- Monday Aft - February 3, 2020

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Field strength:  Mean: 2599 MP  Geomean: 1072 MP
(based on 23 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
Douglas Dye - Edie McAlpin 60.74 1st A 1.20
Helena Tucker - Peggy Blitz 60.37 2nd A 0.84
Jack Mendelsohn - Susan Kestenbaum 58.52 3rd A 0.60
Bobbie Gomer - Mark Freedman 55.93 4th A 0.42
Joan Brandeis - Joanne Adler 52.96 5th A 0.24
Carolyn Per - Donna Saffren 46.67 2nd B 0.39
Natalie Isser - Shelly Blank 45.19 3rd B 0.28
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Monday Aft   |SECTION> A
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DATE>February 3, 2020   |CLUB NO.>227439    | 02/03/2020 15:49
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DIR> Edie McAlpin    |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   67.5 |TOP>   5 |MP LIMITS>None/2500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=12/B=7/C=3                      ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
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No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Shelly Blank           Natalie Isser            C    .     3     1     61.00  45.19  0.28(B)
 2 Beatrice Lipschultz    Ina Greenspan            B    .     .     .     55.50  41.11
 3 Douglas Dye            Edie McAlpin             A    1     .     .     82.00  60.74  1.20(A)
 4 Mark Freedman          Bobbie Gomer             A    4     .     .     75.50  55.93  0.42(A)
 5 Peggy Blitz            Helena Tucker            B    2     1     .     81.50  60.37  0.84(A)
 6 Susan Kestenbaum       Jack Mendelsohn          A    3     .     .     79.00  58.52  0.60(A)
 7 Charlotte Bogus        Shirley Barris           C    .     .     .     52.50  38.89
 8 Joan Brandeis          Joanne Adler             A    5     .     .     71.50  52.96  0.24(A)
 9 Donna Saffren          Carolyn Per              B    .     2     .     63.00  46.67  0.39(B)
10 Joel Myers             Arnold Selig             A    .     .     .     67.50  50.00
11 Phyllis Weber          Sherri Lampert           B    .     .     .     60.50  44.81
12 Gerry Jawer            Cecile Stern             C    .     .     .     60.50  44.81
                                          Totals                         810.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠K
5
J76432
♣AKQ74
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠Q94
KJ97
KT95
♣T2
♠JT52
AQT862
8
♣J3
♠A8763
43
AQ
♣9865
13
98
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 4 1♠ 1NT  ♥5
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦2 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +400 5♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  550          5.00   0.00  5♣* N     A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A11-Weber-Lampert
  400          3.50   1.50  5♣ N      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
  400          3.50   1.50  5♣ N      A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A10-Myers-Selig
  170          2.00   3.00  3♣ N +3   A9-Saffren-Per vs A7-Bogus-Barris
         50    1.00   4.00  5♣ N -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A1-Blank-Isser
        300    0.00   5.00  6♣* N -2  A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A4-Freedman-Gomer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 . After East overcalls 2 , South bids 2 . West should advance the preempt with 3 . Will North bid 4 ? If so, South might even bid the game. Clubs plays well as long as , if East leads a diamond, declarer realizes it must be a singleton and goes up with the A.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1 2 2
4 PassPassDbl
Pass5 All pass 

North's hand presents a problem. Great shape, good values, but the imbalance of the suits makes a 1 opening feel a little strange. This would be a great hand if the K found its way to the diamond suit. That said, we'll put aside those worries and open 1 . East overcalls 2 , not worrying about the anemic spade suit. South can now bid 2 with his 10 points and five spades. West raises to 4 . North might bid 5 directly, but that shows a better hand than this. Pass is unlikely to end the auction here as partner has already shown real value. East passes and South doubles which is a "this is our hand" double, not a penalty double. West passes and North should now bid 5 as North has no interest in defending 4 . 5 will end the auction.

Against 5 , East will lead a diamond. Whenever a preempter leads a side suit, particularly a side suit bid by the opponents, it's safe to assume that it is a singleton. Declarer should rise with the ace and draw trump. Now, greedy declarers might cash the K and then play a club to dummy. on the A, declarer can bid his 5. When declarer plays the Q, he is in for an awful surprise if West makes the excellent play of ducking. This is a play that only superb defenders would find, but look at the havoc it causes. Declarer needs to ruff a spade or heart back to hand, reducing him to one trump in each hand, now he can ruff a diamond, but soon loses control of the hand.



