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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
15 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
sbloom
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Loss of Concentration
But playing the four of clubs to the ten guarantees the contract, and gives plenty of chances for an overtrick.
How would you? A. Teams. B. MPts. C. BAM
Trouble is, West can see that you have at least four diamonds, and knows that you have at most three hearts. A heart shift will look tempting, even when West has a second diamond. Indeed, West may decide that there is no defense unless you started with two clubs, which ...
Are You Sure?
Famous hand, but likely made up. As I recall, the commentator predicted the bidding would be much different at each table, but that the experts would all find ways to diagnose the missing ace and king. But, of course the bidding was identical. It was the play that diverged so ...
How would you? A. Teams. B. MPts. C. BAM
Not so good when they shift to a heart - likely on this auction, where you have denied four hearts. I win the diamond and cash a second diamond. If both follow, I set up a diamond for my ninth trick. If diamonds turn out to be five-one, I try a ...
Are You Sure?
This is simple - one of my key rules: Choose methods that make you comfortable. If you are comfortable bidding, you'll play better. If you play better, you will do better. Don't worry about whether R-M Precision is better than your Mama-Papa Standard. R-M Precision would put too much ...
1z rebid by opener after 1y response by passed hand.
Bidding is always a percentage game. What is forcing on paper is never forcing at the table. If you judge that this is the last reasonable spot, and if the IMP or Matchpoint odds make the risk of missing a game (or slam) worthwhile, then you pass. Partner may get ...
How do you play this 6!S contract?
If East shows out on the second heart, I need East to be 2-1-5-5, but I still have chances if East is 1-1-6-5. I'll give up a club next and see what happens.
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
If East is 6-6-1-0, this line fails. West pitches the second heart, over-ruffs dummy, and plays another trump. However, if East shows out on the club, you can shift gears and play for the heart ace-jack onside.
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
I win the spade ace and lead the diamond queen. (1) The queen is covered. Now, club to dummy, spade ruff, clubs, pitching the heart. Cross-ruff works now, so long as West is 3-2 or 2-3 in the majors. (2) Queen is not covered. Now I can't cross-ruff, without ...
Was this ruling correct?
N held Q1098x - xx AKQJxx. S: Ax AJ1098xxx KQ10 - My two spade intervention didn't work so well.
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