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SF Online Robot NABC Event - Day 1
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In the past various people have written about their online event experiences, including me.  As I write this at the start there are 2,292 players participating - so more "573 tables" at 4 person per table, easily a highly popular and attended event (edit at the end: looks like 2291 tables but only 2171 completed).

This year for the online NABC event articles I thought I might try to write while I play to see if I can think and write at the same time or if that is too slow.  I'm not sure if taking this time will help me play better or more likely distract me and make it worse.  There is sort of a type 1/type 2 thinking thing where often I play instinctively with type 1 thinking, but writting it out forces more type 2 thinking to come into play (for both good and ill), but here goes nothing on to the first board...

Board 1, all white, 2 passes to me South with:

J42 Q84 KQ2 KJ93

With 12 hcp this is clearly a part score hand.  With 4333 1NT seems most likely.  With some hands I might tactically bid my worse minor, to mislead the robots, but here I think the auction might be safest with the normal 1 call. 

The auction continues 1-2-2 to me.

Unfortunately dbl is forcing to 3NT, so my choices are pass and 3.

I really don't want to sell out to 2M white, and the 3 description of 3+ and 11+ hcp does match my holding, so I'll reluctantly take the push to 3 ending the auction.

The lead is the A, which is surprising, and partner hits with:

93 AJ652 J5 AT74

Partner had 10 hcp and my 12 so there is only 18 for the opponents.

So from the auction West has 5 and 8-12 hcp.  E has 3 and 6-10 hcp. 

We will likely lose 2 spades and a diamond and maybe a club and heart.

East switches to a spade to the A and West returns a spade to the K, so East has 7 hcp in the K and A.  West has the spade A (and nearly certainly the Q).

East now plays the D8 which I win K (W playing the T).  Why did E lead the A?  Did they have 6 diamonds and hope to find partner's shortness?  Did they have something like stiff K and not be able to attack that?

Points suggest W could have both the missing hcp cards, or only one of them, E can't have both.

I think playing for Kx of hearts with W for no losers or hearts 3-2 either way for 1 loser in trumps is the right line.  There is some very small chance that if W has 2 hearts and E the Kxx of hearts and 6 diamonds that we could lose the first round hearts and get the diamond ruffed to promote a trump for E, but this seems unlikely.  4-1 with stiff K of hearts could also be a problem, but I think we still have to try it.

I exit with the heart to W to learn more and E pitches the 8.  West plays the expected Q which I ruff E following.  Based on the discard of the 8 I think playing a small club to the K planning to then cash the Q and likely finesse W makes sense, as I'm still suspcious about that opening A lead.

Turns out I have the count wrong, but W had the stiff Q so the rest are mine and +140 for 3=.

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Mbodell
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N/S +140
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Board 2, unfavoarble, E opens 2 and I hold:

A2 AQ87 K9875 72

A flattish hand short in spades with 4 hearts and 12 hcp, seems like a takeout double (even with only 2 clubs, hope partner doesn't hang me).  Again with me only having 12 hcp, we are less likely to be going for game on this hand.

The auction continues 4-5-P to me and now my hand that didn't want game and only has 2 clubs gets to try 5.  I pass and at least there is no double.

Partner hits with:

4 42 D!AT3 AQJT963

So with the 11 hcp for partner that is 23 for us and 17 for them.

2 is at most 10 hcp and 7+ total points.  4 is "10 trump -> game support".

The lead is the Q so I guess the E hand has QJ of spades and W the K.

Looking at the hand we have no spade loser, possibly 1 loser in each of the other suits.  If the diamonds sets up we can pitch the heart on that.  If the club finesse is onside we can possibly save that loser as well.

We win the spade A and take the immediate club finesse (W playing the 8) and lose to the K and E comes back with the 3.  Unless we end up with a stiff diamond honor with E or QJ tight we will not be able to set up the diamonds in time to pitch a heart, so may as well try the finesse here, as E could still have the K by points, even though it is unlikely to work.  The heart finesse fails and the heart is returned to the T and A.  It looks like we are left to only make it on something good happening in diamonds like the stiff honor or QJ tight, but we do have (maybe) a squeeze with hearts and diamonds if we ruff a heart high and run clubs before playing back on diamonds.

We try this and E throws a diamond on the early play, W the Q late, and we do make it, although we learn that with the QJ tight and the stiff K of clubs offside that deep finesse could have taken all the tricks.  Still +600 is an ok result, but I think this is likely to be a pretty common result on the hand, and maybe some people take more.

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K1086
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N/S +600
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Board 3, favorable, I deal and hold:

752 J4 QJT82 AKJ

Yet another 12 hcp hand.  Again looks NT-y to me, and the opponents may well have a major, but I'll play normal with the 1 opening.