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2 ♠QT4
KQJ64
Q98
♣85
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠97
T
AKJT76
♣QJ74
♠AK82
A532
43
♣A96
♠J653
987
52
♣KT32
10
1115
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 4♣ 5 1 2♠ 2NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -400 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3N E -2   A9-Saffren-Per vs A7-Bogus-Barris
   50          3.50   1.50  3N E -1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
   50          3.50   1.50  6 W -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
        130    2.00   3.00  3 W +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A1-Blank-Isser
        400    1.00   4.00  3N E      A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A10-Myers-Selig
        430    0.00   5.00  3N E +1   A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A11-Weber-Lampert

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 1NT. With good cards in both minors and perilously weak majors, will West just bid 3NT, or will he go for the diamond game? Given the value of minor suit tricks, most will take the calculated risk of the NT game. Assuming that South leads a spade, win the first trick with the A and take the diamond finesse. Unless North has the nerve to duck, the contract is in the bag: Five diamond tricks, a club and three major suit winners. If North ducks, East has no further entry to the dummy and cashes the two top diamond winners as part of damage control--and makes 10 tricks.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1NTPass
3NTAll pass  

East opens one notrump and West could choose to get fancy to try to show a singleton heart. with such a nice suit, though, I'd rather chance 3NT and not give the opponents all of the information. When players ask how do you show partner a good hand with diamonds after a notrump opening, I usually reply bid 3NT and when you put the dummy down, say, "Hey, partner, check out these diamonds!"

With no information to work with from the auction, South probably leads a low spade or club. A heart lead would set the contract, but it's hard to find. With a spade lead, declarer wins and can try a diamond to the J. If North chooses to duck, would declarer take a second finesse? Interesting problem. I'm not sure if it's wise for North to try this, but it would certainly be spectacular if it worked.



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3 ♠KQJ6
QJ65
QJ
♣AKQ
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AT52
KT3
9
♣T7642
♠8743
97
A7432
♣85
♠9
A842
KT865
♣J93
21
74
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3/4 ♥4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 13 - 16 = -3
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          4.50   0.50  4 N      A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A11-Weber-Lampert
  420          4.50   0.50  4 N      A9-Saffren-Per vs A7-Bogus-Barris
         50    2.00   3.00  4 N -1   A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A10-Myers-Selig
         50    2.00   3.00  4 N -1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
         50    2.00   3.00  4 N -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A1-Blank-Isser
        100    0.00   5.00  5 S -2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 2NT. Most will end up declaring in hearts after South uses Stayman. It will fail with careful defense. Say East leads a spade. West wins and returns the 9. It must be a singleton unless North opened 2NT with a singleton diamond. North should false card with the Q to foster that supposition. Otherwise, it's a spade, a heart, a diamond and a diamond ruff for down one.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass2NTPass3
Pass3 Pass4
All pass   

This is a pretty straightforward auction. South and West start by passing. North's 21 points has some nice aspects (the spade suit) and not nice aspects (diamond suit) going for it, so it balances out to a regular 2NT. East passes and South should use Stayman . Once South sees the heart fit, he might get excited, but I think raising to 4 is enough.

East gets to lead and nothing looks all that promising. I think East will lead a black suit and the defense will eventually take four tricks: a heart a spade, a diamond, and a diamond ruff. East should be able to figure out the diamond position from the auction, but partner's switch to this suit is the equivalent of a flashing sign saying "Give me a ruff."

It's hard to believe that South had to figure out not to use Stayman here. He was so excited to find out about the heart fit too.



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4 ♠8
J3
AJ982
♣KQ976
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠J73
AK97
T53
♣843
♠KQ942
QT54
K76
♣A
♠AT65
862
Q4
♣JT52
11
814
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 2  ♥2 ♠3 NT4
EW: 4 3♠ 1NT  ♣4 ♦5
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: -500 5♣*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        140    4.00   1.00  3♠ E      A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        140    4.00   1.00  2♠ E +1   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
        140    4.00   1.00  2♠ E +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ E      A1-Blank-Isser vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ E      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A10-Myers-Selig
        730    0.00   5.00  3♠* E     A9-Saffren-Per vs A5-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

