- Saturday Aft - March 7, 2020

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Field strength:  Mean: 2762 MP  Geomean: 1633 MP
(based on 31 players, 1 non ACBL player ignored)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Rank MP
David Cohan - John Dickenson 62.20 1st A 0.80
Bruce Lieberman - Milind Vaze 56.55 2nd A 0.56
Arnold Selig - Robert Levine 54.76 1/2nd A 0.68
Bobbie Gomer - Rhoda Kauffman 54.76 1/2nd A 0.68
Barbara Albert - Steve Grossman 54.76 3rd A 0.40
Ferne Kleban - Joel Myers 54.46 3rd A 0.40
Diane Lapat - Edie McAlpin 48.81 1st B 0.32
Helen Walker - Judi Shinberg 48.21 2nd B 0.22
EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Saturday Aft |SECTION> A N-S
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DATE>March 7, 2020      |CLUB NO.>227439    | 03/07/2020 16:04
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DIR> Steve Grossman  |RATING>Club Masterpoint (100%, 80%, 80% Open)|MOVEMENT>MITCHELL
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/2500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=4/C=1                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Joan Brandeis          Ellen Gordon             A    .     .     .     75.00  44.64
 2 Fran Pach              Andrew Rosenberg         B    .     .     .     80.50  47.92
 3 Bobbie Gomer           Rhoda Kauffman           A   1/2    .     .     92.00  54.76  0.68(A)
 4 Diane Lapat            Edie McAlpin             B    .     1     .     82.00  48.81  0.32(B)
 5 David Gardner          Gail Joselson            C    .     .     .     78.00  46.43
 6 Ferne Kleban           Joel Myers               A    3     .     .     91.50  54.46  0.40(A)
 7 Helen Walker           Judi Shinberg            B    .     2     .     81.00  48.21  0.22(B)
 8 Robert Levine          Arnold Selig             A   1/2    .     .     92.00  54.76  0.68(A)
                                          Totals                         672.00

EVENT>Open Pairs               |SESSION>Saturday Aft |SECTION> A E-W
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AVE>   84.0 |TOP>   7 |MP LIMITS>None/2500/750  |CLUB>Yorktown Bridge Club
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=6/C=2                       ,---,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |           Section       |      |Section  |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Ina Greenspan          Sidney Gordon            B    .     .     .     72.00  42.86
 2 Philip Rosenfeld       Merle Rosenfeld          C    .     .     .     80.00  47.62
 3 Eleanor Feldsher       Sherri Lampert           C    .     .     .     62.00  36.90
 4 Myrna Shervin          Sandra Kayson            B    .     .     .     75.50  44.94
 5 Bruce Lieberman        Milind Vaze              B    2     1     .     95.00  56.55  0.56(A)
 6 Carol Klempner         Allen Anderson           A    .     .     .     91.00  54.17
 7 David Cohan            John Dickenson           A    1     .     .    104.50  62.20  0.80(A)
 8 Barbara Albert         Steve Grossman           B    3     2     .     92.00  54.76  0.40(A)
                                          Totals                         672.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠KQ4
AT943
92
♣T85
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠A8732
K865
3
♣763
♠JT65
72
KQJ
♣QJ94
♠9
QJ
AT87654
♣AK2
9
710
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦3 ♥3 ♠6 NT4
LoTT: 15 - 18 = -3
Par: +140 3-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  430          7.00   0.00  3N N +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  130          4.00   3.00  4 S      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  130          4.00   3.00  3 S +1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  130          4.00   3.00  3 S +1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  130          4.00   3.00  3 S +1   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  130          4.00   3.00  2 S +2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  110          1.00   6.00  3 S      A8-Levine-Selig vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
         50    0.00   7.00  3N N -1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A8-Albert-Grossman

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
Pass1 Pass2
PassPassPass 

South's decisions are straightforward -- open and rebid a seven card suit within minimum range. Yes, the hand is nice, but no, not worth a jump.

North has no reason to take a second bid after a simple 2 rebid. If a gun were held to the head, 2NT would be the choice, and that turns out to be a winner.

West devalues the K during the auction and goes quietly.

East has a flat, aceless, hand with diminishing values -- the KQJ are particularly poor except for defending 2 .

