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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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Member Since
June 28, 2012
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Bridge Player
about me

Retired software engineer (Microsoft), living in Woodinville, WA.

Have played bridge since high school (starting 1965).

One national championship (Silver Ribbon Pairs) and a couple of 2nds in under 5000 national events.

United States of America

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Nikolas Bausback's bidding problem: K6 J97653 A4 AKQ
4 is so appealing because I recall Kit Woolsey once calling the auction 1-2-3-4 the ugliest imaginable, and I think I’ve not encountered it in real life.
Benjamin Bomber's bidding problem: Axx 97xxx Kxx KT
Transfer to s and then bid 3NT. Partner leaves it in 3NT if he is 4333 (even with 4 s) or has a doubleton . Otherwise (3+ s, not 4333), he corrects to 4. This strategy is clearly best at matchpoints. At IMPs it is still OK, but much ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx xx AJxx 87xxx
I do not think I would ever respond a pre-emptive 3 with only 4 s. If the hand were too strong to pass (i.e. stronger than your OP hand here), I would respond 1NT. I might correct a raise to 2NT to 3 via a transfer. And ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx xx AJxx 87xxx
Well we always have a weak single raise available in s (1-2) as we use 1-2 as our inverted raise. And we always have weak single raise available when responder is a PH (or when 1m is doubled) because then we use 1-2 ...
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: K3 9862 9 KJT643
Partner knows I have s. He knows I have (only) competitive values. I'm pretty near max for that, so double now says I want him to choose between 4 and passing for penalties based on his knowing my hand pretty closely.
YBTJ--Who is more to blame for this disaster?
I don't think South hand is a 2 opener. Open 1 and then JS over 1NT (F) response. I would use an Eisenberg JS and treat this as a strong 1-suiter, but a 3 (natural) JS would be possible. Responder's hand is definitely not ...
Double of Sandwich 1NT
It is clearly a support double in any partnership that plays that convention.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx xx AJxx 87xxx
BWS:[code] "After Our Minor-Suit Opening: Responses: a double raise is preemptive but of sufficient strength to support a contract of 3NT or four of the minor opposite a balanced hand with 18-19 HCP;"[/code] Is OP hand strong enough to support 3NT opposite 18-19 HCP balanced 1 openers ...
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: QJ965 832 QJT4 6
This hand is textbook for 2 over (1) immediately. If we had done that, we could sit back and observe knowing that partner would know what our hand is like. Having not done that, we have screwed up the auction forever as no matter what we do later ...
Gabriel Fractman's bidding problem: AQJ86 --- T532 Q876
This double seems pretty obvious to me, so I don't see why it need be out of tempo. We have a 6.5 loser hand with good support for partner's suit, a good 5 card suit which we've bid, and a void in their suit. What ...
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