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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
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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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Brad Theurer's lead problem: A9542 A9 J852 K7
2 said nothing about clubs, it is just a substitute bid for a forcing NT (1-1NT is artificial GF starting relays).
Board 4 from the 02/06/2018 Common Game
yes easy to defend 3NT looking at all 4 hands, but I doubt at the table North will find a spade lead when dummy likely has 5 of them.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: QT963 AJ9 A83 AK
despite the good HCP strength, the weakish suit and balanced nature of the hand dictate some caution (and it being matchpoints too...). With 6 loser hand, if it goes all pass I won't fear missing game, and if it doesn't go all pass I can show my extras ...
Mike Richey's bidding problem: AKQJ8 Q874 KJ K4
Gerber is not right since this hand isn't just about whether you are off 2 aces or not. I'll go the 4NT quant route, partner can certainly have a hand like xx Kxx AQxx Axxx. 2nd choice would probably be pass since occasionally opps can take 4 ...
ATB - non-making game instead of diamond slam
did not mean to imply I would bid a slam over 4, but another reason to bid 5 (vs. pass) besides the suit differentials (adding to the point made by others that once you double you should bid diamonds next) is to keep the auction alive in case ...
ATB - non-making game instead of diamond slam
agree about a lot of blame... the initial double isn't horrible, perhaps (depends on one's agreements concerning ELC here, and how limited if at all 2 would be). 4 definitely bad, as is the pass over 4 (if partner can jump to 4, even ...
ATB - non-making game instead of diamond slam
not at matchpoints, where it could go all pass and you miss your 4-4 heart fit. I wouldn't bid 4 though, 3 is plenty. yes partner "frequently" has 4 hearts, but it's not a lock. Not easy to get to 6, but getting to 5 ...
ATB/YBTJ - hand from sectional (Matchpoint Pairs)
Well, it's now 4 months later, and this article was the basis for problem (1) in the current (December) "It's Your Call" contest in the ACBL Bulletin (with the problem asking what WEst should do after East reopens with double...) The expert panel voted for 1NT (11 votes ...
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.

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