- Monday Aft - September 17, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 2028 MP  Geomean: 865 MP
(based on 48 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Bobbie Gomer - Joel Slutz 64.96 1st A 1.20
Ellie Goldman - Rhoda Kauffman 61.93 2nd A 0.84
Dalia Singer - Richard Seideman 58.71 1st A 1.20
Douglas Dye - Kenneth Chatzinoff 58.14 2nd A 0.84
Arnold Selig - Joel Myers 55.68 3rd A 0.60
Barbara Albert - Loretta Rosnov 55.11 3rd A 0.60
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Joanne Adler - Sherri Lampert 53.79 4th A 0.42
Rochelle Zager - Stephanie Fine 52.46 1st B 0.64
Jack Mendelsohn - Phyllis Weber 52.08 5th A 0.24
Richard Rosenfeld - William Goldman 50.19 2nd B 0.45
Bruce Rubin - Lydia Rubin 49.81 2nd C 0.34
Arthur Seidner - Sandy Tilney 48.48 1st C 0.24
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>September 17, 2018 |CLUB NO.>227439    | 09/17/2018 15:28
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DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>  132.0 |TOP>  11 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=8/C=6                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Marjorie Ross          Sandra Kayson            A    .     .     .    129.00  48.86
 2 Philip Rosenfeld       Cecile Stern             C    .     .     .    127.50  48.30
 3 Joel Slutz             Bobbie Gomer             A    1     .     .    171.50  64.96  1.20(A)
 4 Richard Rosenfeld      William Goldman          B    5     2     .    132.50  50.19  0.45(B)
 5 Ellie Goldman          Rhoda Kauffman           A    2     .     .    163.50  61.93  0.84(A)
 6 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B    .     .     .    121.50  46.02
 7 Ina Greenspan          Charlotte Bogus          C    .     .     .     98.00  37.12
 8 Arnold Selig           Joel Myers               A    3     .     .    147.00  55.68  0.60(A)
 9 Bruce Rubin            Lydia Rubin              C    .     3     2    131.50  49.81  0.34(C)
10 Stephanie Fine         Rochelle Zager           C    4     1     1    138.50  52.46  0.64(B)
11 Suzanne Moses          Sally Basch              C    .     .     .     95.50  36.17
12 Evie Krancer           Eileen Greenberg         C    .     .     .    128.00  48.48
                                          Totals                        1584.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>  132.0 |TOP>  11 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=8/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Natalie Isser          Shelly Blank             C    .     .     .     89.50  33.90
 2 Eileen Zakuto          Burton Mass              C    .     .     .    124.50  47.16
 3 Sherri Lampert         Joanne Adler             B    4     3     .    142.00  53.79  0.42(A)
 4 Ruth Frank             Paul Frank               B    .     .     .    126.00  47.73
 5 Richard Seideman       Dalia Singer             B    1     1     .    155.00  58.71  1.20(A)
 6 Kenneth Chatzinoff     Douglas Dye              A    2     .     .    153.50  58.14  0.84(A)
 7 Phyllis Weber          Jack Mendelsohn          A    5     .     .    137.50  52.08  0.24(A)
 8 Barbara Albert         Loretta Rosnov           B    3     2     .    145.50  55.11  0.60(A)
 9 Bobbi Cohen            Elaine Friedenberg       B    .     .     .    129.50  49.05
10 Eleanore Goodman       Dave Anthony             A    .     .     .    117.00  44.32
11 Ellen Gordon           Sidney Gordon            A    .     .     .    136.00  51.52
12 Sandy Tilney           Arthur Seidner           C    .     .     1    128.00  48.48  0.24(C)
                                          Totals                        1584.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q7432
J62
83
♣JT5
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠5
Q953
QT6
♣K9873
♠AKJT96
-
A94
♣AQ42
♠8
AKT874
KJ752
♣6
4
718
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣1 ♦4 ♠2 NT3
EW: 6♣ 3/2 5/4♠ 4NT  ♥5/4
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -800 6*-NS-4
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         11.00   0.00  3♠* E -1  A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
   50          8.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A4-Frank-Frank
   50          8.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
   50          8.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
   50          8.50   2.50  4♠ E -1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        150    6.00   5.00  5 S -3   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Isser-Blank
        300    5.00   6.00  3* S -2  A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        420    3.00   8.00  4♠ E      A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        420    3.00   8.00  4♠ E      A11-Moses-Basch vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        420    3.00   8.00  4♠ E      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        430    1.00  10.00  3N W +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        590    0.00  11.00  4♠* E     A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A8-Albert-Rosnov

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East has a reasonable 2 opener: 4 1/2 Quick Tricks, only four losers and an excellent source of tricks. When partner shows no interest in spades, bid the clubs next and West should perk right up and happily bid the club game. There's a lot of duplication of values on this hand--and maximum trick taking depends on finessing the spades even with the AK opposite a singleton. Of course, if South leads her singleton, it could be a big help--not a great idea with only one trump and on this bidding. Talk about wishful thinking.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass214
Pass2Pass4All pass
  1. artificial, strong, and forcing
  2. game forcing

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5, and 9.

