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Christopher Monsour
Christopher Monsour
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 8, 2012
Last Seen
Sept. 22
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against a pro-client pair in a team game in 1995, pro on my left. On the previous hand my partner made a light 3NT, and this time I have bid 3NT even more aggressively. The client leads, and as I put down dummy I say "I know this isn't much but you played the last one so well", and the pro says (disapproving of his partner's lead again) "You sure picked your mark".
Bridge Accomplishments
Won Chicago Invitational Pairs (1996) prior to Becoming a Life Master; 2nd in 5K mini-Spingold in 2006; a number of overall finishes in NABC+ events; made it to second day of Reisinger in 2012
Favorite Conventions
Transfer advances, transfer rebids, etc.
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Master Points for Foreign Players
Does that mean that if I win a second-bracket at a regional, I get to play in the first bracket in the side KOs at nationals? :)
Master Points for Foreign Players
I assume EPs convert to seeding points the same way masterpoints do. That won't get you far, but it can make the difference between being 75th and 50th.
Master Points for Foreign Players
Kansas City and Minneapolis are both within reasonable driving distance of Sioux Falls, and they each host nationals.
Master Points for Foreign Players
And yellow
Table feel vs Cheating
This is probably the most common example type for table feel--dropping an honor short offside. Sometimes it's hard to say how much is table feel and how much is reading the play. I remember dropping the trump queen (to just make a contract) with xx opposite AKJxxx because LHO ...
Master Points for Foreign Players
Even apart from masterpoint inflation, how will you keep this up to date? Someone from Europe who first plays in the US at the age of 25 might be assigned just a few hundred eligibility points. If they then play in the US only occasionally for the next 20 years ...
The Safer Plus
There are plenty of good opportunities to go after single IMPs, especially by exploiting information asymmetry when you know you are playing a cold contract and the opponents are still trying to set it. Unless you are playing a 100+ board match, risking 25 IMPs to gain 1 (Kit's ...
Necessary Shift
It is, and it was so on this hand, just a bit offshape, which is why many posters think it was a poor choice of call.
Sam Ehrlichman's bidding problem: T5 AT72 J6 AJ953
Or when no one makes anything. Or when clubs are stacked and they double.
Jon Green's bidding problem: K865 A84 6 AJ842
Or where partner could have 4-4 in the majors!

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