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Steve Bloom
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Member Since
May 27, 2010
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21 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.
BBO Username
sbloom
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Wrong Sided?
I start with the diamond queen at trick two. Basically the same line, but, if it appears I am trying to generate a hand entry with the diamond jack, then, maybe, the diamond queen will hold.
How do u rate the call
First off, the double gives them extra options below game - pass or redouble. So, the cost is not completely trivial. We play most of these doubles as support, but, here, after a splinter, it has to be right for a double to show a raise, and doubt about level. Five ...
How do u rate the call
This seems about right. Bidding four spades gives them too much room. Bidding five diamonds takes away all of that room. Choices are pass, double (particularly if that shows a fit) and five diamonds. Much of that is table feel - how happy are both opponents. In order: Pass commits our ...
Picking a Winner
I don't see how declarer is poorly placed after ducking the opening lead, even if the club queen is with West. Club shift, maybe? Try the jack. When that fails, diamond to the ace, heart finesse. Ten tricks. Winning the first diamond seems like an error, and should have ...
Finesse or not?
Like I said above, I would have taken my tricks and gone on to the next hand. However, had I stubbornly embarked on this line, I am now pretty sure that West is 3-2-5-3, and so, would not finesse. Sure, that is pretty inconsistent, but, when the new clues arise ...
Finesse or not?
The math is off, in two ways. First off, one specific 3-3 split is more likely than one specific 5-1 split. Counting cases is an approximation (but almost always close enough to use in practice). The other problem is bigger - either West has chosen to lead from five clubs to ...
Finesse or not?
I felt the same way, but decided that was a bit unfair. I would not try for an overtrick, but, having started on this line, there is now pretty good reason to think West is 3-2-5-3. So, it is not too late to change course and play safe. Sometimes you ...
Finesse or not?
The huddle was either (1) thinking about the hand, or (2) thinking about which club to play. As Kit says, East has no problem with three clubs, so, assuming the lead showed an odd number of clubs, I'll place West with three clubs, and East five. Once the heart ...
Should a Committee, Overturn or Uphold This Ruling? (And how would you, as a director, have ruled?)
Good point - I forgot about the one diamond negative bid over the double.
Should a Committee, Overturn or Uphold This Ruling? (And how would you, as a director, have ruled?)
Indeed, I rather suspect that the two heart call is illegal. One heart is typically bid on a hand with good diamond support, but with little in the majors. Isn't West likely to bid one heart on some 2-2-4-5 or 2-2-5-4 hand? Passing over two diamonds is a logical ...
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