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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
2 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.
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ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Insufficient Bid
Whether the bid is comparable depends on their methods. For us, double shows hearts and three hearts shows spades. So double is "comparable" while three hearts is anything but.
"Is this an area that machines will have an edge over humans?" Not for some time. Humans, playing against humans, make mistakes. They seldom find two ruffs against that four spades, even if they should. Humans, seeing the favorable vulnerability, remember when their partner opened three hearts on J109xxxx and ...
Cute Ending
The defense has been remarkably poor, so I am not playing either opponent to make a good play. I know the shape - the spades and diamonds are marked, and West would never worry about ducking the club holding QJ-third. So, I have a full count on the hand. West started ...
Cash out or break the Squeeze?
True. Partner will need to have started with five diamonds for that to work. Looks like heart six at trick two is best.
Let's play that game. Give West a similar hand, but 2-2-4-5. Now, five clubs needs luck in the trump suit. It may or may not make. If E-W bid a marginal game, and it goes down, would anyone really care? Of course, with that 2-2-4-5 AK A hand, West ...
Cash out or break the Squeeze?
If partner has an ace, we are mostly safe (except in the unlikely case where declarer started with AKQ in diamonds). Assuming the lead was third best, we know partner has KJ9 in hearts, and, likely, KJ9x. So, let's assume that declarer has both minor suit aces, and running ...
ATB - Bidding after Unusual 2NT
Well, if it is your style to bid on hands like x xx Jxxxx Jxxxx, then, may I play many matches against you. For starters, I suspect it is wrong to cue-bid over 1m on a hand like Jxxxx Jxxxx xx x, but there are ways that can gain, and ...
Taking the three choices, in order: Opening pass. Reasonable. But I don't hate an opening either. Pass over three hearts. Looks too conservative, but I get it. Pass over four hearts, by East. Clearly wrong. When they deal you a 5-4-4 hand, you double. Even better, as a passed ...
Best chance?
Of course, if West has two small spades and only two hearts, we shouldn't have cashed the spade ace. The 2-2 splits are a wash - cashing the ace gains when West has two hearts and one trump.
A Slim Chance
@Craig: Yes, that will work, unless South decides that declarer started with three spades. @Hans: I wouldn't call a ten count extra values. The negative free bid denies a game force. Certainly, looking at two queens and a jack, I have no reason to suspect that my opponents are ...

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