Join Bridge Winners
My NABC Robot Individual Journey - Day 2
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Robot
A1076
108762
Q943
Robot
KQJ97
K43
KJ1086
Robot
10654
95
KJ954
72
Sterman
A832
QJ82
AQ3
A5
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
2N
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
6
P
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
5
Q
K
1
1
0
K
4
2
2
1
2
0
7
10
A
7
3
3
0
3
3
Q
6
1
4
0
J
5
8
10
1
5
0
K
5
2
A
0
5
1
4
6
2
A
3
6
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +980
7

I had high hopes going into Day 2.  I'd had my first-ever Day 1 and was hoping to keep up the momentum.

I start off with a disappointingly flat hand.  A very easy slam to bid and make, especially on the club lead.  Even the 4-0 trump break posed no serious impediment.

+980 was 61.3%, tied with many folks.  One person did bid 6NT and made it 

Robot
104
Q8654
K4
K742
Robot
95
2
10975
AJ10953
Robot
KQ876
K93
AJ3
86
Sterman
AJ32
AJ107
Q862
Q
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
2
2 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
K
A
6
1
1
0
J
8
7
7
1
2
0
2
9
A
8
3
3
0
J
Q
9
3
1
4
0
9
8
J
2
3
5
0
10
4
5
K
1
6
0
10
7
2
4
2
6
1
K
2
4
7
2
6
2
6
A
10
9
3
7
2
3
4
5
Q
2
7
3
3
6
K
5
0
7
4
6
10
J
8
0
7
5
5
3
A
Q
0
7
6
E/W -100
13

For once I couldn't find a way into the auction, and had to meekly pass at every opportunity.  I didn't want to make a takeout double and see the robot compete in clubs on 8xxx or something.

For lack of anything more compelling I led my stiff Queen of clubs.  The robot declarer covered, and my robot partner found the nice defense of cashing two clubs then shifting to its stiff heart.  We took the first six tricks with my Ace of trumps still to come.  While I liked down two, I do notice that if I had made the takeout double, we'd surely get to 3C and with the diamonds friendly I'd surely make at least nine tricks.  It's a very lucky contract, though, and I'm content with setting the opponents two tricks.

+100 was 70.0%.  Some people tried 1NT overcalls and did not enjoy the results.  Two people did get to 3C and got 90+% as a result.

Robot
73
Q75
K7642
832
Robot
J10864
K109632
A8
Robot
KQ
J4
J1095
QJ964
Sterman
A952
A8
Q3
AK1075
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
3
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
4
Q
A
3
1
0
2
3
10
K
2
1
1
J
Q
K
A
1
2
1
2
4
A
5
3
3
1
A
2
8
4
3
4
1
8
7
K
J
1
5
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +480
6

I thought the hand too strong to open 1NT and bid 1C.  When the computer later raised my 1S to 3S, I had to consider slam.  I had good controls and an AKTxx side suit.  I had poor trumps and one suit wide open.  After some thought, I decided the computer would need the perfect hand for slam to make, so I simply raised to 4S.

The sight of dummy confounded me.  5-6 in the majors is only worth an invite?  I would have bid 4S with no hesitation.  And if the computer had bid 4S, I surely would have pushed to slam.

I ended up hoping for bad breaks and didn't get them.  The hand is easy to play and I had no trouble scoring up twelve tricks.

+480 was 56.5%, a fairly flat result.  No one found slam.  Still, I felt this was a missed opportunity.

For the first time in this event I was frustrated by my robot partner's actions.  Alas, there would be more frustration to come.

Robot
QJ7
42
K1098
A986
Robot
9865
AJ96
2
QJ75
Robot
43
73
AQJ764
1042
Sterman
AK102
KQ1085
53
K3
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
X
4
P
P
P
D
4
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
9
7
3
1
0
5
2
A
3
1
2
0
5
2
K
A
0
2
1
10
2
4
3
0
2
2
9
6
7
5
0
2
3
8
7
6
2
0
2
4
Q
9
4
K
3
3
4
3
9
J
4
1
4
4
5
3
A
7
3
5
4
10
J
8
10
0
5
5
K
6
J
8
0
5
6
8
Q
A
10
2
5
7
Q
Q
6
J
2
5
8
E/W -200
13

Over 2D I felt double was more descriptive than 2H.  When my robot partner couldn't take action over 4D, I was done - my hearts weren't good enough to bid 4H, and I had no reason to expect 4D wasn't making.

