- Monday Aft - April 8, 2019

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Field strength:  Mean: 2327 MP  Geomean: 1140 MP
(based on 46 players)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Douglas Dye - Kenneth Chatzinoff 63.71 1st A 1.20
Daisy Goecker - Sheldon Per 60.73 1st A 1.20
Edie McAlpin - Rhoda Kauffman 60.23 2nd A 0.84
Elaine Friedenberg - Karen Gold 57.96 2nd A 0.84
Sidney Gordon - William Goldman 56.16 3rd A 0.60
Barbara Albert - Stephanie Fine 55.77 1st B 0.56
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Millie Ellerson - Shelly Zalesne 55.70 2nd B 0.39
Merle Rosenfeld - Philip Rosenfeld 53.43 3rd B 0.28
Carolyn Per - Donna Saffren 51.46 3rd A 0.60
Cecile Stern - Joan Bernstein 50.81 4th A 0.42
Arthur Seidner - Sandy Tilney 48.50 5th A 0.24
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>April 8, 2019      |CLUB NO.>227439    | 04/08/2019 15:45
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DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>  120.0 |TOP>  10 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=7/C=2                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Marjorie Ross          Sandra Kayson            A    .     .     .    110.35  45.98
 2 Sandy Tilney           Arthur Seidner           C    5     .     .    116.40  48.50  0.24(A)
 3 Ellie Goldman          Phyllis Weber            A    .     .     .    110.05  45.85
 4 Donna Saffren          Carolyn Per              B    3     2     .    123.50  51.46  0.60(A)
 5 Beatrice Lipschultz    Sherri Lampert           B    .     .     .    110.82  46.18
 6 Joan Bernstein         Cecile Stern             C    4     3     1    121.95  50.81  0.42(A)
 7 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B    .     .     .    116.15  48.40
 8 Arnold Selig           Joel Myers               A    .     .     .    114.40  47.67
 9 Kenneth Chatzinoff     Douglas Dye              A    1     .     .    152.90  63.71  1.20(A)
10 Elaine Friedenberg     Karen Gold               B    2     1     .    139.10  57.96  0.84(A)
11 Ralph Franklin         Leah Halpern             B    .     .     .    103.60  43.17
                                          Totals                        1319.22

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>  120.0 |TOP>  10 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=7/C=5                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Rhoda Kauffman         Edie McAlpin             A    2     .     .    144.55  60.23  0.84(A)
 2 Shelly Blank           Natalie Isser            C    .     .     .     68.78  28.66
 3 Sidney Gordon          William Goldman          A    3     .     .    134.78  56.16  0.60(A)
 4 Richard Seideman       Dalia Singer             B    .     .     .     95.71  39.88
 5 Sheldon Per            Daisy Goecker            A    1     .     .    145.75  60.73  1.20(A)
 6 Barbara Albert         Stephanie Fine           C    4     1     1    133.85  55.77  0.56(B)
 7 Ina Greenspan          Evette Mittin            B    .     .     .     95.24  39.68
 8 Philip Rosenfeld       Merle Rosenfeld          C    .     3     .    128.24  53.43  0.28(B)
 9 Ellen Gordon           Jack Mendelsohn          A    .     .     .    124.51  51.88
10 Joan Brandeis          Joanne Adler             A    .     .     .    127.31  53.05
11 Millie Ellerson        Shelly Zalesne           C    5     2     2    133.69  55.70  0.39(B)
12 Sam Frieder            Alan Smith               C    .     .     .    106.69  44.45
                                          Totals                        1439.10

Hands and Results
1 ♠942
A96
Q96
♣A964
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AQT5
J85
KJ873
♣3
♠7
T3
AT542
♣KJT52
♠KJ863
KQ742
-
♣Q87
10
118
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2♠  ♣5 ♦2 NT6
EW: 1♣ 4 1NT  ♥5 ♠4
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300         10.00   0.00            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
  110          8.00   2.00  2♠ S      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  110          8.00   2.00  2♠ S      A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Blank-Isser
  110          8.00   2.00  2♠ S      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A6-Albert-Fine
  100          6.00   4.00  5 W -2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        150    4.00   6.00  3♠ S -3   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        150    4.00   6.00            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A5-Per-Goecker
        150    4.00   6.00            A4-Saffren-Per vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        300    1.50   8.50  4♠* S -2  A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        300    1.50   8.50  3♠* S -2  A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        500    0.00  10.00  5♠* S -3  A8-Selig-Myers vs A4-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

N-S may well get to the spade game, which founders on the dreadful split. What will West lead
against a spade contract? It might be the singleton club. In that case, South will play low from the dummy and East wins the King. East returns the 2 to ask for a diamond return, expecting to win the A and give partner another ruff. It's not to be, but the trump position will still take lots of defensive tricks.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
Pass22NT132
DblAll pass  
  1. 2 places to play
  2. competitive

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 3-4, 7, and 10.

The Bidding: South, with 5-5 in the majors opens 1 in 3rd seat. West has nothing to say. North's raise to 2 shows 3+ spades and 6-10 points. Allowing your opponents to play in their fit at the 2-level is losing bridge. See Larry Cohen's "I Can't Stand It" article for his perspective. Here, if East doesn't balance in the direct seat, West is poorly positioned to act in the balancing seat.

