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Barry Spector
Barry Spector
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2012
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Used to play a lot in the seventies. Retired to raise a family. Never lost love for game though. Now play on BBO and at two NABCs a year (spring and summer). Have a very solid partnership with my longtime partner, Randy Thompson. Place in NABC events often. Won 2013 Bruce LMs.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Against Ron Anderson and Kathy Wei, as a young new player, partner opened a vul against nv weak NT and with 3 count 3334 I transferred to hearts; we went -400 against their 430 when neither opp with 12/13 hcp balanced could find a bid.
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 2013 Bruce LIfe Master Pairs; 9th in NABC Imp Pairs in Toronto; 25th in World Imp Pairs in Philadelphia; 3rd/4th Mini-Spingold 2018; numerous other NABC overalls.
Regular Bridge Partners
Randy Thompson
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BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Unethical Conduct Accusation
I had a closely similar experience in a national event many years ago. It was the same set up essentially, but I held the stiff ace behind the KQTx. Declarer (a pro) thought I played the stiff ace out of tempo, suggesting to him a holding of AJ tight (declarer ...
Third seat NT play when dummy wins trick
Standard attitude signals.
Insufficient Bid
I think the bidder intended to make a natural 2D call, not a negative 2D call. Therefore I think 3D simply makes it sufficient and the auction proceeds. To me this is no different than 1C-1H-1D, corrected to 2D. Maybe the director should ask, away from table, what 2D was ...
Grade this call II
Points, shmoints. I have both offense and defense -- two quick tricks and shape. A bit light -- eight losers and I would prefer to have only seven losers. But not so far from a normal double that it needs to be alerted. If you don't double now, it might go ...
Slip of the Tongue?
Peg, a slip of the tongue? It was Justice Stewart, not Justice Potter ("Potter Stewart"). ;) I think you just demonstrated the point. You clearly meant Stewart, but the brain said Potter. I would not call the director.
Is it time for 1 & 7 PM NABC start times (the critical 30 minutes earlier start)
12:30 and 7:00 anyone? Waiting around for the start of the first session is what I find undesirable. A slightly earlier evening session would be preferable IF restaurants in the area are prepared to handle the early diners.
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Can you get an uber at the airport?
ACBL Tests Online NABC Event
Ah, yes. I forgot that. I retract my comment about "simple" cheating, and I am far less concerned about the other silly forms such as sitting with experts, calculators, distribution probability charts, etc. I can't imagine many making that effort, and if they have to, you are right that ...
ACBL Tests Online NABC Event
Maybe already mentioned above (who can read this whole thread?), but isn't the following simple cheating a very big issue in this "NABC" event. All one has to do is sit in a room with someone else and let one player play the hand first. After seeing all four ...
Meaning of 1M (2M) 4m?
We play fit showing jumps (whether passed hand or not) unless an opponent has clearly shown the suit (here we don't know opponent's minor). We also avoid confusion by playing fit showing jumps only through 4D. We added that after getting knocked out late in the mini spingold ...

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