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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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Who should handle this psyche better?
I want to vote twice and for an option not there. I think 1nt by north is better, South is worth 3nt over 2H
How penalty-oriented is this double?
Changed to abstain as I voted based on my system initially which is WNT and not 2/1 so 1NT is not forcing and wont contain limit raises in the major.
UI or not?
This hand is surely to extreme for this auction, I just cannot see that being a first round double. Why not something like:- HHxx Hxx HHxxx x? This then makes the Rdbl flexible advising that hearts might be our poorest fit and we may have a better fit in spades ...
Defence problem
Agree it would help here to identify if P has Jack third or four BUT doubt we could expect P to indicate a different defence holding J98 as compared to J93 via a Smith on T2's suspect we will end ducking again only sure this time P ...
Defence problem
Thanks all for reviewing and voting. I feel somewhat better with my choice to duck the KH now....posted as a sanity check. You might guess therefore that ducking did not work out well and gets you "0" match points when declarers hand turns out to be:- 64 KQ3 QJT975 ...
UI or not?
I see no contradiction. Kit has said South has a clear and obvious 4S bid opposite a rdl. Had he tanked and passed ....thats another matter entirely, he says......and I fully aggree with him.
ATB - missed slam
Perhaps South thought 3nt was serious or non serious and allowed room for the all important club control. 4D kinda blocks that.
ATB - missed slam
Need more options. North is responsible for not being in slam.....but I would not be happy or unhappy at reaching it.....its a borderline slam - the diamond lead made life easy, prob wont get it in slam
Defence problem
Opps system and we did not enquire, but the bidding is consistent with x being penalties, pass might be forcing, might not
Defence problem
To clarify - i was saying that Smith Peters were not being played at the table, so P showed count with the 5&7, but if you were playing them then they would echo with the 7&5. P could conceivably have four hearts (though unlikely) as they would not be ...

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