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Eliminate the elimination

Today's Bridge: We finally rounded up enough people to play, so Dan and I took on Jerry and Ryan. They made the first game after a bit of a false start in 1C, and then I picked up S K H x D Q-x-x-x-x C A-J-9-x-x-x. I opened 1D, Jerry overcalled 1H, Dan passed, Ryan bid 1S, and I jumped to 3C to show my distribution. Dan wasn't sure what to do with his S Q-x-x-x H 10-x-x-x-x D 9 C Q-10-x, but he made the right decision to pass. It was a pretty simple elopement hand with an overtrick - I ruffed three diamonds and overruffed Ryan in hearts, since the bidding made it clear what the opposing distribution was. Then I got S 10 H K-10-9-7-x D A-Q-J-10 C 8-x-x, which had enough quality that I elected to fudge a 1H opening. Dan jumped me to 3H, and then Ryan cut in with 3S. I hadn't planned to accept the game invitation, but given the opposing bid, I chanced it. Dan's hand was the very promising S Q-x-x H A-Q-6 D K-9-x-x C Q-J-9 - strong, but hardly distributional. I clumsily tried to play on an elimination without enough trumps to pull it off. I ruffed the second spade with the nine (just in case, probably a mistake), then pulled trump in three rounds and cashed my top three diamonds. Then I led a club to the queen, and Ryan covered and cashed the ace, handing me my tenth trick on a silver platter. Had he led a spade instead, I'd have been off at least one. What I needed to do was leave the last trump out, cross back to my hand with a diamond, and lead a club to the nine, playing Jerry for the ten since Ryan was marked with the honors and likely short clubs. Ryan would cover, and any lead but a spade would sacrifice a tempo, giving me time to set up the club trick in safety. So I ruff, lead another club, and dummy's last heart protects me from the final force in spades. As it happens, Ryan had 5-3-3-2 distribution, so it would have worked had I played it that way. I just assumed he had more spades and played to avoid an overruff.

I really don't know what's going on at work anymore, which is why I haven't bothered to make entries while my lunchtime activities have been restricted to Santorini. I've had some interesting matches, though.

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