So, Swiss Teams on Sunday. Our team consists of one B and three C players. We blitzed the first two rounds, racking up 30-0 in both. That put us in the lead and we had to play the ultimate 2nd place team (each of the members of that team have 5,000 master points. You need 300 to become a Life Master. I have 50.) We managed to lose to them "only" 22-8. Having lost that match, we fall down enough to draw another uppity C team and beat them 20-10. And that meant we had to play the ultimate winners (they too have 10K points apiece). We lost again 26-4.
At this point, we're tied for 3rd place [having lost to no. 1 and 2]. Now, of course have to play the team that we're tied for 3rd with. They're a team with two A and two B players. We may be able to beat them, but it's going to be tough. If we win, we may get 3 points each. If we lose, we may only get 1.5 points each. It's going to be glory or bust.
Just so you understand what happened, this is the strategy to win a Swiss teams match in bridge:
- Do not sacrifice if there is a chance that you'll get doubled and go down 4. My partner calls this the "Don't go for a number" rule. A huge number that is. There is no way to recover from a 7 point deficit.
- Stretch to make a vulnerable game. Bid games that are 30% likely. If you don't bid a game and they do, you'll be looking at a 12 point deficit.
- As declarer, make the contract; don't go for over tricks
- As a defender, take a chance to set them even if it'll result in over tricks
Another sectional coming up in a month. And then that's it -- no more sectionals -- until next year. 1.6 points to go.