- Monday Aft - October 30, 2017

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Field strength:  Mean: 1227 MP  Geomean: 1111 MP
(based on 16 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Lauren Upson - Tim Gillott 60.71 1st A 0.80
Arlene Seckel - Kurt Schnebele 60.12 2nd A 0.56
Ron Coffee - Ronald Loiacono 55.36 3rd A 0.40
EVENT>Monday Afternoon Pairs   |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>October 30, 2017   |CLUB NO.>217133    | 10/30/2017 16:20
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DIR> Larry Slayton   |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   42.0 |TOP>   3 |MP LIMITS>None/1250/500  |CLUB>Monday Duplicate Pairs
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=5/C=0                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Freya Charney          Stan Charney             A    .     .     .     34.50  41.07
 2 Kurt Schnebele         Arlene Seckel            B    2     2     .     50.50  60.12  0.56(A)
 3 Helen Rubin            Trulee Ricketts          A    .     .     .     36.00  42.86
 4 Ronald Loiacono        Ron Coffee               A    3     .     .     46.50  55.36  0.40(A)
 5 Brad Dow               Fred Quadros             B    .     .     .     45.00  53.57
 6 Tim Gillott            Lauren Upson             B    1     1     .     51.00  60.71  0.80(A)
 7 Vivian Betcher         Richard Betcher          B    .     .     .     35.00  41.67
 8 Barbara Alexander      Perry Miller             B    .     .     .     37.50  44.64
                                          Totals                         336.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠J654
A6
863
♣Q942
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQT97
K95
KJ
♣KJ5
♠3
JT82
QT952
♣A76
♠A82
Q743
A74
♣T83
7
167
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥4 ♠5 NT4/5
EW: 1♣ 3 3 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    3.00   0.00  1N W +1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A1-Charney-Charney
        150    1.50   1.50  2N W +1   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        150    1.50   1.50  2N E +1   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
        180    0.00   3.00  2N E +2   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Unless South opens a light 1, West will get to open 1NT--or 1, though protecting all those kings from the eyes of the opponents seems to me a very good idea. If South does open, 1NT is still probably an alternative to the other choice of 1. You could have a heart fit and never find it if you bid 1. Whether North leads one of his four card suits or partner's diamonds, declarer will benefit.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPassPass
1NTAll pass  

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5, 11, and 15.

The Bidding: After 2 passes, South must decide whether to Open Light in Third Seat . In his "LightOpen3rdSeat" article, Josh Donn advises "the two main reasons to open light in third seat are to preempt the opponents (or at least get them bidding defensively) and to direct the lead." Here, South is happy to have North make their normal lead. Forcing East-West to use their defensive bidding methods may reduce their bidding accuracy, but risks pushing North away from their natural lead. Most will pass.

It is common to open 1NT with a 5-card major to avoid rebid problems. West, with an abundance of slow honors and 3 hearts, is happy to open 1NT. North has nothing to say. Is East strong enough to respond Stayman? If West has 4 hearts, a game may be available. If West doesn't have 4 hearts, East can rebid 2NT to invite game. East's 7 HCP hand has a 5-card suit and nice texture. East knows the partnership has 22-24 HCP. North-South have between 7-10 spades between them. 2NT is likely to be safe, but 3NT may be a stretch. The upside of responding Stayman is the potential of finding a heart game or a notrump game. The downside is the potential of getting too high. There isn't a need to stretch for games at Matchpoints . Passing seems best. South isn't eager to balance with a flat hand. The auction ends at 1NT.

The Play: Playing standard leads North will likely lead the 4 or 2. On a 4 lead, South knows declarer has 5 spades. This makes a spade continuation unattractive. Given dummy's holding in the red suits, South shouldn't have difficulty finding the club shift to hold declarer to 8 tricks. A club lead gives declarer a 3rd club trick. Now declarer can score 9 tricks if they get hearts and spades right. Declarer should take care to unblock the diamonds, overtaking the Jack on the 2nd round.



