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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
19 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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Reflex Duck
What an odd agreement. Does this apply when they balance with a lower suit, i.e., 1 1 p p 2 X? Do you have to force partner to the three level if partner prefers diamonds? How about 1 1 P P 1. Wouldn ...
Plan the play in 3NT
Apparently pre-school was very exciting. Mine, too, except I don't remember any of it.
The auction 1 1NT is much different. 2 gives you a shot at either minor (partner might bid 2). I only bid 2 on hands strong enough to take another bid over a preference. 1 1 2 kills us if we are playing ...
What do you lead now?
No. Ace, low, low, jack is not suit preference, and it is not count. It simply shows the ten. Likewise ace, low, low, ten shows the nine and denies the jack.
What do you lead now?
Would you rather sell out and defend one spade? We have an eight card fit - we bid to the two level. Pretty simple. If we have to show weakness first, fine, but we still compete to the two level.
What do you lead now?
Then (see my other comment), I certainly unblock the club queen and let partner in. That costs an overtrick when declarer started with seven (or eight) clubs, but unblocking is still clear.
What do you lead now?
I expect partner to raise with a fit and an ace, but my partner is pretty aggressive. Still, I can't imagine partner passing with a fit and an ace given a second chance over one spade.
What do you lead now?
First off, partner needs an ace, or declarer has nine tricks. If partner has an ace, along with three hearts, partner would have raised hearts. Likely the first time, but certainly over one spade. So we know that South started with AQ third or fourth in hearts. Declarer's likely ...
Conceal the Spot
I learned competitive bidding straight out of Kaplan's book. This is a dead minimum double of one club - similar shape would not double one spade. So, I would not double two clubs. I asked Betty, and she said she would double two clubs if white.
Conceal the Spot
Who should get into the auction for E-W? Not easy, but the West hand has the shape and should push to get in. I would double a one club opening with the West hand, but doubling two clubs? Too much for me. However, after 2 P 2 P ...

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