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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
32 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
Qualifying in first place from our local Bridge club for the National Pairs Finals, on our second ever club night (after reading a book about ACOL) aged 15. The club membership had been telling us not to get our hopes up for a least a few years on winning a club night as new members :)
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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Partners - often let you down
Thanks Patrick. Have you got some kind of bridge mining SW that finds all this out, or are you really well read?
Partners - often let you down
Stupid hand poster didnt work from an Ipad, fixed from the PC - sorry
ATB, if any, for this missed slam
Agree, abstain as this is not easy to bid without the pre-empt, with it its just a lucky perfect fit. No blame IMO.
How and when do you try for slam - or don't you?
I was never doubling 3C, but would bid 3S immediately to get control bidding underway. I cannot construct a hand where my P raises 3S to 4S and actually had a 2C opener. Had I stepped in for someone else who doubled 3C and P bid 3S I would now ...
More Trouble Doubles
This depends on your agreements of course, but I would apply the same standards you use when you double a 1NT opening by your opponents and they start running. I play doubles of run outs <2M are take out, above 2M and above as Pen, so here would double 2C ...
David Boxley's bidding problem: 2 AK64 AKQ753 A6
Ok missed that, drop a club :)
David Boxley's bidding problem: 2 AK64 AKQ753 A6
Not sure what your getting at? Has your P never made a -ve double with 4 poor in the other major and then bid NT with values there.......these days opp will bid on any old suits
David Boxley's bidding problem: 2 AK64 AKQ753 A6
I cant understand so many votes at this stage for anything but 4C? Slam bids and 4S are all potentially flawed with slam failing opposite the wrong hand. At least with with 4C its forcing, must indicate a heart slam try and expose 3S as not really looking for 3nt ...
That's Universal
A take out or balancing dbl does not have to contain 4 cards in both majors or the unbid one......this is just simply unplayable.....but of course its a consideration when choosing your action. I really get fed up with players who assume you have shown the other major ...
David Eddleston's lead problem: Q752 963 Q42 K43
My P has not reported the hand perfectly. It was not so much a tank/bit, but a query on the bidding to this point. I wanted to dbl 2D as lead directing if 2C was promisory stayman as the risk of being caught in 2Dxx would be minimal. When ...

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