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Brad Craig
Brad Craig
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 24, 2015
Last Seen
10 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

Player for 40 years. Work and other interests (golf, tennis, poker, and recently pickleball) have curtailed my play, and I wish I had the chance to play more. I do teach 'intermediate' bridge regularly. It might be apt to describe myself as more 'student of the game'. One immutable fact about bridge I have learned - bridge teaches about life.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the second competitive bridge game I ever played in after finishing dead last in the first one
Bridge Accomplishments
2000 masterpoints, but more important to me is the thanks of my students.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
ACBL
Favorite Tournaments
Tampa/Bradenton regionals (although I live in the US Mid-Atlantic)
Favorite Conventions
to be honest, it depends on the weather. And my golf game.
BBO Username
jodepp, although I'm not there much
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Alertable or not?
When in doubt, Alert. Is that so hard?
Tim Goodwin's bidding problem: KJ952 K83 32 T97
This is a nice hand, and I would bid 4 with no regrets at IMPs. Even at matchpoints a game bid is quite tempting.
David Libchaber's bidding problem: KQ42 7 53 KQ8654
sorry, misread problem
Jay Barronen's bidding problem: J86543 Q KQT873 ---
No problem Passing this. Something tells me I'll get another chance without overstating my values.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: --- QT876 K965 QT92
East is allowed to bid from fear, but one pays a price when opener was going to rebid in another suit (wouldn't hearts be yummy?) I'd admonish East to leave fear at the door and start bidding cards.
Prahalad Rajkumar's lead problem: Q864 732 QJ6 KT7
I'm a firm believer in 'as passive as possible' in these situations.
Play in 5!S
Win shedding a club, then plunk down A. If no joy but both follow, crank out three rounds of clubs. If West wins the third club, West is endplayed if holding the K. If East wins the third club, East is endplayed if West holds both major-suit kings - a heart ...
Jumps in comp
Both invitational, but I've often wondered if it would be advantageous to use both sequences as invitational, differentiating suit quality.
Four high-level leads
I got #3, and chickened out on #4 (almost led a heart, but I often think I'm given sequences to lead by higher powers because I often self-inflict bridge wounds). It takes deeper thought than I usually give to get #1 and #2, although I do remember reading somewhere ...
Which is better as trump, 5-3 fit or 6-1 fit with semi-solid suit?
My opponent's trump holding when I open Axxxxxx
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