- Monday Aft - March 18, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 2829 MP  Geomean: 1286 MP
(based on 30 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Al Wilson - Arnold Selig 60.26 1st A 1.50
Arthur Seidner - Sandy Tilney 59.93 2nd A 1.05
Daisy Goecker - Sheldon Per 59.23 3rd A 0.75
Bobbie Gomer - Sidney Gordon 57.69 4th A 0.53
Jack Mendelsohn - Phyllis Weber 56.09 5th A 0.30
Helena Tucker - Peggy Blitz 55.45 2nd B 0.50
Carolyn Per - Donna Saffren 50.96 3rd B 0.36
Dalia Singer - Richard Seideman 50.64 4th B 0.25
Cecile Stern - Joan Bernstein 48.08 2nd C 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>March 18, 2019     |CLUB NO.>227439    | 03/18/2019 15:38
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DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   6 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=15/B=9/C=4                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ralph Franklin         Leah Halpern             B    .     .     .     66.23  39.42
 2 Donna Saffren          Carolyn Per              B    .     3     .     85.62  50.96  0.36(B)
 3 Sidney Gordon          Bobbie Gomer             A    4     .     .     96.92  57.69  0.53(A)
 4 Al Wilson              Arnold Selig             A    1     .     .    101.23  60.26  1.50(A)
 5 Joan Bernstein         Cecile Stern             C    .     .     2     80.77  48.08  0.22(C)
 6 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B    6     2     .     93.15  55.45  0.50(B)
 7 Beatrice Lipschultz    Ina Greenspan            B    .     .     .     62.46  37.18
 8 Natalie Isser          Shelly Blank             C    .     .     .     53.85  32.05
 9 Sheldon Per            Daisy Goecker            A    3     .     .     99.50  59.23  0.75(A)
10 Phyllis Weber          Jack Mendelsohn          A    5     .     .     94.23  56.09  0.30(A)
11 Richard Seideman       Dalia Singer             B    .     4     .     85.08  50.64  0.25(B)
12 Stephanie Fine         Rochelle Zager           C    .     .     .     77.54  46.15
13 Sandy Tilney           Arthur Seidner           C    2     1     1    100.69  59.93  1.05(A)
14 Joan Brandeis          Joanne Adler             A    .     .     .     85.08  50.64
15 Rhoda Kauffman         Edie McAlpin             A    .     .     .     76.46  45.51
                                          Totals                        1258.81

Hands and Results
1 ♠AKT52
AKT4
J75
♣T
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q973
Q95
K93
♣AQ7
♠J86
8
Q86
♣KJ9852
♠4
J7632
AT42
♣643
15
137
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 4 2♠ 1NT  ♣4
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥3 ♠4/5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.50   0.50  3N W -4   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-Per-Goecker
  200          5.50   0.50  2 N +3   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A11-Seideman-Singer
  170          3.50   2.50  2 N +2   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A12-Fine-Zager
  170          3.50   2.50  2 N +2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
         50    2.00   4.00  4 S -1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Isser-Blank
        120    1.00   5.00  2N W      A2-Saffren-Per vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        150    0.00   6.00  1N W +2   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A13-Tilney-Seidner

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1NT
Pass2All pass 

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3, 5-6, and 13.

The Bidding: After North opens 1, should South pass with just 5 HCP? In his "Responding Light" article, Josh Donn advises that it is common for experts to respond with less than normal strength. Some expert partnerships go as far as never passing one-level opening suit bids. The main goals for responding light are "to prevent the opponents from finding their best contract, to reach game in case a fit is located, and to improve the contract to a better partscore." Here, South has an Ace, a 5-card heart suit headed by the Jack. South has 3 Cover Cards and 8 Support Points for any suit other than spades. South responds 1NT, hoping to improve the contract. Game is a possibility.

West has values, but doesn't have the shape to act. North shows their heart suit. East has some concern 2 will pass out, but doesn't have the strength to act. South is in a difficult position. If not playing a strong club system or Gazzilli , North could have anywhere from a minimum opener to just under a jump shift. If North has a strong hand, game could be cold. A raise to 3 should show a heart fit and 10-12 Support Points. South's 8 Support Points aren't sufficient to invite game. After South passes, West doesn't have the shape act. The auction ends at 2.

