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Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 18, 2010
Last Seen
Aug. 19
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Professional anti-money laundering investigator, amateur bridge nut living in the Portland, OR metropolitan area.  I don't play as much as I would like to, and that probably isn't going to change soon.  I am married to a wonderfully supportive non-bridge player, and now have a little boy, Teddy, who was born April 23, but I hope to remain active in playing bridge while I balance my new family life.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making the round of 16 in the 2013 Spingolds with Chris Wiegand, Sam Punch, and Stephen Peterkin - the first time I had entered the event. Now up there: Getting my top 4 matchpoint finishes with 3 different partners at nationals in 2016 at Reno, including placing in the Platinum pairs.
Bridge Accomplishments
7 top 10 national finishes, all in the past 6 years.
Regular Bridge Partners
Chris Wiegand and Jeff Ford
Favorite Tournaments
any NABC, all GNT competitions, Portland and Seaside regionals
Favorite Conventions
Stayman and follow-ups derived from it. I played 15 years of home bridge with my parents without knowing stayman, so I really appreciate how wonderful it is.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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The 5 level belongs to: __________
Given that a bridge theorist the caliber of Krzysztof Martens thinks this is not only playable to call this a forcing pass, but also preferable (below), I have rethought my "stupid" assessment. That being said, I think assuming this is a forcing pass is not going to work well 99 ...
The 5 level belongs to: __________
We are not in a forcing pass unless we have agreed this is a forcing pass situation - there is no reason to believe that they aren't bidding to make, and forcing between 550 and 800 is stupid IMO. Tough problem, I'm doubling to show values, but bidding could ...
Caplan upsets Strul - a tale from an underdog.
If they are playing an illegal method for the event, I have no problem with the opponents enforcing the rules. Some of the other BS, though, like calling director on 1N saying that he has 11 is absurd.
Sathya Bettadapura's bidding problem: A72 T7 98763 A72
to qualify, I play the transfer as showing a constructive raise, which this qualifies for. If playing it like Craig does, as a limit raise, then it would not qualify for me.
How was your first bridge clob experience?
I worked as a bank teller, and an energetic lady kept coming in with a bunch of 1s and 5s to make her business deposit. I asked her whether she did yard sales, and she replied no, she was the owner of a bridge club, the ace of clubs. I ...
Lecture--"Balancing"--Tips Requested
That feels like a Dick Yarington story...or at least one he would have enjoyed retelling. He is missed.
Lecture--"Balancing"--Tips Requested
Things I would consider mentioning: balancing over an auction where opponents have shown a fit vs where they have not; how to avoid burying partner; 2N as two places to play over a balancing X of 2M; prebalancing; and how balancing relates to the LOTT.
Flipping for Winning
It does not take cleverness to cheat, just moral decay.
Flipping for Winning
Yu - By that logic, because the ACBL cannot catch all cheaters, they should legalize all methods they cannot detect. Even if a director hears a cell phone, they still have to echo-locate it, usually without anyone helping them since there is a huge amount of peer pressure not to help ...
Flipping for Winning
Barry - It seems intuitively obvious - if they are on vugraph, they can use their phones easily to ascertain the results at the other table/get the hand records/even look at their partner's and opponent's current hand by stepping away from the table to somewhere obscure, and/or ...

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