1-1-2 to me.

So partner has 5+ spades (6+ total points), and the opponents do have a good fit in hearts.  Seems fine to support double.

West bids 3 showing 3+ clubs, 11-13 total points, forcing to 3 and E puts it in game which is 13+ hcp and 14-19 total points.

Since this is best hand E likely has only 12 hcp but shape.  I likely can get my 2 top clubs, but that might be it.  Partner may have a trick or two with their 6 or so points, but not sure.  What would happen if we sac in 4?  Likely we lose 2, 2, 1-2, and maybe 1?  With the colors it might be good, but could also easily be 800 on something like AK-ruff of diamonds.  Maybe this is too wimpy, but I'll pass and hope we might set them.

Surprise! Partner who passed the 3 decides to sac in 4.  Well I was seriously considering it, so hopefully this means partner has more offense and that this should be a good sac.  We pass to W who doubles and back to me to pass.

Partner hits with:

KJ983 5 K3 T9752

So partner has 7 hcp, so we have 19 hcp total, opponents have 21.  But they had a 10 card heart fit.  We have 1 , 1, and likely 1 loser to go with some number of spade losers.

E leads the 4, which is likely a stiff (possibly from 43).  Seems like we need to win A and play on spades.  If W wins the spade to give E a ruff that is of our club loser at first.  They do have transportations to either hands in hearts, most likely though so I may not be able to avoid 2 club ruffs on some layouts.

We lead a spade up and get the good/bad news of W playing the Q and we cover K-A and the 3 comes back.  We win the K and now can play a spade up (keeping the 7), and get the bad news of the 4-1 split but duck to the T now to get the loser over with now, the heart return to W allows the Q to be cashed, and now the next heart ruff shortens our trumps, but a diamond to the Q allows us to complete knock out the A and/or get the dimaond winner while we still have control.  When E ducks the A we can now pull trump, run the clubs, and lose the last for down 2 and -300, and they did look to have 4, so a good sac, but again, likely a common result.

~~V3Fakebot
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AQ1093
7654
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Mbodell
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109752
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N/S -300
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Board 4, all red, I'm in 4th and passed to with:

AJT92 J82 AQ J64

13 hcp on a likely part score hand, I'll start with the obvious 1.

Parter druries, but this does not look like a hand for game to me with the 9 LTC opposite a passed hand, so I'll try 2 to hopefully play it there.

 

Partner hits with:

K873 KT753 K5 98

9 hcp for 22 hcp for us, 18 hcp for them.

Lead is the K, and they didn't bid at all so they are likely pretty flat and about 9 hcp for each.

We have 2 club losers, possibly a couple hearts and a spade.

W switches the A, dropping the Q form E, but W then switches to the Q and a diamond?

Bizarre as it looks like E has the stiff Q but not sure why W wouldn't give a ruff.  I win the diamond with the A (to allow transportation on spades 0-4, and play a spade to the K and decide to finesse in spades since W already showed up with 9 hcp without the Q, and when the finesse wins have the 10 tricks and +170.  Not sure how it will score as maybe some bid the game, but possibly some get the heart ruff, or even heart ruff, club back, heart ruff, so could be lots of different scores (sometimes the small spots can lead to different lines at different tables.

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N/S +170
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Board 5, unfavorable and 3rd with 2 passes to me, I hold:

KQT642 K8 AT AQ5

18 hcp, good spades, nice hand.

I open 1 and this ends the auction.

Partner tables:

95 QJ63 Q8654 43

so 5 hcp for a combined 23 between us, 17 for opponents.

The lead is the T.

We are likely to lose at least one in every suit, and possibly more.  We might be able to set up the club finesse, or a club ruff.  I don't think we can setup the 3rd round heart unless someone has stiff A, so covering the heart and putting the K under the A to get an entry for the club finesse looks right to me.

The hearts go as expected and E returns a heart setting us up for the club finesse.  This loses, but on the heart back we can ruff and now cash the top club and ruff a club.  We play a spade up to the K and it holds with W playing the 8.  Seems like J8 for W is possible and more likely than Ax for E, so I play a top spade to try and trap the J.  Unfortunately for me the spades are 4-1 and the Q now sets me up for 3 spade losers total.  I'm not sure +80 will be that good.

~~V3Fakebot
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10972
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K10962
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QJ63
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N/S +80
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Board 6, favorable 2nd, pass to me and I have:

KQ82 9643 K KQ87

13 hcp, I open 1 (although this might be a better "robot 1NT" hand)

X-1-P to me and now I can bid 1NT (although this might miss a major if partner has it, since I think they bid up the line, but feels like NT with the opp X too).

