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Christopher Monsour
Christopher Monsour
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 8, 2012
Last Seen
13 hours ago
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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Top Bridge Pros' Tax Woes Continue
I'm not sure how you can draw conclusions about Norway's accommodations with Monaco on the basis of Canada's with Australia!
The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
David, not only does 1's not being a prime save unique factorization (1*1*1 = 1*1 = 1 ...not very unique), but even the primes aren't exactly what most people think. 2 and -2 are different numbers but the *same* prime...otherwise 4 = 2*2 = (-2)*(-2) would ...
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
Do you really want 1NT to be natural? You don't know which suit or suits you need stopped, and you can probably pass and bid next time. If you use 1NT as a transfer, all your two level bids can be transfers, so you can have the best of ...
College Spirit
When I was an undergraduate, most bridge was rubber bridge played in the dorms. Why doesn't the ACBL ever focus on fostering that? Just think of all the hearts games that could be bridge games!
The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
Yes, I am suggesting exactly that, which would be a normal thing to say if people had an informal custom of calling all point cards "queens".
The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
David, not only is it you who should avoid complex bidding methods, but I would also suggest counting your cards more carefully when you take your hand out of the board. Your auction is quite impossible for a correct deal as the 3 bid shows 14 cards (all the ...
The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
If you weren't so enthralled with references to Uranus, you might have noticed the Sun shining on Don Kersey's Bridge World article , based on a 1976 IEEE note, which describes the algorithm by which all players ...
Strong Club, Transfer Positives, 1Spade Neg.
I assume the 4M/6m don't fall into NT buckets. Those are pretty important, too.
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
When I deal with Suction over a strong club (not precisely your situation), I tend to use whatever defense I am using to transfer overcalls. The reason is that LHO needs support for the potential one-suiter in order to bounce the auction. Thus, as responder, if I have to pass ...
Strong Club, Transfer Positives, 1Spade Neg.
Possibly the original poster could solve this problem by opening those canape hands 1M if they were in the 16-18 range.... A 1 negative is certainly a lot more palatable opposite a 1 opening that is much less frequent than in typical Precision, since then the 1 ...

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