The Lead: The auction suggests South has either a less than invitational hand with a heart fit or has take a preference to hearts with spade shortness. North has at most 4 cards in the minors. Leading a club or a diamond may cost a trick. It isn't clear declarer will be able to discard their minor suit losers. Leading a singleton trump risks helping declarer pickup the trump suit. Failing to lead a trump risks helping declarer Cross-Ruff the hand. In their "Winning Suit Contract Leads" book, David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "When responder opts to stop in the opener`s second suit, a trump lead is indicated. Nevertheless, prefer to lead a side-suit singleton or from a sidesuit honor sequence. A trump lead is less attractive when you hold four or more low cards in declarer`s first suit."

The Play: Declarer has 3 quick winners in the side suits. Declarer could ruff 2 clubs in the short hand. Declarer could choose a Dummy Reversal and ruff spades in the long hand. Alternatively, declarer could try a Cross-Ruff. Here, declarer will easily score 10 tricks on a Dummy Reversal or a Cross-Ruff. A diamond lead allows declarer to score a second diamond trick.



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2 ♠T9632
3
JT52
♣QT7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KJ5
AKJT
Q96
♣J92
♠Q87
Q9764
K84
♣86
♠A4
852
A73
♣AK543
3
157
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣4 ♦5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +100 3*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   0.00  2♠ S +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A12-Fine-Zager
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      A2-Saffren-Per vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
  110          4.50   1.50  2♠ S      A4-Wilson-Selig vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
   50          3.00   3.00  4 W -1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Isser-Blank
        100    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-Per-Goecker
        100    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        100    1.00   5.00  2♠ S -1   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A11-Seideman-Singer
3 ♠K95
AKQJ
7643
♣T2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AQ
8652
JT8
♣9873
♠T76
9743
Q9
♣QJ64
♠J8432
T
AK52
♣AK5
13
75
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 5 6 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦2 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  490          5.50   0.50  3N S +3   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Isser-Blank
  490          5.50   0.50  3N N +3   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A12-Fine-Zager
  480          4.00   2.00  4♠ S +2   A2-Saffren-Per vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
  450          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  450          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-Per-Goecker
  450          2.00   4.00  4♠ S +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
  150          0.00   6.00  1N N +2   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A13-Tilney-Seidner

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass2Pass2
Pass2Pass3
Pass3Pass41
Pass4All pass 
  1. club control and the willingness to cooperate with a slam try

The Bidding: After South opens 1, North will respond with a Two Over One Game Force . For many expert partnerships, a 2 or 2 Two Over One Game Force promises a 5+ card suit. So North will respond 2 which shows either a Game Force with clubs or a balanced Game Force. This is a great agreement because it frequently allows responder to show 3-card support for opener's major at the 2-level. South shows their diamond suit. North's 2 rebid shows a Game Force with 3-card support. Cue bidding typically starts above 3 of the trump suit. South patterns out with a 3 bid.

North knows their heart winners are opposite heart shortness. North has a choice between jumping to 3NT to offer a choice of games, showing their diamond support, showing their heart suit, or hiding their shape and marking time with a 3 rebid. South's distribution is 5-1-4-3, 6-0-4-3, or 5-0-5-3. East-West have 8 clubs. Clubs could be a problem in a 3NT contract. Jumping to 3NT to offer a choice of games would be quite a gamble. There is no need to pattern out. North's hearts can provide discards for minor suit losers. Bidding 3 seems best.

As Josh Donn discusses in his "Jdonn on Slam Bidding Part V - Serious 3NT" article, it can be difficult to gauge slam interest when both partners are unlimited. It is common for expert partnerships to use an artificial 3NT bid to distinguish serious slam interest from the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. Here, South is willing to cooperate with a slam try. If playing Serious 3NT , South cue 4 to show a club control and the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. If playing non-serious 3NT, South bids an artificial 3NT to showing the willingness to cooperate. Either way, North isn't willing to make a slam move. The auction ends at 4.

