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Steve Bloom
Steve Bloom
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2010
Last Seen
8 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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King Please or Thank you?
This recording helps quite a lot. The first soundbite clip sounded, to me, like "king". I tried to run it through Audacity and it was still unclear, but seemed much closer to king than "thank". I took this recording, slowed it down and raised the pitch. Now "thank you" is ...
Protection ?
Weighting should almost always be avoided. You only weight when the outcome is in real doubt. Here, if the defense slips up at all, declarer will work out that the club king is offside, and make the hand. To weight the result is to give the offenders a huge benefit ...
Ugly Call
6-8, forcing to 2NT. Less than a game force.
Ugly Call
So? What makes you think that three diamonds won't be the best spot when partner judges to stop there?
Very Unlikely
What you play does not matter. This pair had recently agreed to use 2NT as a relay to three clubs, and one forgot. To me, there is one really important question: Did that player suddenly remember their new agreements when partner alerted? If so, then it seems likely that an ...
Very Unlikely
In this case, polling does not help. Why? (1) Passing three clubs does seem to be a logical alternative. (2) This pair had, quite specifically, agreed to use Lebensohl on this exact sequence - a recent change in methods. (3) Such an unusual three club call would very likely remind advancer ...
Ugly Call
I can never bring myself to give up on making my games - not when there is still some hope. After the spade nine fell, there is a fair chance that West held Q9 doubleton in spades. Now all I'd need is for West to hold KQ tight in trumps ...
What do you think?
I think you are confusing what agreements need to be alerted, and what agreements need to be explained, if asked. Many pairs frequently open weak two bids on five card suits. Should this opening be alerted? Many pairs frequently open three bids on six card suits. Alert? No, you ask ...
A 3 IMP swing, but which way ?
How does he know you haven't led from 109 doubleton?
What do you think?
No. There was a long thread about a pair that might have agreements to open very light in third seat, when not vulnerable. As JD said, it would be very hard to find even one strong player who would pass one spade with that particular North hand.

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