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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
Retired mathematician and general curmudgeon.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
I once got nailed by a real-life rueful rabbit.
Regular Bridge Partners
Betty, my one and only.
Favorite Conventions
Transfers, of many, many breeds.
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ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Which Card
I am a bit lost here. If declarer is 6-3-2-2, how can the hand be made if I try the club king next? Likewise, if declarer is 6-3-2-2, how can the hand be made if I try the heart queen next?
Odds on to make?
Strongly disagree. After the diamond king, low to the ten wins against Qx or Qxx. Of the 3-3 and 4-2 splits, Jack wins against Q9xx or Q8xx, or Qxxx. That's six cases to seven. Note, if the eight or nine falls on our left, we play low to the ...
Play problem
Of course, the same can be said about hearts. There are no problems unless one or both red suits are splitting poorly, so you may as well assume one is splitting badly. Hearts is more likely than diamonds, and running the heart jack picks up half of the bad diamond ...
Which Way
We don't. And don't really care. Sim's have shown searching for a 5-3 fit with balanced hands isn't worth much, and the information given costs enough on normal contracts that we gave it up. Now we just accept the two-diamond puppet, or super-accept diamonds. Keep in ...
How to play the trump suit
By the way, interesting defensive possibilities: Let's say I find West with KQxxx Jx Ax Kxxx. The hand is cold, right? Not so fast! West can unblock the club king! I'll almost certainly lead a club to the queen, and exit in diamonds, covering East's jack, hoping ...
How to play the trump suit
The main chance to make this contract is doubleton ace of diamonds on your left, or maybe doubleton king in clubs, so I will start with that assumption. Either way, West won't be short in hearts. I duck the opening lead, win the second spade, and start trumps with ...
Which Way
To us, the reasons to use PS are two-fold: (1) transferring to two diamonds is quite useful. (2) Concealing opener's shape pays big dividends. In fact, we find (2) so important, that we always respond two diamonds to the bid, even with a five card major. On an auction ...
Tricky grand
Ace of hearts, ace of clubs, club ruff, trump ace, trump queen. Assuming East started with Jxxx, I need to set up clubs for winners, so I need East to have begun with three or four clubs and two or more spades. I have some hope to judge the heart ...
Smells like teen spirit
Difficult? What is wrong with drawing trumps, discarding the diamond loser, and playing clubs from the top? The hand is trickier if declarer is 4-2-4-3, but I don't see declarer finding a line that would fail.
Smells like teen spirit
I am assuming partner didn't open because of four hearts - and that fits the play. Declarer rates to be 4-1-4-4. Ducking the heart is useless - declarer will trump two hearts in hand, and lose a club, and might even guess clubs. Winning and going passive is equally useless - the ...

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