- Saturday Aft - February 3, 2018

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Field strength:  Mean: 1917 MP  Geomean: 991 MP
(based on 16 players)
★ ★ ★  Masterpoint Winners  ★ ★ ★
Partnership Pct Masterpoints
Michael Hogan - Rosemarie Baker 60.12 1.32 Red, 1.31 Blk
Kathie Macnab-Halliday - Liz Legacy 52.98 0.99 Red, 0.98 Blk
Bill Halliday - Brian Ferguson 51.79 0.74 Red, 0.74 Blk
Linda Walker - Marilyn Bernardo 50.60 0.60 Red, 0.59 Blk
EVENT>Saturday Afternoon       |SESSION>Saturday Aft |SECTION> A
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DATE>February 3, 2018   |CLUB NO.>242651    | 02/03/2018 15:45
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DIR> Kathie Macnab   |RATING>ACBL wide International Fund |MOVEMENT>ONE WINNER
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AVE>   42.0 |TOP>   3 |MP LIMITS>None/2000/1000 |CLUB>Maritime Cards & Games
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PAIRS IN STRAT A=8/B=5/C=4                       ,---,-----------------,-------------------------,------,---------,
-------------------------------------------------|   |      Overall    |           Section       |      |Final    |
No Name                   Name                   |Flt|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C|Rnk-A|Rnk-B|Rnk-C| Score | Pct  |Awards   |
------------------------------------------------- --- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------- ------ ---------
 1 Linda Small            Norah Dunbar             C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     33.50  39.88
 2 Linda Walker           Marilyn Bernardo         C   .     2     .   |   .     2     2     42.50  50.60  0.60Red
                                                                                                           0.59Blk
 3 Dodi Walsh             Sheila Folk              C   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     38.50  45.83
 4 Hazel Harlow           Beryl Higgs              A   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     42.50  50.60
 5 Rosemarie Baker        Michael Hogan            C   1     1     .   |   1     1     1     50.50  60.12  1.32Red
                                                                                                           1.31Blk
 6 Kathie Macnab-Halliday Liz Legacy               A   2     .     .   |   2     .     .     44.50  52.98  0.99Red
                                                                                                           0.98Blk
 7 Brian Ferguson         Bill Halliday            A   3     .     .   |   3     .     .     43.50  51.79  0.74Red
                                                                                                           0.74Blk
 8 Bea Brown              Winnie Nickerson         B   .     .     .   |   .     .     .     40.50  48.21
                                          Totals                                            336.00

Hands and Results
1 ♠AQ32
QT5
52
♣T982
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠96
A7432
AK94
♣KJ
♠754
8
JT8
♣Q76543
♠KJT8
KJ96
Q763
♣A
8
153
14
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1/2 2♠ 1NT  ♣5 ♦6
EW: 2♣  ♦6 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: +100 3♣*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  500          3.00   0.00  5♣* E -3  ♠J  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
  170          1.50   1.50  2♠ S +2   K  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A1-Small-Dunbar
  170          1.50   1.50  1♠ S +3   ♠6  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A5-Baker-Hogan
  140          0.00   3.00  3♠ S      A  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A3-Walsh-Folk

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 PassPass1
1DblPass1
PassPassPass 

West has values but lacks the shape or suit texture to compete beyond the 1 overcall. Interestingly, West can almost make 1, and would do so if North failed to put his fingers on a trump lead, trick one or two. Failing the crossruff-killing defense, West could ruff hearts to set up seven total tricks. Cashing the second spade before shifting to a trump only assists West in developing a path to his hand.

However, 2 will be the almost universal contract, and that looks to be making eight tricks whether the defense takes heart ruffs or not. The process of taking heart ruffs and using diamond entries would leave declarer an alternative path to fulfill the contract via his own crossruff.

Plus 110. Next board.



