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Donald Lurie
Donald Lurie
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Member Since
Dec. 6, 2012
Last Seen
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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.  Not an expert, never claimed to be, never will be.  Became LM over 35 years ago but don't ask me how?  Frequently play on BBO - (Double !) but play live bridge relatively infrequently. Memory and attention/ concentration skills are clearly not what they once were.   If I post a problem or OP, 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 respecting and appreciating your input.  

The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know - scary!

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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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steve: muchas gracias for this reference. I had never seen this chart before. The 12-8 and 13-7 charts are interesting in terms of 1NT making less often than I might have anticipated. Interesting that a combined 20 hcp makes 1NT less than half the time while a combined 21 does ...
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it's not just this type of hand (some hand with a 6-card minor) that was under consideration. My partner was suggesting/ recommending that this approach would help protect when responder had fair - to - invitational values yet no good bid over 1 (usually some type of balanced hand w ...
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good job at getting the facts/ intent backward. the exact opposite is the case. my partner has a less common take on the situation and i saw some merit on his explanation. I specifically stated just before posting hand 2 that i felt my partner's ideas "had some merit ...
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please see above: I indicated that I had reversed the east and west hand on the diagram. East was the weak NT hand.
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I never before played this 1NT balance as weak: it's my partner's (and a few previous ones) idea. So I tried it (with alert) on the second hand. Just curious if it is tenable as well as what range and response structure should go with it. Part of ...
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Sorry: The East - West hands are reversed: East opened 1 alerted and South overcalled 1. West, the hand with 6 s, then passed as did North at which point I tried balancing 1NT on a minimum, balanced hand (also alerted) as an experiment, to test my partner's ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: Q8 AJ7 JT7432 T8
note: to the 2 of you who selected to bid 2, please note that the OP indicates "not playing negative free bids", so 2D would be forward-going/ decent hand/ forcing at least 1 round (with this P it is almost GF). thx for responding
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: JT86 JT94 AQ Q54
This hand spurred some discussion about what actions are permissible by one who has opened a preempt. Hypothetically, supposed this west hand makes the very questionable decision to bid 5 over South's double, and North bids 5. Is East permitted to take any additional action at this ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 864 KJT8 AQT4 AQ
Tom: you're getting a 3 response to Ogust 2N (good hand, bad suit) Good things (potentially) happen to anyone who responds 2 (forcing), conventional or not. On this particular hand you will get some form of raise from opener, possibly a 3 splinter. (Guess what ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 864 KJT8 AQT4 AQ
range is about 5-11, 6-card suits, suit quality can be below the standards of some people.
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