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Brad Craig
Brad Craig
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Member Since
Oct. 24, 2015
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

Back after a seven-month boycott of the ACBL



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
the thanks of my students.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Unit 142, District 5, ACBL
Favorite Tournaments
Always liked Tampa-Bradenton regionals
Favorite Conventions
Ones that I can remember
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Simon Weinberger's lead problem: 653 653 AK42 QJ6
I could be persuaded to lead anything except a small diamond; it would be a shame to blow to Qx.
ATB - Goulash hand went wrong
I don't know if I like North's first double. South's jumping to 6 seems totally unnecessary; South set a force and deserved to miss a grand (or got the result deserved, depending on your point of view). The less said about North's second double, the ...
What does this bid mean?
Auto-splinter would be my choice, but if we haven't discussed it, five spades and six+hearts.
IMPS at stake
Seems like it's right to me to bid all the time, especially as partner could have a heart fit. This deal could be oozing offensive tricks for both sides. If partner has a pure penalty double of diamonds, bidding on could still be right.
ATB, but I get the couch
North's slam tries with a small doubleton spade, when South hasn't shown much enthusiasm, seem too hungry to me.
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: A54 QJT9653 53 Q
For me, 4 implies a better suit than this. Oh well. 3 shows a better hand than this too :) I just don't think Passing accomplishes anything.
Ian Grant's lead problem: J6 7532 73 97543
There is something to that. With all the defensive assets in one hand partner is in danger of being endplayed, possibly repeatedly. Sometimes I'm just too 'programmed' to defend passively at matchpoints. Perhaps that is what is happening here.
Ian Grant's lead problem: J6 7532 73 97543
IMO trying for a diamond ruff is quite anti-percentage at matchpoints, so I would lead a club with a heart being a close second choice.
After a troublesome negative double
If 4 was bid by my favorite partner in this sequence, I'd just assume partner was 4=4 in the majors with extras and that 4 was simply a slam try with concentration of values.
Do you play Drury?
@ John I agree with you - to a point - when our suit is spades. I have had success balancing on their heart-Drury auctions. @ Richard I don't buy it. In my experience losing the nonforcing 2/2 calls just isn't worth it. If your experience dictates otherwise, then ...

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