I couldn't believe it when my robot partner showed up with 4-4 in the majors, a stiff diamond, and eight high card points.  Where was its 4H or 4S bid?  We are cold for +620 and instead we're collecting a paltry +200.  I know the computer has difficulty evalautating competitive auctions sometimes, but man, this seems so clear-cut to me.

+200 was worth 35.5%.  This can be set three if I find a club shift before cashing a second high spade, and one person did manage that.  Quite a few humans, after 2D - X - 4D - P - P, bid 4H.  They got a dream dummy and 75% or 90% scores depending on how well the robots defended.  And two humans not only found a second double, passed by their partner, but also found early club shifts to collect +800.

Robot
J8765
A6
85
AQ106
Robot
A9
KQ109
3
987532
Robot
10
87543
KQ109
KJ4
Sterman
KQ432
J2
AJ7642
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
X
1NT
2
P
P
P
D
5
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
9
3
2
0
0
1
6
K
8
J
1
1
1
3
Q
A
5
3
2
1
2
8
2
9
2
2
2
10
K
5
9
3
3
2
6
J
3
10
2
3
3
4
4
10
5
3
4
3
7
8
7
K
2
4
4
J
J
6
8
3
5
4
2
7
A
7
1
6
4
Q
5
3
6
1
7
4
10
4
4
Q
1
8
4
9
K
Q
A
0
8
5
N/S +90
13

I picked up a decent 6-5 hand in diamonds and spades and started with my six-card diamond suit, compared to bid spades a couple of times later.  West bid spades before I could, though, greatly diminishing my enthusiasm for my hand.

Partner made a negative double and West bid 1NT.  Red I might have defended, but white I felt I had to bid 2D.

Wast led Ace of hearts, heart.  I should have taken advantage of this; East is marked with diamond length and/or values, so if I just bang down Ace-and-a-diamond, I can later get to dummy with the Ace of spades to pitch my two spade losers.  Instead, I start pitching spade losers immediately, allowing West to score a trump trick.  I end up with only eight tricks.

+90 was 62.9%.  Lots of people opened 1S with my hand and ended up going down in 2S.  If I had played the hand correctly, I would have scored 87% for +110.

Careless, you say?  The worst is yet to come.

Robot
J75
Q86
9843
AJ7
Robot
AQ964
J7
K762
Q6
Robot
10
95432
A105
10982
Sterman
K832
AK10
QJ
K543
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
6
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
2
A
J
2
0
1
3
A
6
7
3
1
1
K
7
4
10
3
2
1
2
5
A
5
1
3
1
Q
10
3
J
1
4
1
6
10
Q
4
3
5
1
3
A
6
2
0
5
2
7
Q
9
4
1
6
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +450
8

This is the kind of hand I mostly avoided in Day 1 but have already hit several times today.  I open 1NT and super-accept partner's spade transfer, ending up in a normal 4S.  The hand is simple to play and I soon claim +450.  54.8%; almost everyone was in the same contract with the same result.

Getting too many of these really flat hands can hurt your score when other people are getting more a swingy set of boards to play.

Robot
KQ95
5
654
AK983
Robot
83
A1032
J3
Q10642
Robot
764
J9
K10972
J75
Sterman
AJ102
KQ8764
AQ8
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
P
2
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
7
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
2
5
4
3
1
0
8
4
J
K
2
1
1
10
A
6
3
3
2
1
Q
5
3
9
3
3
1
A
9
8
4
3
4
1
2
5
2
7
1
5
1
4
7
6
9
3
6
1
10
K
3
6
1
7
1
6
J
7
8
3
8
1
J
Q
10
J
2
8
2
7
8
3
10
3
9
2
Q
5
A
9
1
10
2
Q
2
K
A
3
11
2
N/S -100
13

Oh.  My.  God.

I am completely embarrassed by this hand.  I open 1H, and consideer what to do over partner's 2H.  I have all the controls in the world, but they won't be worth much if dummy is a bad six-count.  I "invite" with 2S, and partner accepts, showing 8-10.  Considering I know where the points are going to be, I decide slam isn't an outrageous proposition, so I raise to 6H.

I like dummy.  I ruff the club lead and lead towards the Jack of diamonds to build a pitch for dummy's spade loser.  I'm rather surprised that East shows up with the King of diamonds, but that doesn't matter; I've simply transferred a loser from one suit to another.  The computer continues diamonds.  I cash the Ace and Queen, pitching a spade, and am relieved when everyone follows suit.

