- Monday Aft - January 20, 2020

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Field strength:  Mean: 2653 MP  Geomean: 1157 MP
(based on 35 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
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Partnership Pct Rank MP
Edie McAlpin - Stephanie Fine 67.26 1st OA 2.77
Jack Mendelsohn - Phyllis Weber 65.01 2nd OA 2.08
Carolyn Per - Sheldon Per 64.46 3rd OA 1.56
Arnold Selig - Eleanore Goodman 61.31 4th OA 1.17
Ellen Gordon - Ellie Goldman 53.99 5th OA 0.88
David Silberman - Sidney Gordon 53.45 3rd SA 0.70
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Douglas Dye - Kenneth Chatzinoff 53.19 4th SA 0.49
Joan Brandeis - Joanne Adler 52.93 4th SA 0.49
Barry Frank - Gerry Jawer 51.36 2nd OB 0.98
Dalia Singer - Sandra Kayson 45.24 3rd OB 0.74
Cecile Stern - Joan Bernstein 42.39 4th OB 0.55
Beth Murphy - Sherri Lampert 42.35 1st SC 0.43
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A N-S
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
DATE>January 20, 2020   |CLUB NO.>227439    | 01/20/2020 15:22
---------------------,-- ------------------- -------------,---------------------
DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Junior Fund                  |MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
------------,-------- ,-------------------------,--------- ---------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/300  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=4/C=0                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Sandra Kayson          Dalia Singer             B   .     3     .   |   .     1     .     76.00  45.24  0.74(OB)
 2 Ellie Goldman          Ellen Gordon             A   5     .     .   |   3     .     .     90.71  53.99  0.88(OA)
 3 Everett Young          Bobbie Gomer             A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     85.71  51.02
 4 Arlene Birk            Eleanor Feldsher         B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     64.07  38.14
 5 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     66.71  39.71
 6 Joan Bernstein         Cecile Stern             B   .     4     .   |   .     2     .     71.21  42.39  0.55(OB)
 7 Kenneth Chatzinoff     Douglas Dye              A   .     .     .   |   4     .     .     89.36  53.19  0.49(SA)
 8 Phyllis Weber          Jack Mendelsohn          A   2     .     .   |   1     .     .    109.21  65.01  2.08(OA)
 9 Eleanore Goodman       Arnold Selig             A   4     .     .   |   2     .     .    103.00  61.31  1.17(OA)
                                          Totals                                            755.98

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A E-W
------------------------,------ ------------,-------- --------------------------
AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/1500/300  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
------------ --------- ------------------------- -------------------------------
PAIRS IN STRAT A=9/B=5/C=3                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Shelly Blank           Natalie Isser            C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     57.79  34.40
 2 William Goldman        Patricia Bassman         A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     87.00  51.79
 3 Carolyn Per            Sheldon Per              A   3     .     .   |   2     .     .    108.29  64.46  1.56(OA)
 4 Barry Frank            Gerry Jawer              B   .     2     .   |   .     2     .     86.29  51.36  0.98(OB)
 5 Sherri Lampert         Beth Murphy              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     1     71.14  42.35  0.43(SC)
 6 Charlotte Bogus        Shirley Barris           C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     53.79  32.02
 7 Sidney Gordon          David Silberman          A   .     .     .   |   3     .     .     89.79  53.45  0.70(SA)
 8 Joan Brandeis          Joanne Adler             A   .     .     .   |   4     .     .     88.93  52.93  0.49(SA)
 9 Edie McAlpin           Stephanie Fine           B   1     1     .   |   1     1     .    113.00  67.26  2.77(OA)
                                          Totals                                            756.02

Hands and Results
1 ♠Q73
JT5
J93
♣6542
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠AJ64
763
7
♣QT973
♠K2
A842
AT54
♣KJ8
♠T985
KQ9
KQ862
♣A
4
715
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♥4 ♠6 NT5
EW: 4♣ 2 1/-♠ 2NT  ♦6 ♠7/6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   90          6.50   0.50  2 S      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A4-Frank-Jawer
   90          6.50   0.50  2 N      A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A6-Bogus-Barris
         50    5.00   2.00  2 N -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        100    4.00   3.00  2 S -2   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        120    1.50   5.50  2N E      A3-Young-Gomer vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
        120    1.50   5.50  1N E +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A1-Blank-Isser
        120    1.50   5.50  1N E +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        120    1.50   5.50  1N E +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A2-Goldman-Bassman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

There's no question that the East hand will open 1NT. But will South act? And if South passes, will West use Stayman? He has only seven HCP, but he does have a decent five card suit. If South comes in with 2(a major and a minor, say), West can double--and they end up in 2NT with no real problems thanks to the good clubs. Even a diamond lead does no real harm since South has all the entries. Declarer wins the opening diamond lead and goes to work on clubs while he has that side entry in spades.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1NT21
DblAll pass  
  1. diamonds and a major

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 5, and 7-8.

The Bidding: After East opens a strong notrump in 2nd seat, South must decide whether to take a call. Defenses vary by partnership agreement. If playing Cappelletti or Hello , showing a major-minor 2 suiter forces the partnership to the 3-level if the minor suit is preferred. South may reasonably pass rather than risk the 3-level. After South passes, West doesn't have the right shape for Garbage Stayman or Crawling Stayman . So 1NT is likely to pass out.

At tables where North-South play Woolsey , Meckwell , or DONT , it is much safer for South to show their 2-suiter. So South uses their agreement to show their 2-suiter. When North-South attempt to play 2, West has a choice between passing, doubling, and bidding 3. It is common to play Negative Doubles over notrump interference. With that agreement, a double is takeout oriented and shows the values to compete to 2NT. Since opener will typically convert the double for penalty with 4 diamonds, doubling is risky. Penalizing the opponents at the 2-level in an 8-card fit isn't an attractive gamble. However, defending 2 isn't attractive. Risking the double seems the best of West's options. Here, East has 4 diamonds and converts the double for penalty.

At tables where South doesn't act over 1NT, West and North have nothing to say. The auction ends at 1NT.

