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Today's Bridge: Kevin and I teamed up against Dan C. and Ken, and things mostly went our way. I started with S Q-J-x-x-x-x-x H x D x C A-K-x-x. Kevin opened 1D and Ken overcalled 1H, and while a double could work, I decided to leave it at 1S. I considered 4S but thought I was a bit too strong for that. Dan C. jumped ot 3H, but Kevin bid 4C. Even though we had a fit there, I decided to bid 4S because the longer trump would cover my short suits and the club honors were well-placed. Kevin had the singleton ace of spades and queen of clubs, as well as some largely irrelevant power in the red suits. I lost the king of spades and the two red aces. I made 4C in the next hand, putting us within shooting distance of the goal, but the opponents two-putted their way to a game first. Kevin and I proceeded to underbid the next hand, bidding 2H and making four, and then the opponents misstepped badly. Ken opened 1H and Dan jumped to 3NT. Ken decided to try Gerber, and with H 10-7-x-x-x D J-x-x-x C K-J-9-x, it seemed like the perfect time for a lead-directing double. Dan indicated two aces and two kings, and Ken ended in 6NT. The opening lead was the ten of clubs, and Ken flopped S J-x-x-x-x H A-K-Q-J-6-4 D A-x. Not a great notrump hand. The lead ran to Dan's ace, and he tried the eight of hearts to the nine and ace, then led the king of hearts to discover the bad news. He cashed his remaining top hearts, and I threw the ten under the jack just in case he'd miscounted, but he led a spade and sighed deeply when I threw the nine of clubs. He finessed the ten of diamonds, so I took the jack, cashed the heart and the king of clubs, and when Kevin threw the queen under it, I cashed the jack as well. Dan had the rest. I think Ken should have switched to spades - Dan's notrump pretty much indicated good spades and guaranteed a fit. 6S is a lock, and the grand slam only fails because Kevin had four spades to the queen over the A-K. Then it was my turn to face a nasty split. I had S A-K-Q-x-x H A-K-x-x D x C J-x-x. I opened 1S, Dan overcalled 2C, Kevin responded 2S, Ken bid 3D, and I bid 3H, mainly to tell Kevin more about my hand so he could choose a level. That got passed out. I approve of the decision with his S x-x-x H Q-10-x-x D J-10-x C K-x-x. The opening lead was a low diamond, so I went up with the jack, losing to Ken's ace. He led back the king, so I ruffed, and Dan threw the queen, establishing the ten, but clearly indicating a doubleton that he hadn't bothered to signal. Whoops. I cashed the ace of hearts, and Ken sluffed a diamond. That was bad, but not necessarily fatal - if I could induce Dan to ruff, I could pull trump without losing control of the hand. I led the ace of spades, and he immediately ruffed. I think his return of the queen of clubs was ill-chosen, but he didn't have much choice - a heart is better, though. The king held the trick (and if it hadn't, it would have established the jack anyway), so I crossed to the king of hearts, finessed out the rest of Dan's trump, cashed the ten of diamonds while I had the chance, and finished with the top two spades. Had Dan started with the queen of diamonds, Ken wouldn't have spent both of his top honors, so I wouldn't have had a diamond trick. But that's Bridge. If my opponents make a mistake, I'm going to try to capitalize on it.

It's getting pretty hot - I drank a lot more water than usual and sweated a fair bit at the office, and it even felt a little warm. It usually gets noticeably hotter than that, but that also tends to happen more in the winter. It's a little strange.


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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