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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
11 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's Your Plan?
Four clubs and four diamonds are natural bids, and encourage partner to push to the five-level, something you do not want. You seem to have three tricks on defense, and partner will often produce the fourth winner. That said, bidding four diamonds could work out quite well - if partner saves ...
What should N/S have done?
Are you aggravated when partner passes, in first seat, and later overcalls hearts? If the hand did not qualify for a bid the first time, that does not mean it is never correct to bid.
Strategy at Swiss Teams (20VP scale) vs. IMP Pairs?
Strongly disagree. You make a probability judgment when you bid a game. One factor is the likelihood that your opponents will find the winning defense. When your opponents are lousy, you bid more aggressively - in teams, in IMP pairs, in Matchpoints. Doesn't matter. So, to take your MP's ...
Strategy at Swiss Teams (20VP scale) vs. IMP Pairs?
Forget this hand. Suppose you pick up a hand and judge that it is worth trying for game. Do you invite? Bash? There are clearly advantages to inviting: Even if you judge that game will often be reasonable, that game will likely not be so hot facing the subset of ...
What should N/S have done?
I would happily bid three hearts over one spade. If I am going to play weak jump overcalls, and if I am white on red, why would I ever pass with the South hand?
Percentage of Blame
5-3-3-2 hands, facing balanced shape, usually do better (at IMPs) playing in notrump. When South shows the five spades, and then bids 3NT, after, say, a 1NT opening, opener can assume no second suit. That assumption is not so clear on this cramped auction. So, opener normally assumes that responder ...
Debbie Rosenberg's bidding problem: KT8 9653 A43 AQ4
So, if partner is short in hearts and has a long suit, then I should get in? Isn't that partner's job?
Debbie Rosenberg's bidding problem: KT8 9653 A43 AQ4
And Friday, I won a part-score swing when I competed to three hearts over their three clubs (even though RHO had bid a natural one heart over the double), holding QJ1074 in hearts and two small clubs. I knew they had nine or more clubs, and we had eight or ...
Percentage of Blame
This is why I gave North a little blame. 4-3-3-3 hands are worth a downgrade, particularly with nothing in the long suit, but the rest of the hand is so prime, I'd go with the normal route. Still, North might have opened 1NT, and avoided a poor game. Calling ...
Scrambling after a Redouble.
That's a new one to me, but makes some sense, particularly if your partners are prone to double on 4-3-3-3 hands. Strikes me as another price one pays for such a distortion. My partner will always have five to run immediately to the highest strain.

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