I've got this made now.  The computer won't be making a takeout double with five spades, so it's safe to ruff two spades low and the third spade high.  I ought to be able to make this easily.

Ace of spades, spade ruff low.  Club ruff, spade ruff low.  East follows to my relief.  Club ruff, and now I ruff my last spade with dummy's Ten, planning to claim.

I literally gasp in horror when East overruffs with the Jack.  *I forgot about the Jack of hearts.*  I just saw KQxxxx of hearts opposite ATxx; in my head that became "no trump losers".  And after that all my trump honors became equals in my eyes.

-100 was, as expected, 0%.  +980 would have been 100%.  From a cold top to a cold bottom because of a mental lapse.  At the very least I could have cashed one heart before starting my cross-ruff; that would have cost nothing and allowed me to consider other options, like maybe going after clubs, in case trumps broke 0-3.

Visions of winning my first-ever Online NABC vanished from my head.  I needed ten minutes after this hand to clear my head.  My partner Andy and I like to remind each other, "What's the most important hand to think about?  The next one."  I try to use that to refocus.

Robot
987
A832
10743
A4
Robot
643
10754
Q
K8752
Robot
J5
KJ9
AKJ52
1093
Sterman
AKQ102
Q6
986
QJ6
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
X
2
P
P
X
P
3
3
P
P
P
D
8
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
Q
K
6
2
0
1
5
A
7
3
3
1
1
8
4
4
5
1
2
1
2
9
Q
A
0
2
2
9
6
J
K
3
3
2
Q
8
4
9
3
4
2
10
8
5
2
3
5
2
J
4
5
3
3
6
2
6
3
K
10
1
7
2
8
J
9
2
1
8
2
7
K
6
10
1
9
2
7
A
Q
A
0
9
3
7
10
J
2
3
10
3
N/S +170
13

I overcall 1S and pass partner's 2S raise.  When the opponents compete to 3D, I feel like bid 3S, white, is worth it.  I don't have much defense to 3D and 3S shouldn't be down much.

East wins the first diamond and shifts to a trump to cut down on dummy's diamond ruffs.  I decide to try and take advantage of this.  After ruffing a diamond, I lead a low club to the Queen.  To my delight the robots fall for it; West takes the Ace and leads another trump.  Awesome.  I draw trump and run clubs, ending up with ten tricks.

+170 was worth 75%.  I wasn't as clever as I thought; everyone who bid spades declared the same way.  And I guess, really, what other way are you going to play it?  Still, I won matchpoints from all the other humans who passed 3D and allowed the robots to wrap up nine or ten tricks.

Robot
AQ5
K832
J6532
4
Robot
93
65
AKQ8
Q10532
Robot
10
AJ94
1097
J9876
Sterman
KJ87642
Q107
4
AK
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
9
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
2
7
K
3
1
0
A
5
3
9
0
1
1
2
5
A
7
2
1
2
J
Q
K
6
0
1
3
J
A
7
4
1
2
3
K
10
10
6
1
3
3
3
10
J
Q
0
3
4
A
9
8
2
0
3
5
5
8
9
4
3
4
5
K
8
5
6
3
5
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S -100
10

With some matchpoints to make up I decided to take a chance on this hand.  I got a club lead to the 7 and my King.  I can of course immediately play three diamonds pitching two losers and then trying to guess spades for my contract.  But if West has led from three small clubs - not at all unlikely; the robot hates leading away from honors and will often lead small from xxx holdings - then I can pitch all three hearts and now guessing spades is just a luxury; I'm making at least four.

I notice that East's first club is the Seven.  The computer always plays low from a sequence, so West is marked with the Six.  And with J9864 of clubs, West would have led the Six, not the four.  So it is absolutely safe to cash the King of clubs.  So I do.

West ruffs.

My heart sinks into my stomach.  The robots promptly cash two hearts and I can't avoid losing to the offside AQ of spades.  Down two.

I have never seen the computer make this particular falsecard before.  And it came up at the worst possible time for me.

-100 is 33.9%.  Down one would have been 79%.

I still think I did the right thing, it was just the wrong time to do it.