The Play in 1NT: South will likely lead a diamond. The standard lead is the 6, 4th best. In their "Winning Notrump Leads" , David Bird and Taf Anthias advise "When your suit is headed by touching honors, it is usually best to lead a top card -- even from such as K-Q-7-5-2, where your third-best card gives you nowhere near a broken sequence." Here, North's J9x allow an honor lead or a 4th best lead to be productive. Holding up 2 rounds could be costly, declarer isn't eager to see a heart switch. Here, the hearts break 3-3. So a heart switch will not benefit the defense. Declarer has the tempo to knockout the Ace and score 8 tricks: 2 + 1 + 1 + 4.

The Play in 2X: The defense can tap declarer in clubs. Declarer will score 4 diamonds a club, and 2 hearts. +100 will not compensate for the score East-West can earn in a notrump contract.



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2 ♠86
AKJ653
AJ
♣JT2
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠952
T842
KQ9
♣K96
♠AQ4
97
832
♣AQ743
♠KJT73
Q
T7654
♣85
14
812
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 3♠  ♣5 NT6
EW: 1♣  ♦4 ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          6.00   1.00  2 N +1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  140          6.00   1.00  2 N +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  140          6.00   1.00  2 N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  110          4.00   3.00  2 N      A1-Kayson-Singer vs A1-Blank-Isser
  100          3.00   4.00  3♣ E -2   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        150    1.00   6.00  1N E +2   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        150    1.00   6.00  1N E +2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        150    1.00   6.00  1N E +2   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A2-Goldman-Bassman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

If the auction starts 1--P--1, what will North do? 2 should show a good six card suit, just what North holds. Traditionally, it is not Michaels Cue Bid : 2 would be Michaels in this auction. 2 works well when East has the high spade honors.



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3 ♠954
AK
K9642
♣KJ2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AT62
T9872
AJT5
♣-
♠KQ7
65
87
♣A96543
♠J83
QJ43
Q3
♣QT87
14
99
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
EW: 1 2 2♠  ♣6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW/2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  3♣ E -2   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  150          6.00   1.00  1N N +2   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  120          3.50   3.50  1N N +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A1-Blank-Isser
  120          3.50   3.50  1N N +1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  120          3.50   3.50  1N N +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  120          3.50   3.50  1N N +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  100          1.00   6.00  2 W -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
   90          0.00   7.00  1N N      A3-Young-Gomer vs A5-Lampert-Murphy

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1, to which South responds 1. North probably rebids 1NT--who wants to repeat that weedy diamond suit when the hand is balanced? Declarer won't have much fun, though the opening club lead at least does no harm. Be careful to win the K and then cash the high hearts, using the Q as an entry. It may not make 1NT, but -50 shouldn't be too disastrous.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1Pass1
Pass1NTPassPass
21Pass2All pass
  1. hearts and spades

The Bidding: After North opens 1 in 3rd seat, East has a choice between passing and overcalling 2. Normally, a 2 overcall shows an opening hand with 6+ clubs. However, many relax their standards over a 1 opening because a 2 overcall is so obstructive. Here, East's club texture is poor and the vulnerability is unfavorable. So passing seems best. South responds 1. West has nothing to say. fNorth limits their hand with a 1NT rebid. A non-vulnerable 1NT contract tends to score well whether it makes or not. See the "The Race to 1NT" article by Andrew Gumperz for a discussion. When 1NT is passed around, West has a balancing decision. Dead Notrump Defense is one of the best defensive agreements you can add to your repertoire. With that agreement, West can bid 2 to show the majors. East takes a preference for spades.

At tables where East overcalls 2, West will want to double 2 for takeout. Since you are not allowed to double your partner, the auction will likely end in 2.

The Play in 1NT: On a club lead, West shows out. Declarer has a marked finesse against the 9. The hearts are blocked. Declarer may need entries to dummy. So declarer should win the first trick with the King. If declarer doesn't play and wins the first trick with dummy 7 or their Jack, East can prevent declarer from accessing dummy in clubs. After winning the King, declarer unblocks the hearts, and exits a club. East Holds Up to prevent declarer from scoring 3 club tricks, but cannot prevent declarer from accessing dummy. Declarer has 6 tricks and will can score a diamond trick to make 1NT.

At tables where East leads the King, top of an honor sequence, the defense to beat 1NT isn't easy. East must switch to a diamond to finesse dummy's Queen before a 3rd round of spades is led.

The Play in 2: The defense has 3 natural club winners and 2 quick heart winners. The defense can establish a 6th trick on power. To achieve a 2 trick set, North must ruff a heart high. This gives the defense a 4th trump trick.

The Play in 2: Declarer has 2 quick winners in the side suits and can Cross-Ruff their way to 6 trump tricks. If the defense lead trumps, declarer must double finesse diamonds. This establishes a 2nd diamond winner for declarer. Declarer can ruff a diamond high in the short hand and score 8 tricks: 4 + 2 + 1 ruff + 1.



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4 ♠Q72
963
AQ7
♣9853
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A64
JT72
KJ6
♣AT6
♠J95
KQ84
T3
♣KJ72
♠KT83
A5
98542
♣Q4
8
1310
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1♠  ♣5 ♥4 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2 1NT  ♦5 ♠5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -110 2-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  4 E -3   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
  200          5.50   1.50  4 E -2   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A1-Blank-Isser
  200          5.50   1.50  3 E -2   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  100          3.50   3.50  4 E -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  100          3.50   3.50  3 E -1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        110    1.50   5.50  2 E      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A6-Bogus-Barris
        110    1.50   5.50  2 E      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A3-Per-Per
        140    0.00   7.00  3 E      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Brandeis-Adler

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

E-W find their heart fit easily. South may hate giving in, but the vulnerability precludes any super-aggressiveness. Just be glad they're only +110, not the +200 they could be.



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5 ♠Q3
A542
764
♣Q863
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AJ9654
9
83
♣KJT4
♠KT72
QJ3
T52
♣A75
♠8
KT876
AKQJ9
♣92
8
910
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 3  ♣4 ♠3 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4♠  ♦4 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          7.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
        100    5.00   2.00  5 S -1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A6-Bogus-Barris
        100    5.00   2.00  4 S -1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A1-Blank-Isser
        100    5.00   2.00  4 S -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        140    3.00   4.00  3♠ W      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        450    1.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        450    1.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        590    0.00   7.00  4♠* E     A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A3-Per-Per

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1 in third seat and West bids 2. North might raise just because she has four trumps, but spades are the "boss" suit, and the heart bidders have to be careful not to egg the opponents into bidding a game they might not otherwise reach. However, West may guess the Q wrong, so who can guess?



