Last weekend we played a GNT A qualifier weekend. We’re still in, just two hurdles left for a ticket to Toronto this summer. Exit team Friedman and exit team Saunders. They were seeded pretty high, but I never even heard of them. I’ll just play my European ignorance card once again.
So one thing that I’ve learned this weekend is not to antagonize the asshole(s). Let them be. Let them suffer. Don’t take notice. And beat the crap out of them with cards, just cards and nothing but cards.
Here’s me taking a wrong turn. Say, roughly minus 15 imp.
1. Action double
2. I think I’d rather defend
So I lead the Jack and dummy comes down. Geoff plays the 2 (according to Granovetter’s A switch in Time: don’t switch , please!) and declarer plays something small too. Now what?
At the table I unthinkingly continued and that was the end of the defence, for this was the complete deal:
Declarer ruffed the second , drew trump and cashed out on his . We write -590 and I see we’ve missed out on our best spot in a 4-4 fit 15-count 4. Or perhaps I should take that 2 at Lavinthal-face value and switch to a . At the table it just didn’t click in my head. Overall I’m glad the opponents made more mistakes over 128 boards, but I surely need to get my game up if I want to make it to Toronto.