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2 ♠T54
863
AQ983
♣QT
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K
KT972
7654
♣942
♠A
AQJ5
J2
♣AKJ863
♠QJ987632
4
KT
♣75
8
620
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3♠  ♣1 ♥1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 5 2NT  ♦4 ♠4
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790          3.00   0.00  4♠* S     A6-Gillott-Upson vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        420    2.00   1.00  5♣ E +1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A1-Charney-Charney
        480    0.50   2.50  5 W +1   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
        480    0.50   2.50  4 W +2   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East can almost justify a 2 opener on this four loser hand--but 1 will be the more common choice. Vulnerable, will South still blast into 4? Over 1 or 2? It's mighty disruptive--and this time lucky since the missing trumps are 1-1. But the poor quality of the spade suit may lead to a lower-level choice, leaving East room to bid his hearts now and find their heart game. And if N-S persist to 4 at this point, West shouldn't be afraid to bid 5. Partner has to have a heckof a hand. Without a diamond lead, E-W will take all the tricks.



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3 ♠Q75
Q3
KJT6
♣6432
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠3
A9854
A87
♣AJ85
♠864
J72
Q53
♣KQ97
♠AKJT92
KT6
942
♣T
8
138
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/- 3♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦7/6 ♥4
EW: 3♣ 3  ♦6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          2.00   1.00  3♠ S      A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
  140          2.00   1.00  3♠ S      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A1-Charney-Charney
  140          2.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A5-Dow-Quadros
         50    0.00   3.00  4♠ S -1   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South has a very good hand for 2; anyone who opens 1 won't get a big argument. Either way, West doubles or bids hearts and North raises spades. With this drab 8-count, East will wisely stay out of it, given the vulnerability.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
2233
All pass   

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West has a choice of overcalling 2 or making a takeout double. West's heart texture is poor. North-South likely have a spade fit. Overcalling 2, planning to double a 2 response for takeout seems best. North freely raises to 2. East, with 3-card heart support, doesn't want to defend 2. Since a 3 cue bid is above 3, many expert partnerships use 2NT as a "cue bid" to show an invitational or better heart raise. This allows East to make a competitive raise to 3.

The Law of Total Tricks advises South to compete to 3. Would a 3 rebid by South be competitive, invitational, or ambiguous in your partnership? For partnerships playing Maximal Doubles , a raise to 3 isn't ambiguous. A double is used to show an invitational hand. South's 3 bid is competitive. The auction ends at 3.

The Play: A heart lead makes it easy for declarer to score 10 tricks. To hold declarer to 9 tricks, the defense must establish a 2nd diamond winner before declarer can establish the 10 as a winner by finessing against the Jack.



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4 ♠8543
A762
A4
♣AK3
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q76
53
JT3
♣JT642
♠AK92
J94
K85
♣875
♠JT
KQT8
Q9762
♣Q9
15
411
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3 4 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          2.50   0.50  4 N      A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
  620          2.50   0.50  4 N      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A1-Charney-Charney
  600          1.00   2.00  3N N      A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
  200          0.00   3.00  2 S +3   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A5-Dow-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1NT and answers hearts to Stayman--so 4 it is. East will cash his two spades and look around for a shift--looks like a trump is safestHe has to know partner can't have much.



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5 ♠96532
-
AQ9764
♣AK
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ7
93
32
♣87654
♠KT4
KQJT42
T
♣J92
♠8
A8765
KJ85
♣QT3
13
710
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 2♠ 3NT  ♣6 ♥5
EW: 1♣  ♦1 ♥6 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +1370 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1100          3.00   0.00  5* E -5  A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A6-Gillott-Upson
  620          1.50   1.50  5 N +1   A1-Charney-Charney vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
  620          1.50   1.50  5 N +1   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
  600          0.00   3.00  5 N      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1 and East overcalls 2. Vulnerable, South might bid 2NT now--from which North will retreat hurriedly, bidding 2. Now South should bid the diamond game--on this auction, North must have a "real" diamond suit. It's hard to visualize that it will make slam.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 112
Pass41Pass4
DblPassPass4NT
Pass5Pass6
All pass   
  1. slam interest with heart shorntess

The Bidding: North has a choice of opening 1 or 1. North's heart void increases the risk of preemption. With a good 6-card diamond suit and a weak 5-card spade suit, opening 1 seems best. East overcalls 1. South, with 13 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 7, cue bids 2 to show an invitational or better raise for diamonds. West has the unbid suits and heart tolerance. A Responsive Double isn't typically available over a cue bid by responder. Most partnerships use a double to show a heart raise. A lead directional advance to 2 is risky. Passing seems best.