The Bidding: Since East can make a game opposite as little as xx xxxx xxx Kxxx, East opens a Strong 2 Clubs , South expects East-West to have a spade or club game. South's 6-5 hand has great trick taking potential. A North-South game isn't likely after North passes and East opens 2, but a profitable sacrifice is easy to imagine. South has a variety of options. Few partnerships will have a method to immediately show the red suits. Jumping to 4 seems best because it consumes a lot of bidding space and gets South's strongest and longest suit in play. It is common to use a double to show a negative response to the 2 opener. So West cannot double for penalty. West's pass shows game forcing values. East introduces their spade suit at the 4-level. West isn't thrilled with a spade contract. 4NT would be Roman Keycard for spades. 5 would be a wild risk. West has little choice other than passing.

At tables where South overcalls 2, West passes to show a game forcing hand. North has 3-card heart support, but their balanced hand doesn't suggest a sacrifice will be profitable. Passing seems prudent. East's 2 bid shows a strong hand with 5+ spades. South shows their diamond suit. West has a choice between showing their club suit or offering 3NT as the final contract. One of Bob Hamman's Rules is if a number of bids are available and one of them is three no-trump, 3NT should be chosen. Here, West's red suit stoppers are a bit soft, but West has no reason to believe a better contract is available. West offers 3NT as the final contract. If North doesn't sacrifice at 4, East can conveniently show their club suit, and East-West are likely to reach 6.

The Play in 4: South is likely to lead the Ace or King according to partnership agreements. Declarer ruffs. Declarer cashes their top spades and learns of the 5-1 spade break. Declarer exits a spade, discarding a diamond to maintain dummy's heart guard. If North wins their Queen on the 3rd or 4th rounds of spades and switches to a diamond, declarer can rise Ace, draw trump, and claim 11 tricks: 5 + 1 + 5. If North switches to a heart, declarer discards a diamond, South wins the King, but declarer has trump control and scores 11 tricks. If North ducks on the 3rd and 4th round of spades, declarer loses access to dummy's long club. Declarer needs to navigate an end play to score 11 tricks.

The Play in 6: South is likely to lead the Ace or King according to partnership agreements. Declarer ruffs. Declarer can afford to draw 1 round of trump. Declarer cashes the Ace and King, learning about the 5-1 spade break. Declarer concedes a trick to the Queen. North can lead a heart, hoping to shorten declarer's trump. Declarer ruffs and draws another round of trump. Declarer cashes 2 more spades, discarding down to Q K98 in dummy. Declarer cashes the Ace, ruffs a diamond, and claims 12 tricks.

A diamond switch fairs no better. Declarer wins the Ace, draws trumps, and claims 12 tricks: 5 + 1 ruff + 1 + 5.



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2 ♠A93
J7653
986
♣AQ
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KJ
AK92
53
♣97543
♠Q842
QT8
T42
♣862
♠T765
4
AKQJ7
♣KJT
11
114
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 1 3♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          8.00   3.00  3N S      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Isser-Blank
  600          8.00   3.00  3N N      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  600          8.00   3.00  3N N      A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A4-Frank-Frank
  600          8.00   3.00  3N N      A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  600          8.00   3.00  3N N      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  600          8.00   3.00  3N N      A11-Moses-Basch vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  600          8.00   3.00  3N N      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  150          3.00   8.00  2N N +1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A5-Seideman-Singer
  150          3.00   8.00  1N N +2   A8-Selig-Myers vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  150          3.00   8.00  1N N +2   A10-Fine-Zager vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  110          1.00  10.00  2 N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        100    0.00  11.00  5 S -1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A12-Tilney-Seidner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and North responds 1. Now when South rebids 1, North can reasonably bid 2NT and South will be delighted to go to game with that great diamond suit and 14 HCP. Even a spade lead causes no real harm. If West were to overcall the hearts at the one level, North might bid 2NT immediately.



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3 ♠J
Q74
4
♣AKQJT976
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AT52
A2
K9863
♣54
♠KQ763
T863
72
♣83
♠984
KJ95
AQJT5
♣2
13
115
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 2 1NT  ♠4
EW: 2♠  ♣2 ♦6 ♥4 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +400 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A1-Isser-Blank
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A4-Frank-Frank
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A11-Moses-Basch vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  400          8.00   3.00  5♣ N      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  150          3.50   7.50  3♣ N +2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  150          3.50   7.50  3♣ N +2   A10-Fine-Zager vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  120          2.00   9.00  1N N +1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
         50    1.00  10.00  6♣ N -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        100    0.00  11.00  3N N -2   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A5-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South has a picture-pretty Rule of 20 1 bid, but North won't care, He'll just blast to 5, trusting partner to bid slam if he has aces--not this time. Declarer doesn't have the entries to set up heart discards on the diamonds, even though the ruffing finesse would work. He just has to bite the bullet and lose the two major suit aces.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass3
Pass4Pass4
Pass5All pass 

The Bidding: South's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. South has comfortable rebids. So South opens 1. West has nothing to say. North's 2 response is a natural Two Over One Game Force . South's 2 rebid shows 5+ diamonds. North's 3 rebid tends to show extra club length. South's 3 bid is a notrump probe. North, lacking a spade stopper, bids 4. South's 4 shows a real heart suit. North isn't interested in playing a 4-3 heart fit. If South has club length, the defense may be able to navigate club ruffs. If South is short in clubs, the defense may be able to cut communication with dummy, leaving North's running clubs stranded. North offers 5 as the final contract, ending the auction.

