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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
14 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Not based in USA so ACBL ranking is Not Applicable.

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.

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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Yuan Shen's bidding problem: K9 K643 AKQ65 A5
QJxxx in hearts alone is enough for game to be virtually solid and they will not raise 3H with this. Its a shame the opp took 2S away as our next bid :(
Why play a Big !C or Precision?
I played Blue club for a number of years with a partner keen to learn it. It had good points, but i found it made defence to easy for the opp in unapposed auctions often revealling to much information, and suffered to preempts when opening 1C. Since then relearning it ...
Leads from a New Suit when defending a Suit Contract
Agreed, most often you will be indicating attitude in the suit, but there are occasions where you can provide count if its clear thats what p needs to know, not to mention if your leading attitude from Hxxxx you can follow 4th or 3/5th depending on style.
Yehudit Hasin's bidding problem: J9xxx Axxx --- Axxx
Hi Jim, the fake reverse into hearts here is safe because if the responder is equal length in both majors, then they would have responded 1H over 1D initially. If they now raise hearts showing 4, they must have 5+ spades so your 3 card support is plenty and you ...
Can Google's DeepMind beat the BBO Robots in 2017
Conquering GO was huge all right. I honestly thought it would not happen for some time yet, as i play GO at a reasonable level and appreciate just how impossible the game is to win via sequence analysis alone. I guess GO is easier to analyse than bridge in an ...
Field day
Surely if the KS is stiff with East, then the contract is cold when trumps are 22 or 31 with West as we just ruff a spade now on top of the chances in hearts mentioned above.
Can Google's DeepMind beat the BBO Robots in 2017
I don't think anyone has really applied themselves yet to developing SW to beat professionals at bridge. The learning SW that went on to beat the professionals at the game of "Go" IMO have developed SW that would (if applied to bridge) out play our human experts easily. So ...
Trump guess?
After we insert the TC and it holds, its clear LHO led the AC from AQ unless RHO has found a master stroke. IMO leading an Ace from this holding against slam indicates a hope of making a trump trick, so I would play him for Qxx. Of course this ...
Strange feeling I had at the table.
I would say the following:- - If your P wanted a club lead in reality, then he had the chance to dbl the conventional 5C call, assuming its not a suit the opp can play in. This makes a club lead low on my list of choices, as I infer from ...
Prefer to play in 4 Hearts or 4 Spades?
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