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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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Please bid these hands
OK, let's have some fun. How do you play six clubs on a trump lead?
Double Trouble
Not clear. In my view, double shows most hands too strong to make a competitive, non-forcing bid. If I have strength, but can't stand partner converting to penalties, then I bid 3. Those are the forcing calls. If I double and pull to three clubs, that is forcing ...
A junior defense
OK. Sorry, I still thought you were talking about hand 1.
Is this psyche legal?
Marty, your hand is a fine example. With KQJx KJx Axxx Qx, after 3 3, this is an automatic double. Opener could pass, "in case the three club call was phony", but that isn't allowed. However, on your auction, partner passed three diamonds, so I know the ...
A junior defense
Why? Because if West has no outside entry, and the spade queen holds, West will shift. That shift may be quite damaging. Lets say South has a similar hand with Ax in diamonds. The contract is cold if clubs run. So declarer will assume the club king is off. Ducking ...
A junior defense
"If declarer has xxx in spades then partner has only five, is that consistent with their methods? " Well, they are juniors, so we can rule out a pass with AQJ9x in spades. That leaves ...
Is this psyche legal?
Indeed, two clubs gets you to a relatively safe haven at the two level. If you bid three clubs, and pass partner's bid, you have revealed the psyche, and may well end up playing something doubled at the three level. Remember, you already got past one opponent. Much of ...
A junior defense
Declarer wouldn't duck the first spade holding a hand like xxx AKx Ax QJ109x. Winning the spade guarantees the contract if spades are 6-1. Ducking risks a diamond shift.
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
Sounds like fine arguments for choosing an in between bid. Hence 4.
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
Out of curiosity, I gave this to partner. She said, "four clubs, what else?"

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