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Today's Bridge: The opponents started with a partscore, and then I opened 2D (Precision) with a strong hand. When Dan H. responded 2H, my hand looked a little stronger (despite my bid already more or less factoring in my distribution), so I bid 3H to invite game. Naturally, he didn't raise, and he ended up off three. I got the job done on the next hand, though, with S x H A-K-x-x-x D A C K-J-10-x-x-x. Dan opened 1D and Jerry overcalled 1S, which bypassed hearts but left 2C available to me. Dan C. bid 2S, which was passed around to me. I reversed into 3H, Dan C. bid 3S, and Dan H. bid 4C. That was enough for me to raise to game, but I probably should have gone for the slam - he had S x-x H Q-x-x D Q-J-10-x-x C A-Q-x. I ruffed the second spade, pulled two rounds of trump (leaving the queen in dummy), then cashed two top hearts. When the suit split, I didn't need a ruff, so I pulled the last round of trump and claimed. Unfortunately, that put us in a bad spot for later. We picked up 60 of our own with a 2H pre-empt that happened to coast home with two overtricks, and then we got into a bidding war - once again, Dan H. opened 1D, Jerry overcalled 1H, and I bid 2C with S 5-4-3 H x D A-x-x-x C K-Q-J-x-x. Then it was 2H-3C-3H, Dan H. went for 4C, and Dan C. bid 4H. I considered trying 5C, but I figured defense was our best option. I led the king of clubs into dummy's S K-x H J-10-x-x D 10-9-8-x C x-x-x, which Jerry ruffed. He pulled two rounds of trump (I threw a spade), then switched to the king of diamonds, which I ducked. Now he tried a spade to the king and partner's ace, and Dan cashed the queen of spades, then led back the jack of diamonds to the queen and my ace. Figuring that my partner must have 3-3-2-5 distribution, I led another diamond, which he ruffed with his last trump for the setting trick. I'd like to think pulling one more round of trump might have helped, but we'd lead a club when in with one of the pointed suit aces, taking out his last trump, and then a third club after taking the other ace (or the queen of spades), and he had nowhere to dump dummy's last club. My final hand was S A-K-10-x H 4 D A-4 C Q-J-10-x-x-x. I opened 2C, and Dan responded 2H, the last thing I wanted to hear. I could have rebid the clubs, but I felt 2S was more likely to get us to a good spot without going higher than we needed to. He bid 3H, which left me nowhere good to go but 4C. Notrump with a doubleton in the unbid suit wasn't particularly attractive. He went back to 4H, and I had nothing else to say. When Dan C. doubled, I considered redoubling for a rescue, but he might have left it there. I don't think it should have been off four if played to the best potential, but his Q-J-9 of spades offered the possibility of a crossruff if the opponents didn't see it coming and lead trump. Even so, there was the chance to set up the clubs. But -1100 was a pretty bad end to the day.

Today's Work: We planned our effort for the rest of the week - we might spend more time if we need to, but the goal is to have it done this week. It might be doable. I had to leave a bit early to get to the HOA Board meeting, but I woke up at 2:30 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, so I just went through my morning routine a few hours early and went to work early, so I only needed to take half an hour of leave. I don't intend to make a habit of it, but it was handy that it happened today.

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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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