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Today's Bridge: We didn't get off to a great start - I had S A-x-x H A-K-x D x-x C A-K-x-x-x, so when Dan C. opened 1S, I jumped to 3C. He jumped straight to 5C, intending it as a closeout, but since I had such a strong hand and hadn't limited myself, I took him for stronger than that and raised to 6C. His hand was S J-x-x-x-x H Q-x D A-Q-J C Q-x-x or so, which isn't great. It had a shot - I ducked the opening king of spades from Ken, and the ten followed to the jack, queen, and ace. Trump were 3-2, but the diamond finesse lost - had Ken had the king of diamonds, I could have crossed back to my hand in hearts and finessed again, setting up a diamond to throw my losing spade on. As it was, I had to lose the diamond and the second spade for off two. The opponents assembled a game from a 3D (which I could have passed out for 1NT, but I balanced and Paul bid his long minor) and a 4S+2 after the disappointing 1S-2NT-3S-4S auction - Paul meant 4S to be invitational, but Ken's 3S said that he had no cue-bids to make, so it was up to Paul to explore slam. We got back on the next hand, though - I had H A-Q-10-8-3-2 D Q-J-x-x C K-x-x. Ken opened 1S and Paul responded 2D, so I jumped to 4H and that's where it ended. Dan's S A-10-x-x-x-x H K-6-4 D x C A-x-x was just the support I needed. Ken took the ace of diamonds, then switched to a club. I let it run to my king, then led the queen of diamonds for a ruffing finesse. Ken threw a spade. At this point, I think I screwed up. I ruffed the diamond, but I should then have cashed the ace of spades, then the ace of clubs. Instead, I ruffed a spade, then ruffed a diamond, with Ken oddly throwing his five of hearts under the shortly-to-be-played six. Now I cashed the ace of spades, on which Paul threw a club, and then ruffed another spade, another diamond with the king, and finally the ace of clubs to Paul's seven of hearts. He led another diamond, which I ruffed with the eight, and I could have cashed the top two hearts for an overtrick, but I threw the ten instead and conceded the jack. The final hand was our first Jacoby transfer - Dan opened 1NT and I had S x-x H K-J-x-x-x D A-x-x-x C K-x or so. I bid 2D and was gratified to get the 2H response, although we'd discussed the transfers enough that I was confident he would take it. My proper bid at that point was 3D, indicating 5-4 distribution, but I chose 3NT because I didn't know how Dan would interpret that. He had to consult the convention sheet, but he switched to 4H and made it. I think his hand was S A-K H A-10-x D K-Q-J-x-x C Q-J-x or thereabouts - I didn't see it all at once, but I believe 5D would be solid, and 6D makes on the heart finesse. Unfortunately, there are too many clubs for an endplay.

Today's Work: I didn't get recognized for my ten years of service, but there was a team meeting followed by a lot of training. I forced myself out of bed early so I could get home in time to make Pad Thai, but then I started playing Bridge online and didn't leave myself time to do commentary. Argh. I even threw away a slam... I had S x-x H A-K-Q-x-x D A-Q-x C A-x-x or so and the bidding went 1C-2C (Michaels, 5-5 in the majors) Pass, so I just bid 6H. Partner had S K-Q-J-x-x H J-10-x-x-x D J-10 C Q. The king won the opening spade lead and trump were 3-0, so the guaranteed line was to lead my remaining spade - West had the ace, and I would have established the Q-J of spades to sluff my diamonds. If East has the ace, I can still try the finesse, but it's guaranteed to lose at that point. I'm pretty sure West was marked with all of the remaining power.

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