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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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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Methods over Lead Directing X
Again, see my comment above. Not all opponents let you XX to re-ask. What then? Methods geared to describing my hand later on, when I have something like xx in their suit, are hugely flawed. Too often they bid immediately, and there is no "later on."
Methods over Lead Directing X
We earned 12 IMPs recently against such methods when I simply raised to four clubs over such a pass. They wound up in the 4-3 fit, going down, rather than the cold 4-4. How do you sort out all of your Stayman hands when you start with a pass?
Unsafe Safety Play
So, you have decided to play a trump to the nine if East follows low, and risk losing two trump tricks when West has Q10x and two spades? When the trump ace fetched only small spots, I had decided not to try to cope with any 4-1 trump split - the ...
Improve your chances #2(Not for experts)
After heart ace, heart ruff, spade ace, both following, the contract is now almost certain: Trump up. (1) West follows. Finesse. If that wins, we have ten tricks. If it loses to a doubleton queen, East must return a heart. Heart king, heart ruff, diamond to an honor, and East ...
Unsafe Safety Play
If you aren't going to try the heart jack at trick one or trick two, then it looks like the contract won't make against most 4-1 trump splits. So, why not test clubs after the trump ace? Most of the four-one club breaks still do you in, but ...
The books have got to go.... Part II
"Steve are you proposing that in addition to providing the defenses that we haven't written, don't use and have no indepth knowledge of we must also look over someone's shoulder to make sure that they are reading the correct line and interpreting it correctly?" Yes!
The books have got to go.... Part II
On your first point, being blamed for not ensuring that they had read the entire defense: The first time Meckwell used their 2 gadget against us, the sheet came out, and they carefully pointed out the general structure, and made sure we both understood the defense (which involved transfer ...
Is that alertable?
Our approach: (1) Alert 1, which, for us, shows five or more spades. (2) Announce 1NT as "forcing." (3) Announce, after the auction has concluded, and before the opening lead is made, that, "because we play Flannery, the 1NT call could include many hands with four spades."
Play this slam.
I gave the hand to my partner, and she also rejected five clubs. She chose five spades. Why? Since the hand is really very good, and playing six of the right suit will often be better than five of the wrong suit. When I gave her the other hand, she ...
Play this slam.
Right, and you see that. So, cash three hearts and three diamonds, then score six high trumps on a cross-ruff. That might also be the way to go if trumps are 1-5, but you won't know that, and so won't ever play that way. It's not often ...

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