Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

Hard drive get! HD CAP UP!

Today's Bridge: Once again, Mike drew the king, so I got to play. We did pretty well, too, including a rather odd hand where we bid up to 4S in totally incorrect fashion, and made it with an overtrick. I had S K-x-x-x H x D A-Q-x-x-x C K-Q-x. I opened 1D, Paul overcalled 1H, and Ken doubled. I took that as a negative double, promising spades and clubs, so I jumped to 2S. My distribution and our promised fit made my hand seem strong enough. Ken jumped right up to 4S... and what he had was S A-Q-x-x H Q-x-x-x D K-x-x C J-x. I ruffed the second heart trick, pulled trump in three rounds, and pulled the ace of clubs to make 5. Before that, with 40 points already on our side, I opened 2S with the rather pathetic S A-x-x-x-x-x D J-x-x C A-x-x-x, Paul bid 3D, Ken bid 3H, I bid 4C, Ken bid 4H, and I closed at 4S. He had S K-J H K-Q-J-10-9-8-7 D x C K-x-x. Paul started with the ace of diamonds, then switched to a club. Naturally, I took the ace in my hand and ran the spade finesse, which worked. I ran the king, leaving Paul holding the queen, and exited with a heart to Paul's ace. Had he had another club, I'd have been set, but he was out of them and could only cash two diamonds before I ruffed back in, pulled his queen of spades with my ace, and crossed to the king of clubs and the good hearts. We ended with a 2NT... quite an odd bidding sequence there, where Ken opened 1S, I responded 1NT, and he passed that. Keith balanced at 2D, so I overcalled 2H. I was holding S 9-x H Q-J-10-9-8-7 D A-x C x-x-x, I believe. I felt that, having shown fewer than 10 points, my unforced heart bid should indicate considerable length and probable strength in hearts. Ken corrected to 2NT, and there we played. Paul led a spade into Ken's S A-Q-10-x-x H K-x D Q-x-x C A-x-x, so I covered with the queen, figuring that having Keith in the lead could only bode well for me. The queen won, so I led the king of hearts to Paul's ace, and he returned another spade. This time, I took the ace, cashed the ace of clubs, and crossed to my five good hearts and the ace of diamonds to make 3. Paul's spade leads were a mistake, even though he had five of them. Ken also had five from the bidding, and Keith had advertised strong diamonds. A diamond lead gives Keith four diamond tricks that I can't do anything about, but I still get the five hearts, the ace of diamonds, the ace of clubs, and at least one spade. The opponents bid a 3C that we set by a trick, and that pretty much covers the rubber.

Today's Work: More interesting discussions, and prep work for upcoming meetings. It keeps me mostly sane.

Curt installed my new hard drive this evening, and it's just half formatted now. When it's done, it'll be an internal hard drive large enough for video recording, so I'll be able to relegate the USB drive to a mere backup, as it should be. I'll also be able to move my files out of the restore partition and return to freeing space on the C drive. My computer will be even more awesome.

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