The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Sports update part 2: John and I had a decent but not overwhelming game -- 57% in the afternoon, 53% in the evening -- to finish 5th in Thursday's two-session pairs event.

In duplicate bridge pair events, everyone plays the same hands. However there is still an element of luck because your opponents can play well against you, or badly. Also some hands feature random guesses, like where to find a queen or whether to bid a game or slam that needs a finesse. Bridge players talk about whether they were "dealt" a good game, the dealing referring not to the high cards they receive but to the number of mistakes they benefit from and the number of lucky guesses they make.

John and I made a few mistakes, but we were not dealt a winning game. We probably had second or third place available if we played optimally.



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