The Play in 4: The auction suggests North-South don't have a spade stopper. So West leads their Ace. When a singleton tables in dummy, it is common to signal Suit Preference . Here, East wants spades continued to tap dummy and position them to tap declarer. So East plays an intermediate spade. A spade continuation by West forces declarer to lose control of the hand. Declarer is down 2 or more.

The Play in 5: Declarer has no trouble scoring 11 tricks: 2 + 1 + 8.



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4 ♠QT6
4
J97652
♣J95
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J2
AKJ975
K8
♣T42
♠A754
QT863
Q
♣KQ3
♠K983
2
AT43
♣A876
4
1213
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3  ♥3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 4 2NT  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: -500 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         11.00   0.00  4 W -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A1-Isser-Blank
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A8-Selig-Myers vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A4-Frank-Frank
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A10-Fine-Zager vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        620    6.00   5.00  4 W      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        650    0.50  10.50  4 W +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        650    0.50  10.50  4 W +1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A11-Gordon-Gordon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In first seat West opens 1 (he might open 2 in third seat). East will be thrilled--a good hand for a Splinter if that's a convention they use. But West will sign off. East might also try Blackwood--and then go down one when there's no place to shag the spade loser.



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5 ♠A9
QJ92
QJ965
♣A7
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K432
A765
32
♣QJ4
♠85
843
K7
♣KT9652
♠QJT76
KT
AT84
♣83
14
106
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 6 4 4♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1370 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  690         11.00   0.00  3N N +3   A8-Selig-Myers vs A1-Isser-Blank
  660         10.00   1.00  3N N +2   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A4-Frank-Frank
  650          9.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  620          8.00   3.00  4♠ S      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  600          7.00   4.00  3N N      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  210          6.00   5.00  2N N +3   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  170          4.50   6.50  2♠ S +2   A11-Moses-Basch vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  170          4.50   6.50  2 N +4   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  150          3.00   8.00  3 N +2   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  120          2.00   9.00  2N N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        100    1.00  10.00  3N N -1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        200    0.00  11.00  3N N -2   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A3-Lampert-Adler

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North opens 1. His best rebid over South's 1 response is probably 1NT since he isn't strong enough to Reverse into hearts. South uses New Minor Forcing which allows North to show the hearts. Alas, there are only 8 tricks after an opening club lead, but many will be in that leaky boat. The reluctance to play minors will cost this time.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass1NTPass21
Pass22Pass23
Pass3Pass4
Pass4All pass 
  1. artificial, forces a 2 rebid
  2. forced
  3. invitational with 5+

The Bidding: If playing a 15-17 HCP range, should North upgrade their 14 HCP hand based on their diamond length and QJ9 combinations in the red suits? North's black suit Ace-doubletons are not carrying their full weight. Opening 1 seems best. After South responds 1. North's 1NT rebid show a weak notrump hand with less than 4 hearts. South's 10 HCP hand merits an upgrade based on their texture, spade length and diamond fit. Methods to invite game vary by partnership agreement. New Minor Forcing is popular, but flawed. Two-Way New Minor Forcing is easier and better because it separates invitational and game forcing responses. It removes the need for opener to jump to show extra values. This leaves more room to offer a choice of games, and assess whether a slam is available. It also eliminates the need for responder to jump to the 3-level with a 6-card major and invitational values.

Using 2-Way New Minor Forcing , South bids an artificial 2. This forces opener to rebid 2. Now responder's 2 bid shows 5+ spades and invitational values. North, with a maximum, wants to accept the invitation, but is concerned about clubs. Game in a suit contract may have better play than 3NT. North's 3 bid shows values in hearts and a concern about clubs. South, with no help in clubs, shows their diamond fit. Since 4 scores better than 5 and requires only 10 tricks, North bids 4 to offer the 5-2 spade fit. South is happy to play 4.

Using new minor forcing, the auction should be similar. After South's artificial 2 new minor forcing rebid, North jumps to 3 to show a maximum with 4. South bids 3 to show concern about clubs. North prefers playing 4 in their 5-2 fit to playing 3NT.

Players wishing to learn an expert version of 2-Way new minor forcing should read Gavin Wolpert's "Two-Way new minor forcing (a.k.a. xyNT)" article.

The Play in Notrump: East leads the 10, top of an interior sequence. West knows they want to continue clubs. So they should make life easier by playing the Jack at trick 1. With the King and King onside, declarer can score 8 tricks. West sees their is no upside to covering dummy's Queen. When the defense gets in, they score their clubs and the Ace.

