Flow

Hi all

Wednesday was my first day at school. With a packed lunch and my bag on my back I cycled down to Oakland. I’ve signed up to get Oracle Certified, and if there’s enough time I’ll add a Sun Programmer Certification to that. That must be worth something in the job market, because of the recent acquisition.

About the Sacramento regionals, I already mentioned we played the finals but we only scratched the surface there. It was an extremely tight match, and they beat us in the end by a skinny 3 imp margin. It was already close to midnight when we finished the last couple of boards.

This deal is from the semi finals. We played against very nice and humble opponents, but they gave us a good scare. They were on the right side of the score All… The… Time… In the end our experience, skills and longer breath toppled the match in our favor.

After the following auction I got to play 3.

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
2
Double
3
3
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Nebulous because of big

North
AQ743
Q92
643
63

 

South
JT96
K83
A72
AK5

 

My flow was right. In mere seconds I visualized my path: take the lead… finesse in … if it loses then duck a to work towards an endplay.

South Dealer
– Vul
North
AQ743
Q92
643
63
West
85
JT4
KQ9
QT842
East
K2
A765
JT85
J97
South
JT96
K83
A72
AK5

So the finesse lost. I ducked the switch and took the second round. I drew the remaining trumps, eliminated and exited in , West gaining the lead. Without a moment’s thought she put the Jack on the table.

I think I’ve overanalyzed at the table. I asked for the Queen from dummy and suffered a one trick defeat when the Ten of proved to be on the unexpected side of the enemy spectrum.

What I did was with the odds, though. I knew East was holding a four card suit. My biggest mistake was projecting my flow on my opponents, regular opponents don’t play high cards smoothly if they don’t hold a sequence (at least not very often).

2 thoughts on “Flow

  1. Nice to know that you’ve had your first day in school (probably some more since then). But how the hell was it?
    Was it fun, was it what you expected it to be like, etc etc. :)

  2. Hey Martijn

    Sorry for keeping you in the dark. Here’s a heads up.

    I’ve completed the Introduction to SQL exam without problems *duh*
    My school insisted on taking the course even when they knew about my previous experience. $150 down the drain.

    Now I’m finishing up on DBA 1, and I’ll try to schedule the vendor exam for next week. DBA 2 after that, and then I’ll sink my teeth into java. We’ll see how that works out.

    All in all I’m not very satisfied with TechSkills. It costs a lot of money, I get very little support and the practical tests are not exactly bug free. But I keep telling myself that all my work now will prove valuable.

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