To avoid allowing the opponents to play in their fit at the 2-level, some partnerships agree to play OBAR bids (balance in the direct seat after the opponents bid and raise). While it is common to play an Unusual 2 Notrump overcall to show the lower unbid suits, that isn't the best treatment here. If East had a two suiter with hearts and a minor, they might still want to compete. It is better to play a Scrambling 2NT in this situation to show 2 places to play. Either way, East bids an artificial 2NT to balance in the direct seat.

South expects East-West to find their expected diamond fit. South's 5½ Losing Trick Count and 16 Support Points suggest inviting game. South's diamond void inflates the Losing Trick Count and Support Points of an otherwise minimum opener. It isn't clear whether South's diamond void is valuable. South's lack of Aces and mediocre texture are negatives. Inviting game is too optimistic. South knows their partnership has an 8+ spade fit. If North has less than 5 diamonds, East-West have a 9+ card diamond fit. With those assumptions, the Law of Total Tricks suggests 17 tricks would be available between a spade contract and a diamond contract. Competing to 3 seems reasonable. South's 3 bid isn't invitational. If South wanted to invite game, South would bid 3, 3, or 3 depending on their partnership's Game Try agreements.

West now has a difficult decision. West has great defense against spades. West can infer East's spade shortness. If East's 2NT bid showed the minors, West expects diamonds to play well. If East's 2NT bid showed 2 places to play, West cannot assume a diamond fit. You don't want to punish partner for balancing, but 3 is unlikely to make. South's failure to invite game suggests points are evenly divided. Spades are breaking badly. West's spades are over South. A 2 trick set is conceivable. Doubling seems better than passing or competing to the 4-level.

The Play in Spades: With trump length, it is typically best to lead your long suit to try to gain trump control. Here, a diamond lead taps declarer. Declarer can play on hearts to scramble 8 tricks. Dummy's 9 puts pressure on West with later rounds of hearts. It is possible for declarer to score 9 tricks on a club lead, but that requires a Double Dummy line of play.

The Play in Diamonds: Declarer has 2 quick heart losers and a quick club loser. Declarer has no trump losers if diamonds break 2-1. Declarer can handle any 3-0 break, but must guess who to play for 3 diamonds. South's spade length suggests guarding against North holding 3 diamonds.

At many tables, a spade lead will allow declarer to discard a heart loser. When declarer leads a club towards dummy, North must rise with the Ace or another loser will disappear.



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2 ♠QT9832
8
AQJ87
♣T
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠75
64
KT432
♣KQ64
♠AK4
AKQT732
6
♣32
♠J6
J95
95
♣AJ9875
9
816
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥2 NT3
EW: 1♣ 3 3/4NT  ♦6 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          9.95   0.05            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
   50          7.75   2.25  5 E -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
   50          7.75   2.25  5 E -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A4-Seideman-Singer
   50          7.75   2.25  5 E -1   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        170    5.55   4.45            A4-Saffren-Per vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        420    3.35   6.65  4 E      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A6-Albert-Fine
        420    3.35   6.65  4 E      A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        420    3.35   6.65            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A5-Per-Goecker
        450    0.60   9.40  4 E +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        450    0.60   9.40  4 E +1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Blank-Isser

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

I will be surprised if any pairs aren't playing 4 on this one, but it's a tough hand. After east opens 1 and West bids 1NT, North can bid 2 showing five spades and a minor. Then against hearts, South leads the J or the 9. If it's the diamond, North wins with the J and returns the 10. All declarer can do is watch; he is not in control of his own fate this time.



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3 ♠7652
Q9
A32
♣JT32
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠-
AKJ87
KT7
♣AK874
♠AQT943
43
Q654
♣5
♠KJ8
T652
J98
♣Q96
7
188
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦2 ♥2 ♠3 NT3/4
EW: 4♣ 4/5 5 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         10.00   0.00  3N W -2   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A2-Blank-Isser
  100          8.00   2.00  3N W -1   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  100          8.00   2.00  3N E -1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
  100          8.00   2.00            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        140    6.00   4.00  3 W      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A5-Per-Goecker
        150    5.00   5.00  2N W +1   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        170    4.00   6.00            A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        180    3.00   7.00  2N W +2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        600    2.00   8.00  3N W      A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        620    1.00   9.00            A4-Saffren-Per vs A6-Albert-Fine
        650    0.00  10.00  4 W +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A3-Gordon-Goldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West can certainly justify a jump-shift. He has two good five card suits, 17 HCP and a void. A likely auction: 1--1; 3--3; 4--4. It's hard to think of NT with these shapely hands. North has an easy lead in the J. What is West going to do with all those clubs? Use the dummy's little trump. Ruff a club at trick two, pitch a diamond on the A and ruff a spade. If you lead a diamond instead, defense can win it and take the last trump off the board.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1Pass1Pass
3Pass3Pass
3NTAll pass  

The Bidding: After West opens 1, East responds 1. West's 3 jump shift rebid is natural and game forcing. 4th Suit Forcing isn't needed in this auction because East-West are already in a Game Force , but that doesn't guarantee a 3 rebid by responder would be natural. The auction is crowded. A jump to 4 would show an invitational hand with 3-card support. If playing Constructive Raises , a 3 rebid would show 3-card support and less than constructive values. If not playing Constructive Raises, a 3 rebid is a simple preference with nothing else to say. A 3NT rebid would guarantee a diamond stopper. With a 5-card spade suit, East could temporize with 3, allowing West to show 3-card spade support with a 3 rebid. East doesn't need 3-card spade support. So East bids 3 now. West, with diamonds stopped, offers 3NT as the final contract.

