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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
July 10
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

Creator of the grbbridge package for LaTeX bridge typesetting.


In daily life, statistics consultant at Excelsior Statistics and Optimization; in bridge life, double-dummy simulation guru, teacher, and club director.

District 18 ACBL Board of Governors representative. Author of a "Hand of the Week" teaching column on my site (on hiatus now.)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Going minus 1960... without anybody at the table having done anything wrong!
Regular Bridge Partners
Tanya McCully, Doug Dorland, Gavin McGimpsey (formerly: Michael Schmahl, Mike Keller, Debbi Purvis)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Flathead Valley DBC (formerly Farthest North BC)
Favorite Tournaments
All the Montana sectionals; Victoria BC
Favorite Conventions
Legalize Wilkosz 2D! Two-way club systems; sweep cue-bids.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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What is Going On with Regional Bracket 1 Knockouts?
In ACBL Live, you are taken to the Session 4 results (finals) by default, but there is a dropdown to choose Session 2 (end of Swiss) or session 4. I am not a huge fan of the Swiss-qualifying thing, especially when it's used to extend events that aren't ...
Mechanics of Counting Goren Points in Hand
Absent any special groupings that lend themselves to being added in a chunk, I just work my way across my hand after sorting it: if I see AQ5 K432 QJ9874 6, I'll say to myself "4, 6, 9, 11, 12." The only time I'd use the "multiply ...
RIP George Rosenkranz
One of my favorite bridge memories was meeting Dr. Rosenkranz at the 1999 Vancouver NABC --- and getting to make a Rosenkranz double against him in a regional pairs, scoring 8/12 on the board. I can only hope he felt proud to see one of his many inventions in action.
Mnemonics, Acronyms, or Abbreviations
I was never a huge fan of Clyde Love's BLUE (Busy, Loser, Upper, Entry) to remember the necessary conditions for the simple squeeze. When I taught an advanced declarer play class, I offered them a cornier but more memorable alternative: A Jedi mind trick for squeezing your opponents: TATTOOINE ...
How Good A Player Was Barry Crane? You Be The Judge
I have heard the same. He was long before my time. But I will observe that "killing fish" is a vital skill, up at least to the level of A/X games at regionals, if you want to win and not just turn in a long series of 55% games ...
Question for Mathematicians
With ~23 HCP accounted for, we'd normally look for the rest to be divided equally between the two passers. Since responder will bid with *all* of his 9s, but partner may pass with some flat stronger hands, I am going to guess that opener 17, partner 9, responder 7 ...
2H and 2S in fourth seatrd s
I want more than just a random 12 count and 6 trumps... I prefer it to show a 7-trick hand without much defensive values.
Naming squeezes
If squeezes were of limitless complexity I'd see a point to switching to systematic names (assuming we had a method to generate them) beyond a certain point. But there are only so many possible arrangements, so I don't see the need to abandon naming them. Re scientific parallels ...
Is a Natural, Strong NT in "Sandwich" Position a Relic of the Past?
I still like Sandwich as 4-5 -- but I play in an area where many pairs still use fairly sound openings and responses. As responses become lighter and lighter, I think harder and harder about going back to natural. (Or building the strong 18s into my double, or something.)
Poll Regarding Drop-Ins from Soloway to Blues
I agree with all of Steve Weinstein's opening remarks: "I see it as there are 3 major pair events and (now) 4 major team events. The other events at nationals aren’t “majors”. Based on current scheduling, it’s possible to enter and win 6 of the 7. That ...

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