The Play in Spades: West leads the Queen, top of an honor sequence. Declarer has just a 9% chance of avoiding a spade loser. Declarer expects to lose a spade, a heart, and a club. Declarer needs to pickup diamonds without a loser. With a 9-card diamond fit, there is substantial risk of a diamond ruff. To mitigate chances of a defensive ruff, declarer Holds Up their Ace a round and knocks out the Ace before tackling diamonds. Here, with diamonds breaking 2-2 and the King onside, the defense cannot navigate a ruff. North's club shortness prevents the defense from tapping declarer prematurely. Looking at the A9 doubleton in dummy, West knows not to cover declarer's Queen. Declarer has 10 tricks. The defense scores 3 tricks: 1 + 1 + 1.

The Play in Diamonds: The auction suggests a lead away from East's King isn't risky. East's standard lead is the 10, top of an interior sequence. Declarer wins the Ace and finesses against East for the King. After drawing trump, declarer finesses against West for the King. West knows not to cover, but ducking doesn't help. Declarer later takes a ruffing finesse against the King. Declarer discards their club loser. Declarer knocks out the Ace and claims 12 tricks on the fortunate lie of the cards.



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6 ♠3
AQ9876
Q4
♣T653
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q92
T3
KT82
♣AKQJ
♠KT64
J42
J976
♣84
♠AJ875
K5
A53
♣972
8
155
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 2NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         10.00   1.00  1N W -2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  200         10.00   1.00  1N W -2   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  200         10.00   1.00  1N W -2   A11-Moses-Basch vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  140          5.50   5.50  3 N      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  140          5.50   5.50  3 N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  140          5.50   5.50  3 N      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  140          5.50   5.50  2 N +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  140          5.50   5.50  2 N +1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  140          5.50   5.50  2 N +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A1-Isser-Blank
  110          2.00   9.00  2 N      A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A4-Frank-Frank
         90    1.00  10.00  1N W      A10-Fine-Zager vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        120    0.00  11.00  1N W +1   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

When South opens 1, West's best call--if he must bid-- is 1NT. That may not deter a 2 call from North, though North's 8 HCP is about enough for a penalty double of 1NT. It will take a low heart lead to make the double really profitable.



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7 ♠J2
J7
AJT75
♣A872
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A974
K84
Q92
♣Q95
♠86
A96532
64
♣KT3
♠KQT53
QT
K83
♣J64
11
117
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2♠  ♥4 NT6
EW: 3 1NT  ♣5 ♦3/4 ♠3
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         11.00   0.00  3* E -1  A8-Selig-Myers vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  140         10.00   1.00  2♠ S +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  130          9.00   2.00  2 N +2   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A5-Seideman-Singer
   90          8.00   3.00  2 N      A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        100    7.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A1-Isser-Blank
        110    6.00   5.00  2 W      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        140    4.00   7.00  3 E      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        140    4.00   7.00  3 E      A11-Moses-Basch vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        140    4.00   7.00  2 E +1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A4-Frank-Frank
        200    2.00   9.00  3♣ S -2   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        300    1.00  10.00  1N N -3   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        670    0.00  11.00  2* E     A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A2-Zakuto-Mass

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Will North open light with only 2-2 in the majors? If he does open 1, will East then preempt in hearts? It would be rewarded this time when partner has the King and the suit breaks 2-2. Over a heart bid, South will bid his spades, and North can pass opposite a passed partner when he knows partner must have at least five spades. West has more than enough to raise hearts in a competitive auction. Who'll blink first?



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8 ♠T985
A762
T43
♣63
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A3
QT4
KQJ62
♣KQ9
♠764
K953
98
♣A542
♠KQJ2
J8
A75
♣JT87
4
177
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥3 ♠6 NT5
EW: 3♣ 4 3 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50         11.00   0.00  2N W -1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A4-Frank-Frank
         50    9.50   1.50  2♠ S -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A1-Isser-Blank
         50    9.50   1.50  2♠ S -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
         90    8.00   3.00  1N W      A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        120    5.00   6.00  1N W +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        120    5.00   6.00  1N W +1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        120    5.00   6.00  1N W +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        120    5.00   6.00  1N W +1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        120    5.00   6.00  1N W +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        150    2.00   9.00  1N W +2   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        210    1.00  10.00  1N W +4   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        400    0.00  11.00  3N W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1NT, which buys the hand. If North leads a low heart, declarer will benefit--not so if North chooses the 10. We give no high card value to tens and nines, but the heart situation here is a good example of how important they can be.



