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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
11 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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Play Poll
Well the poll is heavily in favour of the line I eventually took...playing for trumps 3-2, as I leading a stiff TC against slam looks to awful to me. John hit the nail on the head, LHO had led the TC from JT doubleton
Play Poll
Yes it was late last night (1am here) when I checked quickly again I realised we had not shortened our trumps enough on that line.....neglecting that you ruff and exit with a small club to endplay East. I really should not post late at night! Indeed Michael I was ...
A "TYP" Bid
Or as i mention below....both first round controls, but bidding 5S over a sign off perhaps
Play Poll
Now i think about it more, i believe you cannot make on the 4324 shape. I assumed you were right for obvious reasons! But a play where we discard the AD leaves us with 4 trumps and our opp with 3 so we end play ourselves, ruffing the third diamond ...
Play Poll
Very nice.
Play Poll
Nice, missed that route, which is better book material than the line I did see :)
Play Poll
Hmmm - have I posed the OP to give preference to one particular line of play? I tried hard to phase them as someone who would vote for that option would think....its not meant to be what I thought at the time or now.
Play Poll
That sort of true I suppose, but I think Im heading to a slam after P's 2NT bid 99% of the time. Potting the slam assuming a more balanced shape actually damaged us, as of course 7D is an excellent contract.
Play Poll
Yep its TO, but there is room for both plays to work Will. My query is what does BW thinks is the better choice
Play Poll
I dont think so, as i said in OP if P has a good hand with a 4CM rdbl looks a better bid than 2nt

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