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A self-inflicted nightmare

Most players remember the expensive mistakes they have made at the table. In the following hand, I threw away only an overtrick at IMPs, so the costs of my mistake were minimal, but it still bothers me... No, I am not actually having nightmares because of it, but you will understand what I mean.

North
872
J10832
1086
K2
South
KQ3
AQ6
AJ97
Q83
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
2NT
P
P
P

Against my 2NT contract, West led the 7. I didn't expect the hearts to run, so I ordered the jack from dummy to secure at least one entry. It held, and I led the 8 next, which was covered by the queen from RHO. Saying that things started to look bright would be an overstatement, but at least there was hope.

After winning the trick, I cashed the A. I reckoned that I would find a dummy entry somewhere after establishing the hearts. Lo and behold, the K dropped on my right. So I unblocked the queen, trying to ignore my trick one decision. The recommendation to focus on the present, not the past, is good advice in general but sometimes hard to follow.

Next I played the 9 from my hand. The West player went into a tank and eventually decided to duck; at this point it was obvious to me that he held the king, so I overtook in dummy and cashed the remaining hearts. Lacking imagination, I discarded the two small clubs in my hand and continued with another round of diamonds to the jack in my hand. It turns out this was not the best-laid plan.

West won, cashed the A and locked me in dummy with another club. I played a spade to my king which lost again to West, and at trick twelve he persisted with a club winner. I did not know whether to keep the other spade honor or the 7 - I had memory-squeezed myself!

After some painful and ultimately futile attempts to recall the opponents' discards, I discarded the beer card. Needless to say, I had got it wrong. The board was a push (the score at the other table was 1+2), and the wrong discard cost a single overtrick IMP. But the 7 still haunts me sometimes.

West
A5
975
K5432
AJ10
North
872
J10832
1086
K2
East
J10964
K4
Q
97654
South
KQ3
AQ6
AJ97
Q83
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
2NT
P
P
P
D
2NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
J
4
6
1
1
0
8
Q
A
2
3
2
0
A
5
2
K
3
3
0
Q
9
3
4
3
4
0
9
3
10
4
1
5
0
10
5
3
4
1
6
0
8
6
8
5
1
7
0
6
6
J
K
0
7
1
A
2
7
Q
0
7
2
10
K
9
3
1
8
2
2
9
K
A
0
8
3
J
7
10
7
0
8
4
5
8
J
Q
0
8
5
N/S +120
13

(The order of the defensive discards may have been different.)

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