Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

If my voice cracked, I didn't notice it. The pain is still moving around my throat, though.

Today's Bridge: I lucked out and got to play today - I'm assuming I'll be out tomorrow for the April Fool's Day game. We had some luck, too - after Dan was surprised that we failed to set his 3NT when I think it was pretty solid (although I missed the chance to lead through his king of spades to Paul's A-Q with the lone jack on the board, which might have made the difference), I got S A-K-Q-x-x-x H x D A-K-Q-x C 10-x. It's one of those hands where every card that turns up is a new shock. The real shock was Paul opening 1C - it's almost a mandatory slam at that point. I responded 2S, 3H, 3S, and he finally supported with 4S, which Kevin started to write down before I bid 4NT. Kevin reminded Paul of how to bid Roman Key Card Blackwood, but his 5H response was pretty unambiguous to me, and I bid 5NT to ask for kings. When he responded 6D to indicate one king, I should have bid the grand anyway, but I wimped out and stuck with small. He had S J-x-x H A-Q-x-x D x C A-K-J-x-x, so he did in fact have the king to cover my club loser, but I hadn't wanted to take the risk. Even so, if he has the king of hearts instead, I should be able to sluff the club on that. The spades split 2-2, so I ruffed out the low diamond, but there are also two finesses possible if I need them, or I can play for the 3-3 split in clubs as long as the opening lead isn't a heart - I need that as an entry after I ruff the third club trick. It makes 6NT without risk as well, with six spades guaranteed as well as three diamonds, two clubs, and a heart, and either finesse could produce the overtrick. Paul made 3H exactly on the next hand with some fine play, we set the opponents' quite lopsided 4S attempt (they were each 6-5 or longer, with the 7-1 spades the closest thing to a fit), and we finished with a 3C that got a bit tricky, since I had to ruff my third spade with the 4 while there was still an 8 out there, then ruff back to my hand with the A-Q to pull the last club so I could run my established spades.

I figured out what was wrong with the file I was working with, after taking an hour of rather familiar training. I've also discovered that the other files of the same type I copied over probably have similar issues (using the wrong parent file - I fixed that in the one I was working with before, but that one also had some unescaped underscores that were apparently causing problems for the interpreter), but I'll have to fix those tomorrow. I did a commentary recording tonight, and while I haven't yet listened to the results, I don't think it went too badly. I might be able to get back to making my own videos soon.

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