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Finally a use for my tartar sauce

Today's Bridge: Dan H. and I took on Jerry and Ken. They started with a game we couldn't stop, then a 3S that I think just made. But we caught up with 4C - I had S A-K-x-x-x H A-x-x D x C A-J-x-x, so I opened 1C, he responded with a favorable 1NT, Ken put in 2D, and I bid 2S. He tried 2NT, but my hand looked pretty bad for that, so I bid 3C. He raised to 4C, but I felt I'd bid everything I had and didn't raise. His S J-10 H K-x-x D K-x-x-x C K-10-x-x or so was plenty, though - I ruffed the second diamond, then worried about being forced in trump, but I didn't really have any convenient losers to get rid of anyway. Figuring Ken for most of the power, I crossed to the king of clubs, then finessed and cashed the ace, dropping the queen. I'm probably getting two hands muddled up here, but I made an overtrick, then got a couple of overtricks in 1NT by throwing Ken in, inviting a spade lead that set up dummy's jack. Ken declared 4H, but I had S J-10-x H 9-x-x-x D A C K-Q-10-x-x, and he'd shown long clubs. I cashed the ace of diamonds, but dummy's S A-K-x-x-x H 10-x-x D x-x-x C 10-x didn't offer much that looked like an entry to my partner's hand. I went for a spade, which Ken won, and he pulled three rounds of trump, pulling my partner's singleton queen. I believe he ended in dummy and led a diamond, which Dan took with the king, then the queen, while I pitched my remaining spades. Ken ruffed the jack high, then led a spade, which I ruffed for the setting trick. I led the king of clubs, and he had to give me the queen in the end for off two. I think that's how it went, anyway. My next hand was S A-K-x-x H A-K-x-x D x-x C A-8-x. I opened 1C, Dan responded 2C, and I bid 2NT despite the weak diamonds. He went to 3D next, and I considered notrump, but I knew we had a fit in clubs and bid 4C. He passed that with S 10 H x-x D A-J-x-x-x C K-10-x-x-x, understandably. I let the queen of diamonds ride for the first trick, and Jerry switched to a heart, which I won. Expecting that Jerry's lead was a singleton, I crossed to the king of clubs and led a low one, covering Ken's jack while Jerry dropped the nine. That left him holding the good queen, so I just cashed my winners, letting him ruff a pair of low diamonds for their second and final trick. I finished the rubber with a 2C opening bid that was passed out - I had a great suit and some decent side power, but since it was all we needed for the rubber, Dan didn't investigate anything further.

Today's Work: We got all of the work done, but one of the reviewers left early, without finishing the reviews, so we're still waiting on that. I started looking into our program failing to open a file, but it ended up going into the event model, and it's going to be tough to find the far end of that.

I cooked the Chilean sea bass for dinner - I didn't season it too much, but it still tasted pretty good. I don't know that I'd pay that much for it again, but it was worth trying.


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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