Partner retreats from NT to 2.

Partner holds:

96 J5 AQT864 965

7 hcp so we have 20 hcp total.

Opponents lead the 2.

I have 2 hearts, 1 spade, and 1 club loser for sure.

If one of the black suits is onside I can avoid the third round club loser.

If diamonds are 3-3 I can avoid those losers, but transportation to lead up to the black suits is awkward.

Plan is win the diamond and play on hearts to set up ruff as entry and hope opponents break the black suits.

W wins the Q and plays a to E who wins the A and plays back a spade to the K and A, now W plays the K which we ruff noting that the fall of the T means the 9 is good and now we will not lose the third round club.  We pull trump, which were 3-3, but the club was onside all along, so all roads lead to the 9 tricks and +110.

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AJ43
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N/S +110
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Board 7, all read, dealer I hold:

J432 J9 Q5 AKT93

11 hcp, a part score hand, there might be value to sandbagging with a pass in a best hand robot event, but I'll start with the more normal 1 and hope that we win it in 2 or 1NT or get partner off to a good club lead on defense.

X-2-2 is the auction and the opponents have found a heart fit, but partner has 4+ clubs to go with my 5 so 3 seems clear for me.  But as I click it, I see that this shows 17-18 total points!  Now the auction continues 3-3nt-P to me.  I don't like our chances in 3nt with at most 22 hcp, but pass and hope for the best.

Partner puts down:

976 A65 KJ8 J742

9 hcp to go with my 11 hcp for a 20/20 hand.

The 2 is consistent with 4-4 hearts.

Even if I get 5 clubs and the A of hearts, still have problems.

I hold up to the 3rd round of hearts just in case something odd is going on with the hearts, and W punishes me by switching to spades but then plays the dimaond A.  This helps me set up the diamond early.  I need to decide though do I play the clubs for the drop or the finesse.  At the table I play for the drop which is not successful.  I think with the W X and the points they've shown that the finesse was likely better.  Down 3 and -300 not going to be a good score.

If I had started with pass it might have gone 1-P-1 and I could have gotten back in with a X and we could have defended 2 or declared 3 which would have been better.

~~V3Fakebot
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N/S -300
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Board 8, all white, partner bids 1 in second and it is to me in 4th with:

Q82 A AKQJ983 KJ

20 hcp, partner opened, good diamond hand.

3 is an invite jump shift, not a SJS, so 2 2/1 seems clear.

Opener rebids 2, and I can repeat the diamonds.

Partner bids 3NT and it is up to me to guess.

4NT would be quantitative, 4 would be forcing and more diamonds, but I don't trust the robot bidding in slam much, so think I should risk the 6nt and hope for the best.

Partner has:

K96 KQ854 65 A85

12 hcp to make 32 total between us.

Lead is the 6

I have 7 diamonds, 3 hearts, 2 clubs for 12.  I can take the opening lead club finesse, but I have transportation issues on the hearts, so need the club A after the heart A is unblocked.

Wining the club K and unblocking the A of hearts guarentees 12 tricks.  The only question is for 13 is it best to try and sneak a spade by right away, or better to play on the dimaonds first hoping there is pitching problems and the 3rd round club or 4th round heart is a problem for the S!A holder to guard.

I decide to play for the deep finesse line of 4-hearts with the SA (or JT9 tight of hearts) rather than try to sneak through the spade trick.

The hearts were not with the A, and the A was onside so W may well have played low, so not sure if +990 will be that good a score.

~~V3Fakebot
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A84
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1073
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976
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N/S +990
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Board 9, favorable 3rd, passed to me and I hold:

J2 J7 AK8652 AQT

15 hcp and balanced shape, seems fine for 1NT and this ends the auciton.

Partner tables:

654 Q5 JT9 J8632

4 hcp for 19 for us, 21 for them.

Lead is the 2.

So if W has 4 hearts, E has 5 hearts.  Likely W has more of the points and might have lead their longest suit, which might mean W is 4=4=2=3 and that would make E 4=5=2=2?

We don't have the majors stopped so we can now watch them run them and see if my shape guesses are right.

I deduced the shape right, and get to watch them run the first 9 tricks, -150 seems ok-ish.

~~V3Fakebot
AK83
9832
Q4
K95
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654
Q5
J109
J8632
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Q1097
AK1064
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Mbodell
J2
J7
AK8652
AQ10
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N/S -150
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Board 10, all red, 2nd seat pass to me with:

AKQ82 K5 A3 AJ73

21 hcp, 5=2=2=4 could be 2nt or could be 1-3.

