Join Bridge Winners
My ACBL NABC Online Individual Journey - Day 3
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Again, my hands may not be your hands

 

Robot
QJ76
1083
9532
42
Robot
94
K94
AKJ6
J1075
Robot
1083
65
Q1084
KQ63
Sterman
AK52
AQJ72
7
A98
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
5
Q
A
3
1
0
2
3
K
6
1
2
0
4
5
A
8
3
3
0
Q
10
9
3
3
4
0
12 tricks claimed
N/S +980
4

 

This wasn't too complicated a hand to bid or play, especially on the helpful club lead.  No need to ruff spades now; I just draw trump and claim.  +980 was worth 70.8%.

Robot
KQ10764
9764
J54
Robot
Q9863
983
J105
92
Robot
J1054
AJ52
KQ83
6
Sterman
AK72
A2
AKQ10873
W
N
E
S
P
2
3
P
4
6
P
P
P
D
2
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
3
5
3
3
1
0
A
5
2
6
3
2
0
K
4
9
3
3
3
0
Q
J
5
2
3
4
0
A
4
3
5
3
5
0
7
7
6
10
2
5
1
4
K
7
8
3
6
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1370
7

 

The robots' surprisingly effective preempting kept me from being able to adequately judge the situation.  I bid the obvious 6C, and was dismayed when dummy came down.  However, I perked back up when spades later split 4-0; no grand would make.  Since I had avoided a diamond lead, I was able to duck a spade and claim.  77.1%.

Robot
Q75
A876
A108
1094
Robot
J63
3
QJ9742
A32
Robot
A98
J942
K5
QJ76
Sterman
K1042
KQ105
63
K85
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
P
P
D
3
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
5
4
A
1
1
0
3
2
K
8
3
2
0
3
8
J
K
2
2
1
5
6
A
2
0
2
2
10
2
6
K
3
3
2
5
7
4
9
1
4
2
Q
4
8
10
1
5
2
3
8
10
Q
0
5
3
9
3
7
2
0
5
4
5
6
A
4
2
5
5
J
10
6
7
1
6
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S +90
11

 

I opened my 11HCP planning to pass any major and convert 1D to 1NT.  When the robot annoyingly persisted with 2D, I passed and hoped for the best.  The computer ducked a heart to the King, allowing me two entries to attack trumps - which I ended up not needing when the robot played another trump for me.  I ended up with eight tricks, +90 and 87.5%.

Robot
AQ10
543
9864
975
Robot
98
109872
Q
QJ1063
Robot
654
J6
A10732
AK8
Sterman
KJ732
AKQ
KJ5
42
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
2
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
4
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
2
5
3
2
0
1
6
J
Q
8
0
0
2
7
Q
A
4
2
0
3
4
2
10
9
0
0
4
A
7
5
3
1
1
4
2
6
A
3
3
2
4
K
5
8
J
3
3
4
Q
4
9
2
3
4
4
K
9
Q
3
3
5
4
7
4
6
10
3
6
4
K
6
10
7
1
7
4
J
8
5
9
1
8
4
10
A
J
8
1
9
4
N/S -100
13

 

I decided my 17 HCP + five-card suit meant I should double and bid NT.  Partner instead freely bid 2H.  I thought it over for a while, then decided to try 4H.

Wrong.  I had five unavoidable losers.  The robot actually did allow me to avoid one of my unavoidable losers, but -100 was still only woth 10.4%.  4H was definitely pushing too hard, even for a robot individual.

Robot
KJ8654
7
QJ52
102
Robot
10
K10843
K7
KQ943
Robot
AQ73
AJ5
10864
86
Sterman
92
Q962
A93
AJ75
W
N
E
S
1
P
4
P
P
P
D
5
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
A
2
3
3
1
0
2
7
K
A
2
1
1
6
5
10
K
1
2
1
3
5
Q
6
3
3
1
J
5
4
10
3
4
1
7
5
Q
J
2
4
2
A
2
4
10
2
4
3
7
9
K
4
1
5
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +620
8

 

Knowing the computer had at most 11HCP for its opening bid, I made a "preemptive" 4H bid to shut out the robots.  Nothing to the play; I could have picked up the trumps for one loser but had no reason to do so.  I saw that the robots had a profitable 4S sacrifice and I hope some of them would find it.  Nope; the traveller showed zero spade contracts being played, and I was just average plus with 58.3%.

