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Today's Bridge: We got off to a good start - I had S A-9-x-x H A-K-x D K-9-x C K-x-x, a very solid 17. So when Dan H. opened 1D in third seat, I confidently overcalled 1NT, which was passed out. Ken led a low club into Dan C.'s S J-x-x-x H J-x-x D J-10-8-x C Q-x. Dan H. put in the ten, and I let him have it to retain a guard in the suit. He led back a low club, which ran to the queen, and I led the jack of diamonds, which lost to Ken's queen. He led a club, predictably, to Dan H.'s ace, but he was out of clubs and had to make do with a heart. I took the ace and led the king of diamonds, losing to Dan H.'s ace. This time, he tried the queen of spades, so I covered (couldn't let Ken get in) and counted my tricks. I'd taken three and had three more, so I needed to manufacture one more. So I led a low spade to the ten, jack, and queen, and again, Dan H. was fixed for a lead. I covered his eight of spades with the now-established nine, crossed to the diamonds, and came back to hand with the king of hearts to cash the last spade, which had by now set up for an overtrick. The opponents followed with a 1NT of their own that made with two overtricks - all down to distribution, of course. But we sacrificed in 4H (reasonably, I think - I had a play for off one when they didn't immediately find their five winners, but misguessed the diamond suit), then finished the game with a 3H where I should have raised Dan's past-game invitation, but we were missing K-Q-x-x of trump, making it a risky proposal when game was secure. The opponents went for a 4S that looked pretty solid to me, but Ken had opened 1S with a four-card suit and still raised Dan H.'s invitation to game, and the trump split was 4-2 against them. I had solid hearts and used my ace of trump to lead one through Ken's void to shorten his trump, and he couldn't convince Dan C. to ruff a diamond because both Dans had five diamonds. Off one was a pretty good result, all things considered. (He might have had a play for it, but he'd have needed to see all of the hands to guess the trump position.) We finished the rubber with a near-laydown 4H (I did in fact lay down when trump split 2-2 and declared my two losers), and the opponents missed an easy slam in the last hand due to some underbidding, although it was again largely down to great distribution between their hands.

Today's Work: I reduced the remaining reviews to spot checks, just to make sure nothing leapt out at me from a sample of the materials I was supposed to be reviewing. I've spent enough time on them. I also hadn't slept much last night - I woke up around 1 a.m. and didn't think I'd be able to fall asleep again, so I read through the Precision bidding book again. When I still didn't feel like falling asleep, I just gave up and went to bed. Tonight can't be much worse than that.

I had the cream herring as a side dish tonight. That was really good. I wish I'd bothered to put it on toast, but I didn't bother to count my bread to see whether I had enough. Next time for sure.


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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