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Today's Bridge: We didn't do all that well, although I got a couple of overtricks in 3S when I was really stretching my hand to the limit to bid at all, then completed the game with 2NT with S K-Q-J-9 H Q-9-7 D Q-x C K-J-10-x. I opened 1C, Jerry overcalled 1H, and Dan H. responded with the dreaded 2D. Since that was my worst suit, I closed in 2NT so the lead would run up to my hand. The opening lead was the six of hearts, and Dan gave me S x-x-x H K-10-x-x D K-x-x-x C Q-9. Not bad, particularly in hearts. The opening lead ran around to my seven, marking Jerry for the remaining hearts and giving me an enviable finesse position, but the problem was that I was missing all four aces and needed to establish a suit or two without losing control of any of them. I started with the king of spades to Ken's ace, and he returned another spade, which I took, keeping the last one in dummy for an entry to my hand. I then led a club, which Jerry immediately took with the ace and led back a second club, which I took in hand. The nine of hearts drew the jack and king, with Ken showing out as expected, and I ran a spade back to my hand to cash the clubs and the remaining spade, which had established by that point. Finally, I led the queen of hearts to Jerry's ace, keeping the ten to guard the suit and baring the king of diamonds. Jerry cashed the ace of diamonds, but his last card was a diamond to my queen for an overtrick. The interesting hand, though, was the final one. Ken and Jerry ended up in 4H, which was unassailable - Jerry had only the queen of diamonds and they had ten tricks on top even without a diamond ruff. But of interest to me was the slam possibility - Ken had S K-x-x H A-K-Q-x-x-x D x-x-x C A and Jerry had S A-10-x H J-6-2 D Q C K-9-7-x-x-x. In retrospect, ruffing two diamonds should do the job, with the king of clubs taking care of the spade loser. But that's not interesting. I was looking at setting up the clubs, and the only defense that prevents it is two spade leads. Otherwise, declarer cashes the ace of clubs early, then exits in diamonds to establish a ruff as a board entry while preserving the ace of spades as the final entry to the clubs. He has to ruff an early club low, then re-enter dummy with the jack of hearts to ruff a second club high, just in case the split is 4-2. Now he can safely pull trump and cross to the remaining clubs. With two spade leads, he has to either play for a 3-3 club split, ruffing just once and then pulling trump ending in dummy and hoping that the king brings down the remaining clubs, or play for a 2-2 heart split, pulling trump ending on the board as his final entry. But ruffing two diamonds should work almost regardless of distribution.

Today's Work: Mostly more of the same, although we discovered an entire program in our code base that doesn't appear to do anything useful. Those are always fun, because we have to maintain them even though they're useless. We might look into it a bit more later.

It was, coincidentally, the last day of business for the local McDonald's where we went for dinner. The only reason I ever went there was for the convenience, so I don't think I'll be visiting either of their other locations. I'd say there are plenty of other fast food places nearby where I can eat, but there really aren't.


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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