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My Online NABC - Introduction and Day 1
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"A nutless monkey could win an online NABC. Now, go get drunk and take credit at all the parties".

                         -Many of my friends – paraphrasing Les Grossman (Tom Cruise’s character in Tropic Thunder)

Going into the fall NABC online, I didn’t have any expectations for this tournament. I had entered the event several times before, finishing 39th, 78th and 39th again. 

When I played in these, I really tried hard to focus, but breaking 63% for a session seemed like a challenge. Plus, you have the robot gods like Leo Lasota, the fallen (for Bridgewinners) Jon Ottawa and a few others.

Coming into the final round this year, there were two players ahead of me: Liam King from Rancho Santa Fe, CA at 71.49% and Ron Vickery from Tucson, AZ with 70.4. I was at 70.3. Nobody else was north of 70.  I have not heard of either of these players before, but props to them for high finishes.

When I posted my score on Monday night, I was in the ‘clubhouse’ at 69.7. Pretty good, but no lock by any means. Obviously, if Liam or Ron held form, I wouldn’t win. I watched my preliminary results for Day 3 drift upward to 70.24 before finally settling in at 70 on the nose. That gave me a cumulative at 70.22, which was the 2nd highest behind JonOttawa’s performance last fall. Note that botmaster Leo Lasota was 2nd that year with 70.14. What a tragedy if I would put up a number like that and lose.   

So how does it feel to win one of these things? More relief than excitement. I felt like I made my share of errors (as you shall see). Was I lucky? Of course. There were occasional positions I took along the way, but only once or twice did I feel like I ‘stepped out’. In the end, I probably just sucked less than everyone else.

My style with the robots is a lot like my style in real life. Fairly aggressive, but I don’t play a lot of “stupid BOT tricks”. I have read Jim Munday’s articles, and have had many conversations with Ira Chorush about this, but it’s just not my approach. I try to evaluate my hands well and play the backs off the cards. I think if you are a reasonably good technician, you do not have to resort to these antics. Do the robots make mistakes? Of course – similar to a carbon-based life form!

I had very few bad results. Over 72 hands: 

Session 1: 4 boards under average - worst was 25%

Session II: 4 boards under average - worst was 19.64%

Session III: 3 boards under average - worst was 22.2%

Here’s a few deviations that I will make:

  1. Sometimes open the ‘wrong minor’ with 4-3 for misdirection
  2. Shade 1N to 14 (with one exception as you will see)
  3. Open a four-card major if I’m light
  4. Pass partner’s 1 level response if I think game is hopeless
  5. Preempt heavy if I think slam is remote

 

I have some time over the Thanksgiving weekend, so I will give you a play-by-play of the event.

Day 1 started on Saturday, 11/23. I found myself a quiet spot in my ‘man cave’ away from Kimi’s Facebook videos and our annoying Maltese.

The first board started out with a little excitement: 

Board 1

AKQ7652 T5 A4 K3. You open 1 (would you?) and pard trots out 1N. Now what?

This is a fairly classic 3N rebid in modern bidding. However, the GIB description looks like something from an old Goren book: (basically) a balanced 19-21 with FIVE spades. Oh boy, I would not want partner going crazy in another strain. I tried 3N and was rewarded in two ways:

GIB-E did not find the club lead and instead opted to ‘hit’ partner’s hoped-for diamond suit. Furthermore, GIB-W, discarded a diamond along the way, so I wrapped up 11. +460 and 81.5%. Nice start.

~Mwest
J9
AQ6
10986
AJ52
~Mnorth
83
J9743
KQ72
86
~Meast
104
K82
J53
Q10974
Phil
AKQ7652
105
A4
K3
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
A
6
7
3
1
0
A
9
3
4
3
2
0
K
J
8
10
3
3
0
Q
5
3
4
3
4
0
7
6
4
2
3
5
0
6
2
6
10
3
6
0
5
10
7
9
3
7
0
2
8
9
7
3
8
0
4
9
K
J
1
9
0
Q
5
5
J
1
10
0
2
Q
10
Q
1
11
0
8
8
3
A
0
11
1
A
J
K
K
0
11
2
N/S +460
13

Board 2

T2 A2 KT7542 KJ6 (NS Vul). What is your poison?

