Exit Spingold

Hi all

We didn’t make it to the last 64 teams. The two teams we had to battle had a pretty big seeding rank compared to ours (twenty something vs. our 64). Both matches felt winnable, but we just didn’t have the leverage to tip the match in our favor. Oh well… Better luck next year. For games you will have to wait a week or so, at $7.50 per 30 minutes it’s a little expensive to write extensive stories. 

P.s Happy birthday Kees (I wasn’t able to contact you on Monday) 

Bikini Bridge

Hi all

In a week I’m of to DC to participate in the Spingold. I’m flying in some Dutch heavyweights for some over the top action. If I can get my hands on time and stable internet www.vikingsinspace.nl is your spot for live Spingold coverage.

Here’s a small pairs problem from a Piedmont club night.


After two passes you open 1, which could be as short as two. Your partner bids 1NT and you can trust that partner doesn’t hold a four card suit he could have mentioned on the 1-level. So partner has at least a four card fit in . Do you stay in the superb pairs contract of 1NT or do you wish to revert to ?

This was the full deal:

South Dealer
All Vul

With the Jack onside South could rake together seven tricks for +90 after a lead. That didn’t score very well when the rest of the field scored +110 in partscores.

Now, about that suggestive title: Bikini bridge. Unfortunately it’s not about scantily clad beach babes at the bridge table. Sigh. No, it’s a synonym for "all-or-nothing bridge", particularly tops and bottoms. It cracked me up when I heard it the first time. Nice!

Up and down

Hi all

I’m doing fine. I’m pretty much a month ahead on schedule in my Oracle DBA course. But I’m not exactly impressed by the services of my school. Sure, they hand out free donuts on Thursdays. But the support they offer for my course is shallow. I have to do everything on my own, and I can better google my questions and problems than ask somebody there. I already have revised a bunch of their scripts, made suggestions and corrections on the materials. They should be paying me instead of the other way around. Meh!

I’ve seen some movies too recently:

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
More of the same. The story and plot have been traded for action, more action, even more action and stunning special FX. The air in the theater was so thick with the sacrificial theme it smothered me and my friends. If you like robot pornography though, this is a must see.

My first movie in 3D. I had some reservations regarding the extra glasses, but they were not a pain at all. Nice subtle jokes, and a lot of cool references really made my day. It was a heartwarming movie, Pixar has created an instant classic. For my Dutch friends, I hope the 3D experience gets across the ocean soon.

I’ll leave you with an only-in-America-experience. I bought a new toothbrush, a scented one “For a better brushing experience!”. Right! Now my morning ritual takes place in some minty vanilla meadow. Man, I need a coffee…