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NABC Online Individual - Day 3
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See http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/nabc-online-individual-day-2/ for the summary of the previous day of this event as here are the above 75% and below 25% hands from day 3.  I'd had two very consistent sessions, but maybe slightly below my opening expectations.  Would day 3 break the consistency?

We started off with 2 A+ boards and a flat average hand, with the first extreme hand being hand 4 where the right game and right tricks mattered:

Robot
1075
QJ7
A1082
K82
Robot
94
A8642
J63
Q109
Robot
KJ3
95
9754
J763
Mbodell
AQ862
K103
KQ
A54
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
P
1N
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
P
P
D
4
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
4
Q
0
0
1
8
6
9
K
3
1
1
3
7
A
5
1
2
1
4
K
A
5
3
3
1
K
Q
2
9
3
4
1
Q
7
9
3
3
5
1
2
10
4
J
1
6
1
6
7
10
J
0
6
2
2
J
7
4
1
7
2
9
3
A
2
3
8
2
8
8
10
5
3
9
2
6
10
Q
J
3
10
2
5
K
8
6
1
11
2
N/S +650
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Seemed a standard enough auction with too good for 1NT and not good enough for 2NT leaving the good 5 card major to start with 1.  Now over 1NT the 2NT bid is clear, over which partner transfered in hearts and then gave the choice of game.  With 3 hearts and a 5323 it wasn't perfectly clear if 3NT might be better on some hands, especially with the strong fragments, but 4 rates to do better overall usually given 5 hearts and less than 3 spades opposite.  After they play 2 diamond tricks on the go, we pull one round of trump to take the early spade hook, and when this works, pull the second round of trumps and ruff good the spades.  When spades split 3-3 we drive out the boss trump to setup the 2 spade winners for club pitches and making 5 and +650 is good for 87.5%.

The complete traveller was:

4HS+1 7 650 87.50%

3NN+1 2 630 68.75%

4SS= 1 620 54.17%

4HS= 4 620 54.17%

3NN= 6 600 31.25%

1NN+2 1 150 16.67%

1NN= 1 90 12.50%

4SS-1 1 -100 4.17%

4HS-1 1 -100 4.17%

3DN-1 1 -100 4.17%

The NT players don't score as well, and several of the heart contracts don't setup the spade tricks in time for pitches and take fewer tricks.

The next board out is a disaster after one of our pair doesn't have their described bid in the following auction:

Robot
AKJ1063
10986
A5
2
Robot
8
75
J76
A1098763
Robot
9754
K
Q832
QJ54
Mbodell
Q2
AQJ432
K1094
K
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
P
3
X
4
X
P
P
P
D
5
4X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
K
A
8
3
1
0
4
5
J
Q
2
1
1
Q
K
2
3
3
2
1
K