Robot
K65
954
KQ952
J3
Robot
43
AK106
104
KQ1052
Robot
QJ9
QJ832
J763
6
Sterman
A10872
7
A8
A9874
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
10
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
7
4
K
1
1
0
K
6
4
3
1
2
0
Q
3
7
J
1
3
0
A
8
8
9
1
4
0
3
J
A
5
3
5
0
2
K
4
9
0
5
1
2
4
3
A
3
6
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1370
7

when partner bids 2C opposite my 1S opener, my hand goes way up in value.  My five-card support and plethora of controls is tempered by the fact that partner is limited to 12 HCP.  I decide to push for slam anyway; my five-card support is just too good.

Dummy is perfect.  When trumps break 2-1 I couldn't care less how spades break.  I quickly wrap up twelve tricks.

+1370 turns out to be no less than 95.0%.  People stopped in 5C or tried 3NT.

Robot
Q10863
AK64
K86
6
Robot
K54
Q7
Q754
Q1084
Robot
J
J10953
103
A9732
Sterman
A972
82
AJ92
KJ5
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
X
3
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
11
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
3
A
6
3
1
0
J
K
5
10
0
1
1
8
Q
3
2
2
1
2
J
2
Q
K
1
2
2
7
5
2
A
0
2
3
3
5
J
7
2
2
4
A
5
6
10
2
2
5
3
K
6
8
0
2
6
8
4
10
9
2
2
7
2
J
4
4
0
2
8
10
Q
9
A
1
3
8
7
7
9
K
0
3
9
6
Q
9
8
2
3
10
E/W +420
13

A hand where I felt I did nothing wrong or unusual and I got a horrible result.

I opened 1D and raised partner's 2D to 3D in a competitive auction.  That was my fatal mistake.  If I simply pass, the robots will stop below game.  By bidding on, I compelled the robots to bid game.  I don't know why or how my 3D bid changes the computer's logic, but it was devastating for my score.

-420 was 13.3%.  Terribly unlucky, and bitterly disappointing.

Robot
J9754
975
Q1052
A
Robot
A3
842
K974
K1065
Robot
Q108
J1063
6
97432
Sterman
K62
AKQ
AJ83
QJ8
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
12
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
4
6
8
3
1
0
Q
A
5
2
0
1
1
4
A
8
2
1
2
1
6
3
J
9
3
3
1
8
5
K
9
1
4
1
10
7
6
7
1
5
1
2
3
A
9
3
6
1
K
7
4
6
3
7
1
Q
5
8
J
3
8
1
K
J
3
Q
3
9
1
3
10
K
4
1
10
1
7
10
A
5
3
11
1
J
Q
9
10
0
11
2
N/S +660
13

A flatish board.  Everyone bid 3NT.  Some made four, some, like myself, made five and two people actually made six.  I had to look up the latter because it seems impossible.  It seems that if you never again touch diamonds after trick one, saving them for the very last, you can pseudo-squeeze West into pitching a diamond guard.  Something I didn't consider but perhaps should have.

+660 is 58.3%.

Robot
A95
A109
QJ963
43
Robot
KQ76
Q7
4
J108752
Robot
83
KJ85432
1085
K
Sterman
J1042
6
AK72
AQ96
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
13
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
5
K
3
1
0
2
A
6
8
0
1
1
A
7
2
6
0
1
2
9
Q
K
4
3
2
2
J
9
7
3
3
3
2
10
5
K
8
1
4
2
J
K
A
4
3
5
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +650
7

I have been avoiding off-shape 1NT openers but I feel like I need to generate something, so I open 1NT.  I am rather glad that we find a spade fit.

Not much to the play on the Queen of diamonds lead.  Knock out the Ace of spades and later take a club finesse for the overtrick.

This is worth 71.0%, mostly because most people aren't getting to game.

Robot
A73
932
652
9843
Robot
96
65
AQJ
QJ7652
Robot
Q10854
J874
K109
10
Sterman
KJ2
AKQ10
8743
AK
W
N
E
S
P
2NT
P
4NT
P
P
P
D
14
4NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
2
10
K
3
1
0
A
4
5
4
3
2
0
3
2
J
K
2
2
1
10
K
A
6
0
2
2
3
9
Q
2
2
2
3
8
J
7
6
3
3
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +430
6

I open 2NT but have no reason to accept partner's 4NT invite.

I win the club lead and unblock the clubs.  I take a diamond finesse and lose.  A low spade comes back.

So this is a pure guess.  I find, though, that well over 90% of people, when given a choice, will play the Jack.  Because I'm trying to generate matchpoints, I choose to go against the field in a 50-50 situation.

Nope!  The King loses to the Ace, and spade is played back to the Queen.  I lose four tricks where most people are making five.  Gosh darn it all to heck.  The card gods are definitely against me today.

