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My subconscious obviously hates me

Today's Bridge: Dang, it was a good day. The opponents started with 3S, and we answered with 3D, after which I picked up S Q-J-9-8-x-x-x H 8 D K-x C x-x-x. A consummate (minimal) 3S opening, and Ken responded 5S, clearly inviting slam. Since I had no extra values and my distribution was already included in the opening bid, I declined, and the lead was a diamond through his S A-10-x-x H A-Q-J-x D Q-10-x C K-x. Respectable, but missing two aces, I'm not sure a slam invite was justified. Give me Q-J of clubs and I'd still open 3S, but I might well accept the invite. In the event, I declined to put in the ten of diamonds, and the ace didn't appear. That was a big boost, since having two diamond tricks still means I need the heart finesse to work so I can sluff two clubs from hand. Getting the king meant I could get rid of one diamond and be okay to lose two clubs, if I picked up the spades. So I took the finesse immediately, won it, and tossed the remaining diamond on the ace. Then I ruffed the little heart with the queen, hoping to drop the king, but it didn't fall. I counted my trumps, saw ten, and took the finesse into the "safe" hand, losing. Brent couldn't lead a club, so he tried a diamond, which I ruffed high. Another round of trump showed me how I'd miscounted, and I had no option left but to lead toward the king of clubs. Fortunately, the ace was onside, but I feel like there was a play for the contract that was better than 50/50. The other particularly interesting hand was Brent's 1NT opener. With S Q-10-x H K-Q-10-8 D K-Q-9-x C 7-5, I had no overcall, so the opening bid was passed out. I started with the king of hearts to Brent's ace, and dummy's S J-x-x H x-x D A-J-8-x C Q-J-x-x wasn't promising. Brent tried a club to the queen and Ken's ace, and Ken led back the seven of hearts to the jack and queen. I had to assume that Brent had the nine, but did he have another? I eventually just cashed the ten, and Ken dropped the nine while Brent played the two. The eight drew Ken's five, so I got no clues about how to continue, but the only exit card I had was the club to Brent's king. He cashed the ace and king of spades before turning to the diamonds (having thrown the low one from dummy on a heart) - I put in the nine, and he took the ace. Then he led another diamond, so I cashed my two, then the queen of spades, and nobody had a fourth diamond to cover mine. I think he had a shot if he'd attacked diamonds while holding the top spades, since I had no good exit cards, and the chances of spades splitting 4-2 with the queen in the short hand are pretty slim.

Today's Work: We're starting to resolve things, but I have an issue to discuss tomorrow morning to determine how we're going to finish what we're doing. I also made it to my morning training on time despite dreaming that I'd missed it, waking up, realizing that I still had a chance, missing it again, and then waking up from THAT dream.

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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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