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Today's Bridge: I got a great draw for seating and then not much in the way of good hands, but we made the most of what we had. The opponents started with a 3NT that I think we had a chance to set, but I probably misplayed it. After that, I had S A-J-10-9-x-x H Q-x-x D A-K-x-x, and I ended up in 3S freely bid with no support from partner. He had S K-8 H x-x D J-10-x-x C Q-J-x-x-x or so - I forget what he had in clubs because it was irrelevant, but I felt a little let down by the lack of support. Ken started with the top two hearts, then a third, and I caught Dan H.'s high-low, so I ruffed with the 8 as a finesse. He covered with the queen and led a diamond, so I took the ace, crossed to the king of spades, and led the jack of diamonds. When Dan covered, it was a simple matter to take that trick, run spades, and have the ten of diamonds at the end for an overtrick. I don't know whether 4S is guaranteed (especially based on where the queen of diamonds is), but I think it was the right contract. We defended a 1NT, and then I picked up S 3 H 10-9-x-x-x D Q-9-x-x C A-x-x. Ken opened 1H, Jerry doubled, and Dan bid 1S. I could have passed, and probably should have, but with that distribution, I thought it was worth 2D. Ken doubled, and Jerry raised to 3D, which was the final contract. His S A-K-x H Q D K-J-x-x-x C Q-J-x-x was pretty good support, but when I'd taken the opening spade lead and led a low diamond, Dan showed out, and things got a bit more complicated. I went up with the queen and Ken let me have it, so I decided to go for a safety play in clubs to start with - even if Dan has the king and I finesse, I'm only going to get two club tricks and lose the ten. Dan did indeed have the king, which was good news, because he couldn't lead trump. He went for another spade, so I threw off a heart. I decided a crossruff was the best strategy, so I started with the queen of hearts to Ken's ace. He led his low diamond, so I took on the board and led the last spade, ruffed in hand and overruffed with the ten. Ken decided to hold on to his ace of trump and led a club to my ace, and I led my last one to the jack, while Ken threw a heart. That left me with a crossruff and Ken with one trump to take whenever he wanted, giving me a total of nine tricks. Jerry opened 1NT in the next hand, and declared it, but Dan had eight diamonds and a few side entries for a two-trick set. Finally, I declared a 2D that was pretty easy thanks to A-K-Q-J of clubs, even with big holes in my trump suit.

Work was rough because the side effects of Lexapro were still hitting me, making it hard to get anything done. I had another late morning, then didn't feel too great during the day. I had to stop on the way home to buy paper towels and something for my guest, but then I gave them an early birthday present, because they were really having a bad day for many reasons. Now I'm hoping to get the final Psychonauts commentary done tonight before I post the next video tomorrow night.


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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