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February 27th, 2012

Today's Bridge: The headline hand for today was a redoubled slam where I ruffed my partner's ace with the top trump on the second trick BECAUSE I COULD. My hand was the borderline impressive S K-J D K-Q-x-x C K-J-10-9-8-7-x. It's 13 HCP plus distribution, so I went with the strong 1C opener rather than something tempting like 4C. Ken responded with the incredibly, incredibly strong and non-heart 2S, and Paul bid 3H. I still have no idea what he had to bid that with, but my obvious bid was 5C - even with our partscore, it was the only thing that made sense to me, preventing Mike from supporting his partner at 4H and inviting Ken to raise to slam if he thought it made sense, although I couldn't imagine how. He did. Mike doubled, and Ken made sure we weren't vulnerable before redoubling. What he had was S A-Q-10-x-x H A-Q-J-x D A-x-x C A. Mike's trump lead pulled Paul's queen, so I crossed to my hand by ruffing the ace of hearts with the king, sluffed all three hearts on three rounds of trump, cashed my winners, then crossed to the board with a diamond to claim every trick. That's 480 for the tricks, 50 for the insult, 200 for the overtrick, and 500 for the slam. They made two games and still lost the rubber. (And we wouldn't have been able to bid grand slam had we tried - the queen of clubs is a likely trick to lose, but that's the only trick we can possibly lose.)

It's been a busy evening thanks to an HOA meeting. Fortunately, I made it to work early enough that I didn't need to take leave to get to the meeting on time. It still leaves me lots of videos to watch. I've got a boss to fight in Skyward Sword if I have time left at the end, though.

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