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My ACBL NABC Online Individual Journey - Day 4
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Before I began I made a conscious decision to really push the envelope - I wanted that 80% game and a chance at the event.  So I was going to look for every angle I could.

Robot
AJ975
976
AK
1082
Robot
Q104
K3
9743
A953
Robot
K86
J1082
Q86
J76
Sterman
32
AQ54
J1052
KQ4
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
2
2
3
P
P
P
D
1
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
6
2
0
0
1
8
3
6
K
3
1
1
2
A
4
6
0
1
2
K
4
8
5
0
1
3
9
10
K
3
2
1
4
Q
10
5
7
2
1
5
2
4
9
K
1
2
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S -50
7

 

Not the stellar start I was looking for.  On the Ace of diamonds lead and club shift, I can actually make this if I play for clubs 3-3, but I was worried that diamonds were 4-1 -- why didn't West continue diamonds, after all -- and decided to try and get my spade ruff in before the computer could draw trumps.  That led to down one.  This wasn't exactly a "carpe diem" moment for me.  56.5%, but a missed opportunity.

Robot
9873
K10532
J
A102
Robot
Q10
J96
Q10
K87653
Robot
AK654
Q7
86
QJ94
Sterman
J2
A84
AK975432
W
N
E
S
1
2
4
P
P
5
P
P
P
D
2
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
10
K
2
2
0
1
Q
J
A
3
0
0
2
8
Q
A
2
3
1
2
3
J
Q
8
1
2
2
K
4
4
2
1
3
2
8
J
A
10
3
4
2
4
2
10
6
1
5
2
5
9
9
5
3
6
2
K
10
6
4
3
7
2
7
9
7
5
3
8
2
5
7
6
6
3
9
2
A
3
9
7
3
10
2
8
K
J
Q
0
10
3
N/S -100
13

 

I really didn't see an alternative to 5D.  Dummy was a disappointment.  The computer very nicely set up a club pitch for me, but I was still down one.  87.0%, though, because lots of people sold out to 4S or went down two in 5D.

Another interesting hand about what card to play.  Those people who falsecarded the Jack of spades at trick only convinced the robot to cash a second spade.  At my table, where I played the Deuce, the robot probably was afraid of setting up Jxx of spades and therefore shifted.  I'm learning something new about the robot, about how what honors you do and don't play can affect its thinking.

Robot
J109
A6
75
KQ9864
Robot
84
10843
A943
1053
Robot
A53
J52
KQ1082
J7
Sterman
KQ762
KQ97
J6
A2
W
N
E
S
 
1N
2
P
2N
P
3
P
P
X
P
3
P
P
P
D
3
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
6
7
A
1
1
0
3
5
K
A
0
1
1
K
3
7
A
3
2
1
2
8
5
J
2
2
2
Q
J
5
3
2
2
3
10
7
9
4
3
3
3
K
J
4
A
2
3
4
8
9
6
9
3
4
4
Q
10
8
5
3
5
4
2
9
8
3
1
6
4
10
2
Q
Q
3
7
4
6
6
10
J
2
7
5
2
7
4
4
1
8
5
N/S -50
13

 

"Standard" 1NT opening after which the robots showed values before stopping in 3C.  Selling out to 3C when I was white at matchpoints didn't seem right, so I made a takeout double.  I didn't want to attack spades too early, afraid of setting up a ruff for the opponents, but ended up getting stuck in the dummy and forced to play spades from the top.  I needed to attack spades immediately and later guess hearts right, and I would have made.  Down one was 56.5%, but again a lost opportunity.

