Alex and I had a number of opportunities to do better, including these:
Alex took his six tricks for -500. This was always losing 5 imps but it was nine when they played undoubled at the other table. I don't think either of us misjudged the auction here, more a case of both bidding aggressively and finding a poor lie of the cards. Some may disagree!
On board 12 our opponents proved difficult to hand:
East took full advantage creating a problem for us, because the East hand can be quite strong given the limited nature of the opening bid. Our overcalling style is not particular sound so bidding five hearts with Alex's hand would be a big stretch, but I did consider doubling which would have worked out a lot better. This cost us a game swing.
We also missed an excellent slam in a competitive auction where one hand had good trumps whilst all the controls (plus jacks for the finesses) were in the other hand. Luckily this was missed at the other table too.
On the plus side we did bid two games missed at the other table but we did leave too imps on the table this time.
Hopefully the team will recover for next week's local derby against a Welsh team.