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
1223
4PassPass5
All pass   

The Bidding: After South opens 1 in 3rd seat, West has a choice between overcalling 1 or preempting in spades. East is a passed hand and the vulnerability is favorable. So many will preempt 2 or 3. On the other hand, Opening Light in Third Seat is a common winning tactic. The strength may be approximately equally divided. West has the boss suit. If West preempts 2 and North competes to 3, will East or West be well placed to judge whether to compete to 3? As Andrew Gumperz discusses in his "Better Preempts: What is the upside?" , preempting over a major suit opening has less upside because responder expects opener to have a 5-card major. Overcalling 1 seems best because it positions East-West to use their judgment.

North raises to 2. East raises to 2. South, with 17 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 5, has the strength to jump to game. Bidding 4 will almost certainly push East-West to 4. South has little defense against a spade contract. In his "Game Tries" article, Steve Robinson shares a variety of approaches. Since revealing where help is needed is often helpful to the defense, it is best to use a game try which asks where help is available. This allows other bids to be used naturally. With that agreement, South could bid a natural and game forcing 3 to better position North-South to judge how to proceed over 4.

An alternative approach is to understate South's hand. South could bid a competitive 3, hoping East-West compete to 3. Now when South bids 4, East-West may be less likely to bid 4. Either way, given the vulnerability, East-West are likely to compete to 4. North-South must guess whether to pass, double, or bid 5. When North doesn't double 4, South is likely to take the push to 5.

The Play in Hearts: North-South have 2 quick club losers and a quick spade loser. East's QJ3 will take the defenses 4th trick.

The Play in Spades: East-West have a quick heart loser and 2 quick diamond losers. With a 10-card spade fit, declarer has no spade losers on a 2-1 break. Declarer can pick up a 3-0 break as long as they guess which honor to cash first. Here, spades break 2-1. Declarer has a 2-way guess for the Queen for their 10th trick. If South described their shape, declarer will finesse against North for the Queen.



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6 ♠AJ
J765
AQ64
♣K93
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠T983
AQ98
J5
♣AQ8
♠Q742
KT42
T97
♣64
♠K65
3
K832
♣JT752
15
135
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 2NT  ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1  ♣2 ♦2 ♠6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +130 4-NS/4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  1N N +2   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A1-Blank-Isser
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A3-Per-Per
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  100          1.00   6.00  2 E -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
         50    0.00   7.00  2N N -1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A6-Bogus-Barris

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

After West opens 1, North bids 1NT, which passes out. The first four tricks are easy for the defense--the hearts. And that's it except for the A. Declarer has four club tricks, two spades and four diamonds--not that he has all those tricks left... If East had led a club initially, declarer might even get to cash all ten tricks without a heart return.



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7 ♠T9542
KJT
J7
♣J94
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠A63
AQ43
Q94
♣QT6
♠7
82
KT653
♣A8732
♠KQJ8
9765
A82
♣K5
6
147
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠  ♣3 ♦3 ♥6 NT6
EW: 3♣ 4 1 1NT  ♠4
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -130 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          7.00   0.00  2♠ N +2   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A1-Blank-Isser
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  110          1.50   5.50  2♠ N      A1-Kayson-Singer vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  110          1.50   5.50  2♠ N      A3-Young-Gomer vs A3-Per-Per
        130    0.00   7.00  3♣ E +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South opens 1, West doubles, and North has to decide whether or not to bid 1. Assuming that he does, East can still bid 2 and South will surely raise spades. Where this one ends up depends on how aggressive East is--not generalization works, especially with distributional hands.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass2
PassPass2NT2Pass
3All pass  
  1. artificial, 2 places to play

The Bidding: After South opens their Convenient Minor , West doesn't have a 5-card suit to overcall. West has 14 HCP and support for all the unbid suits. A takeout double is a possibility. West's flat hand is a negative. West's slow diamond honor is a negative. Passing seems best. North responds 1. East doesn't have the shape to act. South's raise to 2 to show a minimum opener with spade support. West and North have nothing to say.

Allowing your opponents to play in their fit at the 2-level is losing bridge. East has no desire to defend 2, but doesn't have the shape for a takeout double. A balancing 3 bid on a mediocre 5-card suit would be quite risky. East needs a way to say they have 2 places to play. Many partnerships give up a natural 2NT bid. They use an artificial Scrambling 2NT bid to show 2 places to play. With that agreement, East balances with 2NT. West knows their partnership has two 7-card or better fits, but doesn't know which suits East holds. It isn't safe for West to bid 3, East could have the minors. West's safest bid is 3. East will pass with clubs and another suit or corrects to 3 to show diamonds and hearts. Here, North expects their partnership to have a 9-card heart fit and roughly half the deck. The Law of Total Tricks advises competing to the 3-level. However, North's weak balanced hand and the vulnerability increase the risk of venturing the 3-level. Another factor to consider is opener might have just 3 spades. As Steve Weinstein discusses in his "1m-1M: Now What?" article, raising responder's major with 3-card support and shortness or a small doubleton is often preferable to other rebids. North, with a Losing Trick Count of 10 and a potential 8-card fit, isn't eager to bid 3.

The Play in Spades: Declarer has a spade loser, 2 potential heart losers, a diamond loser, and 3 potential club losers. Finessing against the Queen holds heart losers to 1. A lobbing finesses towards the King and a ruff in the short hand holds club losers to 1. The defense cannot navigate a heart ruff if declarer plays a round of trump. Declarer scores 9 tricks: 4 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 ruff.

The Play in Diamonds: A lobbing finesse towards the Queen followed by a direct finesse against the Jack offers a 51% chance to hold diamond losers to 1 and a 98% chance to hold losers to 2. Here, diamonds break 3-2 with the Jack in front of the King-Ten. So the book line provides 4 diamond tricks. The book line is to lead low towards the QT6. If South plays low, the percentage play is to finesse against South for the Jack. When that loses, the percentage play is to finesse against North for the King. If South plays the King on the first round, the percentage play is to finesse against West for the Jack on the 2nd round of clubs. That line provides almost a 55% chance to hold club losers to 1. Here, declarer the book line allows the defense to score 2 club tricks. Ironically, if West didn't have the 10, declarer would be forced to play for a 3-2 break with the King onside, a 43% chance, which loses just 1 club trick here. With the King offside, declarer has a heart loser. The book line in both minors provides 9 tricks for declarer. Note that North doesn't have a quick entry to allow North-South to navigate a club ruff.

