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Bridge with Nerves of Steel

Today's Bridge: Jerry started with a 1D, but the opponents came back with 4H. Two overtricks depended on at least one finesse, but it all worked out for them. So we were a bit behind when I opened on S A-J-10-x-x H x-x-x D K-Q-J C 9-x or thereabouts. I opened 1S, Jerry responded 2C, and I showed my weakness and distribution with 2NT. Jerry raised me to game with S K-x H Q-x-x D x-x-x-x C A-Q-x-x. Minimum facing minimum, that's not a very solid contract, but the opening club lead ran to my nine, which gave me a bit of hope. In an attempt to keep Dan H. out of the lead so he couldn't lead through the queen of hearts, I ran the jack of spades to Ken's queen. He led a heart to the king, but Dan led back another spade. I led a diamond to the king and Dan's ace, and he led a third spade to my ten. After all that, I still didn't have enough tricks, so I had to finesse in clubs. When that worked, I could claim. I put Jerry into a similarly thin 3NT on the next hand, and he made that to clinch the rubber. We couldn't follow that up, though - the next 3NT faced a 7-1 spade split. I had no chance. In 1NT, I could have played for a 3-3 heart split, but needing eight or nine tricks, I had to finesse in diamonds with only K-J-x and 10-x-x-x - the ace was with the spades.

Today's Work: We put a lot into the upcoming sprint, so we'll be busy for the next two weeks. I'm hoping most of it doesn't take as long as we're estimating.

I had a really late evening last night because I wasn't feeling well, and then this morning dragged on until I was half an hour late for work. I stayed late to make up the difference, so now it's a late evening again. I hope I can break the cycle soon.

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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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