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Corey Cole
Corey Cole
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 26, 2011
Last Seen
Nov. 17
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
Programmer and Game Designer (Quest for Glory, Castle of Dr. Brain, Shannara). Still an "up and coming young player" now that I qualify for Senior events (everyone else at my club is older). I occasionally blog at my web site (see below). I'm working on putting a new game project together.
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Helping two LOL's get their gold cards by playing with them in Regionals
Bridge Accomplishments
Winning NLM Swiss team event in San Diego early 1990's
Regular Bridge Partners
Richard Aronson, Joseph Fox
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Oakhurst, California
Favorite Tournaments
Any NABC, especially San Diego, Cincinnati, Chicago (my first), Los Angeles
Favorite Conventions
Precision, 2/1, transfers, RKCB, Flannery if playing 2/1
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
CAT Club (Cole-Aronson Transfer)
Strong 1!c with transfer responses, 4-card majors, 11-13 1NT
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2/1 Bob Law - Corey Cole
2 over 1 Game Force
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Corey and Dana
2 over 1
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Claim ruling poll
If the suit had been AQ87, it would require some legitimate skill on declarer's part, and the order of tricks would need to be specified. Maybe the simplest solution is just to never claim; that's the policy in my local club.
Martian Standard Defense to Big Club
The system looks good on paper (screen). I wonder about the 1NT overcall to show 6 cards in either minor. My experience is that the opponents usually keep bidding after interference of their strong opening bid, it can be very hard to sort out ambiguous bids. For example, I play ...
Polling Strength of 1m - 3N
I picked "weak NT" as the closest, but I play 3NT as specifically 13-16 HCP - a balanced minimum opening bid. 2NT is 11-12 (but could be shaded to an excellent 10).
Precision - NT ranges w/o Kokish 1!H and w/o 2NT strong/balanced?
I like to split ranges after the 1 opener so that a jump by opener really means something. A standard 20-21 range for opening 2NT seems reasonable because it isn't anti-field. That allows 1 - 1 - 1NT to show 17-19, and a 2NT rebid to show 22-24 ...
Precision - NT ranges w/o Kokish 1!H and w/o 2NT strong/balanced?
We don't play 1 as a double negative - with 0-4, our correct call over 1 - 1 - 1 is Pass. I think your agreement of 5 clubs and 4 hearts is a good one if you also allow 5-5. I wouldn't want to blindly rebid ...
I still don't get this whole ethics thing
Whatever 3 means, it seems reasonable to bid 3 - "I have tolerance for both majors." Maybe 3 is a slam try showing a club control (Ace or void, perhaps).
How should this be bid ?
Yes, I should have said that, "if partner takes me as having a minimum reverse, that would be an understatement." But of course there is no upper limit to the reverse. There just might not be room (or prudence) to show extras.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: J953 A4 T864 QJ6
With a weak NT, players generally use the runout only with a very weak hand. You may safely assume they're in trouble on this auction. No guarantees, of course, but it's the way to bet.
Precision - NT ranges w/o Kokish 1!H and w/o 2NT strong/balanced?
I don't think you should jump in Precision with 5-4, just bid the suits naturally if the auction doesn't die. If you miss a 4-4 minor fit, it isn't the end of the world. 5-5 hands are the ones that are hard to show without custom bids ...
How should this be bid ?
Probably Pass - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 (worried about diamonds) - 3NT.
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