North's hand upgrades to 18-19 Support Points and a LTC of 4. Slam is likely if South has a good spade holding. North's jump to 4 is a Splinter bid showing slam interest and heart shortness. South knows the partnership doesn't have a heart loser and has at most 1 spade loser. West doubles to suggest a spade lead. North's pass suggests concern about a spade lead through South or a desire for South to cue bid a club control. South isn't worried about a spade lead, but lacks a club control. With Kxx (or similar) and no club control, South would offer 5 as the final contract. With a club control and spade shortness or the Ace, South would cue bid their club control. With the Ace and no club control, a 4NT Squeeze bid seems best. North shouldn't take 4NT as Roman Keycard . If South wanted to ask for key cards, they would have done so over 4. North cue bids their club control. South infers North's pass over 4X was based on concern about spades. South knows the partnership has a spade loser. So there is no grand. South places the contract in 6.

The Play: Declarer has 4 quick winners in the side suits. Declarer has 6 diamond winners. 2 spade ruffs bring declarer to 12 tricks.



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6 ♠QT6
T62
74
♣KJ976
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J43
J75
KT8
♣Q432
♠AK9872
A3
QJ952
♣-
♠5
KQ984
A63
♣AT85
6
714
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3  ♦2 ♠3/2 NT6
EW: 5 4♠  ♣3 ♥4/3 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -300 5*-NS/6♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    3.00   0.00  5* S -1  A5-Dow-Quadros vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
        620    1.00   2.00  4♠ E      A1-Charney-Charney vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        620    1.00   2.00  4♠ E      A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        620    1.00   2.00  4♠ E      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South overcalls 2 (opening hand and five card suit), and West just ekes out a spade raise. East should come alive and bid the spade game now with his very distributional hand. Partner has the right stuff with the J and the great diamond cards. That Q is wasted, but you can't have everything.



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7 ♠AQ43
J862
A84
♣63
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T52
A95
T93
♣AJ74
♠J98
KQ3
Q75
♣KQ95
♠K76
T74
KJ62
♣T82
11
913
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2♠  ♣6 NT6
EW: 1♣  ♦5 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          2.50   0.50  2 W -3   A1-Charney-Charney vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
  300          2.50   0.50  2 W -3   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
  110          1.00   2.00  2♠ N      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
        100    0.00   3.00  2 S -1   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A6-Gillott-Upson

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North has a reasonable light 1 opener. East can double with his opening hand, and South will raise diamonds. That's frustrating for West. He has nine HCP, but bid 3? Not likely with this very flat hand. It's rare that all the hands are as flat as this: three of the four are 4-3-3-3.



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8 ♠KT97
J652
J
♣AJ92
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q3
43
AT7654
♣KQ7
♠AJ62
A87
Q32
♣643
♠854
KQT9
K98
♣T85
10
1111
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1♠  ♦4 NT5
EW: 3 2NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        110    2.50   0.50  3 W      A1-Charney-Charney vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        110    2.50   0.50  2 W +1   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        120    1.00   2.00  1N W +1   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
        130    0.00   3.00  2 W +2   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West is really too good for 2: it's 1 or pass, and pass will be popular, I imagine. That lets East open 1 a bit light in third chair--and that will wake West up! West should make it hard for North--bid 3 if your agreement allows it. North has the perfect shape for a double over 2 as a passed hand. One way or another, 3 will buy this hand, losing only a diamond, a heart and two clubs.



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9 ♠AQJ8
AK3
764
♣J62
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠T542
4
QT852
♣753
♠K9
9762
KJ3
♣AQ94
♠763
QJT85
A9
♣KT8
15
213
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 3♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣6/5 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          3.00   0.00  2♠ N      A1-Charney-Charney vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
   90          2.00   1.00  1N S      A6-Gillott-Upson vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
         50    1.00   2.00  4 N -1   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        100    0.00   3.00  4 S -2   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North has a shabby-looking 1NT opener, and will be delighted when South transfers to hearts and bids the heart game. The black suits are merciful, so ten tricks should be cashed, losing only a clb a diamond and a spade.