Robot
KQJ107
Q1065
3
K94
Robot
83
A9832
94
QJ75
Robot
9654
J7
872
10862
Sterman
A2
K4
AKQJ1065
A3
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
3NT
P
4
P
5
P
7
P
P
P
D
4
7 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
3
4
A
3
1
0
A
3
4
2
3
2
0
K
4
9
8
3
3
0
Q
6
2
7
3
4
0
J
7
8
6
3
5
0
10
Q
5
9
3
6
0
6
10
7
6
3
7
0
5
J
J
8
3
8
0
K
5
3
7
3
9
0
4
10
A
J
1
10
0
9
2
3
Q
0
10
1
9
Q
10
A
3
11
1
2
K
8
5
2
11
2
N/S -200
13

 

A typical robot bidding disaster.  Everything was fine until the robot trotted out its four-card club suit at the four level.  Mouseover told me that the computer wouldn't take 4NT naturally, so I "signed off" in 5D.  Alas, I should have moused over that bid.  The computer played me for 25+ HCP and leaped to the grand.

Given that all the cards were on my left, I couldn't see how I was going to make this.  I had two legitimate lines of play:  The club finesse and 4-2 hearts (very unlikely), or 2-2 diamonds and 3-3 hearts (slightly more probable but still unlikely).  After long thought, I decided to run my winners and hope for a misdefense.  I won the spade opening lead and ran trumps, discarding a heart early to try and get the robot to think I was weak in hearts.  Alas the robot kept its hearts and down I went.  21.7%.

Robot
QJ5
K1082
Q10
10643
Robot
98764
J94
42
KQJ
Robot
K10
Q76
AJ9863
82
Sterman
A32
A53
K75
A975
W
N
E
S
P
2
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
P
P
D
5
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
2
9
K
3
1
0
A
5
4
10
3
2
0
2
Q
6
K
2
2
1
A
5
10
4
2
2
2
J
7
8
7
1
3
2
K
8
5
6
1
4
2
Q
2
7
3
1
5
2
J
8
9
10
1
6
2
4
6
A
2
3
7
2
A
4
9
6
3
8
2
3
K
J
7
0
8
3
10
8
Q
5
1
9
3
9
3
3
J
0
9
4
N/S +140
13

 

The robot dropped me in 3S, and when the dummy came down I was just as glad.  I played Ace-and-a-trump, and the computer didn't find a heart switch I had no problems making nine tricks.  67.4%.

Robot
AK85
A542
985
42
Robot
QJ1093
Q104
Q8765
Robot
Q107643
6
KJ732
J
Sterman
J92
K87
A6
AK1093
W
N
E
S
 
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4N
P
5N
P
6
P
P
P
D
6
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
K
5
1
1
0
6
J
A
4
3
2
0
12 tricks claimed
N/S +920
2

 

Needless to say I wasn't happy with how this session was going, but this hand finally allowed me to do something constructive.  The computer told me it had hearts and clubs, and my hand seemed a perfect fit.  When it showed me a void with 5NT, I got excited for a moment thinking about a grand before realizing that there was no way the computer could have two controls.  The computer has the annoying habit of considering zero to be even.  Fortunately the computer did not lead its stiff and I was able to ruff the spade opening lead, test to make clubs weren't 3-0, and claimed.  +920 was 97.8%.

Robot
107
K107
Q952
A1082
Robot
J64
43
K1064
KQ97
Robot
Q985
AQJ62
J3
53
Sterman
AK32
985
A87
J64
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
7
1NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
2
10
J
1
1
0
7
3
J
A
0
1
1
10
3
2
5
0
1
2
K
4
A
8
2
1
3
Q
9
7
4
2
1
4
J
7
9
4
2
1
5
6
3
2
6
2
1
6
3
A
5
10
3
2
6
7 tricks claimed
N/S +90
8

 

Interesting decision by the computer to bypass its four-card diamond suit to bid 1NT.  The East robot, given the choice between leading from Qxxx of spades or AQJxx of hearts, naturally chose a spade.  Just when I think I have these opening lead algorithms figured out they throw me another curve ball.

Anyway, after I knocked out the Ace of clubs the robots managed to take their five heart tricks, holding me to my contract.  63.0%.