The Play in Notrump or Spades: Declarer has less than a 4% chance to hold spade losers to 1 trick. Here, West's AQ doubleton allows declarer to score 4 spade tricks. Declarer has 12 tricks: 4 + 4 + 2 + 2.



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4 ♠762
AKQT93
3
♣974
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T4
6
KQT92
♣AJ632
♠AJ95
852
J865
♣Q5
♠KQ83
J74
A74
♣KT8
9
108
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦3
EW: 1♣ 4  ♥3 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  620          5.50   0.50  4 N      A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A12-Fine-Zager
  620          5.50   0.50  4 N      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
  170          4.00   2.00  3 N +1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Isser-Blank
  140          3.00   3.00  3 N      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-Per-Goecker
  100          2.00   4.00  4 W -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        100    1.00   5.00  4 N -1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        110    0.00   6.00  3 W      A2-Saffren-Per vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
5 ♠7
AQ743
JT964
♣A5
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠92
JT85
K8
♣QJ983
♠QT8653
K92
752
♣2
♠AKJ4
6
AQ3
♣KT764
11
75
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4♣ 5 3 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  630          4.00   2.00  3N S +1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  630          4.00   2.00  3N S +1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A9-Per-Goecker
  630          4.00   2.00  3N S +1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
  630          4.00   2.00  3N S +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
  630          4.00   2.00  3N N +1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Isser-Blank
        100    1.00   5.00  6 N -1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        200    0.00   6.00  3N S -2   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A12-Fine-Zager

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 123
Pass3Pass4NT
All pass   

The Bidding: North's hand meets the Rule of 20 and the Suggestion of 22 for a 1st or 2nd seat opener. After North opens 1, East must decide whether to preempt in spades. In his "Better Preempts: What is the upside? Part II" article, Andrew Gumperz discusses why preempts have less upside after a major suit opening because a responder with 3+ card support knows whether they have an 8+ card fit. East's weak spade suit makes preempting less attractive. East's club shortness and likely heart trick decrease the chance North-South have a game. The favorable vulnerability offers the potential of a profitable sacrifice and decreases the likelihood 2 will be penalized. Preempting 2 seems slightly better than passing.

South expects their partnership to have a game or slam. South expects to destroy 2, but it isn't clear East can be held to 4 tricks or less. South is too strong to bid 3NT. So South begins by responding 3. North shows their diamond suit. South's 4NT bid is a Quantitative slam try. North, with a minimum opener, declines the invitation.

The Play: Declarer expects the Queen to be onside. Declarer may try a finesse against the King, but must take care not to block the suit. Some may prefer to simply unblock the diamonds. Either way, West scores their King. Declarer has 10 tricks: 3 + 1 + 4 + 2.

In the unlikely event West leads the Jack, top of an honor sequence, declarer can duck the first round and rise with the Ace on the 2nd round. When the diamond finesse loses and West continues hearts, declarer can play the Queen. This allows declarer to score 10 tricks if East didn't start with K982 which is unlikely given East's preempt.



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6 ♠AKQ6
75
743
♣K964
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠8
AK62
AQJ9652
♣2
♠92
QJT94
K
♣AQ753
♠JT7543
83
T8
♣JT8
12
1412
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦0 ♥0 ♠6 NT0
EW: 3♣ 6 6 1NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -1400 6♠*-NS-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        680    5.00   1.00  5 E +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        680    5.00   1.00  5 E +1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        680    5.00   1.00  4 E +2   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Isser-Blank
       1430    1.50   4.50  6 E      A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
       1430    1.50   4.50  6 E      A2-Saffren-Per vs A9-Per-Goecker
       1430    1.50   4.50  6 E      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
       1430    1.50   4.50  6 E      A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A12-Fine-Zager

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
2NT13Pass24
4NTPass53Pass
54Pass656
DblAll pass  
  1. game force with 4+ hearts
  2. denies a spade control
  3. 1 or 4 key cards
  4. Queen ask
  5. Queen and King

The Bidding: East's singleton King merits a bit of a downgrade, but shouldn't keep East from opening 1 with their 5-5 hand. The vulnerability is favorable, but South isn't eager to preempt with their weak spade suit and semi-balanced hand.

