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Why did I watch the whole thing? AGAIN?

Today's Bridge: Dan H. and I had most of the power today. In fact, I had most of the power. My first hand was S A-K-Q-9 H Q-x D K-x-x C A-Q-x-x, so I takeout doubled Dan C.'s 1H, which Ken shifted to 1NT and Dan went back to 2H. I doubled that again, and Dan H. took me out into 3D. Not my ideal option, but there was nowhere else to go, and we were off one. I think there was likely a play for it, but I just didn't want to defend with that hand. I made 3NT after that with S 9-x-x-x H A-10 D K-x-x C K-10-x-x facing S K-x H K-Q-x D Q-J-9-x C A-J-x-x. Dan opened 1C, 1NT, 2NT, 3NT. Fortunately, Dan C. had all the spades, so Ken attacked the hearts on opening lead and after taking the ace of diamonds. I could afford to lose the club finesse to Dan (barely - I'd still have to find a ninth trick somewhere), so I crossed to my king, prepared to lead the ten. Ken dropped the queen, so I just claimed the nine obvious tricks. Next, I had S Q-x-x H K D A-Q-x H K-J-10-x-x-x, so I opened 2C. Dan bid 2H, hitting my singleton, so I bid 2NT - probably not the best bid available, but it made sense to me. He bid 3H, so I took him for a self-sustaining suit, and with my king at full value, I had a maximum that was worth a 4H bid, which Dan C. doubled. He started with a club to Ken's ace and a club return to the king. Ken covered the king of hearts and led a third club, ruffed with the six and overruffed with the ten. Dan won the spade return in hand and finished pulling trump, then crossed to my ace of diamonds to run clubs, throwing his diamond losers and keeping the top two spades and trump. Ken said that a diamond return would have been better than the spade, but the queen of spades is still an entry for the clubs, so Dan doesn't need to take the finesse. The second rubber didn't go as well - we started with a 5D, a slam try stopped short when we were missing the ace and king of spades, but the opponents made a game with enough overtricks for a slam, and we had our most disappointing hand. Dan opened 1C, and with only S 10 H x-x-x D K-Q-x-x C 9-x-x-x-x, I responded 1D. He bid 1S, so I bid my clubs, and he jumped to 3S. I considered leaving it there, but felt that 3NT was worth a try. He went back to 4S, and I had nothing further to say. It turns out that with his S A-K-Q-J-x-x-x H A-x D 10-x C A-x, 3NT is a laydown (with at least one overtrick if the opponents lead a diamond), and 4S is guaranteed as well, but he manufactured a loser in diamonds by running the ten. We finished defending a 1S, and I screwed up the defense by leading a high club when I didn't need to, leaving Ken with the good six of clubs at the end for his seventh trick. It's possible that Dan would have held a higher one if I'd still had the ten on the previous club lead.

Today's Work: I finished up the new task I'd taken on last week, with some subtask-level support. We still need to finish up the bookkeeping for the subtasks, but it's pretty much ready to go.

I made a big bowl of vegetti with mozzarella-stuffed meatballs and alfredo sauce for dinner, which is the last of the food I'd bought for last week. It probably all worked better than expected, but it meant a lot of cleanup. A good chance to start the process of washing down the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy movie with a chaser of the TV show, at least.


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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