Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Still unreasonably tired

Today's Bridge: It was a pretty big day with some big hands. I think Paul had opened 1C and I overcalled 2H with S Q-x H A-Q-x-x-x-x D Q-J-x C x-x or so, and Dan H. jumped to game with S J-x-x H K-J-x-x-x D K-x-x C Q-x - two losers in each black suit and the ace of diamonds off the top, with no way to avoid any of it when the opponents ran the black suit winners. The opponents started with a game, and then we picked up 3C to lead into S A-K-x H A-K-x D 7 C K-Q-J-10-x-x, and Dan opened 1D. I jumped to 3C, he bid 3H, I bid 4C, and I was afraid he'd pass due to the partscore, but he raised me to 5C, and I had to think about it but eventually went up to 6C. I've got four possible losers, so if he's got any three of the major suit queens and the minor suit aces, we've got it. Kevin doubled on the strength of his A-K in diamonds, but Dan's S Q-J H Q-J-x-x D Q-x-x-x C A-x-x left me with tricks to spare. I ruffed the second diamond and spread my hand, regretting my decision not to redouble. Kevin declared 2NT, and I was surprised that he didn't make it - Dan found the inspired defense of leading from his 6-5-4 of diamonds to establish my A-J-10 for two tricks, and Kevin forgot that he had the thirteenth diamond afterward. Then Kevin bid Paul up to 6C while I had S A-x H Q-J-x-x-x D 10-x-x-x-x C 2. I decided not to try for a spade ruff and led the queen of hearts into Kevin's S K-Q-x-x-x-x H x D A-x C A-8-7-6. Paul captured the heart with his ace, then led the jack of spades, which I decided to cover lest it turn out to be a singleton. I decided to lead the other spade, whereas a diamond was probably the better lead. Paul cashed the ace of clubs and the ace of diamonds, then ran the queen of spades (throwing diamonds on both honors), led another spade and ruffed Dan's ten, ruffed a heart, led a spade for a ruff and overruff, ruffed another heart, pulled a round of clubs, and ended up conceding the final trick to my jack of hearts. I think he could have made the contract by pulling trump sooner, since I didn't lead an early diamond to pull that board entry (and I think Paul had the king of diamonds, which would have preserved it). He had the ace of clubs as well as the ace of diamonds and at least one heart ruff as entries once the spades were established. I think Kevin and I figured him for the ace of hearts, ace of diamonds, four spades, one or two heart ruffs, and the five clubs in his hand. It might require some luck, but the luck was on his side.

It was a really late day (which I'm hoping not to repeat tomorrow), but my guest and I spent the evening playing Hyrule Warriors, and I think they enjoyed it. We may be able to spend more time together playing Hyrule Warriors, or perhaps watching Doctor Who. We still need to watch some of the episodes with Ace.

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