Friday, April 2, 2010
A pretty scorecard
Playing with the robots recently, I had all plus scores. (Click to enlarge if you can't see them.) I'm not sure I have had that before.
Here's a problem I faced. I held:
♠Q 8 7 ♥A Q 9 6 ♦A 10 3 ♣Q 8 2.
I opened 1♣, the North Robot bid 1♥ and I raised to 2♥. North raised to 3♥ which is a game try in robot-land. Over to you.
If you're a slave to high-card points, you have an easy 4♥ bid. I didn't like my 3=4=3=3 pattern, so decided to look at my losing trick count. The way I count losers (there are many flavors), I have seven. But I also adjust for aces and queens. In this case I have three queens and only two aces, so I add an extra half loser. That means I have 7.5 losers. A normal opening bid is 7 losers.
What's it all mean? It means I passed. Here are all four hands:
Looking at the North-South hands only, you could have three club losers. You also have a spade problem. Now if you look at all four hands, the ♣10 is finessable and they can't attack spades. In fact, Deep Finesse says it always makes. Yeah, that's board #11 on the scorecard, the one where I earned 10.4%.
To see all the scores on board #11, go here.
P.S. I played at the club last night and there was a Rueful Rabbit hand. I'll try and write about it this weekend.