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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I play many mind sports games in my time including:- Chess, Othello, Go and virtually any other good card game before settling on Bridge. I play in the UK and use a highly modified Benji ACOL system, some what different from most on this site.

Started play aged 15 or so, some 35 years ago and play when I can around a busy work and family life.  

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing at junior national trials. I cashed some side suit winners and exited looking at a likely trump trick with QTxx with AKJ9x over me and only one entry to dummy (so declarer needed a deep finesse first round of trumps). He led a trump from dummy, turned to me and said " you've got QTxx haven't you", I gave him my "what you talking about Im rubbish at this game" look and he bought it - 1 off. Priceless
Bridge Accomplishments
No major event wins, but quite a few close shaves. It's overdue now.
Regular Bridge Partners
David Eddleston also known as Francis Eddleston
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Burnham Bridge club, WGC bridge club
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Yuan Shen's bidding problem: J32 K3 AK42 AJT5
1nt looks the bid IF you play a higher range. Sadly my P will expect 11-14 here and we are just too strong for that, so double is really the only option and see what happens
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
Totally agree. 5 poor spades and nt looks better. Lots of intermediates and quacks, again NT looks better. I've not been saying id want to remove NT with this hand specifically, but that I dont see any reason to play 2C as forcing here.
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
Playing MPS as highlighted above, its preferable to play in 2S with a 5-2 fit than 1nt. 2C says this but would be nf allowing P to look at their hand a decide whats best. At MPS im not passing a 2443 shape hand to play in clubs, hoping P ...
What sort of strength does doubling and then making a free raise of partners response to the 2 level show?
I had to adjust my vote when I reread the jump with 10-12. I would expect a jump bid from 8 HCP upwards with a suitable hand
Its a nice hand. Cannot remember the last time I had a scissor coup, but I dont play enough these days!
I assumed this line was the point of the post, when you said human players would a Robot fails to find the right defence....well that would happen most often on a club lead I imagine. PS I cannot imagine passing out 3S!
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
This might be a style of play thing, but if my P has chosen 1NT as their rebid and we clearly are playing in part score (passed hand opposite 11-14)...i'm not going to disturb 1nt without holding 5 spades. ie I'm passing 1nt with 4315 shapes.
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
NP Craig, what you have said is already useful :) I have been seriously thinking of getting a simulator and running these myself when I want some guidance on outcomes....maybe I should just get on with it :)
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
I like simulations too but would be interested to know the results when P can and does bid 1NT with a stiff spade and an otherwise balanced hand (how I like to play) .....but will raise spades with 3 spades and an empty side suit doubleton or singleton
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
I disagree here. If your system will see your P raise 1S with 3 more often than not, then being in a sensible part score that actually makes gets a lot if not all of the MPS. Sure 1NT or 2S may score better, but I did not preclude you ...

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