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Bart Bramley
Bart Bramley
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 19, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
about me

Grew up in Connecticut. Lived in Boston, Seattle, Chicago and now Dallas. Learned bridge from my father. My mother was a Life Master. Go Yankees!

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning 2002 BR Pairs w/Sidney Lazard
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 17 Nationals - 2nd in World Par Contest
Regular Bridge Partners
Kit Woolsey, Judy Bramley
Favorite Tournaments
Any National
Favorite Conventions
Flannery, Step Responses, Rusinow
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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An unusual end position
Beautiful position, and one to remember. I disagree with anyone who thinks that most competent players would get it right. This is a classic "bell-ringer" problem: It's much easier WHEN YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A SOLUTION. I stared at it for longer than I care to admit before ...
Lynn Deas R.I.P.
This is crushing news. I spoke to Lynn less than two weeks ago, to congratulate her on her HOF election. She was in great spirits and sounded fine. I knew her for about 40 years and she was always a delight to be around. And, of course, a brilliant player ...
An unusual squeeze
"The Quest" is the all-time greatest Bridge World article, but it wasn't about clash squeezes. It was by Geza Ottlik in December '67, his very first article, in which he described his discovery of entry squeezes and provided a bunch of examples, climaxed by a double entry squeeze.
R.I.P. Milt Rosenberg
This is very sad. I first saw Milt at my very first national, 1967 in Montreal. I was kibitzing Al Roth in the finals of the LM Pairs (I had only about 70 points myself at the time). This pair of nerdy-looking young guys came to the table, and I ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
Marty: Yes, I omitted the disadvantage of not being to show a 1-suited minor at the 2-level. I consider this a minor (no pun intended) defect, since at the 2-level the opponents will usually out-compete us in a major. My thinking is that if a minor is worth bidding, it ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
Let me put in a plug for my own preferred method, SCUM, co-invented by my friend Mark Feldman about 50(!) years ago. SCUM is an acronym for Shape, Color, Majors. Double shows two suits of the same shape (spades and diamonds, or hearts and clubs), 2 shows two suits ...
Worst trump suit making slam
A famous example from recent years featured Fred Gitelman's friend the late David Caplan. He reached 6 with AKxxx in hand opposite dummy's 10x, needing to bring in the suit for no losers. No problem - he passed the ten as RHO failed to cover with QJx. Another ...
Information Squeeze
Good point. However, with a small change the entry-shift IS necessary: Make the key suit Kxx opposite Qxx, needing to play for one loser.
A Bart Bramley Story
I think I solved this hand in about 8 minutes; I'm sure it was under 10. It was the fastest time on that hand, and one of the fastest by anyone on any hand.
RIP Harold Lilie
This is sad news indeed. I saw Harold during the Nationals in Las Vegas in July and he seemed fine. Harold was an integral part of my group of bridge friends while I was going to MIT, though he never lived in Boston and never went to MIT. He and ...

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