- Monday Aft - February 11, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 2126 MP  Geomean: 773 MP
(based on 20 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Marjorie Ross - Sandra Kayson 58.33 1st A 1.00
Arnold Selig - Joel Myers 57.29 2nd A 0.70
Joan Brandeis - Joanne Adler 56.77 3rd A 0.50
Dalia Singer - Richard Seideman 54.17 2nd B 0.39
Edie McAlpin - Phyllis Weber 52.60 3rd B 0.28
Barbara Davis - Tyrone Davis 51.56 1st C 0.24
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>February 11, 2019  |CLUB NO.>227439    | 02/11/2019 15:34
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DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   48.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/2500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=7/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,--------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  | Adjust |Awards   |
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 1 Joanne Adler           Joan Brandeis            A    3     .     .     54.50  56.77          0.50(A)
 2 Tyrone Davis           Barbara Davis            C    .     .     1     49.50  51.56          0.24(C)
 3 Susan Kestenbaum       Jack Mendelsohn          A    .     .     .     51.50  53.65
 4 Shelley Schwartz       Sondra Tucker            C    .     .     .     24.50  25.52
 5 Phyllis Weber          Edie McAlpin             B    .     3     .     50.50  52.60   -1.00  0.28(B)
 6 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B    .     .     .     46.00  47.92
 7 Barbara Albert         Stephanie Fine           C    .     .     .     39.50  41.15
 8 Richard Seideman       Dalia Singer             B    4     2     .     52.00  54.17          0.39(B)
 9 Arnold Selig           Joel Myers               A    2     .     .     55.00  57.29          0.70(A)
10 Marjorie Ross          Sandra Kayson            B    1     1     .     56.00  58.33          1.00(A)
                                          Totals                         479.00          -1.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠T9765
K62
98
♣765
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠K3
T953
A52
♣KT93
♠AQJ2
QJ
KT643
♣82
♠84
A874
QJ7
♣AQJ4
3
1013
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦4 ♥5 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 3 2 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3 W -1   A2-Davis-Davis vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
        100    3.00   1.00  2♠ S -2   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
        150    1.50   2.50  1N W +2   A7-Albert-Fine vs A8-Seideman-Singer
        150    1.50   2.50  1N W +2   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        180    0.00   4.00  1N W +3   A9-Selig-Myers vs A5-Weber-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and then bids 1 over the 1 response. Yes, South has points, but what can he bid? 2 with only a four card suit? Double with only two spades? Better sit quietly and be a nasty surprise on defense. When West rebids 1NT, he'll buy the hand. The great diamond break and fortunate location of the missing club honors are a boon to declarer--overtricks coming.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1Pass
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, and 5-6.

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South doesn't have the right shape to act. West's priority is to look for a major suit fit. So West responds 1. East shows their spade suit. At this points, East has a wide range. West's 10 HCP hand has good texture. Jumping to 2NT to invite game is a bit aggressive. Offering 1NT as the final contract seems best. East has no reason to act.

Now South has a balancing decision. In his "The Race to 1NT" article, Andrew Gumperz discusses how non-vulnerable 1NT contracts tend to score well whether they make or not. Dead Notrump Defense is a great defensive agreement when the opponents have bid one or more suits and then attempt to play 1NT. With that agreement, South could bid 2 to show clubs and a higher ranking suit. South's poor heart texture and balanced hand suggest defending 1NT.

The Play: Declarer has 6 quick winners. With diamonds breaking 3-2, declarer can develop 2 additional winners. The defense has 3 quick winners. If the defense goes after hearts, declarer will score 10 tricks. If the defense goes after clubs, they will develop a second defensive club trick and 2 club tricks for declarer. To hold declarer to 9 tricks, the defense must develop a 2nd club trick and cash out.
4 + 2 + 4 + 1



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2 ♠T984
KQ65
J53
♣93
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KJ632
842
AQT
♣T7
♠75
J97
K97
♣KQJ85
♠AQ
AT3
8642
♣A642
6
1010
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1 1♠  ♣5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          4.00   0.00  2♠ W -3   A2-Davis-Davis vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
  120          3.00   1.00  1N S +1   A9-Selig-Myers vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
  110          2.00   2.00  2 N      A7-Albert-Fine vs A8-Seideman-Singer
   90          1.00   3.00  1N S      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        400    0.00   4.00  3N N -4   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A6-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1 and West overcalls 1. North really isn't strong enough to make a Negative Double . If 1 passes back to South, he reopens with a double and North will probably now bid 2. There's no joy in the two level for N-S. Though they have half the HCP (and two 10s), there just aren't enough tricks.



