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Today's Bridge: Dan H. offered to sit out, so Dan C. and I took on Ken and Jerry. We set most of their contracts while making a 4S. Then they made a 2NT, and we followed with a disappointing 3S. I had S K-J-x-x-x H K D Q-x C A-J-x-x-x, which I felt was just barely good enough to open 1S. Jerry overcalled 1NT, and that was passed around to me. Despite the inauspicious positioning of the power and Dan's advertised weakness, I had to bid 2C just based on the distribution. Jerry bid 2D, and Dan jumped to 3S. Taking that to be pre-emptive, and having already stretched my hand well beyond its worth, I passed. His hand was far better than his pass: S A-Q-9-x H Q-x-x D J-x-x-x-x C x. I've got three losers on top, but Jerry underled the ace of hearts, eliminating the loser there. I should have made five after that - I cashed the ace of spades, then crossed to the ace of clubs and ruffed a club, on which Jerry threw the queen. I ruffed a heart back to my hand, then ruffed another club, pulling Jerry's king. What I should do after ruffing the queen of hearts is lead the jack of clubs. If Jerry ruffs, I overruff, and after conceding my two diamond losers, I ruff back into my hand and pull the last trump to cash the thirteenth club. If he ducks, I let the jack ride, then pull trump, cash the final club, and concede the diamonds at the end. As it was, I just ruffed my last little club, and Jerry predictably had both of the remaining spades - he wouldn't have bid notrump with less than 10-x-x in my suit, although even that is a pretty flimsy bid. We ended with a sacrifice 4S Dbl - the opponents had 4H in the bag, if not with an overtrick, so while I wasn't expecting to be off two (five losers off the top, and even when they didn't take them immediately, I saw no way to get rid of any), it was within tolerance.

Today's Work: I finished the other major effort I needed to accomplish, which was simpler than I expected it to be. At least, I hope I got everything in the right places. I guess I'll find out when we test it.

I had the same dinner as last night, since it was a very late day. I'm hoping whatever happened last night doesn't happen again tonight, but since I don't really know what that was, I don't have a way to try to prevent it. I just need to try not to be so tired tomorrow.

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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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