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Brian Bankler
Brian Bankler
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 23, 2010
Last Seen
April 23
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
I am a prolific board gamer (and have written reviews and ramblings for over a decade on my site) and only recently returned to serious bridge a few years ago. I study systems and conventions more than is healthy, and have a regular partnership playing Polish Club.
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Have played multiple sessions without a revoke.
Regular Bridge Partners
Hank Eng, Tibor Roberts
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Turtle Creek and Bridge Club of San Antonio, Bridge Club of San Antonio
Favorite Conventions
Raptor, Brubotka
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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Checkback choices and continuations
1 is usually unbalanced (if 18+) but particularly with 5 spades balanced I'd be loath to bid 2N (if I had exactly 2H) or Odwrotka (if 3) for fear of burying the spades.
Checkback choices and continuations
@Ronald "Max of 3, usually not 3" sounds like "2" to me, but perhaps more precisely described. "Usually not 3" means "usually two," basically says "I don't care about your five card suit".
Checkback choices and continuations
I agree with Richard's comment, but to add a bit. As I play Polish (in ACBL-land), 2N is 18-20 (or 23+) and shows exactly 2 card M support. As Richard noted, with 3+, I'd use Brubotka (the Odwrotka variant we play and use 2D as an artificial checkback ...
What ACBL Arbitration Agreement?
Here's a question I had as a thought experiment. If I wrote a check for my membership dues and put down "Cashing this check shall signify that the ACBL agrees to waive its binding arbitration requirement" (or similar words) would that be legally binding on the ACBL? I'm ...
I think that is true. There is another interesting problem for computer Bridge -- evaluation of the result (after the fact). In Go or Chess (or whatever) at the end of a game you have a winner and a loser. Bridge is much more ambiguous. Consider an opening preempt that goes ...
Splitting honors: which honor to play?
I seem to recall one expert (perhaps one of Kit's Korners?) saying that he split to show 0/2 higher.
Steven Mcgrahan's bidding problem: 765 AQ7643 --- J654
I agree with John's bid, but I must admit ... If I was sure the auction would keep going, I'd bid 2S and then hearts cheaply at the 3 or 4 level. And at matchpoints its tempting to bid 2S and risk missing a game in order to very ...
Poker robots
"If you saw the episode “The General” of The Prisoner series, you know the rest." This is a good response to every single internet comment.
Bridge vs Magic
"The bridge tournament was run as a 7 round Swiss followed by a Top 8 (KO stage)." -- I assume you mean Magic for that.
Which Way
Nevermind, misread.

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