Because I’m on 11 and have short majors, I tried a ‘weak’ 2. I do not want to let them easy to overcall a major, and I want to slow partner down a little if it has 10 or 11. Partner boosts to 4 which makes me slightly nervous with my 6322, but our hands mesh well. RHO cashed the A which saved me a guess, but of course I ‘cannot’ have the K and a club might disappear on the ’s if I’m 2=3=6=2. +130 was 64.3% which was a tie for top.

~Mwest
A74
Q654
9
Q10952
~Mnorth
KQ98
K7
QJ863
43
~Meast
J653
J10983
A
A87
Phil
102
A2
K107542
KJ6
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
2
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
8
3
10
0
0
1
5
7
8
A
3
1
1
4
9
Q
A
2
1
2
A
6
2
3
2
1
3
7
K
5
4
3
2
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +130
5

Board 3

AQJT632 void AKQ8 Q2. White/ red, dealer.

What’s your opening? I considered 2 (too weak, and BOTs still go bananas like jumping to 6N on random 7 counts) and 4 (too strong and could easily miss a slam) but settled on a prosaic 1.

Your vulnerable opponents get active:

1 – (2) – 3 – (4)

?

I considered jumping to 6, but two club losers are staring me in the face and it seems obvious for West to lead one. I bid 4, LHO cue bid 5 and RHO returned cue with 6. Mother of god, what now?

I guessed to bid 6. LHO was 7-6 and they are gin for 7. I was x’d in 6 and they took the obvious two tricks. At the time, I thought this was a monster board but it was actually only 28.6%! Other tables are opening 4, taking the push to 5 and scoring up an easy 650 or 1000 (a few turned it back). Many were allowed to play a quiet 4.

~Mwest
AK9864
AK109853
~Mnorth
K975
72
1072
J764
~Meast
84
QJ1053
J98643
Phil
AQJ10632
AKQ5
Q2
W
N
E
S
1
2
3
4
4
5
P
6
6
X
P
P
P
D
3
6X South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
3
Q
0
0
1
K
2
3
6
3
1
1
A
5
5
8
3
2
1
Q
4
7
4
3
3
1
A
3
2
6
3
4
1
11 tricks claimed
N/S -100
5

Board 4

I played a boring 2N, received a heart lead, and played diamonds toward my QJ. Easy nine tricks and 67.9%. The players that only made 8 tricks crossed to dummy with a heart to run the Q. One intrepid soul bid the game and made 9 tricks.

~Mwest
K984
Q974
K5
764
~Mnorth
Q106
KJ6
QJ62
1083
~Meast
A5
A852
10943
952
Phil
J732
103
A87
AKQJ
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
P
P
D
4
2NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
A
3
2
0
1
2
A
4
3
3
1
1
7
K
2
4
0
1
2
7
8
9
K
3
2
2
A
5
6
3
3
3
2
8
9
J
10
1
4
2
Q
9
2
7
1
5
2
10
5
J
6
3
6
2
Q
4
6
2
3
7
2
10
9
J
8
1
8
2
K
5
3
Q
1
9
2
10
5
7
K
0
9
3
8
Q
A
J
2
9
4
N/S +150
13

Board 5

K72 QT AK97 KT64. Partner opened 1. I chose 1N because, a) I want this right sided and b) I can manage any rebid (and GIB never passes 1N). Partner bid 2 and I punted 3N.

Here, I made my first material card play error. Once LHO turns up with 9 major cards, hooking the is clear. Instead I played diamonds from the top and deserved down 1 and 28.6%. 11 tricks would have been a 90% board. Many players were in 4 making 5 and 6 (!) on a trump lead and east shedding a from Qxx.

My first clear error of the set. I think I went for a walk after this.