Robot
10974
4
QJ932
J87
Robot
A3
Q10987
104
A1095
Robot
KJ5
AJ652
87
K62
Sterman
Q862
K3
AK65
Q43
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
6
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
A
3
4
3
1
0
2
7
A
5
1
2
0
7
2
3
4
1
3
0
8
A
K
2
2
3
1
7
K
9
10
3
4
1
3
J
A
2
1
5
1
5
K
Q
8
2
5
2
K
6
4
3
2
5
3
6
4
7
9
1
6
3
10
6
5
J
1
7
3
Q
5
8
10
1
8
3
9
J
6
9
2
8
4
J
Q
Q
10
3
9
4
N/S +400
13

 

I didn't feel my hearts were strong enough to overcall 1NT, so doubled instead.  When partner bid 1NT itself, I felt I had to raise to three. 

The computer, of course, refused to underlead an honor and instead led the eight of diamonds.  This told me a lot; first, that it held exactly two diamonds, because from three small it always leads low.  Second, that it had honors in all the other suits because normally it doesn't lead doubletons.

I led a spade to the board and took the working heart finesse, then knocked out the Ace of hearts.  The computer persisted in diamonds.  I led a low club towards the AT9x, intending to play the Ace and a club towards the Queen.  The robot inexplicably played the Jack of clubs, which made my life much easier.  When East subsequently won the King of clubs I could now safely unblock the Queen.  The computer cashed the King of spades then threw me in with a club.  No worries; I knew the computer would either be endplayed in hearts or give me a stepping stone to dummy's Queen of spades.  It chose the latter and I lost only two hearts, a spade, and a club.  +400 was 100%.

Robot
Q8764
J
A93
J1095
Robot
J
K98754
Q
Q7432
Robot
K95
32
J87654
A8
Sterman
A1032
AQ106
K102
K6
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
7
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
A
6
2
0
1
8
K
5
3
3
1
1
A
J
4
3
3
2
1
Q
4
K
2
1
3
1
Q
8
2
10
1
4
1
J
5
A
8
3
5
1
2
6
5
9
1
6
1
4
7
6
9
3
7
1
3
7
7
K
1
8
1
7
6
10
3
3
9
1
10
Q
8
4
1
10
1
9
5
10
9
1
11
1
Q
J
K
A
0
11
2
N/S +650
13

 

Boring.  According to the traveller, *everyone* made +650, so in that context I don't understand my 52.1%.  Maybe there are other sections playing this same board.

Robot
AQ4
7542
KJ102
J6
Robot
75
Q10
Q7643
10832
Robot
J986
A83
A9
Q954
Sterman
K1032
KJ96
85
AK7
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
8
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
Q
A
6
2
0
1
8
10
Q
5
0
0
2
7
10
3
K
3
1
2
J
5
2
8
3
2
2
9
4
3
5
3
3
2
2
4
7
J
2
3
3
9
3
A
8
0
3
4
J
10
4
A
3
4
4
K
2
3
6
3
5
4
K
6
4
Q
3
6
4
7
J
6
9
2
6
5
9
5
K
7
0
6
6
10
Q
A
8
2
6
7
N/S -50
13

 

A "standard" 1NT opener.  The fact that dummy had four HCP puzzled me; how could we have a combined 18-count and no opposing bidding?  There really wasn't much I could do in the play.  I did get myself a spade trick by ducking out the Ace of spades, but I was still down one, and depressed I hadn't just passed out the board.

