Playing Viewgraph Deals
Posted 2012-June-26, 14:45
It's interesting to examine the reason for the swings:
1. Most often a (positive for my side) swing happens because GIB doesn't overcall (or open weak hands) nearly as much as the experts do. So there are a lot more uncontested auctions. I think this is the biggest factor by far.
Here is a typical recent example:
Both EW teams in the recent Euro teams bid and made 3NT over a 2♠ opening in one room and a 2♦ opening in the other.
2. GIB blunders in defense and less often in declarer play are the next reason.
3. On the negative swing side, the experts reach quite a few making slams that I and my GIB partner miss. GIB+GIB seems to synch a bit better at slam bidding than do I+GIB (but maybe not enough examples to know this for sure).
Here's an example - maybe I (S) should have bid something other than 3NT or maybe GIB should have super-accepted?
(Actually only one of the other teams bid this laydown 6♥ (or 7 if no club lead), and seeing Fantoni and Nunes only bid to 5♥ after a long auction, maybe this slam is harder to reach than it looks).
I'd be interested to know other (better) players' experience playing these viewgraph deals.
Posted 2012-June-27, 07:12
Posted 2012-June-27, 08:24
My mistake - my commentary related to a different deal. In this hand, both expert Easts in fact bid over North's 1♥, and both E-W expert pairs ended up in 4♠ making.
Posted 2012-June-27, 08:40
Or you can try 3d instead of 3nt. after 3d, 3h=max with 4 supports, 4h= min with 3+H etc.