~Mwest
A8654
J853
8
J95
~Mnorth
10
AK964
J10652
A8
~Meast
QJ93
72
Q43
Q732
Phil
K72
Q10
AK97
K1064
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
5
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
10
J
K
3
1
0
Q
5
4
7
3
2
0
10
8
A
2
1
3
0
K
3
7
3
1
4
0
J
3
A
8
3
5
0
K
5
8
7
3
6
0
4
9
A
2
1
7
0
2
4
K
8
3
8
0
9
J
5
Q
2
8
1
Q
6
6
6
2
8
2
Q
2
4
9
2
8
3
9
7
A
6
0
8
4
J
10
3
10
0
8
5
N/S -100
13

Board 6

Q962 A985 83 AQ8, 2nd seat red/white.

Apparently I am on tilt because I open 1. This is bad because partner will raise hearts with 3, instead of bidding a four card spade suit. However, I am well placed if partner bids 1N.

Partner did bid 1 and competed, so I was forced to correct to 3. No drama in the play and I made 140 for a 91.1% board. Why was this so good? The field is opening 1, getting a 1 overcall. Apparently they felt obligated to compete to 3 and partner naturally pushed on to 4.   3 is booked for -2, +200 would have won all the matchpoints.

~Mwest
AJ8
73
AQ95
J1043
~Mnorth
7543
KQ10
K42
K72
~Meast
K10
J642
J1076
965
Phil
Q962
A985
83
AQ8
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1
P
P
X
P
2
2
P
3
P
3
P
P
P
D
6
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
3
9
K
1
1
0
3
K
2
8
2
1
1
9
8
4
K
1
2
1
4
10
Q
A
0
2
2
A
2
6
8
0
2
3
J
5
4
6
0
2
4
3
7
6
Q
3
3
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +140
7

Board 7

AQ532 AQ4 95 653

I open 1 as dealer, all red and partner bids 1N. This is an easy, although anti-systemic pass and it floats.

Partner’s hand is not a thing of beauty. LHO (position flipped) leads a high club and shifts to its stiff spade. I hold my breath and hook. When RHO inserts the 10 I rapidly cashout and I am grateful for six tricks. -100 was 80.4%. Many actually did pass my hand in 1N but -200 and -300 were common. Why?

Some tried to concede a spade. The opponents can tell what hand you have once they discover 3 spades, so cashing out is routine. Others hopped A and conceded -2.

~Mwest
K1087
J85
KQ4
Q98
~Mnorth
J96
K1076
J1072
74
~Meast
4
932
A863
AKJ102
Phil
AQ532
AQ4
95
653
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
7
1NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
5
8
4
2
0
1
4
2
10
J
1
1
1
9
6
A
7
3
2
1
A
5
6
2
3
3
1
Q
8
7
3
3
4
1
4
J
K
9
1
5
1
10
8
3
8
1
6
1
6
3
Q
K
0
6
2
K
2
A
5
2
6
3
A
6
Q
7
2
6
4
J
3
9
7
2
6
5
10
5
4
10
2
6
6
2
9
Q
J
2
6
7
N/S -100
13

Board 8

My second awful error follows.

Nobody vul and I look at

KT97532 AKQ3 J3 void

By the way, if you ever give a hand to Bramley, don’t ever say “club void”. He will take your head off.

Anyway, LHO is dealer and I hear pass, pass, 1 on my right. This hand does not look right for a preempt to me so I bid 1. 1N on my left which will slow me down a little. RHO bids 2 and I bid a quiet 2. RHO is back in there with 3 and now and only now do I show my hearts. LHO raises clubs and partner puts me in 4. Beautiful!

The T is led, which provides a nice little tempo for me. I ruff with the Ace, trump to dummy and RHO shows out. Not unexpectedly. Well, so play a spade up, and set up the suit by pinning the (not unlikely) doubleton honor. Everything else can wait. 

I thought the clubs might be 3-5, so dump both diamonds on clubs, and then play a spade. So I tried both clubs, shedding both diamonds. LHO ruffed and returned a trump and suddenly my hand was dead and I could not recover. 

-1 was still 60.5% because 4 is going down 2. Wasted opportunity and not feeling too good about myself at this point. Anyway, shake it off and move on. 