The Rule of 20 has north opening 1 . East bids 1 unless he decides to double with both majors and ignores the singleton club. South will bid 1 over a double and West might--might--bid 2 , which East is strong enough to raise even over North's club rebid. Will E-W get to game? Unlikely, given West's minimal very balanced hand.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1 1 1NT
2 3 3 Pass
4 All pass  

An auction where everyone thinks they might have a game somewhere. East passes and North starts with 1 . East isn't strong enough to start with a double and so bids 1 . South bids 1NT with a minimum for this action but the 10 looking useful. West raises to 2 and North bids 3 to show partner his shape. East now should make a game try with 3 . South passes, having bid as much as he is comfortable. West should not bid 4 even though West has a maximum. Playing in hearts rates to be better if partner is 5-5 or even 5-4 as here. It's hard to imagine West having better "help" than AK97 of hearts so the correct bid is 4 . If East was 6-3 or using hearts just to make a game try, then he can correct back to 4 . Here, he should pass.

South has an interesting lead problem. He knows partner rates to have a singleton spade (or the opponents lied in the auction) so he might bang down the A and another hoping partner has a couple more tricks for his bidding. Here, that gives away the game as declarer can win the next trick, in hand, draw the trump and cash the J before returning to hand with a club or diamond and pitching a diamond and a club from dummy. Maybe South should think that his 10 might be worthwhile later, but it's hard to know for sure.



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5 ♠KQ752
52
876
♣Q96
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J4
AQJ6
K9
♣T7432
♠A63
K743
AJT3
♣A8
♠T98
T98
Q542
♣KJ5
7
1116
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦3 ♥1 ♠5 NT4
EW: 4♣ 4 6 1♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -980 6-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 E -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
        420    2.50   2.50  4 E      A1-Blank-Isser vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        420    2.50   2.50  4 E      A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        420    2.50   2.50  4 E      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A10-Myers-Selig
        420    2.50   2.50  4 E      A9-Saffren-Per vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        450    0.00   5.00  4 E +1   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A4-Freedman-Gomer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

E-W will get to the heart game after a Stayman auction. What will South lead? One of those major suit 10s is a likely choice, though a few will lead 2 and make overtricks easy. Don't let the double dummy solution mislead you into feeling you've underbid. With a trump lead, there's time to give up a club, ruff a club, and develop pitches for your spade losers, but you still have to guess the diamond.



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Larry Cohen Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1NTPass
2 Pass2 Pass
4 All pass  

I know this won't be the one, but I believe that this is a contender for "auction that occurred at every single table". I don't even see alternatives for anyone, but I'm sure someone, somewhere probably mucked something up.

South's normal lead is one of the major-suit 10s. Declarer's Normal line is to set up clubs and here that works excellently for making 11 tricks. The double dummy line involves guessing diamonds. If someone asked me how to get to slam, I'd say, "Look at the hand records before you play." Another good example of a deal where you should take the double dummy with a grain (or perhaps handful) of salt.



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6 ♠J43
Q87532
J7
♣A6
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AK52
AJ
T532
♣JT8
♠Q976
T6
A8
♣Q5432
♠T8
K94
KQ964
♣K97
8
138
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 3 1NT  ♣4 ♠4
EW: 2♣ 3♠  ♦5 ♥4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -100 4*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.00   1.00  3 N      A11-Weber-Lampert vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
  140          4.00   1.00  2 N +1   A9-Saffren-Per vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
  140          4.00   1.00  2 N +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
         50    2.00   3.00  4 N -1   A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        140    0.50   4.50  3♠ W      A1-Blank-Isser vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        140    0.50   4.50  3♠ W      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A10-Myers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

After West opens 1 , East will be declarer at 2 . What will South lead? Perhaps the K despite the bidding? On this hand, no lead makes a lot of difference since N-S have lots of touching cards. Declarer should look at the eight card club suit and go to work on it after trump are drawn.



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7 ♠QT2
AQ654
T52
♣J4
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠AJ876
J872
83
♣K5
♠53
KT
KJ96
♣AT973
♠K94
93
AQ74
♣Q862
9
911
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1 1NT  ♣6 ♠6
EW: 1♣ 1♠  ♦6 ♥5/6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  2♠ W -1   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
    PASS       4.00   1.00  Pass Out  A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Saffren-Per
         90    3.00   2.00  2 E      A1-Blank-Isser vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        100    2.00   3.00  2 S -1   A10-Myers-Selig vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        120    1.00   4.00  1N W +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        200    0.00   5.00  1N S -2   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A5-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

This hand might pass out. Neither South nor West will want to open. Will North take a chance and open 1 in third seat? Many won't. And then there's East with only four cards in the majors. There's a strong likelihood that whoever buys this hand will go set.



