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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
11 hours 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
sbloom
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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How do you play 4!H
It means "I heard you bid, and now I am going to try to win ten tricks with hearts as trump."
Online Bridge Ruling: Failure to Alert and Wild Bids
I find it odd that most players polled would bid 3 if told that East had a one-suiter. Given that, there was no reason to think that two spades was the right contract. With the North hand, I might opt to defend when they were guessing the right trump ...
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
And the pro overcalls on four card suits, the client always has at least five. And the pro opens 1M occasionally on a four card suit. Client, never.
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
Did they have that agreement? I doubt it. 1m 1H 2H 3NT is almost universally recognized as a choice of game bid. But 1m 1H 3H is so rarely a balanced hand that a choice of game bid has little practical merit. Again, that is why so many pairs use ...
The Blue Card
I like running the heart eight at trick two - then play a club.
The Blue Card
Given the result at the other table, a redouble would have cost one IMP. Gained 4 had the contract made. Still good odds.
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
How have I deliberately fielded partner's psyche when I pass 3NT and they run the first five clubs, with five hearts cold? When partner throws an unusual call at me, I have to make my best guess. Partner's tendencies certainly enter into that guess. If I judge that ...
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
Not much of an advantage when partner won't think. I'd rather have a partner who is actively involved in every hand, wouldn't you? If stuck with such a partner, then you can indulge in all sorts of fanciful stuff. Most of the time, they won't work ...
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
Very relevant! If this partnership has that agreement, then, of course, 3NT is forcing. If this partnership does not have this agreement, then either partner is taking a very strange and unusual position, or partner has psyched. If I know partner likes to psyche, I would pass 3NT. Playing with ...
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
You are always allowed to know your partner's proclivities. But, you have to disclose that knowledge. The times when 3NT is the right spot, after a double raise, are so few, that many partnerships use 3NT here as some sort of artificial slam move. Playing with a partner who ...
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