And yet, this will not be a flat board. Some Wests will bid at some stage of the proceeding and perhaps one in ten Norths will bid again.

The play in diamonds is simple, but a tiny bit of care is necessary -- lead a spade for a club dicard on the Q early, before the heart entry is gone.

West should not cover a heart honor -- where is the potential promotion coming from?



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2 ♠KJ3
J85
QT983
♣J3
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQ9752
QT4
A2
♣Q6
♠-
AK9732
K6
♣AK872
♠T864
6
J754
♣T954
8
1417
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦6 ♥0 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6♣ 1 7 4♠ 6NT
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -1510 7-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        480    7.00   0.00  5 E +1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        980    3.50   3.50  6 W      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        980    3.50   3.50  6 E      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        980    3.50   3.50  6 E      A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        980    3.50   3.50  6 E      A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        980    3.50   3.50  6 E      A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        980    3.50   3.50  6 E      A8-Levine-Selig vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
       1010    0.00   7.00  6 E +1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A8-Albert-Grossman

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1 Pass
1 Pass2 Pass
2 Pass3 Pass
3 Pass4 Pass
4 Pass4 Pass
5 Pass6 All pass

Some Easts will jump shift to 3 on the second round, guaranteeing that on THIS hand slam will be reached, but with a misfitting void in partner's spade suit, it is better to pull back the horns a little. There is plenty of time to bid aggressively later (we hope there is a later). The 2 Fourth Suit forcing Game Force lights up the sky for East!

After the 3 bid, establishing a fit and a Game Force, control bidding ensues, and both partners are interested in slam -- East needs to confirm the A and locate the two round queens, but the Q seems difficult to visualize or assure. So a small slam is enough. If East and West were really, really, on the same page, perhaps, after 5 , 5NT would focus on the club suit honor situation. But let's be practical.

Bidding the grand slam is iffy -- even if you could see the EW cards, making all thirteen tricks depends on (1) finding the trump jack favorably positioned AND (2) having clubs break 3-3 OR (3) finding clubs breaking 4-2 with trumps 2-2 or (unlikely) 4-2 with the long club hand having the trump jack or (really unlikely), 4-2 with the short hand having the Jxx, so that you can ruff the third club with the Q, then finesse against the J to "shoot the moon."

Nope, don't bid grand slams like this. If you manage to make all thirteen tricks at matchpoints, you can start counting your chickens. You will have a top, because no one else will make all of the tricks ---

Well, unless South leads a singleton trump. . ..

Be happy in 6 , a contract that should be reached by the many.



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3 ♠32
KJ98
AJ4
♣AKQ6
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠AJ7654
Q2
Q
♣J942
♠KQT8
AT7
K765
♣T5
♠9
6543
T9832
♣873
18
1012
0
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 2  ♠3 NT5
EW: 3/4♠ 2NT  ♣6 ♦5 ♥5
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -500 5*-NS/5*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  4♠ W -1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        150    6.00   1.00  4 S -3   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        170    4.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        170    4.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        170    4.00   3.00  3♠ W +1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ W      A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ W      A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        620    1.00   6.00  4♠ W      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
2 Dbl4 All pass

Not a picture perfect 2 bid, second seat, but there are enough features to make it a practical bid. North's double suggests the K is well-positioned, the fourth trump is a plus, the club doubleton offers a ruffing value, there is little defense, and the LAW of Total Tricks suggests bidding 4 in a competitive auction. So East shoots out 4 .

Well, well! The club situation is better than imagined, and the Q provides a sure building-block for a heart discard, and South has no entry with which to push an early heart through the queen.

Rewards are assured for both East and West, each of whom took a bit of a position to get to this game.