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2 ♠A5
A93
954
♣AKT76
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠K843
QJ84
T8
♣J92
♠JT92
KT72
KJ
♣854
♠Q76
65
AQ7632
♣Q3
15
78
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7 1 2/3♠ 7NT
EW:  ♣0 ♦0 ♥5 ♠4 NT0
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: +2220 7NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  720          3.00   0.00  3N N +4   2  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A3-Walsh-Folk
  630          1.50   1.50  3N N +1   ♠J  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A5-Baker-Hogan
  630          1.50   1.50  3N N +1   2  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A1-Small-Dunbar
  270          0.00   3.00  2N N +5   ♠J  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A2-Walker-Bernardo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  PassPass
Pass1NTPass3NT
All pass   

Long suits make up for a lot of missing HCP. This deal is close to an extreme example of that principle, compounded by the favorable position of the diamond honors. With the clubs splitting as well, there are thirteen tricks via two major suit aces, six diamonds, and five clubs! All on 25 HCP and semi-balanced hands!

Some will open a weak 2 with the South hand, but the final contract should always be 3NT.



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3 ♠Q75
A543
J5
♣AKQJ
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠K84
KQ
KT973
♣742
♠A963
J2
AQ84
♣965
♠JT2
T9876
62
♣T83
17
1111
1
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 2  ♦5 ♠5 NT5
EW: 2 2♠ 2NT  ♣5 ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 18 = -2
Par: -100 3*-NS/3♣*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          2.00   1.00  3 N      ♠A  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A1-Small-Dunbar
  140          2.00   1.00  3 N      A  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A3-Walsh-Folk
  140          2.00   1.00  3 N      ♣6  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A5-Baker-Hogan
  110          0.00   3.00  2 N      2  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A2-Walker-Bernardo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass1NTPass2
Dbl23Pass
PassPass  

Jacoby Transfers lend themselves to different approaches when opener has a four-card fit. Some never do anything but take the transfer. More enterprising players jump with four trumps and a maximum, and even more ambitious players have developed more complexity: one method is to jump to three of the indicated suit with four trumps and a maximum, another method is to jump to three of that suit with a minimum, bidding 2NT or another suit of interest with four and a maximum. No, there really isn't just one method, and the result is the necessity of close partnership understandings, adopting the method that most closely aligns with the temperament of the partnership. One part of the theory behind the jumps is that close games will be bid more accurately when the nine-card fit is known. Another underpinning is that the LAW of Total Tricks will protect against losses when the opponents have a making part score.

On this hand South has such an awful mitt that 2 is the limit of the hand, and that is actually a tad lucky, requiring 2-2 trumps and avoiding a spade ruff. But the LAW fails to protect NS this time, because the NS and EW partnerships are limited to eight tricks either way, proving that the LAW is not really a law, after all, since it predicts eighteen tricks but yields just sixteen (this number, for the uninitiated, is the number of tricks available to each side in their best suit contract, summed -- and the LAW predicts that the available tricks will equal the number of trumps in aggregate).

So those who cherish the LAW will be disappointed on this hand.



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4 ♠JT76
AT32
98
♣T76
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠A8543
K95
J765
♣9
♠92
J
AK42
♣QJ8432
♠KQ
Q8764
QT3
♣AK5
5
811
16
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 1/-♠ 3NT
       ♣6/5 ♦4 ♠7/6
EW: 1♣ 2  ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +500 4*-EW-2
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  730          3.00   0.00  3* S     ♣9  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A3-Walsh-Folk
  110          2.00   1.00  2 S      ♣9  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        200    0.50   2.50  3 S -2   ♣9  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        200    0.50   2.50  3 S -2   ♣9  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A5-Baker-Hogan

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
PassPass11
12PassPass
Pass   

South's hand is just to quacky and disjointed to want to bid any more. Good thing, for most of the time 2 will be too high. On the normal club lead plus later accuracy, the defense against 2 will come to one club, one spade, one heart and two diamonds. Only winning the opening lead of the singleton club and pushing the Q onto the table can legitimately create the required tricks. But that play is unnatural, requiring East to hold specifically the singleton J -- way against the odds, critical here.



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5 ♠K3
AJ65
K9842
♣Q3
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠AQJ95
743
Q
♣T987
♠T8
Q8
AJT763
♣AK6
♠7642
KT92
5
♣J542
13
914
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2  ♣5 ♦5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2♣ 2 2♠ 1NT  ♥5
LoTT: 16 - 15 = +1
Par: -110 2♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          2.50   0.50  3N E -2   2  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
  100          2.50   0.50  3 E -2   ♣5  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A3-Walsh-Folk
        120    1.00   2.00  2N E      2  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        200    0.00   3.00  1 N -2   ♣A  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A4-Harlow-Higgs

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 1PassPass
1PassPassPass

Not many auctions will follow the path in the bidding diagram. Some will overcall 1NT with the East cards after North opens 1 -- double is obviously wrong. Others will pass, as suggested, but then spring to life, punishing West for balancing. The 1 balance should not generate much enthusiasm for East, who remains without a fit or a strategy. 2 will make for East, but it sounds too much like a spade fit invitation, and that will leave making contracts in the rear view mirror.

