We can dream of silver points in the STaC, the Sectional Tournament at the Clubs, but unless we have a 60% game or better and rank well on the district level, we won't get too many of them.
The first two days of the District 5 Winter STaC have yielded only slivers of silver. Fortunately, the 0.56 of a point that Denise Slattery and I earned with a 51.49% game Monday morning was enough to lift her up to NABC Master, since she needed only 0.51. The afternoon, however, was a 44.44% letdown.
Dotty May said Monday she had to go to a funeral Tuesday, so Paul Zittel picked me up on the rebound. Paul and I have hardly ever played together, but he has a happy-go-lucky approach to things which is easy to take.
The morning session, however, was more happy than lucky, even though we were taking most of the bids. 46.13%. Had we capitalized on two underbid hands, however, we might have topped 50%. The afternoon found us mostly on defense. Paul played no hands at all. Still, we notched 55.83%, first in the B strat east-west, for 0.92 of a point in the club, then an upgrade on the district level to 1.11 points, where we were third in B. Most anybody earned on a district level in open games Tuesday afternoon was an even 3 points.
How have I done in previous STaCs? Here's a quick check of the past few years:
Spring 2017 – 8.07.
Winter 2016 – 9.74.
Spring 2016 – 11.57.
Winter 2015 – 7.77.
Spring 2015 – hospitalized.
Winter 2014 – 3.88.
Spring 2014 – 11.20.