-50, however, was worth no less than 95.8%.  This result I had to look up.  Most folks, of course, didn't open my hand 1NT.  This allowed the robots an easy entry into the auction and they found their 4-3 spade fit and scored up +110.  Some robots played 1NT their way, usually doubled, scoring up overtricks.

Not much of a lesson here except maybe to illustrate how preemptive a 1NT bid can be.

Robot
107
64
J1086
Q10954
Robot
864
AK873
72
J83
Robot
K95
QJ1095
K953
6
Sterman
AQJ32
2
AQ4
AK72
W
N
E
S
P
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
9
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
K
A
3
1
0
A
7
4
5
3
2
0
J
10
6
K
2
2
1
3
Q
J
7
3
3
1
Q
4
8
9
3
4
1
3
9
3
5
3
5
1
2
6
7
Q
3
6
1
2
4
A
J
1
7
1
K
10
2
5
1
8
1
3
6
A
10
3
9
1
K
Q
8
9
3
10
1
7
8
J
9
1
11
1
8
5
4
10
1
12
1
N/S +490
13

 

"Standard" 2NT opener, nervous acceptance of transfer to hearts, relieved acceptance of partner's 3NT bid.  I won the diamond lead and, not wanting to waste my one entry to dummy, played Ace-and-another spade.  The robot won and continued diamonds.  I didn't duck, my mind thinking about a possible endplay.  I ran my spades, noting that neither robot was pitching diamonds.  I cashed two hearts, pitching a club, still keeping my diamond as a possible endplay.

When both robots still refused to pitch a diamond, I decided against trying for an endplay.  I decided to cash out - and to my surprise, the Queen of clubs fell.  West, after seeing me pitch a club, must have decided I was down to two clubs and two diamonds and unguarded its clubs.  Making twelve tricks in notrump earned me 83.3%.

Robot
10853
873
964
1043
Robot
9
J10952
K87
KJ82
Robot
QJ6
AK
Q102
A9765
Sterman
AK742
Q64
AJ53
Q
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
P
P
D
10
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
2
K
4
2
0
1
A
Q
8
5
2
0
2
A
Q
3
2
2
0
3
7
2
10
K
1
1
3
7
10
J
9
3
2
3
3
4
K
2
1
3
3
8
Q
A
6
3
4
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +130
7

 

Over the robot's 1NT opener, I decided to show spades and a minor rather than double because I didn't like the quality of my spot cards for defense.  The computer corrected me to diamonds, and when the dummy came down I rather regretted not doubling.  I got a nice soft defense from the robot, setting up my hearts, and I was able to draw trump and claim, +130.  I expected  this to be below average since 1NTx goes for a huge number, but it actually was good for 75%.  I gained matchpoints from people who failed to unblock the Queen of hearts or tried ruffing spades in dummy.  I did lose matchpoints to the people collecting 200, 300, and 800 against the robot's 1NT contract.

Things had been going very well this session.  Alas, here is where I turned a dark corner.

Robot
J3
J43
1072
J10963
Robot
Q106
K8752
Q95
Q8
Robot
87
A1096
AKJ86
42
Sterman
AK9542
Q
43
AK75
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
11
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
8
4
A
3
1
0
A
3
6
8
3
2
0
K
J
10
7
3
3
0
Q
3
2
A
2
3
1
K
4
2
5
2
3
2
A
3
7
9
2
3
3
8
5
10
Q
1
4
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +420
7

 

This seemed like utterly standard bidding and play. I had three obvious losers, and the robot was quick to take them once it was in.  And yet, +420 was worth 29.2%.  Where did I go wrong?

I looked, and the difference is really subtle.  The people who made an overtrick played the hand very slightly differently from me - they won the first trick with the King rather than the Ace.  For some reason, this convinced the robot to cash only one diamond before shifting back to clubs.  Did these robot defenders think their partners had underled the Ace?

I was left flabbergasted.  For not winning the first trick with the King rather than the Ace, I lost a full half board.

