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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
9 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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Noble Shore's lead problem: QT7 KJ K753 A862
I hope I'm on lead against 7NT... tough problem - should I cash my ace or not?? ;)
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: --- AKQ753 AKQ98 K2
And some of you might be asking, why are we (the other 2 hands) not defending 7? I was the original 3 preemtor and had xxx xxx x AQJTxx - the 7 bidder was a fairly good bridge player (Meck) and could easily be "playing poker" at these ...
Play problem (local unit KO match)
true - BUT, sometimes (a) an opponent has Ax of diamonds, or (b) RHO gets a ruff but starts with Qxx, resolving that - and (c) even if you suffer a diamond ruff and later misguess trumps to lose to the Q, you still have the heart finesse to save you (usually ...
Play problem (local unit KO match)
Lots to consider. Whether to ruff trick 1? When to start diamonds? Cash 1 top trump first? Cash both top trumps? Take 1st round trump hook right away? Take heart finesse at some point, or not? Start diamonds but if round 1 is ducked, THEN play on trumps in some ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: Ax KJT9xx Qxx xx
I think some of this decision rests on partnership agreement - if you overcall aggressively/light on hands like this and partner knows that, he will give you some leeway. If you are supposed to have full opening bid values, then yes, you could get too high.
Best Line in 4H?
agreed - most experts nowadays have a way of distinguishing between weak 5-5 (or 6-4) hands after 1M-1NT-2X-2NT auctions, they often use something such as 3 over 2NT as a relay to 3, then opener can rebid either his original suit or his second suit to show extras (or ...
Best Line in 4H?
If I was only missing A, I might try 1st option. But instead here, I will win 10 in dummy, pitch stiff club on J, and try A and another spade, hoping for 3-3 spades (or KQ tight), or defensive error (RHO going up with K from Kxxx)
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: --- Q86 8642 AKJ742
what I'd *like* to do is bid 4NT, then 5 over 5 or 5, to show a "5 1/2 heart bid". Unfortunately, I'm not sure partner will cooperate (he may, for example, think 4NT is RKC for hearts). Slam could be cold opposite as ...
Mark Chen's bidding problem: Axxxx AKJTxx --- Kx
how strong one should be for Leaping Michaels is somewhat partnership-agreement dependent. Here, since North was at favorable vulnerability and had a singleton club, he felt justified in coming in and showing the two-suited nature of his hand before the auction got even higher. It was quite possible at these ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx AKTxx KTxxxx ---
perhaps so. But with a club void, and with the bid being descriptive (getting the two suited nature of the hand off your chest in one bid), I think if 4 LM is in your system, you should use it here. It doesn't promise more than 5-5; the ...

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