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9 ♠97432
K
K5
♣QT962
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠-
AJT864
874
♣AJ43
♠AK86
Q732
AJT93
♣-
♠QJT5
95
Q62
♣K875
8
1014
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥0 ♠6 NT1
EW: 1♣ 5 7 1♠ 4NT
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -1700 7♠*-NS-7
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        620   11.00   0.00  4 W      A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A1-Isser-Blank
        650   10.00   1.00  5 W      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A4-Frank-Frank
        680    8.00   3.00  5 W +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        680    8.00   3.00  4 W +2   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        680    8.00   3.00  4 W +2   A10-Fine-Zager vs A3-Lampert-Adler
       1430    3.50   7.50  6 W      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
       1430    3.50   7.50  6 W      A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
       1430    3.50   7.50  6 W      A8-Selig-Myers vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
       1430    3.50   7.50  6 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A5-Seideman-Singer
       1430    3.50   7.50  6 W      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
       1430    3.50   7.50  6 E      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
       1460    0.00  11.00  6 W +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East should remember to revalue her hand when West responds to 1 with 1. If they play splinters , East will bid 4; otherwise he should bid the heart game. The fear of duplication of values and that weakish suit will worry West, but the hand is golden, not that most won't lose to the singleton King! It's usual to take the finesse with 10 trumps.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass41Pass
4Pass5Pass
6All pass  
  1. artificial, game forcing, 4+ hearts, club shortness

The Bidding: After East opens 1 in 2nd seat, West responds 1. It is common to play a direct 1NT overcall by a passed hand as an Unusual notrump showing 5-5 or better in the unbid suits. Showing North's distribution is likely to help declarer if East-West buy the contract. The upside of showing North's distribution is the potential to find a profitable sacrifice or jam the opponent's auction. Here, North's honors are more oriented to defense than offense. Passing seems best.

East, with 19 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 5½, Splinters to show their heart support, club shortness, and game forcing strength. In his "Limit Bids: Evaluating Hands for Slams Part 3" article, Andrew Gumperz discusses how hands with a good fit and shortness in both hands can take a lot of tricks with relatively few HCP. Here, West knows the Short Suit Total is 0 or 1. So East-West expect to take 12 tricks with roughly 20 working HCP. Here, West's Jack is wasted, but West expects the rest of their hand to be working. East almost certainly has some wasted values in spades. Even so, slam is likely. West has a choice between cue bidding, Roman Keycard , and Exclusion . Cue bidding 4 seems best because it communicates the lack of a diamond control. East knows West's 4 cue bid is based on shortness. East's Ace-King are still worth 2 tricks. East is concerned about a potential diamond loser and a potential heart loser. If West holds the Queen, a finesse may avoid a diamond loser. If West has just small diamonds, double finessing offers a 75% chance of avoiding a second diamond loser. East wants to be in slam if a heart loser can be avoided. So West bids 5, a 5 of your Major Slam Try . West, with a strong 6-card heart suit, accepts the slam try.

The Play: A Splinter auction makes a trump lead attractive to reduce ruffing power. Here, North isn't willing to lead their singleton King.

When dummy tables, declarer sees East's AK provides 2 diamond discards. So declarer doesn't have a diamond loser. Declarer can afford to lose a heart trick if they navigate 3 club ruffs. The biggest risk is a defensive overruff and later losing the King. If hearts break 2-1, a 78% chance, this risk can be avoided by cashing the Ace. Cashing the Ace is costly when if hearts break 3-1 and the defense can score an overruff and draw a 2nd round of trump before declarer navigates their 3rd club ruff. Since many partnerships will not reach this 24 HCP slam, it is best to play safely to make 6. So some may cash their Ace as a Safety Play . Here, the Safety Play drops North's singleton King, allowing declarer to score all the tricks.

Since North wouldn't have passed as dealer at favorable vulnerability if they held 8 or 9 clubs, there is little chance South has less than 2 clubs. Similarly, South wouldn't have passed East's 1 opening if they held 8 or 9 spades. So declarer can reasonably believe there is little chance of a spade overruff. So declarer may choose to delay drawing trump and take a heart finesse after ruffing 3 clubs. The advantage of finessing after ruffing 3 clubs is illusory. Since declarer can no longer pickup K95 in South's hand, finessing offers just a 26% chance of avoiding a heart loser. Cashing the Ace early is safer and offers the same 26% chance. Declarers who finesse against the King score 12 tricks.



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10 ♠KT92
AJ942
J9
♣AJ
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠873
KQ765
AK6
♣76
♠QJ6
T
QT532
♣T542
♠A54
83
874
♣KQ983
14
125
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 3♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630         11.00   0.00  3N N +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  200          8.50   2.50  1 W -2   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  200          8.50   2.50  1 W -2   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A4-Frank-Frank
  200          8.50   2.50  1 W -2   A10-Fine-Zager vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  200          8.50   2.50  1 W -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  150          6.00   5.00  2N N +1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A1-Isser-Blank
  140          5.00   6.00  2♠ N +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  110          3.50   7.50  2♣ S +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  110          3.50   7.50  2♣ S +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
         80    1.50   9.50  1 W      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
         80    1.50   9.50  1 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        100    0.00  11.00  2N N -1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A2-Zakuto-Mass

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West startles North by opening 1. If North must bid, his best choice is 1NT, but pass is certainly a logical alternative. East might eke out a 1NT response if North passes. If that is forcing, West will now bid 2 and East will be thrilled to pass. On the other hand, if East also passes, South may balance with 2. There are so many ways to go with this hand.



