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Donald Lurie
Donald Lurie
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Member Since
Dec. 6, 2012
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired ex-School Psychologist, worked in a middle school in the South Bronx. living outside of NYC.

Am able to count to 11, 12 and 14: the number 13 too often eludes me.  Prefer some forms of Precision and wk nts: they're just more fun to play.  Not an expert, never claimed to be, never will be.  Became LM over 35 years ago but don't ask me how?  Frequently play online (BBO - Double !) but play live bridge relatively infrequently. Memory and attention/ concentration skills are clearly not what they once were.  

If I post an problem, even if it seems like such a no-brainer and elementary to you, something likely occurred at the table where a disagreement occurred or there was some difference in approach or style.  So please view it as wishing for, respecting, and appreciating your input.  What might seem obvious to some might not be so to others.    

Thank You 

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Trumping partner's ace to get her off an endplay against Oswald Jacoby. It was the right play: he was not pleased. (yeah. I go back that far)
BBO Username
Double !
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Donald Lurie's bidding problem: KTx --- --- KQJTxxxxxx
no. I did not play. Just watched this and was surprised when the south player decided to try to "walk the dog" by passing 1 (vs bidding 5) and had the dog mistake him for a fire hydrant.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: KTx --- --- KQJTxxxxxx
re :Reese. Was it at end of book "Develop Your Bidding Judgment"? I seem to recall the hand. Didn't he recommend a 4 bid with that?
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: KT9865432 2 T42 ---
I do have a Gryffindor robe and scarf (and Elder Wand), and i was taught early on that "rules were made to be broken". So I guess that means I can bid 4?
Yosep Hutasoit's bidding problem: AQ54 A64 AKQJx x
I "know" that what i will be torn to shreds for what I'm about to suggest, but i shall this one time, go out on the limb. Please don't judge me too harshly. I am writing this at 3:46 am. As partner to the 4 bidder ...
You Know You Are A Bridge Player When....
When it isn't until other people inform you after the session that you become aware that two streakers had run through the playing area midway during the session. Or maybe it just means that your eyes are going bad.........
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: Q5 AKQ AKQ2 AJ75
2 is the proverbial "waiting". No 2 double-negative. No control responses, No Kokish relays basic 2/1 (whatever that means)
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: Q5 AKQ AKQ2 AJ75
I have always thought along similar lines, that pass implied a balanced hand with 0 or sometimes only 1 spade stopper, and that double was for takeout. Always had mixed feelings about whether or not 2NT must show double stopper, especially if one has a source of many outside tricks ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 4 AKQ96 T543 QJ5
Thank you. That is an interesting agreement/ treatment to have. Not sure if my partners play that or not. (one answered that opener must bid 3N over 3x with a club stopper). I will discuss it with them.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 4 AKQ96 T543 QJ5
I hope I worded these questions clearly. What I am asking is the following. Assuming that opener (as 2/3 of the responders have recommended) passes the double of 3: 1) Is a redouble by responder (the 3 bidder) just a punt, likely denying stopper), or does ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 4 AKQ96 T543 QJ5
Companion Hand was A876, 85, AKQ86, 73 (spot cards accurate) Is there any disagreement with partner's bidding so far? To all of you who suggested Passing the Dbl of 3: What bid by partner do you recommend now? If you would XX, is this ...
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