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NABC Online Individual - Day 3
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See http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/nabc-online-individual-day-2/ for the summary of the previous day of this event as here are the above 75% and below 25% hands from day 3.  I'd had two very consistent sessions, but maybe slightly below my opening expectations.  Would day 3 break the consistency?

We started off with 2 A+ boards and a flat average hand, with the first extreme hand being hand 4 where the right game and right tricks mattered:

Robot
1075
QJ7
A1082
K82
Robot
94
A8642
J63
Q109
Robot
KJ3
95
9754
J763
Mbodell
AQ862
K103
KQ
A54
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
1
P
1N
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
P
P
D
4
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
4
Q
0
0
1
8
6
9
K
3
1
1
3
7
A
5
1
2
1
4
K
A
5
3
3
1
K
Q
2
9
3
4
1
Q
7
9
3
3
5
1
2
10
4
J
1
6
1
6
7
10
J
0
6
2
2
J
7
4
1
7
2
9
3
A
2
3
8
2
8
8
10
5
3
9
2
6
10
Q
J
3
10
2
5
K
8
6
1
11
2
N/S +650
13

Seemed a standard enough auction with too good for 1NT and not good enough for 2NT leaving the good 5 card major to start with 1.  Now over 1NT the 2NT bid is clear, over which partner transfered in hearts and then gave the choice of game.  With 3 hearts and a 5323 it wasn't perfectly clear if 3NT might be better on some hands, especially with the strong fragments, but 4 rates to do better overall usually given 5 hearts and less than 3 spades opposite.  After they play 2 diamond tricks on the go, we pull one round of trump to take the early spade hook, and when this works, pull the second round of trumps and ruff good the spades.  When spades split 3-3 we drive out the boss trump to setup the 2 spade winners for club pitches and making 5 and +650 is good for 87.5%.

The complete traveller was:

4HS+1 7 650 87.50%

3NN+1 2 630 68.75%

4SS= 1 620 54.17%

4HS= 4 620 54.17%

3NN= 6 600 31.25%

1NN+2 1 150 16.67%

1NN= 1 90 12.50%

4SS-1 1 -100 4.17%

4HS-1 1 -100 4.17%

3DN-1 1 -100 4.17%

The NT players don't score as well, and several of the heart contracts don't setup the spade tricks in time for pitches and take fewer tricks.

The next board out is a disaster after one of our pair doesn't have their described bid in the following auction:

Robot
AKJ1063
10986
A5
2
Robot
8
75
J76
A1098763
Robot
9754
K
Q832
QJ54
Mbodell
Q2
AQJ432
K1094
K
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
P
3
X
4
X
P
P
P
D
5
4X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
K
A
8
3
1
0
4
5
J
Q
2
1
1
Q
K
2
3
3
2
1
K
A
7
2
0
2
2
9
5
5
2
2
2
3
5
3
3
9
0
2
4
10
6
4
4
2
2
5
8
9
10
10
0
2
6
A
8
9
2
0
2
7
6
8
7
J
2
2
8
3
10
J
6
0
2
9
K
7
J
Q
0
2
10
6
A
4
Q
0
2
11
E/W +690
13

The X of 3 shows 16-22 total points and rebiddable hearts.  We have 15 hcp and 3 extra shape points, but lose 2 for short honors, still gives around 16 total points, and our hearts are rebiddable, so it seems like the right call.  But now over the 4 call this induces our partner to make a X which is supposed to show 10-11 hcp for its action.  After winning the opening heart lead I thought the best chance to set it would be to find partner with Ax of diamonds and get 2 top diamonds and a diamond ruff to go with the heart trick.  But this now led to 11 tricks for declarer when they rode the diamond around to the Q.  -690 was not a good board, fetching 6.25%.