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4 ♠A
765
JT932
♣KQ98
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T75
KT42
A4
♣AJT6
♠J9842
Q3
KQ87
♣53
♠KQ63
AJ98
65
♣742
10
128
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦5 ♥6 ♠4 NT6
EW: 2♠ -/1NT
       ♣6 ♦6 ♥6 NT6/7
LoTT: 14 - 15 = -1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.50   0.50  1N W -1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  100          6.50   0.50  1N W -1   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
         90    5.00   2.00  1N W      A6-Kleban-Myers vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        110    3.50   3.50  2♠ E      A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        110    3.50   3.50  2♠ E      A8-Levine-Selig vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        120    1.50   5.50  1N W +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        120    1.50   5.50  1N E +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        150    0.00   7.00  1N W +2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
1 1 1 Pass
2 All pass  

West's 2 bid is not assured to find a five-card suit opposite, but the odds are probably in favor of such. What's the alternative? 1NT on an ace-doubleton in an opponent's suit? Not very palatable, and perhaps a bit less so than raising on Txx.

Well, 1NT would have have been so bad, after all, but 2 is the winner.



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5 ♠J973
AJ4
653
♣A63
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠2
Q865
KQJ87
♣JT7
♠AT6
K72
9
♣KQ9852
♠KQ854
T93
AT42
♣4
10
912
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♠ 1NT  ♣3 ♦5 ♥5
EW: 3/4♣ 1 2  ♠4 NT6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4♣-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  3N E -4   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  150          6.00   1.00  3N E -3   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  140          4.50   2.50  3♠ S      A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  140          4.50   2.50  3♠ S      A8-Levine-Selig vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
   50          3.00   4.00  5♣ E -1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
    PASS       2.00   5.00  Pass Out  A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        100    1.00   6.00  3♠ S -1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        130    0.00   7.00  Pass Out  A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1 1
Dbl2 3 Pass
Pass3 PassPass
4 PassPassPass

What are the chances that South leads the T against 4 ? Slim? None? Necessary, else 4 makes! The routine K lead permits East to win and toss a diamond on the table, PDQ, to discard a heart loser.

Only a heart lead ( T ducked by North), followed by another heart when South is in with the A, will set up two heart tricks along with the two round aces, for four defensive tricks.

Perhaps South might reason that any spade trick will be very likely not to run away, and that other tricks must be set up to defeat 4 . If a red suit is to be led, surely the heart is better than leading the A or away from it.



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6 ♠KT
KT53
J98
♣Q763
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠AJ986
862
AK5
♣84
♠Q743
AQ
T76
♣AKJT
♠52
J974
Q432
♣952
9
1216
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦3 ♥4 ♠1 NT1
EW: 6♣ 4 3 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: -1440 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          6.50   0.50  6N E -1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  100          6.50   0.50  6♠ W -1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        620    5.00   2.00  4♠ E      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        650    2.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        650    2.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        650    2.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        650    2.50   4.50  4♠ E +1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        680    0.00   7.00  4♠ E +2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1NTPass
2 Pass3 Pass
4 All pass  

West's hand is in the "let's play game" range, rather than, "is there a slam available?" range.

Slam makes because two finesses (out of three, counting trumps) work. And because East has two third round controls in hearts! (the queen is one, the doubleton is another).

Making six is nice, but bidding the slam overly optimistic.



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7 ♠Q32
98762
K75
♣65
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KJ987
K
QT62
♣K42
♠A54
AJT54
AJ
♣AJ3
♠T6
Q3
9843
♣QT987
5
1219
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥1 ♠0 NT0
EW: 4♣ 6 6 7♠ 7NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -2220 7NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  300          7.00   0.00  6N W -3   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  100          5.00   2.00  6♠ W -1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  100          5.00   2.00  6♠ W -1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  100          5.00   2.00  6♠ W -1   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        650    3.00   4.00  4♠ W +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        660    2.00   5.00  4N W +1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A8-Albert-Grossman
       1430    0.50   6.50  6♠ W      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
       1430    0.50   6.50  6♠ W      A8-Levine-Selig vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1 Pass2 Pass
2NTPass3 Pass
4 Pass4 Pass
4 Pass4NTPass
5 Pass5 Pass
5 Pass6 All pass

West opens a questionable hand (not two quick tricks, a devalued singleton K), and cannot stop East from bidding slam -- and sniffing at the odds-against grand).

After 3 , setting trumps and a Game Force , control bidding should be mandatory opposite an unlimited hand, and the Italian-style is recommended, bidding any control up the line (except shortness in a suit bid naturally by partner). Hence, 4 is forced upon West, and 4 over 4 . Now, with the K and K located and an opening bid from partner, East has to decide between the small and grand slams.

