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Today's Bridge: It was not a good day for declaring. I started with a pretty solid S A-Q-x-x-x H 10-x-x D K-J-9 C A-x, so I opened 1S and Dan responded 3S. I was top for my bid and had a doubleton, so I raised to game. His S K-x-x H A-Q-x D x-x-x C J-10-x-x sadly didn't offer much possibility, and every critical card was offside - all three diamonds, the king of hearts, and both club honors (were not in Ryan's hand, where I could throw him in and hope he'd lead another diamond). Fortunately, Ryan led a diamond, so I wasn't off as much as I should have been. Dan then opened 1H and Brent overcalled 3C when I had S A-J-x-x-x H Q-x-x D Q-x-x-x-x. It was tempting to pass, but I went for 4H, off one again. I figured that was coming, though. Ryan next went for 4S, probably doomed, but I think he played it poorly, and I gave up a chance to ruff with my singleton king of spades, letting him get away for off two. Dan opened 2C and I didn't have enough to go anywhere - off one again. Finally, he opened 1C when I had S 10-9-x-x-x H Q-J-x D Q-x C x-x-x - 1D, 2NT, 3S, 3NT. He had A-J-7 of spades and ducked the queen lead, unblocking the jack. When Brent followed with the king, that set up the suit, but I pointed out afterward that taking the ace was a better play - he can then run the jack and cross to the 10-9, guaranteeing four tricks in the suit even if Brent wisely switches to a different suit. He had A-K-x in both red suits, so the queens were entries if he needed them. In the end, he had to lose one spade and the ace of clubs - he was really in the 2NT opening range, which I probably would just have raised to game rather than dabbling in spades.

Today's Work: There was a lot to discuss, and we were all in agreement at the end of the day about what needs to be done. We also averted a potential crisis with some quick thinking and decisive action. It's nice when things work out like that.

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