Robot
K5
J1053
J982
A86
Robot
J9
AK97
75
K9532
Robot
AQ873
86
K1063
104
Sterman
10642
Q42
AQ4
QJ7
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
P
1
1
P
1N
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
8
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
5
K
A
3
1
0
J
6
2
10
3
2
0
7
A
3
4
0
2
1
8
5
3
Q
3
3
1
2
K
9
8
0
3
2
5
J
A
4
2
3
3
6
Q
8
7
3
4
3
6
9
9
7
1
5
3
K
8
10
J
1
6
3
A
6
2
5
1
7
3
7
3
Q
3
3
8
3
4
J
K
10
1
9
3
9
Q
4
10
0
9
4
N/S -50
13

 

I followed my usual strategy of opening an 11 HCP hand and passing whatever partner bids.  Alas, partner forced me to bid, so I showed belated heart support.  However, the computer had noted my pass of 1S, and therefore concluded that I could not have three hearts because otherwise I would make a support double (obviously unaware you can choose not to make a support double with a flat minimal hand).  It correct to 4C.  I could have passed it out but instead I was playing at the four level.

I could have made this by taking a double heart hook.  And really, I should have - West had bid 1NT after all.  But I was so afraid of losing to the doubleton Ten or Jack and going down multiple tricks that I chickened out.  I ended up down one, -50, for a well-deserved zero.

Robot
AQ987653
A1083
8
Robot
K10
J62
A109
K10752
Robot
4
Q975
KQ8653
63
Sterman
J2
K4
J742
AQJ94
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
4
X
P
P
P
D
9
4X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
3
A
8
3
1
0
2
Q
K
4
1
2
0
10
3
J
A
0
2
1
8
7
5
4
0
2
2
9
9
6
2
0
2
3
7
2
8
4
0
2
4
5
2
Q
7
0
2
5
A
6
5
4
0
2
6
3
J
Q
K
3
3
6
Q
6
10
6
0
3
7
8
10
7
J
0
3
8
10
K
9
9
0
3
9
3
A
K
J
0
3
10
E/W +790
13

 

I know the computer often likes to double on HCP rather than actual defense, but I couldn't find my way to pulling the double.  We might set them two, after all, which would be great at this vulnerability.  So I passed.

There was no defeating this contract after I won the club opening lead and shifted to a spade to cut down on potential club ruffs.  The robot wrapped up ten tricks and I was -790.  I had vague hopes this would be the result around the room.  Nope; turns out if I simply continue clubs, the robot goes down two.  No, really; it misguesses hearts and will even allow you so score two trump tricks.  The lucky coin landed tails-up for me, and I scored only 23.9%.

This is not the stuff 80% games are made of.

Robot
73
K9873
AJ6
K63
Robot
QJ10865
10
Q72
A107
Robot
K4
AJ
9843
J9842
Sterman
A92
Q6542
K105
Q5
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
P
P
D
10
1 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
Q
K
A
1
1
0
5
4
9
3
3
2
0
5
3
7
8
2
2
1
K
A
7
6
3
3
1
2
3
10
J
2
3
2
8
10
J
Q
1
4
2
10
J
2
6
3
5
2
4
8
8
A
1
6
2
Q
9
5
7
1
7
2
J
3
6
9
1
8
2
2
4
5
6
0
8
3
K
10
9
Q
1
9
3
7
2
K
A
0
9
4
N/S +140
13

 

This time I was able to follow my strategy of opening very light then passing partner's bid without ending up contracting for ten tricks.  I misguessed clubs (the computer underleading an honor this time)  and ended up losing four tricks but scored 89.1%.  At most tables it was passed out.