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11 ♠T4
KQ962
2
♣AJ432
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q
A
AQJT87654
♣95
♠K8765
JT743
K
♣Q7
♠AJ932
85
93
♣KT86
10
139
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠  ♦3 NT3
EW: 4 1NT  ♣3 ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         10.50   0.50  6 W -2   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  100         10.50   0.50  6 W -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
   50          6.50   4.50  5 W -1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
   50          6.50   4.50  5 W -1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A1-Isser-Blank
   50          6.50   4.50  5 W -1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A3-Lampert-Adler
   50          6.50   4.50  5 W -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Seideman-Singer
   50          6.50   4.50  5 W -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
   50          6.50   4.50  5 E -1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        150    3.00   8.00  2 W +3   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        400    1.00  10.00  5 W      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        400    1.00  10.00  5 W      A10-Fine-Zager vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        400    1.00  10.00  5 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A4-Frank-Frank

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West can't be faulted for opening 5 with this monster. Unfortunately, it's normal to lead out even unsupported Aces against such bidding, and the first three tricks will go to the defenders. To add insult, N-S don't have a game. Rats.



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12 ♠QJT3
764
7
♣T8542
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A8
KQT952
842
♣Q7
♠K5
A8
T653
♣AJ963
♠97642
J3
AKQJ9
♣K
3
1112
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣2 ♦5 ♥2 NT2
EW: 1♣ 1 4 2NT  ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150         11.00   0.00  4 W -3   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A1-Isser-Blank
  110         10.00   1.00  2♠ S      A8-Selig-Myers vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  100          8.50   2.50  5 W -2   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  100          8.50   2.50  4 W -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
   50          6.50   4.50  4 W -1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
   50          6.50   4.50  4 W -1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        100    4.50   6.50  3♠ S -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        100    4.50   6.50  3♠ S -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        140    2.50   8.50  3 W      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        140    2.50   8.50  2 W +1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        420    1.00  10.00  4 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A4-Frank-Frank
        800    0.00  11.00  4♠* S -3  A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 2. Will East raise? It's not outlandish. Unfortunately, the K is offside and North is sure to lead a diamond. No fun there for declarer. Who's going to drop that K?



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13 ♠KT
AKJ86
K
♣AQT63
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠J972
7
AJ876
♣984
♠A54
QT952
Q954
♣K
♠Q863
43
T32
♣J752
20
611
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1NT  ♦4 ♠6
EW: 3 1♠  ♣3 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         11.00   0.00  2N N -2   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  150         10.00   1.00  2N N +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  140          9.00   2.00  1 N +2   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  110          7.50   3.50  1 N +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  110          7.50   3.50  1 N +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
   80          5.50   5.50  1 N      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
   80          5.50   5.50  1 N      A10-Fine-Zager vs A1-Isser-Blank
        100    4.00   7.00  1 N -1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        200    1.50   9.50  2N N -2   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        200    1.50   9.50  2 S -2   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Frank-Frank
        200    1.50   9.50  2 N -2   A11-Moses-Basch vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        200    1.50   9.50  1 N -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A5-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North does not have a good hand for 2: two-suited hands are hard to describe when the bidding has been jammed by opening at the two level. 1 could pass out and the bad break is painful. But if West (foolishly) decides to balance, North will show her clubs offering a contract South finds more appealing. There's yet another singleton king off-side.



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14 ♠987
73
K854
♣QJ93
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AJ542
JT642
AT
♣7
♠K63
AQ85
73
♣A654
♠QT
K9
QJ962
♣KT82
6
1013
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♥1 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5 5♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -450 5♠-EW/5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         11.00   0.00  3♣ E -2   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        170   10.00   1.00  2 W +2   A10-Fine-Zager vs A1-Isser-Blank
        230    9.00   2.00  3 W +3   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Frank-Frank
        420    8.00   3.00  4♠ W      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        450    3.50   7.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        450    3.50   7.50  4♠ W +1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        450    3.50   7.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        450    3.50   7.50  4♠ W +1   A11-Moses-Basch vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        450    3.50   7.50  4 W +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        450    3.50   7.50  4 W +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        450    3.50   7.50  4 E +1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        450    3.50   7.50  4 E +1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A11-Gordon-Gordon

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1, rebidding 1NT over West's 1. What West bids now depends on their agreements. Some will use New Minor Forcing; others will jump to 3 now to show the 5-5 distribution. The same losers are in effect for game in either major: a heart and a diamond.



