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Brian Bankler
Brian Bankler
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Member Since
Nov. 23, 2010
Last Seen
22 minutes ago
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 returned to serious bridge a decade ago after a two decade hiatus. 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)
Fiesta Bridge Club of San Antonio
Favorite Conventions
Raptor, Brubotka
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Polish Up Your Bridge 1
I agree that this is borderline, but being a passed hand I think makes 1 reasonable. The question I have is why does the weak NT hand have to bid raise or bid 1N. Admittedly, 1 must be forcing in that situation, but you can use XYZ (etc ...
Thirteen Different Cards
Yup. And as a fun fact, if you type in a math function into google (including combinatorics) it will give you the number.
Full Penalty
Ah, I see you describe it on the last page. Thanks
Full Penalty
On page two, the balancing double shows "exactly a doubleton heart and interest in competing" I think you've discussed this before, but that agreement must have some other agreements around it to handle other situations? I see above that you played Negative Free bids, so that must be part ...
Complaints at clubs/bridge anywhere.
We've been having yearly NLM regionals now. The madness will never end.
Meckwell would be proud
1D seems routine in 3rd seat, and not unreasonable in 1st/2nd (3 quick tricks and some shape). I admit I'd like my honors in my long suits, but that's not a pass in 3rd seat by any expert I've seen.
Graded Suit-Preference
"Forcing to game looks optimistic." I remember Kit's interview in Bridge World where he pointed out that "Should we go to game" has gotten the bulk of the attention in bidding theory and "Which game should we go to?" has taken a back seat, and that he proposed to ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
I would assume that someone filed a recorder form against them. For what it's worth, I've played a few rounds against Sam (in the Texas/Mex NAOPs) when he was playing a (different) highly unusual system. I found his (and partners) alerts and explanations to be precise, accurate ...
A Modest Proposal
My German is non-existent[1], so I just used Google Translate. [1] Actually, one year at the Essen Game Fair a nice acquaintance agreed to translate a rules explanation on the fly from German to English so that I could participate in a demo game as the only non-German speaker ...
2 diamond bid weak
I'm not sure what I'd do, but an "expert" partnership that doesn't have even a basic CC should not get any benefit of the doubt as to what their system is. So, therefore I'd rule that North mis-explained and -- with a correct explination East would pass ...

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