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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
8 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 would you? A. Teams. B. MPts. C. BAM
Not so good when they shift to a heart - likely on this auction, where you have denied four hearts. I win the diamond and cash a second diamond. If both follow, I set up a diamond for my ninth trick. If diamonds turn out to be five-one, I try a ...
Are You Sure?
This is simple - one of my key rules: Choose methods that make you comfortable. If you are comfortable bidding, you'll play better. If you play better, you will do better. Don't worry about whether R-M Precision is better than your Mama-Papa Standard. R-M Precision would put too much ...
1z rebid by opener after 1y response by passed hand.
Bidding is always a percentage game. What is forcing on paper is never forcing at the table. If you judge that this is the last reasonable spot, and if the IMP or Matchpoint odds make the risk of missing a game (or slam) worthwhile, then you pass. Partner may get ...
How do you play this 6!S contract?
If East shows out on the second heart, I need East to be 2-1-5-5, but I still have chances if East is 1-1-6-5. I'll give up a club next and see what happens.
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
If East is 6-6-1-0, this line fails. West pitches the second heart, over-ruffs dummy, and plays another trump. However, if East shows out on the club, you can shift gears and play for the heart ace-jack onside.
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
I win the spade ace and lead the diamond queen. (1) The queen is covered. Now, club to dummy, spade ruff, clubs, pitching the heart. Cross-ruff works now, so long as West is 3-2 or 2-3 in the majors. (2) Queen is not covered. Now I can't cross-ruff, without ...
Was this ruling correct?
N held Q1098x - xx AKQJxx. S: Ax AJ1098xxx KQ10 - My two spade intervention didn't work so well.
Was this ruling correct?
On a slightly different point: 1 2(Strong) 2NT does not show a weak hand. Most play it as waiting, no descriptive bid to make. That lets the strong hand clarify the nature of the jump shift (one suit, club fit, or semi-balanced). In the pass-out position, I ...
Was this ruling correct?
Good point - so 650 is wrong. Should be 990.
Director's ruling opinions?
Polls would help, also. Three spades is certainly the wrong bid when it goes for a number, but there are many hands where the percentages favor bidding, rather than passing. If, say, almost everyone would bid, given the correct explanation, then, at best, the ruling should be an average of ...
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