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Today's Bridge: I had a great first hand, something like S A-x-x H A-Q-x D A-K-Q-J-10 C K-J, and it was even my deal. So I opened 2C, and Jerry overcalled 2H. Ken missed the bid and tried to bid 2D, so he had to adjust to 3D. Well, that meant a positive response with five diamonds, and I had a great fit, so I bid 4NT to look for the ace of clubs. When Ken didn't have it, I settled for game. He made it exactly, losing the ace of clubs and the king of hearts, I think. I ended up in 4S on the next hand after both opponents had bid hearts, S A-Q-9-x-x H Q-J-9 D A-x-x C x-x facing S K-J-x-x H 10 D K-x-x C 10-x-x-x-x or so - Ken valued his hand upward a bit for the heart singleton. Jerry started with the A-J of clubs, and when Dan C. didn't cover to lead a club back, he switched to a diamond. I honestly don't think the contract can be made if trump are 3-1 - I've got two diamonds, and I can set up either a club or a heart, but not both. The heart is a huge risk, because it really depends on Jerry holding both top honors - if Dan has one or both, the ruffing finesse on the second trick will fail. It will also consume one of dummy's trump, so I'd have to cash the heart and then ruff my third diamond before pulling trump, requiring a 4-3 diamond split in addition to the hearts falling well. And if Dan does take the first heart and leads a club, I'm forced to ruff high, which makes it nearly impossible to pull trump without losing one. I don't think I can do it if Jerry has three to the ten - I have no entry back to my hand to pull the last trump. Given that, I took a 100% line assuming a 2-2 split - I took the diamond in dummy, ruffed a club high, crossed to a top spade, ruffed another club high, and crossed to the last top spade, gratified to see the last trump fall. I threw my losing diamond on the last club, then conceded a heart trick. I think it makes more sense to take the first diamond in hand, because then I only need one top ruff, and that may be what I did, somehow, but I remember ruffing with both of my top spades. In any case, I made the contract. We didn't fare quite as well in the second rubber, though - we made 4D with an overtrick, then they scored a game. We went for 3S in the final hand, enough for game with our partscore, but Jerry had all of the power in the right place and I couldn't find a play for a ninth trick.

Today's Work: I investigated another one of the problems reported by a tester, only to discover that he'd typed in the wrong number, and the system was doing exactly what it was supposed to do with that number. So that's another non-problem. I'm looking into something that definitely IS a problem, and it looks like it's going to be tough to handle. Hopefully, I can work out what's going on, at least enough to request some technical support.

I have lots to do in the evenings this week, and I've been getting home so late that I haven't had time to do any of it yet. I really can't afford to miss any more opportunities - one of those things has to be done this week, and I really don't want to try to rush to get it done Saturday morning.

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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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