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Craig Hemphill
Craig Hemphill
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 5, 2011
Last Seen
Dec. 10
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Platinum Life Master, Bridge Teacher/Mentor.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
AKQJxxx xx xx x Opened 4D NAMYATS vul vs. nv. against Kerri Shuman and Barry Crane - P P P. Down 9 for a top -- 6D cold for them.
Bridge Accomplishments
Editor Florida Bridge News seven years, twice president Unit 128. 128 and D9 boards many years. Unit 128 counsel and recorder. D9 counsel
Regular Bridge Partners
John Brady, Alan Stout, Alex Weiss
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Jacksonville School of Bridge
Favorite Tournaments
NABCs, Jacksonville Fl regional, sectionals in FL
Favorite Conventions
Flannery, strong jump shifts, XYZ, splinters, 1430 RKCB with queen, side king, and third round asks, 2/1, weak notrump
BBO Username
Chthonic
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Board 1 from the 12/09/2017 Common Game
Your suggestion reads "N...could now bid 3S..." but I suppose you mean that South could bid 3S. It is not clear at what point S could or should do so. Playing Wolff Signoff, South has no such option. If playing 3D after 2NT as natural, it is possible that ...
Board 4 from the 12/09/2017 Common Game
You should always provide the bidding! The information and available evidence may lead you to the solution of any biridge hand. If west opened the bidding, then, yes, you should have dropped the king. See my comments based on the bidding in the diagram. In the absence of adverse bidding ...
Board 24 from the 12/02/2017 Common Game
No. Too much defense, not any offense worth noting.
Board 2 from the 12/02/2017 Common Game
Preempts often enough do their dirty work, and the combination of this weak-beyond-reason preempt and the raise will put severe pressure on North. (Of course 3S over 3C is automatic). North should find slam an enticing prospect after South's overcall, and the Kxx of clubs seems useless as well ...
Board 4 from the 12/02/2017 Common Game
An immense amount of ink has been allocated in the literature toward a solution to your inquiry. Finding a solution for every partnership is impossible. Avoid the problem by having partnership agreements such as yours, avoiding the sequence when a 1NT rebid is a rational choice, raising partner's major ...
Board 4 from the 11/18/2017 Common Game
I did address the issue of opening the West hand, including some rationale, when, in the first paragraph, I called it a "balanced mini," that the hand was upgraded by the concentration of values, and that the value of the hand was pretty much exhausted by making the opening bid ...
Board 2 from the 11/04/2017 Common Game
Thanks for the response and the nice background. Al Roth was a huge influence on the theory of modern bridge, but, like Edison, all of his ideas did not pan out. Some continue as small brush fires that need to be extinguished, like the 2H double negative.
Board 10 from the 10/14/2017 Common Game
P 1S P 1NT; 2D P 2S P P P Playing 1NT forcing. South and North should remain silent, leaving the field to EW. West should NOT bid 2S, but East will not pass and 2S will result.
Board 12 from the 06/24/2017 Common Game
WEST can make 4 spades, not East, on a club lead. The hand is worth at least an invitational bid showing 5-5 majors, however your partnership chooses to define that sort of hand. Some would bid 3H, promising precisely that, some would transfer to spades and then bid 3H if ...
Board 11 from the 05/27/2017 Common Game
Double dummy it is easy Just take the club finesse to the queen, dropping the jack, then repeat the finesse. The issue is the proper use of entries and timing. Thus, after spade, spade, diamond, diamond ruff with a higher card than the deuce, play a middle (not the 2 ...
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