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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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What went wrong here?
OK, so you hold QJxx x AKx AKQxx. How do you get back to 3NT when partner refuses to bid 3NT with only one likely stopper and needing two diamond honors from partner? The East hand passed the first round, passed the second round, and only bid three diamonds on ...
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Excellent analysis, Kit. I still wonder about faking a sign-off in five spades, in case partner has actually cue-bid with zero key cards. That seems to lose two bidding steps on a hand that has now become a grand slam investigation.
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Of course, it also means, holding a hand like QJ10xxxx x KQJx x, when partner has shown a very strong hand for spades, I can't ask for key cards. I am cynical here, but I would bet that most partnerships who claim to have this agreement, would also have ...
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
I don't question that agreement. And it likely applies on the rare auctions where it isn't obvious whether the bidder has zero or three. This isn't one of those auctions. You've cue-bid. You show 0/3. Partner tanks, and signs off. You don't get to ...
The fortunes and misfortunes of my first teams tournament
On the first board, the hand is still make-able if East started with Axx or Axxx in hearts. Simply cash the spades, discarding down to the heart K and Q10 in clubs. East has to keep J9 in clubs, and the heart ace. Exit in hearts.
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
I strongly disagree. There is no hand, with zero key cards, that cue-bids over three spades. Any such hand would bid four spades, and hope not to go down. That hand you gave is not a hand worth driving to the five level. But, if I did, and you showed ...
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Scenario one: I have made a slam-interested cue-bid, and so cannot conceivably have zero key cards. I show 0/3. Partner knows that I have three. Partner signs off. Auction is done. Scenario two: I have made a slam-interested cue-bid, and so cannot conceivably have zero key cards. I show ...
2 diamond bid weak
" And I'm expecting to find my partner with some nice values and a nice fit for at least one of my suits.' and "there's a likelihood my RHO has psyched me out of a probable game." It is vaguely possible that my partner, with some nice values, and ...
Elegant because it is so simple!
@Petter: Win the second trump, diamond ace, diamond ruff, heart ruff, now club.
2 diamond bid weak
East received the explanation from North. If that is the correct explanation, then it doesn't matter what East would have heard behind screens - East got the correct explanation. No harm. If that is the wrong explanation, then it certainly matters.

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