Partner and I average 150 master points, so this is all rather cool and novel, but we're under no illusions that the best players won. As you'd expect, we were lucky -- of the strongest two teams in the tournament, we had to play only one, and we escaped with a tie. Both teams had one loss each (where they got fixed) and we got away with playing the unexpected victors of those matches.
Still, I'll take my 6 silver points!
As in the knockout, I found that we bid and made our games for the most part. We took our tricks on defense (defeating a couple of their game contracts) and competed well on part-scores. It's the slam hands that continue to mess us up. Here's one where I could not find the right bid:
A minimum hand consistent with partner's bidding -- Axx xx KQxxxx Kx -- makes the slam cold, so I do need to explore slam here. But what is my bid? 3H is not forcing, and partner might pass with a singleton or void. 3C would be, but that would ask partner if he had a third heart or a spade stopper. Here, partner might bid either 3D or 3NT. 3NT doesn't tell me much, though since it could be nothing more than QJx or Kxx of spades.I gave up and simply bid 4H.
Bidding 4 and making 7 is never a nice feeling.
At the other table, they bid a small slam. Their auction went:
Blackwood holding 3 little spades seems a tad frisky, but it certainly did work for them.