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3 ♠J9542
J72
A75
♣Q4
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKQ3
QT953
-
♣JT75
♠7
86
T832
♣AK9863
♠T86
AK4
KQJ964
♣2
8
127
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣1 ♥2/4 NT4
EW: 5♣ 2  ♦5 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -500 5*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  4 W -2   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
  140          3.00   1.00  2♠ N +1   A2-Davis-Davis vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
        140    2.00   2.00  3♠ W      A9-Selig-Myers vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
        600    1.00   3.00  5♣ E      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        800    0.00   4.00  5* S -4  A7-Albert-Fine vs A8-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

South opens 1.West doubles, and North bids 1. Now East will come to the party with 2--or maybe even 3, justified with the long suit and major suit shortness. It's hard for E-W to visualize how perfect their fit is. With a spade lead, indeed, declarer can even shag his two heart losers, ruff all those diamonds and make 12 tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
11Dbl1Rdbl2
2Pass33
3Pass5All pass
  1. clubs and tolerance for hearts
  2. exactly 3 spades

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West has a choice between overcalling 1 and doubling for takeout. West has the playing strength to do both. So West begins with a 1 overcall. North responds 1. Some play Rozenkranz Doubles to differentiate heart raises with an honor from heart raises without an honor. With that agreement, East overcalls 2. Others prefer playing Snapdragon Doubles . With that agreement, East doubles to show clubs and heart tolerance.

Since North didn't make a Negative Double , South knows North has 5+ spades. South has a could between making a Support Redouble showing exactly 3-cared spade support and rebidding their diamond suit. South's diamond length and strength are worth advertising. However, South's spade support and club shortness are valuable. South prefers redoubling, hoping to later show their diamond length and strength.

West knows their partnership has no losers in clubs or diamonds. East didn't raise hearts. So East should have 2 or less hearts. West can visualize making 5 opposite a strong club suit. West isn't strong enough to Game Force with a Splinter bid. West's 17 Support Points are too heavy for inviting with a raise to 3. Cue bidding seems best. When the opponents have bid 2 suits, it is common to cue bid the suit you have stopped. So West cue bids 2. North has nothing to say. East declines the invitation by bidding 3. South competes to 3. After West shows additional strength with a 2nd Game Try , East accepts. North-South are more likely to double than to sacrifice.

The Play: The hand plays as visualized. With clubs splitting 2-1, declarer has an easy route to 11 tricks. The defense scores just their 2 heart winners.



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4 ♠AJ632
JT
72
♣KT85
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠K5
A72
AT94
♣AQJ2
♠Q984
Q9654
K63
♣4
♠T7
K83
QJ85
♣9763
9
187
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4/3 4 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    4.00   0.00  1N W +2   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Davis-Davis
        500    3.00   1.00  3♣* N -2  A9-Selig-Myers vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
        600    2.00   2.00  3N W      A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
        620    1.00   3.00  4 E      A8-Seideman-Singer vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        630    0.00   4.00  3N E +1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A7-Albert-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In most agreements these days, West's 18 HCP is too good for 1NT. Instead, if North passes, he jumps to 2NT over the 1 response. But what if North bids 1? East might bid 2 anyway, counting the singleton club for three since he has diamond support. That gets them to their heart game in a hurry. If East makes a Negative Double instead, North may jump to 2NT anyway, to "protect" the K. Then East will still bid hearts and West will carry on in the suit.



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5 ♠85
KT862
AJ6
♣Q87
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠7632
75
983
♣J542
♠KT9
AJ9
T52
♣AKT9
♠AQJ4
Q43
KQ74
♣63
10
115
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4/3 3 3/2♠ 3/2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥4 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00  2 N +1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A7-Albert-Fine
  110          3.00   1.00  2 S      A9-Selig-Myers vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
  100          2.00   2.00  1N E -2   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Davis-Davis
   50          0.50   3.50  1N E -1   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
   50          0.50   3.50  1N E -1   A8-Seideman-Singer vs A1-Adler-Brandeis

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East's opening 1NT may slow N-S down a bit, especially since South has neither a huge number of points nor a really two-suited hand. If 1NT passes around to North, will he want to bid this mediocre suit with only 10 HCP? Yikes! -150 is a likely outcome for poor East.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1NTAll pass

The Bidding: After East opens a strong notrump, South has a choice between passing and overcalling. In his "The Race to 1NT" article, Andrew Gumperz discusses how non-vulnerable 1NT contracts tend to score well whether they make or go down. So passing is risky. The unfavorable vulnerability and South's balanced distribution increase the risk of overcalling. South prefers passing with their balanced hand. West has nothing to say. North isn't eager to balance with their balanced hand. North follows Mel's Rule of 2 and passes 1NT out.