Now East must decide whether to pass, bid 4, or bid 4. West certainly has spade shortness on this auction. There is risk that East's spade length and texture will be squandered in a 3NT contract. In a 4 contract, East spades will be valuable, but it may be difficult to draw trump. In a heart contract, East's club shortness may be valuable, and there may be better access to East's hand. Playing in a 6-1 or 6-0 spade fit isn't attractive when a 7+ card heart fit is available. It isn't clear whether 3NT or 4 is best. 3NT requires only 9 tricks. That may influence East to guess to play 3NT.

The Play in 3NT: Declarer cannot easily reach dummy. Fortunately, the Queen is doubleton. So declarer can score 4 heart tricks. Declarer has 2 quick club winners and can develop a long club. With the Jack onside, declarer can score 2 diamond tricks. Declarer will have access to the Ace if the defense leads spades or with a lobbing finesse towards the Queen. Declarer will score 9 tricks if they use East's entry to finesse against the Jack rather than the Queen.

The Play in 4: Without a trump lead, declarer can ruff 2 clubs. Now declarer cannot finesse against the Queen. East may give declarer a losing option by leading a heart. Declarer should view that gift suspiciously. With the Jack onside, declarer can score 11 tricks.

A heart lead is hard to imagine from Q9 doubleton, but declarer can score 11 tricks by scoring their low hearts en passant or with an end play.



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4 ♠AQ7
T872
K653
♣A8
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T2
AQ65
AQ2
♣QJ64
♠8
K
JT974
♣KT9752
♠KJ96543
J943
8
♣3
13
157
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠ 2NT  ♣2 ♦3
EW: 4♣ 2  ♥5 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  790         10.00   0.00  4♠* S     A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  620          9.00   1.00  4♠ S      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A5-Per-Goecker
  100          7.50   2.50  5♣ W -1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
  100          7.50   2.50  5♣ E -1   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        130    4.50   5.50  4♣ W      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A2-Blank-Isser
        130    4.50   5.50  4♣ E      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        130    4.50   5.50  3♣ E +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        130    4.50   5.50            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        150    2.00   8.00            A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        500    1.00   9.00  5♠* S -2  A8-Selig-Myers vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        600    0.00  10.00            A4-Saffren-Per vs A6-Albert-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1NT. Will East just pass, or will he transfer to clubs? Either might be justified. If east passes, an ambitious South might bid 2; if East bids 2 to ask partner to bid clubs, South can certainly double the artificial bid to ask for a spade lead.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1NTPass21Dbl
PassPass3All pass
  1. range ask or clubs

The Bidding: After West opens a strong notrump, North has nothing to say with their balanced hand. East's 7 HCP hand merits a downgrade for their singleton King. Their 6-5 distribution merits an upgrade. Grant Baze advised a 6-5 hand is worth an extra Ace. Game is possible opposite the right hand. In a team game, the vulnerable game bonus makes a 37.5% game a break-even proposition. At Matchpoints , rewards are based on how many pairs you outscore. So bidding low percentage games has substantial downside. Here, East's Aceless hand with just 1 prime honor in the minors needs substantial help for 5 or 5 to make.

Some partnerships use Minor Suit Stayman with length in both minors. Here, East's club suit is stronger and longer than their diamonds. Advertising a club 1-suiter seems best. Many partnerships play Four-suit transfers . The downside of using 2 and 2NT as transfers to clubs and diamonds respectively is the need to use Stayman with a balanced invitational hand without a 4-card major. This needlessly leaks information about opener's distribution. Using 3 as a transfer to diamonds and keeping 2NT as natural is substantially better, but that gives up the ability to use a 3 response as Low Information Puppet Stayman . As Gavin Wolpert discusses in his "4 Way Transfers with Range Ask" article, it is advisable to use an artificial 2 response to show a hand with long clubs or a hand wishing to know whether opener is a maximum. With that agreement, East bids an artificial 2. South's double is lead directional. West, with a minimum lacking a club stopper, passes showing a minimum opener without a spade stopper. North isn't eager to risk the 3-level. East's 3 bid ends the auction.

The Play in Clubs: If East declares 3, South will lead their singleton diamond. Declarer has no trouble recognizing the 8 as either a singleton or top of a doubleton. If it is a doubleton, East can allow North's King to win the first trick, cutting defensive communication in diamonds. Declarer prefers to rise with the Ace and cash their heart winners to discard a spade loser. This smother's East's King, but that isn't a concern. When declarer leads a trump at trick 4, South cannot score a diamond ruff. Declarer has 11 tricks. A spade lead holds declarer to 10 tricks.

The Play in Spades: If North declares a spade contract after a lead directing double, East can lead their singleton King. Now the defense can navigate a heart ruff to hold declarer to 8 tricks. If South declares a spade contract, Double Dummy defense is required to hold declarer to 8 tricks.