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8 ♠A7
864
AT9832
♣65
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠862
AKQ732
K74
♣7
♠T94
J95
J6
♣QT832
♠KQJ53
T
Q5
♣AKJ94
8
124
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4 5♠ 1NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣3 ♦2 ♠2 NT3/2
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +450 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          4.50   0.50  3♠ S      A10-Myers-Selig vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  140          4.50   0.50  3 S      A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Saffren-Per
         50    3.00   2.00  3♠ S -1   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
        100    1.50   3.50  4♠ S -2   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        100    1.50   3.50  4♠ S -2   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        300    0.00   5.00  3♣* S -2  A1-Blank-Isser vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

West is too good to preempt in first or second suit so she starts with 1 --that passes to South. How will South go on? 2 is a possibility, showing spades and a minor. Others will bid 1 . Double would garner an enthusiastic diamond jump from North. 4 isn't a cakewalk when clubs break so badly, but I don't imagine many will venture to bid game.



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9 ♠KT
52
AQ4
♣A87532
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠AJ942
Q874
J52
♣Q
♠86
KT96
T9763
♣T4
♠Q753
AJ3
K8
♣KJ96
13
103
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 5♣ 1 2/3♠ 4/5NT  ♥6
EW: 1  ♣1 ♦6 ♠4 NT1
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: +460 5NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  490          5.00   0.00  3N S +3   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
  460          3.50   1.50  3N S +2   A10-Myers-Selig vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  460          3.50   1.50  3N S +2   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
  430          2.00   3.00  3N S +1   A1-Blank-Isser vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  400          0.50   4.50  3N S      A11-Weber-Lampert vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
  400          0.50   4.50  5♣ N      A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A9-Saffren-Per

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South will end up in 3NT after North's opening 1 bid. An opening spade lead will lead to 11 tricks. Hearts will, however, have declarer scrambling to get his tricks before the opponents get back in.



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10 ♠97
Q932
K3
♣QJT82
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠654
KJ54
AQ5
♣953
♠KQJ
-
T9862
♣AK764
♠AT832
AT876
J74
♣-
8
1013
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 2♠  ♣5 ♦5 NT5
EW: 2/1♣ 2 1/2NT  ♥3/4 ♠5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  730          4.50   0.50  3* N     A11-Weber-Lampert vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  730          4.50   0.50  3* N     A12-Jawer-Stern vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
  620          2.50   2.50  4 N      A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A7-Bogus-Barris
  620          2.50   2.50  4 N      A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A1-Blank-Isser
  140          1.00   4.00  3 S      A10-Myers-Selig vs A9-Saffren-Per
        110    0.00   5.00  3 E      A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A5-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East starts with 1 . South bids 2 . West doesn't have quite enough diamonds to raise. North prefers hearts. If East is smart, vulnerable, he'll pass. The odds are West has a heart stack. Defense won't be any fun when the dummy shows up void in clubs.



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11 ♠JT63
Q92
8632
♣64
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K95
K64
AT954
♣A7
♠A74
AJT83
Q7
♣T83
♠Q82
75
KJ
♣KQJ952
3
1411
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦1 ♥1 ♠4 NT1
EW: 1/-♣ 4 5 2♠ 4NT  ♣7/6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  4 E -1   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A7-Bogus-Barris
        140    3.50   1.50  3 E      A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A1-Blank-Isser
        140    3.50   1.50  2 E +1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        170    1.50   3.50  2 E +2   A10-Myers-Selig vs A9-Saffren-Per
        170    1.50   3.50  2 E +2   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        420    0.00   5.00  4 W      A12-Jawer-Stern vs A4-Freedman-Gomer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

With 12 HCP, South will probably open 1 rather than 3 , making it easier as it turns out for the opponents to find their heart fit. Too bad North has such a weak hand! West doubles and East can reasonably jump to the heart game.