A 1NT advance by East would find a making contract and against a weak defense could prove rewarding. But all the defense must do is lead hearts and take tricks.

Gritting one's teeth and passing 1 will yield the best score, Mr. East.



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6 ♠K42
J2
J3
♣QJ9632
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠Q9
A983
Q986
♣AT5
♠J763
KT5
AKT7
♣K8
♠AT85
Q764
542
♣74
8
1214
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣6 ♦2 ♥3 ♠4 NT4
EW: 1♣ 5 4 3♠ 3NT
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -620 4-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        140    3.00   0.00  3 W      ♣Q  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A3-Walsh-Folk
        600    1.50   1.50  3N W      ♣6  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
        600    1.50   1.50  3N E      ♠5  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        630    0.00   3.00  3N E +1   ♣Q  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
  1Pass
1Pass1Pass
2NTPass3NTAll pass

25 combined HCP will most often propel the partnership into game, and absent a faux pas, plus 600 will be the result. Nevertheless, bidding and making what you can make will, as usual, yield a decent score -- about 60%, I'd wager.



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7 ♠QJ76
T9643
9
♣AQ5
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠4
AKQJ5
KQJ63
♣T3
♠K83
7
T842
♣98764
♠AT952
82
A75
♣KJ2
9
163
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1 5♠ 3NT  ♦4
EW: 3  ♣5 ♥5 ♠2 NT4
LoTT: 20 - 18 = +2
Par: +650 5♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
 1100          3.00   0.00  5* W -4  9  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A3-Walsh-Folk
  500          2.00   1.00  5* W -2  ♠Q  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
  400          1.00   2.00  4 E -4   ♠Q  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
  140          0.00   3.00  3♠ S      A  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A4-Harlow-Higgs

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   1
24Pass4
All pass   

Yes, a 4 Splinter bid by North seems appropriate, with some optimism for a perfecto slam. However, South has a rather imperfect small doubleton heart, so that pipe dream is out the window.

Nevertheless, a near slam is available, eleven tricks to NS, justifying in some respect North's aggressive stance.



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8 ♠AKJT753
5
Q
♣JT64
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠Q4
942
K963
♣Q982
♠8
AQT63
AT875
♣73
♠962
KJ87
J42
♣AK5
11
710
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 4♠ 1NT  ♦5 ♥5
EW: 2 2  ♣4 ♠3 NT4
LoTT: 18 - 19 = -1
Par: +420 4♠-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  420          3.00   0.00  4♠ N      A  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
  200          2.00   1.00  3♠ N +2   A  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
  170          1.00   2.00  3♠ N +1   A  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A3-Walsh-Folk
         50    0.00   3.00  5♠ N -1   ♠8  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A2-Walker-Bernardo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass123
Pass3Pass3NT
Pass4All pass 

After the 1 opening and 2 overcall, South has enough room to "discuss" the appropriate contract with North. First a cue bid, guaranteeing trump support and at least limit raise power. No spade length need be specified beyond holding three or more, for later bidding usually can clarify the target.

Whether North bids game directly (six losers) or 3 (lots of losers, few controls), South will be satisfied with game. After a 3 bid, South can offer 3NT, but the idea should repel North -- back to 4.

Three tricks for the defense: one trick in every suit except spades.



