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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
11 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started out in the NYC area, moved to DC burbs in 1990.  Enjoy the challenge of playing different systems with different partners though getting old and forgetting sucks!  I am a bidding problem junkie (MSC, It's Your Call, etc.) though I sometimes realize my action at the table and the action I choose for the contest aren't necessarily the same!

I enjoy tournaments and play in them more than in club games.  Go to occasional nationals and hope to do more of those in the future.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
beating Carolyn Lynch's high-powered squad (Balicki/Zmudzinski, Passell/Wold) in a regional KO final - down 15 at halftime and 41 after the first 6 boards of the 2nd half, we won the last 6 boards 43-0!
Bridge Accomplishments
Too many regional wins to count, nearly winning Flight A GNT in 2012
Regular Bridge Partners
Lyle Poe, Mark Chen, Robbie Hopkins
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Washington Bridge League
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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A New Blue Ribbon Pair
with some partners, it depends on whether I have 5 spades and 4 hearts (I usually overcall 1), or 4 spades and 5 hearts, where if I'm playing ELC I can double and bid hearts not showing a strong hand.
Play Problem from Swiss at Cambridge Regional
yes, assuming 4 heart tricks (if the Q drops under the AK, you already have 9 tricks on a minor suit opening lead), so you don't need 3 spade tricks, just 2 dummy entries to establish and cash your hearts.
Play Problem from Swiss at Cambridge Regional
Most of the experts I've shown this hand agree on heart unblock and some sort of spade play (usually low to the 9 as Alan suggests, making anytime at least 1 spade honor is with LHO). This was the line taken by my teammate at the other table (where ...
Play Problem from Swiss at Cambridge Regional
sorry about that, corrected to 4 (likely from 4 card suit unless LHO is being deceptive...)
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 86 AK53 QJ KT875
I am passing, the hearts aren't bad for a 4-bagger overcall (especially if one agrees with Lawrence and not "Curmudgeon" Frank Stewart...) but could easily either be in trouble or miss a superior club fit. I'm hoping it might go (1S)-P-(2S) then I can consider doubling ...
Road to the GNT Final Four Part 1
great stuff Mike! And for those who haven't received/read the latest ACBL Bulletin, Mike and Noble are featured this month in the "Bidding Box" challenge match so you can learn more about their system from there! Brad (who was on that team with Mike/Noble in Philly when ...
ATB/YBTJ - hand from sectional (Matchpoint Pairs)
Yeah, as good as we played, it just took one screwup to lose the event... you can check our results from the WBL sectional Saturday (trophy pairs) to see how little we lost by and who my partner was...
ATB/YBTJ - hand from sectional (Matchpoint Pairs)
Wow, thanks everyone - what I thought might be a "simple" ATB/YBTJ hand turned out to stimulate quite a lot of discussion, and I learned quite a bit from it all. I was the "idiot West", playing with a "somewhat familiar partner" (we'd played about 20-25 times together in ...
ATB/YBTJ - hand from sectional (Matchpoint Pairs)
one risk (admittedly not a big one) in bidding 2 instead of 1NT is that the opponents are not a lock to bid 2 (they may have a fit, but insufficient values) and partner, with say a 4234 shape and 13-14HCP, will pass and you play a poor ...
ATB/YBTJ - hand from sectional (Matchpoint Pairs)
There certainly is some merit to that plan. Definitely best at imps. At matchpoints, closer decision - at least 1NT describes your hand well overall in pattern/HCP, and it doesn't have to end the auction.

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