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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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Two endings
Goes into a long huddle. As it is, it took 14 minutes to play this board at the table where this variation of the play problem occurred. It might have taken another 5 or 6 had hearts been 5-2.
Two endings
Right - I am highlighting the play where my teammates were EW. Both a heart and a club from East give the contract away immediately because of the 6-1 heart break. The heart return exposes North to a diamond throw-in, leaving him with a choice of either black suit to give ...
Two endings
Actually, the diamond was the most testing defense, I think. A club through at trick 3 just gives declarer an easy route to 10 tricks with the restricted choice play for a club trick, and a later pointed suit squeeze on West. And the point of option two is that ...
Two endings
Yes, and I discussed this deal with East (who I have known for 50 years) this morning. I texted him this very point, and his reply was a terse, "I'm aware." The point about pitching clubs is twofold - declarer seems to have begun with A AJ AQ, so he ...
Two endings
Yes, see my comment to Steve Bloom's reply above. At my table, East played a heart at trick 3 and declarer had that option handed to him on a silver platter.
Two endings
Yes, Michael. It's a complex hand, and the declarer who chose to get to this position was Robbie Hopkins, a pretty good plaer from DC. But there are other roads. At my table, East continued a heart at trick 3. When West showed out, it seemed to me that ...
Two endings
I took 10 tricks. AND I got to end up with 4 8's in dummy. All I was ever getting in the 5-card ending was 2 trumps and a heart. And I did that, But yes, the point was to end up with quad 8's in dummy. Making ...
So you had a bidding accident
The bidding was highly artificial, considerably less than successful, and the opponents did not do anything other than pass at any point.
So you had a bidding accident
EW did not participate in the auction in any way. We started with 1 (Polish) by N - 1 so they had an easy way in if they had chosen to get involved.
So you had a bidding accident
It was IMPs, but I thought the problem interesting enough to post without scoring as, indeed, it had interest both ways. And many of the approaches are interesting. I find the line of cashing both black AK's kind of weird. Although the a priori odds of one or the ...

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