- Monday Aft - February 25, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 3349 MP  Geomean: 1555 MP
(based on 19 players, missing masterpoint data for 1 ACBL player)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Ferne Kleban - Rhoda Kauffman 60.99 1st A 1.00
Marjorie Ross - Shirley Weiner 59.57 2nd A 0.70
Jack Mendelsohn - Susan Kestenbaum 59.29 3rd A 0.50
Bobbie Gomer - Douglas Dye 53.44 4th A 0.35
Cecile Stern - Joan Bernstein 50.17 1st B 0.40
Marcella Agersborg - Stephanie Fine 47.58 2nd B 0.28
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>February 25, 2019  |CLUB NO.>227439    | 02/26/2019 09:19
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DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   52.0 |TOP>   4 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/500  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=10/B=5/C=2                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
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 1 Susan Kestenbaum       Jack Mendelsohn          A    3     .     .     61.66  59.29  0.50(A)
 2 Ralph Franklin         Leah Halpern             B    .     .     .     37.95  36.49
 3 Marcella Agersborg     Stephanie Fine           C    .     2     .     49.48  47.58  0.28(B)
 4 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B    .     .     .     38.75  37.26
 5 Bobbie Gomer           Douglas Dye              A    4     .     .     55.58  53.44  0.35(A)
 6 John Meyers            Arnold Selig             A    .     .     .     47.84  46.00
 7 Marjorie Ross          Shirley Weiner           A    2     .     .     61.95  59.57  0.70(A)
 8 Alan Smith             Allen Flicker            C    .     .     .     49.40  47.50
 9 Cecile Stern           Joan Bernstein           B    .     1     .     52.18  50.17  0.40(B)
10 Ferne Kleban           Rhoda Kauffman           A    1     .     .     63.43  60.99  1.00(A)
                                          Totals                         518.22

Hands and Results
1 ♠J65
QJ983
Q953
♣6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AT984
6
8
♣QT9432
♠-
AK54
AK764
♣AK85
♠KQ732
T72
JT2
♣J7
6
621
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦2 ♥4 ♠4 NT2
EW: 7♣ 5 2 3♠ 5NT
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -1440 7♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        460    3.25   0.75            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        460    3.25   0.75            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
        500    1.38   2.63            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        800    0.13   3.88            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A5-Gomer-Dye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Even with all those points, it's hard for East to open above the one level. Start with 1. When West bids 1 (of course!) jump-shift to 3. West will raise clubs, 4 showing a better hand than would 5(leaves room). Now East cuebids 4 and West 4. Will that allow East to bid the grand slam? It's should be possible to envision West with only four cards in the red suits on this bidding, allowing at least the small slam--and kudos to anyone who bids the grand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass11
Pass23Pass
3NTAll 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, 10, and 13.

The Bidding: East isn't eager to open a Strong 2 Clubs with their powerful 3-suiter. Preemption may make it difficult to describe their hand. There is little risk East's 1 opening will end the auction. South is a bit light for a 1 overcall. However, North is a passed hand and South would like a spade lead. Overcalling 1 seems best. West isn't strong enough to bid 2 or 1NT. A weak jump shift isn't attractive with spade length. Passing seems best. North, with a quacky 9 support points, raises to 2.

East has a choice between doubling, bidding clubs, or reversing into hearts. West could have as many as 5 spades on this auction. A double allows West to penalize North-South. East's Aces and Kings should be valuable on defense or offense, but defending a 2 doubled isn't appealing to East. A 3 bid wouldn't be forcing even if playing Good Bad 2NT . A jump shift to 4 would bypass 3NT. West could have 4 hearts and lack the strength to make a Negative Double . Reversing to 3 seems best. West infers East's spade void. With spades and clubs well stopped, West offers 3NT as the final contract. East places West with 5 or less spades and 3 or less hearts. So West has at least 5 cards in the minors. East may reasonably pass 3NT. Here, risking a 4 natural slam try would be well rewarded.

