Join Bridge Winners
My ACBL NABC Online Individual Journey - Day 2
(Page of 24)

Usual disclaimer:  Not everyone played the same hands.

 

Robot
K1053
74
J8
A7532
Robot
7
K83
AQ975432
8
Robot
AJ964
2
6
KQJ1096
Sterman
Q82
AQJ10965
K10
4
W
N
E
S
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
1
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
8
6
4
0
0
1
4
3
2
5
3
1
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +480
2

 

After the 4D opener, I was pretty sure the computer could make 5D, and maybe even six.  But I'd never be able to find out the information I need to make that determination.  I decided to look for my matchpoints elsewhere, and bid 4H instead.   The robots managed to cash one of their two Aces and I scored +480 for 77.1%

Robot
A96
QJ742
A53
102
Robot
KQ875
6
Q962
J43
Robot
J4
A1098
1084
KQ76
Sterman
1032
K53
KJ7
A985
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
1
1
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
3
P
P
P
D
2
3 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
10
K
4
3
1
0
3
Q
5
8
0
1
1
J
9
9
5
0
1
2
2
4
K
A
3
2
2
5
10
J
Q
2
2
3
4
2
A
7
0
2
4
6
Q
J
3
1
3
4
6
4
K
A
0
3
5
9
8
10
10
3
4
5
J
5
2
8
3
5
5
9
7
3
6
0
5
6
3
Q
A
7
2
5
7
7
8
2
K
0
5
8
E/W -50
13

 

As I've said previously, my strategy with eleven point hands in a robot duplicate is to open and then pass whatever the robot replies.  I followed that until the robot forced me to show three-card spade support.  Forunately the robot opponents pushed on to 3H, which I was happy to defend.  Not much to the defense; the robot had five inescapable losers.  I scored +50, which was worth 96.0% because most of the field passed it out or went minus in 3S.

Robot
K10987
10542
K7
K6
Robot
J4
A
A6543
J8742
Robot
AQ
Q9873
J82
1053
Sterman
6532
KJ6
Q109
AQ9
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
3
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
A
9
6
1
1
0
2
5
A
6
3
2
0
K
4
4
3
3
3
0
J
5
J
Q
2
3
1
Q
2
7
4
1
4
1
3
2
9
K
0
4
2
K
7
10
9
0
4
3
7
4
J
Q
3
5
3
Q
K
8
3
3
6
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +130
9

 

My hand was so lackluster that, for once, I didn't press on after the robot showed values opposite.  I played a quiet 3C.  The robot once again didn't want to lead away from an honor so led a heart.  I won, spurned the trump finesse to take an immediate spade discard on the KH, then decided on a loser-on-loser play just to see if RHR (right-hand robot) did something dumb.  Nope, RHR shifted to spades.  I needed to get diamonds going so led low from the board.  When RHR didn't put up the King, I knew it couldn't have it - the robots never duck in these situations - so successfully finessed against the Jack.  Now it was easy to score up an overtrick, which was worth 95.8%.

An outstanding start to the session.  Alas, it starts going downhill from here.

Robot
J32
AQ1087
KJ853
Robot
107
KQ54
92
AQ974
Robot
Q98643
10986
J5
2
Sterman
AKJ52
A7
K643
106
W
N
E
S
1
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
2
5
3
0
0
1
10
9
J
K
3
1
1
6
3
Q
2
1
2
1
4
10
A
2
3
3
1
4
Q
10
Q
2
3
2
6
7
3
Q
1
4
2
7
9
A
5
3
5
2
10
8
A
3
2
5
3
8
J
7
4
3
6
3
6
8
7
8
0
6
4
J
K
9
2
3
7
4
K
K
9
4
3
8
4
5
J
5
6
2
8
5
N/S -200
13

 

Unsure what to bid after my robot partner overcalled 2S, I moused over the various possibilities.  3S seemed to fit the bill, so I bid that.  The robot raised, and I liked my chances when the dummy came down.  I came within a hair's breadth of making it, but instead of cashing my heart winners I tried to ruff a diamond.  I hoped to be able to draw trump and take my winners, but the 6-0 trump break came to light and the KH withered on the vine.  Down two, -200, was worth 6.2%.

