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Gerben Dirksen
Gerben Dirksen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 1, 2011
Last Seen
7 hours ago
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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The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
@Ken: Blue Team style TO doubles were a confession in itself. Everyone else who tried playing playing this style TO doubles failed. Because it simply doesn't work. Be sure that the Blue Team knew the system didn't work. But for them it worked as they had a fix ...
The Ace of spades is missing
I suppose the play went lead won, two rounds of trumps, everyone following. Third round of trumps, both opponents discarding, director! Now it is very easy, §14B describes what is to do. A is added to dummy and play continues. As North has always followed suit in , there ...
What do you call a 9-card suit?
Reminds me of a Bermuda Bowl hand which was approximately AQTxxxxxx - Axx A vs KQxxxx and void. US seniors bid 2 - 3 - 5N - 7. Many were in the failing 6 when broke 4-0.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Well using Fantunes system (as I do with my partner) you have the choice between 3x or pass with a Weak Two hand. We pick our spots. And we have methods to show "I had a weak two" as a passed hand.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Unfortunately, questions like Richard's cause cheaters to walk free if we fail to answer them in a clear way to non-expert legal panels. So we have to deal with them.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
It is true that Fantunes requires some guessing after the 2-level bids. But this is true for many systems with a high average opening. You gain when you open on the 1-level with more precision. It's playable but you need a different state of mind. It is probably not ...
1!s or 2!c, Another Scenario
2 does not deny a 4-card major. However many play that it denies a 4-card major in a less-than-GF hand, that is with the same distribution and invitational values, bid 1, but with a GF, bid 2. If partner rebids 2 then 2 (responder's ...
Why do I need a convention card?
if you mess up the settings in Word (like taking wrong fonts), the WBF convention card shifts the card symbols, becomes , , and a double arrow. When our opponents gave us such a CC in a league match we could not read it properly ...
What is your preference for this sequence?
In the Netherlands we call the following further bidding "Danish fit inversion" perhaps someone can clear up whose idea it is. Here we play that 3 shows a fit and 4 shows a fit (i.e. inverted).
Who's to blame?
I commend both players for remembering the convention, saving the director a tough decision.

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