After the anticipated "1" response to 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood , 5 asked for the Q and potentially an unmentioned side king. Disappointment -- no Q, but surely the small slam is safe?

Well, yes, thanks to the location of the K and the Q falling, but to make seven takes an unlikely play in trumps -- leading the J to trap the opponent's T -- sort of a surrounding play by declarer, perhaps lumped into that group of similar plays labeled by some a "Chinese Finesse," for some unknown reason. That term is more commonly applied to leading the queen from Qx(xx) toward the Ax in dummy and letting it ride, winning against Kxx(x) because the king expects to take a trick later in the play after the ace is played.

I prefer to call it a surrounding play.



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8 ♠KT94
KJ3
96
♣KQ94
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q82
T7642
QT
♣AT7
♠A765
Q95
K432
♣53
♠J3
A8
AJ875
♣J862
12
89
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 2 1 2♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥6 ♠5 NT4
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +130 4♣-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  180          7.00   0.00  1N S +3   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  150          6.00   1.00  2N N +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  130          5.00   2.00  2♣ N +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  120          3.50   3.50  2N N      A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  120          3.50   3.50  1N S +1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
         50    1.50   5.50  2N S -1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A8-Albert-Grossman
         50    1.50   5.50  2N S -1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        150    0.00   7.00  2N S -3   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1 DblRdbl
1 PassPass2
2 ?  

Not much here, other than the difficulty in defending 2 by West, or failing to double 2 . North-South must preserve a better than plus 130 score by not giving in to 2 undoubled. Should North bid 3 over 2 ? South? If not, who should double?

Actually a difficult matchpoint hand.



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9 ♠K73
-
A98742
♣KJ76
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠QJT98
J8
J
♣AT984
♠A652
AK93
Q65
♣52
♠4
QT76542
KT3
♣Q3
11
913
7
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1  ♣4 ♠3/2 NT5
EW: 2♣ 3/4♠ 2NT  ♦4 ♥6
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -300 5*-NS-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
         50    7.00   0.00  4 N -1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        100    5.50   1.50  4 S -2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        100    5.50   1.50  5 N -2   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        150    4.00   3.00  3 S -3   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        230    3.00   4.00  3♠ W +3   A8-Levine-Selig vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        300    2.00   5.00  5* N -2  A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        500    1.00   6.00  5* S -3  A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        620    0.00   7.00  4♠ W      A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A6-Klempner-Anderson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1 Pass1
1NT!1 2 4 All pass
  1. Distributional takeout!

Most players, I'd venture to say, bid 1NT in the sandwich position (after both opponents have bid), but that is a very dangerous idea. If you have 17 HCP, feeling justified in your overcall on "standard" principles, consider that your RHO has most likely six or more HCP and your LHO has a minimum of . . . 12 on average? So that is 35 HCP already accounted for, not to consider that either bidding opponent is more likely than not to hold more than the bare minimum Which all means that partner has 0-5 HCP, usually in he 0-2 range. Why are we bidding?

So the idea has arisen, not a new idea, incidentally, but not yet quite the majority view, that a 1NT "Sandwich" overcall should be a distributional takeout for the unbid suits, perhaps 5-5, perhaps less ideal. A double of RHO's bid, instead, would be a more balanced, higher HCP hand than the minimum range 1NT Sandwich overcall.

The diagrammed deal is both ideal for West in distribution and minimum in values. It is, in fact, an ideal 1NT overcall. Consider the wonderful spot cards in the two long suits as an absolute positive, without which, perhaps, a vulnerable adventure would be avoided.

East, having had to pass for lack of ideal distribution for a takeout double (what would be the continuation over a 2 advance??), can just haul off and bid game with these fine values, assured of partner's judgment in making a vulnerable two-suited overcall.