Robot
87643
AQ7
K6
653
Robot
KQ
83
J98
AJ9874
Robot
AJ
10962
Q1072
Q102
Sterman
10952
KJ54
A543
K
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
11
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
K
J
2
1
1
0
4
2
K
6
3
2
0
3
K
8
2
0
2
1
A
3
6
4
0
2
2
Q
8
10
K
3
3
2
5
3
Q
A
2
3
3
2
J
7
7
3
4
3
10
6
8
7
3
5
3
4
6
9
10
2
5
4
9
5
7
9
2
5
5
Q
A
5
J
3
6
5
5
3
J
Q
3
7
5
9
8
A
10
3
8
5
N/S -50
13

 

My strategy of bid-and-pass ran into a hitch when partner made a game-forcing bid.  We ended up in 3NT.  With no entries to dummy there was little point in attacking clubs so I decided to try diamonds instead.  This somehow enticed the computer into giving me two heart tricks I never could have managed on my own.  Then pseudo-squeezed East and ended up down only one, which was 65.2%.  If I had passed 2C, we would have gone plus and scored 85%.  That's what I get for not following the plan.

Robot
AJ106
J109
A1062
Q10
Robot
K85
Q642
8543
97
Robot
94
875
Q97
K6432
Sterman
Q732
AK3
KJ
AJ85
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
12
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
2
6
K
1
1
0
3
7
J
6
3
2
0
K
A
4
9
0
2
1
J
2
5
A
3
3
1
A
10
7
2
3
4
1
5
Q
9
6
0
4
2
10
4
8
K
3
5
2
8
J
6
4
1
6
2
5
Q
3
2
3
7
2
3
10
5
4
0
7
3
9
Q
7
J
1
8
3
8
K
7
10
0
8
4
A
8
3
Q
0
8
5
N/S +110
13

If you mouseover the computer's 2D, you'll see it considers it natural, a novel approach.  No idea why it just didn't let 1NT be.  I managed eight tricks in hearts without breaking a sweat after guessing diamonds, and this was worth 87.0%.

Robot
3
K963
J1093
K1064
Robot
Q5
Q1087
A2
AQ873
Robot
109864
J54
Q75
92
Sterman
AKJ72
A2
K864
J5
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
6NT
P
P
P
D
13
6NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
2
K
7
0
0
1
6
8
5
A
3
1
1
2
3
Q
4
1
2
1
5
9
A
6
3
3
1
J
K
A
2
1
4
1
Q
J
4
9
1
5
1
Q
9
5
4
1
6
1
10
5
7
3
1
7
1
A
7
6
3
1
8
1
2
Q
K
J
3
9
1
K
10
3
10
3
10
1
J
10
7
8
3
11
1
8
9
8
6
0
11
2
N/S -100
13

 

When the computer showed 14 HCP opposite me, I decided to go for the gusto and bid 6NT.  The heart lead gave me two heart tricks, but now I couldn't afford any more losers.  I had lots of prospects, ranging from the Jack of hearts dropping to the King of clubs onside to a squeeze of some sort.  I decided to start running spades to get a better feel for the opponents' distribution.

When spades broke 5-1, my heart sank.  Now I needed the club finesse.  The Jack was covered by the King and Ace, so that was good news.  I played the Queen of hearts and the Jack dropped.  Even better.  I was up to eleven tricks.  Try as I might, though, I couldn't see how to make it to twelve.  I decided to try a spade-diamond squeeze, but that didn't work.  Down one was 15.2%.  Dangit.

Turns out I *can* squeeze East, just not in the way I had imagined.  If you follow the position to where I cash the Queen of hearts and drop the Jack, and can make it if then lead the Ten of hearts.  Obviously East can't pitch a spade.  A diamond pitch gives West sole guard of the minors and I can then run that squeeze.  And if East pitches the Nine of clubs, now I have a finesse in clubs available for my twelfth trick.

I just didn't visualize it at the table.  I feel a little sad that I couldn't.  That's perhaps why I'm a good but not great bridge player.

