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Gary Ansok
Gary Ansok
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 9, 2012
Last Seen
March 27
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Been playing on and off for 30 years, but still working, so limited to once or twice a week at the local clubs, plus a couple of regional/NABC tournaments each year.  Fairly good player (Power Rating around 56), but not an expert.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
2nd in Mini-Spingold II (0-1500), 2014
Favorite Tournaments
All-Western (Santa Clara, CA); SoCal Bridge Week (Long Beach, CA)
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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An Amusing Matchpoint Result from Monaco
Was just imagining being the pair who was in 3NT... "We were in 3NT making 12 tricks, zero matchpoints." "Everyone else was in slam, I suppose?" "No, in fact we were only one of two pairs to take 12 tricks."
Highest Opening Bid You've Ever Made or Witnessed?
It's curious that both 6 and 7 are out-polling their spade counterparts by 2 to 1 (and 5 over 5 by a lesser margin).
The Setting Trick Episode 16: Steve Weinstein
Much like the saying "If they never make a doubled contract against you, you're not doubling enough".
Do I need a Neurologist?
My experience was when partner opened 2 strong, and I was debating whether to give a positive response -- and pulled out a pass card. The club director was one of the opponents, and so my partner had to play there (if the rule David described above was in effect ...
On computer versus hand shuffling
I'd be interested to hear how close most human shuffles are to a "perfect" riffle shuffle -- I don't think it's going to be close at all, personally. I do take care when I shuffle that the top and bottom cards do not stay in those positions, which ...
Bryan Renouf's bidding problem: --- J7643 AK J76432
Looks like a test case to ask "will you open *any* hand that meets the Rule of 20 and has 2 QT?"
Bob Okker's bidding problem: QT Q85 AK9842 QJ
I think my second choice would be 2 (if available), but far too many flaws for 1NT for me.
Never a Senior
From the NABC Daily Bulletin for Friday, 11/29: Note, however, that the Board added a slight change to this definition at its meetings this week in San Francisco: Anyone who was previously eligible to play in a Senior event will be “grandfathered in,” i.e., they will continue to ...
Why Abstain?
In short, "Abstain" can be "I don't feel qualified to answer" or "I don't have a preference", but I still want to see the results. For bidding problems, an "Abstain" from me often means that I don't think I'm familiar enough with the bidding system to ...
Andy Eastwood's bidding problem: KQT8 Q32 QJT73 5
Having 4-card spade support has improved your hand so that it is worth a full opener. Had partner bid 1, I think a case could be made for passing, but I'd still make a support double (if available).

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