Andrew Gumperz is a part-time bridge professional based in the SF bay area. He has numerous regional victories, but his proudest bridge accomplishment was upsetting the CAYNE team at the 2009 Spingold in Washington DC. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys musical theater, especially when his daughter is performing.
re idea #1:
Culbertson's notion is true only in the absence of other information. When RHO has passed as dealer, we no longer necessarily expect him to hold 1/3 of the unseen cards. Similarly if RHO opened, we wouldn't expect him to hold 1/3 of the ...
When I was a young man, I remember a similar post mortem. I had opened in 3rd chair, on a 11 count and caught a big fit. Through some rather spectacular overbidding on partner's part, we arrived in a small slam contract. I was declaring. The contract could have ...
For the mathematically inclined, the best writer on hand evaluation is Thomas Andrews.
3-2-1 points were originally proposed by the Four Aces in the mid 1930's. Subsequent research confirms that when evaluating a hand for the purpose of suit play, that 3-2-1 is ...
I agree that T-Walsh is a good system and is unambiguously better than regular 2/1. Also, it is not too hard to learn. Conceptually similar to ordinary 2/1, consistent, logical and using continuations that 2/1 players mostly already know (like XYZ).
Josh Sher on Bridge Winners has ...
The basic notion is to distinguish slam tries into two groups:
1. Those where trumps are not a problem.
2. Those where trumps might be a problem.
♠AJTxx, ♥Kx, ♦x, ♣AQJxx
1♣ -- 1♠
1NT -- 3♣
Responder shows 5-5+ in the blacks. Opener may cooperate holding ...