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10 ♠KJT
974
KQ98
♣K53
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠A87643
AT3
5
♣J62
♠Q95
QJ8
AJ432
♣Q4
♠2
K652
T76
♣AT987
12
912
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦6 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1 1 4♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    3.00   0.00  1N E +1   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        170    2.00   1.00  2♠ W +2   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        620    0.50   2.50  4♠ W      A1-Charney-Charney vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        620    0.50   2.50  4♠ E      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

I wouldn't blame East for passing this "quacky" 12 count, but many will open it. West will bid and rebid his spades, buying the hand for a partial--and making overtricks when it's North rather than South who has the three missing spade honors. Reverse the defense hands, and you'd be lucky to make eight tricks.



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11 ♠J864
JT763
7
♣Q96
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q5
985
KQ32
♣7532
♠AK7
AQ4
A54
♣AKJT
♠T932
K2
JT986
♣84
4
725
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥3 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6♣ 4 4 4♠ 6NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  6N E -1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
        460    1.50   1.50  3N E +2   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        460    1.50   1.50  3N E +2   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        990    0.00   3.00  6N E      A1-Charney-Charney vs A7-Betcher-Betcher

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 2 or 3NT, depending on style. Either way, West should know his seven points are gold and just bid the small slam. With no long suit as a source of tricks, the sgrand slam is unlikely. At least the club finesse works.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
PassPass2Pass
2Pass3NTPass
4NTPass51Pass
6All pass  
  1. accepting with a good 4-card suit

The Bidding: After 2 passes, North knows East has a big hand. North would like to Open Light in Third Seat to force North-South to use their defensive bidding. The downside of opening light is the potential of getting South off to a bad lead. North will pass at most tables. East opens a Strong 2 Clubs . It is common to play a 2 Diamonds Waiting response. A 2NT rebid by East would typically show 22-24 HCP. So East jumps to 3NT to show 25-27 HCP. Because the jump to 3NT consumes so much room, many expert partnerships use the Kokish Relay to show a balanced hand with 24+ HCP, leaving more space to look for slam or offer a choice of games. When East shows their powerful balanced hand, West knows the partnership has at least 31/32 HCP. West makes a Quantitative invitation to 6NT. East doesn't have more than they have shown, but they have control of all suits, prime values, nice honor combinations, and good club texture. Accepting the slam try is a reasonable gamble.

In his "Gambling at Bridge Part 6 -- Choice of Slams" article, Andrew Gumperz discusses how to find a fit when accepting a Quantitative invitation. A 4-4 fit often provides an extra trick. A making slam typically scores well. So you want to choose the safest slam. If willing to look for alternative strains, East-West arrive at 6. Otherwise, they will arrive at 4NT or 6NT depending on whether East reasonably upgrades their hand.

The Play in 6: Declarer has a potential club loser and 2 potential heart losers. Declarer cashes a high club as a Safety Play against South holding the singleton Queen. A successful club finesse avoids a club loser. Declarer can discard a losing heart on a spade winner. When the finesse against the King loses, declarer ruffs the 3rd round of hearts. Declarer has 12 tricks: 3 + 1 + 1 ruff + 3 + 4.

The Play in 6NT: Declarer begins by attacking clubs, taking a Safety Play for the singleton Queen. When the finesse wins, declarer has 11 tricks. For their 12th trick, declarer could rely on diamonds breaking 3-3 or North holding the King. An expert declarer isn't satisfied with that. A defender with the King and 4+ diamonds can be Squeezed . To take advantage of that additional chance, declarer ducks a round of hearts, rectifying the count for a Squeeze . Giving up the chance to make 7 isn't a concern. 6NT making will score well.

When declarer leads a low heart from hand, South may rise with the King, giving declarer their 12th trick. If South ducks, North wins. Declarer wins North's exit and cashes their black suit winners. As shown in the bridge movie below, South is Squeezed in the red suits. Declarer's who don't give themselves the extra chance for a Squeeze will be down 1.



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12 ♠K9743
A9
6
♣J9762
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠6
K763
AQ72
♣AT84
♠J52
J85
KJ853
♣K5
♠AQT8
QT42
T94
♣Q3
8
139
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3♠  ♦3 ♥5 NT6
EW: 4 2 1NT  ♣5 ♠4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          2.50   0.50  2 E -1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
   50          2.50   0.50  4 W -1   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        110    1.00   2.00  2 W +1   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        120    0.00   3.00  1N E +1   A1-Charney-Charney vs A7-Betcher-Betcher

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. An aggressive North will bid 1. East raises the diamonds and South should certainly be willing to go if necessary to the three level in spades. How nice to have the "boss" suit.