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9 ♠QT65
J83
K
♣AKT32
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠K
AK9752
AQ852
♣5
♠98743
Q6
JT9
♣Q97
♠AJ2
T4
7643
♣J864
13
165
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1♠  ♦2 ♥2 NT2
EW: 5 5 1NT  ♣3 ♠6
LoTT: 20 - 17 = +3
Par: -500 6♣*-NS-3
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        170    3.00   0.00  3 W +1   ♣K  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A5-Baker-Hogan
        200    1.00   2.00  3 W +2   K  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A3-Walsh-Folk
        200    1.00   2.00  3 W +2   ♣A  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
        200    1.00   2.00  3 W +2   ♣K  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
10 ♠632
A9853
874
♣T8
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠A9854
KJ2
2
♣AKQ2
♠QT7
T6
KQT63
♣654
♠KJ
Q74
AJ95
♣J973
4
177
12
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♦5/6 ♠4 NT4
EW: 3♣ 1 3♠ 3/1NT  ♥6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -600 3NT-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          3.00   0.00  4♠ W -2   A  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A3-Walsh-Folk
  100          2.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   4  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
        140    1.00   2.00  3♠ W      A  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        620    0.00   3.00  4♠ W      7  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A5-Baker-Hogan
11 ♠Q654
A642
9832
♣3
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠AT72
J98
QT65
♣K9
♠K8
QT5
4
♣QT87654
♠J93
K73
AKJ7
♣AJ2
6
107
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2 2 2♠ -/1NT
       ♣4 NT6/7
EW: 3♣  ♦4 ♥5 ♠5 NT5
LoTT: 17 - 17 = 0
Par: -100 3♠*-NS/3*-NS/3*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          3.00   0.00  3♣* E -1  K  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A5-Baker-Hogan
   90          2.00   1.00  2 S      ♣K  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
   50          0.50   2.50  3♣ E -1   K  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
   50          0.50   2.50  3♣ E -1   K  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A3-Walsh-Folk
12 ♠T74
KT4
AKT8
♣Q98
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠A9532
AQ9
764
♣63
♠KJ
763
QJ3
♣JT542
♠Q86
J852
952
♣AK7
12
108
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 2 1 1♠ 2NT
EW:  ♣6 ♦4 ♥5/6 ♠6 NT4/5
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +120 2NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  110          3.00   0.00  2 S      ♣6  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A3-Walsh-Folk
   90          2.00   1.00  1N N      ♣4  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
    PASS       0.50   2.50  Pass Out      A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A5-Baker-Hogan
    PASS       0.50   2.50  Pass Out      A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
13 ♠AJ84
KQJ62
-
♣KT72
Dlr: North
Vul: Both
♠K72
83
AKQJ7
♣Q43
♠T96
T974
T86542
♣-
♠Q53
A5
93
♣AJ9865
14
150
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 7♣ 7/6 5♠ 1NT  ♦4
EW: 3  ♣0 ♥0 ♠1 NT0
LoTT: 22 - 21 = +1
Par: +2210 7-S
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
 1390          3.00   0.00  6♣ N +1   ♠T  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A1-Small-Dunbar
  640          2.00   1.00  5♣ S +2   A  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
  500          1.00   2.00  5* W -2  ♣K  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
        100    0.00   3.00  6♣ S -1   A  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A5-Baker-Hogan

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 2!Pass2NT?
34!Pass6
All pass   

OK, you will just have to bear with me. If there is a Flannery hand about, I'm analyzing the Flannery auction as the primary focus. Period. So North has four spades, five hearts, and an opening bid with less than reversing values -- 14 HCP. This is the sort of hand that North would bid again if South were to sign off in a major and the opponents remained silent.

South has some interest in game, however, and 3 is inadequate, so 2NT, the catch-all inquiry, is the solution for one round. West wants to interfere, but even his 3 bid won't matter. In the absence of West's overcall, a jump to 4 by the 2 opener would show a maximum range opening (check!), four clubs (check!), and a goodish club suit (check). The 3 bid did not interfere with that destination, so I suggest 4 regardless with the same meaning.

South's eyes should light up! From a "maybe" game, slam is almost certain! The diamond void in partner's hand is clear, the club suit seems impregnable (it isn't), and the major suit honors are golden. Bidding the club slam in the ten card fit is clear.

To make all thirteen tricks not much is required beyond playing the club suit for no losers. Good luck. West's overcall could just as easily contain a club void as three clubs. So guess away.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch -- If North opens a pedestrian 1, South might bid 1NT forcing, and over a 2 response, employ the "impossible spade" convention, bidding 2 to show a forcing club raise. Nevertheless, good luck with finding the diamond void without Flannery!