I think I'll bid the suit first with the easy rebids available.

The auction continues, opponents silent, with the not unsurprising 1NT-3-3NT.

Partner's hand is:

T4 A863 K975 KQ9

12 hcp, so we've missed a possible slam on strength with our 33 hcp, 7 hcp for them.

We have 2 hearts, 4 clubs, 2 diamonds, and 5 spades if spades split 3-3 for all the tricks.  If spades are 4-2 or siff J we also have 12 tricks.

6 lead and I test spades, which split, and get the +720 score.  If I open 2NT partner probably drives to 6NT so this isn't great.

~~V3Fakebot
753
J1072
Q4
10854
Mbodell
104
A863
K975
KQ9
~~V3Fakebot
J96
Q94
J10862
62
~~V3Fakebot
AKQ82
K5
A3
AJ73
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
10
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
A
4
5
3
1
0
A
3
4
6
3
2
0
K
7
10
J
3
3
0
Q
5
3
9
3
4
0
13 tricks claimed
N/S +720
4

Board 11, all white, I deal with:

K7652 K5 K7 KT65 

12 hcp, easy 1 opening.

2 on left, 2 by partner, I am minimal so pass too.

3 on left, 3 by partner, now 4 by E.

Partner has 6-9 total points and 4 spades, W has 10+ hcp and rebiddable hearts, E has 3+ and at most 9 total points.

I still have nothing to say with my minimal opener and we defend a hand with a partner on lead.

Partner leads the Q and dummy hits with:

94 AJ T965432 ACA4

Looks like we'll win 1 heart, 1 club, maybe 2 spades if partner has the spade A?

Declarer wins the A and plays A and another and we switch to a low spade to the Q and partners A.  Partner plays on clubs which we win and try to cash the 2nd spade but declarer ruffs but we still win the diamond K for down one +50.

~~V3Fakebot
Q
Q76432
AQJ8
92
~~V3Fakebot
AJ1083
1098
QJ873
~~V3Fakebot
94
AJ
10965432
A4
Mbodell
K7652
K5
K7
K1065
W
N
E
S
1
2
2
P
P
3
3
4
P
P
P
D
11
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
A
6
2
2
0
1
A
5
7
8
2
0
2
J
K
6
10
3
1
2
5
Q
A
4
1
2
2
7
4
K
9
3
3
2
K
4
8
9
0
3
3
Q
9
2
2
0
3
4
3
3
3
6
0
3
5
A
3
4
7
0
3
6
J
8
5
K
3
4
6
10
2
J
6
0
4
7
8
J
10
7
2
4
8
9
5
Q
10
0
4
9
E/W -50
13

Board 12, unfavorable in 4th passed to me and I hold:

AK432 K94 AKJ3 A

22 hcp, 5 and 4, I could try 2 or 2NT, but think I'll start with 1 again.

Partner bids 3 which is 10-12 total points and 6+ .

I hope my partner doesn't go crazy, but seems like 6nt is reasonable.

Partner tables:

Q9 A73 7 QJ96432

9 hcp, for 31 total, 9 hcp for them.

Lead is the Q.

Even if spades split 3-3 we don't have enough tricks without playing on clubs so we may as well count on that for 6 with at most 1 loser as long as we keep the double entry to the board, so win the first trick with the K, unblock , cross in to run from the top and if the K isn't stiff we can re-enter that hand with the A.  I clubs don't setup, we can fall back on the unlikley spades running and the diamond finesse.

Clubs split and we get +1440.

~~V3Fakebot
105
QJ102
10965
K108
~~V3Fakebot
Q9
A73
7
QJ96432
~~V3Fakebot
J876
865
Q842
75
Mbodell
AK432
K94
AKJ3
A
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
3
P
6NT
P
P
P
D
12
6NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
3
5
K
3
1
0
A
8
2
7
3
2
0
2
5
Q
8
1
3
0
Q
5
4
K
0
3
1
5
7
Q
A
3
4
1
9
10
A
8
1
5
1
J
2
3
10
1
6
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1440
7

Halfway through, it is taking me about 10-12 minutes a hand to play and record in article.  It usually is more like 2-3 minutes a hand to just play with no write up.

Board 13, all red, I'm 3rd seat passed to with:

QJ2 QHA95 A2 KQ765

19 hcp and flattish, I think I'll bid 2nt and partner bumps to 3nt and tables:

7 864 !J9854 JT8

The lead is the Q.

I have a club loser, only 1 heart stop, and the ability to set up 5 tricks in diamonds but I likely have to lose one there first, unless I enter in clubs and can finesse.