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13 ♠JT98
AJ2
75432
♣J
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q732
T76
A
♣AK732
♠654
KQ85
T96
♣Q96
♠AK
943
KQJ8
♣T854
7
137
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/2  ♣4 ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3♣ 1 1♠ 1NT  ♦4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +110 3-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  2 E -1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
   90          1.50   1.50  1N S      A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A1-Charney-Charney
   90          1.50   1.50  2 S      A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        100    0.00   3.00  3 S -1   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A5-Dow-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, West doubles, and North bids 1. Having to do something, South will either bid 1NT or even 2, with North preferring diamonds, naturally. Play is straightforward, losing a club, a diamond and two hearts.



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14 ♠KQ94
JT9
QT3
♣876
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠653
A62
KJ
♣JT543
♠J872
4
A9872
♣KQ2
♠AT
KQ8753
654
♣A9
8
910
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣4 ♦5 ♠6 NT6
EW: 3♣ 1 1♠  ♥4 NT4/3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +100 4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          3.00   0.00  4 S      A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A1-Charney-Charney
  170          2.00   1.00  2 S +2   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A6-Gillott-Upson
  140          1.00   2.00  3 S      A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A5-Dow-Quadros
         50    0.00   3.00  4 S -1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South's hearts will prevail, though only for a partial. Neither of the opponents is in a position to be very combative though East has good distribution. West's J lead will do no harm; declarer just has to settle down, knock out theA and concede three more losers. Next hand, please!



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15 ♠J86432
87
82
♣KT4
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A9
A953
A9
♣QJ653
♠Q7
KQJT
QJ6
♣A972
♠KT5
642
KT7543
♣8
4
1515
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣2 ♦5 ♥1 NT2
EW: 5♣ 2/1 6/5 5/3NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -980 6-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    2.00   1.00  4 W +1   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A1-Charney-Charney
        450    2.00   1.00  4 W +1   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        450    2.00   1.00  4 W +1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        480    0.00   3.00  4 E +2   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A6-Gillott-Upson

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

It would be a bold South who opened 2--pass will (rightly) be much more popular. Even with two doubletons, West may elect to open 1NT. Otherwise, it's 1 and then an enthusiastic jump raise of East's heart response. Then East should look for slam: cuebid the A and West can then bid Blackwood.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass41Pass
4NTPass52Pass
6All pass  
  1. slam try with a heart fit and no shortness
  2. 2 key cards with the Queen

The Bidding: A Weak Two Diamonds preempt with a poor suit at unfavorable vulnerability opposite an unpassed hand risks going for a number, missing a game, and playing in the wrong strain. Playing a 2 or 2 response as non-forcing decreases the chances of playing in the wrong strain.

At tables where South passes, West has the option of opening 1NT with their semi-balanced hand. 1NT has the upside of specifying West's HCP range. If West opens 1 and East responds 1, West has a rebid problem. A Reverse should show 16/17+ points. Opening 1NT seems best. After West opens 1NT, North isn't eager to interfere with a weak suit at unfavorable vulnerability. East responds 2 Stayman. West shows their 4-card heart suit.

East knows the partnership has 30-32 HCP and at least 1 shortness point. East's quacky holdings in the pointed are a negative. The heart texture and 2 key cards with the Queen are positives. Making a slam try seems best. It is common to play a jump to 3 as an artificial slam try in hearts. As Robert Todd discusses in his "Advanced Notrump: Slam Tries after Stayman" article many expert partnerships play Reverse Baze. With that agreement, a jump to 3 would be artificial heart slam try with shortness. With a balanced hand, West has a choice between a 4 Quantitative slam try with a fit and asking for key cards for heart by bidding 4. A Quantitative invitation seems best. West has a choice between accepting the slam try, declining the slam try, or bidding an artificial 4as a Last Train bid, showing a hand in between accepting and declining the slam try. West should have the missing 2 key cards for their slam try. The 2 doubletons and the 5-card suit suggest cooperating with the slam try. Bidding 4NT Roman Keycard seems best. When East bids 5 to show 2 key cards and the King, South has the chance to double for a spade lead. South isn't sure which lead they want. Failing to makes a spade lead less likely. East-West arrive at 6.