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5 ♠4
A96
AT86
♣J9852
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQ86
52
42
♣AQT63
♠KJT9
QJ3
QJ953
♣4
♠7532
KT874
K7
♣K7
9
1210
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2/1  ♦6 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1 3♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♥5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150         10.00   0.00  4♠ W -3   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
  100          8.50   1.50  4♠ E -2   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  100          8.50   1.50  4♠* E -1  A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A4-Seideman-Singer
   50          6.50   3.50  3♠ E -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A2-Blank-Isser
   50          6.50   3.50            A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
         90    5.00   5.00  1N E      A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A6-Albert-Fine
        140    3.00   7.00  3♠ W      A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        140    3.00   7.00  2♠ E +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        140    3.00   7.00            A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        200    1.00   9.00            A4-Saffren-Per vs A5-Per-Goecker
        420    0.00  10.00  4♠ W      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 in fourth seat and is delighted when East has four spades. East should be cautious counting shortness in the suit partner has opened. Indeed, the paucity of red quick tricks will doom any game contract. South will probably lead a heart--and that could develop a pitch for one of dummy's diamonds. Maybe there will be 10 tricks at some tables.



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6 ♠AJT642
KT
K6
♣K97
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KQ5
7
AQT9
♣A6542
♠983
QJ983
J852
♣Q
♠7
A6542
743
♣JT83
14
156
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 2♠ 2NT  ♦4
EW: 2  ♣5 ♥5 ♠4/5 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1100         10.00   0.00  5* W -4  A3-Goldman-Weber vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
  300          9.00   1.00  3N E -3   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  200          8.00   2.00  1♠ N +4   A8-Selig-Myers vs A2-Blank-Isser
  140          6.00   4.00  2♠ N +1   A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A4-Seideman-Singer
  140          6.00   4.00  2♠ N +1   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A6-Albert-Fine
  140          6.00   4.00            A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
  110          4.00   6.00  2♠ N      A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A12-Frieder-Smith
         50    2.50   7.50  2♠ N -1   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
         50    2.50   7.50            A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        110    0.50   9.50  3 W      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        110    0.50   9.50            A4-Saffren-Per vs A5-Per-Goecker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West and North both like their hands less and less as the bidding progresses. West opens 1 or maybe 1 and North bids 1, East might not even think he has enough for a Negative Double (I agree). South passes. Now West knows that East is not "trap" passing with spade length; he probably just doesn't have a very good hand. West's best bet is to pass. No good will come of bidding again.



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7 ♠AJT93
T875
K63
♣T
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q875
K3
J8754
♣A4
♠K642
AQJ96
AQ9
♣3
♠-
42
T2
♣KQJ987652
8
1016
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦1 ♥1 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6/5 5/4 4♠ 6NT  ♣5/4
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: -1400 7♣*-NS-5
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800         10.00   0.00  5♠* W -3  A4-Saffren-Per vs A4-Seideman-Singer
  300          9.00   1.00  6 E -3   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  100          8.00   2.00            A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A6-Albert-Fine
        100    6.50   3.50  4♣ S -1   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        100    6.50   3.50  3♣ S -1   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A2-Blank-Isser
        500    4.50   5.50  5♣* S -2  A1-Ross-Kayson vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        500    4.50   5.50  5♣* S -2  A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        600    2.50   7.50  5 W      A8-Selig-Myers vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        600    2.50   7.50            A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        620    1.00   9.00  4♠ W      A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A5-Per-Goecker
        650    0.00  10.00  5 E      A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

5 with a great nine card suit describes the South hand--and makes life miserable for E-W. On the vulnerability, E-W might settle for doubling--and the post mortem will be painful. The fact is, though, that preempts work. Sometimes we just have to look forward to the next hand. Note that a lower preempt gives the opponents room to communicate--just what South doesn't want.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   4
PassPassDblPass
4All pass  

The Bidding: South wants to preempt in clubs to make it difficult for East-West to find their expected spade fit. Preempting 5 is reasonable with a 9-card suit, but is risky. If East-West don't have a game, 5 down 2 would be a bottom. East-West likely have a spade fit. Spades are breaking badly. A spade contract might not play well for East-West. Preempting 4 seems sufficient.

How high does your partnership play Takeout Double ? If you treat a double of 4 or 5 as penalty, what is East supposed to do with this hand? Larry Cohen recommends playing Takeout Doubles thru infinity . Larry advises "A high-level takeout double should be removed only if the partner of the doubler has lots of shape. Certainly a pull to the 5-level should not be undertaken unless the distribution is extreme (like a 6-card suit, or a big 2-suiter, or a void...)." Here, West doesn't have the shape to pull East's "takeout" oriented double of 5.

At tables where South preempts 4, East balances with a "takeout" oriented double. West has a choice between converting the double for penalty, bidding 4, or bidding 4. Bidding 4 risks playing in a 4-3 fit. West's 5-card diamond suit is weak. Passing could be right if East-West don't have a game. West's 12 Support Points suggest a game is available. Bidding 4 seems best. North shouldn't be eager to double 4. The double might help East-West make 4. North's lack of defense against a red suit or notrump contract is a bigger concern. Passing 4 is clear.

The Play in Clubs: The defense has 5 quick winners to hold declarer to 8 tricks. If the defense allows declarer to cash dummy's Ace, declarer before they cash their red suit winners, declarer will score a 9th trick.

The Play in Spades: North has 3 natural spade tricks and has the long spade. To prevent North from scoring their long spade, declarer must avoid allowing North to score a cheap ruff. To avoid a diamond loser, declarer needs to guess to smother the 10. Declarer can score 10 tricks if they guess the diamonds and Cross-Ruff the last 2 tricks smothering North's 3.