At tables where South doesn't overcall 1, West responds 1. East forces with a Reverse to 2. It is common to play Blackout or lebensohl over reverses . Either way, West's 2 bid is forcing and shows 5+ spades. East patterns out by bidding 3. West's 4 bid is forcing and sets trump. Since West bypassed 3NT, they either have some slam interest or they lack a spade stopper. East asks for key cards so they can ask for the Queen. When West shows the Ace and the Queen, East visualizes the play. West has at least 9 cards in the black suits. West has at most 4 red cards. So there are no red suit losers. There are no spade losers. If clubs break reasonably, there will not be a club loser. East can count 5 quick winners in the side suits. If clubs break reasonably, 4 club winners will be available. Without a trump lead, 13 tricks may be available on a Cross-Ruff . If West has just 4 clubs, a trump lead may hold declarer to 12 tricks. It is tempting to bid the grand, but 6 should score well.

The Play in 3NT: Declarer has 11 quick winners. A 12th trick isn't available without a defensive error.

The Play in 6 or 7: Declarer has 11 quick winners. Spade ruffs in the short hand provide declarer's 12th and 13th tricks.



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2 ♠AKJ3
A87
QT6
♣A98
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T9765
KQT6
J85
♣6
♠Q4
J943
A32
♣KQ75
♠82
52
K974
♣JT432
18
612
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 1♠ 1NT  ♥6/5
EW: 1  ♣4 ♦4 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  250          3.88   0.13  1N E -2   A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A8-Smith-Flicker
  100          2.63   1.38            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
   50          0.75   3.25            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A5-Gomer-Dye
   50          0.75   3.25            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A2-Franklin-Halpern

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 and West responds 1. North will do something, probably either double because he has four spades or 1NT with his balanced hand. East raises to 2 and South passes, as does West. Note that back in the day when it took 13 points to open, this would have passed around to North for a 1NT opener.



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3 ♠K62
JT
97
♣QJT732
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠QT4
A72
AQJ42
♣AK
♠AJ953
9
KT85
♣654
♠87
KQ86543
63
♣98
7
208
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦0 ♥6 ♠0 NT0
EW: 3♣ 7 1 7♠ 7NT
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -2220 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        660    3.88   0.13            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A5-Gomer-Dye
        710    1.38   2.63  4♠ E +3   A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        710    1.38   2.63            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        710    1.38   2.63            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A2-Franklin-Halpern

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

At least at some tables, South opens a really irritating 3. West doubles and East bids 4 (8 HCP, a five card suit and a singleton all count). West will check for controls and settle for 6: after all, the trump King could be in the South hand.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   3
DblPass4Pass
5NT1Pass6All pass
  1. Pick a slam

The Bidding: After South preempts 3, West is a bit strong to overcall 3NT. Beginning with a double seems best. In his "Better Preempts IV: Preempts by Seat Position (part 1)" article, Andrew Gumperz recommends preempting aggressively in 1st seat. Here, the favorable vulnerability increases the likelihood South stretched for their 3 preempt. North shouldn't be eager to advance the preempt with their semi-balanced hand with just 2 hearts.

East has an invitational hand with 11 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 8. When partner doubles a preempt, they are expecting you to hold some values. In his "Bidding Against Preempts" , Mike Lawrence advises "you are entitled to hope for seven ORDINARY high card points in your partner's hand." East's 11 Support Points are a bit heavy to advance to 3. Jumping to 4 to show 11+ points and 4+ spades seems best.

West has strong slam interest. West has a choice between asking for key cards, inviting slam with a raise to 5, inviting slam with a cue bid, bidding 5 to show 18+ points and 5+ diamonds, and bidding 5NT Pick-a-Slam . West's heart length decreases the likelihood a defensive heart trick is available. West's diamonds offer a source of tricks which may allow a slam to make opposite an invitational hand. Roman Keycard would set spades as trump. If East has just 4 spades, diamonds may be a better strain. Bidding 5NT pick a slam seems best. East bids 5NT Pick-a-slam . East, with 5 spades, chooses the spade slam.

The Play in 6 or 6: With the King onside, declarer has all the tricks: 5 + 1 + 5 + 2.



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4 ♠AK943
Q9
Q5
♣KQ54
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠JT752
A5
976
♣962
♠Q8
JT6
J832
♣JT83
♠6
K87432
AKT4
♣A7
16
55
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 6 6 4♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦1 ♥1 ♠3 NT1
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +1440 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          3.88   0.13            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
  650          2.63   1.38            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
  630          1.38   2.63            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
  600          0.13   3.88            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A6-Meyers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North has two doubletons, so he opens 1. South bids 2 and North 3. This hand plays like a dream if you can see all four hands, but how will it play at the table? Plenty of players will lose two heart tricks. To hold it to one loser, lead low toward the Q. Then lead the 9 and play low when East covers with the 10, hoping theA is doubleton.