West has slam interest with their powerful 7-4 hand. For most expert partnerships a 4NT response wouldn't be key card for hearts, it would be regular blackwood. To ask for key cards for hearts, West needs to set hearts as trump. In his "Splinter Bids" article, Larry Cohen advises a Splinter bid by responder should show "approximately 11-15 in support (counting shape). With more (or less), responder should choose some other auction." Here, West is far too strong to Splinter. So West responds with an artificial 2NT, a Jacoby 2NT raise showing 4+ hearts and game forcing values. This gives North a great opportunity to ask for a spade lead by overcalling 3. To handle interference in your Jacoby 2NT auctions , Billy Miller recommends using a pass to deny a spade control. If South raises to 4, West can bid 4NT Roman Keycard and arrive at 6. South is likely to agree with West that 6 is making. South may venture a 6 sacrifice which will be doubled for penalty.

A raise to 5 by South would obstruct a key card auction. Should South risk 5 with their semi-balanced hand? If North-South don't have a slam, 8 tricks are needed for a 5 sacrifice to be profitable. North's 3 overcall is obstructive and lead directional. North has not promised 5+ spades. It is far from clear that 8 tricks are available in a spade contract. So the upside of a 5 sacrifice depends on East-West having a biddable slam and 5X going for 1400 or less. There is also the potential a 5 preempt will push East-West to an unmakeable slam, but it may push them to a making a slam which they wouldn't otherwise bid. A 5 preemptive raise seems too risky. At tables where South ventures 5, East-West are in a Forcing Pass situation. A direct double of 5 denies slam interest. West is too strong to double. West knows the partnership has a spade loser. If East uses the Suggestion of 22 for 1st or 2nd seat openers, East needs the AQ King or AK to have 2 quick tricks. This makes bidding 6 attractive. If East uses the Rule of 20 , bidding 6 is more of a gamble. West may prefer passing to show willingness for East to bid 6. East, with just 1 quick trick, will prefer doubling to bidding 6.

The Play in Hearts: After North-South win the spade lead, declarer wins the continuation, draws trump, and claims.

The Play in Spades: Precise defense scores 7 tricks: 2 + 2 + 2 + 1 ruff. 6X turns out to be a profitable sacrifice, -1400 versus -1430.



