A 2009 USA Trials Board by Adam Wildavsky
On 19 September, 2014 At 17:27
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This was my favorite deal from the trials. It illustrates another aspect of:
“One must never make any decisions, form any convictions or seek any values out of context, i.e., apart from or against the total, integrated sum of one’s knowledge.”
Ayn Rand, “The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 26.
This is from the third set of our semi-final against Welland, the 2 seed. Doug and I beat a similar Welland team (Fallenius, Garner, Weinstein) in the finals in 2003. That year they were 4-handed, and it took its toll.
52. Both vul, West deals
| 10 8 6 2
K 10 2
A 9 7
9 8 7
| A K Q 5 4
K 10 8 3
A K 4
| J 9 7 6 3
A 9 8 7 6 4
10 3 2
Q J 5
Q J 6 4 2
Q J 6 5
I bid 3, a short suit game try, in case Doug could make a move towards slam. If he bids 4, for instance, I can picture 6 opposite xxx xxx AQxxx xx, making even with 4-1 spades. When he could bid only game I passed.
I won the J and played a diamond to the 10 when South ducked.
A club was led at the other table on this auction:
Declarer made the normal percentage play of a diamond to the king, but with no trump lead this cost him only an overtrick. 10 tricks were scored at each table for a push.
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