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15 ♠KJ62
J82
T5
♣A542
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AQ
K53
K987632
♣6
♠85
Q974
AQ4
♣KJT8
♠T9743
AT6
J
♣Q973
9
1212
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥4 NT3
EW: 4 2 2/4NT  ♣5 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: -430 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         11.00   0.00  5 W -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A4-Frank-Frank
   50          9.50   1.50  3N E -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
   50          9.50   1.50  4 E -1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        130    7.00   4.00  4 W      A8-Selig-Myers vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        130    7.00   4.00  3 W +1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A1-Isser-Blank
        130    7.00   4.00  3 W +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        150    4.00   7.00  4 W +1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        150    4.00   7.00  3 W +2   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        150    4.00   7.00  2 W +3   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        400    1.50   9.50  5 W      A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        400    1.50   9.50  5 W      A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        430    0.00  11.00  3N E +1   A11-Moses-Basch vs A2-Zakuto-Mass

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West has much too good a hand for a preempt and opens 1. East bids 1 and West 2. Of course, East can just play diamonds--it doesn't sound like they have the points for a game requiring 11 tricks, but the NT game will be hard to achieve--and it must be bid by WEst to protect the spade tenace.



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16 ♠T972
K94
AT73
♣A9
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠AK864
7
8652
♣KQ4
♠53
T8532
KQJ9
♣72
♠QJ
AQJ6
4
♣JT8653
11
126
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 2/1NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥5 ♠6 NT3/4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400         11.00   0.00  4♠ W -4   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  200          9.00   2.00  2♠ W -2   A8-Selig-Myers vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  200          9.00   2.00  2♠ W -2   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  200          9.00   2.00  2 E -2   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A5-Seideman-Singer
  120          7.00   4.00  2N N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  110          6.00   5.00  3♣ S      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A1-Isser-Blank
  100          4.50   6.50  2♠ W -1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  100          4.50   6.50  2♠ E -1   A11-Moses-Basch vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
         90    3.00   8.00  2 W      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A4-Frank-Frank
        110    1.50   9.50  2♠ W      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        110    1.50   9.50  2 W +1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        180    0.00  11.00  2* W     A1-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1 and East just has enough for 1NT. Would any South bid that terrible club suit? Probably not. West now bids 2, which East is delighted to pass. Now South might double with both clubs and hearts, though the bad break will doom this rational contract.



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17 ♠J987542
AQJ8
9
♣6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ3
9542
Q865
♣J2
♠T
K73
KJ732
♣9853
♠A6
T6
AT4
♣AKQT74
8
87
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 5/4♠ 3NT  ♦6
EW:  ♣2 ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +450 5♠-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          9.50   1.50  5♠ N      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  450          9.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  450          9.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  450          9.50   1.50  4♠ N +1   A11-Moses-Basch vs A1-Isser-Blank
  420          4.50   6.50  4♠ N      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  420          4.50   6.50  4♠ N      A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  420          4.50   6.50  4♠ N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  420          4.50   6.50  4♠ N      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A4-Frank-Frank
  420          4.50   6.50  4♠ N      A8-Selig-Myers vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  420          4.50   6.50  4♠ N      A10-Fine-Zager vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  400          1.00  10.00  3N S      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        100    0.00  11.00  6♠ N -2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

Once South has opened and jumped in clubs, North will rebid the spades and play the spade game. What will East lead? A low red card makes sense, and the diamond suit looks more promising.



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18 ♠AK
JT
JT84
♣Q8432
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠Q63
A9643
A2
♣T76
♠J7542
Q8
9653
♣A9
♠T98
K752
KQ7
♣KJ5
11
107
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♥6 ♠5
EW: 1 1♠  ♣3 ♦4 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630         11.00   0.00  3N N +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  600          9.50   1.50  3N S      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
  600          9.50   1.50  3N N      A8-Selig-Myers vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  250          8.00   3.00  1N W -5   A10-Fine-Zager vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  150          7.00   4.00  2N N +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  110          6.00   5.00  2 S +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  100          4.50   6.50  1N W -2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Seideman-Singer
  100          4.50   6.50  3♠ E -2   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
   90          2.50   8.50  1N N      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A4-Frank-Frank
   90          2.50   8.50  2 S      A11-Moses-Basch vs A1-Isser-Blank
        100    1.00  10.00  3♣ S -1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        200    0.00  11.00  2N N -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A3-Lampert-Adler

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1, West bids 1 and North bids 2 to show a limit raise in clubs. What now for South? He has a heart stopper and could bid 2NT and a heart lead certainly won't stop that train. A spade lead, on the other hand, would be super costly. Is it likely? I doubt it.



