Move can be found here.
Following a disastrous round 4, the first task was to “get started” after dealing the last 10 cards. It seemed hopeless (or at least that’s what Monkey said), but with careful thought an opening was found. The Jack in column 5 happened to be of the “correct suit” and as so often happens it’s the little details that separate victory from defeat.
Once we found the two empty columns, we had more than a fighting chance. The Diamond suit was already removed and Hearts followed soon after. Bart was more than happy to spend a large number of moves rearranging the suits, looking for the smallest of edges – incidentally this is the right approach when you are only concerned with winning the game – but the unseen cards continued to resist with four face-down queens among the last 13 cards. Only after we found two dream cards in column 3, could we breathe a sigh of relief. With victory practically certain, we decided to let Monkey finish the business – perhaps unwisely as it turned out. If the Ace of Diamonds turned up at the worst moment everyone would have ended up with egg on their faces, but fortunately the Card Gods decided we had earned our victory.
A fascinating hand – overall a very well-played game by Bart. Unfortunately, Bug was unable to contribute to a number of critical decisions through no fault of his own. But the team definitely earned their victory. Despite two very poor rounds with no turnovers, we found enough resources to scrape home with the win. Meanwhile, I might need a word or several thousand with the Monkey after, shall we say, a few interesting decisions.
A detailed post-mortem for individual positions will follow in due course.