June 13th, 2017

Moa: The King of Destruction

Things have always been broken, in many ways

Today's Bridge: Jerry and I didn't have much to work with, but we did the best we could. We gave up a game, then made 3S with an overtrick - I might have found it with a help bid in hearts, but Jerry didn't necessarily have much to offer when all of my bids were forcing. The opponents finished with a game that only missed slam by two missing aces, and then we just made a 4C and didn't defend it well when we ended up in a misfit and I decided to get too competitive on a weak hand because I thought I had a singleton queen of spades. I believe we still had a play for 3H doubled, but Jerry tried to crossruff with low trump and kept getting overruffed. Had he pulled trump after each opponent had ruffed once, he could have set up my diamonds. Our top hand was a 3H on defense. Jerry had bid clubs, so from S K-J-x-x H Q-7 D K-10-x-x-x C K-x, I led the king of clubs, which held. Dummy had 8-x-x of hearts and one more club, so I led my other club, which Jerry took with the ace. He led back a diamond, which my king took, and I tossed him a diamond to ruff. Now I got my club ruff and gave him another diamond, but he declined to ruff that, and his king of trump later scored the second undertrick. I think taking the ace of diamonds immediately and pulling trump might have saved the contract - I don't get my ruff, and unless Jerry overtakes my queen and leads a third trump, dummy still has one left to deal with another club. I think we get the two clubs, a diamond, and either two hearts or one heart and a diamond ruff. I don't know whether Dan C. could have set up club winners or some other way to get rid of his diamonds.

Today's Work: We found another problem that's always existed in the system, but nobody ever found it before. Meanwhile, we're working on the problem that keeps coming up, and nobody's ever solved it before. We found where it lives, but it seems to be a problem with the windowing engine, which is disturbing. I'm hoping it's not some kind of known bug, like another one I discovered, but it's too early to rule anything out.