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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I play many mind sports games in my time including:- Chess, Othello, Go and virtually any other good card game before settling on Bridge. I play in the UK and use a highly modified Benji ACOL system, some what different from most on this site.

Started play aged 15 or so, some 35 years ago and play when I can around a busy work and family life.  

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing at junior national trials. I cashed some side suit winners and exited looking at a likely trump trick with QTxx with AKJ9x over me and only one entry to dummy (so declarer needed a deep finesse first round of trumps). He led a trump from dummy, turned to me and said " you've got QTxx haven't you", I gave him my "what you talking about Im rubbish at this game" look and he bought it - 1 off. Priceless
Bridge Accomplishments
No major event wins, but quite a few close shaves. It's overdue now.
Regular Bridge Partners
David Eddleston also known as Francis Eddleston
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Burnham Bridge club, WGC bridge club
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Should I have been harsher?
I wanted to penalise in no2 but suspect most players systems will not offer a way to get back to a fair I cannot penalise them for taking this there probably all bad. Bad things happen some times.
Upon the Stanislaus
Only if you unblocked the AH first, which is not mentioned in the claim so we have to assume would not be done.
Ian Grant's bidding problem: AKQ4 JT98 QJ32 5
Might I add that having to open this hand 1C makes me feel ill. Im sure you gets some gains else where though, its clearly not on this hand
Upon the Stanislaus
This looks a straight forward adjustment to 3nt-2, as however you cash the diamonds, unblocking or not, you go down 2 tricks on any half normal play.
Kieran Dyke's bidding problem: QJ52 --- QJT9652 K3
Same here. 2D superficially shows 10+ and this hand is easily worth that even with a heart void
Barry Rigal's bidding problem: AQJ4 86 75 AK642
Indeed. I think i typed that bit thinking p had bid a suit. Lol my mind must have been somewhere else for a while
Bridge is Sixty Percent Bidding?
I would say more than 60% bidding, with the caveat that you are a strong card player. Many many IMPS are lost or won through poor card play, but once your at a certain level, its becomes more about what your in, than your play once there.
Barry Rigal's bidding problem: AQJ4 86 75 AK642
Hi Dave. I agree with bidding a four card major in many scenarios as you suggest when 42 or 43 (weak 3 card suit) etc etc. But we would rather have both majors in the frame with a hand like Kxxx KQx xx Jxx immediately in case the next hand ...
Barry Rigal's bidding problem: AQJ4 86 75 AK642
PS - My doubles here only promises at least 7 cards in the majors. Waiting for 4 in both makes the bid to infrequent
Barry Rigal's bidding problem: AQJ4 86 75 AK642
With my reg I would expect a cue bid and follow up with 2S to be GF and in general deny a singleton or void (would splinter).

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