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7 ♠6
A92
Q9432
♣AJ74
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠J983
QJT8
A8
♣KT9
♠A74
K73
JT65
♣852
♠KQT52
654
K7
♣Q63
11
118
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1♠  ♦6 ♥6 NT6
EW: 1 1 1NT  ♣6 ♠6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -90 1NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          5.50   0.50  2 N      A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A9-Per-Goecker
   90          5.50   0.50  2♣ N      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Isser-Blank
    PASS       4.00   2.00  Pass Out  A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        100    2.50   3.50  2♠ S -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        100    2.50   3.50  2♠ N -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        200    1.00   5.00  2 N -2   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        300    0.00   6.00  3N N -3   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A12-Fine-Zager
8 ♠KJT
T5
A985
♣9642
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠A843
K3
632
♣KQ87
♠752
87642
KT74
♣5
♠Q96
AQJ9
QJ
♣AJT3
8
123
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 -/1 1♠ 2NT  ♥6/7
EW:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥6 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.00   1.00  1N S +2   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A11-Seideman-Singer
  150          5.00   1.00  1N S +2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
  150          5.00   1.00  1N S +2   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Isser-Blank
  120          2.50   3.50  1N S +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A12-Fine-Zager
  120          2.50   3.50  1N S +1   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A9-Per-Goecker
  100          0.50   5.50  2 E -2   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  100          0.50   5.50  1♣ W -2   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
9 ♠J9863
432
AT32
♣6
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AQ2
8
K86
♣AKQ974
♠T7
KJ976
QJ5
♣852
♠K54
AQT5
974
♣JT3
5
187
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣2 ♦5 ♥5 NT3
EW: 5♣ 1 1 4/3NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -630 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        130    5.50   0.50  3♣ W +1   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        130    5.50   0.50  2♣ W +2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A12-Fine-Zager
        150    4.00   2.00  3♣ W +2   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        600    3.00   3.00  3N W      A2-Saffren-Per vs A8-Isser-Blank
        630    1.00   5.00  3N W +1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        630    1.00   5.00  3N W +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Per-Goecker
        630    1.00   5.00  3N W +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Seideman-Singer
10 ♠AQT
652
QJ2
♣T643
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠KJ6
AQ74
T74
♣KJ2
♠98752
KJT9
K6
♣75
♠43
83
A9853
♣AQ98
9
147
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1 1♠  ♣4 ♦3 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS/3♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          5.50   0.50  2♠ E -2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A12-Fine-Zager
  200          5.50   0.50  3 E -2   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Seideman-Singer
  100          3.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
  100          3.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
  100          3.00   3.00  2♠ E -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Per-Goecker
        110    1.00   5.00  2 E      A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        140    0.00   6.00  2 E +1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A8-Isser-Blank
11 ♠42
A6
KQJT6
♣AQ62
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠JT8
T52
A93
♣KJ74
♠AKQ93
Q98
54
♣T83
♠765
KJ743
872
♣95
16
911
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 3 1NT  ♠6
EW:  ♣5/6 ♦2 ♥4 ♠6 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   1.00  2 N +1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A8-Isser-Blank
  140          5.00   1.00  2 N +1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A12-Fine-Zager
  140          5.00   1.00  2 N +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Per-Goecker
  130          3.00   3.00  4 N      A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Seideman-Singer
         50    1.50   4.50  3 N -1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
         50    1.50   4.50  2 S -1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        110    0.00   6.00  2♠ E      A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
12 ♠A54
KJ2
Q86
♣QT63
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q3
Q873
AK3
♣KJ52
♠JT87
T65
T542
♣74
♠K962
A94
J97
♣A98
12
151
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2 3 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥4 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.50   0.50  1N W -3   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Per-Goecker
  150          5.50   0.50  1N W -3   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Seideman-Singer
  100          3.00   3.00  1N W -2   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
  100          3.00   3.00  1N W -2   A2-Saffren-Per vs A8-Isser-Blank
  100          3.00   3.00  1N W -2   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
   50          0.50   5.50  1N W -1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
   50          0.50   5.50  1N W -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A12-Fine-Zager
13 ♠8
KJ32
QT93
♣9875
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K75
AQ964
A75
♣JT
♠AQJ962
8
42
♣AKQ4
♠T43
T75
KJ86
♣632
6
1416
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦5 ♥3 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6♣ 1 3 7♠ 6NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -2210 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  7♠ E -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        680    4.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Isser-Blank
        680    4.50   1.50  4♠ E +2   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A12-Fine-Zager
       1430    2.00   4.00  6♠ E      A2-Saffren-Per vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
       1430    2.00   4.00  6♠ E      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
       1430    2.00   4.00  6♠ E      A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
       1460    0.00   6.00  6♠ E +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A9-Per-Goecker

David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
2Pass3Pass
3Pass3NT1Pass
4Pass4NTPass
52Pass5Pass
6All pass  
  1. artificial, showing serious slam interest
  2. 0 or 3 key cards

The Bidding: After East opens 1, West's 2 response is a Two Over One Game Force . For many partnerships, West's 2 response shows 5+ hearts. East's 3 rebid is natural. For partnerships using the Lawrence 2/1 Style , it shows extra values. West's 3 bid shows 3-card spade support. In your partnership, would a 4 cue bid by East show serious slam interest or could it show the willingness to cooperate with a slam try? To increase the accuracy of slam bidding, many expert partnerships give up the ability to bid 3NT to offer a choice of games. They use an artificial 3NT to distinguish serious slam tries from the willingness to cooperate with a slam try. Here, East has serious slam interest. If playing Serious 3NT , East bids an artificial 3NT to show serious slam interest. West's 4 cue bid shows a diamond control and denies a club control.

