Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Sudden reversals of fortune

Today's Bridge: After a great day yesterday, it was a shutout the other way. I largely blame Dan C. for starting us off with a clumsy auction - with 15 points, he overcalled 1NT, and I bid 2H to transfer to my five-card spade suit. He jumped to 4S. Apparently, being too weak for your bid means the appropriate response is to jump over even the strongest response you're intended to make. It might still not have been a disaster, but he wasn't prepared for a 4-0 trump split. I thought the followup was a very reasonable 4S attempt, but that was off one as well, and then I ended up in 3NT with S 8-x-x-x H A-J-x D J-x C K-Q-x-x facing S K H 10-9-x-x D A-K-x-x-x C A-x-x - it took the opponents long enough to find the spades that I thought I might have a shot, but the diamonds didn't split anyway. I probably had a decent sacrifice in 4D to stop their 3S, but I was tired of getting set all the time, and then I picked up S 3-2 H K-J-x D K C A-Q-J-10-9-x-x. I opened 1C, Dan C. jumped to 2S, and Jerry (who had already passed) bid 3D. I decided to take the chance and bid 5C. When Dan corrected to 5S, I probably should have left it, since I knew he didn't have any clubs, but I went for 6C. I think I gave up an extra trick, but his S A-Q-J-x-x-x H A-x-x D J-x-x-x didn't have enough entries to set up the spades, and all three finesses were offside, naturally. 4S might have worked somewhat, but I don't have enough entries to establish the clubs, and Dan H. had a singleton diamond, so there are no ruffs to be had. We get two hearts, a club, and five spades, and if Jerry misplays the diamonds, we get one of them. I probably had a play for off two in 6C.

Today's Work: Mainly cleaning up a mess from yesterday, and then digging into a problem that's been around for a while. I'm pretty sure it's not going to turn out to be an issue, but I'll have to dig through some really badly written code to try to figure it out.

I gave my new grill a try tonight with a couple of tuna steaks. They came out really well, but the cleanup was a bit more difficult than the griddle side is. It's dishwasher safe, so if I ever need to, I can wash it that way.

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