The complete traveller was:

4SW-1 2 50 97.92%

5HS-2 1 -200 91.67%

6HS-3 2 -300 85.42%

4SW= 5 -420 70.83%

4SW+1 5 -450 50.00%

7DS-5 1 -500 37.50%

4SWx= 5 -590 25.00%

4SWx+1 4 -690 6.25%

If we pass the 3 call, that leads to 4 undoubled, X leads to 4X, 4 leads to the 5 or 6 depending on if we lie about keycard (get out in 5) or tell the truth when partner drives to slam.  Still opponents fail to double and down 200 or 300 beats giving up the making game.  The people who set game, which shouldn't happen double dummy, won the first and shifted to a trump and continued to attack trump and hearts and when the declarer finishes everything they don't guess the ending right and end up a trick light.

The next board out got us a great score again for being in the "right" game and making the right number of tricks:

Robot
75
J10753
1093
AQ3
Robot
63
K9642
K5
6542
Robot
Q1094
AQ8
J82
J87
Mbodell
AKJ82
AQ764
K109
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
6
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
8
2
3
1
0
4
3
K
2
1
2
0
2
8
10
Q
0
2
1
5
3
9
J
3
3
1
A
10
5
8
3
4
1
6
9
6
J
1
5
1
4
7
9
A
0
5
2
3
5
J
K
3
6
2
A
7
4
4
3
7
2
K
5
6
Q
3
8
2
Q
7
6
10
2
8
3
Q
8
10
9
3
9
3
7
3
K
A
3
10
3
N/S +420
13

The jump shift seemed clear on total points with the 5053 hand, and over partner's 3 continuation, our forcing 3 on AKJxx seemed ok, and we ended up in the 4 contract.  We are down double dummy if they force us with heart plays, but perhaps not picturing only 5 spades for our call W doesn't find this and when in on clubs attacks trump the first time and tries a 3rd round of clubs the second time.  This enabled me to come to 10 tricks afterall, including scoring the beer card!  +420 was good for 93.75%.

The complete traveller was:

 

3NN+1 1 430 100.00%

4SS= 2 420 93.75%

3NN= 3 400 83.33%

2SS+1 3 140 70.83%

2SS= 1 110 62.50%

3NN-1 3 -50 41.67%

4SS-1 5 -50 41.67%

5DS-1 1 -50 41.67%

4SS-2 3 -100 14.58%

3NN-2 1 -100 14.58%

4SS-4 2 -200 2.08%

As can be seen by the travellers this one was all over the map with part scores and 3nt and often less tricks taken.  Some of the folks who went down tried 4 over 3 before ending up in 4, and even with W choosing to lead the A, people still went down when they were careless in allowing themselves to be tapped rather than enjoying the diamonds.

Another A+ for right contract, right tricks, led us to another even higher scoring board for being in game but seeing a line to take all the tricks:

Robot
K10853
Q102
J7652
Robot
QJ73
6
98543
KQ8
Robot
106
AQ72
KJ6
10943
Mbodell
AK98542
J94
A7
A
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
2
4
P
P
P
D
8
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
8
10
A
3
1
0
8
7
Q
6
1
2
0
3
6
A
2
3
3
0
9
3
J
10
1
4
0
Q
3
7
6
1
5
0
K
9
4
2
1
6
0
4
K
5
10
3
7
0
4
10
7
7
1
8
0
5
J
A
Q
3
9
0
2
8
3
2
1
10
0
8
4
9
5
1
11
0
9
Q
J
J
1
12
0
6
A
K
K
3
13
0
N/S +510
13

They show a 2 suited hand over our 1 opener and partner bids game ending the auction.  On the club lead it is immediately clear that we are making at least 12 tricks.  The only chance for 13 is if we can pitch a and on the KQ and then 2 more hearts on the 4th and 5th diamond.  For this to work the hands have to be 0=5=3=5 and 2=4=3=4 and we have to pay attention to entries so trump spots become important.  When W shows out on the first spade, we have a reasonable chance, and now we unblock the A, cross back in trump pulling the last trump, pitch on the clubs and ruff a diamond, cross back in trump, ruff a 3rd diamond.  If they hadn't split 3=3 we'd have lost a but still had 1 ruff.  Instead we use the carefully preserved 3 as an entry from the 2 to be able to enjoy the good diamonds, just like something out of a bridgemaster problem hand.  +510 was good for 93.75%.

