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Today's Bridge: We got to play Precision again, and this time, we actually had a few hands to bid on. Results were mixed, but generally still good. Just not as good as they could have been. It looked like it was going to be a repeat of yesterday early on, but then I picked up H A-Q-x-x-x-x-x D A-J C A-K-x-x, and Dan H. opened 2D, a system bid showing a specific small set of distributions with 4-4 or 4-3 in the majors, at most one diamond, and four or five clubs. I believe the system bid for pretty much any slam-seeking hand is 2NT, asking for distribution, but I don't really care about the distribution - I want to go to slam unless he's absolutely minimum for his bid. 2H is closeout, 3H is invitational, and 4H is closeout, so I saw little option but to bid 5H. He realized that he'd made the wrong bid with his S A-x-x H K-J-x D K-Q-x-x-x C x-x and decided to pass, leaving us underbid in a laydown grand slam. It was a game, at least, but the opponents finished the rubber shortly after that and we moved on to a new one. I had S A H K-10-x-x D A-Q-J-10-x-x-x C x, so I opened 1D and Dan responded 2NT, balanced with 11-13 and invitational to game. My hand was not balanced, of course, so I jumped to 4D to show the strength and length of my suit, and he raised to game with S x-x-x H A-J-x D K-x-x C Q-J-x-x or so. The lead was a heart, so I made an overtrick - without that, I have to guess where the queen is because I can't possibly strip the hand - I can ruff a spade, but not two, and I can't do anything about the clubs without losing the ace, at which point the strip is dead. So game was right and we made it. Next, Dan H. opened 2C and Ken overcalled 2S. My hand was the consummate penalty double - S A-Q-10-3-2 H J-x-x-x D A-x-x-x. No fit for partner's suit, good defensive values in every other suit, and a strong holding in the opponents' suit. The double got passed around, and we set them two tricks - not bad at all compared to what would likely have been a partscore at best for our side, and an awkward 3D with partner holding a singleton spade, four small diamonds, and no real entries. I don't think a penalty double of 2S in our standard bidding would have been likely to stand. Unfortunately, I blew it in the final hand. I had S A-J-x-x-x-x H 3 D J-x C J-10-7-6 and Ken predictably opened 2H to my right. That got passed around to Dan H., who bid an even more predictable 3D. I felt I had to bid 3S, and he bid 3NT, which Ken doubled. I knew that was a bad idea and bid 4C, encouraging him to pick a trump suit. He did by passing with S 10-x H A-x-x D A-K-10-x-x C A-K-8, a good call in my opinion. The opening lead was a heart, so I took the ace and ran the ten of spades, losing to Dan C.'s king. He led another heart, which I ruffed, and I decided that only a crossruff could bring this contract home. I led the jack of diamonds to the queen and ace, then cashed the king and led the ten with hope, throwing a spade. Both opponents followed. The stage was set, so I crossed back to my ace of spades and led a spade, ruffing with the eight. Ken overruffed with the queen and led another heart, which I ruffed with the ten. I should have been home. All I needed to do was ruff a spade with the king and ruff a diamond with the jack, leaving the ace of trump for my tenth trick. Instead, I ruffed the diamond low, letting Dan C. overruff and lead a trump, forcing me to take both of my top trump in a single trick. It was a good contract and I just threw it away. But still, in my opinion, a good auction that would have worked in either bidding system.

Today's Work: The big shakeup has started, but with more of a whimper than a bang so far. I completed one of my tickets and made some small changes to two that I thought I'd already finished, but that turned out to need a bit more work. Our process allows for that.

My eyesight was also back to normal this morning, which is fortunate. And I have replacement supplies for my CPAP, but I didn't feel like washing any of them today. I made spaghetti with chicken alfredo for dinner, and when the spaghetti ran out halfway through (since I don't want to make and eat too much in a meal), I decided to mix in some salad. It worked fairly well.


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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