~Mwest
AQ8
975
K9854
102
~Mnorth
4
J108642
7
KQJ86
~Meast
J6
AQ1062
A97543
Phil
K1097532
AKQ3
J3
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
1
1N
P
2
2
P
P
3
3
4
4
P
P
P
D
8
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
K
A
A
3
1
0
3
5
J
2
1
2
0
Q
3
3
2
1
3
0
J
5
J
9
0
3
1
7
2
6
Q
3
4
1
3
8
4
6
0
4
2
8
7
A
K
3
5
2
K
A
6
J
1
6
2
8
9
2
9
2
6
3
7
5
4
6
2
6
4
4
7
5
4
1
7
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S -50
11

Board 9

Boring auction to a boring 3N. LHO leads the 8 which I cannot read immediately (it has to be 8x or JT8) so I duck.

They persist with clubs, so I play a spade up ('s can wait). LHO wins and clears clubs, but the suit is 4-3. On the last spade, RHO sheds the winning clubs. I come to 2 + 2 + 4 + 2 for 10 tricks and 64.3%

~Mwest
AK987
98
1053
J108
~Mnorth
Q1065
KJ
K962
943
~Meast
3
Q107652
Q8
Q752
Phil
J42
A43
AJ74
AK6
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
9
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
8
3
Q
6
2
0
1
7
A
J
4
3
1
1
2
K
5
3
0
1
2
10
9
5
K
3
2
2
J
A
6
7
0
2
3
8
J
Q
A
3
3
3
4
3
K
8
1
4
3
2
Q
A
5
3
5
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +430
8

Board 10

Maybe some educated guessing here, but partner did not press with hearts after 3N, so I deduced it had something in diamonds. 

+1370 = 78.6%

~Mwest
J108
109753
102
Q94
~Mnorth
3
AQJ842
Q73
KJ2
~Meast
Q765
6
865
A10853
Phil
AK942
K
AKJ94
76
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
10
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
J
A
6
2
0
1
6
K
3
2
3
1
1
4
2
Q
6
1
2
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1370
3

Board 11

Pretty flat board at 48.2%. How was 650 scored? Some clown opened the South hand 1N and got the A lead. Apparently West tried to give East a heart ruff and poof the loser went away.

~Mwest
A7
A952
J643
A104
~Mnorth
KJ10865
J1074
97
2
~Meast
Q863
108
K987653
Phil
Q9432
K
AKQ52
QJ
W
N
E
S
1
X
4
P
P
P
D
11
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
2
9
J
0
0
1
A
5
6
2
0
0
2
3
7
8
K
3
1
2
3
7
J
6
1
2
2
4
8
K
A
0
2
3
6
9
10
A
3
3
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +420
6

Board 12

A cute hand. I played in 4 after a 2N rebid. 

A diamond was led. I won in hand, checked hearts with the Ace, and then hooked hearts. I did not hop and clear, because I wanted a trump in hand to handle a diamond tap. LHO won and returned a trump. 

I tried the J. LHO won the stiff Ace and caused me a little discomfort with the 3rd diamond. For some reason I had a pretty good read on this hand. I ruffed in dummy and was planning on endplaying LHO in clubs. I made the preliminary of J to Ace before the spade.

If LHO pitches, I can rise, play a club to the ace, draw the trump and endplay LHO (note: I am not certain about the spade count yet). 

If LHO ruffs, it endplays itself which is what happened. 4 = was 92.9%

~Mwest
A
Q642
J94
Q9642
~Mnorth
K876
J10973
AQ
J5
~Meast
Q943
8
1087653
73
Phil
J1052
AK5
K2
AK108
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
P
1
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
12
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
K
4
Q
3
1
0
A
2
3
8
3
2
0
2
J
A
3
1
3
0
7
4
5
Q
0
3
1
6
9
7
K
3
4
1
J
A
6
3
0
4
2
9
10
10
2
1
5
2
J
7
A
2
3
6
2
5
4
7
9
0
6
3
4
5
3
8
3
7
3
10 tricks claimed
N/S +620
10

Board 13

With the spade overcall, my hand plummeted in value. I win the , and cleverly keeping my entries, lose a finesse to the bare Q. I lose two spade tricks and a club for +140 which was 58.9%. 