The Play: Declarer cannot reach dummy to finesse against North's Queen, but declarer can establish a 3rd club trick for their 4th trick. Declarer cannot score a 5th trick unless helped by the defense. A club lead by North or South, or a spade lead by South allows declarer to score a 5th trick.



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6 ♠KQ64
AJ
AK
♣AKQ76
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠J
KQ9543
QJ3
♣853
♠T9732
8762
T75
♣2
♠A85
T
98642
♣JT94
26
90
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 6 5♠ 5NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣0 ♦1 ♠2 NT1
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +1440 7♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  3♣ N +3   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A7-Albert-Fine
       1440    2.00   2.00  6N W      A9-Selig-Myers vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
       1440    2.00   2.00  6N E      A8-Seideman-Singer vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
       1440    2.00   2.00  6N E      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Davis-Davis
       1460    0.00   4.00  6 W +1   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A5-Weber-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

North sits there, barely concealing his glee with 26 HCP and hears West open 2 in front of him. He starts with a double. South bids 3 and now North wants to force the bidding--3 will do it. This will get a 4 bid out of South. North will be gratified to hear that South has an Ace and will bid 6--it's hard to bid a grand without special knowledge--like knowing that South has a singleton heart.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
2Dbl3Pass
PassDblPass4
Pass4Pass4
All pass   

The Bidding: It isn't easy for North-South to bid slam in a competitive auction. After 2 passes, West preempts a Weak Two Hearts . North is too strong to overcall. So North begins with a double. East isn't eager to jump raise West's 3rd seat preempt at unfavorable vulnerability. Raising to 3 seems sufficient. South has nothing to say. North has a difficult choice between doubling, bidding 3NT, bidding 4, and cue bidding. 3NT might go down while other contracts are making. 4 would show 5+ clubs and 18+ points, but wouldn't be forcing. Doubling offers a potentially lucrative penalty with potential to arrive at the right game or slam. A 4 cue bid would be forcing, but consumes valuable bidding space. Doubling seems the most flexible action. South has a choice between converting the double for penalty or bidding 3, 4, or 4. South isn't sure 3 is going down. Bidding 3 risks playing in a 3-3 fit. Showing South's 5-card diamond suit seems best. North cue bids 4 to create a Game Force . South's Ace and heart shortness potentially provide 3 Cover Cards . However, North isn't likely to have 3 hearts on this auction. So South expects to have 1 or 2 Cover Cards. Since major suit contracts score 30 per trick, South is likely to offer 4 as the final contract. It is difficult for North to make another move.

The Play in 3 or 4 Doubled: The defense can score 6 tricks if they navigate a diamond ruff. If North-South normally lead Ace from Ace-King. Leading the King and then the Ace shows a doubleton.

The Play in Notrump: Declarer has 11 quick winners, but cannot navigate a 12th trick.

The Play in Spades: Declarer has plenty of winners, but cannot avoid losing 2 spade tricks.

The Play in Diamonds: With diamonds splitting 3-3, declarer loses just 1 diamond trick.

The Play in Clubs: Declarer has 11 quick winners. A heart ruff in the short hand provides declarer's 12th trick. Declarer can establish South's long diamonds to score all the tricks.



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7 ♠K
KJT
83
♣AJ98632
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q542
95
AQJ9652
♣-
♠AJ76
A82
KT74
♣Q5
♠T983
Q7643
-
♣KT74
12
914
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2  ♦2 ♠1 NT2
EW: 5 5♠  ♣2 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 22 - 22 = 0
Par: -200 6♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  750          4.00   0.00  5♣* N     A10-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  100          2.50   1.50  4♠ W -1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
  100          2.50   1.50  5 W -1   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A2-Davis-Davis
        150    1.00   3.00  4 W +1   A9-Selig-Myers vs A7-Albert-Fine
        200    0.00   4.00  6♣* N -1  A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A8-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 3. These days he ignores the weak side major suit. East will probably just bid 5. But if he should venture 3, West would raise to the spade game. Looking at all four hands, spades makes as many tricks as diamonds, but at the table 5 will feel much safer. Note that the proper play in spades missing the King and the 10 is to lead low toward the AJ76. Good technique will really pay off this time.



