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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
20 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
Retired mathematician and general curmudgeon.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
I once got nailed by a real-life rueful rabbit.
Regular Bridge Partners
Betty, my one and only.
Favorite Conventions
Transfers, of many, many breeds.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Best play for 6NT
Low to queen gains over the jack only because it lets us work out the right play when diamonds are 0-6. But players bid with a six card suit (and players bid with a void), so I won't worry about that, and I am happy to start diamonds with ...
How does one go about it?
How so? Partner did volunteer four hearts without much help. Surely partner holds, at a minimum, a hand like x AQxxx x AQJxxx, where six is cold. Once partner bids four hearts, I want to be in a slam holding the East cards, and would often want to be in ...
How does one go about it?
Five hearts is a great bid, but with one tiny flaw. Partner will pass it with virtually any hand. Five hearts is a competitive call, not forcing. Still, at this vulnerability, the idea is usually to buy the contract, and bidding only five hearts might let you take the push ...
The Hardest Contract
I don't get the insistence that West cannot have the heart ace. On the actual hand, West did hold a ten count with a five card spade suit, yet never bid. Why would West have bid any differently with a hand like Kxxx Axx xxxx Kx or Kxxxx Axx ...
finesse or squeeze
Cash the third spade, discarding a heart, and run diamonds, discarding three hearts. At this point, East will have a high spade, and four other cards. If we judge that East has kept a heart, then only West can guard clubs. Cash the three clubs, and we have a double ...
Some rulings questions
If I read this correctly, three clubs was supposed to be artificial, showing a game invite in hearts. So, ignoring the UI, it is clear to bid three hearts.
Failure to announce
We have an eight or nine card club fit, they have an eight or nine card heart fit. So I am supposed to sell out meekly to two hearts? Admittedly, bidding might cost some 50 a trick, so cowardice might be in order but ... Had it gone 2 by ...
Going for the Overtrick at Matchpoints
In any event, these simulations are double-dummy, and the computer never goes wrong when North has a singleton king of hearts. In real life, declarer always goes down in four hearts when North has a singleton king, so subtract another 3% from your 97% figure. Declarer also goes down when ...
Playing for an overtrick at imps (part 1)
No, South has not shown three hearts yet. But North has shown a 5-3-3-2 slam invite. Facing such a hand, there will usually be ten tricks in notrump, while bad heart splits could easily set five hearts. South is rejecting the invite, and should choose the safest game.
Director ruling
Passing five hearts does not become a logical alternative simply because slam is poor opposite some hands. Passing five hearts becomes a logical alternative if some of those polled do pass (or several give serious consideration to passing). This one is easy. The South hand is obviously worth some slam ...

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