I opened 1H and this was the auction:
Here was another poor decision. I held:
I passed and the auction was:
Partner had bid 2S essentially to play since I had passed originally. Unfortunately, I didn't get the memo. I was so sure that his hand was strong that I drove to game opposite the 16 or so points I imagined him having.
The third zero of the night came about on this deal. I held:
The auction was:
As the bridge maxim goes "if you expect partner to have a card for your bid, he doesn't have it." The thing common to all my bids was expecting partner to have something -- shape in the first, points in the second and tenaces in the third -- that he didn't have. There were hints in each of the deals that pointed me to this, if I had bothered to look. In the first hand, partner passed over 2C, denying the ability to bid 2H or 2S. In the second, I had passed the first time, so partner is telling me something by retreating from 2NT. In the third hand, I need too many nice things to happen to make 4H and I do have two defensive tricks. So, 3H is probably enough.