I certainly don't mean to offend anyone when I said that there is a difference between provisional games and higher-rated games. But there is.
And one of the big faults I see in higher-rated games is over-blocking.
I just played 2 games with Tony the Stud, against 2 other experienced players; we were all rated high 16's.
I watched the replay on these games because I found them noteworthy.
In the first game there was 3 loner attempts, 2 made by myself, and 1 by my opponents, which didn't go through, obviously. 1 successful block was made by my opponents against myself and 1 unsuccessful one. The unsuccessful one put us at the score 8/9 their lead. They called next hand; we euchred them and won.
*Note: that bad block gave us the game, IMO.
2nd game: 5 loner attempts! and not one of them went through. The last one was in desperation because of the score was 9/4 in our favor, and we were able to euchred them.
My point: in 2 games, 8 loners were attempted and failed. Watching the replay it was easy to see that anyone would have attempted with the hands that were being dealt, but each time the opponents had that one blasted stopper.
Also note that 2 blocks were made, one good, one bad.. the bad one costing the game.
Interestingly enough, I was in my name Silly Blocker
and I have written in her profile a quote from my best friend Todd who is a Top 25 player:
"I'd like to shake the hand of the man, or kiss the woman who first introduced blocking to HW. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't win half the games I do." ~ Todd aka mr toad
Oh the irony!
What I am trying to point out here is that a huge majority of blocks are totally unnecessary. It's very likely that there is a stopper present, as these two games have aptly shown.
I've sat in games where someone's blocking every other hand and are being congratuated for it, when indeed they are giving away points!
Teach us about blocking rightly.