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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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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Support doubles
This one makes no sense. If, as opener, I know partner has five spades, and I have four, then I can always compete to the three level. I certainly don't have to tell partner (and the opponents) right away that I will be pushed to the three level. I ...
Two endings
I don't get having two choices, since the plays are pretty much different. Option 1 is silly - they now have five tricks. There are only two different options: Play East for the club ace - easy, or play West for the club ace, and strip squeeze West with the heart ...
So you had a bidding accident
"After cashing the diamonds I have to exit with a spade." Agreed. I meant to ask why you are choosing to play West for the spade queen, when no queen drops, which leads to complications, rather than the club queen (where there is no need to cash the diamonds).
So you had a bidding accident
(1) Why a spade, rather than a club? (2) Even if you win, and West has the spade queen, while East has the club queen, you still go down if West has the long diamond, or if East has the heart king. Exiting in clubs works when West has the ...
So you had a bidding accident
This is my line, but slightly modified: Spade ace, club ace king. If nothing interesting happens, spade king. If no luck, club jack. If West shows out in clubs, then I use the diamond entries to finesse spades.
Please bid these hands
OK, let's have some fun. How do you play six clubs on a trump lead?
Double Trouble
Not clear. In my view, double shows most hands too strong to make a competitive, non-forcing bid. If I have strength, but can't stand partner converting to penalties, then I bid 3. Those are the forcing calls. If I double and pull to three clubs, that is forcing ...
A junior defense
OK. Sorry, I still thought you were talking about hand 1.
Is this psyche legal?
Marty, your hand is a fine example. With KQJx KJx Axxx Qx, after 3 3, this is an automatic double. Opener could pass, "in case the three club call was phony", but that isn't allowed. However, on your auction, partner passed three diamonds, so I know the ...
A junior defense
Why? Because if West has no outside entry, and the spade queen holds, West will shift. That shift may be quite damaging. Lets say South has a similar hand with Ax in diamonds. The contract is cold if clubs run. So declarer will assume the club king is off. Ducking ...

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