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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
4 minutes 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
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Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
Hi Frances - this may be true the way you play, but not all play the same. How about P holding xxx QT8xx xx xxx. Looks like a pushy response to 1C but 4H looks to have excellent play. Opposite a 2NT bid this transfers and P can super accept hearts ...
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
Playing a short club covering all the WNT hands and bidding with sub minimum hands in response is not without risk, but if you do play this way and can be confident P will reply when holding the right hands, then, I agree a 1C opening is better. 2NT will ...
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: 653 QJ6 AT63 952
This has TD ruling written all over it Chris. Pass looks totally normal & hope P leads his heart as expected. So I'm guessing an unusual action taken after a hesitation or similar
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
Yes a perfect minimum fit and 6C is virtually look for a few perfect minimum passes that leave you in 1C with 3NT or 4H cold. Swings and roundabouts comes to mind. In the end personal preference will be what this ones about and P's hand has ...
Ben Green's bidding problem: 2 A8632 KQ A6542
Yes that sounds reasonable, and I suspect 2H will be more than playable. And at least we wont have dropped partner when they had the better fitting hand with game chances
Ben Green's bidding problem: 2 A8632 KQ A6542
But I just said a minimum non fitting hand or similar should probably bid 1NT, or have a better tolerance for hearts, and if top end of range then move to 2nt over a 2H rebid. Its all about having common sense rules for progressive bidding.
Ben Green's bidding problem: 2 A8632 KQ A6542
Just as a PS, even with xxx in spades, assuming opp are not passing 6+ spade suits 2NT looks to have 8 top tricks with your hand an 5 quick losers
Ben Green's bidding problem: 2 A8632 KQ A6542
Hi Ben - you dont give the scoring, but the way I play Acol you dont stretch to a 2/1 here with a misfitting minimum, thats a 1NT bid in my book. I also agree that the hand I offered looks like an opening these days, but some do pass ...
Ben Green's bidding problem: 2 A8632 KQ A6542
I doubt many here are used to Acol with 4CM, but I would not be passing 2D here. What is the Acol player supposed to bid with a max pass and 3 card heart support? The norm I learned back in the day would be a change of suit as ...
Play Problem
David please note there is no defence to beat ducking a spade once the 8H works, cashing a top diamond or not.......this therefore cannot be a nullo play as you called it. Not best perhaps.....but if there is a lie that cannot touch it, it not a nullo.

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