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5 ♠3
KQJT9763
-
♣T874
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AJ76542
2
K4
♣QJ9
♠-
54
AJT97632
♣AK3
♠KQT98
A8
Q85
♣652
6
1112
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣5 ♦1 ♠4 NT1
EW: 1♣ 5 2♠  ♥4 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 20 = 0
Par: -400 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          3.88   0.13            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
        400    2.63   1.38            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A6-Meyers-Selig
        550    1.38   2.63            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        800    0.13   3.88            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A9-Stern-Bernstein

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 4 showing his excellent eight-bagger. Will East overcall? He has only 12 HCP, so maybe not. South passes and now West might balance with 4--which will certainly induce a 5 bid from East. East's losing diamond goes away on the A. If East takes a chance and leads the J and lets it ride if South doesn't cover, he'll make an overtrick this time. But it's not irrational to think diamonds are 1-2.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 4PassPass
4Pass5All pass

The Bidding: Despite the unfavorable vulnerability, North's heart length and texture demands a 4 preempt. The ACBL mandates a 10 second pause after a skip bid to avoid communicating unauthorized information. Here, East needs the time to choose between passing, doubling, and bidding 5. High level doubles should be card showing and/or takeout oriented. Doubling with a spade void is just asking for trouble. East's small heart doubleton is a negative. Bidding 5 risks turning a likely plus score into a minus score. Passing seems best.

West isn't eager to defend 4. Bidding 4 wins if it makes or if it is a good sacrifice over a making 4 contract. 4 loses if both 4 and 4 are going down or if it goes for more than a making 4 contract. At favorable vulnerability, risking a 4 bid seems best. East has a spade void and expects spades to be breaking badly for declarer. East follows the advice in KarenWalker's "Never Put Down an 8-Card Suit in Dummy" article and bids 5.

The Play in 4: Declarer has 8 heart tricks. Declarer's 4th club sets up as a winner for their 9 trick. The defense score 4 tricks: 1 + 3.

The Play in 5: South will likely lead the Ace or King. On a spade lead, declarer discards a heart loser. Normally, declarer would play to drop the Queen. Here, the Vacant Spaces Principle makes a first round finesse against South for the Queen a 79% favorite. Declarers who apply the Vacant Spaces Principle on a spade lead score 12 tricks.

At tables where South leads the Ace and a singleton tables in dummy, it is common for partner to signal Suit Preference . Here, North doesn't want a shift. An intermediate heart would suggest a heart continuation or a trump shift. Playing the King, guaranteeing the Queen, is clearer. North has plenty of other high hearts to play if they wanted a spade shift. South recognizes forcing dummy to ruff will allow them to score their Queen. The forcing defense holds declarer to 11 tricks.



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6 ♠JT8
T432
QT6
♣A74
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K962
AKJ5
95
♣KJT
♠Q75
97
J874
♣Q865
♠A43
Q86
AK32
♣932
7
155
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1♣ 1 1 2♠ 1NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.63   1.38            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
  100          2.63   1.38            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A6-Meyers-Selig
  100          2.63   1.38            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
   90          0.13   3.88            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A2-Franklin-Halpern

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and West is delighted with the chance to double. North responds 1 and East goes quietly. South will probably rebid 1NT--and be glad he's not vulnerable when he's down one.



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7 ♠KJ
63
AT8532
♣AKJ
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AQT974
T4
QJ9
♣82
♠865
AQJ2
K7
♣Q654
♠32
K9875
64
♣T973
16
912
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♣ 2 1  ♠5 NT5
EW: 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.25   0.75            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
  100          3.25   0.75            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        100    1.38   2.63            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        500    0.13   3.88            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A5-Gomer-Dye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South passes and West opens 2. Will North bid 3? He has points but a poor suit. Double is out with only two hearts, and NT looks dangerous. It's a crap shoot. If North does bis, no one can blame East for raising spades. Whoever gets past the two level on this one will go down--and both are vulnerable. South has the fewest worries with only three HCP, he won't contribute to the elevation of the contract.



