Partly, this was because the opponents were not making very many mistakes. On board 1, for example, they bid 4S and played a double-dummy line to make 4S:
Board 1 (10/29/13)
See if you can figure out the line to make 4S on the lead of the 8 of hearts.
On board 13, the opponents at our table found a slam that most of the field didn't. Shouldn't everyone find the slam on these cards?
Board 13 (10/29/13)
It was not all bad luck, however. There was one bad board that was the result of me making an anti-field decision. Sitting South, what do you lead if you hold this hand and the auction has gone 2NT-3NT?
I figured that I had to lead a major. But which one? Since I had no entries, and partner rated to have 6-10 points, I decided to try to hit his length by leading a spade. Bad idea. The field chose hearts, and that was the right lead on this hand because 3NT goes down if you lead that suit. The whole hand:
Board 21 (10/29/13)
The Manhattan Bridge Club games are part of The Common Game. Against the full field, these three are still our bad boards, but we improve marginally to 60%. Why'd we do so well? Superior card play by partner, mostly. He was dropping doubleton queens like flies. On almost every board, we were at or better than the par score.
I was looking forward to expert discussion of these hands on Bridge Winners, but it turns out that the discussion is not for the night-series games. Sigh.