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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
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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.

Country
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
1stPanda
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Would you bid this slam?
First of all, depending on the level of Mr. Loud Voice, this could be a slam on a two-way guess, or a slam that merely needs ordinary care in the play, or a hand that requires a difficult play or a backwards finesse. I was in a slam yesterday where ...
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Also pulling 2X was an error in light of the actual layout - It loos like South has 3 2 1 and 1 coming and the defense 2 2 and 2.
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I'm glad for the "I think." I didn't think of declarer switching horses after scoring his heart trick.
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I think you're on a fairly small island there, Richard. "In general, an imaginative or unexpected play automatically carries a bonus chance beyond dry arithmetic." Yes, thank you Charles.
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West can prevent this by ducking the K, I think.
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I do too, but declarer may not be on the same wavelength. Or he may not know that I am on that wavelength. After all, there are 21 possible 5-card suits for me to hold; 6 where I have all the honors, 12 where I have two, and 3 where ...
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But if West had KQJxx there would have been a high probability that he would have led one of those. So declarer has conflicting information. And as I noted above, there was an easier way for declarer to save a trick in the play.
My thoughts when seeing a Robot Dummy
These deals happen in real life, too. See this post of mine: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-rueful-rabbit-deal-from-the-roth/ Here, I could have MADE 4X against either a 5-1 break OR a 6-0 break, but there appears to be no line to make against both.
Opening standards: LTC vs Point Count
Yes, Henry. LTC is horrible until a fit is found. To take an extreme example, Kxxxxx Kxxxxx x -- opposite -- x Kxxxxx Kxxxxx is a pair of 5-loser hands. The LTC suggests that you will take (24- the sum of your loser counts) tricks. A grand slam, anyone?
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Declarer missed a chance - if he had crossed to dummy with a heart after ruffing your Q, he can now ruff a spade with the A and lead a club; E will be unable to prevent the 10 from scoring a trick.
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