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8 ♠T8
KT872
T32
♣AK7
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q97652
93
975
♣T5
♠AKJ4
64
KQ64
♣842
♠3
AQJ5
AJ8
♣QJ963
10
213
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 6 1NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣1 ♦6 ♥1 NT2
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +980 6-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          4.00   0.00  5♠* E -4  A9-Selig-Myers vs A7-Albert-Fine
  480          3.00   1.00  4 N +2   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A2-Davis-Davis
  170          2.00   2.00  3♣ S +3   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A8-Seideman-Singer
  150          1.00   3.00  2♣ S +3   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
         50    0.00   4.00  4 S -1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A6-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South overcalls 2 initially, and all but the most aggressive will go quietly with the West hand. North has excellent club support, but suggests hearts as an alternative strain. Now South will really come to life. It's hard to bid slam when the opposition has opened the bidding, but the heart game should surely always be bid.



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9 ♠-
J84
A98432
♣AJ63
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AKQJ9542
Q95
Q
♣K
♠763
K63
KJT7
♣T97
♠T8
AT72
65
♣Q8542
10
177
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 3  ♠3 NT5
EW: 4♠  ♣3 ♦4 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -100 5♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A8-Seideman-Singer
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A2-Davis-Davis
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A9-Selig-Myers vs A7-Albert-Fine
        650    1.50   2.50  4♠ W +1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

In fourth seat, West should have no trouble opening 4. North starts by cashing her two aces and then looks at those diamond winners and the K and leads a low heart. The three aces are all the damage available to the defense.



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10 ♠AQ
743
KT763
♣Q84
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K7
KT82
J82
♣KJT9
♠654
AJ96
A94
♣A73
♠JT9832
Q5
Q5
♣652
11
1113
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 2 4 3NT  ♠6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.50   0.50  4 W -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
  100          3.50   0.50  3 W -1   A9-Selig-Myers vs A8-Seideman-Singer
        110    2.00   2.00  2 W      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
        140    1.00   3.00  2 W +1   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A7-Albert-Fine
        170    0.00   4.00  3 W +1   A2-Davis-Davis vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 and raises West's 1 response. West may try for game, but East with a flat and sad looking 13 HCP will decline. No peeking allowed, so declarer may misguess the location of the Q, not to speak of the Q. +140 will be at least as common as +170, I'd guess.



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11 ♠A5
KT2
QJ94
♣8643
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KQJ932
95
T52
♣95
♠874
AQ7643
76
♣AK
♠T6
J8
AK83
♣QJT72
10
613
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♥4 ♠3 NT5
EW: 3 4♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  3♠ W -1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
        100    3.00   1.00  4♣ S -2   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A7-Albert-Fine
        170    1.50   2.50  3♠ W +1   A2-Davis-Davis vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        170    1.50   2.50  3♠ W +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        420    0.00   4.00  4♠ W      A9-Selig-Myers vs A8-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 2. With good support and lots of quick tricks, South might bid 2NT to see if partner has any outside help. Absent that, 4 is a real guess that not many will try.Of course, the hearts break and the K is on side. How convenient.



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12 ♠AT532
A75
732
♣T2
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠KQJ4
KQ2
A6
♣AQ43
♠86
J4
T984
♣KJ765
♠97
T9863
KQJ5
♣98
8
215
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT4
EW: 4♣ 1 1 2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -400 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.00   0.00  4♠ E -2   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
        400    3.00   1.00  3N W      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        430    1.50   2.50  3N W +1   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A7-Albert-Fine
        430    1.50   2.50  3N W +1   A9-Selig-Myers vs A8-Seideman-Singer
        460    0.00   4.00  3N W +2   A2-Davis-Davis vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West will open 2NT and East has just enough for the NT game. He actually has a great hand for partner: the minor suit cards are terrific, and the J is a welcome support for West's KQ2. With the likely spade lead, declarer can push out his major suit losers, to go with five clubs a diamond and two hearts. Lucky that diamonds aren't led early.