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8 ♠95
KQJ93
AK
♣QJ65
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠432
6
T8542
♣A972
♠AQJT
52
QJ73
♣K83
♠K876
AT874
96
♣T4
16
413
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 2NT  ♦5 ♠6
EW: 2  ♣5 ♥3 ♠6/5 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +420 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          5.50   4.50  4♠ N      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  420          5.50   4.50  4 N      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
  420          5.50   4.50  4 N      A3-Goldman-Weber vs A2-Blank-Isser
  420          5.50   4.50  4 N      A4-Saffren-Per vs A4-Seideman-Singer
  420          5.50   4.50  4 N      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
  420          5.50   4.50  4 N      A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A5-Per-Goecker
  420          5.50   4.50  4 N      A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  420          5.50   4.50            A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A6-Albert-Fine
  420          5.50   4.50            A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  420          5.50   4.50            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  170          0.00  10.00  3 S +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

N-S will surely get to 4. South should remember to revalue the hand with hearts as trump and accept any invitation to bid game. North can be very methodical: draw trump and lead a low club toward the 10. Happily the A is on side.



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9 ♠AQ8
98732
A63
♣J9
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠9753
AT5
K54
♣AQ6
♠KJT64
64
J92
♣K74
♠2
KQJ
QT87
♣T8532
11
138
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2  ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♠ 1NT  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170         10.00   0.00  2 N +2   A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A2-Blank-Isser
  100          8.50   1.50  3♠ E -1   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A4-Seideman-Singer
  100          8.50   1.50  3♠ E -1   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A6-Albert-Fine
         50    6.50   3.50  2 N -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A12-Frieder-Smith
         50    6.50   3.50            A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        100    5.00   5.00  4* N -1  A3-Goldman-Weber vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        110    3.50   6.50  2♠ E      A4-Saffren-Per vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        110    3.50   6.50            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        140    1.00   9.00  3♠ E      A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A5-Per-Goecker
        140    1.00   9.00  2♠ E +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        140    1.00   9.00  2♠ E +1   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 and then raises spades. Declarer should avoid leading diamonds--wait for the defense to help you. If South leads a low diamond, hold your breath, cross your fingers and be rewarded for second hand low, eliminating one of your diamond losers. Use clubs to get to the dummy for the spade finesse(s). Start by leading the 9 and let it ride if North doesn't cover. Draw trump, play three rounds of clubs, cash the A and lead another heart. Just be patient.



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10 ♠42
AJ98
AT6
♣QT96
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠8763
542
K984
♣K3
♠KT95
K76
Q5
♣A542
♠AQJ
QT3
J732
♣J87
11
612
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 2 1/-♠ 3/2NT
       ♠7/6
EW:  ♣4 ♦5 ♥5 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: +600 3NT-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         10.00   0.00            A8-Selig-Myers vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  100          7.50   2.50  2♠ W -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
  100          7.50   2.50  2♠ W -1   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A5-Per-Goecker
  100          7.50   2.50  2♠ W -1   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A4-Seideman-Singer
  100          7.50   2.50            A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
    PASS       4.50   5.50            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
    PASS       4.50   5.50  Pass Out  A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A2-Blank-Isser
        100    3.00   7.00  2N S -1   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        110    1.50   8.50  2♠ W      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        110    1.50   8.50  2♠ E      A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A6-Albert-Fine
        160    0.00  10.00  1♠* E     A4-Saffren-Per vs A3-Gordon-Goldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. Depending on their style, West will bid 1 or 1. Either way, E-W will likely play 2...and have no fun at all, especially vulnerable. with all he high spade honors off-side, there's little to be done. Play the minors and hope to develop a cross-ruff. Remember, if you plan to cross-ruff, you have to take winners first. Cash the K, then the A and ruff. Now lead a low diamond toward the Q. Hope North isn't inspired to lead trump. You just might get away with this.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Pass2Pass
PassDblPass3
All pass   

The Bidding: After East opens 1, South has nothing to say. West's response depends on the partnership's style. At tables where East-West bid up the line, West responds 1. North passes, and East rebids 1. West's raise to 2 shows less than invitational values. If North-South use OBAR bids, North can "balance" with a takeout double in the direct seat. As Kitty Cooper discusses in her "2NT in Competion" , sacrificing a natural advance to 2NT allows partnerships to find a 4-4 fit more frequently. Here, South has just one 4-card suit. Converting the double for penalty would be quite a gamble. A natural 2NT bid, if available, would be risky. Bidding 3 risks playing in a 4-3 fit, but seems best. South's 3 bid ends the auction. If North-South don't balance in the direct seat, West's 2 bid ends the auction.

At tables where East-West use a Walsh style , West, with less than game forcing values, bypasses their diamond suit and responds 1. North doesn't have the shape to act. East's raise to 2 shows a minimum opener with spade support. As Steve Weinstein discusses in his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, many expert partnerships raise with 3-card support and shortness or a small doubleton. North balances with a takeout oriented double, South's 3 bid ends the auction.

The Play in 2: With the AQJ behind the King, declarer has just 1 spade trick and can navigate a ruff for their 2nd trump trick. A lobbing finesse towards the King provides a heart trick. Declarer has 2 quick club winners and can promote a diamond trick by knocking out the Ace. That brings declarer to 6 tricks. If the defense allows declarer to navigate 2 club ruffs, declarer will score a 7th trick. If the defense breaks diamonds early, declarer can score a 2nd diamond trick. The defense can prevent declarer from scoring 2 club ruffs. North's red Aces provide the entries needed for North-South to draw West's remaining trump after ruffing a club. Because West doesn't have any additional entries, the diamond suit blocks and declarer cannot benefit from North rising with the Ace. Down 2 will be a common result.