I hold up to the 3rd round of hearts and play the K hoping to set up 2 entries to play on diamonds.  E wins the club and plays back the sapde and I'm sunk and end up down 2.  If I had played A and another in diamonds after the 3rd round heart I could have held it to down 1, but I think my line was better for chances to make it.

~~V3Fakebot
KJ54
QJ103
K73
93
~~V3Fakebot
7
864
QJ9854
J108
~~V3Fakebot
109863
K72
106
A42
Mbodell
AQ2
A95
A2
KQ765
W
N
E
S
P
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
13
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
7
5
0
0
1
J
6
2
9
0
0
2
3
8
K
A
3
1
2
K
3
8
A
2
1
3
9
A
5
7
3
2
3
5
9
J
4
1
3
3
Q
6
2
K
0
3
4
10
4
10
6
0
3
5
K
5
8
2
0
3
6
4
8
3
Q
3
4
6
A
7
9
10
3
5
6
7
3
10
2
1
6
6
J
6
Q
J
1
7
6
N/S -200
13

Board 14 all white I'm 2nd after a pass with:

KJ642 AQ653 J A6

15 hcp 55 in majors, open 1.

it goes p-p and E balances with 2.

I can get in the 2 now.  The opponent now bid and raise clubs to 4.

This seems odd, but I'll let them play it.  They now raise to 5.

I'm skeptical that they'll make it, but partner could have nothing and I don't have it set, so I'll let them play it undoubled.

Partner leads the 3, which is a possible disaster.

Dummy has:

8 7 AT9853 K8542

The 7 might go away on the AQ if W has it.  And it does. -420.

~~V3Fakebot
AQ97
K92
K7
Q1093
~~V3Fakebot
1053
J1084
Q642
J7
~~V3Fakebot
8
7
A109853
K8542
Mbodell
KJ642
AQ653
J
A6
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
P
2
2
3
P
4
P
5
P
P
P
D
14
5 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
8
J
Q
0
0
1
A
5
7
2
0
0
2
7
6
A
J
2
0
3
5
6
Q
7
0
0
4
K
2
3
A
3
1
4
K
9
10
2
2
1
5
K
3
3
J
2
1
6
10
5
10
4
0
1
7
7
8
8
4
0
1
8
2
4
8
6
2
1
9
9
6
9
Q
0
1
10
9
J
4
Q
2
1
11
5
A
K
10
2
1
12
E/W +420
13

Board 15, unfavorable I deal and hold:

K2 KQJ2 A83 T872

13 hcp, flat, can start with 1.

Partner bids 1, I bid 1NT and E makes a penalty X asking for a spade lead! Interesting.

The lead is a 3 and partner tables:

T654 6 K952 KQ64

8 hcp, for 21 hcp for us.

If I can win 1 spade, 3 hearts, 2 diamonds, and 1 club that is my 7 tricks.

E wins the A and switches the the Q.

I cover the Q with the K and now I have spades stopped from E and if W has a spade to lead I'll only lose 4 spades.

I lead a club up to the KQ and W wins the A (E plays the J) and W does have a second spade so they take 6 I get 7 and +180.

~~V3Fakebot
73
10543
Q74
A953
~~V3Fakebot
10654
6
K952
KQ64
~~V3Fakebot
AQJ98
A987
J106
J
Mbodell
K2
KQJ2
A83
10872
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
15
1NTX South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
6
A
2
2
0
1
Q
K
7
4
3
1
1
2
A
4
J
0
1
2
3
5
9
2
2
1
3
A
3
3
6
2
1
4
J
8
4
10
2
1
5
8
7
4
2
2
1
6
7
K
5
5
3
2
6
7 tricks claimed
N/S +180
8

Board 16, favorable I'm in 4th and hold:

AJ8742 AT9 ADAK54 -

and hear 1-2NT-P to me.

So we have an 8+ card heart fit, and I have 3 quick tricks to cover any pointy cards in partner's hand.

I'm not sure what is the right way to explore more as 3 has no explanation, but 3 is spades.

I guess I'll go low with the 4.

The opening lead is the Q and I have to choose if I go for cross ruff or set up spades for pitches.

I think the cross ruff looks better as the spade setup might lead to trump control problems.

On the cross ruff I see the K drop on the second round of spades which sets up the J as a possible trick, but in cross ruffing the diamonds I ruff too low and let E over ruff and pull trump before I can cross ruff enough.  Fortunately the clubs still are good enough to set up for 10 tricks and a disappointing +420.