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8 ♠JT2
Q974
K
♣AKQ43
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A874
KT2
JT93
♣JT
♠KQ53
85
87654
♣98
♠96
AJ63
AQ2
♣7652
15
95
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 3NT  ♦6 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣2 ♥2 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          2.63   1.38            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
  420          2.63   1.38            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A5-Gomer-Dye
  420          2.63   1.38            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  170          0.13   3.88            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A4-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

ACBL says we can open 1NT with the North hand, though this time it makes no difference: one way or the other, N-S should find their heart game. If East is on lead, it's sure to lose two spades. However, if it's West. the lead might be J--then it's possible to dump two spades on the AQ.



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9 ♠6
5432
KQ84
♣6543
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KQJT
Q97
A93
♣KQ7
♠A985
KT
JT5
♣AT98
♠7432
AJ86
762
♣J2
5
1712
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦4 ♥5 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5♣ 3 1/2 5♠ 5NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        650    2.00   2.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
        650    2.00   2.00            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        650    2.00   2.00            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A5-Gomer-Dye
        650    2.00   2.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West will be thrilled to hear East open the bidding and then raise spades. Think of slam? With these two very flat hands, it isn't likely. West shouldn't use Blackwood with no second round control in hearts. East has the same deficiency in diamonds. There's no good way to avoid two red losers.



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10 ♠T8652
A92
94
♣J97
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AK97
JT5
QJ
♣KQ82
♠QJ4
84
AT75
♣T654
♠3
KQ763
K8632
♣A3
5
167
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 3  ♣4/5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1♠  ♦5 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          3.88   0.13            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
  170          2.00   2.00            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A6-Meyers-Selig
  170          2.00   2.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
  110          0.13   3.88            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A8-Smith-Flicker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. West doubles (not 1NT with no Heart stopper). North might well eke out six support points and bid 2, which will take East off the hook. It's beginning to look like West has to give up, even with his nice hand--vulnerability matters.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
1NT21Dbl2Pass
2All pass  
  1. weak heart raise
  2. take oriented with values to compete to 2NT

The Bidding: After South opens 1, West has a choice between passing, doubling, and overcalling 1NT. None of the options are attractive. West doesn't have the right shape for a takeout double. West has just a partial heart stopper. Passing could work out well if North-South show diamonds. Otherwise, West may have an awkward decision at a higher level. West doesn't want to double with no reasonable rebid if East advances to 2. Overcalling 1NT seems best because it well describes West's shape and strength. The lack of a full heart stopper increases the risk of overcalling, but passing is also risky.

Defenses to a 1NT overcall vary by partnership agreement. At most tables, North will raise to 2. It is common to play Negative Doubles over notrump interference. South isn't eager to compete to the 3-level vulnerable with a 1NT overcall behind them. West bids 2. South has a difficult choice between defending 2 and competing to 3. The Law of Total Tricks advises against competing. Given the vulnerability, passing 2 seems best.

At tables where West passes South's 1 opening bid. North raises to 2. South's Losing Trick Count of 5 suggests bidding game. South's 16 Support Points suggest inviting game. Ruffs in the long hand don't typically create additional tricks. Because Help Suit Game Tries are often helpful to the defense, many experts prefer using Game Tries which ask rather than Game Tries which tell. See Steve Robinson's "Game Tries" articile for a discussion. Here, North will not accept any Game Try . The auction ends at 3.

The Play in 2: With trump length, it is often best to attempt to tap declarer. On the above auction, East's takeout oriented double tells North East has a doubleton heart. If North-South are playing in a 7-card fit, it isn't clear which hand has 4 spades. With West advertising a heart stopper, North isn't eager to lead a heart. North isn't looking to ruff. Breaking clubs could be costly. North prefers to lead a trump. Declarer wants to be in East's hand to take a lobbing finesse towards West's KQ82. South ducks and West's honor wins. If North gives true Count , declarer may find the winning to play South for A3 doubleton. Most will take a losing finesse against North for the King. South switches to the King. North sees the risk of a trump end play. So North discourages a heart continuation. A diamond switch allows the defense to navigate 2 diamond ruffs to beat 2.

