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Far too often I seem to get punished too severely for my mistakes in declarer play. More so than I would expect based on probabilities. Is the universe trying to tell me something?

Last week I got to declare this 3NT contract, at MP's, 4 lead (1-3-5).

North
AJ832
Q1042
AK
92
South
Q7
85
QJ53
AQJ87
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

Trying for at least four tricks, I planned to take the K finesse first, and decide later to either finesse the 10 (if required) or play for a 3-3 distribution.

So I unblock the 's, then put down 9, East plays 4, and dummy... "small". It took me about half a second to realise that this what not what I had intended to do. Than the hammer came down.

West took 10, switched to 7, and my fate was sealed. The layout was as bad as could be.

West
10654
A73
987
1063
North
AJ832
Q1042
AK
92
East
K9
KJ96
10642
K54
South
Q7
85
QJ53
AQJ87
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0

The 10 was the second entry that West needed to butcher my suit, so I went down 1. To add insult to injury, the suit layout was perfect, so everybody else made at least 9 tricks.

This kind of thing seems to happen to me far too often. A mistake or sub-optimal play that has a good chance of not costing anything, ends up in a zero score because the exact layout that punishes me the most happens to be the case.

Is it bad karma, did I do something terrible in my past life? Or is it just a biased memory?

 

BTW, I do not think I could have corrected my unintended dummy play, even if I had been faster than RHO. Correct?

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