Streams

Hi all,

At work I found a tiny corner where I get my daily shot of streams of consciousness. What? Yes, the tiny corner is dusty and mouldy and no one likes to visit it: passwords and password policies. We used to create somewhat short (technical) passwords, choosing one word and then replacing the odd consonant or vowel with a number and sprinkle it with a special character or two.  Our new policy is longer (thus stronger) passwords loosely based upon regular words concatenated with dashes or underscores.

I have to say, a moment of free association every day feels surprisingly liberating. Here are a few examples:

  • enterprise-voluptuous-hummingbird
  • reflection-seismology-apologetic
  • deduction-magnify-gastronomy

Readable, transportable and much, much stronger than, say: “Diff1CulT?”

Anyway, let’s talk bridge. René and I participated again in the 2nd Division Pairs competition (every year two weekends in April) and these are our statistics: Above average in 7 out of 8 sessions. Win 2 out of 8 sessions. Average: 54.74%. Yes, we ended up first with a fair margin to the runners-up. Next year: First Division. Booya!

North
A84
43
AK94
T976
South
K6
J8
QJT872
J82
West
North
East
South
 
 
pass
pass
1!H
pass
1!S
2!D
2!S
3!D
3!S
pass
4!S
5!D
DBL
a.p.

West kicks off with the !S 7. Losing two tricks in !H and three in !C I may not, -500 loses to their +420 in 4!S. 

Let’s assess our assets. The opponents have nine !H together and !S have been raised. I’d say West is 4-6-1-2. My only way of getting rid of a !C loser is to have West give me a ruff ‘n sluff. So let’s prepare a little ground work.

Silkily smooth I ask for the !S Ace in dummy and follow up with a small !H. East jumps in with the Ace to switch back to !S. I win, draw two rounds of trumps ending in dummy, ruff a !S and exit with the Jack of !H. Fingers crossed.

West doesn’t look too happy after cashing Ace and King of !C and there it comes: the ruff ‘n sluff. Down two. 

East Dealer
– Vul
North
A84
43
AK94
T976
West
J973
KQ9765
5
AK
East
QT52
AT2
63
Q543
South
K6
J8
QJT872
J82

Of course West could have led !C initially. Of course East shouldn’t have risen. But .. to keep fighting for -300 while staring in the ugly face of demise, needing two errors in defence and it happens to work out: fist pump yeah.

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