Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Probably one of my best bids ever

Today's Bridge: A significantly better day than yesterday. The opponents started with a game, but then went for a couple of ill-fated partscores, off two each time. Then they made a second game, after which I picked up S A-J-x-x H A-K-J-x-x-x D Q-x-x. Normally, I don't get to open on that, but Dan C. passed in first seat. I considered a Precision 1C, but just in case partner's suit was clubs, I stuck with 1H and the ability to bid strong later. Ken doubled for takeout, and Dan H. responded 2H. Dan C. came in with 2S, and I had a pretty good picture of the hand. My spade power was well-placed, and it seemed like it was the opponents who had the wasted power in clubs. So I jumped to 4H, which Ken doubled for penalty. He led the ace of clubs, and Dan H. flopped S 9 H Q-10-9-x D 10-x C K-J-x-x-x-x - a sub-minimal response, but with great distribution. On the lead, I had to try the ace of hearts - just in case the trump split was 2-1, which would give me the ace of spades, the king of clubs, two spade ruffs, and all six hearts in my hand. Ken had all three of the hearts, though, so I cashed the ace of spades and ruffed a spade, then threw a diamond on the king of clubs, under which Ken threw the queen. It was possible that he was false-carding to cover Dan C.'s void, but since Dan had no trump, I had no idea what good that would do. So I took the obvious winning line of throwing another diamond under the jack. Ken ruffed, but had no way to stop me. Had he led his last heart, I'd win in dummy and exit with a diamond. I'd have a spade to lose at the end, but that would be it. In the event, he tried the diamonds twice, so I ruffed the second one with a low heart and cross-ruffed the four remaining tricks I needed with top trumps. A trump lead doesn't hurt me, either, provided that I win the lead in dummy - it's the natural play, not only because dummy is the short hand, but also because there's little threat of overruffs from Dan, who has to follow in spades, but Ken might just come up short of clubs. I'd cash the ace of spades at trick two, then ruff two clubs low and three spades as high as I need to. With seven tricks in hand, I'd lay down three top trumps and claim. Ken can cash two diamonds before switching suits, as well - it makes no difference. It was only the ace of clubs lead that made it safe to play the ace from hand instead of a top card from dummy, saving me the need to ruff the second club. The opponents followed the hand with an underbid game, then a grossly overbid slam where they each thought they had an extra trump. With S K-J H J-10-x D Q-x-x C K-10-9-x-x on opening lead, I went ahead and doubled the 6C Blackwood bid to show my suit, then led a low diamond into S A-9-x-x-x-x H A-x-x D K-x-x C A. Dan took the king and cashed the ace of clubs, throwing the queen, then crossed to his ace of diamonds and led the jack of clubs, ruffing low. He tried a low heart, but Dan went up with the king, and following my double despite all the evidence to the contrary, led a club. Dan C. ruffed in hand and threw the last diamond from dummy, then ran a heart to the ace. He led a low spade to Dan H.'s queen, but I covered and led back the jack to kill dummy. I overruffed the return and led the queen of diamonds, which was ruffed, but Dan H. ended up with the top trump for a third undertrick.

Today's Work: I jumped into a task that seemed like it should be simple, but was a bit more intricate than it originally appeared. I think I got it finished in the end, anyway. I'll have to find out through testing, which is a bit tricky at the moment. The difficult parts are yet to come.

I had fajitas tonight - it was probably too much, and the guacamole may not have been the freshest, but we'll see how I feel in the morning.

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