~~V3Fakebot
K9
QJ
QJ1082
K986
~~V3Fakebot
Q
K8654
76
AQ1042
~~V3Fakebot
10653
732
93
J753
Mbodell
AJ8742
A109
AK54
W
N
E
S
1
2NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
16
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
3
A
3
1
0
A
9
Q
6
3
2
0
2
K
5
3
1
3
0
A
5
4
9
1
4
0
2
7
9
8
3
5
0
A
2
6
3
3
6
0
K
8
7
9
3
7
0
4
10
6
7
2
7
1
2
10
J
K
1
8
1
10
J
7
6
2
8
2
3
8
K
4
0
8
3
Q
8
10
5
1
9
3
Q
5
J
J
1
10
3
N/S +420
13

Board 17, all white, I'm in 3rd with:

T52 AK92 KQ6 Q95

Partner opens 1 and it it to me.

14 hcp and good 4 card support.

It is possible that 3nt is better than 4, but I don't think I have good methods to find out, and I don't think slam is likely in best hand tournament, so a 4 precision style (since I "know" partner is a limited opener) seems to be reasonable.

Partner holds:

KQJ Q8765 942 KJ

Yep, 3nt looks like it may have been safer, althoug the slow side suits might not have been set up in time.

Opening lead is the T.  I have to worry about a 3rd round diamond loser and/or a diamond ruff.  The T means that if the K loses to the A a diamond can't be returned without setting up the 9 since W has the J for the T lead from E.  Still the ruff is possible.

W wins the K with the A and then switches to spades, A and another, and we pull trump and setup the club to be able to pitch the diamond.

~~V3Fakebot
A984
10
AJ873
1083
Mbodell
KQJ
Q8765
942
KJ
~~V3Fakebot
763
J43
105
A7642
~~V3Fakebot
1052
AK92
KQ6
Q95
W
N
E
S
1
P
4
P
P
P
D
17
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
K
A
2
0
0
1
A
J
3
5
0
0
2
4
K
7
2
1
1
2
5
3
A
10
3
2
2
2
8
Q
4
1
3
2
6
J
K
3
3
4
2
5
8
K
A
2
4
3
6
10
9
Q
1
5
3
J
7
9
10
1
6
3
4
5
Q
7
3
7
3
Q
3
9
6
3
8
3
9
8
7
4
3
9
3
6
J
8
2
1
10
3
N/S +420
13

Board 18, unfavorable 2nd, pass to me and I hold:

AJ972 A2 A8653

14 hcp 55 /, start with 1.

LHO bids 2NT unusual, and partner bids 3 as limit raise or better in spades.

I know there is the 5/5 fit with me and RHO in diamonds, and the limit raise in spades make me think I'll have a chance at game.

The lead is the K and partner tables the rock crusher:

KQT854 KQT5 4 76

Seems like we'll take them all with 6, 3, 1 and cross ruff the minors (pitching the J on the ). And this is what happens, +710.

Not sure if partner or I am supposed to do more there, seems like my jump to game over limit raise has to have something, but partner with no A I guess is worried I have more wastage in minors, and we could have been off 2 minor tricks I guess.

~~V3Fakebot
43
KQ1072
AQ10542
~~V3Fakebot
KQ10854
KQ105
4
76
~~V3Fakebot
63
J9876
J9
K983
Mbodell
AJ972
A2
A8653
J
W
N
E
S
P
1
2NT
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
18
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
9
A
3
1
0
A
5
4
3
3
2
0
2
7
K
6
1
3
0
5
9
A
4
3
4
0
2
3
K
8
1
5
0
Q
6
J
2
1
6
0
13 tricks claimed
N/S +710
6

Board 19, favorable, 1st I hold:

K752 A8 Q643 K96

12 hcp and flat, start with the normal 1.

Partner bids 1 and I make the simple raise to 2 and partner bids game with:

AJ986 J2 8 AQ873

12 hcp, so 24 hcp total.

I have 1 diamond, 1 heart, and possibly 0-2 spades.  I can pitch a heart on the club, and spades are guessable maybe.

W wins the first diamond with the T and plays the K next which I ruff.  I now play a spade to the K and spade towards the AJ but learn about spades 1-3 offside.  This gives me a spade loser, but enough time to play on clubs to setup the heart pitch and +450.

~~V3Fakebot
3
Q74
AKJ1072
J42
Mbodell
AJ986
J2
8
AQ873
~~V3Fakebot
Q104
K109653
95
105
~~V3Fakebot
K752
A8
Q643
K96
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
19
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
3
10
8
0
0
1
K
6
5
4
1
1
1
8
10
K
3
3
2
1
2
4
A
4
1
3
1
A
5
9
2
1
4
1
3
10
K
4
3
5
1
6
J
Q
6
1
6
1
8
5
8
2
1
7
1
7
3
6
7
1
8
1
2
10
A
Q
3
9
1
Q
A
9
9
1
10
1
J
Q
5
J
2
10
2
K
7
7
J
3
11
2
N/S +450
13

Board 20, all red, I'm in 4th after 3 passes and hold:

J62 K732 AK6 A86

15 hcp, flat hand, 1NT seems perfect.