The complete traveller was:

6SS= 1 980 100.00%

4SS+3 2 510 93.75%

4SS+2 20 480 47.92%

4SS+1 1 450 4.17%

6SS-1 1 -50 0.00%

There were 2 people in 6, one of whom somehow managed to go down 1 for no good reason.  Everyone in 4 got the club lead and nearly everyone settled for the obvious +480 instead of the very low risk line for +510 (the diamonds could have, in very unlikely theory, been 6=0 but then E has at least 7 clubs and never preempted or opened in 3rd seat and even more unlikely W has led from short clubs, with no ability to ruff, instead of from the solid sequence in diamonds - so this line seems extremely safe in practice).

A thin 3nt is the next hand:

Robot
K105
K10432
K8
J52
Robot
A7
A98
J1073
9874
Robot
J8643
J6
Q952
106
Mbodell
Q92
Q75
A64
AKQ3
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
2
8
10
A
3
1
0
K
5
4
6
3
2
0
Q
J
7
3
3
3
0
3
2
9
4
1
4
0
J
5
4
K
0
4
1
8
10
Q
A
3
5
1
6
4
3
9
2
5
2
6
2
10
A
1
6
2
7
8
9
K
0
6
3
5
8
J
Q
3
7
3
5
10
A
6
1
8
3
7
2
7
3
1
9
3
9
J
Q
K
0
9
4
N/S +400
13

Here the W hand avoids leading away from a K by leading our best suit.  We take the clubs, and go about attacking diamonds, By paying attention to the spots our 6 promotes the 7 by force, and E is in to break spades, again our spots of the 7 and 9 become key to help promote our Q for a 3rd round spade trick and 4 clubs, 2 diamonds, 1 heart, and 2 spades are good enough for 9 tricks and +400 and 79.17%.

The complete traveller was:

3NS= 11 400 79.17%

2NS+1 1 150 54.17%

2CS+2 1 130 50.00%

3NS-1 6 -50 35.42%

3NS-2 4 -100 14.58%

3NS-4 1 -200 4.17%

3NS-6 1 -300 0.00%

So most people are in 3nt, but just under half are able to make it.  Most of those who went down decided after winning the first 4 club tricks to try leading towards a major Q, losing to W.  A little bit of preferring the diamond suit and a little bit of knowing the computer disliking leading from K making W slightly more likely to have the major K given the club leads led to my choice to attack diamonds instead.

We get an A+ for competing over a preempt and going down only the par one trick on the next hand.  Then we have a terrible board based on our declarer choices:

Robot
Q87
AQJ4
J987
42
Robot
K6543
65
Q103
AQ6
Robot
J10
8732
K652
K87
Mbodell
A92
K109
A4
J10953
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
P
P
D
11
2NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
7
10
6
4
1
1
0
3
J
A
7
3
2
0
J
2
6
K
2
2
1
3
9
J
5
0
2
2
J
3
5
A
3
3
2
3
4
Q
8
1
4
2
A
7
5
4
1
5
2
4
10
2
8
2
5
3
K
9
9
Q
2
5
4
2
10
Q
6
0
5
5
8
5
2
9
0
5
6
A
6
8
K
0
5
7
Q
K
7
10
1
6
7
N/S -100
13

I'm not a fan of our bidding system here, as I'd rather play this in 2.  I didn't want to accept the invite to game, and 3 over 2nt also seemed unclear to me, although maybe that is the better call.  In 2nt I win the opening diamond cheaply and cross in clubs and make the fateful decision to run the club J.  I thought given I wanted to repeat the finesse if it worked that this was the right choice and was optimistic that I had enough entries to dummy with the A and hopefully the K, but when this lost I now was very badly placed on the hand when opponents attack and and remove my last and only entry with the clubs blocked.  This badly played -100 was worth 14.58%.

