At the end of any bridge tournament, its easy to find almost every non-winner partaking in something along the lines of
"At least we beat the winners."
"We were leading going into the last day ..."
"If it wasnt for that match versus..."
"If that trump queen was in the other hand..."
"At least we managed to beat our seeding"
"Our bidding and defence was top notch. Just a few sloppies in the declarer play..."
am sure you can add a few others.
The reality however is that we are the losers and they are the champions.
Reminds of a Ghalib couplet
Humko Maloom hai Jannat ki haqeeqat lekin,
Dil kay bahlaney ko Ghalib yah khayal achcha hai
Which translates to
I know about the truth of heaven
Its illusion nonetheless gives the heart some comfort
At the 2009 PABF in Macau, our little claim to fame was that Tony and I were topping the datums for the second round robin going into the last match. Until this happened versus the eventual winners of the Ghalib Crown.
After N/S bid 1C - 1H; 2C - 3H; 4H this was our defence
1. SK - 3- 7 - 8
2. SJ - 4- 10 - A
3. HQ - K - A - 2
4. CQ - K - H7- C5
5. HJ - 3 - 4- 6
6. H9 - D9 - C3- H10
7. DA - D3- D4- D8
8. D7 - D5- D6 - Claim.
Other than that spade accident, what other points could the defence have prevailed at ?