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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
10 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
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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How do you get to Slam?
"If it was passed:" I would assume that was a mis-click. Passing is not an option. 1 is fine. 2 is fine. Pass, not fine.
How do you get to Slam?
You wrote, "I bid the slam but in hindsight Partner could have held Kxx in which case a club lead would defeat the contract." That is the wrong way to think about a slam. You need better than 50% odds to make a slam worth bidding. If I knew that ...
How Bad Is This Line of Play?
If you adopt this line, which I think is wrong, don't draw any trumps. Three clubs, heart ruff, trump, heart ruff, trump, club ruff, diamond. Works when North started with four clubs to the jack, KQx in diamonds, and two trumps. It may also work when North started with ...
How Bad Is This Line of Play?
No, if declarer is going to finesse in clubs, they should play club queen, club to the ten, after drawing trumps. That line can't cost! 11 or 12 tricks depending on the finesse. If the finesse loses, both diamonds go away. I'd start with three rounds of trumps ...
To the Bulletin Office or Anti Cheating Committee?
I found this easy, simply because my heart spots are awful, and the spade jack is an entry to those hearts. Declarer will always win four spades, three hearts, one diamond, and one club. A club shift is the only hope. Now, give me A9xx in hearts, and it could ...
Advancing Partner's 1N Overcall
We can't take more than thirteen tricks facing an overcall like Ax Kxxx AJxx Axx.
Who has the jack of hearts?
No, declarer played the heart nine after partner chose what card to play back. Partner could not rule out Q10x in South until declarer played the nine.
Conditional Restricted Choice
(1) It is easy to calcualte the odds at the table: East can be dealt 1 (or 3) diamonds in four ways, 0 (or 4) in 1 way. 2 diamonds in 6 ways. So East will have 2 or more diamonds 11 out of 16 times. If West would never ...
Who is at fault?
First off, six clubs is down one trick, so playing six spades, off one, is only 5 IMPs from par. Why would I ever sweat such a small swing on a wild competitive hand? Oh, wait. East can double, and collect 200, so the swing is up to seven IMPs ...
Respecting Goren, but...
How do I know East has three diamonds? Why couldn't diamonds be 2-2? At the point that I have to decide my line of play, I know nothing about the diamonds.

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