The complete traveller was:

4SN= 1 420 100.00%

2NS+2 1 180 95.83%

3SN+1 2 170 89.58%

2NS+1 3 150 79.17%

3SN= 2 140 66.67%

1SN+2 1 140 66.67%

P 1 0 58.33%

2NS-1 3 -50 41.67%

3NS-1 3 -50 41.67%

4SN-1 1 -50 41.67%

2NS-2 3 -100 14.58%

4SN-2 1 -100 14.58%

3SN-2 1 -100 14.58%

2NN-2 1 -100 14.58%

4SN-3 1 -150 0.00%

So many different contracts and results on this hand. 8 tricks in NT or 9 tricks in spades are the double dummy results, but any plus score will score well.

We followed this up with an A- for being in the normal game that fails a trick.  Then our next extreme hand was for getting to the fairly clear game and taking the extra trick:

Robot
K1084
A10864
Q4
Q3
Robot
9763
Q52
K63
A94
Robot
QJ5
97
1097
J10752
Mbodell
A2
KJ3
AJ852
K86
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
13
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
9
K
3
1
0
2
4
K
7
1
2
0
6
10
J
Q
0
2
1
A
5
7
3
0
2
2
10
Q
2
J
1
3
2
3
9
A
8
3
4
2
8
10
3
7
3
5
2
5
3
4
5
3
6
2
A
4
6
5
3
7
2
6
Q
A
J
1
8
2
9
10
K
8
3
9
2
8
4
7
Q
3
10
2
2
K
9
J
0
10
3
N/S +630
13

When partner staymans and invites we have a 16 count and a decent 5 card suit so an accept seems clear.  On the play, I can't claim great skill as with opponent attacking hearts on the go I take the normal play in diamonds and it loses.  The opponents can easily hold me tight - or even set me on a spade switch - but end up cashing a top heart and clearing hearts.  I can now run diamonds (pitching a spade and a club from dummy) and E is in a psuedo squeeze not sure if needing to protect the 3rd round Q of spades (if I have AK of spades) or the 3rd round J of clubs (if I have K of clubs) and chooses to keep the spades.  Now I end up with an extra club trick and +630 is worth 84.78%.

The complete traveller was:

3NS+1 8 630 84.78%

3NS= 9 600 47.83%

2NS+1 3 150 17.39%

1NS+2 2 150 17.39%

1NS+1 1 120 4.35%

2DS+1 1 110 0.00%

So about 1/3 of the field miss game, and then it is 50/50 if you get 10 tricks or 9 tricks in game.  Looking at the sample movie, the people with 9 tricks played the same line I did except they pitched 2 spades and no clubs from dummy on the run of the diamonds, while I pitched a club from the dummy.  The E hand decided to match the dummy's shape so that was the difference between stealing the extra club trick or not, so maybe a very small sliver of skill in that choice after all.

Another bad board for being in 2NT-1 when we raised over 1-1NT with a 17 hcp 3145 hand and ended up a trick short.  Then 2 A+ for normal game and normal partscore balance both making exactly. Then a mild A- for going down in a makable 4 contract that should have made but that most of the field also went down in. The next extreme board places us in 1NT with a bad dummy and needing to find a way to make some tricks:

Robot
A10
AQ1096
J104
1092
Robot
J84
J432
876
Q86
Robot
K7653
8
KQ5
7543
Mbodell
Q92
K75
A932
AKJ
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
P
P
D
18
1NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
6
7
K
3
1
0
2
10
6
5
0
1
1
2
8
3
A
3
2
1
3
J
7
K
2
2
2
5
2
A
4
0
2
3
10
8
7
Q
3
3
3
A
4
8
Q
3
4
3
9
6
2
6
3
5
3
J
9
Q
5
1
6
3
3
8
K
A
0
6
4
Q
4
3
5
0
6
5
10
J
4
7
1
7
5
J
K
9
9
2
7
6
N/S +90
13

