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.
1. Nebulous because of big
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.
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).