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Alex Kolesnik
Alex Kolesnik
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 15, 2010
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a professor of math at Ventura College (Ventura, CA).  My wife and kids also play bridge.  We like to travel, and often combine travels with bridge.  

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Semis of US open trials; 3rd in Platinum pairs; 3rd in NAP; finals of US mixed trials.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lots; play most often with Bob Etter, and my family.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
Etter and Kolesnik USBC
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Irina and Alex USBC
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1M:2C, 2D showing a minimum
It has become common in the US to have 2C be game forcing, either clubs or balanced. Some pairs have also added a 3 card limit raise to the mix. This allows the pair to play in 2 of the major, which has become necessary with the lighter major suit ...
Another huge finish for 15-year old Finn Kolesnik
Yes, that was Finn's first tournament.
A Very Amusing Board
I do not think Nathan's play was "too cute by half." I do think it was incredibly thoughtful, and could be right on many hands. It just happened to turn +1400 into -750 here. I was the declarer on the hand. As a side note, what do you think ...
What does this bid mean?
My hand was x, KJTx, AKJx, Q98x. I usually play 3D over 1N as 5-5 slammish. I should have bid 2D and then 3D.
What does this bid mean?
Yes. Kate suggests below to bid 2C, then 3S over 2D, to show the diamond splinter. That did not occur to me.
What does this bid mean?
Maybe he was correct, but not matching at all my intent!
What does this bid mean?
Ha! It was me bidding this way with Michael. I somehow got it into my mind that we would be on the same wavelength, but I guess there is a huge number of ways that this can be played. Michael was certainly very thoughtful and took lots of time to ...
Update from world youth championships
Thanks for the working link. It looks like BBO is showing one U26 and one U21 match, though neither match has the US teams. Maybe that will change later in the day (or night for those of you in the Western Hemisphere).
"You got it wrong."
That’s what they said at the table.5 diamonds is cold.
"You got it wrong."
Yes, Finn did double 6h, holding three aces. I was a little confused, as I was holding the ace of trumps. We did gain IMPs. Our auction 1S (not 1C with 6-5)-P-2H -3D-P-4D-4N (ace asking)-X (Finn had Axxxx, void, AKJxxx, Ax)-5C (0 or 3, ignoring the double ...

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