They lead clubs and we have 4 top tricks. After winning with a top club we have to decide should we attack our 4-3 diamond suit or our 4-3 heart suit.  Diamond has the length with our stronger hand (which has the entries) plus has no lead considerations, where as if our opponents lead hearts that may be to our advantage, so we duck a diamond.  W wins and continues clubs. We win (preserving the Q as entry to board) and duck 1 more round of diamonds and this time when E wins they play on spades which helps our Jxx opposite Qxx be set for third round control.  When W wins they can still set us if they play on clubs again setting up E for the 13th club, but they play back a spade instead, which E ducks.  Now we have 3 tricks, and if diamonds are 3=3 we are up to 6 tricks with 2 more diamonds and the clubs, so we cash those tricks putting us back on the board thanks to the preserved Q.  Now we hope that the A is onside and our K will be the 7th trick.  We lead a heart up and the A is offside but W is down to nothing but hearts and ends up giving us the J (without even making us guess) which is now trick 7.  A hard fought +90 is worth 89.58%.

The complete traveller was:

1NS= 6 90 89.58%

1NS-1 11 -100 54.17%

1NS-2 5 -200 20.83%

1NS-3 2 -300 6.25%

1NS-4 1 -400 0.00%

The people who went down mainly didn't preserve the third round club entry to board, and some didn't attack diamonds but attacked hearts or spades.  One played the same as me to the 4 card ending but ended up exiting the spade J, I guess either thinking it is good or hoping to end play the hearts.

Next up is another disaster where we double the opponents in a making partscore:

Robot
KQ87
K76
J107642
Robot
4
Q9652
J1052
AQ3
Robot
A95
KJ873
43
K95
Mbodell
J10632
A104
AQ98
8
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
P
3
X
P
P
P
D
19
3X West
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
5
10
K
0
0
1
2
A
5
8
1
1
1
J
3
8
K
0
1
2
6
3
9
2
2
1
3
3
4
10
6
0
1
4
J
Q
K
9
2
1
5
8
10
7
5
0
1
6
7
9
A
3
2
1
7
9
6
8
2
2
1
8
J
A
4
Q
0
1
9
Q
2
K
J
0
1
10
7
10
4
Q
3
2
10
A
6
5
7
3
3
10
E/W +870
13

When West balences in red with 3 after opponents have been silent and partner shows the biddable clubs I correctly determine that 3 in an 8 card fit with only at most 20 hcp between us is unlikely to make.  Unfortunately, I don't realize the opponents have a 9 card club fit and don't realize that clubs are cold for 10 tricks.  -870 is rarely a good score, but I have some company - actually the most frequent result - so manage 16.67%.

The complete traveller was:

P 4 0 93.75%

3HN-2 6 -100 72.92%

3NN-3 1 -150 52.08%

3HN-3 2 -150 52.08%

3DN-3 1 -150 52.08%

4HNx-3 1 -500 41.67%

4CWx= 1 -710 37.50%

3CWx+1 9 -870 16.67%

The 4 people who went low and passed the 11 count rule of 20 opener get the shared top, as otherwise the 8 card heart fit with 20 hcp gets to try the 5-0 split and goes down a lot, but still not as bad as the -870.

Next board is another disaster, this time starting due to taking an anti-field assesment of the strength of our hand.

Robot
Q9
97654
A109653
Robot
J105
KQ2
J7
Q10542
Robot
87643
83
K84
J86
Mbodell
AK2
AJ10
Q2
AK973
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
P
2
2
3
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
20
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
7
8
Q
0
0
1
3
J
K
2
2
0
2
4
A
9
5
3
1
2
A
4
2
8
3
2
2
7
10
Q
6
1
3
2
4
J
K
9
3
4
2
A
6
2
8
3
5
2
J
9
K
3
1
6
2
Q
8
10
7
1
7
2
J
7
2
Q
0
7
3
5
5
6
K
1
8
3
10
4
3
6
1
9
3
10
3
9
5
3
10
3
N/S -200
13

I decide that an 8 control 21 count with an AK9xx suit is too strong for 2NT, and plan to bid 2...2NT instead.  Unfortunately over 2 we get interferrence bidding as the opponents find the suit that will sink 3NT.  Now partner makes a positive response in our 5 card suit.  With only Qx in the suit the opponents bid, we raise the 10+ card trump suit in the minors, partner immediately blackwoods with Jx in the opponents suit, and we end up in slam off the one key card but with the cashing AK of this side suit.  So we are down 1 off the top, and then when we play the Q to be with the long spades and finesse into the short Q we end up down 2.  Looking at the hands in 3nt the opponents have 6 diamonds so maybe our -200 will push with them?  Unfortunately, -200 is actually good for just 6.25%.

