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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
3 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.

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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Improve my Guess
Why didn't you just play Ace and a club here? Assuming that E does NOT have both the K and J, and that E does not have 4 since he bid spades first with 3, this is a 100% line. And if West follows low both times, indicating ...
Duck or Cover?
If you play, as I prefer when using 4th best leads, that the lead of a 4th best card promises a face card, this becomes a non-problem.
Cruel Hand from 2019 Vilnius Cup
Just another brick for the wall of evidence that it's a good idea to drive the opponents to the 3-level and let them play there at IMPs. Here, EW could also have taken the 5-level save, which would get out for down 1 on the apparently normal spade lead ...
Declarer thoughts
When I see a finesse for my contract that is either a 5:1 favorite or a complete lock, I don't think much farther. Since you posted the deal, it's obvious that the K was singleton and somebody went down. That's bridge.
Which road on play?
One plan is to discuss with partner the advisability of their bidding 4 over 3, not 4. Better to play a 75% 4 of a minor than a game that needs a 3-3 break and some other luck.
Cash out or continue?
So if the 2 is attitude on this auction, partner should have an honor; likely the 10. If that's the case then LHO has done something hideous, and should be punished.
Phillip Martin's bidding problem: K93 QT987 KQT64 ---
I'm with PM. This is either a cue-bid raise or a pass. But if I pass, and they find clubs, I can never double; partner's club "suit" might be 5432 and I will look like the South end of a North-bound horse. So I vote to bid; by ...
The Liu Coop
Seems more appropriate for the intermediate forum.
2 parter
This seems like the perfect hand for a scrambling 2NT, which should imply longer diamonds than clubs and deny 4.
Please attribute the quote
Yeah, I'm a big fan of the fat man, but I didn't place the quote at all. Haven't read that one in several years.
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