West bids 4NT Roman Keycard for hearts. Using 1430 responses, West's 5 bid shows 0 or 3 key cards. East cannot be sure West has 3 key cards. West could have a hand like xxx KQJxx KQJ Jx. East accounts for that possibility by bidding 5. West, holding 3 key cards is obligated to bid. Weest doesn't have a side suit King to cue bid. It is common for a 5NT bid to ask for Specific Kings . Here, that will not help West assess whether a grand is available, but East's answer might help the defense. Bidding 6 seems best.

East knows West has 3 key cards and no King to cue bid. West has at most 5 cards in the minors. East can count 11 winners: 6 + 1 + 1 + 3. There are several ways a 12th or 13th trick may be available, but bidding 6NT or 7 is too risky. The auction ends at 6.

The Play: Declarer could count 11 tricks during the auction. When dummy tables, declarer sees dummy's Jack will provide a 12th trick. For a 13th trick, declarer can try to ruff a diamond in the short hand or could try to establish a long heart. If spades break 2-2, it is easy for declarer to discard dummy's losing diamonds and ruff a diamond for their 13th trick. If trump don't break evenly, declarer will need the hand with long spades to hold 4 clubs. To establish a long heart, declarer needs a 4-3 heart break or for the King to fall. Expert declarers try to combine chances. Here, spades break 3-1. So declarer needs to establish a heart winner for their 13th trick. Without a diamond lead, declarer has the entries to establish dummy's long heart. A diamond lead prematurely removes an entry to dummy. A declarer who can see through the backs of the cards would finesse against South for the 10 on the 2nd round of spades to create the needed entry.