Robot
KQ62
87543
AQ109
Robot
K86
J753
92
J653
Robot
QJ753
1084
KJ6
74
Sterman
A10942
A9
AQ10
K82
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
2
3
X
P
P
P
D
14
3X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
8
3
0
0
1
8
2
J
Q
3
1
1
10
9
K
5
1
2
1
6
Q
2
10
2
2
2
4
A
2
7
3
3
2
9
K
5
10
0
3
3
4
9
K
A
3
4
3
10
3
6
6
3
5
3
2
Q
5
7
0
5
4
7
3
7
4
0
5
5
Q
3
8
8
0
5
6
6
J
4
K
1
6
6
J
J
9
A
0
6
7
E/W -300
13

 

There seemed to be a lot of points in this deck.  I doubled to see what partner would do and was happy it passed.  I was less happy when my opening lead was ruffed.  Still, I knew I could keep the computer from getting to its hand to lead towards the dummy, so I had hope.  After winning the first diamond trick, I had my own dilemma - what to continue?  I decided to respect partner's encouraging signal and continued spades.  Partner was allowed to win.  Now we had control of the dummy and could counter whatever declarer did.  In the end I endplayed dummy to give partner the Jack of hearts and collected +300, which was worth all the matchpoints, 100%.

Robot
8
KQ53
K985
9763
Robot
KQJ763
J
J10
10852
Robot
10954
76
742
KQJ4
Sterman
A2
A109842
AQ63
A
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
15
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
J
7
A
3
1
0
A
8
3
10
3
2
0
2
9
K
9
1
3
0
Q
5
3
9
1
4
0
J
4
6
3
1
5
0
2
J
A
7
3
6
0
10
Q
6
6
1
7
0
10
2
A
5
3
8
0
9
3
J
4
3
9
0
8
5
5
7
3
10
0
4
8
8
4
3
11
0
2
6
10
K
3
12
0
Q
K
7
Q
1
13
0
N/S +710
13

 

"Standard" 2NT opener followed by a Texas transfer that I actually didn't mind so much.  The computer made this an easy hand by leading the King of hearts.  When the ruffing finesse worked as expected and hearts broke 4-2 I had all thirteen tricks.  Another 100%.

Robot
K
2
Q987
KQJ10965
Robot
QJ1085
A964
6532
Robot
7643
KJ5
AJ
8742
Sterman
A92
Q10873
K104
A3
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
2
P
3
X
4
P
P
P
D
16
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
5
7
A
3
1
0
3
2
A
5
1
2
0
4
K
7
5
2
2
1
A
4
9
2
2
2
2
J
K
8
3
3
3
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +450
5

 

I butted in with a 2H call and was pleasantly surprised by partner's game try.  I quickly accepted.  The King of spades smelled like a singleton so I spurned the double heart hook in favor of Ace-and-another heart.  This happened to be exactly the right play on this layout.  When the Ace of diamonds was onside as well I made an overtrick.  This was worth 84.8%.

Robot
1064
1064
A9843
Q4
Robot
873
5
KQ10
KJ10962
Robot
AJ95
AK73
762
75
Sterman
KQ2
QJ982
J5
A83
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
3
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
17
3X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
6
5
A
2
0
1
6
5
A
10
0
0
2
6
3
9
K
3
1
2
J
3
Q
2
1
2
2
K
7
2
8
1
3
2
7
5
Q
4
3
4
2
A
4
6
7
3
5
2
3
Q
K
5
1
6
2
8
A
2
10
2
6
3
J
8
4
2
2
6
4
K
9
10
J
2
6
5
7
J
9
10
0
6
6
4
9
3
8
0
6
7
E/W -300
13

 

I reopened with a double which partner converted.  My heart lead wasn't constructive but didn't give anything away.  When I got in with a spade I exited with a diamond, and partner's Queen showed it had the King as well.  Another spade through allowed me to collect a second spade trick.

I was now at a crossroads.  What to lead?  A heart sets up the Ten.  A club might theoretically set declarer's Kxx for a heart pitch.  Likewise a spade might allow it to do the same if spades are 4333 around the table.

