Moves can be foudn here.
This was an excellent round. We obtained several turnovers and removed a full suit of Diamonds. We also cleared the mess in Column 1. However, we couldn’t quite make the most of our good fortune with the dreaded one-hole-no-card scenario occurring after taking all the easy good cards.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, one-hole-no-card usually indicates we failed to take maximum advantage from a position of strength. But a poor start meant we never had a position of strength to begin with. Attempts to avoid 1HNC would have entailed some other strategic risk – therefore I cannot declare that Bart had a finer muck-up. Spoonerisms aside, a detailed analysis is unfortunately beyond the scope of this post. In any case our position could easily have been much worse. Game on!
Bart played a very interesting gambit at the end. Unable to convert the empty column into an extra turnover, he chooses to split an in-suit build to at least maximise the chances of recovering an empty column. He feels the position is sufficiently good to justify playing safe – and if we do get an empty column or two then hopefully the in-suit builds will take care of themselves. I can’t claim this is a bad decision, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon 😊
Meanwhile, we hope IM Bug a speedy recovery after his accident.