Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

"Sorry, partner, I blundered. I opened with 9 points."

Today's Bridge: The subject is the last thing you want to hear when you feel you were stretching your own bid. I had S A-Q-J-x-x H x-x-x-x D Q C J-x-x, I think, so when Ken opened 1D and Dan overcalled 2D, I thought a double was in order. I believe the opponents settled in 3C and passed it to me, so I bid 3S, figuring that we might end up in 4H, but at least I had the diamond singleton either way. 3S held, and Ken showed me S 10-9-x H A-x-x-x D K-10-x-x-x C x. I probably don't have the hands quite right, but I'm pretty sure it went something like this: Kevin started with a diamond to Dan's ace, and Dan cashed the ace of clubs before leading another diamond, and I took the opportunity to sluff a heart while Kevin played low and I got a low diamond from the board. I decided to cash the king of diamonds, sluffing a second heart, and Kevin ruffed and led the eight of spades to attack the crossruff. I played the 9 to draw Dan's king, then ruffed a club low, ruffed a diamond with the jack to prevent an overruff, then ruffed my last club with the ten. Finally, I ruffed a diamond low, hoping that Dan had both remaining spades. Indeed, he did, and I ran the queen to leave him with only the high spade, then led a heart to the ace. That left me leading the thirteenth diamond from the board, and when Dan ruffed, I tossed my last heart and got my ninth trick with the final spade. It was a pretty impressive rubber, given that we were vulnerable from the very first hand - Ken stopped at 4S and we ended up making 7. I'm pretty sure it wasn't my fault, since all I had were three little spades and the two minor kings. Another rather funny hand had me open 1H with S A-Q-J-7 H A-K-J-x-x D 10-x C x-x. Ken responded 2H, and Dan put in 2S. I found that rather amusing and bid 3H, which Dan doubled because we had the 3S partscore I described above and this was for the rubber. Ken had S 10-x H 6-x-x D A-Q-J-9-8 C x-x-x. Thanks to the auction, Kevin led a spade to Dan's king and my ace, I ran a low diamond to the eight and Dan's king, and Dan led a club to Kevin's king, whereupon Kevin put me on the board with a second spade lead. I ran the successful heart finesse, pulled two more rounds of trump, and discarded all the remaining clubs on the spades and diamonds to make two overtricks. I even got head-trippy after managing to set a making 5C Dbl (it was Kevin's misplay - he didn't take advantage of my double to play me for the Q-x-x of clubs, so I got the queen as well as my two aces while all of Ken's spades disappeared into Kevin's void) and declared 5C Dbl on what was meant to have been a 3C open, but became an overcall of Dan's 2D. I blundered by finessing Ken's A-Q of diamonds on the opening lead, and Kevin ruffed the return and cashed a spade for the set. I could have pulled trump if I'd taken the ace immediately, leaving me to lose only the diamond and the spade.

Today's Work: Being very confused by documentation.

It's also been snowing. Has the weather checked a calendar lately? I don't think it's accumulating, but I can't see out the window because it's all fogged up. That's not the only thing.

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