The Play in Clubs: The play is similar to the play in clubs except the defense can navigate a diamond ruff.



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8 ♠KJT96
K987
J96
♣3
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q52
JT6
KQ
♣AJ976
♠-
AQ53
A54
♣KQT842
♠A8743
42
T8732
♣5
8
1315
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣0 ♦6 ♥1 NT1
EW: 7♣ 1 5 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 20 - 21 = -1
Par: -1400 7♠*-NS-6
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        100    7.00   0.00  4♠ S -2   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A1-Blank-Isser
        440    6.00   1.00  5♣ W +2   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        500    5.00   2.00  4♠* N -3  A3-Young-Gomer vs A3-Per-Per
        800    4.00   3.00  5♠* N -4  A1-Kayson-Singer vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        940    2.00   5.00  6♣ W +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        940    2.00   5.00  6♣ W +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        940    2.00   5.00  6♣ W +1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A6-Bogus-Barris
       1010    0.00   7.00  6♣ W +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Once West opens 1, East will be off to the races--his hand is worth 20+ with clubs as trump. North might bid 1 or maybe even double, but East shouldn't be deterred. It makes 7 because the K is on side, not a gamble I'd be willing to take. If North should pass initially, East might start with 1, but he will soon go slamming in clubs when they have no heart fit.



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David Loeb Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
11Dbl4
PassPass6All pass

The Bidding: After West opens 1, North overcalls 1. East's priority is to look for a major suit fit. So East begins with a Negative Double . South, with 5-card spade support and a singleton club, preempts with a jump raise to 4. West and North have nothing to say.

East, with 20 Support Points and a Losing Trick Count of 4, is too strong to bid 5. What would a 4NT bid by South mean in your partnership? As evidenced by Steve Robinson's "4NT - Ace Asking, Quantitative , or Take-Out (Feb/Mar 2011)" article, agreements vary. If you are not sure what 4NT means, don't bid 4NT. Here, East doesn't have a way to learn about the Ace, King, and King-Queen. Bidding a grand would be a wild gamble. Bidding 5 would be timid. Bidding 6 seems the pragmatic option.

The Play: Declarer draws trump and has at least 12 tricks. Here, the King is onside and declarer has all the tricks.



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9 ♠Q97
4
JT74
♣AKQ82
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AT642
KJ53
K2
♣J7
♠J53
AT976
9
♣T543
♠K8
Q82
AQ8653
♣96
12
125
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4  ♥4 ♠5 NT5
EW: 3 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦3
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          7.00   0.00  5 N      A9-Goodman-Selig vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  130          4.00   3.00  4 S      A3-Young-Gomer vs A3-Per-Per
  130          4.00   3.00  3 S +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  130          4.00   3.00  3 S +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A1-Blank-Isser
  130          4.00   3.00  3 S +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  130          4.00   3.00  3 N +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        100    1.00   6.00  5* S -1  A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        150    0.00   7.00  3N N -3   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A2-Goldman-Bassman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

The bidding starts 1--P--1. Now West doubles or bids 1. North raises diamonds and East spades--or happily bids hearts in response to a double. No one is going far with this one. E-W are vulnerable, no time to take a phantom save against a major suit part-score.



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10 ♠KQT974
K7
-
♣QT984
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠J632
6
AKT5
♣J632
♠A85
QJ52
J863
♣A5
♠-
AT9843
Q9742
♣K7
10
912
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2♠  ♦6 NT6
EW: 1 1NT  ♣5/4 ♥4 ♠5
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1400          7.00   0.00  4♠* W -5  A9-Goodman-Selig vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  300          5.50   1.50  4 E -3   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A3-Per-Per
  300          5.50   1.50  3 E -3   A3-Young-Gomer vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  100          3.50   3.50  3N E -1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  100          3.50   3.50  2 E -1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        100    2.00   5.00  4 N -1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A1-Blank-Isser
        200    1.00   6.00  3* N -1  A1-Kayson-Singer vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        500    0.00   7.00  4* S -2  A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1. Will South bid 2? It's not a great suit, but he has to be worried about a spade misfit with partner. The heart preempt warns North that South isn't interested in spades. West might raise diamonds, and North can justify a heart raise. But 2 is high enough--if E-W want to bid 3, vulnerable--let 'em.



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11 ♠AK9832
7
A83
♣T53
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q7
J93
KT964
♣K96
♠54
AQT852
72
♣AJ8
♠JT6
K64
QJ5
♣Q742
11
911
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2♣ 3♠ 2NT  ♦5/6 ♥5
EW: 1 2  ♣5 ♠4 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          6.50   0.50  3♠ N +1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  170          6.50   0.50  2♠ N +2   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A1-Blank-Isser
  140          3.00   4.00  3♠ N      A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
  140          3.00   4.00  3♠ N      A3-Young-Gomer vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  140          3.00   4.00  3♠ N      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  140          3.00   4.00  3♠ N      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  140          3.00   4.00  3♠ N      A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A3-Per-Per
         50    0.00   7.00  4♠ N -1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A7-Gordon-Silberman

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

In first or second seat, North can justify a 1 opener; but in third seat, go for 2. Will East have the nerve to act opposite a passed partner? He has good reason to be leery. If East does bid 3, South will be pushed to 3, which is just fine when spades are 2-2.



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12 ♠QJ43
A5
AJ8
♣J965
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠T
KJ643
74
♣KT732
♠AK987
87
K652
♣84
♠652
QT92
QT93
♣AQ
13
710
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1NT  ♣6 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1 1♠  ♦6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  1N N +2   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  120          4.00   3.00  1N S +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A1-Blank-Isser
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  120          4.00   3.00  1N N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A3-Per-Per
   90          1.00   6.00  1N N      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A4-Frank-Jawer
   50          0.00   7.00  2 W -1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

A likely auction after West passes is 1--1--X (negative); P--1NT--All Pass. There's really no way to push North higher.