+430 is 33.3%.

Robot
4
Q9853
KJ9
K1065
Robot
K1096
A72
Q65
984
Robot
Q8
KJ10
7432
A732
Sterman
AJ7532
64
A108
QJ
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
P
3
3
P
P
P
D
15
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
8
J
3
1
0
2
3
K
Q
1
2
0
2
K
4
5
2
2
1
7
Q
K
4
0
2
2
5
8
A
J
2
2
3
2
8
K
5
0
2
4
10
9
3
5
3
3
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +140
7

Another flattish hand.  I open 1S and pass partner's 2S raise, and pass again when partner competes to 3S over the 3H balance.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to play West for the King of diamonds because of its balance, but in the process of letting the opponents take their winners before I play on diamonds, East shifts to a diamond itself, eliminating my guess in that suit.

+140 is 61.7%, a near-universal result.  A very few people competed to 4S or contrived to go down in 3S.

I only had one flat hand yesterday and I've already had four today.  Not a good omen.

Robot
107
AQJ7
1096
AJ83
Robot
863
K85
KQ2
K1095
Robot
QJ94
432
J87
742
Sterman
AK52
1096
A543
Q6
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
16
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
K
7
3
1
1
0
5
2
Q
A
0
1
1
A
5
2
6
0
1
2
Q
8
4
9
0
1
3
7
K
3
10
1
2
3
Q
8
4
9
1
3
3
2
J
A
6
3
4
3
5
J
3
9
3
5
3
6
3
9
7
1
6
3
K
4
2
8
1
7
3
6
J
K
7
3
8
3
A
10
8
4
3
9
3
5
J
10
Q
2
9
4
N/S +150
13

After West opens 1C followed by two passes, I consider my options.  I don't like making a takeout double with three small heart and flat hand.  I decide to upgrade Qx to a club stopper and balance 1NT.  This is passed out.

The opening bid guides me to the right play in the club suit, the diamonds break 3-3, and the robot keeps its club guard, so I end up with nine tricks.

I was hoping for a good result, so 61.7% is mildly disappointing.  Quite a few people actually bid 3NT and made it.  Looking at North's hand, a human might decide that the well-placed Kings and T9 of clubs are worth upgrading that to a 2NT raise, but the robots only see a flat 11 count opposite at most 14 and conclude 3NT is impossible.  Chalk another one up to bad robot judgment.

Robot
K6
9654
107
AQJ109
Robot
J10954
A
QJ82
874
Robot
AQ3
J873
K643
32
Sterman
872
KQ102
A95
K65
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
X
P
P
P
D
17
2X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
2
9
1
1
0
Q
3
5
7
1
2
0
J
6
9
10
1
3
0
4
3
7
K
0
3
1
A
4
2
5
0
3
2
Q
8
3
K
3
4
2
K
4
5
7
3
5
2
Q
6
7
8
1
6
2
2
4
A
9
0
6
3
6
9
A
2
2
6
4
Q
8
5
J
2
6
5
K
6
10
8
0
6
6
J
10
J
10
0
6
7
E/W -100
13

This hand drove me into a rage like I've never experienced before playing robot individuals.

In third seat I like to open chunky four-card majors to make it more difficult for the robots to balance.  My robot partner usually bids 1NT which I pass.  West overcalls 2C and my partner make a negative double.  I don't much like any of my bids, but perhaps playing for penalties will work.  Because I have only four hearts, I am likely to take a couple of heart tricks.  My King of clubs is poorly placed for offense but has a good chance of scoring a trick on defense.  I decide to go for it, and convert partner's negative double into penalty.

The robot leads its stiff Ace of hearts and then shifts to the Queen of diamonds, ducked all around.  The Jack of diamonds follows, which again holds.  Now North shifts to a spade, which the robot wins in it hand.  It then plays Ace of clubs, club to my King.

I cash the King of hearts, pleased to see partner show out.  Excellent.  If partner started with three clubs, which seems likely, then I can cash another heart and then lead a fourth heart which the computer can ruff.  That's down two and +300 when we have no game.  Surely a top.

So after the King of hearts, I play the Queen of hearts.

My robot partner ruffs my Queen of hearts.

*My partner ruffs my good Queen of hearts.*

It then shifts to a diamond.  East gets the rest of the tricks.  We get +100 and 60.0%.

My partner ruffed my winner.

