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Andy Caranicas
Andy Caranicas
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 31, 2011
Last Seen
April 1
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I live in Minnesota and play when I can, with the demands of a full time job and family allowing.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning GNT B or being in the elevator with Bill Gates and not realizing it until my friend pointed him out
Bridge Accomplishments
GNT flight B Champion - 0-1500 Spingold Champion
Regular Bridge Partners
Richard Lawson, Eric Hendrickson, Paul Gutterman
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
BBO Username
Greek A
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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What does 4!C mean?
Board 15 from the common game Friday 1/31:
What does 4!C mean?
When this hand came up, I was the 3 bidder favorable at MP holding: xx QJ1098xx xx xx. Responder had a balanced 15-count and they played in 6NT making 7. I'm just wondering if there's an intelligent way to bid 7.
What does 4!C mean?
The idea is to poll for the undiscussed but if you have some great system to handle this then please share. The 3 bid is really obstructive.
Rich Newell's bidding problem: --- AKQ9765 5 AKQ82
With only 18 HCP and no spades this makes a lot of sense. Someone will bid something.
Jonathan Cohn's bidding problem: KQ98 --- AKQ85 KQ74
I think 4 as natural GF and 5 as Gerber are considered 'standard'.
Andy Caranicas's bidding problem: KJT5 KT62 K AJ95
I'm surprised there aren't more votes for 1NT here. It does overstate the hand a bit, but knowing partner had diamonds 3NT looks like the most likely game, if there is one.
Critique This Bidding
I think jumping to 5 is obviously not ideal, but West should bid 6 or better 6NT with the control in my opinion. I'm not sure what else 5 could be asking for.
Richard Lawson's bidding problem: T98764 K4 A4 A64
Just to clarify our teammates also would have doubled but the auction was a bit different and it got played from the other side where it cannot be beat.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
Were you present when this was shuffled and dealt? It looks so much like a fixed hand.
Is there a city more active in bridge, right now, from Athens, Greece?
I will be in Athens soon. I may be looking for a game on July 1 but I have family obligations as well. Any suggestion on a club with a high quality game near Kolonaki?

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