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Don Messer
Don Messer
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Member Since
April 20, 2013
Last Seen
June 14
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Just moved to Austin, TX from Ohio. Am going through the process of finding compatible partners again.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Bidding six hearts with a new partner on a four-three fit against Jeff Meckstroth and his client. The client made the only lead that would let me make it. After the hand was over, my partner apologized to JM, saying he was sorry about the bad bidding but that we had not played together before. Of course, Jeff's team beat the pants off of us on the rest of the boards, but it was fun to play against the big boys.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridge Club of Austin
Favorite Tournaments
Beaumont and Houston Regionals and sectionals; Austin sectionals
BBO Username
DCal
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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New Alert Procedure Idea
I have often found that the current procedure has problems with UI as well. So much so that I generally do not ask about the alerts until after the auction is over to reduce this possibility. In short, I like Ryan's proposal. As far as the issue of the ...
D11 Wins 2015 GNT Flight B - 5 (of 6) Bridge Winners!!!
Hey! Great job, guys. Good luck.
FIREMAN Wins 2015 USBC
I have no objections about players playing for pay. Similarly, I have no problem with the current system of sponsors and professionals. At the world level, we (hopefully) eschew mere nationalism for love of the game. My argument is that no all pairs are compatible in teams with other pairs ...
FIREMAN Wins 2015 USBC
Admittedly, I do not travel along these vaunted pathways, but my opinion is that the Fireman team won, and, according to the rules of contest or whatever, that qualifies them to play in the Bermuda Bowl. The Fireman team beat some very good teams to get here and should be ...
Best defenses against Weak NT bids
I like Colchamiro's rule even against the weak no trump; responder's pass indicates ten or fewer points, so partner must have some values to support a good play for two of a suit. I will also balance with two doubletons, which I believe Mel's rule also supports.
Best defenses against Weak NT bids
I have played the weak no trump with several good partners over the years; I have also played against it quite a bit. I like the system I play with most of my partners: pass=forcing, partner must redouble or bid 5-card suit. This lets responder pass the redouble for ...
Weak no trump , opening & rebid
I enjoy playing the weak nt, but I agree, Steve. Kathryn, I would open one heart and over a bid of 1S I would bid 2C. partner will, I hope, return to hearts with two, bid fourth suit 2D with a game-going hand, or make a weak rebid of 2S ...
Can't Sell
Andrew, I have never played Transfer Landy; I'll have to check it out along with Richard's Lionel.
Can't Sell
I think it was Larry Cohen who said 1NTX is the worst contract in bridge. I may be wrong about the source, but I tend to agree, so I am not particularly interested in playing on the defensive side of that contract (probably wouldn't like it as declarer a ...
Can't Sell
Yes, that is it, Andrew. The 2NT bid shows both minors; 2C shows clubs.
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