Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bridge Blog 626: Triskaidekaphobia

Having played only twice in the past 10 days, I didn’t expect much of my first game of 2013 on Wednesday. After warming up a little on New Year’s Day with Bridge Baron 20 on the computer, I could tell that it was going to be a rocky start.
Fortunately, I played only 4 hands on Wednesday. Fortunately because I did not play very well, getting only 10 out of a possible 24 game points.  My sorriest moment – a 5 Club sacrifice that went down five, a bottom board without even being doubled.
But fortunately, the opposition was making mistakes too. In the first round, one of our opponents dropped a low trump after partner Celine Murray trumped high, saving Celine a trick on an otherwise disastrous hand. Then the other opponent erroneously pitched a good Ace of Spades that she should have kept, costing her a 1 No Trump contract.
Celine played 10 hands, but it was not her day either. She got only 20 game points out of a possible 60. When the session was over, we had 45.78%, starting off 2013 by finishing 13th out of 15 pairs.
But wait, there was one more mistake. Director Paula Kotowski gave us a score of 500 on a hand where we actually scored 50. After she corrected it, our percentage fell to 42.90%, while the bottom two pairs benefited. Fortunately, they didn’t benefit too much – they came in at 42.67% and 42.63%, keeping us in 13th place.

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