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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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What Does This Double Mean?
No, the overcall style might impact the range of the single raise, and it certainly would impact what we consider a penalty double. But, again, if I had a hand that did not want to defend three clubs, I would not pass three clubs around to partner. I overcalled, and ...
What Does This Double Mean?
There are many reasonable ways to play this double. But, if you choose to play this as penalty oriented, then partner will almost never pull. Virtually any hand that would pull would have competed over three clubs directly.
What Does This Double Mean?
Optional in direct seat makes sense. In the pass-out seat, partner has already chosen to defend. Partner exercised one option - not to play three hearts. So this double is not "optional".
What Does This Double Mean?
If I held a hand with extra offense, where it looked much better to try to win nine tricks in hearts than five on defense, I would never pass three clubs. When I passed three clubs, I was content to defend. Partner now says, "Great, let's defend, doubled." There ...
Defending a “psych”
You had 14, dummy 6, opener AKxxx and little else. That leaves partner with a decent hand and a spade void. So why didn't partner enter the auction?
Does UI have to be helpful to count?
Jeff's point is strong. I read this as 2 = four + trumps, inv +. If so, then South can, and probably should pass three hearts. If 2 = game force, South cannot pass three hearts. South must bid as though partner gave the expected explanation. Oh - I see Mike answered ...
Does UI have to be helpful to count?
UI has to suggest one alternative over another, or there can be no redress. So, the questions here are these: (1) What information would South have, say, behind screens? (2) What information did South actually have? (3) Are there differences? (4) Do those differences, if any, make bidding game more ...
What does this bid mean?
Three diamonds is an offer to play. The diamonds are likely limited, in either length or strength, from the failure to bid them in first seat. So, as over-caller, I am rarely passing on a doubleton diamond, but would almost always pass with three.
What does this bid mean?
Depends somewhat on methods. Hand 1, and maybe 4, are pretty clear weak two diamond openings. Are we playing that? Facing a passed hand partner, and playing an opening 2 as natural, I would expect six poor diamonds, or five good.
1D or 1NT? My marriage is on the line...!
An opening 1NT call is automatic playing with robots online. So, if you think your partner is a robot, go ahead. But that may explain why you are sleeping on the couch.

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