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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
4 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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Plan your play 15.
Win the king and lead a heart to the king. Seems as good as any finesse, and players, with the offside heart ace, don't always win and continue hearts. Indeed, I have seen players duck smoothly with something like AJxx in hearts. Any reason not to play our nearly ...
Oh, the pain
I play similarly, but don't cash the spade ace. If clubs are 5-2 with the short clubs on my right, I want to be able to over-ruff clubs, and fall back on the spade finesse.
Don't understand why Zia did that...
Given the "low from odd" lead of the two, and the vulnerability, I'd guess that diamonds are 5-4. Given a big diamond fit, the 3NT call could be made on anything.
Caught in a Backwash
It is also the wrong way to play the hand. This works only because West was dealt a nine-bagger. How likely is that? If West is 8-1-0-4, we can make simply by trumping the spade, cashing clubs, and ducking a diamond, and we can play clubs or spades first. If ...
Senior Quarterfinal Hand
I know nothing about that, but, 3NT was played only once, and there the opening was one heart. No Multi, no Weak 2.
Lead Out of Turn
3NT??? Really? I suspect that the auction actually went 2 by South, 2NT by North, and then 3NT.
Plan the bidding and then play.
And why would you ever play for that? Any line, including a simple finesse, has to be better than that.
Plan the bidding and then play.
I hate it that he told us that East holds the QJ10 of diamonds. I could never know that at the table, and would almost certainly play the hand along Kieran's lines.
Name This Squeeze (Again!)
It's a three-suit squeeze. Many such squeezes operate before the count is rectified - since the normal squeeze occurs one trick earlier when there are three suits to guard. Here, only two tricks have been lost, but a diamond discard allows the suit to be established. In the end-position, declarer ...
Senior Quarterfinal Hand
Thanks. Fixed - typo, had an s instead of a d in the script.
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