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Barry Rogoff
Barry Rogoff
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 10, 2012
Last Seen
Oct. 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I'm the Pianola server manager for the New Hampshire Bridge Association and a former member of the NHBA and EMBA Board of Directors. I also write about and teach bridge. My first job out of college was on the ACBL Bulletin staff but I was too young and stupid to keep the job. My career was in software development. I used to write a column for the Nashua, NH Sunday Telegraph.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Beating the world champions in the New England Knockouts.
Bridge Accomplishments
Two open regionals back when winning a regional event meant something. More sectionals and flighted or bracketed regional events than I can remember.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Tom Cheetham Club, Nashua, NH
Favorite Conventions
Light takeouts. A direct 1NT overcall is an 8-13 HCP takeout with two or three spades. A direct cue-bid over 1C, 1D, or 1H is an 8-13 HCP takeout with four or five spades. Double is 14+ HCP and can be offshape.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
That cue bidding style, first-round controls first, then second-round controls, is highly inefficient and has been obsolete since the Italian Blue Team taught the rest of the world how to cue bid slams. They won sixteen world titles from 1957 through 1975 (if you consider the 1973 to 1975 teams ...
Which is more likely for them to balance?
Bridge players are intelligent people and I think we all have a lot in common with respect to how we feel about what we see and hear in the news every day. I wish we had a separate BW forum in which we could discuss those things.
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
"Did experts really not understand the LOTT in 1993?" I'm sure all experts were well aware of the principle of the LOTT even if they hadn't formalized the idea in their minds.
How do you play this slam?
I have to comment on the bidding. South has seven controls and North has four so the only control missing is the king of spades. South knows his side has a big club fit including the queen and first and second round control of all three side suits, but doesn ...
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
There were smoking sections and smoking events at least until the mid '80s. I didn't smoke but I played with a partner who did at a Las Vegas nationals in summer, 1985. We were packed into a small room with no a/c or even ventilation. The smoke was ...
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
I'd forgotten about paper travelers and score sheets. Most directors would have the sheet up on the wall long before we left. Everyone would crowd around and copy their matchpoint results. Now everyone at the local club leaves and waits for their results to be emailed because the director ...
Which is more likely for them to balance?
Not at all! I have two daughters. They're both adults now but I had to learn teenage text language so I could talk to them.
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
What's changed? I can sum it up in one word: aggression. Everyone has learned that putting constant pressure on the opponents pays off in the long run. People are now opening crappy ten-counts that they wouldn't have dreamed of opening 20 years ago. People now bid over an ...
Balanced 17+-19 hcp hands in competition
"I understand that the most recommended actions to take on any one hand may depend on the actual hand including the number of and nature of the cards I hold in the opponents' suits." There's more to it than that. Don't get fixated on describing your hand perfectly ...
What's in a Name?
The only way to get attention is to make bridge a spectator sport again, as it was at the height of its popularity. With today's technology, a program could switch back and forth between several tables at a major tournament, sort of like sports announcers switch to highlights from ...

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