What the actual hell?  What position was it playing for?  Okay, it probably thought I had KQTxx of hearts and that a fourth heart wasn't going to be productive.  But what did it gain my ruffing my good trick?  Was it hoping West had ducked twice in diamonds with Axx opposite Kxxx and that I could now ruff a diamond?

+300 would have been a complete top, 100%.  But my partner ruffed my good trick to play for an impossible lie of the cards.

I cannot tell you what this did to my mental state.  More than exercising poor judgment, the robot was actively sabotaging my game.

I should have taken a break, but now more than ever I wanted to just get the session over with.  I was thoroughly disguested with the robot and so regretting the entire event.

Robot
A3
973
AJ6
KJ1084
Robot
K1094
J852
K1052
7
Robot
Q76
KQ4
983
9652
Sterman
J852
A106
Q74
AQ3
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1
P
1N
2
2
P
2
P
P
3
3N
P
P
P
D
18
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
7
2
Q
3
1
0
8
3
4
Q
2
1
1
5
3
8
2
0
1
2
K
5
9
A
3
2
2
2
A
9
7
0
2
3
10
8
6
4
0
2
4
4
2
3
7
0
2
5
9
J
Q
A
3
3
5
Q
A
5
9
0
3
6
3
10
K
6
2
3
7
4
10
7
K
3
4
7
6 tricks claimed
N/S -300
11

This is why I should have taken a break.  Over partner's 1H response, I should have bid 1S.  My partner Andy and I have started playing, though, that with baanced minimal hands we bypass spades to bid 1NT.  So I did that here.

When the computer bid 3C, I wanted to compete.  It was only then I realized we had a 4-4 spade fit - the auction didn't make sense otherwise.  The problem is that the robot would never interpret a 3S bid now as an offer to play.  Because we had missed our 4-4 spade fit, I decide to gamble and bid 3NT.  If I'm getting a bad board, let's just gamble and see if I can turn it into a great board with some luck.

Nope.  With the spades not cooperating the robots had plenty of time to set up their clubs.  I ended up down three.

-150 is a self-inflicted 6.5%.  If I had just passed 3C I would have at least gotten 50%.

Just goes to show that I should take care of my mental state always.

Robot
Q85
KQ9643
Q6
Q5
Robot
J93
75
J9854
864
Robot
A7
J1082
10732
A109
Sterman
K10642
A
AK
KJ732
W
N
E
S
1
2
P
3
X
P
3
P
P
P
D
19
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
5
2
A
3
1
0
A
6
4
3
3
2
0
K
Q
5
7
3
3
0
2
Q
3
7
0
3
1
Q
4
9
K
3
4
1
4
5
9
A
2
4
2
8
10
3
7
3
5
2
6
8
J
J
1
6
2
J
2
2
9
1
7
2
8
10
J
5
3
8
2
3
6
6
A
2
8
3
10
K
Q
8
3
9
3
7
4
9
10
3
10
3
N/S +170
13

I open 1S and see West bid 2H and East raise to 3H.  I decide to double for takeout, risking playing in a 4-2 diamond fit, and am relieved when partner bids 3S.

I win the heart opening lead.  I don't think much of my 5-3 club fit, but perhaps I can get my 5-2 diamond fit going.  WIth that thought in mind I cashed the AK of diamonds, dropping the Queen on my left.

Pleased, I lead a low spade towards the J9x with the thought of building a spade entry.  West rises with the Queen of spades and exits with the Queen of clubs, ducked to my King.  Interesting.  With a club ruff looming I have even more reason to continue spades.  East wins the Ace and plays back a heart.

Well, that's nice.  I ruff, draw the last trump with dummy's Jack, play the good Jack of diamonds, and lead the eight of clubs with the intention of running it, playing East for ATxx of clubs.  When East covers the Eight with the Ten and West follows, I can knock out the last club and claim.

+170 is 80%.  Six people bid to 4S and made it along similar lines.  I am the only one to stop in 3S and make ten tricks; I'm not sure what that signifies.