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12 ♠AKQT
AJ92
A
♣J985
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠82
K653
J876
♣K74
♠J7654
T4
KQT5
♣A6
♠93
Q87
9432
♣QT32
19
710
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1♠ 2NT  ♦5
EW: 1  ♣2 ♥4/5 ♠5/6 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  660          5.00   0.00  3N N +2   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A7-Bogus-Barris
  630          4.00   1.00  3N N +1   A10-Myers-Selig vs A9-Saffren-Per
  150          3.00   2.00  1♣ N +4   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
  130          2.00   3.00  1♣ N +3   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  110          1.00   4.00  1♣ N +2   A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A1-Blank-Isser
   90          0.00   5.00  1♣ N +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A4-Freedman-Gomer

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North opens 1 with high hopes--soon dashed when everyone passes. He's delighted to see South's club holding as well as that very useful Q. Luckily, the 10 falls, so the 987 are worth a lot more than one might guess. Even missing the top two clubs, declarer wants to go after the trumps.



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13 ♠KJT5
A5
86
♣AKT92
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠Q92
KJ3
K53
♣J874
♠87
9872
AQT742
♣3
♠A643
QT64
J9
♣Q65
15
106
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 4♠ 1NT  ♦4
EW: 3  ♣3 ♥6 ♠2 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 17 = +2
Par: +500 5*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
  620          4.00   1.00  4♠ N      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A11-Weber-Lampert
  200          3.00   2.00  2♠ N +3   A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
  170          2.00   3.00  3♠ N +1   A9-Saffren-Per vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        100    1.00   4.00  4♠ N -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        200    0.00   5.00  4♠ N -2   A1-Blank-Isser vs A10-Myers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North is semi-balanced with two doubletons. When you have four spades, there's never a rebid problem, so open 1 rather than 1NT. When East bids 2 , South uses a Negative Double and North should jump at least to 3 (if not all the way to game), showing extras. The interference should not keep N-S out of their game.



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14 ♠KT943
A
95
♣J8643
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J52
8753
T43
♣K72
♠AQ86
KQ
AJ82
♣AQT
♠7
JT9642
KQ76
♣95
8
422
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT4
EW: 1♣ 1 1/- 2♠ 2NT  ♥7/6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  400          5.00   0.00  3N N      A1-Blank-Isser vs A10-Myers-Selig
  100          4.00   1.00  3N E -2   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A11-Weber-Lampert
   50          1.50   3.50  3N W -1   A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
   50          1.50   3.50  3N E -1   A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
   50          1.50   3.50  3N E -1   A9-Saffren-Per vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
   50          1.50   3.50  3N E -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A5-Blitz-Tucker

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

East opens 2 and rebids 2NT. With a balanced four HCP, West may elect to pass, but it's just barely enough to justify Stayman which will get them to 3NT--failing with a heart lead when South also has the diamond entries. But -1 should have good company.



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15 ♠T98
Q842
A85
♣Q53
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠A53
JT63
KJ6
♣642
♠K72
75
Q7432
♣A98
♠QJ64
AK9
T9
♣KJT7
8
99
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2 2♠  ♦6 NT6
EW: 1  ♣4 ♥5 ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  140          5.00   0.00  2 N +1   A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
  120          4.00   1.00  1N S +1   A1-Blank-Isser vs A10-Myers-Selig
        100    3.00   2.00  1N N -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        200    1.50   3.50  3N N -2   A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        200    1.50   3.50  1N N -2   A9-Saffren-Per vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        300    0.00   5.00  1N S -3   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A11-Weber-Lampert

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

North will probably end up playing 1NT on this hand. But it's a hard luck hand after a diamond lead. East has two entries, West has an Ace as well, and hearts don't break. All those seven card fits just won't develop enough tricks.



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16 ♠JT87
J97
953
♣AK2
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠95
5
AQJT7
♣Q7654
♠AKQ32
AT62
864
♣J
♠64
KQ843
K2
♣T983
9
914
8
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦1 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
EW: 2♣ 5 1 4♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  3N W -1   A1-Blank-Isser vs A7-Bogus-Barris
        140    4.00   1.00  2♠ W +1   A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A9-Saffren-Per
        150    3.00   2.00  2N E +1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A11-Weber-Lampert
        170    1.50   3.50  2♠ W +2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        170    1.50   3.50  2♠ W +2   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        200    0.00   5.00  3 N -4   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Myers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

E-W have a nasty misfit and are likely to end up in NT as a consequence, unless East thinks the diamond game is safer. If South starts with a heart lead, all East can do is take the diamond finesse, repeating it by getting back to her hand. And it works, praise be.