In outer space, there is also the possibility that East might take a save in diamonds. If below the slam level, that will actually reap rewards. At 6 doubled or higher, it will be a theoretical game but a practical loss.



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14 ♠3
A98753
T865
♣Q2
Dlr: East
Vul: None
♠AT95
J4
J
♣KT9764
♠KJ74
KQ62
K973
♣A
♠Q862
T
AQ42
♣J853
6
916
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥6 ♠3 NT4
EW: 2♣ 1 4♠ 3NT  ♦5
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -420 4♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          2.50   0.50  5♠ W -2   A  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
  100          2.50   0.50  4♠ W -2   A  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
   50          1.00   2.00  4♠ W -1   ♣2  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A5-Baker-Hogan
        420    0.00   3.00  4♠ W      A  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A1-Small-Dunbar
15 ♠AT7
AQT4
32
♣AQT2
Dlr: South
Vul: N-S
♠KJ862
9875
984
♣J
♠94
K6
KQT75
♣9764
♠Q53
J32
AJ6
♣K853
16
58
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 4♣ 1 3 2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3 ♦5 ♥3 ♠5 NT3
LoTT: 15 - 16 = -1
Par: +630 4NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  630          2.50   0.50  3N S +1   9  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
  630          2.50   0.50  3N N +1   Q  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
        100    0.50   2.50  3N N -1   7  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        100    0.50   2.50  3N N -1   7  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A5-Baker-Hogan
16 ♠T97
AQ4
AJ3
♣A984
Dlr: West
Vul: E-W
♠K84
KT
T965
♣QJ32
♠Q653
73
Q742
♣K75
♠AJ2
J98652
K8
♣T6
15
97
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 1 5 3/2♠ 4NT
EW:  ♣3/4 ♦5 ♥2 ♠4 NT2
LoTT: 16 - 17 = -1
Par: +450 5-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  450          2.50   0.50  4 N +1   ♠3  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
  450          2.50   0.50  4 N +1   ♠3  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
  420          1.00   2.00  4 N      7  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A1-Small-Dunbar
  200          0.00   3.00  3 N +2   ♠2  A7-Ferguson-Halliday vs A5-Baker-Hogan
17 ♠A6543
53
9
♣T6432
Dlr: North
Vul: None
♠KQ92
KT
AQ6
♣AJ98
♠J8
A842
KT75
♣KQ5
♠T7
QJ976
J8432
♣7
4
1913
4
Double Dummy Makes
NS:  ♣2 ♦2 ♥4 ♠2 NT1
EW: 5♣ 4 3 4♠ 6NT
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -990 6NT-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        990    1.50   1.50  6N E      Q  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        990    1.50   1.50  6N E      Q  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A5-Baker-Hogan
        990    1.50   1.50  6N E      7  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
        990    1.50   1.50  6N E      7  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A2-Walker-Bernardo

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
 Pass1Pass
1Pass1NTPass
6NTAll pass  

Some 19 HCP hands don't deserve more than a slam try after some of the modern openings you see, but this one seems sufficiently robust, so a direct slam bid after a major suit probe seems good enough. How awful if East had the A and the opponents could lead hearts through the KT! What is the solution? No particular notrump bid is generally forcing these days (some cling to 1 - 2NT as forcing. That would generate enough information to discern whether East has the rest of the cookies for a grand slam.

Here 1 was employed in part to hear the range of the opener's hand. A 2NT rebid would have generated 7NT by responder: the 1NT rebid removed a grand slam from consideration.

So, at the tiny risk of misplacing the declaration, the auction should routinely reach the notrump slam.



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18 ♠AQJ3
K85
K5
♣QJT7
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠T75
Q93
QJ2
♣AK93
♠92
AJ642
A83
♣852
♠K864
T7
T9764
♣64
16
129
3
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦6 ♥4 NT4
EW: 2♣ -/1 3 2NT  ♦6/7 ♠6
LoTT: 16 - 16 = 0
Par: -140 3-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        110    3.00   0.00  2 E      ♠4  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        140    2.00   1.00  2 E +1   ♠4  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        200    0.50   2.50  1N N -2   4  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A5-Baker-Hogan
        200    0.50   2.50  3♠ S -2   ♣A  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
19 ♠5
KQT6543
T5
♣Q52
Dlr: South
Vul: E-W
♠A843
J92
Q2
♣KT87
♠KQJT92
A7
AKJ96
♣-
♠76
8
8743
♣AJ9643
7
1018
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1  ♦1 ♠0 NT1
EW: 6 7♠ 6NT  ♣6 ♥6
LoTT: 20 - 19 = +1
Par: -2210 7♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        710    2.00   1.00  4♠ E +3   8  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        710    2.00   1.00  4♠ E +3   8  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        710    2.00   1.00  4♠ E +3   8  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A5-Baker-Hogan
       1460    0.00   3.00  6♠ W +1   K  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy

Craig Hemphill Hand Analysis
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
Pass23Pass
4Pass6Pass
PassPass  

Some will play 3 as Michaels Cue Bid , showing spades, a minor, and a good hand. That is the method shown in the diagram. West likes either minor, so jumps to game in spades, holding four to the ace. Remember, East shows a GOOD hand!

An alternative method is for East to jump to 4 over 2, showing spades and diamonds specifically. This convention was invented by Meyer Schleifer, a Hall of Fame player from the past. My goal is to achieve naming the convention after him, rather than borrowing the Michaels name -- I consider "Leaping Michaels" a misnomer, although arguably based on parallel thinking.

Nor is the 4 "Roman." Roman jumps show specifically the suit bid plus the next higher, so after a 2 opening, 3 would show spades and clubs, 4 clubs and diamonds, and only 4 would be the equivalent to "Schleifer."

Schleifer does well on this hand. Intended as essentially game forcing strength, West will again make a forward going bid. This time after [2] 4, West may advance with 4, showing strength, not necessarily a heart control in the bargain. That cue bid (not a control bid) will ensure getting to 6, but the challenge of bidding the grand slam might be too much -- East needs to find specifically the Q and the Axx(x). 4NT with a void is problematical in defining the specific ace held by West, and the Q remains elusive.

Science seems lost. Perhaps it is better to give more weight to the cue bid and infer the A is the ace held and that there is a fitting diamond honor to justify the cue bid.

Just do it. Schleifer seems to provide a basis for better evaluation.