At tables where South opens a Weak 2, West overcalls 3. East's 3 cue bid shows an invitational or better club raise. West's 3 rebid may be a fragment, giving East a chance to bid 3NT. West could easily be ?-4-?-5+ on this auction. East bids 4 to suggest hearts as an alternative strain. West, having already shown a hand willing to accept a Game Try , has no reason to look for slam.

The Play:
If East declares a heart contract, South cannot lead a spade without conceding a trick. The King is onside. If North has King doubleton, declarer would score all the tricks. Here, declarer must lose a club, but can discard their losing spade on a long club. Declarer has 12 tricks: 1 + 4 + 2 + 1 ruff + 4.

If West declares a heart contract, a spade lead by North allows the defense to score a club tricks and the King, holding declarer to 11 tricks.



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16 ♠AQ7
AQ83
AQ3
♣Q86
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KT52
JT2
987
♣975
♠J643
64
KT6
♣KJT2
♠98
K975
J542
♣A43
20
48
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 5/4 5 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥2 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  480          2.50   0.50  4 N +2   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A1-Charney-Charney
  480          2.50   0.50  4 N +2   A7-Betcher-Betcher vs A5-Dow-Quadros
  450          1.00   2.00  4 N +1   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A6-Gillott-Upson
  420          0.00   3.00  4 N      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 2NT. South checks for a heart fit and bids the heart game. A flat eight points--even call it nine with the doubleton spade--just isn't enough to go slamming, though a lucky declarer might get the J lead.



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17 ♠93
KT6
T982
♣JT62
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT2
A9754
AK6
♣A5
♠KQ875
Q8
73
♣KQ73
♠J64
J32
QJ54
♣984
4
1912
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 3 6 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.00   0.00  6♠ E -1   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        480    2.00   1.00  5♠ E +1   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
        990    0.50   2.50  6N W      A1-Charney-Charney vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        990    0.50   2.50  6N W      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A5-Dow-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once East opens 1, West will drive to slam. Playing Keycard Blackwood, he'll ask for aces and then be gratified that East has the K. A heart is the only loser--but 6 will feel safer than 6NT.



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18 ♠K7
KT93
KT7
♣Q732
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T865
AJ872
J32
♣5
♠Q94
6
Q865
♣KJT98
♠AJ32
Q54
A94
♣A64
11
68
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 4 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥3 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          3.00   0.00  3N S +2   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
  630          2.00   1.00  3N S +1   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
  600          1.00   2.00  3N S      A1-Charney-Charney vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        100    0.00   3.00  3N S -1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A5-Dow-Quadros

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1NT. North will bid Stayman and then the NT game. Will West still lead hearts when he realizes that North must have four hearts (since he wasn't interested in South's spade answer). He doesn't have a good lead: maybe a low diamond and hope for the best?