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13 ♠AKQT62
KQ2
8
♣KQ3
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠J873
J96
AQ
♣J875
♠954
5
T765432
♣A6
♠-
AT8743
KJ9
♣T942
19
94
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 5 4♠ 4NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♥1 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
 1430          7.00   0.00  6 S      A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  650          4.50   2.50  4♠ N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  650          4.50   2.50  4 S +1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A1-Blank-Isser
  650          4.50   2.50  4 S +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  650          4.50   2.50  4 S +1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  620          2.00   5.00  4♠ N      A1-Kayson-Singer vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  140          1.00   6.00  3♠ N      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A3-Per-Per
        100    0.00   7.00  6 N -1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

N has an awkward hand to bid. On this three loser hand, he can justify a 2 opener. He rebids 2 and South bids 3. North will check for Aces and settle for 5 when off two Aces. On this auction, West can be forgiven for leading A from AQ. East can plop out the 2 to ask for a club shift--not that the bidding wouldn't make it obvious, anyway.



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14 ♠9652
K632
A75
♣53
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠A3
J5
KJ9643
♣QJ4
♠874
T97
Q82
♣AT98
♠KQJT
AQ84
T
♣K762
7
126
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 4 4♠  ♦5 NT6
EW: 2/1  ♣6 ♥2 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +420 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          7.00   0.00  4* W -3  A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
  450          5.50   1.50  4♠ S +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  450          5.50   1.50  4 S +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  400          4.00   3.00  3N S      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  200          2.00   5.00  3♠ S +2   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
  200          2.00   5.00  2♠ S +3   A3-Young-Gomer vs A1-Blank-Isser
  200          2.00   5.00  3 N +2   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  170          0.00   7.00  3 N +1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A3-Per-Per

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

The auctions starts P--1--1--X. East raises to 2 and South may well bid 3 to get North to pick. North bids hearts and South bids the game. South's may be the dummy hand, but it should be the master hand for counting losers. That means leading clubs early to be able to ruff clubs with North's small hearts.



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15 ♠A2
K9543
QT95
♣K3
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠QT96
A7
8
♣AQ8752
♠K753
QT62
732
♣94
♠J84
J8
AKJ64
♣JT6
12
125
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4 2 1NT  ♣4 ♠4
EW: 3♣ 2♠  ♦3 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +130 4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  600          7.00   0.00  3N N      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
  130          5.00   2.00  3 S +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  130          5.00   2.00  3 S +1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  130          5.00   2.00  2 S +2   A3-Young-Gomer vs A1-Blank-Isser
  110          2.50   4.50  3 S      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A3-Per-Per
  110          2.50   4.50  2 N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
   50          1.00   6.00  3♠ W -1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        110    0.00   7.00  2♠ W      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A5-Lampert-Murphy

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1. North bids 1 and East (reluctantly) passes with only five HCP. South might bid 2, which North would be happy to agree to. Where will this one end up? So much depends on the bidding styles of the participants.



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16 ♠AKT532
A
QT2
♣AT8
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠9
T8754
AJ954
♣KQ
♠QJ864
QJ93
6
♣965
♠7
K62
K873
♣J7432
17
106
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 2♠ 2NT  ♥5
EW: 2  ♣3 ♦4 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          7.00   0.00  3N N +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A1-Blank-Isser
         50    3.50   3.50  3♠ N -1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
         50    3.50   3.50  3♠ N -1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
         50    3.50   3.50  3♠ N -1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
         50    3.50   3.50  3♠ N -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Frank-Jawer
         50    3.50   3.50  3♠ N -1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A6-Bogus-Barris
         50    3.50   3.50  3♠ N -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A3-Per-Per
        100    0.00   7.00  3♠* N -1  A1-Kayson-Singer vs A5-Lampert-Murphy

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Poor North has a perfectly reasonable 3 rebid, but the hideous break will cost. It's not usual to lead a short suit with a trump stack, so East may decide to lead a heart. Well, nothing helps North; any rational defense will take at least six tricks.



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17 ♠T9854
AT
QT654
♣4
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠6
KQ82
J32
♣AKQJ7
♠QJ72
J973
AK97
♣6
♠AK3
654
8
♣T98532
6
1611
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥2 ♠5 NT3
EW: 3/2♣ 4 4 1♠ 4/3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -430 4NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  6♠ W -6   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
   50          6.00   1.00  4 W -1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A1-Blank-Isser
        170    5.00   2.00  2 W +2   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A6-Bogus-Barris
        400    4.00   3.00  3N E      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        420    2.50   4.50  4 W      A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        420    2.50   4.50  4 W      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        430    1.00   6.00  3N E +1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        450    0.00   7.00  5 W      A9-Goodman-Selig vs A3-Per-Per

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West opens 1 in fourth seat. East bids 1 and they find their heart fit and game. North starts with the 10. South wins and returns the K in all likelihood. Declarer ruffs and leads trump. He wants to get hearts out of the way so he can cash all those nice club tricks.



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18 ♠98
KJT9
964
♣KJ86
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T
8543
AJT82
♣973
♠AKJ7653
Q2
K
♣AT2
♠Q42
A76
Q753
♣Q54
8
517
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣  ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT5
EW: 1 2♠  ♣6 ♥6 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  100          6.50   0.50  4♠ E -2   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A3-Per-Per
   50          4.50   2.50  3♠ E -1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
   50          4.50   2.50  3♠ E -1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        110    2.50   4.50  2♠ E      A3-Young-Gomer vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        110    2.50   4.50  2♠ E      A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A1-Blank-Isser
        140    1.00   6.00  1♠ E +2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        420    0.00   7.00  4♠ E      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A6-Bogus-Barris

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1 with high hopes, but that may even pass out given how evenly the N-S points are distributed. Those diamonds look great but actually are inaccessible except with the aid of a careless South. Cash the K and lead a low spade. If South plays a knee-jerk second hand low, discard a loser on the A.