Robot
QJ1096
J85
J984
9
Robot
A873
103
732
6532
Robot
54
76
Q106
AKJ1084
Sterman
K2
AKQ942
AK5
Q7
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
X
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
P
P
D
12
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
2
K
7
2
0
1
A
Q
6
3
2
0
2
J
A
Q
5
3
1
2
K
5
3
7
3
2
2
Q
8
10
6
3
3
2
2
J
2
4
0
3
3
J
3
5
K
3
4
3
9
9
7
10
3
5
3
4
4
3
4
3
6
3
A
8
7
10
3
7
3
K
J
6
Q
3
8
3
2
10
A
8
1
9
3
8
6
5
9
0
9
4
N/S -200
13

 

I had been able to avoid robot bidding disasters in this tournament so far.  Alas, I fell off the wagon here when I decided that I should bid 4H.  Stupid, stupid bid.  I couldn't get out before 5H, and went down two, with nine top tricks in 3NT.  Just dumb.  This was worth 6.2%.

Robot
96
AJ93
643
QJ75
Robot
Q104
42
A982
K982
Robot
AKJ53
108765
10
43
Sterman
872
KQ
KQJ75
A106
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
13
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
2
10
K
3
1
0
5
4
A
5
1
2
0
9
3
Q
6
3
3
0
J
7
8
6
3
4
0
7
6
2
4
3
5
0
A
5
2
10
3
6
0
10
Q
K
3
1
7
0
8
8
6
J
0
7
1
9
4
J
2
2
7
2
K
7
3
10
2
7
3
A
8
J
Q
2
7
4
5
Q
9
4
2
7
5
7
K
A
9
0
7
6
N/S -200
13

 

This was  a down-the middle bidding sequence, but I only had seven top tricks, and when trying to develop more, the robot unfortunately defended accurately and took its six tricks.  Usually when I run my long suits, the robots throw away winners, but this time it kept them.  Down two was worth 39.6%.

Robot
Q1076
A96
108
KQ62
Robot
K9843
87532
A6
J
Robot
J5
J10
Q93
1098753
Sterman
A2
KQ4
KJ7542
A4
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
14
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
K
A
2
0
0
1
6
3
10
Q
3
1
1
A
6
3
5
3
2
1
2
7
K
J
1
3
1
9
10
2
Q
0
3
2
K
J
9
A
3
4
2
4
8
A
3
1
5
2
4
3
4
10
0
5
3
9
5
8
4
0
5
4
Q
8
5
5
1
6
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S -50
10

 

If you mouse over the computer's 2H bid, you'll see it promises 5 spades and 4 or 5 hearts.  I have seen the computer make this bid with only four hearts many times.  I liked that I would have positional advantage on the computer and that I would know where the points were and the likely distrubtion, so I decided it was going to be game.  The only question was, should it be the 4-3 heart game or the 5-2 spade game?  Eventually I decided on spades.

Wrong choice.  3NT makes, 4H makes, all partials make, but 4S goes down one.  A stone cold bottom.  0%.

Robot
A109843
K952
K63
Robot
KQJ7
8743
954
K4
Robot
QJ72
QJ10987532
Sterman
652
AQJ106
A108
A6
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
X
3
4
X
P
P
P
D
15
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
7
3
2
0
0
1
4
J
7
5
1
1
1
3
5
10
K
0
1
2
3
4
J
A
3
2
2
6
3
K
2
1
3
2
Q
Q
8
8
1
4
2
4
J
A
5
3
5
2
Q
2
7
9
3
6
2
J
9
8
10
3
7
2
6
6
K
8
1
8
2
4
7
A
9
3
9
2
6
10
5
2
3
10
2
10
K
9
Q
0
10
3
N/S +790
13

 

Over my 1NT, West showed a single-suited hand, and partner doubled for Stayman.  East showed a bunch of clubs, so I was pretty sure I was in a highly distributional deal.  I decided my strong hearts combined with partner's points should be enough to bid 4H.  Heck, I might even make this opposite a stiff heart.

