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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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ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Gabriel Fractman's bidding problem: AJ98xxx Ax --- QJxx
I wouldn't double with this. I think it's between 2 and 3. I went with 2 as partner might have little useful for me in s (maybe he has long s and was hoping for a double). But I can see how the aggressive 3 ...
David Caprera's bidding problem: Axx Tx KQJxx ATx
I agree with David C. that if one must overcall with this hand, then 1NT seems like a much better description than 2.
Tim Stanley-Clamp's bidding problem: AQT9874 A5 AQ A8
I'd definitely open this hand 2. So now, there really is no bid to describe this hand since we're already "off the rails" with the wrong opening bid. I try 3, Eisenberg jump shift (GF,not necessarily s), but really nothing will do since I'm ...
Keith Connolly's bidding problem: AQ5432 AK Q4 A52
3 Eisenberg jump shift seems reasonable, treating as a strong hand. Alternative would be 2NT--slightly risky since NF. 3NT is wrong as that describes a different kind of hand.
David Parsons's bidding problem: KT75 874 T63 632
3 with this flat, sterile hand could be a disaster--going down (maybe several) when they don't have a game. 3 is weak, but I think it should have some shape. So why not pass? I could do that, but I'd like to tell partner about my ...
Phillip Taylor's bidding problem: QT843 7 Q5 AJ532
Balanced hands that are too strong to bid 2NT generally double and then bid NT next time. 3NT directly suggests stopper(s) plus trick source (a long running suit). There is no Stayman, and partner would remove to a major suit only if it were very long (at least 6 ...
How High for Equal Level Conversion Doubles?
Two Places to Play.
David Caprera's bidding problem: Axx Tx KQJxx ATx
We've already made a VUL 2-level overcall on a 5 card suit. Perhaps marginally justified by our decent high card structure. But without a real fit for partner's s, I cannot see why we would bid again freely with this hand. If we belong higher, partner should/will ...
Ed Judy's bidding problem: 753 A AKQ975 654
I think that OP's claim that in Bridge World Standard responder's 3 is GF+ is incorrect. Bridge World Standard notes say:[code]Competition After Our Major-Suit Opening: In responding to a major-suit opening over an artificial action: Over a Michaels cue-bid (other major plus a minor): .... (b ...
Ed Judy's bidding problem: 753 A AKQ975 654
Because pass by partner would be stronger than bidding 4. 4 is how partner warns us not to think about going any higher unless we've really got the goods. Pass by partner would be more encouraging. This is pretty standard--when we make a bid in competition that ...
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