Traveling within India and away from the weekly club game, I badly needed my bridge fix. So, I decided to play a robot tourney on BBO.
8 boards. 53%. Ouch:
Now, I know robot tourneys are for the birds and one should not read too much into them, but see if you would have fared better on the disaster boards.
Here is board #3:
Should I have bid on after partner's preemptive raise? I decided partner would probably cover only one diamond loser, not two and passed. The brave souls who plowed on to 5C got 95%, which is reasonable -- high risk, high reward. But what rankles is that majority of the field opened the South hand 1NT and made 3 or 4 when west did not lead spades! Would you downgrade that South hand (3 aces!) to 17 points?
Here is board #6:
The field here bid 4S and West competed to 5H and went down several, usually doubled. Me, I figured game was unlikely to make (those pesky clubs!) and passed. 3S went down one which seems reasonable -- they make 3H on the normal lead of a diamond (discard spade king on club). But when everyone is overbidding, the par score is worth only 20%.
And finally, here is board #7. How do you open the South hand?
I thought the 3C was forcing to game, but obviously partner did not agree. The folks who opened the South hand an off-shape 2NT got to 4H while those who opened it 2C got to 3NT.
Not exactly the kind of fix I was looking for!