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19 ♠AJT
Q
J83
♣A87543
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠Q987
T6
K964
♣T62
♠532
AKJ983
AT
♣J9
♠K64
7542
Q752
♣KQ
12
513
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠  ♥5 NT5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♦5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130         11.00   0.00  3♣ N +1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  110          8.50   2.50  3♣ N      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A5-Seideman-Singer
  110          8.50   2.50  3♣ N      A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
  110          8.50   2.50  3♣ N      A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  110          8.50   2.50  3♣ N      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  100          6.00   5.00  3 E -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A4-Frank-Frank
         50    5.00   6.00  3♣ N -1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        100    4.00   7.00  1N S -2   A11-Moses-Basch vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        110    2.50   8.50  2 E      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Isser-Blank
        110    2.50   8.50  2 E      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        140    1.00  10.00  2 E +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
        150    0.00  11.00  2N S -3   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
20 ♠Q874
87
Q943
♣Q95
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J52
KQ6432
A
♣T74
♠KT
AT5
KJ52
♣K862
♠A963
J9
T876
♣AJ3
6
1014
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥3 ♠6 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 4 1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         11.00   0.00  4 W -2   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  100          9.50   1.50  4 W -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Isser-Blank
  100          9.50   1.50  4 W -1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        140    6.50   4.50  3 W      A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        140    6.50   4.50  3 W      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        140    6.50   4.50  2 W +1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        140    6.50   4.50  2 W +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        170    4.00   7.00  3 W +1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        620    2.00   9.00  4 W      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A4-Frank-Frank
        620    2.00   9.00  4 W      A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        620    2.00   9.00  4 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        630    0.00  11.00  3N E +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
21 ♠QT6
K2
T754
♣KQ95
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J973
J7
Q8
♣AJ743
♠K84
Q9853
J92
♣T2
♠A52
AT64
AK63
♣86
10
96
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2 2/3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630         10.00   1.00  3N S +1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  630         10.00   1.00  3N S +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
  630         10.00   1.00  3N S +1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  600          6.50   4.50  3N S      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  600          6.50   4.50  3N S      A8-Selig-Myers vs A5-Seideman-Singer
  600          6.50   4.50  3N S      A11-Moses-Basch vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
  600          6.50   4.50  3N S      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A1-Isser-Blank
        100    2.00   9.00  3N S -1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A4-Frank-Frank
        100    2.00   9.00  3N S -1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        100    2.00   9.00  3N S -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        100    2.00   9.00  3N S -1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        100    2.00   9.00  3N S -1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
22 ♠K984
943
7
♣KQ542
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q6
J2
AKQT6
♣JT76
♠AJ752
AT6
432
♣83
♠T3
KQ875
J985
♣A9
8
139
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣6 ♦4 ♠6 NT4
EW: 3/2 1♠ 3/2NT  ♣6 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -500 4*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         11.00   0.00  4 W -2   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
  100          9.00   2.00  2♠ E -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
  100          9.00   2.00  3 E -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Lampert-Adler
  100          9.00   2.00  2 W -1   A10-Fine-Zager vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
         90    7.00   4.00  1N W      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A4-Frank-Frank
        110    5.50   5.50  3 W      A11-Moses-Basch vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        110    5.50   5.50  2 W +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A5-Seideman-Singer
        120    3.50   7.50  1N W +1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        120    3.50   7.50  1N W +1   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A1-Isser-Blank
        130    2.00   9.00  3 W +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        140    1.00  10.00  2♠ E +1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        300    0.00  11.00  3* S -2  A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
23 ♠986
KJ6
A5
♣Q9652
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AQ4
A95
KQ82
♣AT3
♠J32
T2
J43
♣KJ874
♠KT75
Q8743
T976
♣-
10
196
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦4 ♠5 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3/2 2♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          9.50   1.50  3N E -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
  100          9.50   1.50  3N E -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A5-Seideman-Singer
  100          9.50   1.50  3N E -1   A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
  100          9.50   1.50  1 W -1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A1-Isser-Blank
        600    4.50   6.50  3N W      A8-Selig-Myers vs A4-Frank-Frank
        600    4.50   6.50  3N E      A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A3-Lampert-Adler
        600    4.50   6.50  3N E      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        600    4.50   6.50  3N E      A10-Fine-Zager vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
        600    4.50   6.50  3N E      A11-Moses-Basch vs A10-Goodman-Anthony
        600    4.50   6.50  3N E      A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        630    0.50  10.50  3N E +1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
        630    0.50  10.50  3N E +1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
24 ♠KJ53
85
Q64
♣A972
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A87
AKJ6
KJ72
♣Q5
♠QT942
32
5
♣KJT43
♠6
QT974
AT983
♣86
10
186
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥5/6 ♠3 NT3/4
EW: 3♣ 1 4♠ 3NT  ♦6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         11.00   0.00  3 W -2   A10-Fine-Zager vs A8-Albert-Rosnov
   50          7.00   4.00  2N W -1   A2-Rosenfeld-Stern vs A3-Lampert-Adler
   50          7.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A3-Slutz-Gomer vs A5-Seideman-Singer
   50          7.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A4-Rosenfeld-Goldman vs A7-Weber-Mendelsohn
   50          7.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A7-Greenspan-Bogus vs A1-Isser-Blank
   50          7.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A4-Frank-Frank
   50          7.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A9-Rubin-Rubin vs A6-Chatzinoff-Dye
   50          7.00   4.00  4♠ E -1   A12-Krancer-Greenberg vs A12-Tilney-Seidner
        140    3.00   8.00  2♠ E +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Zakuto-Mass
        420    1.00  10.00  4♠ W      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A11-Gordon-Gordon
        420    1.00  10.00  4♠ E      A5-Goldman-Kauffman vs A9-Cohen-Friedenberg
        420    1.00  10.00  4♠ E      A11-Moses-Basch vs A10-Goodman-Anthony