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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
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6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I play many mind sports games in my time including:- Chess, Othello, Go and virtually any other good card game before settling on Bridge. I play in the UK and use a highly modified Benji ACOL system, some what different from most on this site.

Started play aged 15 or so, some 35 years ago and play when I can around a busy work and family life.  

Country
United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing at junior national trials. I cashed some side suit winners and exited looking at a likely trump trick with QTxx with AKJ9x over me and only one entry to dummy (so declarer needed a deep finesse first round of trumps). He led a trump from dummy, turned to me and said " you've got QTxx haven't you", I gave him my "what you talking about Im rubbish at this game" look and he bought it - 1 off. Priceless
Bridge Accomplishments
No major event wins, but quite a few close shaves. It's overdue now.
Regular Bridge Partners
David Eddleston also known as Francis Eddleston
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Burnham Bridge club, WGC bridge club
BBO Username
SteveAllen
ACBL Ranking
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Snowball in Hell
After a bidding error my opp reached grand slam in diamonds, vulnerable playing imps in an 18 board match. They were well behind. They were missing 2 key cards but thought they had them all. The bidding at no stage cued, or splintered to show any shortages. It turned out ...
Ian Grant's lead problem: AQ3 JT98 T2 Q642
Jxxxx would be fine with a side entry too
Ian Grant's lead problem: AQ3 JT98 T2 Q642
Scoring matters to me. JH vs MPS, AS looks ok at IMPS
Overcalling a strong NT
This seems to be establishing how people feel their treatments are over 1NT.....but we dont get to know what they play. I'm not even sure I am selecting the right answer for my preferred methods which is MultiLandy over weak or strong NT
Should I have troubled the TD?
I suspect this is borderline, but in top flight company I would expect a ruling to adjust the score. In average company, many would treat the jump to 4S as quite strong and bid RKCB without blinking.....see this all the time in clubs etc.
Count as Primary Trick 1 Signal
I think you seriously underestimate the value of count signals, and clearly have not spent any time working out what declarers shape is often enough, because this info alone can avoid so many misdefences I see all the time. Also why on earth would you signal count if its already ...
ATB - Both hoping for better hands
I don't play 2/1 so may be missing some subtle inferences, but I too was wondering why North chooses 1S in preference to 1H with such a difference in quality. Over 2C, surely we bid as per the auction with 2D next and are well placed if P ...
Count as Primary Trick 1 Signal
Well I would much rather know count as standard and ask for attitude when needed via choosing an honour lead of the Ace or Queen. You either play suit preference or not in special situations...there is no half way. I think attitude is actually overrated
Count as Primary Trick 1 Signal
I agree, and still play count as my primary trick 1 signal, but you can extend the Ace for reverse attitude approach to include the Queen lead as well for just this type of lead problem.
Who is to blame for this disaster
I was torn between it being the 3H bid or the final. Ailin the coffin 4S. Changing to 3H after reading this, as I agree 2nt bid instead of 3H fixes everthing.
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