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Today's Bridge: We started with one of those hands where we had a good trump suit, but I decided to play it in 3NT. I had S A-K-x H 6-5-4-3 D K-x-x C Q-x-x and Ken had S J-10-x-x H J-10-x D A-Q-x-x-x C A. He opened 1D, Dan H. overcalled 1S, I bid 2H, Dan C. passed, 3D, pass, 3NT. 5D is clearly a no-go, but 3NT just needs a favorable lead. We're obviously hurting pretty badly in hearts, but thanks to my bid, the opponents wouldn't lead it. The opening club lead went to the ace, so I tried two diamonds, and when the suit split, I led the jack of spades, since the queen was marked. Whether Dan H. covered or ducked, I'd get three spades, five diamonds, and the ace of clubs. I didn't even try for overtricks. We set the opponents a few times, including a close shave when I doubled 3S with S A-10-x H A-K-J-x-x-x D K C A-x-x. I think they'd have made it, but Dan H. decided to try to run the queen of diamonds before pulling the last trump, so I ruffed in and cashed my winners. I screwed up the defense in a 3NT, breaking my K-Q-7-4-2 of clubs with fourth from the top instead of the king, but Ken's ten pulled Dan's jack on the first trick, and he had an ace for an entry to lead the nine back at me. Dan took that with the ace from dummy, and when he ran the diamond finesse to my king, I had three tricks to cash. Had he ducked the nine, he would have made the contract, because I only had one entry and the ace was still guarding the clubs. It's no risk, because if Ken has another club to lead, then I started with only four and we get only two clubs to go with the diamond king and spade ace. the final hand was 3S with S Q-J-8-x-x H A-x-x D K-x C K-x-x facing S K-x-x H K-x-x D 10-8-x-x C A-x-x. I've got a loser in each suit and a probable second loser in spades. After a diamond to the ace and the queen to my king, I crossed to the king of spades, then ruffed the eight of diamonds, hoping for the jack to fall singleton. Instead, Dan C. overruffed, so I ended up off one. I think both spades and diamonds split badly, so I don't believe there was any play to make it. It was our only minus score for the rubber, so it wasn't too bad.

Today's Work: Staring at diffs, mostly whitespace. Not the worst thing in the world, but hardly exciting.

The evening activity of choice was recording commentary for an LP with someone who took a bit longer than I'd expected to get ready, so I've only just finished, and it's getting late. I still intend to do my exercises, but it'll be a rough day tomorrow. Good thing I made my lunch in advance. That worked pretty well this morning, so I plan to keep doing it every day before work. Next year - tomorrow's my last day of work for this year.


Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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