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Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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about me

USBF Junior mentor (having a great time with a half-dozen [now 8] very eager youngsters from 12-16).  Nearly made the top 500 in 2017, planning a stronger effort in 2019.

Occasionally play on BBO against Cayne and his pros, or Richard Pavlicek and partner.  I enjoy the opportunity to play against that caliber of players.  Win occasionally, too.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Multiple GNT District wins back in the day, Once had 5 BRQ's in 9 tries but nobody noticed because it took 7 years and 3 cities. Four straight 2nd day quals in Platinum Point events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Phil Goulding, Fred Schenker
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
BBO Username
1stPanda
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
Ira Chorush - Craig Biddle
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Best line in 3NT?
Isn't it right to take the club finesse at trick 2? If it loses, you are on 3-3 diamonds which seems better than playing on spades in any case. And if it wins you make if either minor splits 3-3. so that's 1/2 of 36% + 1/2 ...
Assign the blame - 3NT failing while slam makes
Unfortunately, in the context of the available choices, "mostly" includes 55-45. And per my note above, I posted the N hand after a negative double, and 3NT received strong support.
Assign the blame - 3NT failing while slam makes
Yes, there dooesn't seem to be a sensible way to avoid 3NT here. I posted the North hand as a bidding problem over a negative double, and the support for 3NT was strong. Some deals are just too tough.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: Q96 AK842 K KQ84
Yes, you recognized the deal. I was just curious if the negative double would avoid the doomed 3NT, but I didn't think it would. Some deals are just too tough.
Assign the blame - 3NT failing while slam makes
I agree that this is a really tough problem. Competitive transfers anyone? And N's hand is a multiple choice quiz in and of itself after my X and LHO's pass. All of 2NT, 3, 3, 3, and 4 should get votes and I doubt ...
Debbie Rosenberg's bidding problem: --- KQ32 K96 KJ8753
I'm a puller. No aces, no spades, partner is a passed hand. Maybe, just maybe, he has KQ109 and the A but that's a pretty small window. And that might not beat them anyway if dummy has Jxxxxx and a stiff club; we get 2 2 ...
Unravelling stoppers
As Jean-Pierre says, it's much better to use transfer responses to a nebulous 1 (although they are not GCC legal, but will become so in November). Then you can play transfer acceptance as 13-16 balanced without a 4-fit and unravel with XYZ, while your 1NT rebid is now ...
Unravelling stoppers
Yes, we do this in T-Walsh - 1m-1Y-2NT always shows a fit for diamonds in a balanced hand and 1X-1Y-2-2-2NT always shows a fit for in a balanced hand. We just do it that way since it seems easier to remember, I doubt if there is much of ...
Assign the blame - 3NT failing while slam makes
If anyone is at fault, it is S for stretching to make the most space-consuming call possible over the 2 interference without a fit for partner. One wonders what his planned action over the very likely 3 rebid was going to be. A negative double followed by diamonds ...
A Useful Inversion
I also play T-Walsh, and after a 1 opening we treat 1-1Red, 1NT as 17-19 balanced without 4-card support (i.e. a 2NT rebid) and 1-1Red-2NT as a 3 rebid with 3M. All other strong opening hands lacking a 4-card major, or too strong for 2NT ...
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