Partner staymans, and E dbls the stayman. 

It isn't clear to me what our agreements are re pass or bid here but pass seems to deny a major (and rdbl is business w/ ) so I'll try 2.

Partner raises to game and tables:

AJ85 QJ65 82 432

So 10 hcp for 25 hcp total, 15 hcp for them.

We have a heart loser, 2 clubs, and likely 1 spade.

The lead is the T.  I think I should duck to cut off the likely 5-2 club split, although if 6-1 this would be quite bad (but KQJxxx might have preempted 3).

E covers the T with the J and I duck and cover the K with the A on the second round, which holds with W playing the 7.

I play a heart to the Q which holds, I return the diamond A and play another heart up which W wins the A and plays the 3rd heart cutting short my chances on the extra ruffs.

I play AK and a spade hoping for either Q or Qx of spades with E or Qxx of spades with W but on the actual holding I have 2 club, 1 spade, 1 heart losers for down 1.

~~V3Fakebot
Q1097
A94
Q1097
107
~~V3Fakebot
AK85
QJ65
82
432
~~V3Fakebot
43
108
J543
KQJ95
Mbodell
J62
K732
AK6
A86
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
X
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
20
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
2
J
6
2
0
1
K
A
7
3
3
1
1
2
4
Q
8
1
2
1
2
4
A
10
3
3
1
3
A
5
10
0
3
2
9
J
5
7
1
4
2
A
4
2
7
1
5
2
K
3
6
9
1
6
2
5
Q
J
Q
0
6
3
10
8
3
K
3
7
3
K
9
8
5
3
8
3
6
7
6
J
1
9
3
4
9
8
Q
2
9
4
N/S -100
13

Board 21, unfavorable in 3rd, 2 passes and I hold:

AJ9532 KJ K3 A94

16 hcp, 6 spades.

There is something to be said for 1NT, but I'll start with 1 and upgrade to 2NT over 1NT from partner.

Instead it goes P-P and E re-opens with a DBL.  I could try a value showing XX, but with the 6 spades I think an immediate 2 is better.

W now bids 2NT to play.  I have decent chances to stop it, but not sure, so I let them try it.

Partner leads the T and the dummy hits with:

K T953 Q42 K8762

If partner has lead T from Txx I should win and play top, but in case partner has lead from T8 of spades I think I should win and play a low spade and evaluate after that.

Partner does have T8 of spades and wins the second spade and switches to the 8.

We play the J and declarer switches to the Q and I duck and then on the next round partner's J is allowed hold the trick.  They play on hearts again and now my club is forced out, I setup the spades, but they enjoy some hearts and clubs before losing the last 2 for down 1. If partner had found the diamond switch from the spade I could have set up the spades and we'd still have the club entry and hearts stopped and they'd have been down much more. Not sure if a different low spade might have helped change that play.

~~V3Fakebot
Q764
AQ72
J85
Q10
~~V3Fakebot
108
864
A10976
J53
~~V3Fakebot
K
10953
Q42
K8762
Mbodell
AJ9532
KJ
K3
A94
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
P
X
2
2NT
P
P
P
D
21
2NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
K
A
4
3
1
0
3
7
8
2
1
2
0
8
10
J
Q
0
2
1
Q
3
6
4
0
2
2
10
J
7
9
1
3
2
4
3
K
A
0
3
3
7
6
9
2
2
3
4
K
A
5
5
3
4
4
J
Q
6
2
0
4
5
2
7
5
5
2
4
6
8
3
8
9
2
4
7
4
K
J
10
3
5
7
9
6
A
Q
3
6
7
E/W -50
13

Board 22, favorable 2nd, 1 pass to me with:

T942 AK76 AKQ7 K

19 hcp, flattish, try 2nt.

Partner bids stayman, I show 4 hearts with 3 and partner bids 4NT quantitative.

I'm only 19 hcp, but is partner showing 4 spades for this bid? Maybe the 4-4 spades and the stiff club might be enough.

Partner tables:

KQ75 QJ8 85 QJ64

Terrible for us with 11 hcp for partner, 30 hcp for our side.

Lead is the 4.

We will lose the A for sure, might lose the J, and should lose the A as well, although there is some chance that if E holds the A and W the A I may be able to sneak a club to the K through since E "knows" I have 2 clubs.

The plan half works as E has the A and W the A, but on the opening club E rises A to give W a heart ruff and we go down 2.