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19 ♠Q92
JT4
K97543
♣5
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AT8
K7632
T8
♣987
♠J764
8
AQJ6
♣KJ62
♠K53
AQ95
2
♣AQT43
6
712
15
Double Dummy Makes
NS: -/1♣ 1 1 1NT  ♣6/7 ♠6
EW: 1♠  ♣6 ♦6 ♥5 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          7.00   0.00  2N S +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  120          5.50   1.50  2N S      A1-Kayson-Singer vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  120          5.50   1.50  2N S      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A1-Blank-Isser
   90          4.00   3.00  1♣ S +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
         50    1.50   5.50  2N S -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Per-Per
         50    1.50   5.50  1 S -1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
         50    1.50   5.50  2 N -1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
         50    1.50   5.50  2 N -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A2-Goldman-Bassman

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass1
Pass2PassPass
Pass   

W could lead club or trump. Club is a kind of opponent suit - in natural systems 1 heart bid usually promises 4+ clubs. Club lead practically ends the board. Declarer will loose four trumps, one heart and one spade. But even after a diamond lead declarer should manage to take seven tricks. He can either finesse a club at some point, or pitch a spade on a heart. Defenders cannot play spades without loosing a trick, unless E makes a brilliant play of jack of spades, than EW will likely score two spade tricks.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1Pass1
Pass2PassPass
Pass   

W prawdopodobnie wyjdzie w trefla, co praktycznie kończy rozdanie. Rozgrywający odda cztery atuty, kiera i pika. Jednak nawet po możliwym wiście atutowym rozgrywający również powinien skończyć z siedmioma lewami. Albo zaimpasuje w pewnym momencie trefla, albo w końcu wyrzuci pika na kiera. Piki są kolorem zamrożonym, czyli obrońcy nie mogą ich grać bez straty lewy. Chyba, że E wykona wizjonerskie zagranie waletem pik, najlepiej w drugiej lewie. Wówczas obrońcy prawdopodobnie obłożą ten kontrakt bez dwóch.



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20 ♠8
Q82
876542
♣T73
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠AJT942
96
3
♣K654
♠63
AKJ3
AKT
♣Q982
♠KQ75
T754
QJ9
♣AJ
2
817
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦5 ♥3 ♠2 NT2
EW: 5♣ 1 4 5♠ 5/4NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -660 5NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  4♠ E -1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A6-Bogus-Barris
        620    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      A3-Young-Gomer vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        620    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
        620    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        620    4.50   2.50  4♠ W      A9-Goodman-Selig vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        650    1.50   5.50  4♠ W +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        650    1.50   5.50  4♠ E +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Per-Per
        790    0.00   7.00  4♠* W     A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A1-Blank-Isser

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
2Pass4Pass
PassPass  

Facing vulnerable weak two opening E has no reason not to bid a game.
All the leads but trump are possible from N. Lets say he choose a kind of safe diamond. Declarer takes and plays spade to the jack, heart to the ace and spade. After dealing with trumps declarer can try to finesse a heart to have another club pitch, or guess who (if anyone) has a short club ace. Roughly heart finesse seems a better chance (50%) than short ace, which is less. It seems that if finesse looses declarer might have no entry to dummy to score his tricks, but S will be forced to give him one. If W will decide to go for clubs, than S who had four trumps is a natural candidate to be short in them. So declarer should end up with eleven tricks anyway.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
2Pass4Pass
PassPass  

Lub jeśli para gra multi, to pójdzie 2 karo - 4 trefl - 4 kier - 4 pik. Przesądzenie końcówki z ręką E do popartyjnego bloku wydaje się dosyć oczywiste.
S ma normalny wist karowy. Z N wszystkie wisty poza atutem wydają się sensowne. Powiedzmy, że wist pójdzie w karo. Rozgrywający bierze, gra pika do waleta, kiera do asa i pika. Po uporaniu się z atutami ma dwie opcje - impas kier albo próba złapania krótkiego asa trefl. Na szybko impas wydaje się lepszą szansą, bo to 50%, a krótki as ma mniej. Może się wydawać, że jeśli impas się nie uda, to nie będzie jak dostać się do czerwonych króli, ale jeśli S weźmie tę lewę. to będzie musiał dać jakieś dojście do ręki E. Jeśli rozgrywający zdecyduje się grać przez trefle, to S, który pokazał cztery atuty jest lepszym kandydatem do bycia w nich krótkim, więc tak czy siak powinno skończyć się na jedenastu lewach.



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21 ♠KQ42
63
AKJ4
♣JT6
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠T
AQT42
Q865
♣AK5
♠J83
J95
T9
♣Q9872
♠A9765
K87
732
♣43
14
154
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3♠  ♣3 ♥3 NT3
EW: 3♣ 3  ♦6 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +100 4*-EW/4♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          7.00   0.00  2♠ S +2   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A1-Blank-Isser
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ S +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A4-Frank-Jawer
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ S +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ S +1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  140          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +1   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
   50          2.00   5.00  3♠ W -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        420    0.50   6.50  4 W      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Per-Per
        420    0.50   6.50  4 W      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A5-Lampert-Murphy

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
22PassPass
DblRdbl33
PassPassPass 

It is not that obvious for W to reopen 2 spades with such a shape, but green vs red and stiff spade make a double tempting. N has maximum of his bid, so he can redouble to show that and with five spades and knowing partner has max and most likely two hearts S should bid three spades. EW can make nine tricks in hearts but it is not easy for them to bid over 3 spades. It is not impossible with E hand, but for sure quite brave.
There is not much in the play. You just need to make a diamond finesse at some point.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
22PassPass
DblRdbl33
PassPassPass 


Trudno, żeby W z tą kartą odpuścił rozdanie, zwłaszcza w korzystnych założeniach. N ma maksimum na swoją licytację, więc daje rekontrę, a piąty pik upoważnia S do wzniesienia się na poziom trzech, zwłaszcza, że przeciwnicy praktycznie wylicytowali dubla kier u partnera. EW mogą obronić ten kontrakt końcówką kierową, która jest tylko bez jednej (gwoli ścisłości również 4 trefl), ale kto ma zapowiedzieć ten kontrakt? W już się nalicytował. Z kartą E nie jest to całkiem abstrakcyjne przed partią, ale z pewnością byłby to ruch odważny.

Rozgrywka sprowadza się do wykonania w pewnym momencie impasu karo.



