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Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 18, 2010
Last Seen
4 hours ago
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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Eric Sieg's bidding problem: --- J932 Q97632 J65
The point is that 4 will more frequently score better than 3N in my estimation, especially if partner does not have a double spade stopper, which I do not think partner promises.
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: --- J932 Q97632 J65
If you start throwing 16 point hands out there, its still hard to come to 9 tricks. I know, because I've tried.
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: KT9 AJT8763 96 K
We have no guarantee of making game, they are vul, and my K of clubs certainly works for whatever holding partner is doubling on - it shouldn't be less than a 4 card holding since we are in a force.
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: --- J932 Q97632 J65
so if partner makes a bid you aren't prepared for, you just stop thinking, call him/her an idiot, and pass (or some more restrained version of the same)?
Play Problem
Roger, I very much like the creativity behind the idea, but I worry that if I show the K of diamonds, then they can play me for two losing clubs (to go with the ace of trump and ace of diamonds) instead of guessing the heart position.
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: --- J932 Q97632 J65
Partner must be prepared for any of my hand types with 3N - its a multi-meaning bid indicating an acceptance of the invite, and tolerance to compete if you have the other less frequent hand types. Since I do have diamonds, I bid them.
Play Problem
I'm leading trump. Edit: The reason for this is that I want to give the impression that the thing I am most afraid of is a heart ruff. Hopefully if RHO has the ace, he will cash whatever other ace he has, then upon getting a discouraging signal try ...
John Howard's bidding problem: T KJT7 T5 KQ9874
They have 9 spades between them, but neither was able to muster a spade overcall when given easy entrance to the auction - I'm betting on partner to have some of the missing spade honors.
Martin Henneberger's bidding problem: JT852 AJ97 AQ94 ---
After having experimented stylistically with overcalling on these types of hands vs doubling, I would always advocate double on hands without extra values with a poor 5 card suit and good 4 card other major because I can be done after one bid, and because if opponents buy the hand ...
Kevin O'Dea's bidding problem: AQ3 6 AQT6 QJ876
I like 2 over 1 whenever reasonable because those are some of the hardest auctions for the opponents to unwind - here the extra values, and positional values, make the call more reasonable even with a relatively poor 5 card suit.

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