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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours 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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David Caprera's bidding problem: AK9xxx xx AT9x x
I want to show my diamonds. (A) It might slow their auction down. (B) It might take a diamond lead to get all our tricks. (C) partner might raise enthusiastically, in which case we will NOT defend.
Sucks to be me
You have to allow for the fact that David is an attorney, and as such cannot express his thoughts clearly as a matter of professional pride. It might have been interesting to just play a heart off dummy at trick 3. N, with AJxx, might have been loath to ruff ...
Good judgment all round
He can open 1 with clubs. But when the 1 opening can also be a strongish hand with primary spades, it becomes difficult to sort out black suit lengths. The Polish club also suffers a bit from this defect, with either major. But that system has sound rules ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
This "optional Blackwood" was standard among the good players in my area ca. 1970.
Is this X takeout or penalty?
The only hand you can have that can act now is something like you hold - good hand, diamonds is your best suit. So it would have been safe for you to correct 2 to 2. When you don't know what to do, pass is often the worst ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
Isn't my first example a classic case of using the 2 opening to stifle competition? And it's not clear that I would be cutting my own throat by opening 2 with the 2nd hand - partner may, after all, have a 4333 Yarborough and we buy ...
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
This is, in my warped American view, a totslly nutty regulation, making some of the weird ACBL regulations seem brilliant. So I may not open 2 with this hand without reciting a lot of mumbo-jumbo. But I may, if I choose, open 2 with AKJxxxx A xx xxx ...
Baba Yaga and the Gingerbread Boy
Some of you might like this version.
When you play xyz
Some people play that, for example 1m-1, 1-2NT is invitational with no fit for m and 1m-1, 1-2, 2-2NT allows a correction back to the minor with an unbalanced minimum. I'm one of them, and I think I have much company on my ...
Overcalling 1NT When Holding a Good 5 Card Major
One rarely is forced to the 2-level in a major suit when the opponents open 1m. "A third point is that one reason people open 1N with a 5-card major is to hope to catch partner with 9-10 hcp." - A lot of the basic theory of continuing auctions after a ...

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