?

Log in

No account? Create an account

continue; | break;

Today's Bridge: I think we started the rubber with a 2S with two overtricks - I guess we got lucky. That was our luck for the first rubber as the opponents stomped us pretty thoroughly - I even had some good trump holdings but couldn't do anything with them. The second rubber went much better. I started by declaring 4H with S K-Q-9-x H J-x-x-x D x-x-x C A-Q facing S J-x-x H A-K-Q-x-x-x D x-x C x-x. It can be set decisively with precise defense, but the opponents didn't find it. Dan H. took the opening spade lead with the ace and led the ace of diamonds, then a low diamond to Ken's king, and Ken led a club into my tenace, allowing me to claim the rest. Ken's spade lead was a singleton, but I'd kept my spade power hidden during the auction. Even with a spade ruff, they need to take the next two tricks in diamonds - if Ken leads to Dan's diamond ace immediately, he's likely to lead another spade, and I'm pretty sure Ken only had one trump. If they end the diamond run in Dan's hand and he leads a club, I take the ace and sluff the club on the long spade - if they throw to me before taking two diamonds, I sluff a diamond and take the winning club finesse as a much safer option. After that, I raised Jerry's opening 1H to 4H with S x-x-x H 10-x-x-x-x D Q-x-x C K-x - not much else to do with that, I think. Off two, undoubled. Then I had a fun one - S K-9-x H A-K-Q-x D A-x-x C 10-x-x. A solid 1NT opener, but Ken opened 2S followed by two passes. Well, I could neither pass nor double, so I bid 2NT. Jerry responded 3D, and I planned to bid 3H en route to an inevitable 3NT, but Dan put in 3S, so I went right to 3NT myself. It looks bad, but Jerry's S A H J-x D Q-x-x-x-x C K-J-9-8-x makes it almost a laydown. The opening lead was a spade, naturally, so the ace took it and I led the low club for a safety play. Dan took the queen and Ken showed out. From there, it was a simple matter of ducking the spade return so the third spade round would deplete Dan's hand, and I ran a club to the eight. Dan went up with the ace right away and cleverly underled his king of diamonds, but too late for it to work - I took the ace and claimed three clubs and four hearts for an overtrick. They might have done something by attacking diamonds earlier, but with eight of them, I'm pretty sure something would have established, and I would still have attacked clubs and held the jack of hearts for a board entry if I needed it. The only thing I think the opponents did wrong was that Dan should have held the ace of clubs for a round - if Ken had one of the top three hearts, which was likely given the bidding (he had at most three points in spades and as far as Dan could see, maybe five in diamonds, but probably just the jack), then my only board entry was the clubs themselves, and a hold-up would have severed that connection. The opening spade lead may also have been ill-advised, since my notrump bid guaranteed at least one protected spade honor - crossing to Dan's hand somehow for a lead through that would have been the more likely route. An early heart requires me to take in my hand to keep that entry. I'd duck a diamond lead, of course, and probably a second as well. If they keep it up, I have two board entries (plus the club finesses) to get to the long diamond at the end.

Today's Work: Still no luck getting to the repository, but I have a new problem to work on and it's a doozy. I spent the day mainly pondering how I'd do it and testing a method that will allow me to put it into practice. Tomorrow, I should be able to start working on it. No Bridge because I have to earn a continuous learning point during lunch, so I should be getting a lot of work done.

My guest and I watched the first half of The Three Doctors tonight over dinner and had plenty of fun. Being able to pick and choose the best episodes is a good way to introduce someone to the series, and having multi-doctor stories also really helps - if only the other two of those were any good.

Signature

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!")
Powered by LiveJournal.com