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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

2nd in the Silver Ribbons in Memphis 2019.  Many people have congratulated me for my finish, and then added that I should not be too disappointed that we didn't win.  I play the game to learn about the game and improve my capacity to play it well.  This result told me that I can play it well enough to win at that level, and the fact that I didn't actually win is totally irrelevant to 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.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Contending the whole way in the Silver Ribbons and ending up second.
Bridge Accomplishments
2nd NABC Silver Ribbon Pairs, 2019. 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, Bernie Greenspan
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
Favorite Conventions
transfer responses to 1C and transfer rebids after 1D-1M
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Are You Sure?
The answer to this is really simple - keep records in a spreadsheet or database. Warning - don't change your methods until you have a sample size of about 10.
Who shares responsibility for a bad result?
It was probably 60/40 or 70/30 for North to double. South's balance was less clear. Anyone for balancing 3NT?
Who shares responsibility for a bad result?
Nearly all of them, apparently, as OP says they got 12.5% on the deal.
Interesting deal from Friday club pairs
Seriously. If I lead trumps, which suit will declarer establish? We rate to have a side entry somewhere that declarer musk knock out to make his 11 tricks. If it's partner's A declarer will have to lead two rounds of trumps before he knocks that out. If it ...
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Just another train wreck caused by treating 1-2 as GF. It's much better to just have opener rebid 2 with any minimum and allow responder's 2NT rebid to be passed. This happily gets rid of the awful 13-15 3NT response, which gives opener insoluble problems ...
Fitting Card
You explain that the jump raise shows 11-13 Vul and 13-15 NV in the last paragraph. This does not agree with the description of the call on the first page.
Rebidding a second suit after Jacoby 2NT
It's not so much about HCP as suit quality and slam potential. I wouldn't, for example, bid 4 with KJ10xx Qx x KQJxx but would with AQJxx xx x KQxxx.
Interesting deal from Friday club pairs
Always lead a trump against doubled contracts when you think your side may have all the side suits under control. If I had followed this advice myself, I would have an NABC+ championship to my name.
1z rebid by opener after 1y response by passed hand.
I considered this auction to be forcing for a long time, but don't any longer. The reason I changed was that it simply didn't seem to matter, and I now respond to opening bids much lighter than I did in the past. I remember passing after 1-1 ...
USBF To Hold U31 Trials for 2020 WYBTC
I suspect funding will be found for the US team(s). There are several top pros who are in that age group. And some of the top sponsors are generous in their support for such events.

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