The compete traveller was:

3NS+2 15 660 70.83%

3NS+1 1 630 37.50%

3NS= 3 600 29.17%

3CS+1 1 130 20.83%

6CS-1 1 -100 16.67%

3NN-2 1 -200 6.25%

6CS-2 3 -200 6.25%

Most people just have the quiet 2NT-3NT auction and opposite that W decides to lead from the 9-fifth of hearts instead of the AT-sixth of diamonds (maybe the no stayman/transfer prefers the major lead).  And on the heart lead there are 10 sure top tricks which become 11 when the spade Q drops.  The one 3NT N shows what happens if I bid 3 over the 3 positive as partner with the Jx half stop bids 3nt and E knows to lead diamonds given the auction.

We follow this with an A+ then A- for being in the mode result on partscore hands.  Then we create something out of not much more than some luck when taking a best hand/robot tactical bid:

Robot
AJ754
AJ82
9732
Robot
Q108
K9532
K1075
6
Robot
63
AQJ74
9
KJ1084
Mbodell
K92
1086
Q643
AQ5
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
3
P
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
23
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
K
A
3
3
1
0
2
J
Q
6
1
2
0
5
9
Q
A
0
2
1
2
7
3
3
2
2
2
A
6
8
2
2
2
3
Q
8
J
K
1
3
3
K
4
4
7
0
3
4
A
8
4
9
0
3
5
5
10
8
K
3
4
5
6
4
10
7
0
4
6
9
9
J
Q
3
5
6
5
2
5
10
2
5
7
J
10
7
3
2
5
8
E/W -200
13

We have an 11 count 3343 and it is all red.  This seems like a hand I want to defend, not declare, but don't want it passed out and decide the best way to do this is bid 1 planning to likely pass what partner says and then either get out cheap or let the opponents balance in.  But this works out unexpectedly when W bids the and partner X and now E jumps to 3.  I don't know if he discounted clubs because of my bid or what but he does have 14+ total points with the shortness and does have a good heart suit, although I'm not sure the distribution points for short spades are a good evaluation on this hand.  With the hands mis-fitting, especially since I stole their 9 card club fit, they settle in the 21 hcp 5-2 trump fit game attempt.  We actually can set them 3 tricks, but we slip a trick in the defense, but +200 is still a cold top for 100%.

The complete traveller was:

4SW-2 1 200 100.00%

2NW-1 8 100 80.43%

2DN-1 3 -100 56.52%

2NW= 8 -120 32.61%

4CE= 2 -130 10.87%

2NW+1 1 -150 4.35%

2DN-3 1 -300 0.00%

The normal auction has me pass and E opens 1 and after bidding various suits they end up in 2nt which should be down 1 but often was let make. It is worth noting that even though this is a fairly rare - for me - board where I make a robot tactical bid and it works out brilliantly for the 100%, just getting the defense right in the normal contract was worth 80+%, so here even a total successful move is only winning 20% of a board.

The last hand of the session is a flat 12 count with Tx in the suit that partner opens a weak 2.

Robot
Q85
KJ4
A1085
876
Robot
AJ9764
83
KJ4
32
Robot
K3
10975
Q2
A10954
Mbodell
102
AQ62
9763
KQJ
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
P
P
D
24
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
3
A
4
0
0
1
8
K
2
6
1
1
1
2
A
Q
6
2
1
2
10
K
8
3
3
2
2
10
8
4
K
2
2
3
9
J
7
3
3
3
3
2
5
J
3
1
4
3
A
10
2
Q
1
5
3
9
5
6
4
1
6
3
J
7
7
10
1
7
3
8
9
A
J
3
8
3
Q
K
6
5
1
9
3
7
4
9
5
1
10
3
N/S +170
13

E gets off to an attacking Q lead from Qx, and when W wins the A and returns the suit we risk the trumps by playing on clubs early to setup both the entries for the spade finesses and the pitch for the heart.  When the minors behave with E having the A and winning the first round but continuing clubs on the second we are able to take the double finesses in spades and pitch a heart on the club and make 10 tricks for +170 and 79.17%.