The Play in 3: North-South must navigate a spade or a diamond ruff to beat 3. The defense scores 5 tricks: 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 ruff.

The Play in 3: The defense cannot prevent declarer from navigating a diamond ruff. Declarer uses dummy's Ace as an entry to take a lobbing finesse towards their King. When declarer leads a 3rd round of diamonds, West can ruff in front of dummy or not. Either way, declarer will score a diamond ruff. Declarer's 5th diamond sets up as a winner for their 9th trick.

At tables where the defense taps declarer in spades, declarer will take a lobbing finesse in diamonds. Dummy can score 2 ruffs en passant unless West ruffs high and draws a round of trump. If so, declarer's 5th diamond sets up as a winner. Either way, declarer has 9 tricks.



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11 ♠K852
QT6
542
♣JT9
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠QJT94
8753
KQ6
♣6
♠7
KJ42
AT97
♣AK72
♠A63
A9
J83
♣Q8543
6
815
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 3 4 3♠ 1NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          3.88   0.13            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
        420    1.38   2.63            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A6-Meyers-Selig
        420    1.38   2.63            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
        420    1.38   2.63            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A8-Smith-Flicker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. West responds 1. Now East should be careful not to rebid 1NT with this unbalanced hand. Instead, 2 should draw a 2 bid from West--and watch East come to life and bid the heart game. Play North for the J and lose only two hearts.



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12 ♠T942
K8
JT
♣AQJ43
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ6
AT95
AK8
♣65
♠87
7432
765
♣K982
♠K53
QJ6
Q9432
♣T7
11
183
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥3 ♠5/6 NT5
EW: 1♣ 1 4 1♠ 1NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          3.88   0.13            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A8-Smith-Flicker
         70    2.63   1.38            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
         90    0.75   3.25            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A6-Meyers-Selig
         90    0.75   3.25            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A2-Franklin-Halpern

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West is too good for 1NT, so he opens 1 and will be stuck there unless North overcalls 2. In that case, he'll get to reopen with a double and East will bid his horrid four card heart suit. West will surely raise to 3 but has no business bidding 4--nor would that make if North had the K.



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13 ♠T942
T2
J984
♣Q54
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KQ8753
98643
Q7
♣-
♠6
QJ5
AKT532
♣JT6
♠AJ
AK7
6
♣AK98732
3
711
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1NT  ♦4 ♥3 ♠4/5
EW: 2 3 2♠  ♣2 NT3
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +500 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          4.00   0.00            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
  200          3.00   1.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Meyers-Selig
  150          2.00   2.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
  130          1.00   3.00            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A5-Gomer-Dye
        200    0.00   4.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A7-Ross-Weiner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Surely East will bid--I like 2 better than 1 with only "quacks" outside. South will double and then bid her clubs, but nothing is going to induce North to go far. North has the perfect hand, albeit weak: the trump Queen and a doubleton heart is ideal, but who knew?



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Dbl
1Pass23
All pass   

The Bidding: East's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After East opens 1, South is too strong to overcall 2. So South begins with a double. West responds 1. North has nothing to say. East's 2rebid advertises a minimum opener with 6+ diamonds. South's 3 bid shows 18+ points and 5+ clubs. West isn't eager to defend 3. Normally a 3 bid by responder would be forcing. It is less clear 3 should be forcing after South shows 18+ points. Grant Baze advised "6-5 come alive" , saying a 6-5 hand is worth an extra Ace. The Law of Total Tricks advises against competing. There is no assurance of a 9-card fit. The vulnerability increases the risk of going for 200 or more at the 3-level. Discretion suggests passing. North knows their Q54 are valuable. North has a partial spade stopper and a potential diamond stopper. Even so, North has no reason to believe 9 tricks are a favorite in notrump or 11 tricks are likely in clubs. Passing seems prudent.

Is South too strong to double and then bid 3? If East had passed, South could reasonably open a Strong 2 Clubs . If clubs are running, South would definitely be too strong. Here, South's clubs have a 40% chance of running opposite a small doubleton. Cue bidding seems too aggressive. It is difficult for North-South to reach game after East open the auction.

The Play in 3: Declarer has 10 quick winners. A heart ruff in the short hand provides declarer's 11th trick.