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22 ♠864
AT987
832
♣J3
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AKT53
J
Q
♣AQT842
♠972
Q6432
654
♣65
♠QJ
K5
AKJT97
♣K97
5
162
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3/4 1/2  ♣3 ♠2/3 NT6
EW: 4♣ 4♠  ♦2 ♥5 NT5
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: -100 5*-N-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  130          6.00   1.00  4 N      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  130          6.00   1.00  3 S +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  130          6.00   1.00  3 S +1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
         50    4.00   3.00  3 S -1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        140    3.00   4.00  3♠ W      A3-Young-Gomer vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        150    2.00   5.00  5 S -3   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        170    0.50   6.50  3♠ W +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A3-Per-Per
        170    0.50   6.50  3♠ W +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A4-Frank-Jawer

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
1PassPass2
333Pass
4PassPassPass

Many things could happen here in the bidding. Some S would open 1NT with this hand. 17 with good six card suit seems way to strong for that, but it is very posicional hand and you can devaluate queen jack tight. W hand is a real powerhouse. You do not need to much from partner to make a game. 1 spade might seem like an underbid, but with six - five there is a little chance that the bidding would end here. N hand is also close to doubling 1 spade.
Spade game is actually very lucky here. Basicly you need QJ tight. Still there is something to guess, but given the bidding declarer should manage to play club to the queen.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass1
1PassPass2
333Pass
4PassPassPass

Tutaj licytacja może potoczyć się różnie. S może otworzyć 1 bez atu. Co prawda 17 punktów z dobrym sześciokartem wydaje się zdecydowanie za silne, ale karta jest świetna pozycyjnie, a dama walet sec pozwala ją nieco zdewaluować. 1 pik po karze wydaje się niedolicytowaniem. Do tej karty nie potrzebujemy za wiele od partnera, żeby wygrać końcówkę. Jednak ze składem 65 szansa, że licytacja na tym się skończy nie jest zbyt duża.
Końcówka na EW jest w tym rozdaniu bardzo szczęśliwa. Praktycznie potrzebujemy nie oddać lewy pikowej. I tak trzeba coś trafić, ale po tej licytacji rozgrywający powinien poradzić sobie z zagraniem trefla do damy.



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23 ♠J87543
952
2
♣T75
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠T96
T6
AK87
♣AJ83
♠Q2
AK
QT96543
♣K6
♠AK
QJ8743
J
♣Q942
1
1214
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣3 ♦0 ♠6 NT0
EW: 4♣ 5 5NT  ♥6 ♠6
LoTT: 18 - 20 = -2
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  110          7.00   0.00  2 N      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A6-Bogus-Barris
        150    5.50   1.50  4 E +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        150    5.50   1.50  3 E +2   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        600    4.00   3.00  5 E      A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
        690    3.00   4.00  3N E +3   A3-Young-Gomer vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        720    1.00   6.00  3N E +4   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A3-Per-Per
        720    1.00   6.00  3N E +4   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        720    1.00   6.00  3N E +4   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A8-Brandeis-Adler

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
DblPass3NTPass
PassPass  

Double from W is for sure aggressive. N can raise hearts here, but it does not matter to much. From E point of view you can imagine a good slam if partner has a right cards, but it is not so easy to check and in matchpoints no trump scores the best. If W chooses to pass 1 heart and N bid 1 spade things might get a bit complicated for EW. E bids 2 diamonds of course, S 2 hearts and now W has to show a good raise somehow. Probably by 2 spades which in theory should show some stopper, but he does not really have another bid. Now maybe it goes 3D - 3H - 3NT, but nothing is obvious here.
In the play S needs to cash spades or he will not get any tricks. He will be squeezed in the black suits in the end.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
DblPass3NTPass
PassPass  

Kontra z W to z pewnością nie jest ziewanie. N może podnieść kiery, ale to za wiele nie zmieni. Nie widzę natomiast większego sensu w zgłaszaniu szóstego waleta pik z fitem po kontrze przeciwnika. E może wyobrazić sobie dobrego szlemika, jeśli partner ma odpowiednie wartości, ale jest to trudno sprawdzalne, a bez atu na maksy więcej się pisze. Jeśli W zdecyduje się spasować na kiera i N zgłosi piki sprawy dla EW mogą się nieco skomplikować. E oczywiście powie dwa karo, S dwa kier i teraz W musi jakoś pokazać dobre podniesienie. Praktycznie jedyną opcją jest 2 pik. Teoretycznie powinno to pokazywać jakiegoś stopera, ale nie ma innej odzywki. Teraz może pójść 3 karo - 3 kier - 3 bez atu, ale nie ma tu nic oczywistego.
S na wiście musi ściągnąć piki, bo inaczej nie weźmie lewy. W końcówce stanie w przymusie treflowo - pikowym.



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24 ♠AQ52
JT6543
72
♣6
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠K7643
9
KQT984
♣5
♠T8
AK8
A65
♣AQJ72
♠J9
Q72
J3
♣KT9843
7
818
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣5 ♦2 ♠3 NT3
EW: 1♣ 5 3♠ 4NT  ♥6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -430 4NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  6N E -2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Goldman-Bassman
        400    6.00   1.00  3N E      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A6-Bogus-Barris
        430    3.00   4.00  3N E +1   A1-Kayson-Singer vs A3-Per-Per
        430    3.00   4.00  3N E +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
        430    3.00   4.00  3N E +1   A3-Young-Gomer vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
        430    3.00   4.00  3N E +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        430    3.00   4.00  3N E +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        460    0.00   7.00  3N E +2   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass1Pass
122NTPass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

It might get more complicated if you play 2NT as good - bad in here, because than E has to double 2 hearts and W can not jump to 4 spades, but given the fact that partner can have strong hand he should not do that. I thing the right bid here is 3 hearts (or if you are pessimistic just 3 spades invitational, but there are many minimum hand that gives you a very good game), which with passed hand should show something like: I want to bid 4 spades, but in case you are strong with only two of them we can play 3NT. Again nothing obvious.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
2Pass2NTPass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

3 pik to góra z karami. Mimo wszystko z kartą E nie jest łatwo dostrzec przyzwoitego szlemika i zwłaszcza na maksy zalicytuje 3 bez atu.
Co prawda licytacja wskazuje na jakieś trefle u E, ale trudno oczekiwać od S, żeby zawistował w coś innego z tej karty. I tak nie ma to większego znaczenia, gdyż rozgrywający weźmie 6 kar, 2 trefle i 2 kiery i skończy się na dziesięciu lewach.