Then I realize... declarer is marked with the Ace of spades and AK of hearts.  I started with thirteen HCP; the computer *can't* have the King of clubs.  So I lead the Ace of clubs and we get our two club tricks.  That's down two, another +300 good for 93.5%.

Robot
J985
98
64
KQ952
Robot
K763
KQ73
A10
J43
Robot
10
J1042
J875
10876
Sterman
AQ42
A65
KQ932
A
W
N
E
S
 
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
7
P
P
P
D
18
7 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
3
6
A
3
1
0
A
5
3
10
3
2
0
2
J
K
8
1
3
0
A
5
2
6
1
4
0
10
7
K
4
3
5
0
12 tricks claimed
N/S -100
5

 

I am proud of this bidding sequence.  I learned a lot about partner's hand and bid to a really good grand.  I was happy as a lark when the dummy came down.  As I drew trump I started muttering, "please don't break 4-1, please don't break 4-1, please don't break 4-1... Frick!"  I soon claimed down one.  19.6%, and just sad over my bad luck.

Robot
AJ84
AJ
KQ843
73
Robot
Q107
Q94
J962
852
Robot
K965
753
105
J964
Sterman
32
K10862
A7
AKQ10
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
P
P
X
P
3
P
P
P
D
19
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
7
Q
2
0
0
1
3
6
5
A
3
1
1
2
J
Q
3
1
2
1
9
6
2
K
0
2
2
4
10
K
3
2
2
3
9
6
A
7
0
2
4
J
Q
5
8
1
3
4
J
9
10
8
1
4
4
2
4
10
3
3
5
4
Q
7
5
6
3
6
4
K
4
8
J
0
6
5
8
4
7
A
0
6
6
A
9
5
K
0
6
7
N/S -150
13

 

Nothing unlucky about this hand.  I was on tilt after the last hand and made a spiteful reopening double at the three level.  I did not enjoy playing my weak 4-2 fit.  Down three, -150, 0%.

Robot
J5
J76
87
AJ10932
Robot
A10
K10842
QJ3
754
Robot
7643
Q3
K109652
Q
Sterman
KQ982
A95
A4
K86
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
20
1NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
6
3
4
2
0
1
2
4
8
Q
1
1
1
A
7
2
5
1
2
1
10
6
K
J
3
3
1
Q
2
5
4
3
4
1
9
7
7
3
3
5
1
8
J
3
5
3
6
1
A
6
2
3
3
7
1
5
J
4
Q
2
7
2
10
A
9
J
3
8
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +210
10

 

This was another nightmare.  I was so annoyed after the previous two boards that I accidentally passed partner's forcing 1NT.  I can't tell you how frustrated I was when I saw what happened.  I made ten tricks, and +210 was 27.3%.

Robot
A963
KQ
10954
Q86
Robot
Q4
1096543
6
J732
Robot
1087
AJ72
AQJ3
54
Sterman
KJ52
8
K872
AK109
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
21
3 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
K
3
7
0
0
1
10
6
3
7
0
0
2
Q
10
2
2
3
1
2
A
6
7
5
3
2
2
K
8
2
4
3
3
2
10
Q
3
7
0
3
3
5
9
A
8
2
3
4
Q
K
9
4
3
4
4
9
3
J
J
2
4
5
A
2
6
6
2
4
6
J
5
9
5
2
4
7
10
J
A
4
0
4
8
4
Q
8
K
0
4
9
E/W +110
13

 

It really is unlike me to lose it like this when playing bridge. so I forced myself to settle down and refocus.  I tried a four-card overcall over East's opening bid, but went quietly after that.  I actually had a couple of chance to set this, but it was entirely possible declarer had the Queen of spades and I didn't want to give it a trick.  I conceded -110.  Still, this was worth 77.3% because most robots were playing NT contracts after the humans didn't enter the auction at all.