Robot
84
A4
KQ82
87543
Robot
KQJ6
9753
6
KJ102
Robot
A75
106
10943
AQ96
Sterman
10932
KQJ82
AJ75
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
5
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
K
7
2
1
1
0
3
6
K
A
0
1
1
4
Q
A
3
2
1
2
5
9
4
6
0
1
3
3
10
Q
2
3
2
3
Q
8
5
10
3
3
3
10
8
J
4
1
4
3
K
6
8
7
3
5
3
A
2
6
10
3
6
3
5
K
7
3
1
7
3
2
9
J
5
3
8
3
7
Q
9
9
1
9
3
J
A
J
4
2
9
4
N/S -100
13

 

This one I can't blame on unlucky layouts or the robot; it was all me.  The only way to make this is to take the ruffing finesse, and I chickened out when the robot "ducked smoothly".  Dangit.  -100 was worth 29.2%.

Robot
J754
A863
95
QJ7
Robot
AQ63
5
K72
109852
Robot
10942
QJ1083
AK43
Sterman
K10982
KQJ7
A64
6
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
3
X
XX
4
4
P
P
P
D
6
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
K
3
4
1
1
0
5
4
K
A
0
1
1
5
2
10
A
3
2
1
K
4
3
4
3
3
1
Q
3
7
2
3
4
1
J
6
2
10
3
5
1
6
J
5
K
2
5
2
Q
6
7
6
1
6
2
8
3
8
Q
3
7
2
7
8
Q
9
1
8
2
A
J
2
7
1
9
2
9
A
9
5
3
10
2
10
J
10
8
0
10
3
N/S +420
13

 

I lost the chance to win a lot of matchpoints when I foolishly redoubled instead of letting the robots find their fit unmolested.  If I had, I could have doubled 4H and collected 500 or 800.  Alas, my redouble spurred my robot partner to bid 4S over 4H.  The 4-0 trump break was actually what I expected on the bidding, and I had no trouble setting up my side suits and cross-ruffing to make +620.  That was worth 65% at least.

Robot
J109
J932
AJ9
974
Robot
AQ74
A754
87
1086
Robot
653
K1086
3
KQJ53
Sterman
K82
Q
KQ106542
A2
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
7
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
J
2
2
0
1
K
A
9
8
3
1
1
2
9
A
3
1
2
1
7
3
K
A
0
2
2
7
10
Q
2
2
2
3
5
4
9
4
2
2
4
3
5
J
5
2
2
5
6
K
10
4
3
3
5
8
2
Q
5
1
4
5
A
10
Q
3
1
5
5
8
6
Q
9
3
6
5
6
J
7
8
0
6
6
J
7
K
10
2
6
7
N/S -300
13

 

All tournament long I have had good success with offshape notrump bids, even ridiculous ones.  We soon got to 3NT.  The double of the 2C bid worried me, but I hoped that partner had either a second club stopper or the Ace of diamonds.  Nope!  What's worse, the diamonds broke really badly and I ended up down three, -300, for 2.0%

Robot
Q3
A96
J10984
A95
Robot
10854
Q743
63
J32
Robot
J976
105
AK75
Q84
Sterman
AK2
KJ82
Q2
K1076
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
8
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
3
K
2
2
0
1
6
A
3
4
3
1
1
2
6
Q
10
1
2
1
3
5
K
A
0
2
2
9
6
A
Q
2
2
3
7
6
10
4
0
2
4
8
2
5
7
0
2
5
4
5
4
2
0
2
6
A
3
8
10
0
2
7
Q
8
9
K
3
3
7
6 tricks claimed
N/S -50
10

 

This 1NT bid was textbook for a change.  LHR, unable to avoid leading from an honor, was forced into making the best lead of its longest and strongest suit.  RHR robot won the first diamond and then... shifted.  Worried about setting up my Qxx perhaps?  Either way, I pounced and knocked out the Ace of hearts.  This time the robots managed to cash their diamond tricks.  I started by pitching two clubs, knowing that the robots tend to interpret this as weakness and hoping to get LHR to lead a club.  Indeed, after the diamonds, West led the Ace of clubs, setting up my King.  I had the rest, down one, but -50 was worth 72.9%.

