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Today's Bridge: It was a pretty good fight for a while - we each scored some small contracts before the opponents finished their game in a rather sad auction. Ken opened 1C, Dan C. responded 1H, Ken bid 2C, and Dan jumped to 3S. Ken decided to leave that, when 5S was pretty much a lock as far as I could tell (and 6 would have made if he'd pulled the last round of trump) and 6C and 6H both looked pretty good. We followed with Ken opening 2H when I had S A-x-x-x H K-x D Q-J-x-x-x C x-x. It got passed around to Dan H., who balanced with 2S. I figured that if he could do that, we were good for 4S, and I was right. Even a 4-0 spade split couldn't hurt us when there were two entries to my hand to finesse. I opened 1NT with a 19-point hand that was so balanced, there wasn't anything else I could do. We had only A-x facing x-x in diamonds, but fortunately, Dan's spades were so long that he attacked them instead and I established the eight of clubs on the board as an entry with my seven to take the nine of spades for an overtrick. Finally, I got S 10-9-8 H A-K-7-x-x-x D Q-x C 10-7 or so, and the auction went 1C-1H-2S-3H with no interference by the opponents, although I think Dan wanted to say something early on. He led a club through S A-J-x-x H J-x D A-x C K-J-x-x-x, and I let it run to my ten and led a low heart to the jack. Ken showed out when I led back to my ace, so I cashed the king and threw to Dan's queen, throwing two clubs from the board. Dan didn't take the club bait and switched to a spade, which ran to my eight. I led another spade to Dan's queen and the ace, then led back to the ten and king. I believe Dan switched to a diamond, which ran to my queen, and I was able to claim the rest, throwing my losing club on the good jack of spades.

Today's Work: I finished what I was doing, again, and while there's a bit more of it left to do, I set to the problem everyone else is working on - it's a tough one, and I think more eyes on it will mean more insight and a faster road to a solution. Maybe I can get to sleep early enough tonight to get to work a bit earlier tomorrow, but I rather doubt it.

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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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