Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

I posted five Altered Destiny videos in five days. 2007 style is handy.

Today's Bridge: I had a great hand for slam exploration with S Q-x H K-Q-x-x D A-Q-x C K-Q-x-x, when Ken opened 1D as my partner. I jumped to 2H, he supported with 3H, and unfortunately, I didn't think he'd take 3NT as a slam try, so I bid 4NT as normal Roman Key Card Blackwood. He came back with 5H, two key cards, leaving one with the opponents. Since we were probably light for a slam point-wise and had 4-4 trumps, I left it at 5. When Ken showed S A-K-x H A-x-x-x D K-x-x-x C J-x, I thought we'd underbid, but the heart split was 4-1 against us, so we ended up losing a heart as well as the ace of clubs. It was all going pretty well until the final hand, when I had S J-x-x-x H A-Q-x-x D A-x-x C Q-x and threw a 1S bid into the auction. Dan settled on 4H, which I didn't double because I figured they had a decent chance to make it, so Ken put me in 4S Dbl with S Q-x-x-x H K D K-x-x-x-x C J-x-x or so - the opponents have four cashing black tricks and we have two diamond losers, which I sluffed one of on the third club trick, which Paul ruffed. My saving grace was that Dan was out of diamonds when he took the final spade trick, so he led a club and I was able to sluff the other diamond loser to escape off two. I really should have doubled the hearts to tell Ken not to sacrifice, even though they have a good shot - if Dan takes the opening club lead with Paul's K-x and leads a heart, they're off one, but if he leads the first heart through me, particularly if he leads a high one, I might play the queen and let them coast home. I would really have to be on my game, and I don't think I have been. Also disconcerting was the very first hand, when Ken opened 1D and I had something like S Q-x-x H K-x-x D A-J-x-x C Q-x-x - I couldn't find a better bid than 1NT, and that's where I played. We had exactly seven tricks in the minors, so when the ace failed to appear on the heart lead, I took the king and ran them, happening to pick up the final trick as well. We had something like eight spades to the Q-J but only five hearts, so playing for 3 would have been risky business. Still, regrettably underbid.

Today's Work: I did a basic, half-functional frontend and got my code to the point where it compiles just so I'd feel comfortable committing it, but it looked like we were having proxy issues and I couldn't get through to do the commits. Oh well. One more night of sitting on my hard drive is unlikely to be the one that destroys my data, and if it is, I can blame I.T.. I suppose this gives me a chance to clean some things up tomorrow, though.

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