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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
6 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: AJ5 Q86432 KT9 3
yes, 3 consumes more space and could leave partner guessing what to do (assuming he has a good enough hand to not pass 3) - for example if he has club stuff but not spade stuff, and short hearts, he'll be stuck for a bid over 3 ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJ5 Q86432 KT9 3
with the good diamond fit, I'm upgrading - the hearts are not good enough to jump to 3 invitational, hand too good for 2. 3 possible but a bit of an underbid. Could belong in diamonds, hearts or NT; partner's rebid over 2 should help.
What is your plan
you do not mention whether it is matchpoints or imps, might make a difference in my plan. You might have meant to include... "WW at..." I assume that means nobody vul...
Saturday's common game.
yes, that works if K onside and LHO has 5+ diamonds, then it doesn't matter where Q is.
Saturday's common game.
My first (quick) impression is to take both finesses. Partly because if they both win, I'm home. "reading the position" is not a given. Also, since RHO appears to have started with at most 4 rounded suit cards, that does mean the pointed suit hooks are somewhat more likely ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: T4 AJ76 AJT65 AJ
I think 1NT is fine... with only 15 HCP, no shortness and J being somewhat suspect card, I think opening 1NT is pretty auto since a reverse would be an overbid. Especially with 2-4 in the majors - this helps preempt the spade suit if partner is weak. Some would even ...
Mixed BAM - ATB
I agree with the fault being mainly the XX. I know there are those out there that ignore the double and bid as if their RHO had passed, but this is a bad hand as Kit mentioned with no shape/controls. And you are vulnerable - wouldn't be so bad ...
A New Score
I'm sure East at this table wasn't a happy camper, he probably chose lesser of evils (considering the vulnerability) when he passed the redouble. Even if his partner's diamonds were better (say, KQTxx), it was likely wrapping and probably with overtrick(s).
How'd we get so high? ATB (Matchpoints)
Appreciate all the feedback! I was South - agree that a lot of this depends on, as Bill just said, "precise partnership agreements". On the subject of what North's calls mean over the double, we had not discussed enough here about what 2 vs. new suit bids vs. 2NT ...
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?? ;)

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