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Gerben Dirksen
Gerben Dirksen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 1, 2011
Last Seen
July 10
Member Type
Bridge Director
about me

Originially Dutch, now living in Fürth, Germany. Silver TD. Played for Dutch U20 in Channel Trophy, German U25 in Euro championship.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against the stars in the Forbo, Verona Mixed Pairs
Bridge Accomplishments
Former Junior National Team player
Regular Bridge Partners
Norbert Stübinger, Michael Thomsen
Member of Bridge Club(s)
BC Nürnberg Museum, Kultcamp Rieneck
Favorite Tournaments
Pula Festival, German Bridge Team Trophy
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gerben Dirksen - Oliver Hevemeier
2/1 GF
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Norbert Stübinger - Gerben Dirksen
Short !C with intermediate 2-bids
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Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
2/1 not game forcing is in fact better at finding good slams when responder has an invitational hand. If you start with 1NT with such hands, it often gets complicated. Consider this example hand: (Semifinal Olympiad 2004) A KJ986 J987 QT3 T8654 AQ52 ...
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
@Christopher - if you want to learn from strong, devoted and serious players who do NOT play 2-over-1 as game forcing, I suggest you follow two guys named Klukowski and Gawrys. They seem to do reasonably well. (nothing against AWM but these guys are more well known *g)
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
I like the combination of weak NT and not playing transfers. Auctions like 1NT - 2 are huge winners. Still not enough courage though to psyche the 2 response in a serious match, though (see Viking Precision book).
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
@Martin: That sounds like a good agreement. However here in the context of beginners, the auction 1 2 2 3 sounds invitational, so it should be invitational. @Ed: I am probably too young to know anything about such ancient bidding methods, but it is exactly opposite ...
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
I think the system is just fine for beginners. In fact I would make it even simpler (for one ditch "Gerber"). Some fine-tuning: I would recommend that a 2NT rebid over 2-over-1 does not show a minimum balanced hand, that hand type should rebid 2 of the major, which should ...
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
When responder has 10-12 points? According to the booklet, 1M - 2m shows 10+ points and at least four cards in m.
Five Spade or Six Heart Multi
There is a potential legal problem with 5-card major Multi: First, let's assume you never open on 5332. Second, a side four-card major is also a no-go. Third, a six-card suit has another bid (wasn't that the point?) ==> All remaining hands have a 4-card minor. And Multi showing ...
Opening 1 nt with a singleton
xxxx Axx x Kxxxx A KQxx xxxx AQxx A singleton Ace might not be the best choice for opening 1NT.
Opening 1 nt with a singleton
We play mod. Fantunes with 13+ opening bids. With less than 13 and this shape we just pass.
Avon Wilsmore's bidding problem: J6 96532 J853 J6
Someone did, that is why he is asking. The real question is... who?

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