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17 ♠Q974
J96
Q752
♣J6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠32
AK3
AKT98
♣743
♠KT6
Q752
J6
♣AT82
♠AJ85
T84
43
♣KQ95
6
1410
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣4 ♦4 ♥4 NT4
EW: 3/2♣ 2 2 2NT  ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -120 2NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          5.00   0.00  3 E -1   A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A9-Saffren-Per
        110    3.50   1.50  2 E      A1-Blank-Isser vs A7-Bogus-Barris
        110    3.50   1.50  2 E      A12-Jawer-Stern vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        120    2.00   3.00  1N W +1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A11-Weber-Lampert
        140    1.00   4.00  2 E +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        400    0.00   5.00  3N W      A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Myers-Selig

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

South may open a light 1 in third seat with tolerance for either major. West bids 1 and East bids 1NT, buying the hand. After a spade lead, East will cash out: one spade trick, four heart tricks, two diamonds and a club with no dangerous finesses.



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18 ♠AQ862
543
Q62
♣32
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠KT54
A2
T3
♣JT876
♠93
KQT976
K
♣AKQ4
♠J7
J8
AJ98754
♣95
8
817
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣1 ♥2 NT2
EW: 4♣ 4  ♦3 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 19 = 0
Par: -420 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        200    5.00   0.00  4 S -2   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        400    4.00   1.00  4♠ N -4   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A10-Myers-Selig
        420    3.00   2.00  4 E      A1-Blank-Isser vs A7-Bogus-Barris
        450    1.00   4.00  4 W +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        450    1.00   4.00  4 E +1   A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A9-Saffren-Per
        450    1.00   4.00  4 E +1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A11-Weber-Lampert

Lynn Berg Hand Analysis

Even with enthusiastic interference from N-S, East should try to get to the heart game. If the auction starts 1 --3 , it's tough: a 4 bid now will have partner bidding 5 . 3 is an underbid, but I'd try it. And that Ace and King should be enough for West to venture the game.



