Today's Bridge: For the only day I'll probably end up playing this week, it wasn't bad. I bid a sacrifice 3S and ended up making it despite a rather gross misplay - I only had S K-10-x-x-x-x-x H x-x D x C J-x-x, but when Dan bid 1D, I had to respond 1S even over Ken's 1H. I think Jerry then bid 1NT, Ken 2D, and Jerry 3D even though they had a 90 partscore. I didn't think 3S had a hope, but I wanted to make them fight for it. Dan's S A-x H A-J-x D K-Q-J-x C x-x-x-x doesn't look good, but the opening diamond lead makes things better when the king won. What I should have done was cross to the king of spades, then back to the ace, so I can attack diamonds if the trump split is 2-2, but I cashed the ace, felling Jerry's jack, then switched to the queen of diamonds, sluffing a club. Jerry took the ace and led a heart to the jack and Ken's queen. Ken cashed two clubs, then switched to a heart, and I had to take the ace because I was booked. That cut me off from the diamonds entirely, since I had to lead a spade and hope I guessed the split correctly. I went up with the king and it was indeed 2-2, so I made the contract. The opponents made the rubber, though, with a 2C-3D-3NT auction that I think should have gone farther - they ended up taking 7NT when Dan didn't lead to my king of spades, but it likely makes 6 without contest. It was the final hand that really made the day, though. I had H A-J-x D 10-x-x-x-x C A-J-x-x-x. Dan opened 1C and Ken doubled, so while 2NT was probably the better bid, I stuck with 3C (indicating 10-12 rather than 13+ with my suit fit). He surprised me by bidding 4NT when I had two aces myself - we have 4H as a conventional bid for this purpose. I considered indicating three aces, but I stuck with 5H, and he bid 6C. Ken doubled that, and with my undisclosed spade void, I redoubled. Predictably, the lead was the ace of spades, and Ken's double made sense with A-Q-J of diamonds and A-J or so of spades, plus maybe some heart honors. However, Dan had S K-Q-x H Q-x-x-x C K-Q-x-x-x-x or thereabouts, so the ace of spades lead established two good spades for two heart sluffs and the clubs split 1-1 to set up a crossruff for the remainder. 6C Dbl with an overtrick, with two missing aces. I'm glad Dan didn't use a convention that would have let us stop at five! I think 6C is indefensible with those hands - losing the king of hearts sets up two more heart tricks, so all the ruffs we should need from the board are the three spades and the long heart.
It took me all day, but I finally found a way to make one of our panels expand when I open a sub-panel that takes up more room. This should be automatic! I don't really like the way I did it and plan to try to find a better way tomorrow, but for now, it works, and now I can put controls at the very bottom without covering anything with them. This is a big accomplishment for me.