and play a heart to the king and ace. Club shift is needed now. N knows that declarer has two kings so it is very unlikely that he also has a club ace, so playing a club is not so difficult. Since spades are 6-3 S is a candidate for having longer clubs, so Queen will probably be covered, so the result will be 3nt just made.



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24 ♠75
AJ83
T4
♣97654
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K6
K97
AKJ9
♣QT83
♠AQJ3
654
Q6
♣AKJ2
♠T9842
QT2
87532
♣-
5
1617
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥5 ♠4 NT1
EW: 4/5♣ 2/1 2 2/1♠ 3/6NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -990 6NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        520    4.00   0.00  4N W +3   A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
        990    1.50   2.50  6N W      A2-Cline-Cline vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        990    1.50   2.50  6N W      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
        990    1.50   2.50  6N W      A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
        990    1.50   2.50  6N W      A7-Nye-Whaley vs A1-Bowen-Benzien

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass4NTPass
5NTPass6NTPass
PassPass  

5 bez atu to wybierz szlemika. W ma 44 w młodych, więc 6 w kolor młodszy może być niezłym interesem. E ma 17 punktów, więc zakłada, że najczęściej wygra 6 bez atu, skoro partner przyjął inwit. To jest prosta droga. E może też uruchomić staymana rozkładowego (np przez 3 trefl), dowiedzieć się, że partner ma 2344, uzgodnić trefle itd. Szczerze mówiąc na maksy jestem zwolennikiem prostej drogi.
N pewnie wyjdzie w trefla, ale nie ma to żadnego znaczenia, bo 12 lew jest z góry.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass4NTPass
5NTPass6NTPass
PassPass  

5 NT is pick a slam - with 44 in minors it might be good idea to play in 6 of a minor. E has 17 count so most likely 6 NT will make since partner accepted the invitation. This is all a simple approach. E can instead try to find out W shape (f.e. by bidding 3 clubs - followed by 3 hearts - 2344) than agree clubs and so on. In matchpoints I prefer a simple way.
N probably will lead a club but it does not matter. Declarer has just top 12 tricks.



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25 ♠AKT3
A32
J72
♣AQ5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QJ972
K85
94
♣K64
♠84
QJT9
QT
♣J8732
♠65
764
AK8653
♣T9
18
96
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♣ 6 3 3♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥4 ♠4 NT1
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1020          4.00   0.00  6N N +1   A4-Gillmon-McAdams vs A8-Jarboe-Shaw
  400          2.50   1.50  3N N      A5-Robbins-Triolo vs A10-Saltis-Pemberton
  400          2.50   1.50  5 S      A3-Wagner-Wagner vs A6-Nielsen-Conn
  170          1.00   3.00  3 N +3   A2-Cline-Cline vs A9-Mills-Shaffer
        100    0.00   4.00  3N N -2   A7-Nye-Whaley vs A1-Bowen-Benzien

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
11NTPass3NT
PassPassPass 

Z takiego sekwensu E pewnie wyjdzie w damę kier, mimo wejścia partnera. Na impy grałoby się prosto - kier dwa razy puszczony i drugie karo dołem. Na maksy każda lewa się liczy, więc rozgrywający może pójść na całość. Powiedzmy, że zabije drugiego kiera, zagra karo do asa, pika do 10 (po wejściu jest duża szansa, że DW są w impasie), asa pik, żeby poznać rozkład koloru i wszystkie kara. Na końcu W znajdzie się w przymusie wyjaśniającym i 12 lew wypadnie z ręki.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
12NTPass3NT
PassPassPass 

I think lead would be queen of hearts despite a spade overcall by partner. It would be easy hand in imps. Duck two hearts and concede a diamond. In matchpoints every trick counts so declarer might go all-in. He can take a second heart, play diamond to the ace, spade to the 10, now all diamonds and W will be strip squeezed for well deserved 12 tricks.



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