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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

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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Am I Old Fashioned?
You have quoted some very old ACOL and modern style has long been to pass 2NT with a minimum hand and play the other follow ups as GF as they help with the slam going hands (responder is unlimited). But of course you need to agree your system but standard ...
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: K2 AQ AKT5 AJ876
My first thought was double and bid 3NT over 2S/3S but neglected to think what happens if p is weak with a minor....they bid 2NT and our best spot is wrong sided. We might recover from this by playing 5/6m from our side, but that could go ...
Mark Benson's bidding problem: AK654 AJ95 K65 2
I voted Dbl and think 1S is also very close, I prefer double in case of a high level club bounce
On computer versus hand shuffling
Only if he has one of the Ten or Jack of hearts in his hand
Johan Karlsson's lead problem: xxxxxxxxxxxxx --- --- ---
Surely if we decide we cannot double.....we just bid 7S?
Who's Buying?
Your diagram is wrong, as West would over ruff the 3rd round of diamonds, so you presumably ruffed this high with the JC. Now you cross to dummy with a trump drawing and play another diamond. Opp win this and you get the 2 trick adjustment for the revoke a ...
Double game swing - assign the blame
Both could have done more, but there is no 50/50 option. In truth I would go 33/33/33 with the opp claiming some of the credit for their work on the board (if legal)
... but what if dummy is void?
And I was highlighting a reason to play a club next and not a heart, giving you a hand where a club switch is essential.
... but what if dummy is void?
If P has Qxxx hearts, AC and a likely short spade and passed 4S....well then there not a player I would sit opposite again.
... but what if dummy is void?
What if he has the AC and a diamond? Ruff, cross to hand draw your trump and run diamonds?

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