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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
2 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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I find this hand fascinating
Gave it to partner, and she raised one spade to two. East has an easy four spade bid.
ATB - No Play Slam
So? It is close, after 4 4 whether South tries again. Blackwood is still ridiculous. South might try five clubs. North, with Kxxx AKxx xxxx x, bids five hearts, and there you are. North, with Kxxx Axxx Kxxx x, bids five diamonds, and South quits. North, with Kxxx ...
ATB - poor slam reached
I would guess the slam is even better, on the auction. 2-2 hearts = 40%. It appears that diamonds are 5-4. West, with a 4-1-5-3 pattern would double one heart, and might often with a 3-1-5-4 pattern. West, with a 2-1-5-5 hand would bid 2NT, and would overcall one spade with ...
ATB - poor slam reached
You rate to get a diamond lead, so, if trumps are 2-2 and clubs even close to reasonable, you have twelve tricks. If trumps are 3-1, you likely need a singleton club honor with the overcaller. Maybe a 40% slam on the auction. Hardly worth an ATB. North made an ...
What is he thinking about?
"Win. Then think." Wrong. If you don't think about the hand, with the new information just made available, you might not get the defense right. As others have said, maybe it is right to unblock the ace holding AJx. Maybe it is right to signal partner about a side-suit ...
The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
Enough, already. You are coming to a site like this, in which the best players in the world contribute. They take the time to respond to you, but you won't listen. Michael Rosenberg has responded to you, and he just won the biggest event of the year. He takes ...
You know its not your night when...
Good point. Don't know how I play it as North, but, if I test clubs first, I know I would hook the diamond.
You know its not your night when...
I only see twelve tricks. Win the spade lead, and examine options: (1) Run diamonds, and hope for a club-heart squeeze, or 3-3 clubs to take 13. That squeeze is very unlikely, since West might well have led a heart holding five or holding the KQ. There is no pseudo-squeeze ...
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
"A low heart lead (!?) provided 3 heart tticks and the rest was zitzfleisch. " Three hearts, four clubs, one diamond. Where is trick nine? No endplay on West. Whenever a diamond is established, East gets in to take three spades. A low heart lead gives up two heart tricks, and a ...
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
South should never lead a spade, but I can find layouts where a very aggressive spade lead is needed to set 2NT. Simply because 2NT made three does not mean that 3NT would fetch. Heart is reasonable, as is a club, but the heart lead gives up a tempo. Now ...

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