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Barry Rogoff
Barry Rogoff
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 10, 2012
Last Seen
Oct. 19
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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How well do you understand restricted choice?
This page explains the Monte Hall Problem reasonably well and has a simple simulation although it doesn't address whether or not Monte could or would try to manipulate the outcome. I tried the simulation ten times and won eight out of ten by switching. ...
How well do you understand restricted choice?
I learned restricted choice a very long time ago and I started to seriously doubt it after years of it being wrong every time. It got to the point where I knew it was going to be wrong but did it anyway. Finally, it won an important Swiss match. It ...
How well do you understand restricted choice?
The science of the origin and development of the universe? What does that have to do with anything?
Lead/ carding agreements
Leads and carding conventions are much like bidding conventions in that they may give you an advantage now and then but you have to balance that against what they cost when you get one wrong and it's a disaster. It's only one bad board at matchpoints it but ...
How well do you understand restricted choice?
This question is not about restricted choice. If you have two unrelated random events the outcome of one event does not affect the probability of the outcome of the other event. The commonly used example is tossing a coin. Mr. Jones tossed a coin and it came up heads. Mr ...
Bridge and Advertising
"Fast paced" is hardly truth in advertising. If you watch the play the top levels it can seem like an eternity before someone makes a call or plays a card. Even the pace of play at a club game can seem extremely slow compared to other kinds of games.
Apportion the Blame
If you rebid 2NT and you don't get a chance to show your extra length in hearts, it probably doesn't matter because it's the wrong strain. Rebidding 3 conceals your side stoppers, uses up too much bidding space, and forces partner into an awkward situation that ...
Apportion the Blame
I can't believe how many people want to deny responder the chance to show a real spade-diamond two-suiter. If you can't handle this type of auction don't play advanced cue bids.
Checkback off by passed hand?
No one will ever convince me that rebidding 1NT with a stiff in partner's suit is good bridge, except in a few exceptional cases. There's a big difference between how you, as responder, evaluate Axxxx vs. AJ109x when you know you can lead the suit at least twice.
Checkback off by passed hand?
It makes some sense to play 2 as checkback at matchpoints, but obviously not 2. It depends on how light you open in first and second and whether or not you'd rebid 1NT with a stiff spade. If don't open flat 10- and 11-counts and you ...

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