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10 ♠A95
Q42
QT83
♣A92
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠K32
AT
42
♣KQJ864
♠QJT
KJ75
AKJ96
♣5
♠8764
9863
75
♣T73
12
1315
0
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥3 ♠3 NT2
EW: 5♣ 5 4 4♠ 5NT
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -660 5NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
        630    6.50   0.50  3N W +1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        630    6.50   0.50  3N E +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        660    2.50   4.50  5N W      A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        660    2.50   4.50  3N W +2   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        660    2.50   4.50  3N W +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        660    2.50   4.50  3N E +2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        660    2.50   4.50  3N E +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        660    2.50   4.50  3N E +2   A8-Levine-Selig vs A4-Shervin-Kayson

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1 Pass
2 Pass2 Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

West can bid 2 or 2 after 2 , so it is not incumbent upon East to reverse. I know, I know -- for some folks, 2 is not a "reverse" in the sense that it shows a big hand. But how do you distinguish when you do from when you do not? Bidding is about describing your hand to partner and partner to you, until someone can make a decision as to the final contract. Over and over again, theoreticians tell us to limit your hand as soon as possible so partner can make that determination. So bid 2 .

Will you argue that Max Hardy taught that 2 is not a reverse? And that all today's players are following his lead? Fine. But what do you make of Hardy's assertion that 2 or 2 after the auction begins 1 - 2 DENY five diamonds? Look it up. The puzzle that he left was that with a typical reverse hand, he would rebid 2 !! Leaving to responder the continued exploration for a four-four major fit by bidding a major if he has one. What, then, is 1 -2 ; 2 ? LESS than a reverse, of course, per Hardy. At least that portion of the reverse theory that prescribes a longer first suit than second.

Nothing is lost by bidding 2 with the East hand. To repeat, if West has a major, it will be shown over 2 , and if the major shown is just a stopper, well, that can be worked out, too, even after a raise of responder's second (major) suit.

There! Finally the opportunity to vent and make that point. As Bobby Goldman stated in "Aces Scientific," it is responder's job, not opener's, to initiate the search for the 4-4 major suit fit. The less told to the opponents during the auction, the better. Only disclose that which is absolutely necessary for the conveyance of salient information.