 

~Mwest
A9743
Q
QJ105
K93
~Mnorth
1086
A54
AK962
42
~Meast
Q
10863
843
Q10876
Phil
KJ52
KJ972
7
AJ5
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
13
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
A
3
7
1
1
0
4
8
J
Q
0
1
1
J
K
8
5
1
2
1
A
6
2
3
1
3
1
5
3
9
9
3
4
1
K
5
2
10
3
5
1
2
4
8
Q
2
5
2
6
A
3
2
3
6
2
5
7
10
8
1
7
2
6
7
J
A
0
7
3
10
6
4
7
3
8
3
K
9
4
10
3
9
3
J
K
9
Q
0
9
4
N/S +140
13

Board 14

This was one of my favorite hands. In a regular matchpoint game, I am not sure I am doubling 4 because I do not have any equity to protect as I am not at all sure we are making 3

In a robodoop however, I would think the auction up until 4 is going the same at every table. I like my chances on defense and I am picking up a matchpoint against every player. We have book in our hand, and there are lots of ways to four tricks - a slow diamond or heart, a spade, or even a trump. 

A few took the push to 4 which may be right if it's down 1 and they are making 4 but this requires a parlay. 

+100 was 96.4%. Someone was able to play 2 when they didn't overcall initially. 

~Mwest
Q5
KQ
K10542
6543
~Mnorth
K874
973
J863
92
~Meast
A9
J8542
Q9
KQJ7
Phil
J10632
A106
A7
A108
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
3
4
X
P
P
P
D
14
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
Q
K
A
2
0
1
K
A
3
9
3
1
1
10
5
4
9
3
2
1
A
Q
3
2
3
3
1
6
K
7
4
0
3
2
6
2
Q
8
2
3
3
J
10
4
9
2
3
4
9
7
K
8
0
3
5
5
7
7
3
2
3
6
J
10
2
3
2
3
7
8
6
4
6
2
3
8
5
2
10
8
2
3
9
Q
A
5
J
3
4
9
E/W -100
13

Board 15

I chose not to rebid 1 because I was 4333 and extras and got to play there. Since spades looked like it was making 8 tricks, my goal was 8 also - 3, 1, 1 and 3.  =120 = 82.1%

~Mwest
86
K10
AJ85
Q10742
~Mnorth
QJ53
J975
92
KJ6
~Meast
A104
Q432
Q643
98
Phil
K972
A86
K107
A53
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
15
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
6
9
A
3
1
0
2
6
Q
A
2
1
1
4
7
J
2
0
1
2
2
J
8
3
1
2
2
J
4
7
8
1
3
2
9
3
10
A
0
3
3
Q
K
4
5
1
4
3
3
10
K
10
3
5
3
9
7
5
6
3
6
3
K
8
5
Q
3
7
3
A
10
7
3
3
8
3
6
K
9
2
0
8
4
5
J
Q
8
0
8
5
N/S +120
13

Board 16

Normal 4. When East didn't find the diamond shift, I was able to shed two on the hearts and score +450. 69.6%

I felt like I had a nice rhythm at this point. 

~Mwest
QJ93
96
87653
104
~Mnorth
10
AKQJ72
94
QJ75
~Meast
6
10853
AQJ10
K863
Phil
AK87542
4
K2
A92
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
16
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
Q
K
A
3
1
0
A
3
10
6
3
2
0
K
Q
4
3
3
3
0
4
9
A
5
1
4
0
K
3
2
6
1
5
0
Q
10
K
J
0
5
1
5
9
A
4
3
6
1
7
9
2
8
0
6
2
7
5
10
2
3
7
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +450
9

Board 17

Standard 3N. I tried clubs first to see if I could coax a heart discard, and then managed my entries to try to drop Jx. When that did not materialize I was +400 - 62.5%

