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Barry Rogoff
Barry Rogoff
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 10, 2012
Last Seen
Oct. 19, 2019
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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Implicit private understanding?
Peg, I've encountered players who jump at an opportunity to call the director over [i]anything[/i] you say about the auction that isn't a required alert or announcement. It's probably a result of gratuitous comments that are quite accurate but intended for partner, not the opponents ...
Implicit private understanding?
> I run into this all the time... I don't know what context you're talking about but I haven't seen it done at a club game in longer than I can remember.
Implicit private understanding?
> I would be insulted if someone soft-played me because I am not an expert. It depends on how you define "soft-played." Does not making an out-and-out psych that you would make against strong players meet the definition? > I hardly think that it is elitist to expect that games be run ...
Implicit private understanding?
@Kevin Cline: "The expectations of the other players in the room are immaterial... Feeling victimized" doesn't entitle someone to redress and doesn't get much sympathy from me" That's the sort of arrogant, elitist, and antisocial attitude that would ruin a club game. No one's feelings matter ...
Implicit private understanding?
If the opponents [i]feel victimized[/i] and feel compelled to take what they would otherwise have considered to be unethical or even unfriendly actions based on that assumption, it makes no difference what you or I or anyone else in this group thinks.
Implicit private understanding?
Psych or not the semantics are not important. What is important is the effect that this sort of bid has on club-level players who are victimized by it, particularly new players. Some assume that they have to level the playing field by making similar bids. The result is that the ...
Implicit private understanding?
You have jumped to the conclusion that there was a complaint made. There was not.
Implicit private understanding?
The issue is really about what the players at the venue in question [i]expect[/i] a 1NT overcall to show. I would be very surprised if there were a single player in the room who doesn't expect it to show a stopper and that includes the player who ...
NABC results of Blue Team members
It depends on how you define Blue Team. The idea of the team that included the Zucchini brothers being the Blue Team is revolting.
Teaching or Disclosure? The General Grammar of Cue-Bidding
It's forcing and generally shows a fit and/or a strong hand and/or interest in notrump. It asks me to do something intelligent which is usually asking for the impossible.

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