We came in second in our direction (1st in B and C) with a 55% game and the pair that won was well ahead, with a 65% one. In a normal game where we come in second, but well behind the leaders, I can relax about any single board that got away -- it wouldn't have made a difference.
But not in a STaC game. The difference between a 55% game and a 58% game could be huge. And what is the hand I am beating myself up over? It's this one, where my hand evaluation was awry:
The bidding (uncontested) went:
Do you agree with my hand evaluation of 19 points in support of hearts? In the harsh light after-the-game, it seems a little optimistic. I do have have good hearts, and a good 5-card diamond suit, but the two doubletons are not worth much. In fact, I have a 6-loser hand. I needed to bid 3H, instead of 2H which would have shown 16-18 points and let partner explore slam if he wanted to.
A bottom on a board where we should have been average+ (partner found the queen of hearts) is probably worth dozens of spots in the STaC ranking.