Holidays

Hi all

I’m off for holidays. Here’s a small impression what I’m going to do the next three weeks in America. Don’t be jealous, it’s my first true vacation in years. Well, be a little jealous.

Palm tree

Skiing

Jumper

Hi all

It has been a while ago I visited the theatres. The Piratebay together with a nice Kiss-divx player makes my home a perfect place to watch movies if I may say so myself.

I wanted to see Jumper. And my expectations were high enough to go watch it on the really big screen. The director (Doug Liman) has been involved in the Bourne-trilogy and I have enjoyed that series a lot. And a story about teleporting people gets my spirits high.

I’m not really fond of Hayden Christensen, I still think he was miscast as a jedi. And in Jumper again he’s cast as a smug, arrogant … well… fellow. He’s unable to summon any sympathy for him or his role. It doesn’t mean he’s a bad actor, he just doesn’t get cast very well.

The movie. The special effects and pictures of the most beautiful scenery around the world (e.g. the colosseum in Rome) are stunning. Teleportation is visualised like Nightcrawler from the X-Men, a bang with a puff of smoke. But this power is too much for a human to behold, so jumpers have to be exterminated like vermin by religious fanatic Samuel L. Jackson. Wait, there’s also a girl involved. Milli (Rachel Bilson) is skinny eyecandy, but just hangs in there, to compensate for all the guys and muscle and flowing testosterone.

Sure, it’s enjoyable, but I would recommend to wait for the DVD (or visit some Swedish pirates).

Lonely on Bear Mountain

Hi all

I got bearhugged last time at Star. Here’s the full diagram with a walkthrough.

West Dealer
– Vul
North
J52
9642
A8
JT54
West
AKT
AQ7
KT964
82
East
983
KJT8
J7
Q963
South
Q764
53
Q532
AK7

EW ended up in an ambitious 3NT via a complicated and conventional sequence I cannot reproduce. I recall I doubled a conventional bid as lead-directing. Hoek led the Jack of via the Queen for my King. I switched a small for declarer’s Ace.

Declarer crossed the river with a small and next he ran the Jack of to Hoek’s Ace. Hoek took stock for a moment, cashed his Ten and exited with the Jack.

Can you see what’s happened? Hoek effectively transferred all controls to my hand.

Declarer took his Ace of and overtook his Queen with the King in dummy. I already have to make a sweaty discard. This is the position with another to come:

West Dealer
– Vul
North
2
9
8
54
West
T
KT96
East
9
J
7
96
South
Q
Q53
A

On the Jack of I throw my¬† Queen praying Hoek holds the Ten. My hopes get shattered instantly when declarer shows it with a dirty smile on his face. On the 9 I’m squeezed again and declarer claims the remainder with a finesse in .

Actually the squeeze for the overtrick was just insult added to injury, for no one had bid game.