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Alex Kolesnik
Alex Kolesnik
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 15, 2010
Last Seen
13 hours 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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Marshall Miles
I played quite a bit with Marshall, as a partner and teammate. He was one of my favorite people in the bridge world. Some of my favorite stories: 1. We played a Spingold one year. Marshall said he might sit out more early in the week, so that he could ...
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: QJ9862 AJ632 --- Q3
I think 3H should show this type of hand; with a lot high card points, I would sit the double. I think I am showing a two-suiter.
Invitational versus non-invitational sequence
We call this bid "scrambling lebensohl." 2N is assumed to be two places to play, and partner bids their longer/better minor. The question is what does the correction to 3h now show. Is that the weaker hand or the invitational hand? Since I don't necessarily discuss this with ...
Raphael Hallerman's bidding problem: 87 AJT72 764 AQ7
Nor may you ever again. Perhaps Dave should sort his pills more carefully.
ACBL - Time to add new GLM Ranks?
Have you calculated the approximate year you will achieve that rank? It's never too early to start planning the celebration.
Finn Kolesnik's bidding problem: J73 Q853 K64 AK8
I thought so when I doubled. Finn thought otherwise. I collected 1100 (that's 8 tricks, 5+3), although declarer at my table could have held the damage to 500. Finn collected at 50 a trick.
3NT Good Preempt in a Major: Not a Solid Suit
In my methods, you would bid 5C, and partner would bid 6H with 2nd round control, or bid 6C with first round control, but no side controls (xx, AKJxxxxx, xx, A maybe), and cuebid a side suit with first round control and a side control (so bid 5S with Kx ...
3NT Good Preempt in a Major: Not a Solid Suit
I've played this for years, which was fine in national events (essentially reverse NAMYATS, so 4m is a natural preempt). My response structure: 4C=transfer to your suit 4D=bid your suit higher bids are cuebids (wanting you to cuebid something you have); going through 4C or 4D and ...
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.

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