Nidoking (nidoking) wrote,

At least I like ramen.

Today's Bridge: It's the first time in a long time, and it went surprisingly well. Kevin was my partner, and the pivotal hand was a slam that I can't imagine we had any right bidding. He opened 1C, and with S J-10-x-x-x H Q-J-x-x-x D A C J-x, I felt pretty comfortable bidding 1S. He jumped to 2NT, which I took to be a sign of great strength, and with the hearts I had, I had to bid 3H. Kevin went to 4NT, and after my 5D response, he jumped to 6H. His hand was S A H A-4-2 D K-Q-x-x C A-10-x-x-x, and it was really the distribution and the leads that made the slam work. Paul started with the queen of spades, so I crossed to my ace of diamonds, then led the jack of spades. As I suspected, Paul had the king and played it, so I ruffed (which was my plan anyway) and sluffed a losing club on the king of diamonds. Having done that, I decided to keep my remaining club and take the king of hearts as my loser. I cashed the ace and led a low one to my queen, and Paul had the king of trump as well. He led a spade, naturally, which gave me a cheap trick before I cashed the ten, then led a club to the ace to sluff my last spade on the queen of diamonds. It was a gutsy move, and probably a gutsy contract, too... the trump finesse would have worked, if I'd needed it. We had some great defense in other hands, but to me, that's just the way you defend a hand.

The project didn't perform quite as brilliantly as I'd hoped, but it still didn't have any problems, and it remained under half usage of resources at its peak. That's pretty good.

I thought I might be feeling better today, but it returned a bit later. Still sticking with the ramen and breads.

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