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Today's Bridge: Today, the deck was definitely stacked against us. The opponents started with an early game, though, so our more aggressive bidding worked well for us. I had a tough hand at the end when Paul once again overcalled 1C with 2C and I had S K-9-x-x H K-Q-8-x-x D x-x-x-x - even though Ken bid 2S, I still felt compelled to bid 3H. That got passed out, and Paul had S Q-8 H 10-9-x-x D Q-x C A-Q-x-x-x. I count two diamond losers, at least one spade loser, and probably just one heart loser, with no way to run a club finesse myself. I think the opening lead was the ten of spades, and my queen held the trick, so I ran the eight through, finessing Ken for the jack to establish the king and maybe sluff a diamond on it. Dan H. took with the ace and cashed the ace of diamonds, then led a diamond to Ken's king, and Ken made what I feel was a tactically unwise decision, leading a low club. That gave me two clubs to sluff my two diamonds on, and when Ken played the jack on my trump lead from the board, that guaranteed that I'd only lose the ace - the king of spades was unnecessary. With A-Q of clubs showing on the board, I think Ken should avoid a club lead, since if his partner has the king, he's just handing me the finesse for free. Instead, given two void suits on the board, I believe a trump lead is the best option, cutting my ruffing options. As it stands, since I have the king of spades, I plan to pull trump anyway - when they split 2-2, I'm safe to ruff two diamonds and sluff the losing spade on the ace of clubs, whereas with a 3-1 split, I have to take an early ruff and guess which way to run it. Given Ken's spade bid (assuming I remember the auction correctly), the safe play is to ruff the spade. In that scenario, unless it was the jack or ace that was singleton, I still lose two hearts and go down one, but I don't think I have any way around it.

I spent the evening finishing the first round of audio editing for the next Folklore video - I think it still needs a lot of cleanup, but I got the audio balanced and arranged, and I'll encode the video tomorrow so I can watch it through and listen for further things I need to fix. It was a fascinating discussion, and I learned a lot, including the origin of one of my favorite childhood novel series. I should do more research into that on my own.

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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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