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25 ♠Q8432
3
T3
♣AK953
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠9765
Q96
AJ76
♣76
♠JT
AJ752
Q9542
♣Q
♠AK
KT84
K8
♣JT842
9
710
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3♠ 1NT  ♦4 ♥5
EW: 2 2  ♣1 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +140 3♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          6.50   0.50  3N S      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Blank-Isser
  400          6.50   0.50  3N S      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  150          5.00   2.00  2♣ S +3   A3-Young-Gomer vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  130          3.00   4.00  4♣ S      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  130          3.00   4.00  3♣ S +1   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A3-Per-Per
  130          3.00   4.00  3♣ S +1   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
         50    0.50   6.50  5♣ S -1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A4-Frank-Jawer
         50    0.50   6.50  5♣ N -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A9-McAlpin-Fine

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
Pass1Dbl1NT
2333
PassPassPass 

Many things can happen here. Some N or E might elect to open the bidding (which would be obvious playing two suited weak twos) or S might try 1NT instead of 1 club. The weirdest bid here might be 3 spades, but if you play Support Redoubles and (or somehow else) you denied having three spades, than you have the best possible holding for partner and you might just try it on the way to four clubs. Three spades is actually the best scoring contract here for 140, while you can get only 130 in clubs.



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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2PassPass
Pass   

Z pozycji S partner ma kara, więc nie będzie tu szukał szczęścia. Akurat dobrze wyjdzie, gdyż w piki wychodzi dziewięć lew za 140, co jest najlepszym możliwym do uzyskania przez NS wynikiem.



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26 ♠Q62
852
T732
♣875
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠AKJ83
T9
Q986
♣QT
♠4
AK7643
J54
♣AJ3
♠T975
QJ
AK
♣K9642
2
1213
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 2/1♣ 4/3 4/3 3/2♠ 3NT
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: -620 4-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  4 E -3   A3-Young-Gomer vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  100          5.00   2.00  4 E -1   A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  100          5.00   2.00  4 E -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Blank-Isser
  100          5.00   2.00  4 E -1   A9-Goodman-Selig vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
        620    1.50   5.50  4 E      A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A4-Frank-Jawer
        620    1.50   5.50  4 E      A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A3-Per-Per
        620    1.50   5.50  4 E      A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
        620    1.50   5.50  4 E      A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A7-Gordon-Silberman

Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Dbl
RdblPassPass2
PassPass2Pass
2Pass2NTPass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

It is not clear here which contract is better - 3nt or 4 hearts. In 4 hearts S probably cash two diamonds and switch to a spade. Now you need to be kind of double dummy to make it - win a spade, cash one heart and play diamond. If S refuse to ruff this you play low heart and he is endplayed. I think it is much easier and much more tempting to finesse a spade. Given the bidding finesse is most likely on. Well, not in this case. Some 200 for NS would not surprise me at all. In 3nt S leads a club. Declarer should play the queen to leave at least some uncertainty who has the jack. Of course skilled defenders should have some signals available (like smith f.e.) to solve the case, but still - give them a chance to make mistake and they will make it from time to time. Low heart at trick two is probably the best to keep N from the lead. S wins and plays a spade. And again it is not obvious not to finesse in here, which leads to down two again. But here if you assume S has both diamond honors you can win first spade, because later he will be on lead again. And he also needs to discard something on cashing hearts.


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Michal Nowosadzki Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Dbl
RdblPassPass2
PassPass2Pass
2Pass2NTPass
3Pass3NTPass
PassPass  

Nie jest całkiem jasne który kontrakt jest tutaj lepszy - 3 bez atu, czy 4 kier. Przeciwko czterem kierom S prawdopodobnie ściągnie dwa kara i zagra pika. Żeby zrealizować kontrakt, trzeba zagrać trochę w widne - zabić pika, ściągnąć jednego kiera i zagrać karo. Jeśli S nie przebije, to wpuścić go kierem. Dużo prostsze i sensowniejsze wydaje się zaimpasowanie pika w celu pozbycia się trefli. Po kontrze wywoławczej dama pik najczęściej będzie w impasie. Cóż, nie tym razem. Nie zdziwię się, jeśli zobaczę w kontrolce sporo dwusetek dla NS. Na 3 bez atu S wyjdzie oczywiście w trefla. Rozgrywający powinien położyć damę, żeby zostawić jakąś niepewność co do tego gdzie jest walet. Co prawda rozsądni obrońcy powinni poradzić sobie z tym problemem (np. nie potwierdzając wistu), ale nie zrobią błędu, jeśli nie stworzymy im okazji. W drugiej lewie najlepszy wydaje się kier w koło, żeby utrzymać na wiście S, który teraz wyjdzie w pika. Tu również nie jest oczywiste zrezygnowanie z impasu, ale jeśli założymy, że S ma oba honory karowe, to na razie można zabić, bo potem i tak znowu będzie na wiście, a poza tym musi coś powyrzucać do ściąganych kierów.


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27 ♠K52
QT85
53
♣A954
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠Q98
KJ62
A4
♣K876
♠J43
74
KJ762
♣J32
♠AT76
A93
QT98
♣QT
9
136
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 2 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6/5 ♦6 ♥5/4 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  150          5.21   1.79  1N N +2   A3-Young-Gomer vs A6-Bogus-Barris
  150          5.21   1.79  1N N +2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Blank-Isser
  150          5.21   1.79  1N N +2   A8-Weber-Mendelsohn vs A7-Gordon-Silberman
  150          5.21   1.79  2♠ E -3   A6-Bernstein-Stern vs A3-Per-Per
  AVE   AVE    3.50   3.50            A9-Goodman-Selig vs A9-McAlpin-Fine
  140          2.36   4.64  1♠ N +2   A7-Chatzinoff-Dye vs A5-Lampert-Murphy
  120          1.21   5.79  1N S +1   A2-Goldman-Gordon vs A4-Frank-Jawer
   90          0.07   6.93  1N S      A4-Birk-Feldsher vs A8-Brandeis-Adler