Robot
4
K9532
104
AQ542
Robot
Q76
J6
Q732
10863
Robot
A10983
AQ4
J985
J
Sterman
KJ52
1087
AK6
K97
W
N
E
S
P
1
1NT
X
P
P
P
D
9
1NTX South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
9
K
3
1
0
A
4
2
9
3
2
0
6
10
Q
5
1
3
0
3
J
K
A
0
3
1
5
6
A
7
2
3
2
J
K
5
3
3
4
2
9
Q
6
10
0
4
3
3
J
Q
8
2
4
4
8
2
4
7
2
4
5
A
5
2
Q
2
4
6
4
10
K
7
0
4
7
9
8
8
7
0
4
8
2
10
3
J
0
4
9
N/S -500
13

 

In my article where I give tips about playing against the BBO robots, I warned against making light 1NT overcalls becausse the robots will double.  If only I'd listened.  My fourteen-point 1NT overcall got swiftly doublled.  I also played it badly, setting up a diamond trick for the defense.  I end up down 3, -500, and an outright bottom, 0%

Robot
Q874
AJ73
K7
Q63
Robot
J6
K65
J62
KJ972
Robot
953
92
A109853
85
Sterman
AK102
Q1084
Q4
A104
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
10
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
9
10
3
1
0
A
3
2
5
3
2
0
10
Q
K
8
1
3
0
5
9
10
J
0
3
1
Q
J
5
A
3
4
1
4
A
K
2
0
4
2
7
2
3
K
3
5
2
4
6
J
5
1
6
2
9
10
4
3
1
7
2
7
9
Q
7
1
8
2
6
8
Q
7
3
9
2
8
K
6
3
3
10
2
2
8
J
A
0
10
3
N/S +630
13

 

Things had not been going swimmingly for me.  Still, i stuck to my strategy, and with my 15 point hand raised myself to 3NT.  The robot was again forced to underlead an honor, having no choice, and the spade lead was helpful.  This helped in the declarer play, too.  I know the robots *hate* underleading honors, so if West was underleading the Queen of spades, it must have unsupported honors in all the other suits.  I confidently finessed in clubs, which worked.  I figured the computer would have preferred to lead from AJxx of hearts rather than Qxxx of spades, so finessed against the Jack of hearts.  Wrong; it seems the only thing the robot hates worse than underleading an honor is to underlead an Ace.  It persisted in spades, but since the Nine of hearts had fallen I had five clubs, two hearts, and three spades.  +430 was 87.5%; a step in the right direciton.

Robot
J1084
QJ103
A52
Q3
Robot
9753
5
K873
9762
Robot
AK
A9762
10964
J10
Sterman
Q62
K84
QJ
AK854
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P
D
11
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
5
7
K
3
1
0
A
3
7
J
3
2
0
K
Q
9
10
3
3
0
8
3
6
10
3
4
0
5
2
2
9
3
5
0
4
5
3
6
3
6
0
J
A
7
6
0
6
1
J
8
2
4
0
6
2
4
3
K
2
2
6
3
9
Q
8
K
1
7
3
5
A
6
J
2
7
4
4
8
10
7
2
7
5
A
Q
10
9
2
7
6
N/S +90
13

 

A slight stumble here.  My 1NT was textbook again, but when I was discarding against the slew of hearts, I decided to hang on to 9xxx of spades to protect myself against the robots cashing four spade tricks as much as possible.  Aals, my diamond discard instead allowed the robot to set up an extra diamond winner for itself.  +90 was worth 54.0%, but +120 would have been 90%.

Robot
Q9
832
AKQ6532
4
Robot
J864
KQ54
J8
Q73
Robot
3
109
94
AJ1098652
Sterman
AK10752
AJ76
107
K
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
12
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
6
2
K
1
1
0
4
3
A
9
3
2
0
K
Q
6
6
3
3
0
A
3
4
9
3
4
0
J
8
5
2
3
5
0
7
2
Q
5
1
6
0
3
A
K
4
2
6
1
9
7
Q
J
0
6
2
K
8
4
10
0
6
3
A
7
J
2
3
7
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +620
10

 

I elected to reopen with a takeout double rather than bid my six-card suit, and was rather pleased when the robot opposite jumped in spades.  I quickly raised to game.  East refused to lead partner's suit, leading a heart instead, after which it was easy to score up +420.  Too bad; a diamond lead could lead to down one.  In fact, looking at the traveler, the Souths that bid spades instead of making a takeout double got the defense of two high diamonds followed by a club to the Ace and a club back, which leads to down one.