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19 ♠Q543
A63
J653
♣A9
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠J72
84
KQT987
♣86
♠KT6
KJT52
4
♣7432
♠A98
Q97
A2
♣KQJT5
11
67
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3 4♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦6 ♥4 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 14 = +2
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  460          5.00   0.00  3N S +2   A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
  430          3.50   1.50  3N S +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Blank-Isser
  430          3.50   1.50  3N S +1   A10-Myers-Selig vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
  400          1.50   3.50  3N S      A11-Weber-Lampert vs A9-Saffren-Per
  400          1.50   3.50  3N S      A12-Jawer-Stern vs A7-Bogus-Barris
         50    0.00   5.00  3N S -1   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
20 ♠54
KT94
874
♣QT86
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠986
J7
QJ6
♣K7543
♠AKQJT7
AQ5
53
♣J9
♠32
8632
AKT92
♣A2
5
717
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1  ♣5 ♠3 NT4
EW: 2♣ 4♠ 3NT  ♦6 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          4.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Blank-Isser
  100          4.50   0.50  4♠ E -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A7-Bogus-Barris
        170    3.00   2.00  3♠ E +1   A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ E      A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        620    1.50   3.50  4♠ E      A10-Myers-Selig vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        650    0.00   5.00  4♠ E +1   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A9-Saffren-Per
21 ♠8653
A9643
3
♣T32
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AJ42
T72
A84
♣K74
♠QT7
KQ5
T97652
♣6
♠K9
J8
KQJ
♣AQJ985
4
127
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣  ♦4 ♥5/6 ♠5 NT6
EW: 3 1 2♠ 1NT  ♣5
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  120          4.50   0.50  2N S      A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A1-Blank-Isser
  120          4.50   0.50  2N S      A11-Weber-Lampert vs A9-Saffren-Per
        110    3.00   2.00  3 E      A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
        200    2.00   3.00  2 S -2   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        300    0.50   4.50  3N S -3   A10-Myers-Selig vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        300    0.50   4.50  4 N -3   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A7-Bogus-Barris
22 ♠AJ87
J5
JT7
♣KJT5
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠KT3
QT864
3
♣Q843
♠95
732
KQ65
♣A762
♠Q642
AK9
A9842
♣9
11
79
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4/5 1 4♠ 3/4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦2 ♥6 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: +430 4NT-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          5.00   0.00  4♠ N +1   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A1-Blank-Isser
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ N      A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A9-Saffren-Per
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ N      A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ N      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
  420          2.50   2.50  4♠ N      A10-Myers-Selig vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
  170          0.00   5.00  2♠ N +2   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
23 ♠K
K76
AJ54
♣K8543
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠43
QJ32
QT963
♣A7
♠QJT765
T4
8
♣QJT2
♠A982
A985
K72
♣96
14
96
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 3 3 2♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦4 ♥4 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +600 3NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          5.00   0.00  2♠* E -3  A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
  140          4.00   1.00  3 N      A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A9-Saffren-Per
        100    1.50   3.50  3N S -1   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        100    1.50   3.50  3N S -1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        100    1.50   3.50  3N N -1   A10-Myers-Selig vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
        100    1.50   3.50  2N N -1   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A1-Blank-Isser
24 ♠9875
85
6543
♣AT6
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠QJT6
JT64
AJT9
♣K
♠4
Q9732
8
♣QJ7532
♠AK32
AK
KQ72
♣984
4
125
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 1♠  ♣4 ♥4 NT6
EW: 3♣ 3 1NT  ♦6 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          5.00   0.00  4* E -1  A3-Dye-McAlpin vs A9-Saffren-Per
   50          4.00   1.00  2 E -1   A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn vs A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan
         50    3.00   2.00  3♠ N -1   A11-Weber-Lampert vs A1-Blank-Isser
        140    1.50   3.50  3 E      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A5-Blitz-Tucker
        140    1.50   3.50  2 E +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A8-Brandeis-Adler
        150    0.00   5.00  3♠ N -3   A10-Myers-Selig vs A4-Freedman-Gomer
25 ♠A876
JT632
7
♣986
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠9
A987
AQ95
♣AQT7
♠KQ32
4
J8432
♣J43
♠JT54
KQ5
KT6
♣K52
5
167
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦1/2 ♥6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 5♣ 5 1 2♠ 1NT
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -600 5-EW/5♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         90    5.00   0.00  1N W      A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A1-Blank-Isser
        100    4.00   1.00  2 N -2   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Weber-Lampert
        120    3.00   2.00  1N W +1   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
        150    1.50   3.50  1N W +2   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Myers-Selig
        150    1.50   3.50  1N W +2   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A9-Saffren-Per
        620    0.00   5.00  5 W +1   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
26 ♠T63
KJT7
JT753
♣A
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K8
A654
K82
♣KQ86
♠AQ972
Q2
A964
♣53
♠J54
983
Q
♣JT9742
9
1512
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥4/3 ♠2 NT2
EW: 2♣ 3/4 2 5♠ 5NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        120    5.00   0.00  2N W      A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A1-Blank-Isser
        630    3.00   2.00  3N W +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Myers-Selig
        630    3.00   2.00  3N W +1   A12-Jawer-Stern vs A9-Saffren-Per
        630    3.00   2.00  3N E +1   A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Weber-Lampert
        660    1.00   4.00  3N W +2   A7-Bogus-Barris vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
        690    0.00   5.00  3N W +3   A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
27 ♠A7
T8
AQ9653
♣A74
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K5
Q97654
JT84
♣T
♠QT832
3
K7
♣Q8532
♠J964
AKJ2
2
♣KJ96
14
67
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4 2 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦3 ♥4 ♠4 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +430 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          5.00   0.00  3N N +1   A5-Blitz-Tucker vs A10-Myers-Selig
  400          2.50   2.50  3N S      A7-Bogus-Barris vs A3-Dye-McAlpin
  400          2.50   2.50  3N S      A8-Brandeis-Adler vs A6-Kestenbaum-Mendelsohn
  400          2.50   2.50  3N S      A12-Jawer-Stern vs A9-Saffren-Per
  400          2.50   2.50  3N N      A2-Lipschultz-Greenspan vs A11-Weber-Lampert
  130          0.00   5.00  4 N      A4-Freedman-Gomer vs A1-Blank-Isser