~Mwest
AK4
J952
J109
J85
~Mnorth
1083
AQ73
K65
Q64
~Meast
Q976
64
Q843
1093
Phil
J52
K108
A72
AK72
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
17
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
5
4
A
3
1
0
K
5
4
3
3
2
0
7
J
Q
10
1
3
0
6
9
A
8
3
4
0
2
4
3
7
3
5
0
K
5
3
6
3
6
0
8
9
Q
4
1
7
0
A
3
10
2
1
8
0
K
8
2
10
1
9
0
8
9
J
A
0
9
1
J
7
6
7
0
9
2
9
6
Q
2
2
9
3
Q
5
K
10
0
9
4
N/S +400
13

Board 18

My only adventure of the set. Tired of getting good, steady results, I look down out: 

52 J4 Q63 AKQ732

Other that it being about a queen light, the positional red cards and the source of tricks in clubs screams NT, so I tried it. I heard 2 ( + m) on my left and 3 by pard. Yuk! 

Knowing a black suit is splitting badly, I pulled it in with a pass. Wrong! -200 was 25%

Partner had the perfect hand for 3N: 

~Mwest
9
AK103
A9742
J98
~Mnorth
AKQ73
Q62
J108
54
~Meast
J10864
9875
K5
106
Phil
52
J4
Q63
AKQ732
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
2
3
P
P
P
D
18
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
A
J
4
3
1
0
5
9
A
6
1
2
0
K
4
2
2
1
3
0
Q
J
2
8
1
4
0
5
6
K
9
3
5
0
Q
7
8
10
2
5
1
8
3
9
3
2
5
2
9
4
K
2
0
5
3
A
6
8
J
0
5
4
3
Q
7
7
1
6
4
10
K
3
4
2
6
5
5
6
10
7
1
7
5
J
5
Q
A
0
7
6
N/S -200
13

Board 19

Tricky hand. I rate to get bad breaks in the majors with clubs appearing to be 7-1. I can make by ruffing two hearts, but my plan was to concede two hearts and/or squeeze LHO in the reds. 

Still -1 wasn't too bad - 83.3% Why so good? Most were -2, and a few took a flyer in 6. 

~Mwest
A865
KJ98
QJ53
Q
~Mnorth
109
105
K764
K10532
~Meast
3
43
1082
AJ98764
Phil
KQJ742
AQ762
A9
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
3
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
19
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
2
9
2
3
1
0
2
J
5
4
0
1
1
Q
4
2
A
3
2
1
4
A
9
3
0
2
2
6
10
7
K
3
3
2
Q
8
3
8
3
4
2
J
5
5
6
3
5
2
6
9
10
3
1
6
2
10
J
7
3
2
6
3
A
7
5
K
3
7
3
A
8
6
4
3
8
3
9
J
K
10
1
9
3
7
8
Q
K
2
9
4
N/S -50
13

Board 20

Typical matchpoint dogfight. I made an aggressive red overcall of 1 because I wanted the lead against the coming 1N on my left. This forced them into a support double and took them out of 1N. I was able to manage 8 tricks and +110 beat the +100's our way for 85.2%. 

~Mwest
865
AJ4
AJ82
K109
~Mnorth
974
1062
Q964
Q42
~Meast
K103
KQ93
73
J863
Phil
AQJ2
875
K105
A75
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
X
P
2
P
P
2
P
P
P
D
20
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
9
10
Q
3
1
0
5
4
10
Q
2
1
1
7
10
A
4
0
1
2
2
9
3
5
1
2
2
4
3
J
6
3
3
2
A
8
7
K
3
4
2
K
J
6
8
3
5
2
5
K
2
6
0
5
3
A
2
3
7
0
5
4
J
6
K
8
2
5
5
9
2
8
Q
3
6
5
8 tricks claimed
N/S +110
11

Board 21

I liked my technique here. I was allowed to play 2 and the defense started tapping the strong early. I worked on setting up a club by coming to me hand with a spade for a club up. LHO hopped and I was able to pitch my 4th diamond on the established club. If LHO ducks, I'm still making 3 however. 

