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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.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: J KQ75432 872 J4
I always thought three hearts was reserved for a two-loser suit, like QJ109xxx or KJ109xxx. I like five hearts over three. Nothing to cue-bid, and so long, good hearts. Partner will likely play me for something like xx KQJxxxx xx xx. Close enough. If the spade singleton is the key ...
Mastery of the Fundamentals
Easy to answer, but, perhaps, expensive. (1) Hire a teaching pro. Ask that pro to point out every area of your game that needs work, and to make suggestions. Just like any other sport. If you want to work on your backhand in tennis, you pay the local pro and ...
What is the meaning of 2!H and 3!H?
How about a novel approach. They all essentially show 's! (That's how we play them for #1).
Splitting in 2nd Seat: High or Low?
I prefer middle from three. Problems arise from any holding. If you play the ten from J10 and from QJ10, partner won't know about the queen, which is more important. If you play Q from KQ and from QJ10, partner won't know about the king, the most important ...
Ethics of Taking Advantage of Hitches
Assuming declarer plays as advertised, and assuming the defenders are not total beginners, then everyone at the table knows declarer's hand, even dummy. I also don't see why clubs can't be 6-6. No competent West would have any problem with Hx in hearts, or with Hxx. With ...
Alert Question
Looks like you are right. They removed that section. Who needs full disclosure in this day and age? Lie, obscure, and then argue your case in front of some Olympic panel.
Why Youth Players love Conventions
Wink wink wink.
Alert Question
In ACBL land, you check a box regarding psyche frequency, and, if frequent, describe. So, yes. Opponents can also ask about, say, third seat style.
Alert Question
A psyche is a psyche. If you psyche frequently, you must make sure that your opponents know that. If you wait for a hand like this, in third seat, and only at favorable, then you have never psyched, and never will, so don't worry about it.
A suicidal transfer break
That seems like the normal play in the suit, but West kindly announced a poor doubleton in spades, so West can't have the spade king. Very, very, helpful methods!

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