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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
an hour 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.  

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
ACBL Ranking
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Pairs Play Problem
4th - sorry should have been in the OP
Who doubles when opps balance against 2M?
TBH even undoubled a half reasonable defence should take this off at least 2 tricks and +200 is surely an excellent score
Monaco Decline 2014 EBL Gold Medal!
Ideally, Monaco should withdraw from any medal position. I suspect the issue at the EBL is they have only turned down promotion to Gold.....which is not quite the same....lets hope its coming then.
Monaco Decline 2014 EBL Gold Medal!
OMG - this is stupid and worse than the original results. Just bite the bullet and declare:- Gold - England Silver - Bulgaria Bronze - Sweden Anything else is just bizarre
Steve Tyer's bidding problem: A5 AQT5 A52 AJ83
I certainly dont play 4C as any kind of control asking here, but as I play it as forcing, cannot see any harm in getting some sort of extra info from P before giving up. If they have a truly awful pre-empt they will surely bid 4S over this.
Steve Tyer's bidding problem: A5 AQT5 A52 AJ83
I'll bid 4C forcing and see what P says. If he likes his hand he might bid a good red suit partial that would make RKCB a safe follow up. Kxx in hearts would be perfect :)
When Overbidding pays off
Oddly enough I too have made 4S with AKQJx opposite void and a 44 break.....not a slam though :)
Steven Allen's lead problem: KQ KJTx T9xx AJx
Sorry John- I've adjusted my OP after realising the contract is cold (having a moment I suspect), that said im still interested in what leads and why :)
Lead out of turn accepted and then what
PS - Johns Law sounds like the RIGHT law IMO
Lead out of turn accepted and then what
I don't get whats being said here at all. Surely if we have had an insufficient bid of 2S in this auction we have two scenarios to consider. 1. Its made good to 3S - here surely the knowledge that P wanted to bid only 2S is UI and we ...

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