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Surgery is a matter of life and death

Today's Bridge: Dan C. and I mostly cleaned up - there was a disappointing hand where I had S K-10-x H A-x-x-x D A-x-x C A-K-x, so I opened 1NT. He responded 2D (Jacoby), and even though I didn't have a ruffing value, I still jumped to 3H. He decided to pass with S J-x H K-x-x-x-x D K-Q-x C x-x-x or so. When the hearts split 2-2, making game was easy, and I think even without the split, it would have been worth a shot. I was eager to catch up after the previous hand, where I'd doubled Ken's 2D for a lead-direct and that was the final contract. Things worked out and he made it exactly. I managed to finish the job with a tricky 3C - with my S K H x-x-x D J-x-x C A-K-9-x-x-x facing Dan's S Q-J-x H A-Q-J-x-x D A-Q-x C x-x, hearts was probably a better contract. As it was, the opening lead was a heart, so I took the ace and led a spade to the king and ace. Kevin led a second heart to Ken's king, and a heart back was ruffed with the ten. I think he led a spade back, so I sluffed a diamond and led a club, intending to finesse. Ken went up with the jack, so I covered, and Kevin showed out. I crossed to the ace of diamonds, sluffed my last diamond on the queen of spades, and led another club to the nine. I cashed the ace of clubs and led a low club to Ken's queen, their final trick. In hearts, we'd lose the king of hearts for sure, but it would be possible to pull Kevin's trump before he could ruff a club. The clubs don't set up, but we get two spades and four hearts plus the ace of diamonds and at least two clubs. There should be another diamond in it as well for the full 10.

Today's Work: I had to do a lot to get a build going, and then I finished my work on the ignore file. I need to set up some other systems next.

I got busy watching a stream this evening and didn't do any LP work, unfortunately, but at least it was fun. I'll get there eventually.


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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