The computer's penalty double unnerved me.  I had begun to doubt my judgment after the last few boards, and now here was another aggressive bid about to be punished.  I was relieved when dummy came down, and then heartbroken when East showed out in spades, then relieved again when East didn't ruff the spade continuation.  East was really void in two suits?  I could believe it.

The hand was easy after that, and I took ten tricks for +790.  I expected this to be very good, but it was only 63.0%.  Some people bid only 3H with my hand - and the robot doubled *that* bid too.  They scored +930.    I got punished for being too aggressive in a very peculiar way.

Robot
AQ984
K
A873
1086
Robot
K1065
Q98
K96
J95
Robot
J7
1075432
Q2
Q43
Sterman
32
AJ6
J1054
AK72
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
16
1NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
9
K
1
1
0
K
2
4
A
0
1
1
A
5
7
3
0
1
2
Q
6
10
6
0
1
3
K
8
7
A
3
2
3
5
3
9
Q
2
2
4
3
J
7
Q
1
3
4
9
5
2
6
1
4
4
10
3
7
8
1
5
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +150
9

 

More robotic weirdness here.  Without a spade stopper I couldn't balance 1NT, so opted to double.  Partner bid 1NT instead, which I was happy to pass.  I won the Jack of spades lead with the King since I had a second spade stopper.  After much cogitation, I decided to play diamonds from the top before committing myself in the rounded suits.  The King lost to the Ace and the computer started cashing spades.

Something odd happened on the third spade.  East decided to pitch the Ten of hearts - to show length?  I didn't want to throw any potential club or diamond winners, so I threw a low heart.  The computer always takes discards as signs of weakness in that suit, and combined with its partner's Ten of hearts signal... shifted to the *King of hearts*.  My Q9 of hearts were now high.

I knocked out the Queen of diamonds.  The computer threw me in with a heart.  I cashed my heart and spade winners - on which both robots unguarded their clubs.  Dummy was now high.  +150 was a complete top, 100%.

Another one I'd like to see what the computer thought it was showing with its Ten of hearts discard.

Robot
K6
K86
J532
10876
Robot
87543
AQ10
94
A32
Robot
Q9
J7543
KQ10
K54
Sterman
AJ102
92
A876
QJ9
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
17
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
2
4
3
1
0
2
8
Q
3
1
2
0
3
Q
A
6
3
3
0
J
K
4
9
0
3
1
5
9
10
6
2
3
2
Q
7
3
5
1
4
2
A
4
9
6
1
5
2
10
J
2
K
3
6
2
Q
8
2
K
2
6
3
7
10
6
3
3
7
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +420
10

 

I opened my lackluster 12 HCP with 1 diamond.  I considered passing partner's 1S bid, but it was possible it had a distributional hand, so I bid 2S.  When it made a game try with 3C, I felt I had to accept.

When the dummy came down I saw that I had a play for it.  Indeed, trumps were friendly and the heart hook was on, so I scored +420, which somewhat surprisingly was worth 93.5%.

Robot
87654
Q853
52
Q10
Robot
A
76
K10984
A9832
Robot
QJ93
J42
Q
KJ654
Sterman
K102
AK109
AJ763
7
W
N
E
S
 
P
1N
P
2
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5
P
P
P
D
18
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
6
J
A
3
1
0
A
5
4
Q
3
2
0
3
2
K
9
1
3
0
13 tricks claimed
N/S +640
3

 

The hand that shows just how agonizing robotic bidding can be.  After my "standard" 1NT bid, the computer bid MSS.  I jumped to 4D, and the robot showed its spade shortness.  My hand looked really good, so I bid 4NT.

The computer's 5C bid gave me pause.  Did it have zero or three controls?  If you mouse over its bids, at no point is it promising more than 9 HCP.  I could easily construct a hand - say, x Qx Qxxxx KQJxx - where it would make the exact same series of bids.  I decided to sign off in 5D, hoping that with three controls the robot would bid on.

I grimaced when dummy came down.  Dangnabbit.  Disgustedly I claimed thirteen tricks.  This was 37.5%, and I was happy to get that much.

