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Steven Allen
Steven Allen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 11, 2012
Last Seen
8 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
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
Continuations after showing 1=3=5=4
Im playing something similar, which may be of interest? They are transfer splinters in all the 1NT 3X auctions. So 3c shows short diamonds, 3D short hearts.....3S short clubs You need some strict rules for shape the higher the bid made is, as you have less room to unscamble ...
Percentage of Blame
I dont think its that clear cut. There may be a way to show 5 spades and a balanced hand and get North involved? The ATB would be entirely different if South bid 3NT and north passed with AKQ AJxx Axxx Jx or similar
Has the site got an IT issue?
Just got one for this, but have noticed less lately, but then i have been very busy and not posting
Percentage of Blame
Agree North is blameless here, but we have not been told what options South had outside of bidding 3S or 3NT, so I have to abstain
Alerting in USA?
In EBU land, you must announce the 1NT opening range when made. Advising your playing system before start is not compulsory, but most of the better players do it routinely
Alerting in USA?
Indeed it is. Alive and kicking in the UK
Alerting in USA?
We do this all the time in the UK. I open up with, Hi we play a wnt, 5 card spade suit only and w2's in the majors. It takes all of 5 seconds and saves lots of hassel later
Alerting in USA?
Do really put the score card on the back of CC? Thats such a bad idea, it effectively makes them useless as you dont want people looking at them then!
Alerting in USA?
Yes I agree completely. WBF was new to me once too, so can understand now what he was thinking. Also I now know that many alert what I would consider normal descriptive rebids in other parts of the world....each to their own I guess
Alerting in USA?
Thanks Adam. Our match was playing under WBF regs, but it good to know why he was upset. He's new to WBF regs me thinks

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