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13 ♠Q3
T73
K862
♣J973
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠742
52
AQJT9
♣KT8
♠A85
KQ98
753
♣A65
♠KJT96
AJ64
4
♣Q42
6
1013
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 1♠  ♦5 NT5
EW: 2 1NT  ♣5 ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          4.00   0.00  5* W -3  A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
  100          2.50   1.50  3N E -1   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A9-Selig-Myers
  100          2.50   1.50  2N E -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Seideman-Singer
         90    1.00   3.00  2 W      A7-Albert-Fine vs A2-Davis-Davis
        120    0.00   4.00  2N E      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Weber-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. South bids 1 and West 2. 2 is forcing, though, and East has to bid something, most likely 2NT--and it turns out that anything is probably too much. Ah well, we've been down before.



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14 ♠A9
T7
A63
♣A98654
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠743
962
KQT54
♣QT
♠JT8
AK54
J9
♣K732
♠KQ652
QJ83
872
♣J
12
712
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 2 3♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥4 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  1♠ S +4   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
  180          3.00   1.00  2N N +2   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Seideman-Singer
  140          2.00   2.00  1♠ S +2   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
         90    1.00   3.00  2 W      A7-Albert-Fine vs A2-Davis-Davis
        100    0.00   4.00  3N N -2   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A9-Selig-Myers

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Will South overcall 1 (Not double, I hope, with so few points). Any suit bid from South will stop West, who has only 7 HCP. North knows he has points, but he has only two spades, as well as a powerful lot of club losers. He might try 1NT. If he does, South may now bid 2 and North would take a preference for spades on equal length in partner's first and second suits. No one is going far on this one.



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15 ♠T
Q872
KJ742
♣K83
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠97653
K654
63
♣T6
♠AKJ84
AJ3
Q
♣AJ42
♠Q2
T9
AT985
♣Q975
9
320
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6 ♥4 ♠2 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 5♠ 2NT  ♦5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00  6♠ E -1   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
        200    3.00   1.00  1♠ E +4   A7-Albert-Fine vs A2-Davis-Davis
        420    2.00   2.00  4♠ E      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
        450    0.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A9-Selig-Myers
        450    0.50   3.50  4♠ E +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1 in fourth seat. Now that ACBL has changed its rules for NT, a few may even open 2NT (I wouldn't be one of them). Over 1, West will surely want to raise--maybe even a preemptive raise if that's their agreement. And East will be delighted to bid game. If West should pass, North may reopen with a double (or 2) and East will jump in clubs. That will energize West to bid the spade game.



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16 ♠984
K9874
T953
♣9
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠QT2
65
KQ7
♣KQ765
♠AK75
A
862
♣J8432
♠J63
QJT32
AJ4
♣AT
3
1212
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♦5 ♠2 NT4
EW: 5♣ 1 4♠ 1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.50   0.50  3N W -2   A8-Seideman-Singer vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  200          3.50   0.50  3N W -2   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
        150    2.00   2.00  3♣ E +2   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
        600    1.00   3.00  5♣ W      A7-Albert-Fine vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        750    0.00   4.00  5♣* W     A2-Davis-Davis vs A9-Selig-Myers

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

West opens 1. East starts with 1, knowing she can always raise clubs later. South, with 13 HCP, overcalls 2. Those who have the gadget known as a Support Double(s) will use it with the West hand. North has hearts but would be wise to pass. East won't go quietly, but as has been the case with several hands in this set, won't be looking for game. Try to make it if spades are 4-2 or 5-1...



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17 ♠QJ62
T43
KJ
♣Q963
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠94
87652
AT
♣K752
♠AT
AKJ
Q98432
♣T4
♠K8753
Q9
765
♣AJ8
9
714
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣6 ♦3 ♥2 NT2
EW: 1♣ 4 4 2NT  ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    4.00   0.00  3♠ S -1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
        110    2.50   1.50  2 E      A2-Davis-Davis vs A9-Selig-Myers
        110    2.50   1.50  3 E      A8-Seideman-Singer vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        130    1.00   3.00  2 E +2   A7-Albert-Fine vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        300    0.00   4.00  3♠* S -2  A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A5-Weber-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East opens 1. Will South bid 1? if so, West's seven HCP will silence him. If South passes, West will bid 1 and get raised by many an East even without an outside singleton. Will 10 tricks actually be scored at most tables? I doubt it. It's natural to take the heart finesse, and it will lose.



