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Chris Willenken
Chris Willenken
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 14, 2011
Last Seen
March 27
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Professional bridge teacher and player living in NYC.

I play on BBO most weekdays as 'junior'.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Past: Ron Smith, Roy Welland, Michael Rosenberg Current: Jan Jansma, Alison Wilson
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
On the topic of small games (I guess there are some places where even the Gold Rush games are small now): those games will get smaller and smaller over time unless ACBL finds a way to promote bridge effectively. A simple and appealing set of rules for the less advanced ...
Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
IMO it is a poor idea to force newer players to read, parse, and analyze the quasi-contractual language contained in this chart in an effort to figure out if the system they were taught in bridge lessons at the local Y is in fact allowed. I am extremely worried about ...
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
"A low-high signal that sends a count message based on high cards or lengths in other suits is encrypted." This provision is ambiguous in three ways: 1) Is 'in other suits' meant to modify both 'high cards' and 'lengths'? I presume so, but it's not totally clear. 2) Would ...
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
The chart says: A “could be short” 1D that might contain a singleton below a queen is not quasi-natural. clearer: A “could be short” 1m that might contain a singleton below a queen [i]in that minor [/i]is not quasi-natural. Of course a quasi-natural bid will often contain a ...
What's the best result you've lost IMPs on (or worst you've gained on)?
I was involved in a wild deal in the Grand National Teams years ago where a world-class pair defended three notrump doubled and vulnerable, which should have been set two tricks on correct defense. Three tricks went away, and declarer was soon +950. That was good enough for the defenders ...
Strong Club System With Reasonable MP Utility
I have played some canape in high-level events, and in my opinion a "freewheeling" canape system (where relative suit lengths are ambiguous) simply does not work-- no truly world-class pair has played such methods since 1998, I believe. Such methods fare even worse at matchpoints than at IMPs, where playing ...
Feedback for Convention Chart
This looks pretty good. "Rule of N" and "Quasi-Natural" and the resultant proposed regulations are big improvements IMO. That said, I think it would be a mistake to make light responses to opening bids alertable. Here are my reasons: 1) Most everyone entering the events covered by this chart would ...
Failure to alert, how would you rule ?
Sathya, You unquestionably did the correct thing. Ethical players in possession of UI are not thinking of how they "can salvage the hand". If 3 is a reasonable continuation (and here it would be [i]the only reasonable continuation[/i]), the ethical player knowingly invites disaster by bidding it ...
Just another claim
I would have conceded ten tricks if declarer had shown his hand but only nine in the scenario you describe. My reasoning is this: for declarer to be awarded ten tricks, as defender I needed to reconstruct the entire deal in my head after the fact. Given that I have ...
Punish un-convicted team members?
Geoff, I abstained because I don't think punishing NBOs retroactively is the best plan. I'm a big believer in the principle that everyone is entitled to know the rules beforehand-- if NBOs have an affirmative responsibility to root out cheaters, we should notify them in advance. (Of course ...

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