I played with Andrew last night. Andrew is a new ex-junior who has been working hard on his Far East vacations whilst thinking vaguely about forthcoming exams. We only had a little system discussion but seemed to play reasonably most of the time.
In the first half it appeared that tables one and two were playing different boards to the other two. We were about -350 down but the relative N/S scores were wildly different. A lot of this was down to a variety of strange sacrifices and penalties littering both sides of the scorecard, whereas the top tables were more consistent.
In the second half most of the losses came at the top two tables. Andrew and I missed the following slam that Liz and David bid:
Lack of system and just being practical seemed sensible. Even when you are in the club slam, it is not clear how to play it. Do you just play the cross ruff and hope that diamonds lie favourably, or simply take the heart finesse? However, with clubs breaking, the heart finesse working AND the ♥K coming down in three, spades 3-3, you can make thirteen tricks on most leads.
Our next match is against another title aspirant. Hopefully we'll be able to dent their ambitions.