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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.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Sorry, but, playing with this total beginner, I would never, ever make a take-out double, on any hand, for fear that partner might become declarer.
A difficult play problem
Oh, we do this all the time. Line A requires a 3-2 split in a side suit - so, roughly 68%. Line B needs a finesse, playing opener for a key card. We figure, opener could have an opening bid without that card, but, most of the time ... We do some ...
Simple Hand
Contract is now cold if East started with at least three clubs (East is squeezed down to three clubs on the last diamond). Or course, the play would be much, much tougher if I had won the heart king at trick one!
interesting double dummy problem
I really recommend trying out Hugh Darwen's web site Start out with some of the collections, like the George Coffin collection. Then move on to the main problems. This is the one that got me hooked on double dummy problems - give it a go: http://www.doubledummy ...
A difficult play problem
The percentage play, in diamonds, is ace, king, then ruff. Makes when suit is 3-3 or someone has Qx. That is just slightly better than a finesse, and, on this hand, requires spades 3-2 as well, so the finesse is better. However, most Easts, holding the diamond queen, would cover ...
Mastering the Robots
Yes and no. You still play bridge - as in the first example. Robot passed hand shows up with ten high card points, so the key finesse can't work. You look for an alternative. Just like you would playing in the Vanderbilt.
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: A AJT2 K874 KQ75
In my methods, I'd bid 4NT - just ace-asking, and get out in 5NT (at matchpoints), if I have to. In the modern world, maybe five spades, after a zero response, would ask for the queen (help us all!). Reading the post, it seemed like 4 over 2 would ...
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: A AJT2 K874 KQ75
So? Reading the options, looks like I could bid four diamonds to ask for key cards, and get out in 4NT facing none.
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: A AJT2 K874 KQ75
I don't understand the bidding at all. Facing two aces and three spades, seven diamonds is cold. Facing two aces and a singelton heart, seven diamonds is cold. Sure, partner might hold some awful hand like x xx AQJxxx AJ10x, where seven diamonds has no play, but how can ...
Failure to Alert
OK, let's play Devil's Advocate. I have limited my hand by my initial pass. I am at favorable vulnerability. I can show my five card spade suit at the one level. I know that partner has a singleton or void in their suit. Why wouldn't I bid ...

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