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11 ♠AQT7
J64
K8
♣8653
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠K52
732
QJ976
♣KT
♠96
AQT
T542
♣Q972
♠J843
K985
A3
♣AJ4
10
98
13
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 3 3/4♠ 2NT  ♦6
EW: 1  ♣5 ♥4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-N
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  420          7.00   0.00  4♠ N      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  170          4.50   2.50  3♠ N +1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  170          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +2   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  170          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  170          4.50   2.50  2♠ N +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  140          1.00   6.00  3♠ N      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  140          1.00   6.00  2♠ N +1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  140          1.00   6.00  2♠ N +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
12 ♠63
6
JT983
♣KQ942
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠AQT72
J987
42
♣T8
♠9
KQ53
AK65
♣AJ53
♠KJ854
AT42
Q7
♣76
6
717
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥2 ♠4 NT3
EW: 2♣ 2 5 3♠ 4NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          6.50   0.50  4 E -1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A8-Albert-Grossman
   50          6.50   0.50  4 E -1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        120    5.00   2.00  1N E +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        420    3.50   3.50  4 W      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        420    3.50   3.50  4 E      A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        450    2.00   5.00  4 E +1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        500    1.00   6.00  1♠* S -2  A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
       1100    0.00   7.00  2♣* N -4  A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
13 ♠Q7
Q93
A9762
♣A97
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠J862
AK84
K54
♣63
♠AK43
72
QT8
♣QJ54
♠T95
JT65
J3
♣KT82
12
1112
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣5 ♦6 ♥5 ♠3 NT4
EW: 1♣ 1 2 4♠ 2NT
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -620 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  200          7.00   0.00  2 W -2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
   90          6.00   1.00  1N N      A8-Levine-Selig vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        100    5.00   2.00  1 N -1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        110    4.00   3.00  1♠ E +1   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        170    2.50   4.50  2♠ W +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        170    2.50   4.50  2♠ E +2   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        200    0.50   6.50  1N N -2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        200    0.50   6.50  1N N -2   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
14 ♠Q8754
JT97
976
♣2
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠J9
85
AJ842
♣JT97
♠K63
K62
T53
♣KQ86
♠AT2
AQ43
KQ
♣A543
3
711
19
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 5 5♠ 2NT  ♣5
EW: 2/1♣  ♦5 ♥2 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: +450 5♠-NS/5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  450          7.00   0.00  4 S +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  420          5.50   1.50  4 S      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  420          5.50   1.50  4 S      A8-Levine-Selig vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  170          4.00   3.00  2♠ N +2   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  100          3.00   4.00  2N E -2   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
   70          2.00   5.00  1♣ S      A6-Kleban-Myers vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
         50    1.00   6.00  4 N -1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        100    0.00   7.00  1♣ S -2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
15 ♠KQ93
KT754
86
♣K5
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠8752
A
JT532
♣Q93
♠AT6
632
K9
♣J8642
♠J4
QJ98
AQ74
♣AT7
11
78
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 5 3♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥2 ♠2 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +650 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  650          4.50   2.50  4 S +1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  650          4.50   2.50  4 N +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  650          4.50   2.50  4 N +1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  650          4.50   2.50  4 N +1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  650          4.50   2.50  4 N +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  650          4.50   2.50  4 N +1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  200          0.50   6.50  3 N +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  200          0.50   6.50  3 N +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
16 ♠T
J
K643
♣AJ86543
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K52
T8654
T98
♣Q2
♠AQJ83
A92
AQ52
♣T
♠9764
KQ73
J7
♣K97
9
517
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦5 ♥3 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2 3 3♠  ♣4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -100 4♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  510          7.00   0.00  4♣* N     A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  400          6.00   1.00  5♠ E -4   A8-Levine-Selig vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  200          4.00   3.00  4♠ E -2   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  200          4.00   3.00  4♠ E -2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  200          4.00   3.00  4♠ E -2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  130          2.00   5.00  4♣ N      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        100    1.00   6.00  5♣* N -1  A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        140    0.00   7.00  3♠ E      A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
17 ♠8532
QT742
43
♣Q6
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠QJ
K83
KQ2
♣KT872
♠AT9
AJ
A98
♣AJ543
♠K764
965
JT765
♣9
4
1418
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣1 ♦2 ♥3 ♠3 NT1
EW: 6♣ 5/4 3 3♠ 6NT
LoTT: 15 - 18 = -3
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          7.00   0.00  7N W -1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        460    6.00   1.00  3N E +2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        490    4.50   2.50  3N E +3   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        490    4.50   2.50  3N E +3   A8-Levine-Selig vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        520    3.00   4.00  5N W +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        990    1.50   5.50  6N W      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        990    1.50   5.50  6N E      A6-Kleban-Myers vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
       1020    0.00   7.00  6N W +1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
