Bridge isn’t just about getting the bidding right, though it does help. I find that defence is often pretty well non existent, and declarer play leaves much to be desired. Often, when a declarer gets a bad contract to play or finds bad breaks, panic
In match point play you have to be prepared to compete, but at the same time not overdo it. Here is a good example: Board 14 from Thursday 7/06/2018. Dealer E Nil Vul After two passes, West has a reasonable third in hand opening bid: 1D.
Declarer play can often give you an easy 70-80% on a board even when you have failed to bid to the maximum. I have often said that you don’t need to bid slams as long as you can make twelve tricks when other declarers can’t,