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Bill Hall
Bill Hall
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 9, 2011
Last Seen
Sept. 20
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
I do physics and math, these days as a semi-retired consultant. I started bridge at college (1954) and never had the sense to stop. Same with sf and fantasy, which I started reading in 1944. Yes, I am that old.

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Jim Munday, Ron Westwood
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite Tournaments
Spring and Summer Nationals
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: AJ72 743 82 QT52
In this pre-balance position, it reasonably likely that partner holds a chunky 5-4 in the minors, while opener is bidding on hope. 5 could be an expensive phantom, even if opener has his bid. You hold close to two tricks on defense. In the juniors, it may be true ...
Joel Wooldridge's bidding problem: 8 Q965 KT9xx 875
3N is the only call that might escape disaster. When it is doubled, running to 4 should warn partner to beware. Whereas a direct 4 will often end in 5X.
Food for Thought
I can see several possibilities stemming from the answer to that question. If forcing, the pass might be used to suggest that either a) I have no defensive trick or b) I am inviting 7 with first-round club control or c) I am inviting 7 with substantial extras ...
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: JT53 AKJ97 94 A9
Long ago, 2 was played as takeout and double was penalty. Alas, no more!
A Lesson in San Diego
Wrong again. While the club continuation works on the existing lie of the cards, it gives up to 4-3 spades where both the K and A are offside. That's about 1/4 of the 4-3s. However, by picking up half of the 5-2s, I think it comes out ahead.
A Lesson in San Diego
I agree. But it is also not high: There are 9 diamonds outstanding, and only 7 spades.
A Lesson in San Diego
Oops, my analysis was incomplete: If LHO returns a high spade spot, I have to repeat the throw-in before ruffing in dummy. That still preserves the make on 4-3 spades, if RHO can win the second spade.
Paul Block's bidding problem: 4 KJ93 AK986 KJ9
Somebody doesn't know how to count expected tricks. No way does opener expect to make a three-level contract over a 1 response, but that is exactly what he has committed the partnership to.
Kevin O'Dea's bidding problem: Q4 J2 AQ9763 AK9
I guess people have forgotten that the jump-rebid promises a one-loser suit, at least AQJ9xx. And that a 2 rebid has a wide range, up to 16 HCP. No wonder they reach so many silly games.
Oren Kriegel's lead problem: 84 KQ732 Q743 T6
3. Partner holds the black suits, I the reds. I hope to cut communications by removing a diamond from dummy and maybe a high card from declarer. A lead would leave all entries intact. But it could be right.

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