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Today's Bridge: Dan H. and I had very little to work with. We defended a 2C where I think we had enough to compete, but I'd named my only biddable suit and he didn't reopen. The most interesting hand I had was S A-J-10-8-7-6-4 H Q-J-10-x C Q-x. Dan H. opened 1D, so I responded 1S. Then it was 2C, 2S, 2NT. My hand was totally unsuited to that, so I bid 3H in search of a trump fit. He bid 3NT, which was no better, so I closed at 4S. His S 5-3 H K-x D A-K-x-x C K-x-x-x-x looks pretty good, but we're missing two aces, I have no dummy entries to the diamonds, and it's tough to avoid losing at least two spades. Dan C. led a heart, which I let run to my ten. In need of a dummy entry, I led the low heart to the king and ace, and Ken returned a third heart, which Dan ruffed with the nine. He then led the king of spades, giving me a tiny chance. I took it and led the queen of hearts, hoping that Ken held the ace and Dan would hold up the queen of trump. If he ruffs with the two or fails to ruff at all, I can ruff in dummy, throw my clubs on the diamonds, and concede the queen of spades to make the contract. He sure thought about it for a long time, but in the end, he ruffed with the queen and cashed the ace of clubs. It wasn't best defense, though - if he cashes the ace and exits with a club instead of leading trump from his K-Q-2, the club trick does me no good, and I can't stop him from getting both of his honors for a two-trick set.

Today's Work: Just finishing up the stuff I needed to do. I had some neat ideas, and got to put "By golly" in a comment, so that was fun.

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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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