A bit of luck in my favor, opting to go for the double.  That earned me 80.0%

Robot
10
94
KJ432
AJ1092
Robot
J
AKJ85
1065
K873
Robot
KQ643
1063
87
Q65
Sterman
A98752
Q72
AQ9
4
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
X
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
13
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
J
Q
A
3
1
0
7
2
5
K
2
1
1
7
9
J
6
0
1
2
2
10
8
Q
3
2
2
9
J
3
3
3
3
2
8
K
7
4
3
4
2
A
4
8
5
3
5
2
Q
9
5
3
3
6
2
7
4
A
10
1
7
2
K
6
2
10
1
8
2
J
6
4
9
1
9
2
8
6
2
3
1
10
2
K
Q
5
A
0
10
3
N/S +630
13

 

I responded 1S planning to strongly support hearts later.  When West made a takeout double and my partner made a natural 2C bid, I reconsidered.  I had a good diamond holding I wanted to protect, and partner should have clubs.  So I spurned the heart game and bid 3NT instead.

The computer of course didn't lead either of its five-card suits, leading a spade.  This led to four honors being played at trick one.  I was pleased by these events and returned another spade.  As expected West showed out.  East won and returned a diamond.  I played the Nine losing to the Jack, but then the robot led a diamond back into my tenace.  Good.  At this point I just took my ten winners.  +630 was 95.8%.  Most people were going down in 4H.

Robot
KJ1085
103
Q9
J1053
Robot
Q
AK865
7632
A62
Robot
A973
J97
J104
984
Sterman
642
Q42
AK85
KQ7
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
14
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
4
K
3
1
0
Q
3
5
9
3
2
0
2
10
A
7
1
3
0
K
J
4
5
1
4
0
Q
A
2
K
2
4
1
J
5
9
2
2
4
2
10
A
Q
3
3
5
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +450
7

 

A boring hand.  "Standard" 1NT opener led to the obvious contract.  When the red suits broke I had eleven easy tricks.  64.6%, winning against people who didn't bid game or tried 3NT instead.

Robot
J53
J9
973
KQ754
Robot
Q
6432
KQJ108
J103
Robot
1087
Q10
A62
A9862
Sterman
AK9642
AK875
54
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
15
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
K
A
4
2
0
1
A
5
4
3
3
1
1
A
9
2
10
3
2
1
K
J
3
Q
3
3
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +680
4

 

Another boringish hand.  Just barely above average.  I was disappointed that hearts broke 2-2 which meant the pushy slam bidders would be rewarded.  (Not that I'm casting stones, mind you.  I like my glass house.)  +680 was 54.2%

Robot
75
A953
A5432
J3
Robot
10
QJ1062
J9
109654
Robot
Q9864
7
KQ8
KQ72
Sterman
AKJ32
K84
1076
A8
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
X
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
16
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
10
Q
A
3
1
0
K
5
9
9
3
2
0
J
3
J
8
0
2
1
5
2
8
6
1
3
1
4
2
A
3
3
4
1
8
J
5
7
0
4
2
A
10
K
7
1
5
2
6
K
4
5
0
5
3
3
J
Q
10
1
6
3
9
Q
K
A
0
6
4
4
10
6
8
3
7
4
2
9
Q
4
1
8
4
6
7
3
2
2
8
5
N/S +110
13

 

This time I felt better about my 1NT overcall.  I again got doubled, but this time partner rescued me to 2H.  The spade lead was nice.  I used the opportunity to pitch two diamonds despite the expected third-round ruff.  I never touched trump, instead cross-ruffing and constantly getting overruffed by West.  It amused me that trick thirteen was won by East with the stiff Seven of hearts it had started with.  +110 was surprsingly good for 85.4%.

Robot
Q864
KJ1097
Q5
83
Robot
K1093
A63
K432
62
Robot
J75
5
J1096
AQ974
Sterman
A2
Q842
A87
KJ105
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
17
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
2
Q
K
3
1
0
7
5
K
6
1
2
0
6
9
10
3
3
3
0
2
7
A
5
1
4
0
3
5
4
9
0
4
1
Q
2
J
8
0
4
2
8
9
7
A
3
5
2
A
4
3
10
3
6
2
2
6
K
J
1
7
2
4
9
8
J
2
7
3
A
5
10
6
2
7
4
7
J
Q
3
3
8
4
Q
K
10
4
0
8
5
N/S -50
13

 

"Standard" 1NT openeing, with the robot opposite getting us to game.  I try to figure out where my tricks are coming from and decide to go after hearts.  Oops.  No recovery after this, no gift from the robot defenders, and I end up down one, -50, for 43.5%.

