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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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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Is minus 2800 a fair ruling?
This one is simple, but also too complex to rule! North has values and a good suit. If North is given the correct explanation, then North has two (actually three) options: (1) Pass, and double the run-out for penalties. I consider this one very unlikely, but it is possible. Would ...
How to play this grand slam?
No! Which is my point. No raise, if the carding suggests four hearts, points to both the diamond king and club queen on my right, and the spade void makes five clubs over there a real danger.
How and when do you try for slam - or don't you?
Five spades, after the auction 3 4, denies a club control, so may not be asking for a club control, but partner will always pass with no club control. Five of a red suit shows no club control, and a control in the bid suit. However, we won ...
How to play this grand slam?
That goes two ways. The way people bid today, South will find any excuse to raise with four hearts, yet South passed. If it appears as though South started with four hearts, the squeeze looks reasonable.
How to play this grand slam?
How does the diamond discard rule out five clubs? North is never throwing a club from five looking at that dummy. Still, North can hold five clubs only with a 0-5-3-5 shape. Which gives South four hearts, and no raise. I'll stick to playing heart jack, then trumping a ...
How to play this grand slam?
A ruffing squeeze is silly, and needless. You can simply cash the diamond ace and run trumps, for a simple club-diamond squeeze, with no ambiguity. I continue with the heart jack, and trump a heart high. Then a high spade. Trying to get as much information as possible. Then I ...
Why was this easy slam missed?
Does that mean it is now outdated?
Psyches - and fielding them
" South's actions - in not supporting partner's 5-card heart suit with his own appears to be allowing for his partner having psyched. " When did North ever promise five hearts? Are they playing five-card majors? That wasn't specified. Are they requiring five card majors in third seat? Doubtful. (1 ...
Fourth suit forcing of passed hand
We play transfers here, so 2 is a spade rebid, with or without the double.
Interesting Play Problem from Victor Champion Cup
I think your suggested line is best. I simply pointed out an alternative, and the line that sprang to mind as I looked at the problem. East does not have to hold four clubs on the auction, but that does seem more likely than East finding the encouraging club holding ...

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