Let if be said that despite my railing against the robot's bidding, if I had opted to open 1D instead of a "normal" 1NT, the auction would likely have gone a lot more smoothly.

Robot
10765
AJ10962
109
8
Robot
AK3
Q74
J876
AJ3
Robot
Q
53
Q432
1096542
Sterman
J9842
K8
AK5
KQ7
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
19
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
4
5
K
3
1
0
2
7
A
Q
1
2
0
6
4
A
10
3
3
0
8
5
3
6
3
4
0
4
10
K
3
1
5
0
3
2
K
8
3
6
0
J
6
7
5
3
7
0
9
2
Q
9
3
8
0
7
6
A
10
1
9
0
J
4
Q
9
3
10
0
K
A
7
2
3
11
0
5
10
8
3
1
12
0
J
Q
8
9
2
12
1
N/S +490
13

 

Unlike the previous board, my 1NT was perfectly normal in any setting.  Partner's decision to stay low with 15HCP but 4333 distribution is to be lauded.

The computer, for once, made a normal lead from its longest and strongest suit.  I didn't know that, of course, and expected the Ace of hearts to be on my right.  When I played a spade to the Ace and the Queen dropped, I knew it was singleton because the robot doesn't falsecard from QT tight.  I crossed back to my hand to take a finesse against the Ten of spades, which worked.

When cashing my winners, I unknowingly executed a vice squeeze against West.  Granted, West could have kept its diamonds, but the computer wanted to hold on to all its heart winners.  When I led the King of diamonds and the Queen didn't drop, I expected to lose the last two tricks.  Imagine my surprise when I led a diamond to the Eight and it held.  Making twelve tricks in notrump was worth 97.9%.

Robot
96
Q108
AKJ8753
10
Robot
K874
K654
4
8754
Robot
AJ53
972
Q9
KJ32
Sterman
Q102
AJ3
1062
AQ96
W
N
E
S
3
P
P
X
P
3
P
P
P
D
20
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
2
K
4
0
0
1
A
4
9
6
1
1
1
5
7
J
Q
0
1
2
J
6
9
10
2
1
3
2
3
10
K
1
2
3
4
3
Q
10
3
3
3
6
8
8
K
2
3
4
A
2
6
4
2
3
5
2
9
8
5
0
3
6
7
7
3
A
3
4
6
7 tricks claimed
N/S -200
10

 

My first instinct was to pass 3D out, but I let the weakness of the robotic defense and the form of scoring persuade me to reopen with a double.  I followed that up by miscounting West's hand and allowing it to score more trump tricks than it was entitled to.  Another bad board all around for all the humans at the table - i.e., me.  -200 was 19.6%.

Robot
QJ1083
762
K973
10
Robot
A75
QJ
654
KQ987
Robot
964
A1098
AQ82
65
Sterman
K2
K543
J10
AJ432
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
21
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
K
8
5
3
1
0
2
10
K
6
1
2
0
Q
5
3
2
1
3
0
7
8
4
9
1
4
0
8
10
J
7
3
5
0
A
6
9
2
3
6
0
3
7
J
A
2
6
1
9
2
3
A
1
7
1
Q
9
K
Q
3
8
1
5
3
4
8
2
8
2
A
10
K
5
2
8
3
Q
J
J
6
2
8
4
6
4
10
7
0
8
5
N/S -100
13

 

I made a technical error on this.  With only seven top tricks I needed two more from hearts.  Before doing that, I ran clubs to give the robots a chance to discard their diamond winners, which they did quite nicely.  Alas, I failed to see that I might set up my ninth trick but not be able to reach it.  I should have cashed only four clubs, leaving a high club in my hand so I could reach the last heart winner.  I ended up down one, for 10.4%.

Too many self-inflicted wounds this session.

