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NABC Online Individual - Day 4
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This is the last of 4 articles, see http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/nabc-online-individual-day-3/ for the most recent and again I'll be covering 75% or better and 25% or worse hands.  Coming off a rough third session, how would the last session go?

We start off with an A+ board for letting partner's diamond preempt be the strain after one attempt at a thin game, Follow with an A+ board for making a game the computer could have set, a dead average hand for being in 3nt where 8 tricks is the limit, and another A+ for getting 200 defending 3.  The first qualifying hand is board 5 where we get to defend a 2 contract:

Robot
J63
A952
KQ74
J4
Robot
1085
4
1098653
KQ6
Robot
K94
KQJ7
J
98752
Mbodell
AQ72
10863
A2
A103
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
1
1
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
5
2 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
4
8
J
3
1
0
3
J
Q
9
1
2
0
9
4
2
K
0
2
1
Q
6
2
3
3
3
1
10
4
K
5
1
4
1
10
J
2
7
2
4
2
7
6
A
4
0
4
3
5
5
K
8
2
4
4
7
A
9
6
0
4
5
2
8
Q
10
2
4
6
8
7
6
5
2
4
7
K
A
3
10
3
5
7
Q
J
3
9
3
6
7
E/W -50
13

Double dummy 8 tricks are there, but after the auction I try the Ax in partner's suit, but seeing the dummy and the J from declarer switch to clubs.  When partner wins the Q and switches back to diamonds (in case I had stiff A maybe) declarer gets a club pitch from the long clubs.  I'm not sure if the 9 from partner is a suit preference, or random, or system, but declarer decides that cashing the 3rd round of diamonds is a good idea and I get to score a cheap ruff and they are now on the path for going down.  I play another club to partner's K, and now the T is a possible promotion card while declarer ruffs high.  With the bad split of trump declarer gets only one club ruff and a long club but is forced to lose 2 spades in the end for down 1 and +100 is good for 80.43%.

The complete traveller was:

3DS= 1 110 100.00%

2HE-1 7 50 80.43%

3HE-1 1 50 80.43%

3DS-1 4 -100 54.35%

2HE= 7 -110 30.43%

2HE+1 1 -140 13.04%

4DNx-1 1 -200 8.70%

3NS-3 1 -300 4.35%

4DNx-2 1 -500 0.00%

Some of the folks that let the contract made started with the A but then switched to the A and didn't have the entries to partner to setup the diamonds through shortening the trumps the same way, and with the diamond threatening pitches the spade AQ go early making the J good for declarer too.

We follow this with an A+ for being in a heart partial but sneaking a 10th trick.  We then encounter our first disaster for taking a little non-field action that has some risk, the risk coming through, and then us playing it wrong on top of that:

Robot
KJ1098
Q3
K9
A763
Robot
A73
975
1042
K1082
Robot
64
A864
Q876
J54
Mbodell
Q52
KJ102
AJ53
Q9
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
P
D
7
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
8
3
0
0
1
J
7
4
Q
3
1
1
9
3
2
J
2
1
2
7
3