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Today's Bridge: Mostly good for my side. Dan H. was my partner, and opened 1C and then jumped to 3C when the only decent features of my hand were a singleton club and K-Q-10-x-x of spades. We ended in 4D against a 4-1 split, so I took the advice I'd learned from Victor Mollo and counted winners. Unfortunately, I miscounted and ended up with only nine tricks. I don't think there were more to be had anyway, since I had to give up a spade ruff to establish the spades without giving up control of the hand entirely. Fortunately, after the opponents had made 3NT and 3S (where I even had a diamond void and four spades to the queen), they got into an argument between clubs and diamonds while Dan H. doubled over and over. Off two in the end, which wasn't too bad for them but should have been avoidable. Finally, I had a decent hand with S A-3 H A D J-x-x-x C K-Q-10-x-x-x. I opened 1C, and Dan C. doubled. Dan H. pulled the STOP card and predictably bid 2H, and while I considered 3D, I decided 3C was more descriptive - if he had four diamonds, he'd be declarer. Dan C. surprised us all by bidding 3H, but Dan H. bid 4D all the same, and I attempted to Blackwood in 4NT before I realized that he'd probably take it as natural. It might not have been so bad, but fortunately, Dan C. doubled that, allowing me to bid 5D. He doubled that too, and I really should have redoubled, but I made a lot of mistakes today. The opening lead was from under the ace of clubs, and diamonds split 2-2, so I think Dan H. had a play for all thirteen by ruffing three clubs to establish the suit and using the aces and two heart ruffs as entries. That only works if he has the king of hearts to sluff my little spade, but I think he did. He only lost the ace of clubs, though, sluffing his losing spade on the king. A redoubled overtrick would have been a nice substitute for failing to bid the slam.

Today's Work: I think I finished all of my mandatory training for the year, except for one course that I got an E-mail announcement for as I was finishing the course that the E-mail said not to do. Perfect timing.

The being okay with myself from earlier this month didn't last long. I'm getting over the low, at least, which may be a record turnaround, but I still suck at not pissing people off when it matters. I need to figure out how this "not being stupid" thing works.

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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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