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Today's Bridge: A pretty good day, I think. The opponents started with a couple of partscores, one where I preferred to try to defend 2S rather than gamble on 3D, which was probably a mistake. I likely misdefended as well. We struck back with a 4S - the auction started 1D-P-2D, and with S A-Q-x-x-x H A-x-x D A-K-10-x C x, I felt I was good for 2S. Dan C. bid 3D and Dan H, my partner, bid 3S, so even though he didn't necessarily have much, I raised to game. His hand was better than I could probably have hoped for: S J-10-x-x-x H J-10-x-x-x D Q C x-x. I'm a bit surprised he didn't bid 4 himself, but in that context, 3 makes sense. Dan C. opened with the ace and king of clubs, so I ruffed, and after a bit of counting, I decided to cash the ace of spades. Dan C. sluffed a club. So I had a guaranteed spade loser and needed to avoid losing two hearts. I led a low spade to the jack, and Brent went up with the king and led the queen of hearts, making my job easy. I think it was the only heart he had, so the lead wasn't as bad as I thought it was, but I took the ace, cashed the queen of spades, and led a heart toward the J-10, scoring a second heart trick to make the contract. With both sides vulnerable, Dan H. opened 1C and Brent pre-empted 2H. I had S Q-x H A-J-x-x D K-J-9-8-7-x C 9, so I bid 3D, perhaps a bit ambitious, but I really liked my holding, and if Dan returned to 3S, I could safely bid notrump. Instead, he bid 4C, so I bid 4D, and he let that go. His S K-x-x-x H x D 3-2 C A-K-Q-x-x-x weren't exactly the best fit, but it's probably a better contract than 3NT, which would have a very hard time making as the cards lie. I'm likely to get two hearts, but the clubs split 5-1, so I'd only get the top three, and the diamonds will be tough to establish. The opening lead was the queen of hearts, which I allowed to hold. Dan C. switched to a trump, drawing the ten from Brent and my jack. I crossed to the ace of clubs and led the king, on which Brent sluffed a heart. So I threw the little spade and led the queen. Again, he threw a heart, so I sluffed the queen of spades and continued with a little club, which I ruffed. I ruffed my low heart with Dan's last diamond, then ruffed another club, leaving me with H A-J D K-9-x. A low diamond pulled Dan's ace, and he led a spade, which the king won. Ruffing a spade with the nine gave me my ninth trick, and the king of diamonds felled the queen to leave me with the ace of hearts. Finally, I opened 1NT with the enviable S A-Q-x-x H K-Q-10-x D A-J C J-10-x. Dan H. responded 2H (Jacoby), and although I wasn't quite at the upper end of my range, I liked the intermediate cards and I had a ruffing value, so I jumped to 3S, which confused everybody even though it's been a standard response since we started using the convention. Dan C. cut in with 4C there, and Dan H. raised to 4S, but Brent decided to bid 5C with five clubs, four points, and a spade void. It didn't go well, and I think off three doubled was pretty light. Certainly not horrible, but four spades would have been a tough contract for me - Dan H. had five spades to the jack and the ace of hearts, and little else that I can remember. Maybe the king of diamonds. We won't get many ruffs without giving up trump length, so we're looking at three hearts, a diamond, and probably four natural spade tricks, so I'll either need to ruff two diamonds if Dan has four, or a club and a heart to reverse dummy, which probably means giving up a second spade. In that light, it wasn't a good sacrifice, but Brent's learning, so it's all valuable experience.

I got to talk to one of my previous managers today - his current role has him overseeing a project that's interested in some technology I looked at a long time ago, so he wanted to get my impressions of it in light of what he's doing now. That was a change of pace, at least.

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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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