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Today's Bridge: The first two were both pretty lopsided and interesting. Here's the first, which we played open: My East hand was S x-x H K-J-x-x-x-x-x D K C x-x-x, Jerry's South was S A-Q-x-x H 9 D A-x C A-K-J-10-9-x, Nick's West was S 10 H A-Q-x-x D 10-x-x-x-x-x-x C x, and Ken's North was S K-J-x-x-x-x H 6 D Q-J-x C Q-x-x. Jerry opened 1C, Nick couldn't be convinced to bid 3D and passed, Ken bid 1S, and I jumped in with 3H. Jerry jumped to 4S (a closeout bid, in my opinion, which seems a bit of a mistake with a hand that strong), Nick went to 5H, and Ken ended in 5S. Seeing all four hands, we should have competed all the way to 7H, but the opponents missed their laydown slam, especially since I wasn't about to lead a heart. The funny thing is that I think we're cold for 4H even with only thirteen HCP, three of them tied up in a useless king of diamonds. The only threat is that South has both missing hearts and leads them, in which case I need to ruff a couple of diamonds while I still have board entries to establish a long diamond. With that split, though, they've got 7S or 7C in the bag, and we can only outbid one of those. My next hand was S K-Q-J-9-x-x D A-x-x C K-J-x-x, and Nick opened 1D. I jumped to 2S, he responded 3D, and even with that fit, I chose to jump to 4S because my heart void is a lot stronger that way. He left it there, understandably, with S 3-2 H Q-J-x D K-Q-J-10-9-x C A-x. With the 3-2 spade split, it's cold for 6S, and I think it makes 6D as well, but Nick has to play that carefully because he needs to establish the spades while he still has trump to cover the heart void. My recommended play is to ruff the opening heart lead and immediately run the king of spades. If it loses, we win the return (a club with the ace, a heart or trump with the ace of diamonds to avoid blocking trump), pull trump, and run the queen of spades to determine the split. If it's 3-2, we can run the suit. If it's 4-1, we ruff a low spade and use the king of clubs as the entry to get to the rest. If the king of spades holds, I think the right play is to cross to the ace of clubs and run a safety play in spades, covering whatever Ken throws (or ducking if it's the ace). If either opponent ruffs, then we have the ace of diamonds and a heart ruff with the remaining small diamond as board entries to ruff two spades high, pull trump, and cross to the king of clubs for the long spades. If Jerry follows, even if he takes the ace, we have the remaining top spade to pull the last one and the king of clubs is once again the entry after we pull trump. In the next hand, I had S A-J-10-x H K-Q-9-8-x D x-x C J-x or so, which isn't great but isn't too bad either. Two passes to start, and Jerry opened 1D. Ken responded 1NT, and I put in a 2H bid to show my suit in the event we ended up defending notrump. Jerry did indeed bid 2NT, but Nick doubled for takeout and passed my 3S bid with S 8-x-x H 10-x D A-x-x-x C A-Q-x-x. I let the opening club lead (made in anticipation of Ken's clubs being strong) run to my jack, then finessed the queen and cashed the ace, throwing a diamond. That done, I ran the ten of hearts to Jerry's jack, and he cashed the ace and switched to a diamond. I took the ace and led the last club to Ken's nine of spades and my ten. I cashed the king of hearts, sluffing a diamond, then ruffed a heart, which Ken overruffed to lead a diamond. I ruffed low and led the queen of hearts. When Jerry jumped up with the queen of spades, my A-J were guaranteed to take the last two tricks. The opponents made an easy 3NT with two overtricks after that to end the day, but it was good.

Today's Work: More of the usual documenting stuff, but I had to learn some stuff about COM ATL objects to figure out how things are done. I didn't learn much, but it was hopefully enough. More of that next week.

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