Robot
5
K984
952
J6532
Robot
Q974
732
10743
Q7
Robot
J108
AQ5
AQ6
K1094
Sterman
AK632
J106
KJ8
A8
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
X
XX
P
2
P
P
P
D
20
2 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
4
8
3
1
0
J
4
2
Q
2
1
1
J
2
6
9
0
1
2
3
7
9
A
3
2
2
8
2
4
Q
2
2
3
K
8
2
Q
2
2
4
10
3
5
Q
0
2
5
9
3
5
10
3
3
5
J
5
3
A
2
3
6
A
6
K
7
2
3
7
10
6
J
10
0
3
8
8
7
6
K
0
3
9
9
7
4
K
2
3
10
E/W +130
13

I can't bid 2S over 1NT because it promises spades and a minor, and I don't have a minor.  I decided to double for penalty.  West redoubled as the beginning of a minor-suit scramble.  I don't feel good about 2S - my spade spots are bad, I have six losers outside of the trump suit, and I'm red - so I pass to see if partner can balance.

Nope!  Partner passes.  We concede ten tricks in clubs when we have eight or more tricks available in spades.  Dangnabbit.  A very unluckly layout for me.

I get 8.3%.  Those Souths who overcalled 1NT with an anti-system 2S got to play there.  The best result was had by those humans who passed 1NT and led a low spade.  This ended up blocking the spade suit, which was fortunate because now North could shift to a diamond.  Down two, +200, was a tie for top.

Robot
A9643
K984
542
9
Robot
J87
103
AJ9
106543
Robot
Q5
QJ762
Q108763
Sterman
K102
A5
K
AKQJ872
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
21
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
9
10
K
3
1
0
7
9
10
3
1
2
0
7
5
10
A
0
2
1
6
8
Q
K
3
3
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +690
4

If the session had been going differently for me there's a real possibility I would have opened 2C and rebid 3C, after which it's easy to get to 6C.  Mind you, 6C is not cold and requires a spade guess.  But not to worry for those who bid 6C; West will lead the Ace of spades for you.

Today I chose an off-shape 2NT rebid instead.  I grimaced when dummy came down.  I won the diamond lead, crossed to a club, and led a spade to the Ten.  This lost to the Ace, and a low spade game back.  No way West has the Queen of spades for this play so I play small from dummy, and when the Queen pops on my right, I claim twelve tricks.

+690 allows me to salvage 55% anyway, but 85% was within easy grasp if I had described my hand more accurately.

Robot
AK64
J8
A108732
3
Robot
853
1076543
K54
7
Robot
J1097
92
6
Q109842
Sterman
Q2
AKQ
QJ9
AKJ65
W
N
E
S
P
2
2
P
P
2NT
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
22
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
3
7
2
0
0
1
A
5
J
Q
0
0
2
A
4
6
J
0
0
3
6
8
10
Q
3
1
3
A
8
3
9
3
2
3
K
J
4
2
3
3
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +420
6

For the second hand in a row I open 2C and rebid 2NT, albeit not without interference this time.  Partner Texases me into 4H.

West cashes the AK of spades and then the Ace of diamonds.  I rather suspect East has a singleton.  It's useless to play the Queen of diamonds - the computer will never play me for a singleton when I've bid 2NT - so I drop the Jack, trying to paint the picture of having started with QJ doubleton.

It works.  The computer plays another spade.  I ruff.  When the hearts break 2-2 I have the rest of the tricks.

+420 was worth 91.7%.  Almost everyone followed to the Ace of diamonds with the Nine, after which the robots continued diamonds.  Interestingly, some people falsecarded the Jack of diamonds and *still* went down - because they opened 2NT instead of 2C followed by 2NT.  Don't know why that makes a difference - perhaps because the robots figure there's enough room now for East to hold the King of diamonds.  Six people including myself made ten tricks, and it was always because they opened 2C followed by 2NT and then falsecarded the Jack of diamonds.

Robot
K
QJ84
Q106
K8432
Robot
108763
1073
J7
Q95
Robot
54
AK962
854
A107
Sterman
AQJ92
5
AK932
J6
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
P
X
2
2
P
P
2
3
P
4
P
P
4
P
P
P
D
23
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
3
6
5
0
0
1
4
7
K
2
3
1
1
A
6
7
8
3
2
1
K
10
J
5
3
3
1
2
Q
6
4
1
4
1
10
5
9
K
0
4
2
8
10
A
J
3
5
2
A
2
3
4
3
6
2
9
8
5
7
3
7
2
3
4
9
9
3
8
2
6
K
Q
10
0
8
3
3
7
A
J
1
9
3
8
2
Q
J
3
10
3
N/S +620
13

I open 1S, disappointed by my partner's pass.  When East doubles, I compete with 2D.  West bids 2H, passed back to me.  Why my robot partner is staying silent with five-card trump support I cannot figure.