The complete traveller was:

3NS= 2 400 97.92%

3SN+1 1 170 79.17%

2SN+2 6 170 79.17%

2SN+1 1 140 62.50%

2SN= 10 110 39.58%

2SN-1 5 -50 8.33%

The people making 8 tricks mostly were worried about the diamonds from the opening lead and immediately played A and another so they lost 2 spade tricks and then had the opponents attack hearts before clubs were setup and thus lost a heart trick to go with the diamond and club.

So overall on the third day I finished around 1 hour 26 minutes finishing around 4:12 am Toronto time.  My provisional score was around 62%, but as like with the first two sessions, it fell significantly as the later results came in, and ended up with just 58.85% which was 340 out of 2510 players.

If you break down the boards into quartiles I had:

8 greater than or equal to 75% up to 100%

8  greater than or equal to 50% but less than 75%

4 greater than or equal to 25% but less than 50%

4 greater than or equal to 0% but less than 25%

12 of which I covered here.

Dividing in to quintiles instead I had:

6 greater than or equal to 80% up to 100%

9 greater than or equal to 60% but less than 80%

3 greater than or equal to 40% but less than 60%

2 greater than or equal to 20% but less than 40%

4 greater than or equal to 0% but less than 20%

So this round was significantly less successful than the other rounds. My original goal was 4 solid rounds (each top 100/65+%) which might leave me in the top 10 when combined for overalls in the event, and while session 1 and 2 had me a little bit behind that pace, session 3 now had me completely off that as I was now left needing a little work for even the top 100 overall, with a tougher realistic stretch goal probably being top 50 overall if the 4th session ends up my best session.  Not ideal, but there is always that last segment left, and the plenty of mistakes and missed opportunities in this set meant fixing those - and not doubling the opponents in making contracts - might leave room for a good scoring session to end.

Here are the full hands for the third day of the event:

Mbodell 1 23:46 2SS+2 170 66.67% Traveller

Mbodell 2 23:49 4HN-1 -100 60.42% Traveller

Mbodell 3 23:51 3NS+1 430 50.00% Traveller

Mbodell 4 23:55 4HS+1 650 87.50% Traveller

Mbodell 5 23:59 4SWx+1 -690 6.25% Traveller

Mbodell 6 00:05 4SS= 420 93.75% Traveller

Mbodell 7 00:10 4SS= 620 62.50% Traveller

Mbodell 8 00:15 4SS+3 510 93.75% Traveller

Mbodell 9 00:19 3NS= 400 79.17% Traveller

Mbodell 10 00:22 3CS-1 -100 68.75% Traveller

Mbodell 11 00:27 2NS-2 -100 14.58% Traveller

Mbodell 12 00:34 4HS-1 -100 37.50% Traveller

Mbodell 13 00:37 3NS+1 630 84.78% Traveller

Mbodell 14 00:39 2NN-1 -50 33.33% Traveller

Mbodell 15 00:42 4SS= 620 63.04% Traveller

Mbodell 16 00:45 2CN= 90 70.83% Traveller

Mbodell 17 00:50 4SS-1 -50 43.75% Traveller

Mbodell 18 00:52 1NS= 90 89.58% Traveller

Mbodell 19 00:56 3CWx+1 -870 16.67% Traveller

Mbodell 20 01:00 6CS-2 -200 6.25% Traveller

Mbodell 21 01:03 2NS= 120 60.42% Traveller

Mbodell 22 01:06 1CS-1 -50 43.75% Traveller

Mbodell 23 01:09 4SW-2 200 100.00% Traveller

Mbodell 24 01:12 2SN+2 170 79.17% Traveller

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