18 ♠654
T2
98632
♣KQ4
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ8
KQJ3
KT
♣AJ9
♠T972
A754
AJ5
♣75
♠K3
986
Q74
♣T8632
5
219
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣4 ♦3/4 ♥1 ♠1 NT1
EW: 3♣ 3 6 6♠ 6NT
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
   50          7.00   0.00  6N E -1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
        480    3.00   4.00  4♠ W +2   A8-Levine-Selig vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        480    3.00   4.00  4 W +2   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
        480    3.00   4.00  4 W +2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
        480    3.00   4.00  4 W +2   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        480    3.00   4.00  4 W +2   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        480    3.00   4.00  4 W +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
        480    3.00   4.00  4 W +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A8-Albert-Grossman
19 ♠AQT5
AJ4
QT53
♣K2
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K97
QT8
976
♣AQ54
♠864
7652
J42
♣J97
♠J32
K93
AK8
♣T863
16
112
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 6 5 6♠ 6NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦1 ♥2 ♠1 NT1
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: +990 6NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  500          7.00   0.00  1 W -5   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  490          5.50   1.50  3N N +3   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  490          5.50   1.50  3N N +3   A8-Levine-Selig vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  460          2.00   5.00  3N N +2   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  460          2.00   5.00  3N N +2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  460          2.00   5.00  3N N +2   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  460          2.00   5.00  3N N +2   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  460          2.00   5.00  3N N +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
20 ♠Q73
AK8
3
♣J97542
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T8
J754
KQ9765
♣T
♠K52
T932
AT4
♣K86
♠AJ964
Q6
J82
♣AQ3
10
610
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 6♣ 6♠ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6
EW: 1  ♣0 ♥6 ♠1/0 NT0
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: +1430 6♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  710          7.00   0.00  4♠ S +3   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  680          6.00   1.00  4♠ S +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  650          5.00   2.00  4♠ S +1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  620          3.50   3.50  4♠ S      A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  620          3.50   3.50  4♠ S      A8-Levine-Selig vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  230          2.00   5.00  3♠ S +3   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  200          1.00   6.00  4* E -1  A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A8-Albert-Grossman
        200    0.00   7.00  4♠ S -2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
21 ♠A8
J8642
K974
♣95
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J76
3
QT52
♣AKQT3
♠543
AKQ7
8
♣J7642
♠KQT92
T95
AJ63
♣8
8
1210
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1 2 2♠  ♣2 NT5
EW: 3♣  ♦4/5 ♥5 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 17 - 18 = -1
Par: -110 3♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  100          7.00   0.00  4♣* W -1  A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A8-Albert-Grossman
   50          4.00   3.00  4♣ W -1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
   50          4.00   3.00  4♣ W -1   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
   50          4.00   3.00  4♣ W -1   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
   50          4.00   3.00  4♣ W -1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
   50          4.00   3.00  4♣ W -1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
        110    1.00   6.00  3♣ W      A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
        130    0.00   7.00  3♣ W +1   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
22 ♠QJ42
T
AT4
♣KQ952
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠765
J743
932
♣874
♠T93
KQ85
KQ8
♣AJ6
♠AK8
A962
J765
♣T3
12
115
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4/3♣ 4/3 1 4♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦3 ♥5 ♠3 NT5
LoTT: 15 - 15 = 0
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  170          7.00   0.00  2♠ N +2   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  140          5.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  140          5.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  140          5.00   2.00  2♠ N +1   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  130          3.00   4.00  2♣ S +2   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  110          1.00   6.00  2♠ N      A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  110          1.00   6.00  3 N      A8-Levine-Selig vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  110          1.00   6.00  2♣ S +1   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
23 ♠AQ6
62
A8762
♣Q93
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠KJ932
T9
KJ95
♣J8
♠4
KQ74
Q43
♣KT642
♠T875
AJ853
T
♣A75
12
910
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1 2 2♠ 1NT
EW:  ♣5 ♦5 ♥5/4 ♠5/4 NT6
LoTT: 13 - 14 = -1
Par: +110 2♠-NS/2-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          7.00   0.00  2♣* E -3  A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  300          5.50   1.50  2♠ W -3   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  300          5.50   1.50  2♣ E -3   A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  200          4.00   3.00  2♣ E -2   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson
  140          3.00   4.00  3 S      A6-Kleban-Myers vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  120          2.00   5.00  1N N +1   A8-Levine-Selig vs A8-Albert-Grossman
   90          1.00   6.00  1N N      A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
        100    0.00   7.00  1N N -1   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
24 ♠832
KJ74
KQ43
♣KQ
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KJ64
T62
865
♣984
♠AT75
AQ983
JT
♣T7
♠Q9
5
A972
♣AJ6532
14
411
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 4  ♥5/4 ♠4/3 NT4
EW: 2 3♠  ♣3 ♦2 NT3
LoTT: 19 - 16 = +3
Par: +100 4♠*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract
  800          7.00   0.00  4♠* W -4  A3-Gomer-Kauffman vs A5-Lieberman-Vaze
  460          5.00   2.00  3N N +2   A1-Brandeis-Gordon vs A2-Rosenfeld-Rosenfeld
  460          5.00   2.00  3N N +2   A6-Kleban-Myers vs A4-Shervin-Kayson
  460          5.00   2.00            A8-Levine-Selig vs A8-Albert-Grossman
  210          3.00   4.00  2N N +3   A5-Gardner-Joselson vs A1-Greenspan-Gordon
  170          2.00   5.00  3 N +3   A2-Pach-Rosenberg vs A3-Feldsher-Lampert
  150          1.00   6.00  3 N +2   A7-Walker-Shinberg vs A6-Klempner-Anderson
  130          0.00   7.00  3 N +1   A4-Lapat-McAlpin vs A7-Cohan-Dickenson