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14 ♠82
KT632
J864
♣93
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠QJ765
-
AQ973
♣A87
♠AKT4
Q9875
T2
♣T2
♠93
AJ4
K5
♣KQJ654
4
139
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣  ♣6/7 ♦3 ♥6 ♠1 NT5
EW: 3 1 5♠ 2NT  ♣6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -450 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    4.00   0.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        420    3.00   1.00            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
        450    2.00   2.00            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A5-Gomer-Dye
        480    0.50   3.50            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        480    0.50   3.50            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Meyers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 and West bids 1. By whatever means they have, East should show a limit raise in spades. His hand revalues with those two doubletons. Now West will bid his game. North leads a club. West draws trump, finishing on the dummy so he can finesse the diamonds. The bad diamond break will require that two be ruffed, but it should be easy to cash 11 tricks.



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15 ♠J8752
AQ965
KJT
♣-
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠64
JT3
A85
♣KQJT7
♠AKQ
K82
Q974
♣532
♠T93
74
632
♣A9864
11
1114
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦4/3 ♥6 ♠6 NT3
EW: 3♣ 3 1 -/1♠ 3/4NT
       ♠6/7
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -430 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.00   0.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Meyers-Selig
        200    3.00   1.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        300    2.00   2.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        800    0.50   3.50            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
        800    0.50   3.50            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A5-Gomer-Dye

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1. What will East do? 1NT is reasonable even with 14 HCP and double is dangerous. On this hand, West will just bid 3NT. South leads the 10. The bad club break will be a sore disappointment, but at least North has the K.



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16 ♠KQJT4
J763
A53
♣5
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠8762
T42
T76
♣A63
♠3
AKQ8
QJ942
♣K82
♠A95
95
K8
♣QJT974
11
415
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3♠ 1NT  ♦4 ♥6
EW: 3  ♣5 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 16 = +2
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   0.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
  110          3.00   1.00            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        100    1.00   3.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        100    1.00   3.00            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        100    1.00   3.00            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A6-Meyers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North may open a Rule of 20 1, though pass is certainly defensible. If he does open, East will be delighted to double. South has a limit raise in spades and West will pass ASAP. Redouble is a bad idea with the South hand; save that for hands without a fit in partner's major. If North passes, he'll get to bid his spades anyway. The auction won't ever die with 1 from East.



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17 ♠T4
AJ952
42
♣KJ54
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AJ87
KQ6
A985
♣63
♠96532
T73
T3
♣T98
♠KQ
84
KQJ76
♣AQ72
9
140
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 3 2NT  ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣3 ♦4 ♥3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          3.50   0.50            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A6-Meyers-Selig
  430          3.50   0.50            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
  130          1.00   3.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  130          1.00   3.00            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A8-Smith-Flicker
  130          1.00   3.00            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A7-Ross-Weiner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 What will West do? Double is dangerous with only two clubs. I think 1NT a better choice. Over 1NT, North might double for penalties, but East will run with a transfer to spades. Then South has to decide, pass? 2? Probably not 2 given a NT overcall. Either minor would cause North to suppress his hearts; clearly South isn't interested in a major. If West does double, North bids 1 and now South says 2NT (dangerous) or 2 (safer). This hand will be all over the place.



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18 ♠QJ87
AJ93
-
♣AJ963
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A4
KT642
AT6
♣854
♠9652
Q75
Q73
♣KQ2
♠KT3
8
KJ98542
♣T7
13
119
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2/1♣ 2 1♠  ♥6 NT6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♦5 ♠4/5 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +90 2-NS/2♣-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
        100    2.50   1.50            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        100    2.50   1.50            A9-Stern-Bernstein vs A6-Meyers-Selig
        200    0.50   3.50            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        200    0.50   3.50            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A7-Ross-Weiner

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 3 if partner will tolerate bidding with this ragged suit. This will pass out if North is wise--don't try to rescue. With three diamond losers, South will be down one. If he passes, He'll probably be able to get the bid at 2, being rewarded for patience: 1--1, 1--now 2 is to play.



