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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
July 20
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
Ruby Life Master
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Rusinow leads - "in depth" structure?
It IS an excellent book - presents the pros and the cons more fairly than just about any other 'system book' - and one that belongs in any serious player's collection. But maybe not QUITE amazing enough to routinely pay almost five times the original cover price.
Alert question
When Bergen was first invented, "2M showing 3-and-only-3" was recommended as an alert -- but it was rarely done, got weird looks if you did it, and it was never clear that it was actually required under the 1990s-era alert charts. In practical terms the answer was no, and I think ...
Short-term cellphone options in Toronto
Or at least, a Luddite should be delighted at the prospect of a few cellphone-free days, not to mention the bonus of guaranteeing no full-board penalties.
We Hope You Stay Home
Twenty years ago, the formula actually mostly made sense. But it's buried under so many little tweaks (almost all of them moving away, not toward, any logical basis for scoring) that it is well-night impossible to see the pattern if you look at it for the first time today.
We Hope You Stay Home
Yu: " I feel that point rewards should be proportional to the size of the field and number if competitors*number of boards you played, not the form of game." Note that this will produce something very close to what we have today: a 20-table Swiss has a field of 20 ...
ACBL Reduces Toronto NABC Entry Fees (Canadian Dollars)
Most flexible, but most impolite, too. Especially if they didnt publish some statement like "entry fees will be set july 15th, to the nearest C$ equivalent to US$25" (or whatever number they picked) so we have SOME idea what to expect.
Critique this convention
Reaching a subminimum-HCP 3NT when the minor runs seems like a much easier thing to achieve over a strong 1NT (and I happily played something much like Henry Sun's 2S response in a strong notrump context for a long time.) After a weak NT, responder won't JUST have ...
Should Michaels require an alert?
I commend your ethical approach, Bruce, but many people who play 2D as something other than Michaels don't alert it, and several TDs have said (only slightly incorrectly) that "only a natural 2D needs alerted". (The actual policy says that any 'highly unusual and unexpected' meaning requires an alert ...
Foursomes - Another modest proposal for the GNT's
I've said for about 20 years that if I were king, forbidding 5- and 6-person teams except for emergency substitutions is the very first change I would make. All levels of the game. The average team size is already below 4.1 everywhere except the pro world (and about ...
Query Re ACBL Chart Regs
Historically (until 2007) all natural bids were legal and unregulatable. But even at that time, using a jump bid to show any kind of a raise was legal. I've not seem 1M-P-3M used that way - but have one partner who uses 1M-P-3C as either 7-9 or 10-12 (3D asks ...

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