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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
4 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.

Did manage my highest ever finish in an open National event by coming in 2nd in the Fast Pairs at the 2018 Spring tournament in Philadelphia.

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, 2nd in 2018 NABC Fast Pairs in Spring Nationals (Philadelphia)
Regular Bridge Partners
Lyle Poe, Mark Chen, Robbie Hopkins, Leo Lasota
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Washington Bridge League
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx JT8xx AQ9xx x
put it to 'em, we probably have a decent save over a game in one black suit or the other so might as well do it now and make them guess. Even if 3 was a fit-showing jump, that gives info to the opponents and they have more room ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: JT9 AKQ85 AJ87 Q
in my system I would bid 2, a "random game try". These are becoming more popular of late. Partner can immediately accept/reject, or with in-between hands, bid a concentration if he has one. Advantage is that you give less info to the opponents, though occasionally he rejects the ...
Please settle a bet!
without an explicit agreement about this double, could this be one of those situations where partner looks at his hand and determines (via the number of spades he holds) whether the double is penalty or takeout?
Point of No Return
Max excellent article! found a typo: on page 2, when you say "But there is no squeeze if my RHO had simply played the diamond through as his partner had asked for.", you meant LHO...
How do you raise?
John, you indicate "two kings and out" is not enough for a constructive raise by your standards. I assume this is for a balanced hand with only 3 card support? Would having a singleton and/or 4 card support alter that requirement? Of course, more players these days are jumping ...
How do you raise?
another thing that is at least slightly relevant to this hand/poll/discussion is what your partnership's game try structure is after 1-2. I have noted an increasing interest in so-called "generic game tries", usually initiated with the next available step. I play this with one of ...
How do you raise?
FWIW, the Kaplan/Rubens hand evaluator gives back 9.65 when I entered Len's exact hand (including exact heart holding), confirming this is right on the edge between a maximum single raise and a limit raise.
How do you raise?
Steve - or (3rd seat) opener can have a light hand to bid over partner's NF 1NT, but has shape - say, KQTxx xx x Axxxx
How do you raise?
many might think the term "semi-forcing 1NT" is ugly/inappropriate, but it is used on the ACBL convention card, after all... reminds me of "semi boneless ham", which was a favorite "target" of George Carlin, back when he was actually quite funny with all of his word-play discussions...
How do you raise?
Len specifies that the partnership's opening bids are neither super-light nor Roth-Stoneish. If my partner opens very light hands then even more correct to just bid 2 since opposite many light/min openers we don't want to be any higher. OTOH, if partner is a Roth-Stone disciple ...

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