~~V3Fakebot
AJ6
4
J10932
10532
~~V3Fakebot
KQ75
QJ8
85
QJ64
~~V3Fakebot
83
109532
64
A987
Mbodell
10942
AK76
AKQ7
K
W
N
E
S
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4NT
P
6
P
P
P
D
22
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
Q
5
7
1
1
0
4
A
K
5
2
1
1
2
A
6
8
0
1
2
2
6
7
2
3
2
2
4
A
5
3
0
2
3
J
5
6
A
3
3
3
9
J
K
8
1
4
3
Q
3
10
3
1
5
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S -100
8

Board 23, all red, I deal and hold:

KT52 K95 43 AK32

13 hcp, easy 1 start.

I bid 1NT over partner's 1 and now they bid 2 which is described as stop in and 12+ hcp.

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be 5 and 4 or what not, but I try 3.  Partner bids 3NT and I'm still not sure if 4 would be better (since I've denied 4 spades and partner might not expect that), but I thankfully pass 3nt when partner tables:

A QT43 KQJT76 85

12 hcp, we have 25 hcp to their 15.

Opening lead is the 8.

We have 10 tricks with 5 diamonds, 2 clubs, 2 spades, and 1 heart as long as the spade/clubs are unblocked.

the 8 is ducked to the 3-7-9 and now we have 11 tricks losing just the two red A. +660.

~~V3Fakebot
Q873
82
A82
Q964
~~V3Fakebot
A
Q1043
KQJ1076
85
~~V3Fakebot
J964
AJ76
95
J107
Mbodell
K1052
K95
43
AK32
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
3
P
3N
P
P
P
D
23
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
3
7
9
3
1
0
3
2
K
5
1
2
0
Q
9
4
8
1
3
0
J
9
2
A
0
3
1
3
A
6
2
1
4
1
10
7
5
9
1
5
1
7
J
3
7
1
6
1
6
J
10
2
1
7
1
4
A
5
6
2
7
2
4
K
Q
5
3
8
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +660
10

Board 24, all white, I'm in 4th with:

A2 AK864 A53 T75

15 hcp, balanced.

The auction is P-P-1 to me and I have a reasonable 2 call.

Partner raises to 3 with 7-10 total points, and I think at matchpoints I should pass with 7 ltc hand.

Partner tables:

Q84 QT75 KT84 J9

8 hcp, 23 for us, 17 for them.

Lead is the T. We will lose 2 clubs, possibly 1 diamond and 1 spade.

I suspect E has the K and if I win the first round with the A I may be able to freeze E from leading them again.

I play 3 rounds of hearts to pull trump and exit the clubs which sure enough E wins the Q, the A and cashes the K setting up my Q for the 3rd round diamond, so I make 10 tricks and +170.

~~V3Fakebot
103
J92
Q972
K842
~~V3Fakebot
Q84
Q1075
K1084
J9
~~V3Fakebot
KJ9765
3
J6
AQ63
Mbodell
A2
AK864
A53
1075
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
24
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
4
7
A
3
1
0
A
9
5
3
3
2
0
4
2
Q
5
1
3
0
10
6
K
J
3
4
0
5
4
9
Q
2
4
1
A
7
2
J
2
4
2
K
2
3
8
2
4
3
J
3
7
Q
1
5
3
4
6
A
2
3
6
3
5
9
K
J
1
7
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +170
10

So that is the 24 boards of the robot tournament.

Rather than the just over 1 hour with no article, it took me around 4 hours to complete while writing.

The results were 54.15% result (0.75 masterpoints), so not great overall, 716th barely in the top third.

Final:

1 3HN= 140 67.86%

2 5CN= 600 64.29%

3 4SNx-2 -300 73.21%

4 2SS+2 170 82.14%

5 1SS= 80 39.29%

6 2DN+1 110 76.79%

7 3NN-3 -300 19.64%

8 6NN= 990 76.79%

9 1NS-3 -150 35.71%

10 3NN+4 720 28.57%

11 4HW-1 50 55.36%

12 6NS= 1440 78.57%

13 3NS-2 -200 35.19%

14 5CW+1 -420 57.14%

15 1NSx= 180 55.36%

16 4HS= 420 51.79%

17 4HN= 420 51.85%

18 4SS+3 710 53.70%

19 4SN+1 450 66.67%

20 4HS-1 -100 42.59%

21 2NW-1 50 31.48%

22 6SS-2 -100 0.00%

23 3NS+2 660 66.67%

24 3HS+1 170 88.89%

 

But the scoring seems fairly fair with my bad scores generally being the boards I played badly, as one might imagine.

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