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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

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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Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: QJ9654 KJ7 KJ5 2
Whats the rush here? We can still bid 4S over 3nt and if they drop off into 4C let that play. I really doubt we will be allowed to play 4S if its actually making.......more likely we would push them into a cold 5C, when they might not get ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Its possible the hesitation was for the 2S bid as you say Richard......or perhaps its the 4NT bid that was the tempo break, thus warning opener that the spade bid may have been short? Either way, 4NT should be setting spades as trumps so passing 6C with a singleton ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Which sadly many declarers dont do. In fact some hurry the first trick in hope of inducing an error or hasty play by the defender.
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Joe - I do very much the same as you. I always try to play in an even tempo and close my hand up when declarer tanks. Even with all that I still got accused once of helping my P via tempo for thinking on T1 recently! So now ive started ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Indeed Richard it is....and what Peg describes is what ive seen too.
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
I dont like drawing inferences from others mannerisms because my experience is more often than not, they are the ones being unethical and the directors are seldom willing to do anything about clear attempts to misdirect you. Eg thinking about playing their only card, hesitating with nothing when you lead ...
Keycard response with ten trump
It seems to me we want to show the queen of trumps whenever our combiened trump holding is not horrendiously thin. I therefore select other. Ie we should show the queen with 10+ trumps whenever we hold one of the AK or Jack in our hand. The key card asker ...
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: K8432 K3 3 AJ974
?? The OP clearly says 3C shows five and invitational values, so p will have a full picture. If they have Kxx or similar in clubs they can bid a thin 3nt. If heavy in the reds with 3 poor clubs we can play there . Eg Qx AJx AQxxx xxx
How do you bid those two hands?
I would certainly start with 5S with the south hand. Now as North I could not imagine South being able to bid 5S without the AK of hearts and suspect 7C is a practical choice now, but assuming 5S showed 2 places to play south may bid 7D to offer ...
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
Michael when i was younger (16 ish) i was exactly like yourself. Very keen to ask for opinions or offer help. Over time I have curbed this more and more, only offering advice when requested, or with opponents i know very well socially. To many closed minds and bad reactions ...

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