Robot
974
Q1073
A103
1032
Robot
A103
A42
KJ542
74
Robot
J865
965
Q87
KQ5
Sterman
KQ2
KJ8
96
AJ986
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
18
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
2
9
J
3
1
0
6
3
J
Q
2
1
1
K
A
2
4
3
2
1
8
Q
A
6
1
3
1
7
Q
6
3
2
3
2
5
J
10
2
3
4
2
9
4
4
6
3
5
2
8
10
5
8
3
6
2
K
10
4
5
3
7
2
2
9
A
5
1
8
2
3
8
K
7
3
9
2
Q
7
10
J
3
10
2
9
A
K
7
0
10
3
N/S +630
13

 

This hand I can't figure.  For once, the robot West decided to underlead its Qxxx of hearts when it had two perfectly good xxx suits to choose from.  Perhaps it has been trained to attack the majors on 1NT-3NT auctions.  Either way, this was a bad time to give up its aversion to underleading honors.  I really wanted to attack clubs but was afraid of weakening my holdings in the majors, so decided to attack diamonds instead.  This worked rather well when I misguessed diamonds but East decided to attack clubs for me.

The robot gave me an interesting dilemma when I later led a club off the board to its Queen and it returned a low club.  It was giving me a chance to take a finesse I could never take myself.  Should I?  With nothing robotic to guide me, I went with the human inference that no East would give me a chance to finesse unless it was a losing option, so rose with Jack, dropping the Ten.  I had ten tricks now, with was worth 75.0%

Robot
AKJ6
Q64
Q63
632
Robot
94
KJ10532
92
AQ10
Robot
Q87
J10875
K9754
Sterman
10532
A987
AK4
J8
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
2
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
19
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
A
6
2
3
1
0
7
6
K
8
1
2
0
2
4
A
4
3
3
0
J
2
10
K
2
3
1
Q
2
6
4
2
3
2
8
3
K
9
0
3
3
6
Q
7
8
1
4
3
9 tricks claimed
N/S -50
7

 

A hand I played too quickly.  In choosing how to play the heart suit against possible 3-0 breaks, I decided that the field would almost always play the Ace of hearts first.  To get a good matchpoint result, I should play against the field and play the King first.  What I failed to take into account is that I *knew* West had made a four-card overcall.  There is no way the robot West would overcall a four-card suit with a side void; that would mean it would have a five-card suit somewhere, and the robot never overcalls on a four-card suit when a five-card suit is available.  Never.

For not taking my time on this hand, I was given a well-deserved 16.7%.

Robot
63
Q1076
2
AQ8542
Robot
10975
9543
KQ74
9
Robot
KJ84
J
J109863
K3
Sterman
AQ2
AK82
A5
J1076
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
20
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
10
K
A
3
1
0
6
5
9
K
2
1
1
J
A
2
4
3
2
1
7
8
3
3
1
3
1
4
J
A
6
3
4
1
10
A
5
3
1
5
1
K
6
5
7
0
5
2
Q
9
8
K
3
6
2
8
10
7
4
0
6
3
Q
5
10
J
0
6
4
4
Q
9
2
3
7
4
Q
3
7
8
3
8
4
2
2
9
J
2
8
5
N/S -200
13

 

A "standard" 2NT opening got me quickly to 4H.  I started by conceding a club, planning on ruffing clubs later.  When the Jack of hearts appeared on my right and East later failed to overruff, I was pretty sure the hearts were breaking 4-1.  I figured I should cash my diamond winners first before crossing to a spade to ruff a club.  Nope; East ruffed and returned a heart, and now I had five losers.  -200 felt like a terrible results, so my actual result of 43.8% felt almost like a win.

