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Brian Potter
Brian Potter
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 5, 2011
Last Seen
Jan. 11
Member Type
Bridge Director
about me

Professional: Retired computer scientist and automotive quality professional; also a former public school mathematics teacher. Now director and club manager of Bridge at the Village in Laurinburg, NC and looking for a day job.


- BS Computer Science, North Carolina State University

- MBA, Michigan State University

- Assorted professional training and certifications with Control Data Corporation and Ford Motor Company

Principle author (with Bill Gregg) of the MoTown Minors bidding system. Fun to bid, frustrating to bid against, and (barely) ACBL GCC compliant.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Stealing a top from a local pro by opening 3C on "xxx --- xxx 9xxxxxx" in first seat red vs. white.
Bridge Accomplishments
Developed MoTown minors bidding system, teaching ACBL SBLS, starting new club Bridge at the Village.
Regular Bridge Partners
Bill Gregg
Favorite Tournaments
District 7 New Years Regional, Flying buckeye Regional, Gatlinburg Regional, any NABC
Favorite Conventions
DONT, Lavinthal discards, Be Not Afraid (DONT vs. big club), Negative Double, UDCA, Checkback Staymn
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
MoTown Minors—Brian Potter and Bill Gregg
MoTown Minors (1!C and 1!D Openings 1RF)
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David MacRae's bidding problem: KQ6 7 A42 KQ9843
Since either 2♣︎ or 2♠︎ may end the auction, and I'm a little light for other actions except within an established partnership where special agreements may exist; I want the action most likely to passively encourage partner to continue. That feels like 2♠︎.
Poll on Psychs - 1
Steve, Putting on my club director hat without conducting a comprehensive review of the LAWs, I can thing of two more cases. Others may exist. (1) A director must rule on whether or not a player has engaged in "excessive psyching" (e.g., maliciously disrupting the game by not trying ...
ACBL Sectionals after November 2018 - convention charts used
JoAnn, That was me, not Craig. My partner and I are Bronze LMs. We play a very simple GCC compliant home brew system with both minors artificial and forcing (but 1 {unlike 1} is not always strong), a 10-14 1NT opening, non-forcing canapé rebids after 1M (4+ cards ...
Poll on Psychs - 1
Louis, Psyches tend to randomize the result. Maybe, a psyche will have no effect. Maybe, someone (LHO, partner, or RHO) will fall for the psyche and do something stupid, chucking the board to the other side. Cornelia says that she will psyche only against players she cannot beat naturally. So ...
ACBL Sectionals after November 2018 - convention charts used
I just saw the new charts for the first time, yesterday. The Basic and Basic+ charts are both MUCH more restrictive that the (still but not for much longer) current General Convention Chart. I consider them suitable only for players with less than 50MP (1 gold MP counts as 50 ...
Poll on Psychs - 1
Louis, Perhaps, I lack sufficient imagination. I find the ACBL definition of psyche quite adequate. It is "Psych​: A call that intentionally and grossly misstates the strength and/or suit length of one’s hand." Yet, even with its apparent reasonableness, this definition has flaws (see two such, below). - A ...
Attitude or count (or suitpreference)?
What Kit said. I think I might (on a day when I was thinking past giving partner a first round ruff) have been more blatant with the opening lead signal and led the 10.
How the average 'grass-roots' club players feel about psychs
You'd have to be pretty blatant about it to make a false card one of my club players would notice. Thus, they would usually not care. If they did notice, and get snookered, I think that they'd approve of the clever play. They are very nice folks who ...
Share your favorite bidding system highlights
You counted! It may also mean that SAYC, 2/1, Acol, "Bridge World Standard," and kindred "natural" systems dominate bidding method choices. It certainly makes it easier to find a partner when you need one . . .
How the average 'grass-roots' club players feel about psychs
Ed, My psyches do not come up very often. During May, partner and I played back-to-back regionals in Farmington Hills, MI and Raleigh, NC. During those two weeks we played 2 (rarely, 3) sessions a day for twelve days. I psyched zero times in Michigan and twice in Raleigh. Thus ...

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