The Play in 3: With trump length, it is common to lead your long suit in hopes of gaining trump control. When East's King is taken by the Ace, West knows declarer has the Queen. Finessing against West for the 98 is a Safety Play offering almost a 90% chance to hold diamond losers to 2. The Safety Play offers just a 1.3% chance to score 3 diamond tricks. Some declarers may prefer to run the Jack first. This offers an 87% chance to hold diamond losers to 2, but provides a 4.6%. Both lines have similar trick taking expectations. Here, if declarer leads a low diamond at trick 2, West must play an intermediate diamond to achieve a 2 trick set. If declarer runs the Jack, should West cover? If South has QJxx, West can only score 1 diamond trick. If East has the singleton Queen, covering costs a trick. If East has the doubleton Queen, ducking makes it easy for declarer to hold diamond losers to 1. A defender who can see through the backs of the cards would cover the Jack to give declarer a nasty guess on the second round of diamonds. Using the book line declarer would lose 3 diamond tricks. A defender who could see through the backs of the cards would have led the King at trick 1 to achieve a 2 trick set.

Should going down in 3 when 2 was going down deter North-South from balancing in the future? Absolutely not. Letting the opponents routinely play in their fit at the 2-level is losing bridge. You have to accept the occasional bad result to earn the rewards balancing provides over the long term.



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11 ♠A98742
J97
7
♣T98
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠KJ53
T86
T83
♣J64
♠Q
AQ3
AKQ942
♣AK3
♠T6
K542
J65
♣Q752
5
524
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥5 ♠6 NT3
EW: 2♣ 4 2 1♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150         10.00   0.00  4 W -3   A4-Saffren-Per vs A2-Blank-Isser
  100          9.00   1.00  6 W -2   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
   50          8.00   2.00  4 E -1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A6-Albert-Fine
        110    7.00   3.00  3♣ E      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        130    6.00   4.00  3 E +1   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        300    4.50   5.50  2♠* N -2  A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        300    4.50   5.50            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        430    2.50   7.50  4N W      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        430    2.50   7.50            A8-Selig-Myers vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        460    0.50   9.50  3N W +2   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        460    0.50   9.50  3N E +2   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A5-Per-Goecker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

A daring North might open a weak 3 in third seat on this terrible hand--surely East has a great hand. East then has to decide: double or bid 4 and miss any chance at 3NT. He could try another tack--bid 3, inviting West to bid 3NT with spades stopped. Now, west has a bad hand, but if he understands the question he can bid 3NT. Even if they haven't had a discussion about this bidding, 3 is unlikely to be Michaels Cue Bid .



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12 ♠AKJ8
T95
KJ54
♣J6
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠43
QJ4
76
♣AT5432
♠762
AK876
A8
♣K87
♠QT95
32
QT932
♣Q9
13
714
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2♠  ♣1 ♥1 NT1
EW: 5♣ 5 3NT  ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110         10.00   0.00  2♠ N      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A6-Albert-Fine
        100    8.50   1.50  3♠ S -1   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        100    8.50   1.50            A8-Selig-Myers vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        140    7.00   3.00  3 E      A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        170    5.50   4.50  3 W +1   A4-Saffren-Per vs A2-Blank-Isser
        170    5.50   4.50            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        200    3.50   6.50  4♠ S -2   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A5-Per-Goecker
        200    3.50   6.50  3 E +2   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        230    1.00   9.00  3 E +3   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        230    1.00   9.00  3 E +3   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        230    1.00   9.00            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1, starting a lively auction:
1 1 X 2
2 3 P 4
is a possibility. Vulnerable, N-S shouldn't be eager to take a save against NV opponents. When the clubs break, the hand is easy for declarer.



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13 ♠9865
T72
KT2
♣K85
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠KQ42
94
J98
♣AQJ3
♠A73
A853
75
♣T974
♠JT
KQJ6
AQ643
♣62
6
138
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1  ♣4 ♠6 NT6
EW: 2♣ 1♠  ♦4 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +110 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150         10.00   0.00  1N S +2   A4-Saffren-Per vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
  140          9.00   1.00  2 S +1   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
  130          8.00   2.00  2 S +2   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A2-Blank-Isser
  120          7.00   3.00            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  110          5.00   5.00  2 S +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A5-Per-Goecker
  110          5.00   5.00            A8-Selig-Myers vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
  110          5.00   5.00            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  100          2.50   7.50  3♠ W -1   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
  100          2.50   7.50  2♠ W -1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
         90    1.00   9.00  1N W      A3-Goldman-Weber vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        200    0.00  10.00  3N N -2   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A4-Seideman-Singer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

When South opens 1, West has a problem: pass or bid 1 with this opening hand which has no five card suit and can't double with a doubleton heart. Who knows what would be right? If West passes, North will bid 1. Without enough points to reverse, South rebids 2, ending the auction at most tables. Play is routine when trumps break. Take your four losers and score up +110.