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19 ♠KT42
K82
9863
♣63
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠98
AQ3
AQJT52
♣AQ
♠A763
J6
K4
♣T8752
♠QJ5
T9754
7
♣KJ94
6
198
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥6 ♠4 NT2
EW: 3♣ 5 1 2♠ 4NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        150    4.00   0.00            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        210    3.00   1.00            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
        600    1.50   2.50            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        600    1.50   2.50            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A5-Gomer-Dye
        660    0.00   4.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
20 ♠AT
9852
KJ2
♣AK92
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠Q73
6
986543
♣QT6
♠K9542
JT43
AT
♣J8
♠J86
AKQ7
Q7
♣7543
15
49
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 1♠ 4/3NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +630 4NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          4.00   0.00            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
  600          3.00   1.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
        100    2.00   2.00            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        200    0.50   3.50            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        200    0.50   3.50            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A5-Gomer-Dye
21 ♠Q9
J3
T94
♣KQ9763
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠KT7
T72
QJ86
♣T54
♠84
8654
AK53
♣A82
♠AJ6532
AKQ9
72
♣J
8
611
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 3♠ 1NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          4.00   0.00            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A2-Franklin-Halpern
  140          1.50   2.50            A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A7-Ross-Weiner
  140          1.50   2.50            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
  140          1.50   2.50            A6-Meyers-Selig vs A8-Smith-Flicker
  140          1.50   2.50            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A5-Gomer-Dye
22 ♠J42
K932
T73
♣542
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠QT96
-
962
♣AQJ876
♠7
JT54
AKJ54
♣T93
♠AK853
AQ876
Q8
♣K
4
99
18
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣1 ♦1 NT2
EW: 6♣ 6 2/-NT
       ♥5/4 ♠6 NT8/6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -1100 6♠*-NS/6*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          4.00   0.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        100    2.00   2.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
        100    2.00   2.00            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
        100    2.00   2.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A6-Meyers-Selig
        150    0.00   4.00            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
23 ♠K6543
A7
QJ5
♣AJ5
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ
K963
973
♣KQ84
♠2
QJT82
K4
♣T9763
♠AT987
54
AT862
♣2
15
116
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6 7♠ 6NT  ♣6 ♥6
EW: 1♣  ♦1 ♥6 ♠0 NT1
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: +2210 7♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1100          4.00   0.00            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A6-Meyers-Selig
  710          2.00   2.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
  710          2.00   2.00            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  710          2.00   2.00            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
  260          0.00   4.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Smith-Flicker
24 ♠AKJ4
AT3
83
♣AKJ7
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠QT8
Q94
AT9764
♣T
♠97
K86
KQJ5
♣9832
♠6532
J752
2
♣Q654
20
89
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 4♠ 1NT  ♦5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          3.50   0.50            A7-Ross-Weiner vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
  150          3.50   0.50            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A6-Meyers-Selig
  120          2.00   2.00            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        100    1.00   3.00            A2-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Smith-Flicker
        150    0.00   4.00            A4-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Agersborg-Fine
25 ♠2
AJ5
8754
♣98632
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠KT98
K73
AJT
♣AQ5
♠J63
Q94
962
♣KT74
♠AQ754
T862
KQ3
♣J
5
176
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5/6 ♥6/5 ♠5 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 2♠ 3NT  ♥6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          3.88   0.13            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        100    2.63   1.38            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
        150    1.38   2.63            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
        180    0.13   3.88            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
26 ♠754
QJ973
5
♣AKQT
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠QJ86
A85
QT2
♣542
♠92
KT4
AKJ73
♣J96
♠AKT3
62
9864
♣873
12
912
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1♠  ♦5 NT6
EW: 1/2 1NT  ♣5 ♥4/5 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +110 2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          3.88   0.13            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  110          2.63   1.38            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
  100          1.38   2.63            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        200    0.13   3.88            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
27 ♠QT73
Q75
-
♣KQ8654
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠86
JT8432
T75
♣93
♠AK42
K9
AQ42
♣AJ2
♠J95
A6
KJ9863
♣T7
9
121
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1/2 3 1♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          2.63   1.38            A3-Agersborg-Fine vs A9-Stern-Bernstein
  100          2.63   1.38            A5-Gomer-Dye vs A4-Blitz-Tucker
  100          2.63   1.38            A10-Kleban-Kauffman vs A7-Ross-Weiner
        420    0.13   3.88            A8-Smith-Flicker vs A1-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn