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Today's Bridge: Dan H. and I teamed up against Dan C. and Jerry, and it looked like it was going to be a bad day for us - they started with 2S that we couldn't touch, then tried for a slam in spades and stopped short - I doubled the Blackwood 5D bid with H x-x-x-x D A-K-x-x C Q-x-x-x-x, and thanks to the trump split, they were off two. But they finished their game with 2D and I was looking forward to ending the rubber and starting a new one when I picked up S J-x H K-Q-x-x-x D A-K-x C A-10-x and Dan H. opened 1C. I responded 2H, and he shifted to 2NT, clearly denying length in spades. With only a doubleton myself, that looked like a bad move, so I bid 3H. He raised to game with S A-Q-x H J-9-x D Q-x-x C Q-x-x-x. When the opening club lead ran to my ten, it was pretty simple - Jerry held up the ace of trump until the third round, and I lost a club and the king of spades. Then Jerry declared 4H and threw it away - I had S 9-x-x H K-x-x D A-x-x C K-Q-J-7, so I started with the king of clubs into the jaws of dummy's S Q-J-8-x-x-x-x H Q-J-9 D Q-x C A. I don't remember the exact sequence - I seem to remember leading an early spade to the queen, king, and ace. Then Jerry ran the queen of hearts, and I probably should have covered and led a spade, hoping for a ruff. Instead, I held up until the second round (Dan showed out, so the ruff wasn't going to happen) and led my last heart to pull the obvious board entry to the spades, hoping that my partner still had a spade, but he had none. When in with the nine of hearts, Jerry threw his ten under the jack, then his seven under the eight, giving me the nine. The ace of diamonds was the decisive trick. All he needed to do was cross to the ten, then back to the jack, and he could throw all of his diamonds on good spades. Dan H. declared a 2S and gave up off two - he ruffed a club low and got overruffed when I think he had a decent shot at making it if he ruffed high enough to stop the crossruff. Jerry had bid very weak and shown up with the A-K of diamonds, so he clearly couldn't also have the missing king of spades. Finally, I had S 9 H A-Q-8-x-x-x-x D Q-J-x-x C Q. Dan opened 1C and Jerry overcalled 1S, so even as weak as I was, I decided to bid 2H. Again, Dan tried 2NT, but again, I didn't like that and bid 3H, which is where we played. I considered 4H, but with his S 10-9-x-x H 9-x D A-x-x C A-K-J-x, too much depends on the trump split. I ruffed the second spade, crossed to the ace of clubs, and sluffed two diamonds on the clubs - the chances of a 4-4 split in clubs are too slim to be worth cashing the queen and crossing to the ace of diamonds, and with three or more diamonds in hand, I lose one even if the finesse is onside. Then I led the nine of hearts to the ten, queen, and king, ruffed the spade continuation, and cashed the ace, felling the remaining trump. The diamond finesse lost, but it still left me with ten tricks.

Today's Work: We finally got a workable draft of our new process, so I need to demo that tomorrow.

I remembered to buy alcohol wipes on the way home, finally. That's an accomplishment.

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