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14 ♠J53
AKJ9862
Q5
♣K
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠764
Q54
K86
♣Q853
♠AKQ9
3
A7432
♣A74
♠T82
T7
JT9
♣JT962
14
717
2
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥6 ♠3 NT4/3
EW: 3♣ 4 -/1 4♠ -/2NT
       ♥6/7 NT6/8
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.00   0.00  4 E -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        100    5.00   1.00  3 N -2   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Isser-Blank
        130    3.50   2.50  4 E      A2-Saffren-Per vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        130    3.50   2.50  3 E +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A9-Per-Goecker
        140    2.00   4.00  3♠ E      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        150    0.50   5.50  3 N -3   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        150    0.50   5.50  3 N -3   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A12-Fine-Zager
15 ♠4
873
AT874
♣KT92
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠KQJ63
K6
K93
♣865
♠A872
QJ95
J62
♣A4
♠T95
AT42
Q5
♣QJ73
7
1212
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ -/1
       ♦6/7 ♥4/5 ♠3 NT4/5
EW: 1 4♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♦5/6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
   50          5.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A11-Seideman-Singer
   50          5.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Isser-Blank
        200    3.00   3.00  3♠ W +2   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
        420    2.00   4.00  4♠ W      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        450    0.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A9-Per-Goecker
        450    0.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
16 ♠-
Q962
AQT7
♣KJ963
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠KT87543
T8
532
♣Q
♠AJ2
AK73
86
♣AT85
♠Q96
J54
KJ94
♣742
12
516
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♥6 ♠2 NT3
EW: 5♠ 3NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -650 5♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        170    6.00   0.00  3♠ E +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        200    5.00   1.00  2♠ E +3   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A9-Per-Goecker
        230    4.00   2.00  2♠ E +4   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
        300    3.00   3.00  5* S -2  A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Isser-Blank
        620    1.00   5.00  4♠ W      A2-Saffren-Per vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        620    1.00   5.00  4♠ W      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        620    1.00   5.00  4♠ E      A4-Wilson-Selig vs A11-Seideman-Singer
17 ♠985
43
K5432
♣987
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠JT632
AQT
86
♣KQ6
♠KQ7
KJ765
AJ7
♣J5
♠A4
982
QT9
♣AT432
3
1215
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥2 ♠2 NT3
EW: 2/1♣ 1 4 4♠ 4/3NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          6.00   0.00  3N W -3   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A8-Isser-Blank
   50          5.00   1.00  4 E -1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        420    4.00   2.00  4 E      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A12-Fine-Zager
        450    1.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        450    1.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Per-Goecker
        450    1.50   4.50  4 E +1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        450    1.50   4.50  4 E +1   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
18 ♠K8
QT852
96542
♣7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠53
9
AQJT73
♣AJ65
♠AJ742
J74
-
♣QT942
♠QT96
AK63
K8
♣K83
5
128
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3  ♣1 ♦5/4 ♠4 NT6
EW: 6♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♥4
LoTT: 21 - 18 = +3
Par: -800 6*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          6.00   0.00  4* W -2  A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  140          5.00   1.00  2 S +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A8-Isser-Blank
  100          4.00   2.00  4 W -2   A2-Saffren-Per vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
   50          3.00   3.00  3♠ E -1   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        100    2.00   4.00  3 S -1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Per-Goecker
        300    1.00   5.00  3♠ S -3   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        650    0.00   6.00  5♣* W +1  A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A12-Fine-Zager
19 ♠Q653
65
KQ92
♣K86
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AKJT
98
AJ8
♣A943
♠842
KT72
63
♣QJT5
♠97
AQJ43
T754
♣72
10
176
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2 1NT  ♣5 ♠6
EW: 2♣ 1♠  ♦4 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 2-NS/3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          6.00   0.00  3N E -2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
  140          5.00   1.00  2 S +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A8-Isser-Blank
  110          4.00   2.00  2 S      A2-Saffren-Per vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
         90    3.00   3.00  1N W      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        120    1.00   5.00  1N W +1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        120    1.00   5.00  1N W +1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A12-Fine-Zager
        120    1.00   5.00  1N E +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Per-Goecker
20 ♠KQ853
A872
A
♣A32
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠JT2
K954
J743
♣98
♠A64
QT6
KT82
♣T64
♠97
J3
Q965
♣KQJ75
17
59
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 2 2 3♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥4 ♠2/3 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS/5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          6.00   0.00  3N S      A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A8-Isser-Blank
  120          5.00   1.00  1N N +1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  110          3.50   2.50  2♠ N      A4-Wilson-Selig vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
  110          3.50   2.50  2♠ N      A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Per-Goecker
        100    2.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A12-Fine-Zager
        200    1.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   A2-Saffren-Per vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        300    0.00   6.00  3N S -3   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
21 ♠KT54
-
QJT2
♣AJT53
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J9863
KJ754
K9
♣6
♠AQ7
AQT932
A83
♣Q
♠2
86
7654
♣K98742
11
818
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3  ♥0 ♠2 NT2
EW: 6 4/5♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦4
