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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
April 21
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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Your opinion on partner's opening bid Gatlinburg KO.
I am fine with the opening and with the 2C, but I am bidding 5C immediately over 4H. If I choose to open the hand rather than waiting to stick in an unusual overcall, I am refusing to defend any major suit contract below the 5 level.
Does Anybody Play This Any More
I found I preferred the Negative Slam Double to the positive version. It's not in conflict with Lightner --- one applies when your side is obviously considering a sacrifice, the other when not --- but make sure you and your partner agree on whether it applies. I remember it coming up ...
Official Version of New Convention Charts
You can't draw a conclusion from the words on the GCC --- but some of us have tried to play a system where 1D promises 4 hearts, and been told that we can't.
Has anything changed since the elimination of the Stop card?
No noticeable change: last year, nobody else but me was using the stop card, and most my opponents ignored it. This year, I am not using it either, and my opponents are continuing to not pause.
The arrow switch doesn't work
I had assumed it was clear that "guarantee that every EW will meet every NS" applied only to full mitchells, which one mostly sees with 8, 9, or 13 tables in my part of the world. My point was mostly that club directors have no particular trouble balancing 2-winner Mitchells ...
Standard Definition of a Limit Raise Response to a Major Suit opening
Part of the point is that the definition of a limit raise varies with the strength of the hand being raised. A limit raise of partner's 1-level overcall can run quite a bit heavier than a limit raise of partner's opening. Similarly a limit raise of a Roth-Stone ...
Dealing with MAFIA - nothing personal, it's just business
The acronym is Majors Always First *In Answering* (i.e., by responder.) If opener is going to bid majors-first too, we need a new acronym. I tried MAFIOSO - majors always first if opening a strong 1-bid - but it felt like a bit of a stretch. Both as a system and ...
The arrow switch doesn't work
And that example is my biggest objection to arrow switching in club games. It makes choosing your seat in the first round a game of skill, worth 3 or 4%, in a club with a handful of very good players, if you arrow-switch one round. (If you arrow switch more ...
ACBL convention chart - JUNIORS POLL
The students, it appears, have heard bad things about duplicate before they ever tried it. My college experience was quite different - we all preferred duplicate so much more than party bridge that we had a set of four cheap plastic boards and passed them back and forth any time there ...
ACBL convention chart - JUNIORS POLL
I am well past junior age, but can testify that when I was still a junior, I would have really enjoyed having regular Midchart games available; I was active enough in bridge politics to make a pitch for same to my district board, bringing with me lists of players who ...

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