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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.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Assign the passing blames
(1) 3NT is no lock. Change the cards around a little and the defense wins. (2) Good defense sets two spades 300. I would happily settle for 300 in place of a touch-and-go 400 in 3NT.
Tough contract
@Richard: Play goes spades, spade ruff. Of course, West may trump in with a spot, so let's assume that doesn't help, and West discards. Club ruff, spade ruff, club ruff. I am still left with AK10 in trumps. Excellent chances, but I still haven't scored that trump ...
Tough contract
Cross-ruff is interesting, and a line I did not consider. Seems like you need the trump jack onside in many variants.
You be the judge!
Six spades is not legal, but the poll gave only that and pass as options. There are other possibilities.
Weaker than usual
Seems we need two spades and two trumps to set this. Partner will need at least K10x in trumps, and then I can uppercut with my nine. The easy way to convince partner of that is to show two spades.
Tough contract
If spades are 3-3 and hearts not 5-1, either line works. If hearts are three-three, and spades not 5-1, any line works. So, assume both majors are 4-2. Then I need to establish spades. If LHO has four spades, my choice doesn't matter. If RHO has four spades, then ...
You be the judge!
Is there suddenly a bonus for playing in only four spades with 11 top tricks? Unless four hearts is available as artificial, saying only "I do have a club control", then the auction has simply said "I lack a control in one of the side suits. If hearts, I don ...
You be the judge!
And how is the five-level in jeopardy? Some of this depends on methods. Does 4 show a heart control and a club control, or is it Last Train, showing only a club control? Unless four spades completely denies a club control, five hearts is 100% clear. Six spades does ...
Leading the Singleton
Good rule of thumb - a defensive error is much, much more likely than an 8-0 split.
Transfers responses to 1N overcall
Transfer to their suit = one of two hands: To play in their suit (despite the known split, it could be the best part-score) or shortness, GF.

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