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14 ♠K852
AJ
QJ654
♣87
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AQT97
95
KT73
♣Q3
♠J64
73
A
♣AKJ9652
♠3
KQT8642
982
♣T4
11
1113
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣2 ♦6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 4♣ -/1 4♠  ♦6/7 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100         10.00   0.00            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A12-Frieder-Smith
   50          9.00   1.00  5♠ E -1   A4-Saffren-Per vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        100    8.00   2.00  4 S -2   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A2-Blank-Isser
        130    7.00   3.00  4♣ E      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        300    6.00   4.00  5* S -2  A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        420    3.50   6.50  4♠ W      A3-Goldman-Weber vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        420    3.50   6.50  4♠ W      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A5-Per-Goecker
        420    3.50   6.50            A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        420    3.50   6.50            A8-Selig-Myers vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        500    1.00   9.00  5* S -3  A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        590    0.00  10.00  4♠* W     A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A3-Gordon-Goldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East is much too good to open 3--and it would be a shame to miss that eight card spade fit, since there are 10 tricks in either black suit. Even with the bad break and the K off-side, spades are the higher-scoring choice. There's a reason we talk about that "Golden" fit in a major. It's profitable. Use the K to shag a heart in the dummy if possible.



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15 ♠J8
KT8765
632
♣98
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠AK6543
-
QJ8
♣QT62
♠92
942
AK54
♣AJ43
♠QT7
AQJ3
T97
♣K75
4
1212
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣1 ♦1 ♠2 NT6
EW: 6♣ 5 5♠ 1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -920 6♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    9.50   0.50  2♠ W +3   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A2-Blank-Isser
        200    9.50   0.50  2♠ W +3   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        450    4.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Albert-Fine
        450    4.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        450    4.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A4-Saffren-Per vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        450    4.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        450    4.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        450    4.50   5.50            A8-Selig-Myers vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        450    4.50   5.50            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        450    4.50   5.50            A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        500    0.00  10.00  3* S -2  A3-Goldman-Weber vs A10-Brandeis-Adler

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1. If West passed, North has the hand for a weak jump shift, but will he want to bid 3 over West's 1 overcall? Not likely., he's vulnerable against NV opponents. East jumps to 2NT: 11-12 points and an excellent club stopper. Now west can bid 4. When North leads the 9, Declarer spurns the finesse in case that was a singleton lead. Now he bangs down the AK--there's no point in finessing missing QJ10.



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16 ♠T876
Q3
9652
♣Q74
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠Q
A98652
T4
♣AT63
♠K9
KT7
AQ83
♣J982
♠AJ5432
J4
KJ7
♣K5
4
1013
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♠  ♣2 ♦5 ♥2 NT3
EW: 5/4♣ 2 4 3NT  ♠5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: -500 5♠*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140         10.00   0.00  3♠ S      A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A2-Blank-Isser
         50    8.00   2.00  4♠ S -1   A4-Saffren-Per vs A12-Frieder-Smith
         50    8.00   2.00            A8-Selig-Myers vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
         50    8.00   2.00            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        150    6.00   4.00  4♠ S -3   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        170    5.00   5.00  3 W +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        500    4.00   6.00  5♠* S -3  A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        630    3.00   7.00  3N E +1   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        650    1.00   9.00  5 W      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A6-Albert-Fine
        650    1.00   9.00  5 W      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        650    1.00   9.00            A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Rule of 20 opens 1 with the West hand. East makes a forcing bid and then bids the heart game. South will inject a spade bid, but they won't defend unless North is very aggressive, worthwhile on this favorable vulnerability.



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17 ♠K73
A654
A974
♣JT
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠J
JT8
KJ82
♣K6532
♠86
Q973
Q63
♣A874
♠AQT9542
K2
T5
♣Q9
12
98
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♠ 2NT  ♣4 ♦6 ♥6
EW: 1♣ 1  ♦6 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 19 = -2
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450         10.00   0.00            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Per-Goecker
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A3-Goldman-Weber vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A4-Saffren-Per vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Albert-Fine
  420          4.50   5.50  4♠ S      A8-Selig-Myers vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  420          4.50   5.50            A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  420          4.50   5.50            A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A2-Blank-Isser

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 and rebids 1NT over South's 1 response. That's all South needs to hear to bid the spade game. Whatever West leads, all roads lead to 10 tricks. It would take some monumental error--like giving declarer a sluff and a ruff--to avoid three defensive tricks.



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18 ♠KT
AQ632
87
♣KQ52
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠J653
JT
T652
♣J64
♠8742
974
A43
♣A87
♠AQ9
K85
KQJ9
♣T93
14
38
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 5 5 3♠ 5NT
EW:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +660 5NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  680         10.00   0.00            A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  660          8.50   1.50  3N N +2   A4-Saffren-Per vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  660          8.50   1.50            A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
  650          4.50   5.50  4♠ S +1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A6-Albert-Fine
  650          4.50   5.50  4 S +1   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  650          4.50   5.50  4 S +1   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
  650          4.50   5.50  4 S +1   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
  650          4.50   5.50  4 S +1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  650          4.50   5.50            A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A2-Blank-Isser
  620          1.00   9.00  4 S      A1-Ross-Kayson vs A5-Per-Goecker
        200    0.00  10.00  6* S -1  A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A3-Gordon-Goldman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1NT and will end up declarer in 4. Everything cooperates, and all East will see is his two aces. Yawn.