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20 ♠J4
A6
KJ75
♣KQ876
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
♠T3
JT532
Q9842
♣A
♠AKQ5
K8
T6
♣JT432
♠98762
Q974
A3
♣95
14
713
6
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♣ 1NT  ♦6 ♥6 ♠6
EW: 1 1  ♣6 ♠5 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +90 1NT-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  200          3.00   0.00  2♣* E -1  4  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
  100          2.00   1.00  2♠ E -1   A  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A5-Baker-Hogan
   90          1.00   2.00  1N N      T  A1-Small-Dunbar vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
        100    0.00   3.00  2 N -1   T  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
21 ♠K63
KJ9863
JT4
♣2
Dlr: North
Vul: N-S
♠J75
A75
A63
♣KQ93
♠94
4
K9752
♣AJT65
♠AQT82
QT2
Q8
♣874
8
148
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3 1♠  ♣3 ♦3 NT5
EW: 4♣ 4 2NT  ♥4 ♠5
LoTT: 19 - 18 = +1
Par: -130 4-EW/4♣-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  140          3.00   0.00  2 N +1   ♠9  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        130    1.50   1.50  4♣ E      ♠A  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A3-Walsh-Folk
        130    1.50   1.50  3♣ W +1   4  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        430    0.00   3.00  3N W +1   ♣2  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
22 ♠QT87
-
942
♣AQ9632
Dlr: East
Vul: E-W
♠K952
AQJ9864
Q
♣8
♠J6
K732
K87
♣K754
♠A43
T5
AJT653
♣JT
8
1210
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 4/5 1♠  ♥3 NT5
EW: 4 2NT  ♣3/2 ♦2 ♠5
LoTT: 21 - 20 = +1
Par: +200 5*-EW-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
        620    2.50   0.50  4 W      9  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        620    2.50   0.50  4 W      9  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
        650    0.50   2.50  5 W      ♣A  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        650    0.50   2.50  4 W +1   9  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A3-Walsh-Folk
23 ♠T8752
J96
AT
♣KQ3
Dlr: South
Vul: Both
♠QJ9
Q54
J32
♣T754
♠K43
872
K964
♣J92
♠A6
AKT3
Q875
♣A86
10
67
17
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣ 3 4 4♠ 3NT
EW:  ♣4 ♦4 ♥3 ♠3 NT3
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: +620 4♠-NS/4-NS
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  600          1.50   1.50  3N S      ♣T  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A3-Walsh-Folk
  600          1.50   1.50  3N S      ♣T  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A1-Small-Dunbar
  600          1.50   1.50  3N S      ♣4  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
  600          1.50   1.50  3N S      ♣4  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
24 ♠852
KT7
AKQ7
♣874
Dlr: West
Vul: None
♠KT764
Q965
T82
♣5
♠A93
A8
9653
♣AJT2
♠QJ
J432
J4
♣KQ963
12
513
10
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 2♣ 1  ♦6 ♠4 NT6
EW: 1 3♠ 1NT  ♣5/4 ♥6
LoTT: 17 - 16 = +1
Par: -140 3♠-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   90          3.00   0.00  1N N      ♣2  A4-Harlow-Higgs vs A3-Walsh-Folk
         50    1.50   1.50  2 S -1   ♠6  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy
         50    1.50   1.50  3♣ S -1   2  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        140    0.00   3.00  2♠ W +1   K  A2-Walker-Bernardo vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
25 ♠63
J843
QT5
♣A962
Dlr: North
Vul: E-W
♠-
AT962
AK83
♣Q743
♠AQ97542
K
762
♣T5
♠KJT8
Q75
J94
♣KJ8
7
139
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1NT  ♣5 ♦5 ♥6 ♠4
EW: 1 1 2♠  ♣6 NT6
LoTT: 14 - 14 = 0
Par: -100 2NT*-NS-1
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
  100          2.50   0.50  3♠ E -1   5  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
  100          2.50   0.50  3♠ E -1   2  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        140    1.00   2.00  3♠ E      ♣8  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        170    0.00   3.00  2♠ E +2   4  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
26 ♠AJT3
J96
9865
♣AJ
Dlr: East
Vul: Both
♠Q984
KQT85
AQ2
♣4
♠65
A
K743
♣T98763
♠K72
7432
JT
♣KQ52
11
137
9
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1♠  ♣5 ♦5 ♥5 NT5
EW: 1♣ 2 1/2  ♠6 NT5/6
LoTT: 15 - 14 = +1
Par: -110 2-W
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
         90    3.00   0.00  1N E      ♣K  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        110    1.50   1.50  1 W +1   9  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        110    1.50   1.50  3 W      ♣A  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
        150    0.00   3.00  1N E +2   ♣2  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
27 ♠T83
75
KJ5
♣AK832
Dlr: South
Vul: None
♠A65
AJT3
3
♣QT765
♠KQ74
K964
A74
♣J4
♠J92
Q82
QT9862
♣9
11
1113
5
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 1  ♣4 ♥2 ♠3 NT4
EW: 3♣ 5 4♠ 3NT  ♦6
LoTT: 18 - 17 = +1
Par: -450 5-EW
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          3.00   0.00  4 E -1   ♣3  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        150    2.00   1.00  4 S -3   ♠A  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A1-Small-Dunbar
        170    1.00   2.00  3 W +1   ♣A  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
        420    0.00   3.00  4 W      ♣K  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday
28 ♠53
QJ87
93
♣AQ642
Dlr: West
Vul: N-S
♠Q98762
543
A72
♣9
♠AJ
KT96
KT854
♣K3
♠KT4
A2
QJ6
♣JT875
9
614
11
Double Dummy Makes
NS: 3♣  ♦5 ♥5 ♠4 NT5
EW: 2 2 3/2♠  ♣4 NT6
LoTT: 18 - 18 = 0
Par: -140 3♠-E
  N-S   E-W    N-S    E-W   Contract  Ld
   50          2.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   Q  A5-Baker-Hogan vs A4-Harlow-Higgs
   50          2.00   1.00  4♠ W -1   9  A3-Walsh-Folk vs A1-Small-Dunbar
   50          2.00   1.00  3♠ W -1   Q  A6-Macnab-Halliday-Legacy vs A2-Walker-Bernardo
        140    0.00   3.00  3♠ W      9  A8-Brown-Nickerson vs A7-Ferguson-Halliday