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19 ♠AKQ3
AQ32
KT
♣KJ3
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠T75
J75
AJ
♣AT964
♠862
K84
Q8432
♣87
♠J94
T96
9765
♣Q52
22
105
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 3 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          2.00   1.00  2N N +1   A1-Charney-Charney vs A6-Gillott-Upson
  150          2.00   1.00  2N N +1   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
  150          2.00   1.00  2N N +1   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A5-Dow-Quadros
         50    0.00   3.00  3N N -1   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
20 ♠A
T86432
Q962
♣94
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠932
95
3
♣AKJ8732
♠J8654
AQJ
KT87
♣Q
♠KQT7
K7
AJ54
♣T65
6
813
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2  ♣4 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1♠ 2NT  ♦4 ♥4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  3♣ W -1   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        110    1.50   1.50  2♠ E      A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
        110    1.50   1.50  3♣ W      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A5-Dow-Quadros
        800    0.00   3.00  3♠* S -3  A1-Charney-Charney vs A6-Gillott-Upson
21 ♠K93
K43
A52
♣AT73
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T752
72
9876
♣KQJ
♠AQ84
AQJ95
J
♣865
♠J6
T86
KQT43
♣942
14
614
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/-♣  ♣7/6 ♦6 ♥3 ♠3 NT6
EW: 1 3 4♠ 1NT  ♣6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    2.00   1.00  2 E +3   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        200    2.00   1.00  3 S -2   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A1-Charney-Charney
        200    2.00   1.00  2 S -2   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        300    0.00   3.00  2 S -3   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
22 ♠982
K764
KJ
♣AQT5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AKQJ653
J
Q7
♣982
♠T4
A832
AT852
♣43
♠7
QT95
9643
♣KJ76
13
138
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3  ♦6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1 3♠ 3NT  ♣4 ♥4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
        140    1.50   1.50  3♠ W      A5-Dow-Quadros vs A1-Charney-Charney
        140    1.50   1.50  2♠ W +1   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        230    0.00   3.00  2♠ W +4   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A6-Gillott-Upson
23 ♠J7652
54
K962
♣K2
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T
QT9732
JT75
♣A6
♠943
AK86
A3
♣J854
♠AKQ8
J
Q84
♣QT973
7
712
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 4♠  ♥3 NT5
EW: 4 2NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♠3
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +200 5*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          3.00   0.00  4♠ N      A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
  140          2.00   1.00  3♠ N      A5-Dow-Quadros vs A1-Charney-Charney
        100    1.00   2.00  4♠ N -1   A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        200    0.00   3.00  3 W +2   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A6-Gillott-Upson
24 ♠-
63
K8742
♣876532
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KQ963
AK987
9
♣QJ
♠AJ8
QJT4
T3
♣KT94
♠T7542
52
AQJ65
♣A
3
1511
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4  ♥1 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2 4♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦2
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -100 5*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        300    3.00   0.00  5* S -2  A4-Loiacono-Coffee vs A3-Rubin-Ricketts
        420    1.50   1.50  4♠ W      A2-Schnebele-Seckel vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        420    1.50   1.50  4♠ W      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A6-Gillott-Upson
        450    0.00   3.00  4 W +1   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A1-Charney-Charney
25 ♠62
K983
Q854
♣QJ6
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AJT73
AJT
A76
♣84
♠95
Q5
KJT932
♣A32
♠KQ84
7642
-
♣KT975
8
1410
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♦2/1 ♠3/4 NT1
EW: 5 3♠ 4NT  ♣6 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    2.50   0.50  4 E      A5-Dow-Quadros vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        130    2.50   0.50  3 E +1   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A1-Charney-Charney
        150    1.00   2.00  3 E +2   A8-Alexander-Miller vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
        630    0.00   3.00  3N W +1   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
26 ♠3
QT953
AT86
♣Q98
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠A4
A874
QJ2
♣AT73
♠JT9652
2
K94
♣642
♠KQ87
KJ6
753
♣KJ5
8
154
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1NT  ♣5 ♦6 ♠5
EW: 1♣ 2♠  ♦6 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   A6-Gillott-Upson vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
        110    1.00   2.00  2♠ W      A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A1-Charney-Charney
        110    1.00   2.00  2♠ W      A5-Dow-Quadros vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
        110    1.00   2.00  2♠ E      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
27 ♠A9
64
98654
♣JT72
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K4
AJ985
KT3
♣Q53
♠T7653
732
QJ
♣K84
♠QJ82
KQT
A72
♣A96
5
136
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 1♠ -/2NT
       ♥6 NT6/8
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          3.00   0.00  4* E -2  A8-Alexander-Miller vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
  120          2.00   1.00  1N S +1   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
   90          1.00   2.00  1N S      A6-Gillott-Upson vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
         50    0.00   3.00  1N S -1   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A1-Charney-Charney
28 ♠K986
T652
873
♣A7
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A42
743
T96
♣JT84
♠Q73
KQJ98
52
♣965
♠JT5
A
AKQJ4
♣KQ32
7
58
20
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 5 1 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +620 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          2.50   0.50  3N S      A6-Gillott-Upson vs A2-Schnebele-Seckel
  600          2.50   0.50  3N S      A8-Alexander-Miller vs A7-Betcher-Betcher
  150          0.50   2.50  4 S +1   A5-Dow-Quadros vs A4-Loiacono-Coffee
  150          0.50   2.50  3 S +2   A3-Rubin-Ricketts vs A1-Charney-Charney