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Today's Bridge: The opponents started with 3H with an overtrick, then went for 3S even though I had five quick tricks in hand and tried my best to declare in a minor. One of my top diamonds was ruffed, but Ken managed to ruff a heart, so we still set the contract. I then declared a 4S that turned out to be a lot thinner than I expected - there may have been another route to ten tricks, but the 2-2 trump split let me crossruff for seven spades as well as the three top tricks outside. We had a misfit in the following hand for off one in 3C, and the opponents made their game at last. Finally, I picked up S Q-9-x H Q-10-8-x D K-Q-x C Q-x-x. I passed on the opening bid, and Ken opened 1C. I responded 1H (although I strongly considered 1NT just based on the lack of distributional values), he bid 1S, and since I had enough strength to invite game, I jumped to 2NT. He raised to game on S A-x-x-x H J-9-x D A-x-x C A-10-x, not quite the strength I was hoping for, but I had to make it work. Fortunately, the opening lead was a diamond, so I took it in hand and led a heart to the nine, which won. I had to regroup after the unexpected trick, but I still had enough hearts to stop the suit, so I led a low spade to my nine and Dan C.'s king. That was a real stroke of fortune. He led another diamond, which I took in dummy. I still needed a few tricks, so I led the ten of clubs, covered by the jack and queen, which won. At this point, I felt safe leading a second heart. Dan C. captured with the king and cashed the ace, under which I threw the queen, then switched to a diamond, too late. I had the ten of hearts to cash now, plus the queen of spades and two aces to make the contract. Had he held up the ace of hearts and just thrown me in with a diamond, I'd have been one trick short, and he would still have had the ace of hearts as his entry to the rest of his diamonds. It's possible that the spades would split 3-3, but that would have been my only hope for a ninth trick without giving up five.

Today's Work: Everything seems to be pretty much done, but now we're dealing with new problems. That's just how life goes anymore. I walked to another building in the rain to sign a sympathy card and got soaked through my jacket, so 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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