Playing in a sectional pairs game with an attractive young lady, the game is going reasonably well. We reach the obvious contract with these cards:
I get the opening lead of a small heart. I win and knock
out the trump ace, win the heart return, and draw trumps,
their being 2-2. There's really nothing much to the hand;
I have three obvious losers. Is there any hope for another
trick? Yes, I think it's possible to generate a second
club trick if I am very lucky. There's also a very small
chance of a club-diamond squeeze. I'm in my hand after
drawing trumps, so I lead a small club towards the
Near the end of the session, I think we are having a good game, but not one good enough to win. I estimate we are in about 3rd place. A hand comes up in which I have to decide whether or not to bid a slam that's on a finesse. I don't think the field will be there, so should I go with or against the field? I'd like to impress the young lady sitting across from me, and I think the difference between first and second is larger than second and third, so I go for it. My luck is out; the finesse loses, and we get a poor score. Nothing more happens during the session, so I'm anxious to find out how my choice worked out.
We end up fourth. If I hadn't bid the slam, we'd've been second. If it made, we'd've won. I'm happy that my decision was at least based on good estimates, but just then realize that perhaps I shouldn't have done it. What if partner needs just a few masterpoints to become life master? Belatedly, I apologize to partner and ask her if she minded my choice. She doesn't much care; she enjoyed the game in any case. Good...I was worried about that.
While I'm checking the scores, I notice that the board above is a complete top. And everyone else in the section got five and a half matchpoints. My overtrick was a perfect top! My partner doesn't notice, and I don't see the need to tell her. She seems to like me anyway.