I just know that it can't be right to sell out to 2H with my hand.  I decide my spades are chunky enough to bid 2S; I can play opposite a doubleton.  West bids 3C now, which persuades East to bid 4H.

This auction makes no sense.  Something is going horribly wrong somewhere.  But I've already taken maybe one bid too many.  I have no confidence that 4H is necessarily going down, so I pass.  Maybe partner can double.

No, partner bids 4S, which makes my eyes bulge.  What the heck kind of bid is that?  Why is partner trading a good chance at a plus score for a minus score?  What is going on here?

To my shock, 4S is passed out.  The Queen of hearts is led, and a completely baflfing dummy is put down.  Partner never felt the need to show me five-card trump support until the auction was at the four-level?

The Queen of hearts holds, and I ruff the next heart.  4S has chances if I can pick up the spades.

I do some reconstructing.  West surely has at least nine cards in hearts and clubs.  East has at least four hearts and at least three cards in each minor.  I feel good that the AK of diamonds will stand up, and that may give me some additional information.  Everyone follows, the Queen not appearing.  If anyone is short in diamonds, it will be West, and even if West has a doubleton diamond, it might not have the King of spades.  So I ruff a diamond in dummy to see that they break 3-3 with the Queen on my left.

Okay, if I'm reading this right, West has at most one spade and maybe none if it is 0535.  That's unlikely as it means East balanced on 3433, something it is loathe to do.  No, there is almost assuredly one spade on my left and two on my right.  The only question is if the one spade on my left is the King.

I hover over the bids to see what HCP are being promised.  3C promises "12-13 total points", which means points plus distribution.  East's 4H promises 12+ HCP.  East has shown up with the AK of hearts.  Can East also have the AK of clubs?  That would leave West with K QJxxx Qxx xxxx.  I don't see how that qualifies as "12-13 total points".  West must have a club honor.  That leaves East with at most 11 HCP outside of spades, meaning East must have the King of spades to account for its 12+ HCP.

Pleased with my analysis, I lead the Ten of spades and pass it, losing to the stiff King offside.

Usually I love bridge.  Today I hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns.

But, out of the blue, I get a reprieve.  West has only seen the AK of diamonds from me and has yet to figure out where the rest of my point are distrubuted.  Which means there's room for me to hold the Ace of clubs.  And it doesn't want to give me two club tricks, it "safely" exits with a heart.

From despair to delight.  I draw trump, pitch two of dummy's clubs on the diamonds, then give up a club and claim.

+620 is 80.0%.  This hand alone was a mental and emotional roller coaster.  I'm aghast at my robot partner's bidding and just puzzled more than ever at how the bidding algorithm works. 

Robot
1087
108
AKQ84
1095
Robot
QJ5
7642
J63
Q73
Robot
AK643
53
1095
842
Sterman
92
AKQJ9
72
AKJ6
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
24
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
3
5
2
0
0
1
A
6
10
7
0
0
2
Q
J
9
J
3
1
2
A
8
2
5
3
2
2
K
10
4
3
3
3
2
6
10
Q
2
1
4
2
3
4
J
9
3
5
2
K
5
7
8
3
6
2
A
7
6
3
1
7
2
Q
K
2
8
2
7
3
A
9
10
5
2
7
4
6
9
8
J
3
8
4
Q
4
7
4
3
9
4
N/S -50
13

I'm too mentally and emotionally spent at this point to do much thinking on this hand.  I should invite with 3C over partner's 2H raise, but instead I just bid 4H, hoping that keeping the exact shape of my hand a mystery will give me an advantage.

Nope!  I have four inescapable unavoidable losers.  As the Hideous Hog might say, "No way for the defense to go wrong, even double-dummy."

I had lots and lots of company.  -50 was 45%.  Only three humans stopped in 3H.  If I had made my 3C game try and respected partner's 3H, I would have scored 96%.

I end up with 52.94% for the session and 61.17% overall.  I plunge to 104th place.

This is by far the most frustrating session of online bridge I've ever had.  I had some good fortune yesterday, but today everything was going against me.  Lots of very reasonable bids worked against me in spectacular fashion.  The computer made some inexplicable bids and plays.  And I made one huge error that turned a top into a bottom.  When I had a 50-50 choice, I guess wrong every time.

In a way, it's remarkable I finished with a 53% game after all that.

My hopes for a top-ten finish have been dashed.  I just want to improve my position tomorrow, that's all.  Do better than today.  If I can crack the top 25 I'll feel satisified.

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