Robot
A64
KJ1043
J102
52
Robot
73
Q86
K9643
A93
Robot
Q108
972
AQ
J10764
Sterman
KJ952
A5
875
KQ8
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
22
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
6
2
A
3
1
0
5
10
3
Q
2
1
1
10
J
A
3
0
1
2
K
8
9
5
0
1
3
4
7
Q
K
3
2
3
9
6
4
8
3
3
3
5
3
6
4
3
4
3
2
4
9
6
3
5
3
8
5
A
7
1
6
3
Q
7
7
10
1
7
3
3
J
K
2
3
8
3
Q
2
9
10
3
9
3
8
J
K
A
2
9
4
N/S +400
13

 

I stuck to my strategy and opened a "normal" 1NT.  Again the robot went against spec and led from its longest and strongest suit - evidently three honors is just enough strength to consider leading from a five-card suit.

I wasn't sure where my winners were coming from and decided to duck a diamond.  East won and very helpfully led the Ten of spades.  West won and led King of hearts, nicely setting up my Queen.  It then led a spade back into my spade tenace.  When the spades broke I gratefully took my nine tricks.  A complete top, 100%.

Robot
J83
A10976
J1073
8
Robot
106
J53
Q8
AJ10762
Robot
AKQ5
Q
942
Q9543
Sterman
9742
K842
AK65
K
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
23
1NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
K
A
3
0
0
1
8
2
3
K
3
1
1
5
10
Q
2
1
2
1
A
4
2
7
1
3
1
J
Q
4
3
2
3
2
Q
2
8
6
2
3
3
K
4
J
10
2
3
4
A
7
10
6
2
3
5
9
A
3
8
3
4
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S +120
9

 

Despite my prime 13 HCP I decided to open 1D instead of a strong 1NT.  (I will never write that last sentence again in my life.)  Partner bid 1NT and I left it there.

For the life of me, I can't figure out how in the world the computer decided to lead the stiff Queen of hearts.  I covered with the King and West won the Ace.   The West robot must know its partner's tendencies - it refused to continue hearts, instead leading a club.  I had planned to overtake the King of clubs with the Ace and knock out the Queen of clubs, but the computer had nicely created a second entry to the dummy for me so I let the King win, crossed back to the Queen of diamonds and played Ace-Jack of clubs, disappointed when West showed out.

East decided it wasn't done throwing me tricks - it led spades from the top, smothering its partner's Jack and setting up my Nine.  I had the rest of the tricks.  +120 was 97.7%.

Robot
KQ105
9843
105
1086
Robot
A4
752
QJ96
A742
Robot
J763
AK43
KJ953
Sterman
982
AKQJ106
872
Q
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
24
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
3
2
1
1
0
2
3
A
4
3
2
0
8
10
4
6
0
2
1
5
Q
K
2
2
2
2
7
9
5
5
1
3
2
7
3
K
3
3
4
2
Q
9
2
9
3
5
2
J
8
4
4
3
6
2
10
6
6
5
3
7
2
7
10
J
A
2
7
3
J
Q
10
A
1
8
3
9
J
8
8
1
9
3
7
K
6
Q
3
10
3
N/S +170
13

 

I made perhaps the first preemptive jump overcall in my history of playing robot individuals.  I even didn't bid game when the computer raised me.  Wanting to ruff a spade in dummy, I ducked a spade, giving the computer an opportunity to find its diamond ruff - which of course it didn't.  I wrapped up ten tricks.  I was actually surprised this was worth 91.3%.  It seems most people did in fact go on to 4H, and being one level higher persuaded the robots to lead the Ten of diamonds and get a ruff.  Alternatively, the other humans overcalled 1H and got into a very competitive auction where the robots were pushed into bidding 4S.  Whether it was down one or two, they got at most +100 which wasn't enough to beat my +170.

 

As yesterday, i finished with three very strong results.  I ended up with a 62.35% game, good enough to move me up slightly into 39th overall after three sessions.  I'm still 5% behind the leaders, so unless I can engineer an 80% game tomorrow I don't think I can win.  But I'd like to try finishing in the top 1%, which is extremely doable.

On to the final day.

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