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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
39 minutes ago
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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IMP Pairs
It adds variance. Presumably that's to the advantage of weak pairs, since the strongest pairs in the room would prefer a lower-variance game to ensure they get the high place they deserve in the long wrong. It adds variance to team games too - but good luck persuading the world ...
Two Step Slam Dance
Answered Part I with 3H, but want the clubs to be AKxx+ before I will consider the jump to 4H.
Control-Showing Responses to Strong 2!c Openings: General Thoughts?
I am happy to play them if partner likes them. I don't recall them causing any disasters for me (and, back when everyone played Cheaper Minor 2nd Negative rather than 2H bust, sometimes they let you sock it to an overcaller when you knew immediately what your side's ...
Is this forcing? (Basic stuff)
There are those of us who would describe 1D-1H-1S-3H invitational as "common but inferior" too (though the reasoning is somewhat different.)
Is this forcing? (Basic stuff)
I would go a step beyond Pavlicek and say it [i]should[/i] be forcing --- but off the shelf 2/1 players will all say it is invitational, and I'd assume it was unless explicitly discussed.
A better rating system
I'd be reasonably happy with masterpoints as the lifetime component and something like power ratings as the variable component. I would add that an important aspect of a meaningful rating is some stability (limited swings due to chance alone) - the period over which the average is taken needs to ...
Entering leads on Bridgemates
The option is widely used in club games in my region. I hear very few complaints, and don't see it slowing down the game at all. I wish some local committee would stand up to the visiting tournament director and insist it be enabled for sectionals/regionals too. (I ...
Online Master Points - ACBL Success?
Seems there was a lack of publicity about that (I was under the impression the 1/3 limit was still in effect, as was a director who answered a question from a new player about it at a tournament last month.)
Thinking Twice About Two-Way
I've reluctantly played garden variety 2-way or XYZ with occasional partners who insisted upon it. I wouldn't do so in any serious partnership. The sudden popularity of 2-way has never made sense to me. And people insisting on 2C forcing 2D makes even LESS sense to me. 2C ...
Every Time I Think Things Might Improve, They get Worse!
I think the specific complaint with the ACBL here is that instead of thinking about reducing each district's quota of regionals from 4 to 3 as attendance fell, they removed the cap and allowed the number of regionals to increase.

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