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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
12 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.
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ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Best plan to 10 tricks!
Mostly my line: Basic plan. Try diamonds first. Take the club ruff, and then test spades. Home if diamonds are very friendly, or if West started with three or four spades. The complicated positions: (1) West has only two spades. Now I will wish I had simply taken two diamond ...
Transfers after Transfers or Transfer Extensions
For us, accepting the second transfer shows a willingness to play there. But, for us, the second transfer promises only invitational values. We have found that particularly useful in a weak notrump setting. For lots of hands, game, in the major, will depend on fit. Describing some 5-3-4-1 ten count ...
When Computers Deal Like We Used To
Clearly East had a mind-loss. The logic, in exiting in trumps, was to force South to lead from the Qx in hearts in the ending. Fine, I get that, but then, if South did start with three hearts, along with the two spades played, and the three clubs played, partner ...
ATB - Slam at IMPs
@Art: I think you are missing the point in these ATB questions. In some cases, a player makes a clear error, and those are easy. In most cases, a player takes a borderline hand one way, when the other was the winner. In ATB, that decision gets the vote. It ...
Claim Ruling
" Maybe it's wrong to ignore 1/3 of the people when you're in the 2/3 group." No, I prefer to think of this like so: I am on a jury, and have heard only from the defense, yet, so far, the vote is 2-to-1 to convict. What ...
ATB Missed Game
When I have an easy hand to bid, Flannery makes life even easier - hide the four card spade suit, and bid to the normal contract. They have less information. Useful if partner is declaring, for the opening lead. Very useful if I am declaring. Hard hands are hard hands, no ...
Claim Ruling
I might well simply put my hand on the table and claim, with no further elaboration. If they looked puzzled, I would then say, "I'll throw the two spades, give you two hearts, and trump the last heart." But that is much different than claiming, stating "I will pitch ...
Suit Combination
So, when West has two in the suit, A, K wins in 9 cases (Qx, 10x, Q10). Running the nine (or low to the jack) wins in 11 cases. Either play is better than cashing the A, K.
Suit Combination
If we need five winners in the suit, only choice is low to the jack. I'll assume we need four winners. We always succeed if the suit is 3-3, and our choice won't matter if West has four. When East started with four of them, there are three ...
Claim Ruling
(1) The defense was not so outrageous. South should never shift to the spade nine, but had South tried the spade eight, the ambiguity would still be there. On the auction, North "knew" that South had only two spades, and would place South with 83 doubleton. (2) Even if the ...

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