+170 was 92.9% 

~Mwest
J65
103
AQJ93
A53
~Mnorth
Q987
7542
6542
4
~Meast
104
K96
K87
K10876
Phil
AK32
AQJ8
10
QJ92
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
1
P
2
P
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
P
D
21
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
10
A
2
0
0
1
Q
4
8
8
3
1
1
2
6
Q
4
1
2
1
4
K
2
5
2
2
2
K
J
3
5
3
3
2
Q
A
4
8
1
4
2
2
6
Q
3
3
5
2
A
10
5
K
3
6
2
J
3
6
7
3
7
2
A
5
7
10
3
8
2
K
J
8
9
2
8
3
10
9
J
7
1
9
3
9
6
3
9
1
10
3
N/S +170
13

Board 22

You hear 3 on your right and look at: JT2 void AKJ32 KQT95. even though I tend not to double with 5-5, this seemed like the right time, since it's such a great dummy for spades. Pard sat and we picked the tree clean for 800 and 96.3%

~Mwest
87543
2
Q84
AJ43
~Mnorth
AQ6
KJ976
75
872
~Meast
K9
AQ108543
1096
6
Phil
J102
AKJ32
KQ1095
W
N
E
S
3
X
P
P
P
D
22
3X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
4
7
6
3
1
0
K
A
2
6
0
1
1
2
7
10
2
2
1
2
9
A
8
5
3
2
2
3
Q
6
10
1
3
2
8
9
Q
3
3
4
2
2
5
A
K
1
5
2
6
8
10
7
2
5
3
A
5
8
J
2
5
4
5
J
3
9
1
6
4
7
Q
9
4
2
6
5
4
10
4
K
1
7
5
Q
3
J
J
2
7
6
E/W -800
13

Board 23

Another fun hand! After a club lead, a trump promotion was looming. Fast forward to trick 9. The key was ruffing my good Q as an entry back to my established after drawing trump. +680 was 85.2% 

~Mwest
Q1053
Q5
J9875
96
~Mnorth
AK
K87
Q102
J10732
~Meast
94
43
A643
KQ854
Phil
J8762
AJ10962
K
A
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
23
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
2
5
A
3
1
0
2
5
K
9
1
2
0
A
4
7
3
1
3
0
2
A
K
5
2
3
1
K
9
6
3
3
4
1
6
10
7
3
1
5
1
10
6
2
J
3
6
1
8
Q
8
8
1
7
1
K
4
6
5
1
8
1
Q
4
10
7
3
9
1
A
Q
7
3
3
10
1
J
9
10
4
3
11
1
J
8
J
Q
3
12
1
N/S +680
13

Board 24

Down to the end! I get binsky'd which was OK here. +450 was mostly flat and 51.8%

~Mwest
K5
1065
AKQ1065
73
~Mnorth
QJ973
8
J73
K1098
~Meast
6
Q9742
982
J642
Phil
A10842
AKJ3
4
AQ5
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
P
2
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
P
P
D
24
5 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
A
5
Q
3
1
0
A
7
8
4
3
2
0
Q
3
9
2
3
3
0
5
K
10
J
0
3
1
Q
3
2
4
0
3
2
K
7
9
4
3
4
2
11 tricks claimed
N/S +450
6

Conclusions on next page

Looking over the first days results, I find myself in 6th with 69.83% I would love to have had Boards 5 and 8 over. 

http://www.bridgebase.com/static/nabc/nabc_2019_november_day1.html

Who is this Greco guy in 7th? Is the NABC online counting toward POTY? 

1 rvickery 72.19 18.00 A

2 leftfoot 71.68 13.50 A

3 bruceboje 71.43 10.13 A

4 chewylime 71.15 12.00 C

5 oyvind_t 69.98 9.00 B

6 phil 69.83 6.55 A

7 greco 69.77 6.00 A

8 i_think 69.60 6.75 B

9 bhwms 69.56 5.33 B

10 drgew 69.394.80 A

looking further, I also see some of the perennial contenders in the Top 40: 

21 jonottawa 68.16 2.77 A

23 Fredp 68.03 2.57 A

34 ashdown4 66.84 1.85 A

To be continued......

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