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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
9 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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How do we avoid this disaster?
Right! These ideas were pushed by Kaplan many, many years ago, and have become pretty common-place. Should West have worked it out? Hard to tell. Partner should never return the seven unless partner started with A7x or A765. When declarer follows with the five, that can be ruled out (but ...
Finding This Slam?
I doubt if I'd get there. And, it feels like any auction that gets you to slam gets there facing, say, xx KQxx Q10 AJ109x. Here, the club ace is good enough for slam because all of the clubs go away on our diamonds. How is partner supposed to ...
How do we avoid this disaster?
Because the club seven marks declarer with the QJ9 of clubs. Ducking ensures three club winners if partner has an entry (say the diamond jack).
How do we avoid this disaster?
This position has been discussed many times - indeed, I have written comments about it on other threads: The suit is often 4-4-4-1 around the table. To keep entries fluid, and to prevent declarer from conveniently ducking, South will always return the highest possible club when South started with four clubs ...
Bill Papa's bidding problem: KQ AK853 62 K863
I am not a big fan of three-card raises either, and can certainly see rebidding 1NT with a 3-5-2-3 hand. However, three trumps and a singleton make for a raise. Once opener bids two clubs, opener has less than three spades, or extra values.
Bill Papa's bidding problem: KQ AK853 62 K863
This is not a default 4th suit auction. Here, I would usually raise on three pieces, so two hearts denies two decent spades, and maybe denies two spades. Contrast this auction to 1 1 1 2 where I will usually show my four card spade suit ...
A surfeit of chances
See my comment below: Once the club king is not covered, trump the club and take a trump finesse. You can often try to trump out the club ace doubleton before falling back on a ruffing diamond finesse.
A surfeit of chances
My instincts are to ruff a club at trick two, and try the trump finesse. Hard to judge the relative merits, but I plan on trying to win the heart finesse, or drop the club ace in two rounds, or fall back on a ruffing finesse in diamonds, with diamonds ...
Gutless, conservative, or reasonable?
There are plenty of limit raises that might go low, particularly with poor diamond holdings. Picture, say, QJx Qxx Kxxx Qxx. Seems pretty automatic to bid two spades here, and raise 2NT to 3NT. Otherwise, subside in three hearts or try to make four if partner accepts. Bidding may gain ...
Misinformation or not?
Why? 2 is completely normal. If you are playing with a partner who pays no attention to your signals, against a declarer who does, then you mix up your signals. That's Rubber Bridge 101.

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