October 13th, 2010

Moa: The King of Destruction

Why they gotta ask me about relationships? ME? It's like asking Ryoga Hibiki for directions.

Today's Bridge: The only points we scored the entire time were from a one-trick set when Ken went for a slam in spades and stopped short at 5S. He was missing the top two diamonds and let me have my singleton king of spades - the finesse would have been a tricky play to find, and I'd still win. Cashing the ace was the only winning play, and no declarer would ever do it. They made a 4C along the way, but in every other hand, I declared a sacrifice contract. I may have missed one by three tricks, but I held the rest to off two at worst, including one where I knew the trump split was bad and still went for it. Well, Mike had opened 1H, I think Keith bid 2D, and Ken bid 2S. I had S J-10-x-x-x-x H A-K-9-x D x C x-x. I passed, Mike bid 3C, and Keith and Ken passed. What could I do but bid 3S? Nobody doubled, and Keith had S K H J-x and a lot of diamonds. I don't remember what our clubs looked like, but I won Mike's heart lead with the jack and led the other heart to my ace so I could ruff my other low one with the king of spades before pulling the rest. Ken won half of those tricks, but I managed to get the king of hearts at the end. I had a few pre-emptive bids along the way, including a reasonably solid 3C at the end that Keith ended up taking to 5C while Mike kept bidding diamonds. He wasn't as strong as I'd hoped, but it was an excellent sacrifice. My opinion on the day was that it was the best rubber I've ever lost. The opponents had the power to win at least one rubber in those hands, maybe two.

Today's Work: We didn't get a lot done at the phone conference, but I don't think we expected to. We got through most of the short agenda, anyway, and I came up with an idea that I'm surprised didn't occur to me before. We're going over more document comments tomorrow, while I'm in another meeting. That should be fun.

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