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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
5 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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Help Newer Players Reach Slam
Who assumed that 2NT shows a decent 11 count? This is clearly a maximum for 2NT, but, with no aces, and only one stopper, hardly a massive underbid. In any event, the other alternative is to force to game. This player ruled that out, and bid a wide-ranging three diamonds ...
What To Do When Someone Acts on UI?
Seems like the director needs a bit of a lecture herself. Why wouldn't North raise a natural two hearts to three? Chances are the final contract would have been four hearts, doubled, down five.
What To Do When Someone Acts on UI?
Sorry, but the evidence points to something worse than that. West then passed two clubs. Perfectly logical if West reasoned, "Partner already knows I have a pretty good hand, from my huddle, so I don't have to raise."
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
West might have had xxx x xxxxx xxxx. Bidding only three diamonds when you have a good hand is poor, but the hand is not worth a cue-bid or four diamonds, so I understand the choice, but ... Bidding three diamonds when you have a nice, constructive and descriptive call available ...
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
Certainly nice not to be playing Lebensohl when a natural 2NT call describes my hand nicely. A reasonable auction at this level: P (2) X 2NT 6H P
2C-2D-2S-3NT (opponents silent)
I learned that way, and played it (though I got in trouble with a pro partner when I bid four spades on Kxxx and out, and we missed a cold slam). But two-honors fourth or Kxxxx is too much, and using 3NT for that hand seems fine.
2C-2D-2S-3NT (opponents silent)
Since 2 2 2M 4M = no side card, I would expect 3NT to show a similar hand, but with very good trumps.
To claim, or not To claim
The table is in time trouble. N shows declarer his cards and says, in essence, both diamonds are off, and I have a spade entry. You can't make it. Not really appropriate, but, given the very slow play, a decent way to catch everyone up. If I were declarer ...
Defense From the Bermuda Bowl
The heart shift is also necessary when partner has led a doubleton diamond, and has weaker trump spots. Picture South with x AJ10987 109xx xx.
MI (?) Ruling
Simply because the auction would have gone in one direction over a pass does not mean it has to go that way over an intervening double. South has an extra option: Redouble. What hand type would that show? If that would show this type of hand, then three spades would ...

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