Robot
A854
862
AK96
86
Robot
J97
AKQ9
873
954
Robot
KQ63
J10543
J1072
Sterman
102
7
QJ10542
AKQ3
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
21
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
4
2
A
3
1
0
7
2
A
3
1
2
0
K
5
2
8
1
3
0
Q
4
10
6
1
4
0
3
6
10
K
0
4
1
A
7
3
2
3
5
1
K
6
5
7
3
6
1
Q
9
9
J
0
6
2
A
7
J
4
0
6
3
6
8
K
Q
3
7
3
J
4
9
10
3
8
3
5
8
9
Q
3
9
3
3
5
J
10
2
9
4
N/S +110
13

 

Another boring hand.  I had too many losers to consider taking another bid over 3D.  The helpful club lead allowed me to pitch my spade losers, but the horrible diamond break meant I still had four losers no matter what.  +110 was still good for 68.8%

Robot
Q1097
8432
103
QJ2
Robot
6
A7
AQ984
97654
Robot
K3
QJ1096
J765
108
Sterman
AJ8542
K5
K2
AK3
W
N
E
S
P
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
22
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
7
9
K
3
1
0
A
2
4
8
3
2
0
K
Q
5
10
3
3
0
K
10
4
7
3
4
0
2
3
A
6
1
5
0
12 tricks claimed
N/S +920
5

 

I opened a "standard" 2NT.  If you mouse over the robot's 4S bid you can see it shows 5-5 in the minors with a stiff or void in spades.  In that context my hand really was quite good - I had great minor suit cards and little wasted spade values.  Given that my KH was also protected, I blasted 6C.  This might seem like shooting, but honestly it seemed like the indicated call based on the robot's 4S bid.

The dummy's club holding was a disappointment to say the least.  My heart sank; given how the trump suits had been breaking tonight, I fully expected a 4-1 or 5-0 club break.  Fearfully I cashed the AK of clubs, and was massively relieved when the robots all followed.  The diamonds weren't horrible either, so I quickly wrapped up +920 for a complete top, 100%.

Robot
5
QJ73
Q54
A10763
Robot
Q6
AK9865
J63
92
Robot
K1094
1042
K1082
54
Sterman
AJ8732
A97
KQJ8
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
23
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
6
9
J
3
1
0
K
A
2
5
0
1
1
3
9
4
8
1
2
1
A
2
7
7
1
3
1
K
4
9
3
1
4
1
Q
K
A
6
3
5
1
7
4
3
10
2
5
2
10
A
5
6
3
6
2
8
10
J
4
3
7
2
3
7
5
2
3
8
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +650
10

 

Do you believe in miracles?  I pushed to 4S, showing a strong 6-4 along the way.  A trump was led.  Dummy was a major disappointment; there were the AK of hearts with no way to get to them. After the trump lead I tried leading the King of clubs in the vain hope I could ruff a club in dummy before the robots removed my last trump.  West won the Ace and returned... *a low club*.  When the Nine held, I perked up.  Quickly did two diamond losers get pitched, and I made +450, another complete top, 100%.

How did the computer decide on this defense?  Also, how come on one else benefited from this defense?  It turns out nobody, but nobody found my 3C rebid followed by 3S correction over 3H.  Now I get it; when West returned a club, it was expecting its partner to ruff.

An incredibly lucky result for me.

Robot
43
K86432
A83
76
Robot
K
75
J9754
A8432
Robot
J975
AQJ109
Q6
109
Sterman
AQ10862
K102
KQJ5
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
24
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
4
6
2
0
0
1
4
5
A
5
3
1
1
K
7
2
10
3
2
1
Q
6
3
9
3
3
1
2
4
K
9
1
4
1
7
9
J
8
3
5
1
A
3
5
5
3
6
1
Q
6
7
7
3
7
1
6
3
4
J
1
8
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +920
9

 

I like to make aggressive jump shifts in a robot duplicate, so I bid 3C (for the second time in two hands on 6-4 in the blacks).  I was surprised when the robot raised.  Can we make slam?  It all depends on exactly where the robot's 7-11 HCP are.  In the end, I decide there's no intelligent way to find out, and I need a good result, so I leap off to 6C.  This slam bid can definitely be classified as shooting.

The Ace of diamonds is led, and a very useful dummy comes down. When clubs break 2-2 and spades no worse than 4-2, I have twelve easy tricks.  I really didn't need all that luck since I knew the computer would never lead the Ace of diamonds from AQ or AQx(x), so I fulled expected the Queen of diamonds to be onside, and if the black suits had broken badly I knew the diamonds would work.

+920 was another complete top, my third consecutive 100%, and a nice way to end the second day. 

I ended up with a 63.07% game, and moved up slightly to 42nd place.  First place has 69.77%, so I'm definitely in the hunt.

Let's hope Day 3 depends less on luck than this day did.

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