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Robot Blanks King - Watch Out!
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Consider this hand:

North
KJ10975
J6
AQ3
K2
South
Q2
AQ8754
K95
AJ
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
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They lead the T. 

Against robots, the play seems trivial. Knock out the A, win the club return, run all winners ending in dummy, and finesse the heart at trick 12. If the K is offside, robots never blank it, right?

Not this time. They blanked the K and they won the last two tricks, making only 4.

Link to full hand: https://tinyurl.com/y955fp6w

Maybe the robot programming is getting better.

Prior to now, I would have never believed that a robot would have stiffed the K. But it really happened. I was so sure. Next time I will take the inference that they do not have the K when they do not cover the J. GoBraves, whom I know to be a strong player, took that line in 3NT and got a top.

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