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18 ♠2
AK96
AT7
♣AT942
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KQJ8
7532
J85
♣63
♠4
QJT4
K96432
♣QJ
♠AT97653
8
Q
♣K875
15
79
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 1 2 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +1370 6♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790          4.00   0.00  4♠* S     A8-Seideman-Singer vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  620          3.00   1.00  4♠ S      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
  140          2.00   2.00  3♠ N      A2-Davis-Davis vs A9-Selig-Myers
        100    1.00   3.00  4♠ N -1   A7-Albert-Fine vs A1-Adler-Brandeis
        400    0.00   4.00  3N N -4   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A5-Weber-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis (For 299ers)

East probably resists preempting. Will South? Over 3 North can bid a forcing 4 and this time South will raise. What a friendly hand! All those singletons and trump breaking, too. Once South raises clubs, North might just go for the slam--and be rewarded this time. What would East lead? Most likely the Q. North must be careful to use as many of South's clubs as possible to ruff red losers.



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19 ♠T6
Q853
Q9842
♣A5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A83
K9
K6
♣K97432
♠954
T42
AJT53
♣J6
♠KQJ72
AJ76
7
♣QT8
8
136
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3♠ 1NT  ♣5/6 ♦6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♥3 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          4.00   0.00  3* E -3  A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A9-Selig-Myers
  420          2.50   1.50  4 S      A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
  420          2.50   1.50  4 S      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Albert-Fine
  300          1.00   3.00  4♣ W -3   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
  140          0.00   4.00  2 N +1   A8-Seideman-Singer vs A2-Davis-Davis
20 ♠6542
T653
K
♣KJ43
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AJ987
J
AT83
♣T52
♠KQ3
AKQ872
J75
♣Q
♠T
94
Q9642
♣A9876
7
1017
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦3 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 3 6 5♠ 2NT  ♣5
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -1400 7♣*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          4.00   0.00  5♠ W -2   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
  100          3.00   1.00  3N W -1   A8-Seideman-Singer vs A2-Davis-Davis
        140    2.00   2.00  3 E      A10-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Albert-Fine
        230    1.00   3.00  3 E +3   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A9-Selig-Myers
        720    0.00   4.00  3N W +4   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
21 ♠K7
654
J8732
♣J75
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠Q53
AQ7
K94
♣8432
♠942
T82
Q6
♣AQT96
♠AJT86
KJ93
AT5
♣K
5
118
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1 2♠  ♣5 NT5
EW: 2♣ 1/2NT  ♦4/5 ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -120 2NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00  1♠ S +3   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A4-Schwartz-Tucker
  110          3.00   1.00  1♠ S +1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Albert-Fine
   80          2.00   2.00  1♠ S      A8-Seideman-Singer vs A2-Davis-Davis
   50          0.50   3.50  3♣ E -1   A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A9-Selig-Myers
   50          0.50   3.50  3♣ E -1   A5-Weber-McAlpin vs A6-Blitz-Tucker
22 ♠AQT
QJT875
93
♣AK
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠98542
AK
87
♣Q974
♠J7
62
QJ642
♣JT62
♠K63
943
AKT5
♣853
16
95
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 5 2♠ 3NT  ♣6
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥2 ♠5 NT2
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          2.00   2.00  4 N +1   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  450          2.00   2.00  4 N +1   A2-Davis-Davis vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
  450          2.00   2.00  4 N +1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A9-Selig-Myers
  450          2.00   2.00  4 N +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Albert-Fine
  450          2.00   2.00  4 N +1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Seideman-Singer
23 ♠AJ832
AK
953
♣432
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠764
JT653
A82
♣Q5
♠KT95
4
KQJT64
♣96
♠Q
Q9872
7
♣AKJT87
12
79
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 3 2♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣1 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +600 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          4.00   0.00  5♣ S      A2-Davis-Davis vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
        100    2.00   2.00  4 S -1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A9-Selig-Myers
        100    2.00   2.00  4 S -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Albert-Fine
        100    2.00   2.00  4 S -1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Seideman-Singer
        300    0.00   4.00  4 S -3   A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
24 ♠JT
A9643
T52
♣632
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KQ65
J
763
♣KJ854
♠A432
KQ8
KJ9
♣AQ7
♠987
T752
AQ84
♣T9
5
1019
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
EW: 4♣ 2 1 4♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        420    3.50   0.50  4♠ W      A2-Davis-Davis vs A5-Weber-McAlpin
        420    3.50   0.50  4♠ E      A1-Adler-Brandeis vs A3-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        430    2.00   2.00  3N E +1   A10-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Seideman-Singer
        450    0.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Schwartz-Tucker vs A9-Selig-Myers
        450    0.50   3.50  4♠ W +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Albert-Fine