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David Caprera
David Caprera
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July 20, 2010
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about me

I am a lawyer in Denver, Colorado, married to Anne Brenner, my partner in life as well as bridge. I am on the USBF board, the District 17 disciplinary chair, coach of the USA under 21 junior team, and write a monthly column, "Sleeping on the Couch." My 15,000 master points aren't worth a damn without a national championship and my dream is that some day I win the "Italian-American, pony-tailed tax specialist playing with the Francophile, retired pathologist four session senior mixed BAM."

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Bridge Information

BBO Username
dendac1
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
Anne Brenner/David Caprera
2 over 1 except rebid
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One hand makes the day worthwhile
I am curious as to why 3H was the 4144? 3C is the relay, so we play shortness up the line. But if you play shortness high to low (numeric), 3H still isn't heart shortness. I realize it is all arbitrary, but I just find interesting the ordering decisions ...
Bid this grand
As someone who plays 1S-2D-2H-3S as a splinter, I have no problem with 5D exclusion. I abhor auctions where partner jumps opposite an unlimited hand to say, "I am weak." He is stealing my bidding space. Like having three opponents at the table.
The Adventures of Mrs. I. Fixum
Rubens once wrote about how best to bid a cold slam in a way most likely to get doubled. Perhaps the pair that was doubled had earned their top.
Harrison Luba's bidding problem: KJ87 T6 Q AQJ8xx
Depends on my partner. I have been told a story of Meckwell having the auction 2C-(P)-2D on 9hcp opposite 4hcp. It sounds like someone is screwing around and may be partner.
Advice on Smith signals
I don't buy the ethical problem. You are about to Smith at trick two. No surprise, you know it is coming. It isn't difficult to think ahead before playing to trick one. (FWIW, our default is "middle-low-high", if we can't Smith in the first suit we Smith ...
Ruling
There are two issues here that need to be separated. One, do they have a disclosure problem? Two, are they playing an illegal agreement? I am in favor of full disclosure but I am troubled if the result of opening light in third chair favorable four times in 5000 deals ...
The Bracket Size Adjustment Factor
The bounty idea is similar to some of the chess ratings. In chess, if a weaker player beats a stronger player, his rating will go up by more than the amount the stronger player's rating changes if the stronger player wins. It would have an interesting affect. You should ...
Henry Bethe's bidding problem: QT94 K J7 AQJ732
This showed up for me to bid on Oct 7, 2017. It caused me to think only about Henry. Among any group of smart people, Henry was very smart. He also had a bit of the "rode hard, put away wet" character about him. But you couldn't dislike Henry ...
Tournament Standards - Let's Grow Brand Equity
In national debates with respect to tax reform, everyone wants their own taxes cut while tax revenue remains neutral or increase to cover the budget. "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax the guy behind the tree." The ACBL faces the same issues. Too many districts, too many ...
Check Yourself
No. If I am a balanced 21 count, vul v not, and the auction goes (P)-P-(1H)-?, and Christian or one of his "colleagues" is my RHO, I am doubling with a 2=5=3=3 hand, hardly a takeout pattern of a 1H opener. I would be just ...
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