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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
11 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.  

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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I think Norths pass of 3S is beyond awful, South has done extremely well to try again on a marginal hand, but now North again seriously underbid with 4C. And then to top if off, after North could have a virtual bust based on his bidding South finds 5C....seriously ...
Simple Forcing Pass Situation?
This one is 50/50. I normally play forcing pass when one hand or the other has done something stronger than just bid our south bid a splinter, or north cued looking for slam. But here the opp have not volunteered a club raise until after game was ...
Keep Bridge Alive Solutions
I grew up playing cards with my family......but we all know now that kids are obsessed with their phones, social media etc etc and dont even get out and meet people these days.....let alone play cards with anyone. The only solution I see is to get young people ...
Whats your plan - making 4S
Well I would have, but I dont appear to be able to edit my own post anymore. So essentially Kit nailed the final position and North holds QT92 ATx QJxx 65 and provided we ruff a heart next and then cash the QC on table, North can choose from three ...
Whats your plan - making 4S
Ive now added another page with the whole hand
1NT or 1C
To strong and suit oriented IMO for 1nt, worth 18.5 playing in a black suit
Whats your plan - making 4S
Completely agree, i think north is marked with 4 diamonds making the play from there double dummy to make.
Whats your plan - making 4S
Note to self, wake up before posting....We dont need a squeeze to make an overtrick when the queen drops, just to ruff a heart and draw without the opp being able to over ruff or score their trump before drawing.
Whats your plan - making 4S
Certainly it prevents us cashing the QC before the heart ruff which is a lost oppotunity for some lies, but the heart ruff option can be played from either side of the table. I cannot think of any advantage to playing a third spade as this is only working when ...
Whats your plan - making 4S
Not sure there any clear benefit in being in dummy after the AK of trumps unless your planning to play the QC next? If so, is this not risking going down when North holds only two clubs (as seems likely on the play) ruffs high and plays his forth trump ...

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