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Bart Bramley
Bart Bramley
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 19, 2010
Last Seen
3 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 is 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
Bob Hamman, Judy Bramley
Favorite Tournaments
Any National
Favorite Conventions
Flannery, Step Responses, Rusinow
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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John Solodar, RIP
I have fond memories of John going back to when I was just getting serious about the game. He was one of the first real players to befriend me and my group. A great memory was attending a Rolling Stones concert with John in Madison Square Garden in 1975. It ...
John Solodar, RIP
John was tall and thin with disproportionately long legs for his height. When he walked with his usual long stride he appeared to be hopping. Yes, "grasshopper" was his full nickname, but nearly always shortened to just "The Hopper". Enough said.
Solution to High-Level Defense Problem
LH: As soon as dummy hits, both defenders can see that diamonds is the key suit. Giving count in the black suits is almost certainly irrelevant to the defense. Similarly, as declarer on this deal I would be reluctant to trust any count signal except for the opening lead.
Improving the Seeding Process
Michael, The purpose of the 4-way is to qualify 3 teams for the next day, not as a free-for-all to determine seeding based on one or two short matches. If you survive you retain your seed, or possibly improve it if a higher seed was the loser of the group ...
Improving the Seeding Process
Michael B.: I disagree strongly. Seeding should be based on a multi-year record of performance, not on the most recent half-day. For the same reason, seeding should not be based on one or two days of Swiss play, which effectively produces random seeding when it is used to seed the ...
Improving the Seeding Process
I doubt that Ilya's scenario occurred as described. The Vanderbilt and Spingold have not used 3-way matches for about 15 years. More likely it was a 4-way match with 3 survivors. If a higher seeded team lost its afternoon match it could still survive by winning the evening match ...
Solution to High-Level Defense Problem
On Kit's problem the club return is vital not just when declarer's diamonds are J10x, but also when they are Jxx, 10xx, J10, Jx or 10x. In all of those cases declarer must worry about a singleton diamond with East, and he could go wrong.
Is THIS a record?
I look to baseball for something comparable, specifically the American League in 1916. In an 8-team league, Washington finished seventh with a record of 76-77, 40 games ahead of last-place Philadelphia at 36-117, and just behind Cleveland at 77-77. The Boston Red Sox, with young Babe Ruth as their star ...
What's the best result you've lost IMPs on (or worst you've gained on)?
I remember this hand well. I was playing with Mark Feldman and we were also in contention. Dealer opened 3 in front of me. I had: xx AKTxxxxxx xx --- I chose to overcall 4, and next hand bid 5. Mark had: AKQJxx ...
Close Contract
I may be resulting here, but I don't like the diamond discard on the fourth spade. Keeping three clubs is less likely to be useful than keeping three diamonds, as the actual play showed. I see that West can foil me by saving diamonds, and possibly his erroneous at-the-table ...

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