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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
2 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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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What kind of double is this?
A hand that made a take out double of diamonds does not miraculously become a penalty double of the same suit on the next round. This therefore shows extra values for the action taken so far and offers P the chance to bid something else......or convert if suitable......i ...
how should I defend?
Im also bothered by the tempo break. Im pretty sure i would play declarer to hold ATxx ATxx Kx Axx, for his play so far without it and play a diamond through. BUT with further thought that hand clearly wants South to hold the KH and would clearly start with ...
How do we get to the !@#$% NT game?
In my auction of 1D 1H 2H 2NT 3C shows what I wrote and the hand with AKx of spades can read his P's shape and decides to play 3NT. Of course holding Txx opposite a known singleton or void...they would find a different bid :)
How do we get to the !@#$% NT game?
Same auction, with 2NT as a forcing ask about the heart raise. 3C shows the suit, 3 card raise, could still have some extra's
If you know the play you know it/or else it's tough
indeed - a classic hand from way back
We don't know why more young people aren't playing bridge
Don't we have a problem in the UK with many schools actually banning bridge being played on their premises, on the grounds that it's a gambling game? I'm sure I've seen quite a bit on this.....and shows just how deep some places check things out ...
Wrong contract again
Yep - that's what happens when you post without reviewing the auction again. We are not forced to the three level here, so action does look much safer with the lighter hand.
Wrong contract again
Agree vacant spaces make the club king onside 2:1 on its own, but we need to consider this is a vulnerable overcall that would have to play at the 3 level if p does not fit with hearts, over what is virtually a SNT. I personally think x KJxx ...
Wrong contract again
Ohh I think I see what your refering to now. I should have wrote that LHO comes down to stiff heart honour, as they have not pitched the club - sorry your right on that count. The more I think about it the more convinced I am that the AC next ...
Wrong contract again
Don't think I have miscounted Paul and based on Frances comment I think I may need to revise all my he's to she's, and the discard of the 2C from Kx early is looking all the more possible!

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