LoTT: 21 - 22 = -1
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        450    5.50   0.50  4 E +1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A12-Fine-Zager
        450    5.50   0.50  4 E +1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        480    3.00   3.00  4 E +2   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        480    3.00   3.00  4 E +2   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        480    3.00   3.00  4 E +2   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A8-Isser-Blank
        510    0.50   5.50  4 E +3   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        510    0.50   5.50  4 E +3   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A9-Per-Goecker
22 ♠A652
86
3
♣AQ9742
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K43
KJ
AK9742
♣53
♠JT87
92
QJT86
♣J8
♠Q9
AQT7543
5
♣KT6
10
145
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 1NT  ♦4 ♠5
EW: 3  ♣2 ♥2 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 20 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.50   0.50  4 S +1   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
  450          5.50   0.50  4 S +1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A2-Saffren-Per vs A12-Fine-Zager
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A4-Wilson-Selig vs A9-Per-Goecker
  420          3.00   3.00  4 S      A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A8-Isser-Blank
  400          1.00   5.00  5♣ N      A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
         50    0.00   6.00  4 S -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
23 ♠KJT9
KQJ853
6
♣87
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q53
T96
93
♣AK532
♠A762
7
QJ875
♣QT4
♠84
A42
AKT42
♣J96
10
99
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 1♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6
EW: 1♣ -/1  ♦6/7 ♥2 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +620 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.50   0.50  4♠ N +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
  650          5.50   0.50  4 N +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  200          4.00   2.00  3 N +2   A2-Saffren-Per vs A12-Fine-Zager
    PASS       3.00   3.00  Pass Out  A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        100    1.50   4.50  5 N -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        100    1.50   4.50  4 N -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A9-Per-Goecker
        300    0.00   6.00  4 N -3   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
24 ♠Q63
KT52
T7643
♣4
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K874
AQ
QJ5
♣AQJ5
♠T95
3
A8
♣KT98762
♠AJ2
J98764
K92
♣3
5
197
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2  ♣2 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4/5♣ 4♠ 3/4NT  ♦6 ♥5
LoTT: 19 - 21 = -2
Par: -430 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          4.50   1.50  6N W -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
   50          4.50   1.50  6♣ W -1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A12-Fine-Zager
   50          4.50   1.50  6♣ W -1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
   50          4.50   1.50  6♣ W -1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
        400    2.00   4.00  5♣ W      A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        460    1.00   5.00  3N W +2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A9-Per-Goecker
        490    0.00   6.00  3N W +3   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A11-Seideman-Singer
25 ♠A6
AT654
T3
♣AJT5
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠J8432
K92
K85
♣73
♠9
J73
AQJ972
♣K82
♠KQT75
Q8
64
♣Q964
13
711
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 2♠  ♦4 NT6
EW: 3 1NT  ♣4 ♥5 ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    5.50   0.50  3 N -1   A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
         50    5.50   0.50  3♣ N -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Fine-Zager
        100    3.00   3.00  3♠ S -2   A2-Saffren-Per vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        100    3.00   3.00  4 N -2   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        100    3.00   3.00  4♣ N -2   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A8-Isser-Blank
        110    1.00   5.00  3 E      A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        200    0.00   6.00  4 N -4   A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A9-Per-Goecker
26 ♠Q6
J94
J865
♣AQT7
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠743
K82
Q43
♣KJ43
♠AT95
AQ763
K9
♣95
♠KJ82
T5
AT72
♣862
10
913
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 3  ♥6 ♠6 NT6
EW: 1 1♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.00   0.00  2 W -1   A15-Kauffman-McAlpin vs A13-Tilney-Seidner
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E      A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A9-Per-Goecker
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E      A4-Wilson-Selig vs A8-Isser-Blank
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E      A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Fine-Zager
        110    3.00   3.00  2 E      A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
        300    0.00   6.00  3♣ N -3   A2-Saffren-Per vs A11-Seideman-Singer
27 ♠AQ98
42
AQ3
♣Q986
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠73
AJ5
JT865
♣JT2
♠T5
986
K9742
♣A43
♠KJ642
KQT73
-
♣K75
14
77
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1/- 4 5♠ 2/1NT
       ♦7/6
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥3 ♠2 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          4.00   2.00  5♠ S      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A11-Seideman-Singer
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A8-Isser-Blank
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A14-Brandeis-Adler
  450          4.00   2.00  4♠ N +1   A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
  420          1.00   5.00  4♠ S      A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A9-Per-Goecker
         50    0.00   6.00  6♠ S -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Fine-Zager
28 ♠T2
T7
K3
♣KJT9874
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q4
KQ93
A765
♣A32
♠AKJ5
AJ5
Q984
♣Q6
♠98763
8642
JT2
♣5
7
1517
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦1 ♥1 ♠2 NT1
EW: 1/2♣ 4/5 5/6 4/5♠ 5/6NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.50   0.50  6N W -1   A6-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Fine-Zager
   50          5.50   0.50  4 W -1   A4-Wilson-Selig vs A8-Isser-Blank
        450    4.00   2.00  4 W +1   A2-Saffren-Per vs A11-Seideman-Singer
        990    2.00   4.00  6N W      A1-Franklin-Halpern vs A9-Per-Goecker
        990    2.00   4.00  6N W      A3-Gordon-Gomer vs A15-Kauffman-McAlpin
        990    2.00   4.00  6N W      A5-Bernstein-Stern vs A10-Weber-Mendelsohn
       1100    0.00   6.00  3♣* N -4  A7-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A14-Brandeis-Adler