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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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
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Craig Biddle's bidding problem: QJ3 QT954 T763 5
This is the companion hand to void AKxx AKQxx AJ9x. It was an embarrassing push at +510. I did indeed open 1 here, as many of you probably would have. But even this little bit of competition prevented me from finding out that I had 5-level safety. Consider KJxx ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: A32 KJ5 AK94 K83
I presumed that the auction at the other table would be 1-3 if partner was very weak, and who would not bid 3NT with this? So I bid 3NT. Partner had x 10xx Qxxxxx Qxx and we had no play. We actually won 3 IMPs after a spade ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: A32 KJ5 AK94 K83
We might bid 2 with xxx xxx 10xxxxx x just to avoid undertricks in the 100's.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: AKJ8 K AJ5 KQ654
He won't, he will bid 2.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: A32 KJ5 AK94 K83
The minimum for this is a 17-19 balanced equivalent (possibly shape). Raise is weaker and always unbalanced since 14-16 balanced is 1NT.
Director call - have I missed something?
For those of you, like me, who have not yet committed the new Laws to memory, there are only 8 subsections to law 81(C) which deals with the duties and powers assigned to the director.
Slam Choice/Play Problem
The problem with the dummy reversal is that if the opening leader has Jxx and J10x you have a problem. And that's a far from trivial case.
Meaning of this 3!S bid
This was orthodox U.S. bidding theory 40 years ago, but I'm not so sure today.
Construct a hand
I am with a number of people here and think that this hand should have simply bid 1 over the double. There's always time to show strength later.
Construct a hand
Some people would open 1 with very strong 4441 hands with both minors simply to make it easier for partner to respond. I believe this was suggested in the Bridge Journal or in the very early K&R Bridge Worlds, so Dave would be among that group (as would ...
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