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Today's Bridge: Dan and I took on Kevin and Jerry. We struck first with 2S followed by 3S, neither of which I remember giving me any particular difficulty. Then I opened 1NT on S Q-x-x H x-x-x D A-x C A-Q-J-10-x, and it was passed out. Dan had S J-x H K-J-10-x D 8-x-x-x-x C x-x. I ducked the opening king of diamonds, which was a mistake. Jerry switched to a spade, which ran to my queen, and I was out of stoppers in two suits. I had to try a heart, and Kevin covered the ten with the queen. He led a diamond to my carefully-preserved ace, and all I could do was try a heart to the jack, which held. I took the club finesse, crossed to the king of hearts (Jerry really should have covered this one), and finessed again. The king fell under the ace on the third round of clubs, and I got to cash two more before conceding the last two. I don't think it should have made seven tricks, let alone nine. The opponents made a game, but then fell short, bidding 3S and making four easily, with a shot at five. Finally, I picked up S K-10-x-x-x H A-x-x-x D K-x-x C Q, which was barely enough to open 1S. Dan responded 3S, which I really should have passed, but I didn't want to be at 90-all, so I went for the game. His S J-x-x-x H K-Q-J-9-x D Q-x C K-x had plenty of power, but in all the wrong places, and Jerry's heart lead was clearly a singleton. I should have taken in dummy and led a spade toward my hand, covering whatever Kevin played, but I put in the nine and covered the ten with the ace, then had to lead a diamond up in the vain hope of reaching dummy. Jerry hopped up with the ace right away and led a club, which ran to my queen. I crossed to the queen of diamonds and led the low spade, covering Kevin's eight of spades with the ten and losing to Jerry's queen. He led another club to the king, ace, and a ruff, and a low trump from hand pulled Jerry's ace. I think he exited with his last trump for lack of anything better to do, and the hearts were all good. Finally, I started the one-hand rubber with S A-K-Q-10-9-x H A-x D K-10-9-x C J, which was a solid 1C opener. Dan responded 2D, and despite the fit, I had to bid 2S to suggest the major. (I might have had a case for jumping to 3S, but I didn't want to discourage the diamonds. Now that I think of it, 3S covers both bases, but I was considering slam and didn't want to lose bidding room.) When he returned to 3D, I bid 4NT, planning to bid slam in diamonds unless he showed no aces. But he took that for an invite to slam in notrump and duly bid it, leaving only 7D for me to bid and hope. He did in fact have the two missing aces, as well as five other diamonds to the queen and the king of hearts, making 7D pretty much a laydown. The jack of spades even fell on the first round. I'm pretty sure 6NT was a make as well, but the grand slam is worth more. As the cards lie, 7NT makes as well, but the only guaranteed tricks are the six diamonds, two hearts, a club, and three spades. If the jack of spades doesn't fall, there's no thirteenth trick.

Today's Work: While I didn't have time to go through the motions, we finished all of the administrative stuff that needed to be done, and I produced what we're proposing as our final release build. Now it just needs to be tested.

I had a nasty headache during the day, and possibly a different one a bit later on, so I hope that's not a bad sign for the rest of the week.

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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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