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Today's Bridge: I had some really big mistakes today, particularly in a 2S where we only stopped short because it was plenty for game. I had S K-Q-J-9-3 H A-Q-x-x D x C A-10-9 and Ken had S 6-x-x H x-x-x D A-x C K-Q-J-x-x or so. I took the opening diamond lead and led a spade to my nine, pulling the ace. Kevin led back a spade, so I took it with my jack and made my first mistake. The correct play is to pull the last trump and cash the clubs, but I somehow decided that I needed that last trump on the board and went right to the clubs. Dan H. ruffed the third round and led the king of diamonds, and here's where I made my unforgivable mistake - I ruffed with the three instead of the king, cutting myself off from the clubs entirely. Pulling the last trump guarantees 5 with a shot at an overtrick on the heart finesse, while ruffing with the king guarantees 4 with the same chance. As it was, I made 3. Good enough, but horribly played. Then I opened 2S with S J-10-9-8-7-5 H Q-10-x-x D 10 C Q-x (really weak, but I liked the solid spade run and the hearts I could rebid if Ken switched suits), and Ken raised me to game with S A-x H K-J-x-x D A-K-x-x C K-x-x, not a bad bid at all, but not a contract I'm likely to make. Kevin cashed the ace and led a low heart, so I should have taken the ace of spades and pitched one just to reduce the chance that he could ruff a heart, but that pretty much guarantees that I lose both spade honors unless one is a singleton, and I've still got a club to lose. So I ran the jack to Dan's queen, and he led back a diamond that the ten won. Suddenly, I had a shot. I crossed to the ace of spades, pitched my clubs on the top diamonds, and made the contract. Doubled by Kevin, but best defense would have set it without question.

Today's Work: The most interesting thing that happened today was a coworker letting me borrow an old copy of Hoyle's Rules of Games from 1926. I browsed the section on Auction Bridge, which it said replaced an older version of Bridge where only the dealer or his partner could set the trump suit and defensive tricks could count toward game. They used the old 6-7-8-9-10 scoring system (score per trick above 6, with 30 points making a game) and listed Contract Bridge (where overtricks are scored as 50 above the line) as a new variation that was just starting to pick up. It also listed the old Cuthbertson honor trick bidding system rather than the later Work point count, which was interesting but confusing. It's also got a couple of really neat two-player variations, one of which I'd like to try if we're ever short of players again.

I don't know whether my mood's actually improved, but I'm acting like it has, and that's probably what matters.


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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