|Board 22 (turned)
Q 3 2
K Q 10 2
Q 6 5 2
J 9 8 6 5
Q J 10 9 5 3
K 8 7
A 10 9 4
K 6 4 2
A J 9 6 5 4
K J 7 3
You would not be surprised to see that 5 tables end up in +450. One table scores +480, and one receive a bonus of +500 when opponents bid on to 5. Apart from a lone +170, there is one other score : I managed -50.
Yes, I was in 4 as well.
How did I manage to go down in that one ?
Well, first of all, congratulations to Louis for not making my life easy with a more revealing lead than the Queen of clubs.
I win this in hand, by necessity, and start planning.
I want to take the spade finesse, but I don't like to be going to the table in Hearts. That would force me to play them three times straight away and throw a diamond which may not even be a loser.
So I decide to play up to the Queen of Diamonds.
Now it doesn't take a genius (and Remi is one) to return diamonds. I had shown them in the bidding.
I think I cannot afford not putting in one of my honours and when this gets ruffed I am suddenly facing another diamond loser.
I'm back in had after a club ruff and now I start hoping that Louis has K10 of spades, so the ruff doesn't cost me. So I cash the Ace, only to see those hopes vanish as well.
Now I really don't remember why I simply don't give away the spade King, and claim for just made.
In stead, I play three rounds of hearts, and when Remi ruffs the third one, I still have to give up a diamond trick.
How many serious mistakes is that in just the one hand ?
Well, it's always better to make two mistakes on one hand, than on two consecutive ones.
We managed 51%, and in that field, for me, that's a good result.
Written : 2000-04-27