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19 ♠KQ86
874
KQ83
♣64
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠JT7
AT3
97
♣QT832
♠A4
KJ2
AJ654
♣K97
♠9532
Q965
T2
♣AJ5
10
716
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥5 ♠6/5 NT3
EW: 4♣ 3 2 1♠ 3/4NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -630 4NT-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          9.50   0.50  2N E -2   A8-Selig-Myers vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
  200          9.50   0.50  1N W -2   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A2-Blank-Isser
        120    7.00   3.00  1N E +1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Per-Goecker
        120    7.00   3.00            A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        120    7.00   3.00            A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        150    3.50   6.50  2N E +1   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        150    3.50   6.50  1N E +2   A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A6-Albert-Fine
        150    3.50   6.50  1N E +2   A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        150    3.50   6.50            A1-Ross-Kayson vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        180    0.50   9.50  1N W +3   A3-Goldman-Weber vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        180    0.50   9.50  1N E +3   A4-Saffren-Per vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
20 ♠A3
K9765
KJ7
♣KJ4
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠KJ862
A843
8
♣T87
♠Q95
T
AT62
♣Q9632
♠T74
QJ2
Q9543
♣A5
15
88
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 1NT  ♣5 ♠4
EW: 2♣ 2♠  ♦4 ♥3 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          9.95   0.05  3N N +2   A4-Saffren-Per vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
  650          8.85   1.15  4 N +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A2-Blank-Isser
  620          7.20   2.80  4 N      A3-Goldman-Weber vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  620          7.20   2.80  4 N      A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A12-Frieder-Smith
  210          5.55   4.45  2N N +3   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Per-Goecker
  200          4.45   5.55            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A6-Albert-Fine
  170          3.35   6.65            A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  140          2.25   7.75            A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
  100          1.15   8.85  4♠ W -1   A8-Selig-Myers vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        100    0.05   9.95  2N N -1   A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
21 ♠Q7654
QT962
9
♣84
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠K93
J7
AQ53
♣QJ62
♠AJ
A43
T8762
♣AK3
♠T82
K85
KJ4
♣T975
4
1316
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥5 ♠5 NT0
EW: 7♣ 7 2 2♠ 7NT
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -1520 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        400    9.50   0.50  3N E      A3-Goldman-Weber vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        400    9.50   0.50  3N E      A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        430    8.00   2.00  3N E +1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        460    6.50   3.50  3N E +2   A8-Selig-Myers vs A6-Albert-Fine
        460    6.50   3.50  3N E +2   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        490    3.00   7.00  3N E +3   A4-Saffren-Per vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        490    3.00   7.00  3N E +3   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        490    3.00   7.00            A1-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        490    3.00   7.00            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A5-Per-Goecker
        490    3.00   7.00            A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        520    0.00  10.00  3N E +4   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
22 ♠87
AK2
J8542
♣K54
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KJT54
Q43
9
♣QJ32
♠AQ3
JT85
KQ6
♣A76
♠962
976
AT73
♣T98
11
916
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥3 ♠3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 3 3♠ 2NT  ♦6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -140 3♠-EW/3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          8.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   A4-Saffren-Per vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
  100          8.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Seideman-Singer
  100          8.50   1.50  4♠ E -1   A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  100          8.50   1.50            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        600    6.00   4.00  3N E      A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        620    2.50   7.50  4♠ W      A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        620    2.50   7.50  4♠ E      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A1-Kauffman-McAlpin
        620    2.50   7.50  4♠ E      A8-Selig-Myers vs A6-Albert-Fine
        620    2.50   7.50            A1-Ross-Kayson vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        620    2.50   7.50            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A5-Per-Goecker
        620    2.50   7.50            A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A12-Frieder-Smith
23 ♠T7432
T84
T7
♣A96
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠Q
A9752
96543
♣KT
♠A85
KJ6
AKJ
♣J543
♠KJ96
Q3
Q82
♣Q872
4
917
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦2 ♥2 NT4
EW: 1♣ 5 5 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -650 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200         10.00   0.00            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        140    9.00   1.00  2 E +1   A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        200    8.00   2.00  3 E +2   A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn
        620    5.50   4.50  4 E      A4-Saffren-Per vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        620    5.50   4.50  4 E      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        620    5.50   4.50  4 E      A8-Selig-Myers vs A5-Per-Goecker
        620    5.50   4.50            A1-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Blank-Isser
        650    2.00   8.00  4 E +1   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        650    2.00   8.00  4 E +1   A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        650    2.00   8.00  4 E +1   A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
        690    0.00  10.00            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A6-Albert-Fine
24 ♠Q8
AJ8
KQJ9
♣AKJ3
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠AJ973
KQT92
-
♣T94
♠KT654
43
A83
♣Q52
♠2
765
T76542
♣876
21
109
0
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣6 ♥4 ♠3 NT6
EW: 2 4♠  ♣6 ♦4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110         10.00   0.00  3 N      A11-Franklin-Halpern vs A11-Ellerson-Zalesne
  100          9.00   1.00            A1-Ross-Kayson vs A2-Blank-Isser
        150    8.00   2.00            A2-Tilney-Seidner vs A4-Seideman-Singer
        200    7.00   3.00  3♠ W +2   A5-Lipschultz-Lampert vs A10-Brandeis-Adler
        420    6.00   4.00  4♠ W      A8-Selig-Myers vs A5-Per-Goecker
        500    5.00   5.00  5* S -3  A4-Saffren-Per vs A8-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        590    3.00   7.00  4♠* W     A7-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Gordon-Goldman
        590    3.00   7.00  4♠* E     A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A12-Frieder-Smith
        590    3.00   7.00  4♠* E     A9-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A7-Greenspan-Mittin
        650    1.00   9.00            A3-Goldman-Weber vs A6-Albert-Fine
        690    0.00  10.00  4♠* W +1  A10-Friedenberg-Gold vs A9-Gordon-Mendelsohn