Robot
AJ109
87543
76
82
Robot
653
K2
J10543
AQ3
Robot
Q8
Q96
KQ2
107654
Sterman
K742
AJ10
A98
KJ9
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
22
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
2
Q
A
3
1
0
J
8
Q
4
1
2
0
10
Q
A
7
3
3
0
9
6
3
K
2
3
1
Q
2
J
3
2
3
2
8
4
9
5
0
3
3
A
6
7
7
0
3
4
7
K
9
10
1
4
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +400
8

 

A textbook bidding sequence.    The heart lead was nice, and I crossed to dummy in clubs to attack diamonds.  The robots accurately switched to spades, holding me to nine tricks.  This was worth 36.4%.  As you may have guessed, it was the card I chose to cross to dummy in that was my undoing.

This is bizzare.  If I had led a *low* club to dummy, when the computer gets its diamond trick it switches to the *Eight* spades.  Now the defense only gets two spade tricks.

Huh?

This is the most bizarre, frustrating result I can imagine.  How in the world can the club card I choose to play dictate whether the Q or 8 of spades from Q8 doubleton is led?

/sigh

Robot
7
K10832
Q1092
A92
Robot
K4
J64
73
QJ10873
Robot
Q985
A95
AJ854
5
Sterman
AJ10632
Q7
K6
K64
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
2
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
23
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
3
A
6
2
0
1
5
K
A
3
0
0
2
Q
7
8
K
3
1
2
2
7
K
8
1
2
2
4
5
J
2
3
3
2
A
3
4
9
3
4
2
3
9
6
Q
2
4
3
A
7
8
J
2
4
4
J
6
2
7
3
5
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S -100
9

 

Again I bid aggressively and again got to a thin game.  When West didn't give its partner a club ruff, instead continuing diamonds.  If I could pick up spades I had a chance.  Good news:  the Queen of spades was onside.  Bad news:  Spades broke 4-1.  Dejectedly I knocked out the Queen of spades, and when the robots cashed only one of their two heart tricks I was down only one.

Surprisingly that was worth 80.4%.  Lots of people sold out to 4D, which makes.  Some people bid more conservatively and were pushed to 4S, which was then doubled and set two.  So my aggressive bidding paid off.

Robot
J54
AJ106
984
982
Robot
Q7
K9832
763
A64
Robot
AK106
75
J1052
K73
Sterman
9832
Q4
AKQ
QJ105
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
P
P
D
24
2NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
4
K
5
2
0
1
K
2
4
7
2
0
2
A
3
J
Q
2
0
3
10
8
5
2
2
0
4
6
9
4
3
3
1
4
Q
A
8
5
0
1
5
8
A
7
10
1
2
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S +120
7

 

"Standard" 1NT opener.  I had no reason to accept the game invite this time.  The robot West tried a creative unblocking play in spades that worked to my advantage.  I set up my eighth trick in hearts and claimed.  I expected +120 to be above average, but 95.5% was a pleasant surprise.  Lots of people were letting the opponents play 1S or 2D.  My near-top was a nice way to end the event.

I ended up with a 60.21% game, a good reflection of the swings and roundabouts of the day.  I had some very bad luck, and lots and lots of self-inflicted wounds, more than I'm comfortable with.  I dropped two boards simply because I was in a foul mood after one bad result.  This could have been the 80% game I was aspiring for if only I'd controlled myself a bit better.

I dropped slightly in the overalls, finishing with a 62.89% average for the event and in 45th place.  This earned me all of 3.84 masterpoints.  If my goal had been to buy masterpoints, I could have done *much* better taking my $40 and playing ACBL Individuals over and over again.

But winning masterpoints wasn't my goal.  I wanted to see how I stacked up against other people playing Individuals. I finished in the top 2%, which makes me feel good about myself.  And yes, this is a game that's far different from the game being played in Toronto right now, but I still feel a certain amount of bridge skill is required.  And, I think except for a few hiccups, I acquitted myself well in that regard.

Thanks to the Powers That Be for running this event.  I rather enjoyed it.

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